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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: freezer or fridge for temp control?
« on: February 12, 2010, 12:31:45 AM »
I use a freezer for fermenting and I can't say enough about a brew hauler.  I now have 4 of them and lifting a carboy out of the freezer is a lot easier using one.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: a couple questions from a newbie
« on: February 10, 2010, 09:30:00 PM »
I probably jumped the gun on this one.  I brought the carboy inside to warm it up and it has been a little over an hour and the temp is up to 60f and I see bubbles coming up from the yeast cake.  Thanks

Yeast and Fermentation / a couple questions from a newbie
« on: February 10, 2010, 08:10:00 PM »
This is my second batch of beer.  The first one went pretty smooth.  My second batch seemed like a comedy of errors.  I brewed a  witbier.  It is this witbier that I have a couple worries/questions about.  After struggling through the brewing process I put 5 gallons of wort in the fermenter and went to bed.  In the morning when I checked on it, it had started fermenting.  A 2 inch head of foam and bubbles through the blow off tube.  Well, its 10 days later and there is still a layer of foam on the wort and I have noticed any bubbles in the last 5 days and the wort has a slight greyish color in it. (the grayish color may be my imagination)  Just wondering if this is normal for a wit?  My second question: I ferment in an unheated garage in a freezer with a heater in it.  Well the heated got unplugged and this morning when I noticed it the temp was down to 40 f.  Is this going to have an adverse effect on the beer?  thanks for any help


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing this weekend 1/29
« on: January 27, 2010, 06:20:43 PM »
Going to Nashville this weekend.  But on Monday I plan to transfer last weeks brew(Newcastle clone) into secondary and brewing a wit.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Use of RO water
« on: January 21, 2010, 04:40:57 PM »
Thanks for the replies.  I have calcium chloride, epsom salt, baking soda, and canning salt.  I think I am going to go to the LHBS to pick up anything else that I might need.  I was just overwhelmed when I first started reading about water profiles and such. But after rereading and watching a series of videos on youtube, I feel that I have a better grasp on it. Thanks again for the replies.

All Grain Brewing / Use of RO water
« on: January 21, 2010, 04:12:06 AM »
I am getting ready for my first home brew, ordered an all grain kit from mail order, all the eqiupment is ready and then I read Palmer's "How to Brew". Now I am at a loss.  I don't have a water report yet.  But I do have access to RO water, I use an RO/DI filter for my aquariums.  So My question.  After just the RO my tds is 6ppm after the DI it is 0ppm.  Could I use the RO water and build the water profile from it assuming all parameters are zero?  Or should I just wait until I get my water report.  Just an aside, I have well water that has a tds of appox. 650.   And no we don't drink the water without filtering it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brewing....and music
« on: January 17, 2010, 03:53:27 AM »
Ben Harper and the Relentless 7,  and Ryan Adams with a little Dave Mathews thrown in.

I will be brewing my first homebrew this weekend, a allgrain English brown ale.  If everything goes well I also plan on brewing a Belgium wit.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's your Favorite Style of Beer?
« on: January 15, 2010, 07:59:40 PM »
At the moment my favorite is Wit.  But I am new to home brewing, having spent the last couple of months reading everything I can and buying/making equipment.  This weekend I will be brewing my first batch, an English brown ale.  So I am sure that my favorite is be changing on a regular basis.


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