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Kegging and Bottling / Re: screwed up?
« on: December 24, 2010, 02:11:53 PM »
well, you'll all be happy to know that the problems have been solved. I will go ahead and admit that I had the lines crossed.  So this whole while I was saying "why won't this Munich carbonate?  I'll up the CO2.  Strange how I've removed all the CO2 from the IPA, yet the excessive foaming doesn't seem to be wearing off." yeah, it's kind of funny.  Esp. after my third pint as I type this.  Thank you everyone for your help and advice (I learned stuff!).  Happy Holidays and Cheers!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: screwed up?
« on: December 22, 2010, 01:34:38 PM »
Thanks again everyone for all the advice and suggestions. 

I've got approx. six feet of beer line and I think I was able to indetify the leak with the new CO2 tank.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: screwed up?
« on: December 21, 2010, 02:47:47 PM »
The kegs are being stored around 50-55 degrees.

And I did not use a carbonaiton chart.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: screwed up?
« on: December 21, 2010, 06:06:48 AM »
Tell us how you force carbonated them....

I hooked up the CO2 and set to about 15-20psi for 3-4 days.

Thanks for the advice so far guys.

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Kegging and Bottling / screwed up?
« on: December 20, 2010, 06:44:07 PM »
So, I'm new to kegging, first off.  My first couple of batches went great, however, I just kegged two batches the other day and focred carbonated them, and I think it has turned into disaster.  One, an IPA, has got so much head, it's not even funny, and the other, a Munich Helles, still tastes kind of flat.  And to make matters worse, I'm pretty sure I have a leak in the CO2 tank, as it seems to be empty now.  Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cider Question
« on: December 01, 2010, 06:10:23 PM »
Thanks for the advice guys.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cider Question
« on: November 28, 2010, 03:02:19 PM »
There's some excellent organic commercial cider at the local market in one gallon jugs.  I've never made cider before.  It seems like pour 5 gallons into primary, add yeast, primary fermentation for a couple of weeks, rack to carboy, age for X months, then keg.  Is that kind of the gist?

Another article said adding brown sugar can add to the alcohol content.  Is this true?  If so, when should it be added and how much?  Thank you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Midnight brewing...
« on: November 28, 2010, 02:58:44 PM »
Yes, it has become a necessity with two children.  Since I brew on the weekends because of work, I don't really feel like telling them daddy has to take 3-5 hours out of the day, and can't take them to the park or go for a bike ride, because his beer is more important.  So, yeah, I wait until they rack out at night. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Cider Question
« on: November 28, 2010, 02:45:25 PM »
Good afternoon, I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.

I have a quick question regarding cider, if anyone can help.  There was an excellent article on it a few months ago in Zymurgy, however one step confused me.  The aeration with 100 percent oxygen.  Forgive my ignorance, but how the heck does one do this?  I will be deploying soon, so I thought sticking this in the closet for the duration would be a nice treat to come home to.  Thank you for your time.

Smitty

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking to get into homebrewing
« on: September 05, 2010, 05:28:53 PM »
Welcome the fold.  I would invest in a carboy for secondary.  It probaby saved my first couple of batches, and if they had not been good I might have given up. 

Also I would keep it simple to start out with.  I am just starting to move beyond kits, because they allow you to feel like you are involved in the process, without you having to get to crazy knowledgeable right off the bat.  Brewers best has some good stuff:
http://www.brewersbestkits.com/

Supplement this with a good book perhaps:
 http://www.amazon.com/Brewmasters-Bible-Gold-Standard-Brewers/dp/0060952164/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1283732769&sr=1-2

Good Luck!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just finished my first batch
« on: September 05, 2010, 05:19:25 PM »
Dont stress it too much.  You'll get a system down, and stremline everything.  Besides, worst case scenario, your beer isn't world class.  But it is YOUR beer.  It'll be awesome, don't worry.

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Kegging and Bottling / It begins....
« on: August 31, 2010, 04:31:22 PM »
I'm kegging my first batch this weekend!  If anyone has a moment, I have a couple of questions, and could use a little advice.

-So, the first batch, a MaiBock, spent 3 weeks in the primary and another 3 in the secondary.  Can I/should I force carbonate, or let it age in the keg for awhile?  How does each process work?

-About how long does it take to chill a five gallon corny keg?  I've got a double tap kegerator.  

Any advice/suggestions/anecdotes that any of you feel might be helpful for a first time kegger would be greatly appreciated.  Cheers, everyone

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pumpkin Beer
« on: August 18, 2010, 10:30:13 AM »
Again, thanks for all the advice everyone.  About how much canned pumpkin would you use?

Regarding spices, which do y'all  recommend and and what stage would do you think is the best to add them? 

Please keep in mind I'm somewhat of a novice still.  Thank you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pumpkin Beer
« on: August 18, 2010, 03:56:16 AM »
Awesome.  Thanks for the advice everyone.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Pumpkin Beer
« on: August 16, 2010, 08:52:55 PM »
First, a little background.  I've been homebrewing for about a year, (well, one year and a half, but I don't count my deployment) started off with basically two cans from a beer kit, and am up to partial extract brewing (I really enjoy the brewers best kits, but I supplement with some Irish Moss and liquid yeast). 

I am totally psyched to brew up some pumpkin beer this fall.  However, not only do I not have the necessary equipment to go all grain, but I don't feel I'm ready yet from a general knowledge/technical prowess perspective. 

Should I just try to brew up an ale, and add pumpkin and spices?  I have been looking forward to this for like, six months, but I'm not sure of the best way to tackle this with my limited knowledge/experience and equipment.  I would greatly appreciate any suggestions or advice.  Thank you.

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