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The Pub / Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« on: December 05, 2011, 12:40:05 PM »
For me it was going to college in Portland, ME. Me and my roommates scoured beer stores looking for the coolest beer caps. This led to lots of tastings and trying out some local brew pubs like Sebago, Gritty's, and Shipyard.

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Ingredients / Re: Pilsner vs Pale Malt
« on: November 28, 2011, 11:54:02 AM »
Added hot and eventually just dumped it all in and did my first unplanned no sparge.

Ah yes, I had my first unplanned no sparge earlier this year when I tried to make a barley wine. I mashed in too thick and the grain bed looked like a big meatloaf. I took a big hit in efficiency and it turned my barley wine into an Imperial IPA, which was on my list to brew anyways!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Barley wine question
« on: August 23, 2011, 05:46:55 AM »
Wow, thanks for the quick responses. Sounds like two solid answers so thanks for the help. I love Bigfoot, and I can't remember but the recipe I'm using might be a Bigfoot clone, either that or I made it up, don't remember haha.

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All Grain Brewing / Barley wine question
« on: August 22, 2011, 07:30:51 PM »
I want to give a barley wine a shot and I'm going to do it with a relatively small batch and just let it sit in the basement for close to year. However, I have heard some things that I am not sure of. I've heard with "bigger brews" that a thicker mash is appropriate, closer to 1.25qt/lb, where I've been doing about 2qt/lb up until this point. Is this just due to size constraints for the mash tun to be able to fit more water? If that is the case, then I won't worry about it (doing a 2 gallon batch), but if there is some sort of deeper meaning with conversion and such that would be good to know.

Also, I plan on using the yeast cake (Wyeast 1056) off of a brown ale (OG:1.057, 5.5 gallons) for this barley wine. Would this be over kill for such a small batch? Or will the high OG (estimating 1.1) compensate for that? Thanks for the help and happy brewing!


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Great Second AG Brew Day
« on: May 03, 2011, 11:18:06 AM »
First all grain brew was also my first using my immersion chiller which I found out the water coming out of those is really really hot. 

Hahaha I did that same thing when I first used my chiller. REAL hot! I laughed at myself after I did it, like one of those "Here's Your Sign" jokes. My 2nd go-round didn't go as smoothly, still don't have very good drainage so I basically "manually removed" the wort from the mash tun, but I imagine the beer will turn out OK.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cleaning Bottles - Soaking - How Often?
« on: April 17, 2011, 11:47:21 AM »
For first time use of a bottle I'll usually soak it in cold bleach water over night, rinse multiple times and spray with some star san. For future use I guess I just rinse them with hot water a few times when empty and store them someplace until I need them again and I'd probably just spray with star san. The oven idea sounds like a good one, I'd be too worried them would crack or bust though. I wonder what the heat threshold is on a glass bottle..

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Doctor I have this friend.....
« on: April 13, 2011, 07:22:23 AM »
Also, I was just doing some reading on it and while I can't comment on the validity of this article, they say bleach does NOT kill mold.

Hmm...while reading your post, I was thinking, well bleach kills everything. Interesting article though, and you're right, can't say for sure on the validity of it. It almost sounds reasonable because the chlorine evaporates very quickly, although I think it would leave more than just water. To be sure I think I would check with an expert, someone who does mold removal for a living. Although, during my last bottling attempt I used old bottles with definite mold spots and I bleached the hell out of them and they worked fine. I just always remember to use the coldest water possible when using bleach (and gloves haha).

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Corn Sugar Priming by Style
« on: April 06, 2011, 07:15:53 AM »
I had an issue trying to find out how much to carbonate my last batch, and it ended up not being carbonated (after all that time waiting!). So I'm thinking it might have been my caps, first time I used caps, normally I do it in a Grolsch bottles. The Grolsch ones turned out ok, but the CO2 was still low. Could have been my $3 scale too that I used to measure the sugar with too. Anywho, does anybody know what the max amount of CO2 you can have in a bottle before it explodes? I think I got too concerned over measuring out exactly how much sugar. Just wondering how resilient glass bottles are haha

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Beer Travel / Re: First Brewer's Festival
« on: April 06, 2011, 05:33:56 AM »
Ooooo that does sound nice. You're right, Burlington is pretty sweet. I've only been there once, but it was a good time. Yeah I had a feeling that was sort of a "different" brew festival and they aren't all like that. I'd like to make the one in July, but who knows, I live in Western NY so it was a hike to get up there.

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Beer Travel / First Brewer's Festival
« on: April 04, 2011, 02:20:04 PM »
So the wife and I headed up to Smuggler's Notch in Vermont for a little spring break ski vacation, and we got a great package deal with the resort, plus there was a brewer's festival that weekend also! First time for me, so I was thrilled to check this out.

The Attendees:

Sam Adams
Long Trail
Harpoon
Otter Creek
Magic Hat
Woodchuck Cider
Shocktop Widmer Brothers

At first, it was great, we got a souvenir glass and 8 tickets and picked up some SWAG on the tables. Then I realized that there was a DJ there who was like running games and contests and stuff. Then he started cranking the music and the place got packed and turned into a dance party. Another person in our party said it felt like we were at a wedding where you didn't know anybody. The beer I did try was good, but the people at the tables were not well informed. Some of them had piles of malt next to the samples on their tables so I tried some, couldn't put my finger on it, asked the girl what kind of malt it was, she looked befuddled, turned to ask someone else and said it was barley. Yeah, thanks sweetheart. Plus it wasn't anything new really, just a showcase of their flagship beers or seasonals.

So all-in-all, it wasn't the craft brew experience I was looking for, but I think I was disappointed because my expectations were so high. It was more of a Hey, Try Our Beer and Go Party! sort of night, instead of a, hey check out these new brews we have and ask us about them sort of night. Oh well, I'll probably go back, just with different expectations. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: beer gas
« on: March 07, 2011, 05:24:51 PM »
oops, disregard previous post, I didn't see that you wrote that all of your beers were kegged. Like I said, I knew it wasn't that simple. BUT if you did bottle, I'm sure what I said may have been relevant haha

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All Grain Brewing / Re: beer gas
« on: March 07, 2011, 05:22:55 PM »
Not sure if it could be something this simple, but I remember reading from Palmer's book, he mentions just taking care to not disturb the yeast layer on the bottom when pouring and gives a story about a guy pouring him a homebrew and sloshing around the bottle to get it all out (yeast). I always try to pour my home brews carefully out of my bottles and try to leave a little bit of beer on the bottom to not disturb the yeast layer and don't usually have an issue, ya know, besides the usual. Not sure if this is the issue, but just a suggestion.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Drainage time
« on: February 28, 2011, 02:06:16 PM »
I did try tilting it up and that did seem to help, but I thought I remembered something in John Palmer's book about fluid mechanics so I wasn't sure if this was the best idea. I'll have to check on the type of braid I grabbed, to be honest, I didn't even think about it. Just saw and grabbed. I'll be pissed if it is plastic though, the one I had, had a thick rubber hose on the inside (all of the examples I've seen were plastic hoses) and I nearly busted a nut trying to get it out. I also don't think the grist was too fine, just based on pictures I had seen, it seemed rather coarse, a lot of the husks were still intact. I guess the only answer is to make more beer!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Drainage time
« on: February 28, 2011, 06:51:02 AM »
Hey thanks guys,

I did vorlauf and batch sparge, I did not do a mash-out, as I heard most of the time it isn't really necessary. I think my braid is a bit too long and it is really bunched up, so maybe I'll try shortening it. After vorlauf, it look me almost an hour to get the first runnings, even with the spigot fully open, it was just trickling out. Then after I sparged, it was probably another hour. Maybe a mash-out will help, but I think shorten my braid and stretch it out more. Thanks again for the advice

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All Grain Brewing / Drainage time
« on: February 27, 2011, 01:07:17 PM »
Just dove in and did my first AG batch earlier this week. All-in-all it went pretty well, but I guess I'm not sure what is "normal". I have a big rectangular cooler with a braided mesh and I did a small 3-gallon (total) batch. How long does it typically take to drain with this type of set-up?

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