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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« on: January 10, 2014, 06:01:10 PM »
Great advice all around!
I'm currently aging a mead and a barley wine, so I have some long lead projects going on to tied me over until I get back into it.  Great idea on brewing my wife’s favorite (Classic German Pils)…selling that will not be no issue.  I may take a few months off, but I’ll get back into it by brewing during off-hours to not sacrifice family time.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« on: January 07, 2014, 07:57:52 PM »
Need some advice from brewers who are Dads of >2.  Baby #3 is coming in Feb and I’m certain that this will cause me to go on hiatus from brewing for a few months.  Question…when is it the right time to come back into brewing without me getting into some serious trouble.  My wife is very understanding of my brewing and allows me to be at the craft most weekends, so it’s possible to start early, but I don’t want to push my luck.  I’ve been a brewer for 10 years, but really hard-at-it (all grain) for 2.  Help!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Lbs in a barley wine...how much?
« on: December 13, 2013, 07:10:06 PM »
Thanks for the advise...all makes since.  Yes, using the choc for a little color...caramel was on a whim. 

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All Grain Brewing / Lbs in a barley wine...how much?
« on: December 13, 2013, 04:01:00 PM »
I was considering 17 lbs of base and 1 of mixed caramel & choc. Is this overkill? It's my 1st try at it, so I wanted to check. Also, how long to ferment... Month?
Many thanks

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter "fuel" for Champagne Yeast
« on: November 19, 2013, 09:03:36 PM »
Sorry for any confusion...not a dry yeast...arrived in a punch-pack.  When I get these for my CA ale yeasts, I'll do a starter of about 1/2 cup of DME to 2 cups of water, boil for 10 min, cool to 70 degrees and add all to a clean growler (with ferm lock).  What would I use here, if anything?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Starter "fuel" for Champagne Yeast
« on: November 19, 2013, 06:06:18 PM »
I'm making a mead this weekend and I'd like to do a starter this time around like I do my homebrews.  What would be the best food/fuel to use as a starter for the Champagne Yeast?  Honey(plus nutrient)?  a Little corn-sugar? I'm assuming no DME.
A little advise please...thanks!

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Didn't think of the flare-fittings...good call!
Thanks

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I have a keggerator for a standard keg that I'd like to set-up/convert to a Pinlock or a Balllock keg.  I have the idea that simply changing out some fittings would do the trick, however I wanted to make sure I wasn't under-thinking it.
Please advise...many thanks!

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Equipment and Software / Grain Mill Recommendation
« on: October 02, 2013, 05:50:07 PM »
Looking for a grain mill on a tight budget.  I've been getting by with taking my bulk grains to a friend for grinding for about a year and I need a little freedom, but I don't want to pay $130 for one off a Home brew supply website...any ideas?  DIY?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Beer Yeast for Bread?
« on: September 25, 2013, 04:42:00 PM »
Sorry for the delay in getting back with everyone. 
I did a starter with my standard DME pitch that I do the night before I brew.  Wifey made her standard "3 hour" bread where she used her basic hearth receipt.  She used 1/2 of the pitch for the starter sponge and the other 1/2 for the dough.  Honestly, it tasted like her usual batch of bread, with a little bit of a lighter texture.  It was a good exercise in the process, but I'm not sure it was worth the extra effort...though I appreciated it more while eating.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Beer Yeast for Bread?
« on: September 16, 2013, 05:34:01 PM »
Awesome...thanks for all the replays.  The Mrs will be giving it a try tomorrow.
I'll post then and let everyone know how it turned out.
Thanks again

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Yeast and Fermentation / Beer Yeast for Bread?
« on: September 15, 2013, 02:01:10 PM »
Has anyone ever used the (washed) liquid yeast from a secondary fermenter to make bread?  I just harvested the yeast from my latest batch(IPA) and was toying with the idea of making bread with it(actually, asking my wife to do it).  Anyone have any experience doing this? 

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Brewing a 2.0 version of the APA I enveloped last month...thinking I can done a little better with a little more wheat and a little less cara malt.
 Also, I was going to add more cascade earlier in the process for a more citrusy flavor...would that work?

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Zymurgy / Re: Shipping Woes...need a good alternative
« on: July 25, 2013, 04:20:43 PM »
I went this FedEx.  Registered and printed from home, took my package to the location...they didn't ask, I didn't tell.  No worries.
Thanks again to all for your help!

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Zymurgy / Re: Shipping Woes...need a good alternative
« on: July 21, 2013, 08:06:08 AM »
I state contents as "Glassware" and never have a problem.

Honestly in most cases it's never even asked. If you set up and account you can actually fill out your shipping info on line and directly print your label. Then all you do is drop off your package and they don't even ask you anything:)

Will do...makes the most sense.
Thanks!

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