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General Homebrew Discussion / brewhouse photo
« on: December 10, 2012, 12:59:21 AM »
Hi all,

I am looking for a really cool brewhouse photo that I can use as the backround design for a website.  Anyone know of any photos that would do the job?

Thanks for your help,

Tim O'Rourke

Hi all,

Got a quick question by brother wanted to find the answer to.  He is new to homebrewing and wants to use bottles that are made for twist off caps.  I have not tried that so I could not give any good answers.  Anyone out there in the ether tried to bottle with twist off bottles?

All Grain Brewing / Malt Analysis
« on: August 11, 2012, 11:59:18 PM »
Hi all,

Got a question for you.  I am new to all grain brewing and an trying to approach this very scientificly.  Today I purchased 9 types of 2-row and 6-row base malted barley and made teas out of 2 oz of each to test each type of grain the way Denny described in a Zymergy article a few months back.  I made notes and will be posting them Monday.

I am also reading Greg Noonan's New Brewing Lager Beer and am also trying to teach myself to look at malted barley and judge if it is well suited for making beer.  I have 4 types of Rohr 6 row and 2 row barley and the endosperm is white and kind of hard.  Noonan says tha thard greyish white malt isnot suited for brewing, is that what I am seeing.  Anyone else taken a look at Rohr malt and decided if the malts are usually mealy or glassy?

Thanks for your help!

Hi all,

I remember seeing a new company advertised that would ship "fresh beer" from the brewer to your house, but I cannot find them online.

Anyone know the company I am talking about?

Thanks for your help!

Yeast and Fermentation / Is My Wheat Ale Stuck?
« on: July 26, 2012, 03:33:20 PM »
Hi all,

I started brewing a Wheat Ale Sunday and checked the sp gr last night.  It was still at 1.050.  Is that normal after only a couple of days of frementation?  Also the air lock is no longer bubbling and Krausen has occured and the yeast has flockulated and settled out.

Thank's for your help!

General Homebrew Discussion / Used Brewing Equipment
« on: July 12, 2012, 03:54:22 PM »
Hi all,

Do any of you guys have used brewing equipment you you are looking to get rid of (for some money of course!)? Just wondering...

Hi all, forgot my recipe and need some quick help.  How much corn sugar should I add to prime condition the bock?

Beer Travel / Round Barn Winery and Brewery in Union Pier, Michigan
« on: April 24, 2012, 02:58:35 PM »
Hi all,

Anyone tried any of the beers and/or wines made at the Round Barn Winery and Brewery recently.  I am planning a trip to Michigan and wondering if it is worth thr drive.

Thanks for your help!

Zymurgy / Denny's Article in the Current Zymergy
« on: April 24, 2012, 02:26:59 PM »
Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know that Denny wrote a great article about creating homebrew recipies in the latest Zymergy.  Thank you Denny!!!  I enjoyed reading it and learned a lot.  I am deffinently going to start making teas out of grain and hops after this weeks trip to the LHBS.

I do have one question out there for all of you guys.  Denny was writing about a particular Porter he made and stated that the pH was low.  Does anyone know what the "notmal" pH range for beer is?

Again thank you Denny!

General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrew Store In Evanston IL
« on: March 29, 2012, 06:49:33 PM »
I am interested in opening a homebrew supply shop in Evanston IL, or the very northern part of Chicago.  Do any of you guys in the area ever find yourself wishing there was a homebrew supply shop close by?

Anyone interested in starting a homebrew club in the Rodgers Park/Evanston IL area?

General Homebrew Discussion / Book Idea for Homebrewers
« on: March 25, 2012, 10:00:36 PM »
Hi all,

I have been looking for a book that describes the steps needed to make the same batch of beer that tastes the same each time.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks for your help!

Beer Recipes / skull splitter
« on: February 25, 2012, 11:30:39 PM »

Just had a beer called skull splitter, it was AWESOME!!!  Any one have a clone recipe for it?

Hi all,

I have noticed in my extract beers something that I would describe as slightly acidic after cask conditioning.  Is that along the same lines as the extract beer "twang"?  I kind of dought it because bannana and caramal seem to be the descripters people in this forum are using. 

Has anyone heard of acid being produced by yeast during bottle/keg conditioning?  The man running the homebrew supply shop said that happens and I should no longer bottle/keg condition.

As always, thanks for the feedback!


I am interested in going to the above mentioned class, but want to make sure it is worth the time and money...any advice would be appreciated.

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