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Kegging and Bottling / My First Lager
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:06:18 AM »

I have made my first lager, and I am about to bottle.  I brewed it December 18th, and racked the beer January 28th allowing for a Diacetyle rest.  Since then it has been stored at about 36 degrees.  I was wondering before I bottle, do I need a new batch of yeast to add for carbonation?  I have been finding conflicting accounts on the web, and well AHA hasn't given me bad advice yet.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Dry Hopping with Lager
« on: December 10, 2013, 03:06:34 PM »
So I am making my first lager and I was looking to dry hop.  Should I do this during primary or during Lagering?

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Equipment and Software / Tap Water Temp
« on: September 23, 2013, 07:06:34 PM »
So I have an immersion wort chiller, and I've noticed a problem...my tap water does not really get colder then 76 degrees F.  Anything I can toy with to make this colder?  Its really not that cold...and its messing with my chilling....

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Equipment and Software / Mold in tubes
« on: August 31, 2013, 05:56:40 PM »
So I could have sworn I cleaned out my equipment last brew well enough....but evidently not.  I broke out my gear to brew today, and sadly found black mold growing in my plastic tube!  I cannot get to the mold because of how far into the tube it is.  Right now I am soaking it in 5 gal. of water and 1.5 tsp of bleach.  I was wondering if anyone knows if this will work or if there is any other tricks.  I was going to try boiling it, but I'm worried about ruining the tube.  Right now my budget is a tad tight, and I really do not want to go out and buy a new tube if at all possible.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Whiskey Rye Timing
« on: June 05, 2013, 06:20:09 PM »
So I am making a batch of Rye ale, that I have made before where I soak it in a secondary fermenter with whiskey barrel chips.  I am a big fan of it, and its worked well when I soak it for about 17 days.  here is the issue now...I am making a batch for a friend, and I have to go out of town just before it hits the secondary fermenter, AND by the time I come back it will have soaked for 24 days.  Is this a bad idea?  Should I teach the friend how to bottle and have them do it while I am out?  Or should I just let it sit?

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / dry hopping for the first time
« on: May 13, 2013, 05:14:04 PM »
So I will be making an IPA recipe I found, and will need to dry hop for the first time.  The recipe says to keep the beer in a secondary fermenter for 2 weeks, but to dry hop for 4.  I will be using hop pellets (its the only one kind I have access to), do I just drop the pellets in for the last 4 days? Is it safe to open the air lock to do this?

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Pomegranate Flavor
« on: April 29, 2013, 02:00:43 PM »
So I had an amazing pomegranate wheat from Ithaca brewing, and I really want to recapture that beer.  Any recommendations on how to add a pomegranate flavor aside from burning a crazy amount of cash on fresh pomegranates (and having to wait until they are in season again!)?

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Extract Mint Stout
« on: April 24, 2013, 04:32:27 PM »
Ok, So I have brewed for my 7th time.  So far I have only used extracts with some grain in the beginning for flavor.  I am making sure I have the basics down before I upgrade to all grain, but anyway onto the problem:

I decided to test my luck at adding mint to stout.  My desire was to come up with a warm weather stout where the mint would be present just enough for an aftertaste to effectively act as a palate cleanser.  Anyway I made the stout with:
 3.3 lbs of LME
 about 1/4 lb of roasted barely
3 lbs Dark DME
1 oz of cascade hops (boiled for 45 minutes)
1/2 oz of Willamette hops (boiled 10 minutes)
1 pouch of liqued red ale yeast

after fermenting for 1 week I racked the beer for 2 weeks.  Once this passed I bottled with 3/4 cup of corn sugar to carbonate, and added at very end 1/2 oz of mint extract. 

So after this was all done I have a beer as carbonated as pepsi, with the same amount of head.....what did I do? (no detergents were used in the cleansing of items, I used a cleaner/sanatizer from my local brew shop and I rinsed everything after the soak).

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