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Ingredients / How to best use jalapenos
« on: June 22, 2014, 02:44:55 PM »
Hello Homebrewers,

Last summer I made a jalapeno beer in which I added a jalapeno to each bottle on bottling day.  To prep/disinfect the peppers I first boiled them for about 5 minutes.  The end result was a heat that was stronger in aroma than in taste.  This wasn't bad, but I am wondering if some of the heat was lost to the prep boil and if there is a better way to prepare or infuse jalapeno into a batch of beer and what the pros/cons are of each.


General Homebrew Discussion / First Dry Hop
« on: April 04, 2014, 12:15:46 AM »
I have been brewing for almost two years, and have made over a dozen batches but recently began using a secondary fermenter and on my last batch did my first dry hop.  On my first several batches using a secondary the fermentation would usually subside in about 6-7 days and I'd proceed to bottling, but when I used the dry hop method this time it has now been in the secondary for 12 days and is still bubbling about once every 45 seconds in the airlock, and doesn't seem to be slowing down now for several days.

Does dry hopping extend the fermentation time, or is it the strain of yeast that is particularly active (WLP320 American Hefeweizen Ale)?

I also notice a lot of hop sediment still in suspension in the secondary - is there a better way to contain or a way to strain this out when I move to bottling?

Is the dry hop pay off worth it?


Beer Travel / The Maine Brew Bus
« on: February 02, 2014, 06:39:36 PM »
I have only been a member on here since December, but have been meaning to share about "The Maine Brew Bus" for those of you who may be traveling to the Maine area.  My wife and I booked a tour on the Maine Brew Bus while on our honeymoon last September, and had a complete blast.  We are from Kansas, and this was actually the first event on our honeymoon, and a great welcome to Maine!

Based out of Portland, The Maine Brew Bus has a number of themed tours, but ours included a stop at a meadery (Maine Mead Works), a distillery (New England Distilling), and a brewery (Allagash).  It was very educational, and all of the stops included free tastings and tours, and the bus tour was very reasonably priced, and the bus tour had outstanding customer service and even included "the history of Portland/Maine brewing" and trivia.  I would suggest it to anyone, and would sign up again if ever in the area.

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