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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Any advice on priming with Maple Syrup?
« on: March 25, 2010, 05:40:33 PM »
well i can say that it tastes really good! the only problem is that it is overcarbed- not too big of a deal

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Any advice on priming with Maple Syrup?
« on: March 11, 2010, 09:45:03 PM »
Well i bottled a week ago so ill give an update once i crack one open in a week or so

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Any advice on priming with Maple Syrup?
« on: March 04, 2010, 08:28:07 PM »
Well i have decided to do it. i like to experiment. Should i mix it with some boiled water first to ensure that it mixes better with the beer when transferring to the bottling bucket?

Kegging and Bottling / Any advice on priming with Maple Syrup?
« on: March 03, 2010, 12:13:37 AM »
So i have a nut brown ale that will be ready to be bottled very soon. I kinda like the idea of a maple nut brown  8) A couple of questions before i commit. Will there be a noticeable maple character left to the beer? I have read differing ideas on the amount needed to bottle a 5 gallon batch anywhere from 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups...

Any advice would be helpful. Thanks in advance !


Other Fermentables / Re: Thinking of making a cider
« on: February 17, 2010, 07:03:07 PM »
Thank you alikocho. I appreciate the info. I am only in the pre-planning phase (meaning i thought it would be cool to make a cider and thats about the extend of it haha). I think i will try and plan to make one in the spring

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bourbon added to secondary
« on: February 13, 2010, 05:53:41 PM »
will be bottling tomorrow hopefully. just tasted a sample, its very good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: anyone build a place to brew?
« on: February 12, 2010, 05:42:08 AM »
DISCLAIMER: I'm going to apologize ahead of time because i might seem like an a-hole for this, but i find this site very humorous  :D.

Yeast and Fermentation / Bourbon added to secondary
« on: February 11, 2010, 07:45:55 AM »
So i am making a bourbon barrel porter, aged with oak cubes and straight bourbon (2oz cubes and 14 oz makers mark). My question is, will the addition of the bourbon kill off/weaken the yeast enough to be concerned with bottle conditioning? I saved the yeast cake and it is in the refrigerator. Should i add some yeast back before bottling or am i being overly worrisome?

Other Fermentables / Thinking of making a cider
« on: February 07, 2010, 08:07:18 PM »
My question is what is the difference between a common cider and an english cider? What style is a Strongbow? I'm assuming its the english style, but i dont really know.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Worst oversight you've ever done!
« on: February 07, 2010, 07:44:08 PM »
On my first batch i hadn't thought about a  way to measure the amount of water i was using. somehow it turned out well and i was only down maybe a half gallon into the carboy. also forgot to put my IC in the boiling wort to sanitize so i had to extend a boil once.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pacman Yeast
« on: January 26, 2010, 12:25:24 AM »
What kinds of beer styles is Pacman good for?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Leaving thermometer in carboy
« on: January 15, 2010, 10:30:50 PM »
haha wow fast guys. yeah im looking into buying some stick on ones, but was thinking of doing this until they get shipped. I dont really want to short out my thermometer, i just bought it!

Yeast and Fermentation / Leaving thermometer in carboy
« on: January 15, 2010, 10:24:37 PM »
Is it a bad idea to leave a sanitized thermostat probe dangling down into my carboy while my beer ferments? I would like to just be able to turn it on and know what the fermentation temps are. I wonder if this will cause a seal problem with my blow off tube / airlock... Was wondering if anyone had thoughts on it.

Beer Travel / Re: Lay-over in Munich
« on: January 07, 2010, 11:52:05 PM »
 Are your parents from Leipzig? I studied abroad at the university last summer and it was the best 3 weeks of my life. I loved the city of Leipzig

General Homebrew Discussion / Cleaning carboys
« on: January 06, 2010, 11:21:51 PM »
So i was trying to clean the scum that the krausen left around the top ring of my carboy and was having some trouble figuring out a good way to scrub around there. It was at such a weird angle i couldnt clean it well enough with a wire brush so i started to do some brain storming.

 That is when i got the idea to buy some of that aquarium gravel and put some of that in the carboy with just enough water to swish it around. I then just capped the opening with my hand and swirled the gravel around and BAM! clean as a whistle. I was so excited i thought i might share with you all. I probably am not the first person to think of this but figured it might help someone else out as well.  8)

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