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Ingredients / Beer + Spirit
« on: August 21, 2010, 08:06:13 AM »
I was thinking about enhancing the rum flavor in a beer... with... well actual rum.

Has anyone experimented with adding a bottle of rum at bottling/kegging? Or in the primary or secondary?

Is this an awful idea?

Just something I'm toying around with.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing Software
« on: June 03, 2010, 08:09:49 PM »
BeerSmith 2.0 (late this year) will support the MAC

Do you know when.  I've used and like beersmith, but I'm not really in the mood for waiting.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What's going on here? (Pic)
« on: June 02, 2010, 04:40:14 PM »
This happened to my first beer.  A learning experience, but the beer was still good.

I still think that beer turned out to be one of my favorite beers to date. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing Software
« on: June 01, 2010, 02:20:53 PM »
So I'm getting kinda lost.

What programs are compatible for Mac?  Beer Tools Pro is all that I see yall talking about.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: LOGOS AND LABELS
« on: May 15, 2010, 12:32:30 PM »
Kinkos to Print
And a glue stick to apply

Works great and comes off easy!

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Equipment and Software / Best Kegerator Deals?
« on: May 15, 2010, 12:19:57 PM »
I'm looking to get a Kegerator, but I'm not finding any great deals out there.

It would help give me a good frame of mind to hear what y'all are using, what you paid for yours, and where you got them.


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Equipment and Software / Conical Fermenters
« on: April 30, 2010, 05:19:52 AM »
Just a quick survey on who (if anyone) uses Conical fermentnters.

Is it worth the money?

If I'm looking to step up my brewing is this a good step forward?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cloudy Beer
« on: April 18, 2010, 02:44:29 PM »
Did you use any Irish Moss?  This is added at the end of the boil and acts as a clarifying agent. 

But keep in mind Allagash's philosophy: Their beer is cloudy, but so is heaven!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 100% head
« on: April 12, 2010, 06:56:09 PM »
It was a White Labs German Lager yeast.

Lessoned learned.  Sadly it took 52 bottles dumped down the drain.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 100% head
« on: April 12, 2010, 04:26:03 PM »
The recipe was a very simple extract lager recipe that I had thrown together.  I gave it 9 days in the primary at 50*F and then 10 days in the secondary at 45*F.  My air stop wasn't bubbling but every few minutes, and visually the beer seemed to be at a complete standstill.  I did not take a hydrometer reading. I don't have a ton of experience but to my knowledge it had completed fermenting. 

I'm thinking it's a sanitation issue. 

I'm not sure if there is a simpler (or more correct) way to sanitize bottles but I sanitized my bottles using a 72 min, added heat wash in my dishwasher.  This has always worked for me in the past.  Does anyone have a better way to sanitize? 

I'm thinking something must have got into the beer itself, because every bottle I have opened has been the same characteristics.   I think that I need to spend a little time soaking all my equipment in bleach water and I may need to grab a new Better Bottle just to be safe.  Cross your fingers that the beer that is in there now isn't screwed up.

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General Homebrew Discussion / 100% head
« on: April 11, 2010, 11:33:43 AM »
I poped open a few bottles of my latest brew and each one erupted.  The entire bottle turned to foam.  Within in a minutes every ounce of liquid turns into foam. 

I know I screwed something up, but I'm not sure what?

Any similar experiences out there?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Brew Balls?
« on: March 18, 2010, 06:59:19 PM »
Any one out there have Brew Balls?

http://www.brewballstore.com/

Worth it?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Shiner Frost
« on: January 26, 2010, 09:07:56 PM »
I'm going down to south Texas this month and I'm planning on making Shinner a major stop on my way. 

Looking forward to trying "Frost"

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Ommegang
« on: January 26, 2010, 08:43:24 PM »
I am so impressed with each Ommegang beer that I try.  I can't give this brewery enough credit.  AMAZING.

"Three Philosophers" may be one of the best beers I've ever had.  Rare Vos and Abbey Ale are up there also. 

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Beer Recipes / Irish Red Ale
« on: January 19, 2010, 08:21:46 PM »
Anyone have recipe/advice/suggestions for an Irish Red Ale?

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