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General Homebrew Discussion / moving my hops plants
« on: November 24, 2011, 01:00:11 PM »
I am forced to move... I have looked on youtube and cant find anything about moving hops plants.  I planted them last spring (but they did not yield any hops for me) and the vines took off.  They are about 9 foot high and wrapped around a fenc/lattice that I wont be taking with me.  Do I just cut the vine and re-plant?  I have them in pots already, or should I cut then dig up the rhizome?  Looking for some help with this, I have to move ASAP and know I will need to replant, hoping I can cut and re-grow...

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Yeast and Fermentation / frozen yeast cake
« on: November 03, 2011, 07:54:51 PM »
I have never re-used a yeast cake.  So I made a pumpkin ale a few weeks ago and was not ready to make another batch yet so I poured the hops and yeast cake into a food saver bag, sealed it and set it in the freezer.  I plan on racking and bottling the pumpkin ale next wednesday and possibly making a christmas ale with the left over yeast in the secondary and thawing out the previously frozen cake.  Will this work?  Or should I just start from scratch again?

thanks

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottle carbonating an Imperial IPA??
« on: October 02, 2011, 03:52:27 PM »
thanx guys...will let you know in a few weeks

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottle carbonating an Imperial IPA??
« on: October 01, 2011, 11:32:34 AM »
in deed grams ;)

they were at room temp for 2wks prior to me moving them to the fridge (I thought they would be done) they have been in the fridge now for 3-4wks.

So am I understanding correct that I open and pour back into a priming bucket and re-pitch? or just make a yeast mix and add a few drops to each bottle and re-cap???  Or just put back at room temp and invert bottles to re-suspend the yeast in the bottle?

Thanks btw for all the input  :)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottle carbonating an Imperial IPA??
« on: October 01, 2011, 07:12:08 AM »
Thanks, I will be adding a few oz of dry yeast to my next 5gal batch of high % brew.  Question:  I have put the bottles in the fridge...will it effect the beer if I take them out to assume room temp again?  What is the rule on getting brew cold and warm again, I have always heard it is not good to do that...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/23 Edition
« on: September 23, 2011, 08:37:56 PM »
going to brew a stout tomorrow.  or maybe another IPA...  I have an IPA in the primary an imperial in the bottle, and a Russian Imperial Vanilla Burbon Stout in the bottle for Christmas :)  Well at least I'm going to brew tomorrow b4 the UFC fights  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottle Condition Before Lagering?
« on: September 23, 2011, 08:10:48 PM »
I have brewed two lagers... and bottled as normal but placed them immediatly in the fridge to condition.  I have had some fuzz overflow if kept in the bottle afterwards (in both cases) when opening, but in a glass it created a great foamy head! 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pumpkin Beer
« on: September 23, 2011, 08:04:26 PM »
St. Arnolds out of Houston made a divine reserve Pumpkin Ale a few years ago and it was gr8!  They plan on making it a seasonal brew, but I am anxious to try one of my own.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Custom bottles
« on: September 20, 2011, 03:18:20 PM »
100% sure this is a ceramic bottle.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Custom bottles
« on: September 20, 2011, 03:12:59 PM »
idea... you may try a local college art dept.  They will have a kiln and students taking a ceramics class...My wife did this in college as an elective, she made all types of cups and bowls, they may be able to custom make some that will fit a swing top.

If you want it to hold carbonated beer, contact the engineering department, the art department won't understand the requirements.

Same with the square bottles, not meant for applications involving pressure.

Rogue uses painted bottles, they look fine. You could ask them what type of paint is used.

I don't know about rogue, but the paint used by Stone contains heavy metals. just something to think about.

I actually have a rogue imperial IPA ceramic bottle with a swing top.  It is not a painted glass bottle (it can be done!!!)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottle carbonating an Imperial IPA??
« on: September 20, 2011, 03:05:48 PM »
I used 4 oz of corn sugar fo the priming during bottling, did not pitch anymore yeast.  If I were to pitch more yeast how much would I pitch?  I bottled about 4.5gal.  I have tried 3 bottles one fromt he front end, and two from the back end...

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Custom bottles
« on: September 18, 2011, 07:28:04 AM »
idea... you may try a local college art dept.  They will have a kiln and students taking a ceramics class...My wife did this in college as an elective, she made all types of cups and bowls, they may be able to custom make some that will fit a swing top.

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Kegging and Bottling / bottle carbonating an Imperial IPA??
« on: September 17, 2011, 09:46:31 AM »
It has been 3weeks since I bottled an imperial IPA sitting at 9.45%bv and it has yet to carbonate.  While I oddly still enjoy it flat, when could I expect it to be carbonated?  and if it hasn't can I just re-cap the test bottle?

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General Homebrew Discussion / adding a liquor?
« on: January 15, 2011, 09:06:58 AM »
I am less than a year into brewing and loving every batch so far!  I will be venturing into partial and full grain in the next six months, but have a few questions...  The one I ask today is:  At the bottling phase if I add some Whiskey or Tequila to the batch, will it kill the active yeast and cause the carbonation process to cease?  Or will it just add a goodness and additional kick?  Or is this just not something you would want to do?  And if not why not?

Thanks


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