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Equipment and Software / Re: using window ac unit
« on: April 11, 2019, 02:44:43 AM »
So my brew shed is a modified tough shed. Right now it is not economically feasible for me to insulate the entire shed. However,  within the shed I have a fermentation chamber that is insulated. Right now I'm using a tower heater in the winter (works great) however,  once the outside temp hit above 80F or so the  small dorm fridge cant keep the chamber at a temperature beneficial for normal fermentation temps. My thought was to use the window adjustable ac unit to ensure the temp remains constant.  It is possible (with lots of modifications to allow the ac unit to vent outside,  I was hoping to avoid that.

Equipment and Software / using window ac unit
« on: April 10, 2019, 03:37:45 AM »
i was wondering if anyone has experience or knowledge in using a window ac unit as the main cooling unit for a fermentation "chamber". i have a beer shed that is not insulated and even with small dorm fridge, the summer heat is too much to control. I saw that some these units have the ability to set a temp which would be great. my biggest concern is the ac unit would be indoors with no exposure to the outside. This ac units are about the same price if not cheaper than upgrading to slightly bigger dorm fridge. any suggestions would greatly appreciated.

Other Fermentables / Re: making first ciders
« on: March 10, 2019, 11:55:15 PM »
So ended up getting 166lbs of apples. It yielded 10gal. We used a crusher and press from a local homebrew store took 3hrs. Added pectin and campden tablets day of and 1pkg each raspberry, strawberry and blueberries to those style. added yeast and nutrients. hopefully everything turns out well.

Other Fermentables / making first ciders
« on: March 02, 2019, 11:40:36 PM »
So i have been tasked by a friend to make 2 ciders for a baby shower. I have good grasp on making beer but less so on ciders.
here are all the details
cider one- "Rose style"
50%sweet. 35%sharp/crisp 15% bitter/tart
Apples to use in blend
Sweet- 25%honeycrisp, 10% ambrosia, 25%pear (anjou and bartlett)
Crisp 15%fuji, 10%gala
Bitter- 100% granny smith
For color add blend of grapes/red berries/blueberries/ rose pedals

cider two- 50%sweet. 35%sharp/crisp 15% bitter/tart
Apples to use in blend
Sweet- 25% honey crisp, 10% ambrosia, 10% autumn glory, crisp- fuji 15%, gala 10%, bitter 100% granny smith
Add salted caramel sauce, the sauce will be added to secondary after primary is done

both will be 5gal, bottled and carb'd
we plan fresh pressing as much as possible. herein lies my first question. I have looking at many different sources in trying to figure how many pounds of apples i need to make 5gals. i have seen between 10-20lbs for 1 gal, which would equal like 1.5-2bushels for 5gals correct?
second the the rose cider- i know that red flesh apples are available but not until the fall (in Colorado at least), so we were thinking of adding some red/pink fruit to give color but limited flavor. is there a good ratio for lbs of fruit to cider for color and not overwhelming flavor?
my biggest questions after the amount of apples needed, is bottling.
For the Rose cider we are looking for dry to semi-dry cider. from what i gather i can bottle like a normal beer?
the second cider is tricky- trying to make a caramel hard apple cider- so sweet and carb'd. what is the best process to to have sweetness with natural carbonation?
i know that on the pressing day i need to add Camden tablets and pectin enzyme and then wait a day the add yeast?
any and all suggestions and knowledge is greatly appreciated

Ingredients / Re: Watermelon beer
« on: June 22, 2018, 03:53:57 AM »

Ingredients / Watermelon beer
« on: June 18, 2018, 02:51:46 AM »
So I was recently gifted 4 watermelons that I wanted to use in a beer. My idea was to use 2 in the boil and 2 on secondary.  I'm thinking an ipa/pale ale or hoppy wheat. I have heard that el Dorado hops are good with watermelons are there any other hops that play well with watermelon?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering airlock?
« on: April 22, 2018, 12:43:27 AM »
thank you

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering airlock?
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:56:06 PM »
I had it primary for 2wks, I was going transfer it tonight and pull a sample for a gravity reading. I have not seen any activity for about 4days

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering airlock?
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:53:48 PM »
My tank is 15gal speidel tank, it has solid lid cap that I can use. I just wasn't sure if i needed it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Lagering airlock?
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:30:37 PM »
So I have very limited clearance in my lager fridge with my current tank. Can I use a sanitized form stopper in place of normal airlock? For primary I MacGyvered a blow off tube. I plan on lagering for 5-6wks

Ingredients / Re: PB2 in secondary
« on: January 24, 2018, 04:48:31 AM »
not sure if have already brewed. i have used pb2 twice (oatmeal peanut butter chocolate stout)
the first beer i used it both in the boil and secondary. in that beer i just dumped the jar in the secondary (along with cacao nibs 1jar/6gals). i noticed no off flavors. however, nearly every bottle was way overcarbed. the second beer i just made about 2 months ago. in the recent batch i just add the PB2 to the boil, non of the beer were overcarbed. Both beers tasted fine.

Yeast and Fermentation / 1st yeast starter
« on: January 24, 2018, 04:34:38 AM »
So after 4 years of home brewing i'm finally making my first yeast starer. I just want to check my math and get second opinions.
here are the details
 Rye Ipa
12gal batch going into fermenter
estimated OG 1.058
using 1pkg of wyeast 1056 (pkg on 12/25/17), brewing this sunday
looking for a pitch rate of 0.5-.75/ equally target yeast count of min of 324 billion cells.
I'm thinking of 2.5l starter at a gravity 1.035? that should give the correct cell count? these number are from brewer's friends yeast starter calc.
Also i'm using the malestrom plate with 5 speeds, what is the best speed option for proper aeration.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Left bottles out over night
« on: July 24, 2017, 08:50:00 PM »
Thanks that was original though

Kegging and Bottling / Left bottles out over night
« on: July 24, 2017, 07:54:37 PM »
So I had cleaned and sanitized my bottles and equipment yesterday however,  I was unable to bottle. My question is do I just need to re-sanitize or clean and re-sanitize, to bottle today?

Hop Growing / Re: Growing plants with hops?
« on: June 26, 2017, 07:01:29 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions. I ended up planting the rosemary in a pot, so that i can take it in for the winter.

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