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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Good resources for labels?
« on: December 19, 2009, 12:18:37 AM »
I use 4th and Vine lables. You can download MS Word templates to use with them. I originally got them from my local brew supply store but now I get them direct. Contact them at or go to thier web page at

As far as protecting them after printing what I do is get a can of spary lacquer and give them two or three light coats. The process is this:
Create the lable in MS Word
Print out the required number on my Ink Jet printer
Spray 3 light coast of lacquer spacing each coat about 30 minutes to an hour apart.
Peal and stick the lables.

One thing I really like about these lables is to remove them all you have to do is warm the bottle up with hot water and gently peel it off. No mess!

All Grain Brewing / Re: "Belgian" spice flavor wierdness
« on: December 12, 2009, 01:12:58 AM »
Thanks to everyone for the timely and informative replies. It's clear now that "Bleach Bad"! ::)
I will use the Oxy cleaning method and use a one-step from now on and save the bleach for the cloths and kitchen counter tops.

Brew on!


All Grain Brewing / Re: "Belgian" spice flavor wierdness
« on: December 11, 2009, 01:48:35 AM »
I use a dilute bleach spray in my primary and let it air dry for a couple days. I then sanitize with Star-San. The water is city tap water but I boil it for 15 minutes and then let it sit in a closed container until cool enough to use. I've used this method in the past when brewing a Bass clone using the extract method. They do put chlorine in the water but I don't know about chloramines. I've read that sulfiting the water with campden tabs will clear the chloromines. I have not tried this or talked to anyone in the area about it yet. I will talk to the folks at the local brew shop and see what they have to say.
Any other thoughts are greatly appreciated.


All Grain Brewing / Re: "Belgian" spice flavor wierdness
« on: December 10, 2009, 01:34:07 AM »
The spicieness is a kind of pumkin/clove flavor

All Grain Brewing / Re: Ever replace the SS braid in your mashtun?
« on: December 08, 2009, 11:39:02 PM »
One thing I did was to make a small coil of copper wire to fit in the braid. This prevents it from collapsing. ;)

All Grain Brewing / "Belgian" spice flavor wierdness
« on: December 08, 2009, 11:31:10 PM »
I brewed a small ale recently with 1/2 lb of 40l crystal and 60l crystal with 9lbs of base malt...generally pretty light. The hops came from my a backyard and the variety is unknown although it is not very strong in AA. The yeast was Wyeast 1056 American Ale. The fermentation temp was about 65F. It didn't finish for almost three weeks. I bottle conditioned it and let it set for three more weeks before trying it. It has the flavor of a Belgian spice that I was not expecting.
Q: Is this spicy flavor common with this yeast? Am I running into something else?
I was aiming for a more typical but less hoppy American ale.

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