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All Grain Brewing / Re: cold-weather brewing
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:49:32 AM »
The worst part for me is the clean up. I brew in my heated garage but take the pots outside to empty and wash with the garden hose. I don't have water or a sink in the garage. Really sucks when the weather is cold. What do the rest of you do for clean up?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Slow Carbing Bourbon Porter
« on: February 15, 2014, 06:49:10 AM »
I have the same problem. The beer has been in the keg for one and a half months. It has no head at all even with a hard pour and looks very still. I can feel the carbonation in my mouth when drinking so I know it's there but you sure can't tell by looking at it. This is the first time I've added bourbon to a beer so have attributed it to that.

Yeast and Fermentation / age 6 months in bucket, lid won't seal
« on: February 05, 2013, 06:16:14 AM »
I brewed up a lambic last weekend and and put it in my brand new bucket with Wyeast Lambic blend for a 6 month primary. Now I can't get the lid to seal. Is this going to be an issue. It seems like it wouldn't be for three weeks or so with a normal beer but I'm worried it will be a problem for a long primary.
What are my options? I'm going to buy another lid today without the slots cut on the side to see if it will seal.  If that doesn't work should I rack to a carboy now while it's actively fermenting or wait a few weeks until it settles down or just keep it in the bucket with the leaking lid. I don't want to wait 6 months to find out I screwed this up.

Equipment and Software / What 10 gal fermenter?
« on: January 20, 2013, 04:28:09 AM »
I'm stepping up to 10 gal batches. I currently have several carboys of various sizes that I ferment in. Splitting the batch into two fermenters is an option and I'll do that on occasion for dry hop, yeast experiments etc.  I'd like to be able to ferment all 10 gal in one vessel. What do you use for 10 gal batches?

Equipment and Software / Re: Staining
« on: October 17, 2012, 05:46:42 PM »
Actually you should finish all sides the same whether you can see it or not. Wood is always taking on or releasing moisture depending on its surroundings. If only one side is sealed it will do this unevenly and result in warping and cracking.

Equipment and Software / Fermentation Fridge
« on: March 05, 2012, 08:59:12 PM »
My wife has generously offered to give me her refrigerator from the kitchen "for free" to use as a fermentation fridge as long as I buy her a new one. The only problem is that it's a side by side and doesn't seem to be the best choice for holding more than one carboy at a time. Any ideas on modifications to make it work? Thanks, Kris

Events / GABF first timer
« on: September 26, 2011, 06:00:16 PM »
I'm heading to the GABF for the first time. I've got tickets for Friday farm to table and both sessions on Saturday. I think I need a strategy. I want to try everything but also want to feel human Sunday for the 7hr drove home. Any suggestions?


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