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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: when to check for bottle bombs
« on: June 09, 2013, 02:33:17 PM »
With all of that work, and a desire to bottle after 4 weeks of waiting, I FORGOT TO SCRUB THE INSIDE OF THE BOTTLES WITH A BOTTLE BRUSH :o

If you soaked in OxiClean, I don't think this is an issue. To be honest, I just rinse my bottles right after pouring - no scrubbing. The only time I ever use my bottle brush is if there's visible crud on the bottom that won't rinse clean. Frankly, OxiClean should get most of that. My bet is that you'll be fine.

I always get residue from oxyclean that I need an ice pick to get off. It doesn't seem to matter how much I rinse. When I use that stuff I have to use a bottle brush to get it out.

Going Pro / Re: Filled Keg storage
« on: June 07, 2013, 02:39:34 PM »
Why would kegged beer be any different than bottled beer?
I store my bottles for up to a year in my basement, which stays a constant 66 to 68 degrees. Some of my beers actually improve over this period of time. I recently started kegging, my last two kegs I primed with half the sugar I would have for bottling, gave each a shot of C02 to protect them, and now they are sitting in my basement waiting for a slot to open up in my kegerator. Is this a bad practice? I figured they would carb then condition just like my bottled beer does. I was thinking this way I would have matured beer when my taps run dry of the beer that is in there now.

Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith
« on: June 06, 2013, 01:18:28 AM »
In a sense it does. It estimates gravity, color, and hop bitterness among other things.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Burner question
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:48:46 AM »
I just ordered a Blichmann burner.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Straining your wort
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:47:44 AM »
I kept getting clogged bottling wands and finding hop matter in my beers until I got one of these.

As an added bonus it helps oxygenate my wort.
I strain using 5 gallon paint strainers. That's a great strainer, anything special about it and where did you find it?

I got it at midwest supplies. It is stainless steel. I throw it in the dish washer after each use.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:39:32 PM »
OK that sounds like 1 oz in a mason jar and fill the rest of the way with bourbon. It also sounds like more AA units for bittering. I was thinking an ounce of sterling at 7% AA FWH in a 1.060 beer. I was also thinking about 5 months in the bottle before serving.

General Homebrew Discussion / Burner question
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:31:38 PM »
Has anybody had experience with both Blichman burners AND cheaper burners such as Bayou Classics? I noticed the burner on my SP10 is looking really rusty so I am thinking about a replacement. I just don't know if it is worth 3 times the price to go with the Blichman. But if I thought it actually performed better, would save some fuel, and I wouldn't have to replace it in 2 years, it might be worth it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:23:07 PM »
Thankyou for your replies. I have been reading differing views on how much bourbon to use. They range from a cup and a half to a pint. I love Shlafly's imperial stout which is a bourbon barrel stout. To me the balance of that beer is absolutely perfect. It is what I am looking for in mine. I am going to brew it this weekend or the following weekend so it will be ready this winter.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Straining your wort
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:17:52 PM »
I kept getting clogged bottling wands and finding hop matter in my beers until I got one of these.

As an added bonus it helps oxygenate my wort.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 05, 2013, 01:44:05 AM »
1. I don't know about minimum, but I've got a couple of jars of chips and bourbon just sitting around waiting.  I also use all of the bourbon they soak in, not just the chips.
2. As long as you enjoy the flavor.  I wouldn't waste top shelf bourbon as that's simply better by itself.  I use a variety of cheaper good tasting bourbons.
3. No worries.
4. I use mason jars.  If the plastic bowl has a lid, that should be OK.  I'd be worried about picking up flavors from the plastic, though.  Perhaps unnecessarily so.
5. I don't think I've gone beyond seven days.  Maybe 10 or so.  I would taste it every couple of days to check. Pull the chips when you hit the flavor you like.

FWIW, I like the flavors of the darker oak chips.

So you are saying the chips themselves never go into the beer? I just use them to flavor the bourbon then pour that in?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 04, 2013, 10:30:37 PM »
How many chips and how much bourbon should I use? Is one mason jar enough for a five gallon batch?

General Homebrew Discussion / Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 04, 2013, 06:08:26 PM »
I am wanting to do a bourbon barrel porter using oak chips rather than the barrel. I have a few questions.
1. How long should I soak the oak chips in bourbon?
2. Does it matter if I just use a cheap bourbon?
3. Do I need to sanitize the container I soak the chips in or will the alcohol take care of that?
4. Will a plastic mixing bowl work OK for this?
5. How long do the oak chips need to float around in the porter before bottling?

Zymurgy / Re: first glance
« on: June 03, 2013, 12:10:16 AM »
I would have a membership with or without the magazine. So to me it is free. I do enjoy it though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Score
« on: June 02, 2013, 09:19:07 PM »
I have been looking all over online for some more Amarillo hops. Nobody has any. I just went to the LHBS in Lawrence and they have a few pounds of them. I will be dry hopping my kitchen sink IPA with Simcoe and Amarillo.

They also have every yeast Lallemand makes for $3 a pop. I dropped $72. Ouch but oh well.

I am going to try some of these

They were expensive because when I saw the shipping I decided to get my order over $25 for the free shipping. So I ordered the Blues Brothers in blu ray, that didn't do it so I ordered a Brief Case Full of Blues which is the album the Blues Brothers did. Then I discovered I needed $10 more so I ordered the first Taken in blu ray. Then I found out that my bags didn't qualify for the free shipping. But I really wanted that Blues Brothers movie in blu ray. So I ordered it all.Those bags were expensive.

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