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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Making a starer using washed yeast
« on: November 13, 2012, 01:50:43 PM »
Hi BeerLord

« on: November 11, 2012, 09:06:40 AM »
From the bottom of my heart.

I see no difference between following a recipe in a book and using a recipe in a kit. Other than the kit eliminates me doing the measuring. Both NB and Midwest Supplies have superb kits.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Using Irish Moss
« on: November 10, 2012, 11:59:17 AM »
Now you tell me. I did mine at 15 minutes. Will they still work?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Using Irish Moss
« on: November 10, 2012, 08:19:36 AM »
I will be bottling the first brew I have ever tried Whirfloc tablets in tomorrow. I will know in a few weeks what I think of it.

I would think the heat from the dishwasher would kill any bacteria that tries to grow. Also the night before I bottle I bake my bottles at 250F for an hour. But I may start hitting them with the bottle brush on rinse day just as an added precaution.

Your process certainly points toward infection.  You have to wash bottles.

On the other hand, it could be that you have blown off some of the off aromas when pouring from the keg or are tasting "green" beer flavors introduced during the carbonation which might age out after a couple more weeks.  I have to say, I've never bottle conditioned a lager then tasted it at only 2.5 weeks, so this might be typical of some yeasts.

What is your procedure for washing bottles? I rinse mine twice, fill half way up and shake vigorously, rinse two more times, then put in the dishwasher without soap on short wash. I have been doing this for about a year with no problems. But is it enough?

Ingredients / Re: 2012 Hop Crop?
« on: November 02, 2012, 04:19:48 PM »
That would be a really nice perk for membership.

Ingredients / Re: 2012 Hop Crop?
« on: November 01, 2012, 07:21:52 AM »
Am I the only one who shops at ? Good prices and I usually have my hops in 2 days. Plus they take paypal.

General Homebrew Discussion / Whirfloc question
« on: October 31, 2012, 10:24:07 AM »
I tried whirfloc in the last batch of beer I made. I used S 04 yeast and it had the shortest lag time I have ever experienced with that yeast. Does whirfloc also act as a yeast nutrient? Or was this just a coincidence?

Ingredients / black malt question
« on: October 29, 2012, 07:42:22 AM »
I bought a pound of what I thought was Black Roasted Barley. I got to looking at it and it is Black Malt. It is Briess if that makes any difference. Would this be the same thing as black patent?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FWH question
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:07:54 PM »
Beersmith has a FWH option when you are filling in your hop additions. I assume the math I need is all figured into that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FWH question
« on: October 24, 2012, 10:36:31 AM »
I am going to do the recipe of the week this Sunday. The Brown Eye Women. I think I will do the FWH thing. After reading Denny's research on it I don't see where it will change the recipe much if any. But it will avoid the boil over thing and possibly give me a bit of flavor from the hops.

General Homebrew Discussion / FWH question
« on: October 24, 2012, 07:41:28 AM »
Just exactly what does First Wort Hopping do? Does it add a tad bit of hop flavor to the beer?

Beer Recipes / Re: Roast porter
« on: October 23, 2012, 10:30:20 AM »
Maybe that will eventually come with experience. In the mean time I have come to just accept them as part of my day  8)

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