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Beer Recipes / Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« on: July 30, 2011, 08:11:02 AM »
I have a bunch of malted wheat. I was wondering if there are any opinions on this hybrid of sorts.

5lbs Malted Wheat
5lbs Munich
1lb Dark Munich
1/2 lb Caramunich 60
1 oz Sterling hops 60 minute boil
US-05 yeast

I am not trying to reinvent the wheel here. I would just like to use some of the wheat malt I have. This recipe came from a NB kit but I am subbing wheat for the pilsner malt. I do like dark wheat beers btw.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hop question
« on: July 26, 2011, 08:03:24 AM »
Your idea makes a lot of sense. But I am trying to avoid loose hops in my fermenter. I am tired of clogged up bottling wand.

FWIW, it's interesting to see how things come around...I recall first posting about using Oxiclean to remove labels back around 99-200 on rcb.

Wow, Denny really has been around a long time! rcb = roman conqueror beer   ;D

And yet, not a hair out of place.

Don't leave them in the oxyclean too long.  A scale builds up on things that soak too long.

? I've left bottles soaking  for 3weeks and never had scales, slim but no scales.

It depends on how much oxyclean you use. If you don't overdo it, it won't leave the scaling, a little too much and you will get a gritty bottle that will take a really long time to clean up. I add about a half a teaspoon to a sink full of water. Does the trick and no grit. I learned that over time.

I remember "double krausening" from beer commercials in the past. I don't remember which of the big 3 made that claim.

Perhaps you're thinking of Old Style.  "Twice brewed and fully krauesened." Once for taste, once for smoothness.

Supposedly, the current formula is once again krauesened. 

Thats the one.

The Pub / Re: Fleas
« on: July 22, 2011, 02:05:56 PM »
Some fleas have built up a resistance to both. The Banter vets, who are somehow associated with petsmart have some stuff that works in those cases. Just remember they sell it but petsmart does not.

I remember "double krausening" from beer commercials in the past. I don't remember which of the big 3 made that claim.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: This is torture.....
« on: July 21, 2011, 09:50:19 PM »
Who are forced to build kegs.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Club near Leavenworth, KS?
« on: July 21, 2011, 10:41:07 AM »
There is a club in Lawrence that I know about. But I don't think that is any closer to you than KC.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hop question
« on: July 20, 2011, 08:22:28 AM »
Cool. I never thought of that. Thankyou very much for your prompt reply.

General Homebrew Discussion / Dry hop question
« on: July 20, 2011, 08:17:29 AM »
When I dry hop this time I want to use a hop sack. Is it necessary to sanitize the hop sack? Or will there be enough alcohol in my beer after a week of fermenting to do the sanitizing?

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: July 20, 2011, 08:14:29 AM »
Breaking 3 digits day after day after day. It is miserable when you work in the conditions I do.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many people use hop bags?
« on: July 18, 2011, 11:04:34 AM »
I use a 5 gallon nylon paint strainer for everything but a FWH addition.  Works great -- minimal mess.

I like this idea, but it seems like it would be somewhat difficult to use with an immersion chiller.

use this:

and then with an oven mitt, you can lift the hops out and sneak the IC underneath - takes a little technique, but its doable.

I wish I had seen this before I started brewing today...this looks like a really good idea.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many people use hop bags?
« on: July 18, 2011, 08:14:10 AM »
I use a hop sack because if I don't I keep finding all my hops on the side of my kettle just above the boil.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Attenuation
« on: July 17, 2011, 08:14:42 AM »
Part of the reason I went all grain was the unpredictable inconsistent results I got from extract. Some bottles would attenuate far better than others, even though they were same brand and style. Completely identical. I decided there was no way I could really know how the stuff was extracted, nor was there any way I could know how long it had neen sitting on the shelf.

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