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General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrew allowance?
« on: March 26, 2011, 09:54:01 AM »
I was reading another post in this category that stated the average homebrewer/winemaker spends $100 a year on their hobby.  This got me thinking about my $100 a month allowance on homebrewing...I don't even think this was enough!  Am I just crazy for thinking my allowance is low?!

General Homebrew Discussion / Best way to prime your bottles
« on: November 27, 2010, 11:20:31 AM »
I've noticed with my bottles that the carbonation is inconsistent within the same batch, some are almost flat and others are geysers!  I take my corn sugar, heat it slightly in some water and then mix it in with into the beer in the bottling bucket.  Despite some gentle, but thorough, stirring I can't seem to get the consistent carbonation.  I had some advise to just simply throw the sugar into the bucket and begin stirring, but would that really mix in more effectively than dissolving the sugar in some water first?

General Homebrew Discussion / And the "Learning" continues....
« on: November 14, 2010, 03:03:18 PM »
So I was starting my sparging with the first running of my imperial stout I'm currently making when I realize that my run-off is really grainy and slow.  Wondering what's going on I start tinkering, while tinkering I happen to glance at the counter to find my neatly put together manifold sitting on the counter and not in my cooler...If you're one of my neighbors and is wondering what that loud thump was followed by swear words it was me smacking my head against the wall in frustration.  Luckily I was able to overcome it...I think. 

And in case your keeping track I've also done this with: my smack pack being left on the counter for 2 days and wondering why there's no fermentation, leaving the spout on "open" and wondering where the beer on the floor is coming from, and my favorite...leaving my priming sugar on the counter and days later wondering why the newly bottled beer is flat...

Yes, the learning by making bone headed mistakes is continuing...

Seems like everybody that posts is doing something with 2-3 batches (bottling, racking, brewing, etc) at any given time on our weekends.  Out of curiosity, what's your personal record for brewing or moving in a weekend?

Kegging and Bottling / What am I doing wrong?!
« on: October 23, 2010, 09:38:39 AM »
I just got into kegging and at first thought it was the best idea ever!  I checked all my kegs for leaks like I was supposed to, was gifted a brand new regulator, tubing, and a CO2 canister (a small one but still).  Got everything hooked up and running like it was supposed to be and dispensing perfectly.  A couple of weeks later with the same beer, about half gone, my CO2 canister is completely empty and the beer is barely being pushed out.  It's still under some pressure because it is being slightly pushed...and when I pull the relief valve there's an escape of gas, but how am I completely out of CO2 already?  Am I doing something wrong?!

General Homebrew Discussion / Your Homebrew Name
« on: August 15, 2010, 06:53:19 AM »
Almost everybody who homebrews will eventually start naming their beers.  My wife and I named our brand of beers "Bad Bunny Brewing" after the rabbit we got as a wedding gift (I gave starter homebrew kits as grooms men gifts so a reciprocation by naming our beer after our favorite wedding gift seemed seemed appropriate), and all our beer names are rabbit themed with some innuendo thrown in (for example we name a wine I made "Menage Paw" because it came out pretty high in alcohol). 

So the question is...what theme do you have for your beers/wine and why?

Other Fermentables / Anybody know a recipe for a port?
« on: August 03, 2010, 06:56:18 PM »
After some searching I've concluded that there doesn't seem to be any good recipe for how to make a port.  I've made my fair share of wines at home and thought I would bump up the challenge some.  Does anybody have a good recipe for a port?!

General Homebrew Discussion / Worst oversight you've ever done!
« on: February 07, 2010, 07:42:04 AM »
I had a big brew day yesterday, unfortunately I also had a very absent minded day...I started the day off by bottling a batch, very proud of my work I glanced around only to see my priming sugar sitting on the counter.  Swearing myself off while uncapping 48 bottles and recapping I decided that was my one and only big oversight, until later.  I also brewed a beautiful looking honey brown, moved it to the fermenter and patted myself on the back for a day well done.  As I'm brushing teeth four hours later and wondering why there was no airlock activity on my honey brown, I once again looked up at the counter to see my yeast in the smack pack sitting there....

I thought at least you guys would like a good laugh but it got me wondering what other simple oversights have been done by my fellow homebrewers?!

General Homebrew Discussion / Possible allergy?
« on: February 05, 2010, 04:47:21 PM »
I'm hoping somebody out here can help.  A good friend of mine loves a good home crafted beer, but regardless of homebrew/commercial, quality, etc he seems to get stomach aches after just a single beer.  I did a little research and it seemed like an allergy but I've never come across this...does anybody know why he get stomach aches or how to prevent it?  Thanks!

General Homebrew Discussion / what good podcasts are out there?
« on: January 31, 2010, 12:09:52 PM »
I've subscribed to Basic Brewing Radio but unfortunately have listened to all them.  I'm looking for other channels that are worth while.  I made the mistake of just subscribing to another so called homebrew channel and found it to be annoying, lacking any information, and generally just worthless.  So if you could what other good podcasts are out there?!

Other Fermentables / How fast can oxidation happen?
« on: January 31, 2010, 11:55:12 AM »
I've just made my first batch of mead and read about the hazards of oxidation with mead.  Since I don't have the CO2 to prevent oxidation I just went ahead and fermented and transferred to a secondary.  Now I'm concerned that I should have heeded the first how fast will mead oxidize and how can I tell if I ruined my first batch?   

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