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General Homebrew Discussion / How was the weekend?!
« on: April 28, 2014, 02:11:40 PM »
I thought I would check in with the community to see how your weekend was! Personally I didn't get to brew but I did get my new 20 gallon Blichman Boilmaker and got the base structure for my new compost bin built. All in all not to shabby  ;D



Other Fermentables / Metabisulfite question
« on: April 22, 2014, 08:26:26 PM »
I was reading an article on a berry wine recipe and it was mentioned the author used Campden tablets (potassium metabisulfite) at the beginning of fermentation. I'm used to wine kits which say to add to add the potassium metabisulfite at the clearing/stabilization phase. Is there much of a difference or benefit? Thanks for the help!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer and Wine Journal
« on: April 22, 2014, 08:19:16 PM »
I would have also replied earlier saying that this was a great website but I was busy reading just about every article on the site. Thanks Denny!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's in the Tun
« on: April 21, 2014, 03:08:28 PM »
No brewing for me unfortunately. I've got a Vienna I need to move into a secondary and bottle a Chardonay.

Ingredients / Re: Apricot
« on: April 17, 2014, 03:39:49 PM »
Aurora Colorado's Dry Dock does an amazing Apricot Blonde ale that just amazes anybody that drinks it. Try this link for the recipe.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash efficiency survey
« on: April 16, 2014, 05:25:20 PM »
I'm usually around 75% efficiency.

I mill my grains at my LHBS, use a rectangular cooler mash tun, and have a simple copper manifold I made myself.


General Homebrew Discussion / How did the brew weekend go?!
« on: April 07, 2014, 02:22:10 PM »
Just wondering how everybody's brew weekend went!

Personally, mine went all kinds of wrong. I attempted to brew a Vienna so I can lager it for a long time, but nothing went right. First it snowed, then the wind blew the flame on my boil out (for 20 minutes because I couldn't get it going), and despite all my pre-boil numbers being spot on I somehow came up well short for my SG...just one of those brews that despite all efforts didn't work out. Still gonna keep the Vienna and maybe call it something else.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FIRST homebrew batch....
« on: February 28, 2014, 07:41:27 PM »
Congrats on the first batch!! You'll have to report back with your first taste impressions and first batch experience(s).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What in the tun this weekend?
« on: February 28, 2014, 07:32:15 PM »
Nothing brewing this weekend sadly. I'm spending some time with the newborn nephew and then moving all the beer/wine that was fermenting into secondaries (wine) or kegs (beer)...although I'm thinking I may keg a wine...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Thanks for turning me on to 60 Shilling!
« on: February 28, 2014, 03:58:10 PM »

And how do you do the reduction? This is new to me.

All Grain Brewing / Re: cold-weather brewing
« on: February 28, 2014, 02:58:51 PM »
Having brewed in Minnesota and Colorado I've had some pretty cold brew days. I usually enjoy the snowy days when it's quiet and full of the big snow flakes...but those windy bitter cold ones are a challenge. I stick to 5 gallon brews and stay inside as much as possible. Generally I just suck it up since the propane isn't outside that long (I've never brewed below -10F though), the house blocks the wind, and the snow is superb for crash chilling the wort  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 14, 2014, 05:54:32 PM »
I still keg some of my beers, but it's so easy to just grab a mug and start pouring...and then refilling. I've switched to a lot of swing top beer bottles which makes me stop and pause to think about "do I really need that extra beer".

While I'm not an insider to the industry I often see a lot of my friends who are on in the inside slowly gaining weight...and a lot of it. Sometimes they just seem to leave the industry without much of a word, I've never speculated much on why, but I wonder if sometimes it isn't due to the weight gain/beer intake/health issues.

All Grain Brewing / Re: PH Test Strips
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:14:16 PM »
Thanks all for the good advise!

I definitely think the temperature irregularity was an issue and it could have also been that as time went by my mash itself was changing in PH.

I did get a water report (sent to Ward Labs) which came back and I tried to use the calculators online to hlep me estimate what water adjustments needed to happen, this is the trial and error phase I think with my equipment and process.

I'll definitely be looking into a quality PH meter, thanks all!

All Grain Brewing / PH Test Strips
« on: February 09, 2014, 06:16:09 PM »
Hi all!

I thought I would take the next step in my brewing education by reading books on water quality and working to adjust my water PH (I know there are other factors but I'm focusing on PH first). I bought some Precision Labs strips the other day at my LHBS and took several readings at the 5-7 minute mark during the mash by pouring a small amount of the wort into a cup and quickly cooling to room temp. I came up with 3 pretty different readings making me think the strips aren't all that accurate.

Is there a better way to take readings other than strips?


I think since so many people judge the quality of my beer by looking at before they ever smell/taste my beer it's a very nice thing to have it clear if that's the style of the beer. I've always had people say they liked my beer even if it turns out a little hazy...but so many of us "taste with our eyes" so I go the extra mile for an eye appealing beer.

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