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General Homebrew Discussion / Bottling day on first batch
« on: January 16, 2016, 07:09:10 AM »
Well folks, bottling day is over.  It was quite a task doing it solo,  but I made it work.  I do see how people mentioned that a 1 gallon batch is just as much of a process as a 5 gallon, only difference is I get more out of a 5 gallon batch.  I was only able to get 6 bottles of Caribou Slobber from this one.  No matter,  it was a great first experience.  I really look forward to the next batch.

Carboy on bottling day

Sanitizing everything I need before bottling

Finished product

Now it's time to unwind a bit

Thank you again to all the advice and positive vibes.  Will let you all know how it turns out.

Nico Miranda
California Castaway

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Finally Brewed First Batch
« on: January 15, 2016, 01:58:31 PM »
Are you interested in continuing with one gallon batches? I ask this because IME it's easy to make a good recipe bad because of a minor problem in measurements or some other brew day issue that would otherwise not be noticeable in bigger batches.

Welcome to brewing by the way! My best advice is to keep your expectations somewhat low on small kits like this. If you think you'll be brewing for a while look into a 5 gallon setup and fermentation control.

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I wanted to start with a 1 gallon batch and will probably continue for a couple more batches.   I do also have a 5 gallon setup.  Figured the 1 gallon would be a nice way to eaze myself in.  In the future I would like to use the one gallon setup for experimentation with yeasts and hops and adding other ingredients as well.  That way if I screw it up I won't be as heartbroken as if I screwed up a 5 gallon, and neither will my wallet... Lol.  Thank you for the response and advice.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Finally Brewed First Batch
« on: January 15, 2016, 01:19:17 PM »
Hello fellow beer lovers.  I finally got to brewing my first batch a few weeks ago.  I Brewed a 1 gallon kit of Caribou Slobber from Northern Brewer.  It was quite the experience with some mishaps, but I've been told that can happen on thr first batch.  First issue was my kit came incomplete but since it was my first kit I didn't know the difference.   When I finally got to brewing and following the instructions I found that I was short a grain bag and 1 pouch of hops.  I had already busted thr kit open and had to find a way to fix it so I can go about my journey.  I went to the homebrew store and bought a 1 ounce pouch of hops.  When I got home I realized I forgot the grain bag so I decided to use a couple of coffee filters tied at the top.  It seemed to do the trick, had some grains come out of the filter, but I figured I could avoid those when I siphoned.  My second issue was I didn't have a scale so I couldn't really measure my hops.  I kind of had to look online and see what people guesstimated.  Well see how it turns out.   Have any of you ever had to do any tweaks like I had to?  I'd really like to hear it. So far really enjoying the process in homebrewing.  Just wanted to share my first homebrew experience with you all.

This was the carboy a few days after brewing.

Any thoughts, advice and words of encouragement are welcomed.

Nicolas Miranda
California Castaway

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General Homebrew Discussion / BOTTLES, BOTTLES, BOTTLES
« on: February 20, 2013, 07:54:11 PM »
Good day ladies and gents,

I live in Miami, FL.  I was wondering if anyone knew of a good place to get some bottles.  Or if you know of a good website please let me know.

Thank you for any information.

Nico Miranda  8)

General Homebrew Discussion / How to store beer
« on: September 13, 2011, 03:11:03 PM »
whats up guys,

  i had a quick question about storing beer.  i am going to be moving pretty soon and will have to get rid of my beer fridge.  so i need to know if there is a way to store beer that was once refrigerated.  i will need to store these in a storage room.  is there any correct way to do this without the pesky dangers of my gorgeous beers (ex. my dogfish 120 ipa) going bad.  any help on this would be greatly appreciated.  thank you in advance.

Nico Miranda

I am, unfortunately  :-[, selling my ticket to the Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration.  This ticket is for August 20, 2011 Session B 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM.  I would like to get $40.00 which is the face value.  I live in Apple Valley and am willing to ship the ticket for a small extra fee.  I sure hope someone can take this ticket off my hands.  Here is some info:

Session B 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Commemorative 15th Anniversary tasting glass
Admission to one 3-hour session
10 samples (no additional samples will be sold)
Over 40 breweries
100+ amazing beers
Stone brews on cask
Free homebrewed sodas
Samples of Mike's Beer Cheese
Arrogant Bastard Ale onion rings

Thank you
Nico Miranda

Yeast and Fermentation / Ceramic coated stock pot?
« on: May 07, 2011, 11:17:41 PM »
i got a real good deal on a 21 qt. ceramic coated stock pot.  some people have told me that this is a great way to start.  others have told me that i should have gone stainless steel.  i was looking for a well priced stainless steel stock pot, but they were all to expensive for me right now.  can anyone tell me what i should be careful for when brewing with this pot?  any help is appreciated.  thank you.

Nick Miranda
California Castaway

thanks for all the help guys.  I decided to go with Honey Pale Ale extract kit and the White Labs English Ale Liquid Yeast.  this is my first brew so please wish me luck.  and once again.  thanks for all the help.

Nick Miranda
California Castaway

Yeast and Fermentation / Silly liquid yeast question...
« on: April 20, 2011, 08:45:13 PM »
i know this is going to seem like a really silly question, but here it goes...

i know that there is an expiration date on the liquid yeast.  is there any harm in using expired liquid yeast?

Nico Miranda

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Need some help choosing the right yeast
« on: April 20, 2011, 08:42:57 PM »
thank you so much for the quick responses.  i think im going to go with the dry yeast, since this is my first brew and i have no clue how i would control my temp.  thanks again guys.

Nick Miranda
California Castaway

Yeast and Fermentation / Need some help choosing the right yeast
« on: April 19, 2011, 05:17:50 AM »
good evening folks,
  my name is Nico Miranda, i am looking to brew my first batch of homebrew.  i already have my ingredient kit picked out.  i have decided to go with Jim Rossi's Honey Pale Ale - Extract Beer Kit - Item#: KIT710.  i am looking for a yeast that will go great with a honey type pale ale.  does anyone have any recommendations?  dry yeast or liquid yeast?  california yeast or english ale yeast?  please help me, i really want to get my first batch going as soon as possible.  thank you in advance for any help.

here is the link to the ingredient kit i want to get.

Nico Miranda
California Castaway

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