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Finally bottled my Snow Eater Winter Warmer using homegrown Chinook hops. May fit in a quick extract batch too.

My best was an extract Happy Holiday Brew kit from Midwest Supplies. I made it 2 years ago on a horrible windy and cold day. My wife and I huddled around my propane burner on a tiny patch of sidewalk on the North side of my house. My wife usually doesn't sit through an entire brew session, but she was a trooper. We had a great time talking and hoping we wouldn't run out of propane. We finished the brew with only about a pound in the tank. The beer wasn't the best tasting I've ever made, but it was the best experience. I still have 10 bottles left of that beer and so far they're still very good. It's not always about the final product, but how you get there.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dishwasher Sanitize vs. Jet Bottle Washer
« on: December 14, 2012, 07:29:03 PM »
I treat my bottles like any other glass in my kitchen cabinets. After use, they are washed by hand or in the dishwasher. On bottle day, I use a spring pump bottle washer filled with starsan and then dry them on a bottle tree. Works fantastic and requires only a small amount of sanitizer. I've not tried using the washer while mounted on the bottle tree because my tree is too tall when sitting on my counter. Or I'm too short. :D

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Well...I drank my first homebrew
« on: December 04, 2012, 12:04:26 PM »
Out of curiosity, what brand of kit did you buy? I've noticed kits from Brewer's Best often come out thin, but kits from places like Northern Brewer are much improved.

Ingredients / Re: Irish Moss Smell?
« on: December 01, 2012, 01:54:35 PM »
Thanks for the quick posts! I will be adding it with no fears. 

Ingredients / Re: Irish Moss Smell?
« on: December 01, 2012, 12:40:22 PM »
I forgot about it being algae. That's a huge help!

Ingredients / Irish Moss Smell?
« on: December 01, 2012, 11:56:16 AM »
I'm getting ready to use this for the 1st time today and notice it smells a bit like a fish tank. Is that normal or did I pick up some that's extremely old? Sorry if this has been covered, I didn't have time to search.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Making a starer using washed yeast
« on: November 13, 2012, 05:03:45 PM »
Mr. Malty has a nice free calculator to tell you how much slurry to use. You may be surprised how little yeast you need if it is a nice thick solution. Also, I recommend dumping out the clear solution prior to long term storage. The only starters I've needed with reused yeast was some I had in my refrigerator nearly a year.

Just don't put so much grain in that the bag looks like sausage. I've seen that and I'm pretty sure conversion and efficiency are going wrong.

I use a grain bag at times and if I overfill, my efficiency is crap. Doesn't matter how much poking and stirring I do, I will lose way more gravity points than I'm comfortable with. Find a large enough bag to fit all the grains with ease.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Two Different Krausens / peaks of activity?
« on: October 28, 2012, 02:39:55 PM »
I'm no expert on this, but my thought is that simple sugars were consumed right away and now the yeast is working on more complex sugars. Did you use any table sugar?

Ingredients / Re: now hear me out first....
« on: October 27, 2012, 09:04:32 PM »
My thought would be to zest the avocado and use that in a steep or partial mash, or boil. Make it a pale ale with a single hop of your choice. Maybe this would give a light flavor and avoid the fats from the avocado.

Ingredients / Re: spice amounts?
« on: October 24, 2012, 02:46:11 PM »
When are you planning on putting the spices in? I suggest as late in the boil as possible.

I agree with this. The last spiced beer I did I added all the spices, including whole cinnamon stick, at flame out. Turned out great. Kept the spice aroma.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashtun's give me problems
« on: October 14, 2012, 06:06:10 AM »
I tried several combinations of o-rings and washers with no luck. I bought food safe aquarium silicone and that has sealed it up. Apply to the inside of the tun.

Beer Recipes / Re: Saison de Noel
« on: October 13, 2012, 07:00:22 AM »
Northern Brewer has Strisselspalt in stock.
I've not brewed with Aramis, but would think that it has to be quite different with an AA% more than twice as high. When I have used Strisselspalt I found the flavor to be extremely delicate. If the Aramis can keep that quality, I'd say go for it. Makes me want to combine the 2 in a French IPA.

Ingredients / Re: Hopp Identifcaiton
« on: October 10, 2012, 08:06:51 PM »
You can't attach pics on this forum- what you can do is link to a picture so that the post downloads and displays the images from another site such as picasa.

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Clicking the little button with the Mona Lisa will result in this: [img][/img]

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Hope that helps!

It didn't help me identify the hops, but your example gave me a good laugh!

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