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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pesticide for hops
« on: June 08, 2012, 06:37:07 AM »
I would think any pesticide that is safe for fruit or veggies would work. Just make sure to follow the safety guidelines on the package. I've used spectricide with good results.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Found A Decent Laid Back Summer Beer
« on: June 04, 2012, 10:22:19 AM »
I have yet to find a shandy that I can stomach. To me, it's terrible. The combination of lemonade and beer just doesn't work for me.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro
« on: May 27, 2012, 05:24:36 PM »
Of all the milk or sweet stouts I've had, this is definitely my least favorite. This beer just doesn't stack up to other sweet stouts like Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Recreating an old recipe
« on: May 24, 2012, 06:52:03 PM »
I'm finally going to brew this on Saturday. I never found the Premier Malt so I'll use some unhopped Muntons Light. I decided I'd make a yeast starter for the bread yeast. I figured any help the bread yeast could get the better. Due to my attention span of a gnat, I made 2 starters. The first poured right into a flask....still half full of Star San. :o

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rookie Needs A Lil Help
« on: May 23, 2012, 11:29:33 AM »
Oh, one little mention of botulism and y'all go running like little girls.  :P ;)

For some reason the thought of a paralysis causing bacteria suddenly makes me think the possible money savings may not be worth it.   ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rookie Needs A Lil Help
« on: May 23, 2012, 10:10:31 AM »
The recommendation is to not use wort for starters that's been saved without being pressure canned.  Supposedly there's a risk of botulism.  Based on that, I'd toss the wort.

It may be more work than it's worth, but couldn't the wort be boiled again to kill everything off, cooled and then have yeast pitched again? Just a thought to save some money. Maybe this wouldn't work?

From what I have learned, botulism spores can survive for up to five hours in boiling water.  Based on this I would dump it as it's not worth the potential risk.

Yikes! Good info. I'm changing sides and say to dump it too.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rookie Needs A Lil Help
« on: May 23, 2012, 09:49:07 AM »
The recommendation is to not use wort for starters that's been saved without being pressure canned.  Supposedly there's a risk of botulism.  Based on that, I'd toss the wort.

It may be more work than it's worth, but couldn't the wort be boiled again to kill everything off, cooled and then have yeast pitched again? Just a thought to save some money. Maybe this wouldn't work?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rookie Needs A Lil Help
« on: May 22, 2012, 08:09:44 PM »
I recommend buying a good hombres book - www.howtobrew.com
Bilingual autocorrect??
OMG! I missed that the first time I read that. That's funny! If I had a dollar for every time my phone did a goofy auto-correct I'd have my own brewery by now.



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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rookie Needs A Lil Help
« on: May 22, 2012, 04:42:53 PM »
Definitely not a pro, but I have a suggestion. I'd taste a sample to see if its sweet. If it is, buy the cheapest pack of dry yeast you can get, rehydrate it in water no warmer than 75 and no cooler than 65, and then pitch it in and forget about it for a month. You may come up with something drinkable. Now if it tastes sour when you sample it, all hope may be lost and it may be infected with something wild. Good luck and post back what you do.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Tubing and autosiphons
« on: May 19, 2012, 05:06:33 PM »
I haven't removed the tubing from my bottling wand for.....8 years? Whenever I bought it. No effects at all.

 If you insist, run hot water over it to soften and stick a tooth pick under the tubing. It just needs a little air to break the surface tension.


I wish I saw this earlier. I have the same problem and nearly tore out a finger nail trying to get the tube off the siphon this afternoon!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I always liked Tallgrass Beer
« on: May 19, 2012, 05:14:50 AM »
I was super excited when I saw they were coming out with these kits. I've never had a bad beer from them. Their Buffalo Sweat stout is one of my favorite beers of any style.

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Ingredients / Re: Cinammon Stick in Secondary Fermentation
« on: May 18, 2012, 11:06:29 AM »
Don't bother with adding cinnamon to a secondary. I add at flameout with great luck. No concern of contamination then.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: is this normal?
« on: May 16, 2012, 08:16:58 PM »
Make sure to take a hydrometer reading regardless of what it looks like. You may just have a layer of junk material sitting on top of finished beer. I have a 3 week old dark wheat experiment that looks similar. Its done fermenting, but I'm letting it sit to help it settle out.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith recipe Cloud
« on: May 16, 2012, 04:33:37 PM »
I played around with the site and linked it to my Beersmith program. I really like it so far. It was nice being able to view a recipe from my phone. The app will make it a ton easier to navigate.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: DME vs. LME
« on: May 08, 2012, 08:09:42 PM »
LME is cheaper. I'd buy DME every time if it wasn't more expensive than LME.

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