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Ingredients / Re: willamette hops
« on: January 16, 2014, 05:29:20 PM »
I like using them from 20 min on out to dry hop. Pairs well but gets lost in IPAs with lots of citrus

+1
For me boiling them any longer than about 20 minutes and you're wasting them.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Hydrating US-05
« on: January 15, 2014, 12:19:32 PM »
There is no magic. Just add the yeast to a clean water source.
+1
Just rehydrate while cleaning, chilling, or any other end of the brewing process. Cover with a little plastic wrap or foil and pitch when ready within an hour or so. Not sure how long it can sit, but I go up to an hour at times.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Thank you!
« on: January 12, 2014, 08:11:47 AM »
There are other forums out there but you probably get the quickest and sincerest responses on the AHA. Often within several minutes of posting a topic.

+1

This is the only forum I regularly follow anymore. You can ask total beginner's questions without fear of ridicule. You can ask high level questions and you'll get high level answers. Also, the mods do a great job on the forum.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: LME trick
« on: January 11, 2014, 01:24:20 PM »
If you can do it without burning yourself:
I always used to slosh a little of the hot water/wort from the kettle around in the bottle and then return to the kettle.

+1
This is the best option I've found.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Very pale ale for a friend.
« on: January 05, 2014, 04:03:15 PM »
For a Busch drinker, 1 oz. of Hallertau may be way too hoppy for their tastes. I tried to make my Busch drinking family some lighter beer styles and the one they like the best has no hops at all and is over 50% sugar. Dry and tasteless.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Double Bastard clone
« on: January 03, 2014, 08:11:38 PM »
Ratebeer.com shows this beer has had a different alcohol % over the years. Makes me think they're constantly tweaking their own recipe.
2007 - 10%, 2008 & 2009 - 10.5%, 2010 - 11.2%, 2011 - 10.5%, 2012 - 11.2%

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Must refigerate?
« on: January 01, 2014, 03:33:18 PM »
I used to think that some beer left on yeast would protect it some. I wouldn't rinse yeast real well and would refrigerate yeast with a layer of beer in mason jars. I had one grow mold on top of the thin layer of beer even though I was extremely careful with sanitation and boiled all rinsing water. Yeast I've left with no beer on top has never become infected.
I would think that as long as there's nothing wrong with the appearance of your starter you should be fine. I would cold crash it and decant though. Anymore I never leave yeast in a carboy for more than a day if I plan to reuse it.


I have stored yeast in the fridge with beer on top hundreds of times and never seen mold or an infection.  I have to believe it was due to something other than leaving yeast under beer.

I really need to check my notes from that beer and see what it was. I may have been experimenting with spices and it may have inflected the batch. I just drank it too fast to notice. The yeast was in the refrigerator longer than it should have been, I'm sure.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Must refigerate?
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:53:39 AM »
I used to think that some beer left on yeast would protect it some. I wouldn't rinse yeast real well and would refrigerate yeast with a layer of beer in mason jars. I had one grow mold on top of the thin layer of beer even though I was extremely careful with sanitation and boiled all rinsing water. Yeast I've left with no beer on top has never become infected.
I would think that as long as there's nothing wrong with the appearance of your starter you should be fine. I would cold crash it and decant though. Anymore I never leave yeast in a carboy for more than a day if I plan to reuse it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: online stores and shipping
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:40:17 AM »
Austin Homebrew ships kits for free. Other stuff is $8 I think

This recently changed and is now a flat $6.99. Still a great deal.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: wierd quirks
« on: December 31, 2013, 12:00:56 PM »
I get the timeout message when posting fairly regularly.  I just hit post again and it takes it though.

Happens to me too.

I also find that if the system logs me out, I can go to the regular AHA page, then hit the back button and it will log me back in.

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The Pub / Re: Three beers a day keeps the doctor away!
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:38:43 PM »
I've actually had 2 doctors tell me that 2 beers a day will benefit me. Of course they point out that if I skip a couple days I can't make them up all at once!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What can I do with a Mr Beer Kit?
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:08:21 PM »
I started on a Mr. Beer kit and though I haven't used it in years, I still have it. I kept the fermentor for making yeast starters, the bottles for test beers when checking for carbonation on a batch I can't wait to drink, and the instruction book when I need a laugh. The bottles are also handy when you goof and run out of glass bottle caps on bottling day or if you have less than 12 ounces left in the bottling bucket.
As far as the extract it came with, I'd say make a beer with them, but not what they were meant for. I'd say only half of those kits are worth drinking. I did make a fabulous vanilla honey wheat beer based off one if their kits once. They can make good beer.

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Zymurgy / Re: Read Zymurgy Online Problem
« on: December 28, 2013, 04:14:39 PM »
Try the compatibility mode with IE. That's worked for me.

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My blue Rubbermaid cooler turned into a mash tun. I fell in love with a model that has the drain in front instead of one of the ends.
After purchasing, I found the inner drainage channel to be very steep, making it difficult to use fittings to attach a valve. I found the drain to be an off-size that is a bit too big for 1/2" pipe and fittings. I could have returned it, but was determined to make it work. So after buying enough fittings and cpvc, copper, and stainless piping to fill a storage shelf, I found no other alternative to make it work and keep from leaking other than food grade silicone.
What started out as a project to have a nice looking functional mash tun, turned out to be a beat up siliconed disaster. It works fine now, but I could have saved a ton of money and time if I'd gone with a traditional and much cheaper setup.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: wierd quirks
« on: December 21, 2013, 06:56:16 AM »
When I login my info is correct, but I have to login everytime I visit the site. I always check the box to stay logged in forever, but it doesn't remember me anymore. My browser settings haven't changed. Minor annoyance, but otherwise love the site.

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