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General Homebrew Discussion / star san disposal
« on: August 28, 2011, 03:52:06 PM »
after the ph gets too high to use any more, what do i do with the five gallon mixture i've got?  is it safe to dump down the sink?

General Homebrew Discussion / maple beer
« on: August 17, 2011, 09:46:17 PM »
starting to think about a thanksgiving beer.  i'd like to try something with a nice, not over the top maple flavor. 

anyone have thoughts about brewing with maple syrup?  or advice?

i'm sorta thinking brown ale into porter range.  they seem like the most forward recipes that would go well with maple.

Ingredients / hops for a porter
« on: August 11, 2011, 05:38:15 PM »
I've been working on a porter recipe and was wondering what hops people are using for theirs. 

Equipment and Software / blichmann burners
« on: August 03, 2011, 04:48:08 PM »
thoughts on these burners? I'd like to upgrade and am beginning my research.

General Homebrew Discussion / this forum is awesome
« on: July 25, 2011, 01:03:20 AM »
i thank everyone for the responses I've gotten for whatever i've posted so far.  and for whatever you post.

i brewed a wheat porter today and hit my target OG like nobody's business.  i used some new techniques i've read about here and have refined my brewing process thanks to all you wonderful people and your experiences.  i should have joined long ago.

I've brewed maybe 10 batches over a year an a half(3 in the last 6 weeks) and each one gets better.  now that I'm with you folks, i can't wait to brew again.  next week i'm doing an imperial ipa!

i'm hooked on this thing we call brewing.

good vibes to all brewers.

happy accident...

i was soaking some recycled bottles from several different brewers(i like drinking my own, but don't hesitate at all to drink great stuff) and discovered that in addition to cleaning bottles like nobody's business, oxyclean will also break down glue used for affixing labels to bottles.  double whammy!

this is great because, i feel like i can now rinse a bottle with hot water, soak in oxyclean to break down any left over crap AND peel labels.  way before i sanitize.

i think my bottling process just got that much easier.  it should be said that i will clean/peel the extra bottles i need for a batch way in advance.  seriously.  a few bottles a night for a couple of weeks will do the trick and make your bottling simple!  i also make my priming sugar ready and sanitize the night before.

i previously would rinse a bottle with hot water, soak in an ammonia/water bath to peel and then clean & sanitize and bottle.

i haven't proved this yet, but will get back in a couple weeks for a final thought. 

all said, if you are diligent in rinsing bottles as you drink them, bottling isn't as bad as you think!  and you get great, conditioned beer.  i like to make high OG ales that love to develop anyhow.

Yeast and Fermentation / wyeast 1084 Irish ale
« on: July 21, 2011, 08:49:40 PM »
anyone have experience with this strain?

I've been refining a wheat based porter and usually use 1056 and have been quite happy with the results. But experimenting is great fun.

I'm brewing another batch of the porter this weekend and figured I'd give this a try and see what happens. Wyeast says it's good for dark worts, which mine obviously will be.

General Homebrew Discussion / honey in a porter
« on: July 19, 2011, 01:56:45 PM »
i was wondering if anybody had insight to adding honey to a boil?

the last couple of batches of my porter i've been adding it late(about 15 min).  would adding it earlier help improve the flavor notes or do i simply need to up the honey amount in my recipe?  which i don't mind because i have no fear raising the OG at all. 

either way i'm gonna brew my porter again this weekend, though with slight refinements to my recipe.  i think i'm using to much chocolate malt currently.

General Homebrew Discussion / bottle conditioned ales
« on: July 10, 2011, 04:29:04 AM »
i am currently sanitizing to bottle first thing in the morning.  yes, it takes time and is a process. 

i take great pleasure in making bottle conditioned ales.  and people like drinking them.

it's just a part of the process that i enjoy.  kegging may be faster, but bottling keeps me true to the process.  also i like to experiment with priming sugars. 

i should say i have no kids and no bank note, so i have the time.  this part of the process is an amazing part of drinking my better, bottled beer.  wouldn't trade this part of the fun for a quick fix.

maybe i have to wait a few weeks, but it's totally worth the wait.

i'm a pro bottler!

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