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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 / Re: wyeast 1084 Irish ale
« on: July 22, 2011, 03:48:51 PM »
how about thoughts on 1272?

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 / Re: honey in a porter
« on: July 19, 2011, 03:30:21 PM »
I have thought about priming just haven't tried it yet; usually i use brown sugar. I'll do it with this next batch. the next honey I'm hoping to try is an avocado honey. great rich flavor I think will work well.

thanks for the info and input.

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.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter size?
« on: July 19, 2011, 12:38:58 AM »
I have been using a 2l starter for the last few batches of medium gravity ales using just one smack pack. from what I can tell, it should double 100 billion cells to about 200 billion. for the pliney clone I'm gonna do in a few weeks, I plan to double the 200 to 400 billion. I'm basing this off a pitching chart in how to brew and beeralchemy, the brew program I use.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 7/15
« on: July 17, 2011, 01:12:14 AM »
i'm brewing 5 gallons of a wheat porter recipe i've been refining first thing in the morning.

The Pub / Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
« on: July 16, 2011, 12:45:02 AM »
and the surly goat in west hollywood

The Pub / Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
« on: July 16, 2011, 12:40:49 AM »
tony's darts away in Burbank.
eagle rock brewery in eagle rock.
blue palms brewhouse in Hollywood.
verdugo bar in eagle rock.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bottle conditioned ales
« on: July 15, 2011, 04:51:46 AM »
brewing and bottling.  it's a process i enjoy.  trying new priming sugars is part of that.  i'm not trying to make the perfect beer.  trying new things keeps brewing interesting.  i've developed a pretty good routine so bottling is a breeze.  i like thinking about how a beer may turn out all said and done after having primed with espresso or habanero sugar or avocado honey while i bottle.  i very much like the reward of cracking that first bottle; good, bad or undrinkable.  its just one simple reward i take away from my brewing.  if it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out.  wasn't trying to imply my beers were gaining something extra other than bottler satisfaction.  it also allows me to share with more people.  the film industry doesn't always allow lots of spare time for gathering friends. 

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!

Ingredients / Re: Infused sugars?
« on: July 09, 2011, 02:06:41 PM »
i'm actually about to try bottling with some vanilla sugar i picked up at a small local spice store.  they have about 8 different flavored sugars.  the two i'm most interested in trying in my porter is the vanilla and espresso.  not sure which beer a habanero sugar would fit.



Yeast and Fermentation / Re: High fermentation temps
« on: July 02, 2011, 06:49:51 PM »
i built a simple fermentation cooler out of a sheet and a half of 4x8 sheathing.  it's big enough for two buckets to ferment.  i've found one gallon of frozen water in each chamber keeps the temperature right around 62 degrees for about 12-15 hours at a time.  ill post a picture when i figure out how to do that.

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