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Other Fermentables / Re: Back-sweetening a melomel
« on: November 07, 2014, 10:31:24 AM »
That sounds rather sweet to me.

When I've done it, I've pulled a taster & added honey manually (w/a spoon) until I get the ratio I want.  Then I'll back calculate how much to add to the batch.

Then weigh that out and keep tasting after adding 1/2-3/4 of what I've weighed out until I reach the taste I'm looking for.

Keep in mind, you can add additional honey much more easily than you can remove it.

Ingredients / Re: Does Briess mix crystal malts?
« on: October 17, 2014, 09:26:34 AM »

Ingredients / Re: Is gypsum gypsum?
« on: October 17, 2014, 09:21:48 AM »
Of course, I just didn't know if there was a "food grade" or not or if its all the same thing just packaged different.
I had the same question about bentonite (my company makes cat litter).  It all comes from some mine in the ground.  My guess (hope?) is that the food grade gets tested before labeling.

For the cost, I'm buying the "food grade".

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Getting Back
« on: October 07, 2014, 04:06:00 PM »
I do 1 gallon batches when I have my homegrown-home malted grain.  But that's mostly been experimentation, since I don't have the space to grow too much grain.  I basically BIAB on the stovetop.

Hopefully I can get this year's crop malted soon & start again.

Zymurgy / Re: Didn't get last Zymurgy
« on: October 06, 2014, 08:41:02 AM »
Does your son lock the bathroom door & spend a lot of time in there?

Equipment and Software / Re: Vacuum Packer
« on: October 02, 2014, 10:24:47 AM »
I picked up a food saver at Costco for $50 bucks. Works great for hops, grains and deer meat. Can't complain.


Bought it for hops, use it for tons of stuff now.

Ingredients / Re: Is Wet Hopping BS?
« on: September 17, 2014, 12:58:57 PM »
I grow my own hops & dry them.  I don't get it either.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Experiment with purging headspace in bottles.
« on: August 26, 2014, 04:12:08 PM »
I have a question, I've never kegged, so I know little about the process. I've been researching info on CO2 and such. Does the source of CO2 make a difference? I've seen "food grade" CO2 and others using other sources such as paint ball canisters. If you use a source that is not "food grade" do you need an inline filter?
Some of the smaller disposable CO2 cannisters for pellet guns etc. have oil in them, those you wouldn't want to use w/food, & should be watchful for.  If you're getting them from your LHBS you should be fine.  If you're getting them from eBay, I'd look for the food grade.  If your using the refillable paintball tank, it is likely you are getting the welding/fire extinguisher gas from the hardware store.

ABC could try arresting a business owner for cooking a sugar solution without yeast?  Only in California!

So much for the land of the free.   :'(

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump or new burner
« on: July 17, 2014, 12:16:51 PM »
Only one of them produces fire.  Easy choice for me.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Help with preparing to malt
« on: July 15, 2014, 12:05:49 PM »
Just looked & the facebook.  I think your problems w/the first batch were likely that the grain was too green. 

I think the grain does want to vernalize.  If it were me (that's how I can postulate without knowing my ass from a hole in the ground), I'd try chilling it close to freezing for about a week and then let it rest @ ambient for another week before trying to malt it.  If I were more patient, I'd just wait a longer while.

I can say that the barley that I grew last spring sprouted when I planted it again in November.

Hop Growing / Re: Note to Self
« on: July 14, 2014, 09:07:18 AM »
I'm at about 37°.  Cascade has worked better than anything else.  This year, (2nd year in the ground) the Cluster is performing very closely.

I am trying to hunt down California Cluster germplasm.  California Cluster should grow like a weed where you live because it was grown in the Russian River Valley.  There does not appear to be any California Cluster germplasm in the USDA collection.  However, there is a good chance that there may still be germplasm at HortResearch in New Zealand.  California Cluster served as the foundation hop for New Zealand's hop breeding program.

I bought the only Cluster rhizomes I could find on the net; they were @  I did not inquire anything about their pedigree when I bought them.  I was very happy w/their service.

They are maturing faster than any of my other varieties this year.

Hop Growing / Re: Note to Self
« on: July 13, 2014, 06:18:00 PM »
I'm at about 37°.  Cascade has worked better than anything else.  This year, (2nd year in the ground) the Cluster is performing very closely.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Help with preparing to malt
« on: July 13, 2014, 06:13:56 PM »
My process is similar.  I use a pillow case.  Put all the heads of the grain in, and beat it against a bench or something for a while.  Then I dump the contents into a large sieve, & swish for a spell.  After getting all the "fines" off, I pour the grain from one large pot into another a few times in front of a box fan on it's highest setting.  All of the chaff is in my yard, but the grain is clean.

That's for barley.  My first crop of wheat is still in the ground.  If it isn't easy to thresh & winnow I'll probably just use it to make bread.

Ingredients / Re: Source for H2SO4
« on: July 10, 2014, 12:47:19 PM »

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