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General Homebrew Discussion / Need to find a cider book
« on: November 16, 2014, 03:02:56 PM »
My brother is getting into making cider and I want to get him a book on the topic. Most of the books I find are a few chapters of cider along with other topics. Does anyone know of a good book for cider making?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: ALMOST perfect brew day (question)
« on: November 15, 2014, 08:05:15 PM »
Yep HopShot residue. No issues with that in the beers I have used them in.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 100% Brett First Attempt
« on: November 05, 2014, 02:50:04 AM »
1) The 100% brett I just brewed was at 67 degrees the whole time and fermented just fine. I don't see why 65 would be any different.
2) I also used Tois by itself and it was fine all by itself. It didn't really get me very much brett character (little citrus funk) but it was enough for the first batch. Next batch I may try a new strain but Tois worked well.
3) A month was how long I let mine ferment for and it was done in that amount of time. It took off really quick with the starter I made. I am going to experiment on my next batch and bottle half after a month or so and then the other half after 3 and see the difference.
4) Yes, starters are necessary. I used one vial and created a one liter starter for two weeks-ish. I have read that if you stress the brett it will produce more of the brett characteristics but I don't know that for a fact. The beer tasted pretty clean for being all brett.

Have fun brewing with brett. It is a lot of fun and you get some pretty interesting beers.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 5 Gal Mash Tun
« on: October 25, 2014, 02:23:09 AM »
I had a 5 gallon cooler that I made into a mash tun before upgrading to a 10 gallon cooler. It worked great for beers up to about 7ish %, which will work for most styles. I thought it worked out fine for the time I used it. I am now using it as my berliner weiss mash tun.

Kegging and Bottling / Possibility for Bottle Bombs
« on: October 06, 2014, 08:04:25 AM »
I know I may be getting worked up over nothing but I have never seen this before during my short time making beer. Here is the situation.

Last night I was bottling up a double IPA I was transferring my beer to the bottling bucket and had left a small layer of beer on top of the yeast. After transferring I put the airlock back on the carboy. While bottling I noticed that the airlock still had activity. After bottling all the beer and checking again the airlock still had activity. This all happened after I had reached a steady FG and had cold crashed my beer. Should I be worried about bottle bombs? I am planning on cracking a bottle open soon and checking the carbonation levels later tonight to see if it is already carbed up.

Ingredients / Re: Clarity Ferm testing
« on: September 08, 2014, 12:17:03 AM »
There is a brewery by me that uses this in all their beers except their wheat. To me their beers do have a less full body and their hoppier IPAs don't really taste all that hoppy to me, until I have a couple of them. I haven't done a side by side evaluation but the beers do feel light bodied. I am interested in hearing from somebody with celiacs trying a beer with clarity ferm and see how they respond.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: GABF session times
« on: August 23, 2014, 11:15:48 PM »
it is till 4. they have another session that starts a little while after the members session ends.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing today -- 7/20/14
« on: July 20, 2014, 05:06:48 PM »
almost done brewing up a belgian dubbel.

Ingredients / Re: How do you... cucumber?
« on: July 19, 2014, 06:46:08 PM »
At Avery's SourFest this year they had a Sour Blond that had cucumber and rosehips added. It was THE most refreshing sour I have ever had. Would be great on warm/hot days. It has me wanting to make a sour with cucumber. So refreshing.

Going Pro / Re: Honored by visit.
« on: June 16, 2014, 06:20:08 PM »

That is very cool.

Quick question for Thirsty_Monk. I will be in Southern WI and IL for a few days this upcoming week. Do you distribute that far south? Would love to try your pilsner.
I am in downtown Waukesha at Bernie's taproom.
I do not have any package products down there.

Awesome. I lived in Waukesha for awhile and am going back there tomorrow. I will definitely try it out.

Going Pro / Re: Honored by visit.
« on: June 11, 2014, 01:23:02 PM »
That is very cool.

Quick question for Thirsty_Monk. I will be in Southern WI and IL for a few days this upcoming week. Do you distribute that far south? Would love to try your pilsner.

The Pub / Re: AleSmith
« on: May 23, 2014, 12:03:13 AM »
I have only had their IPA and the Speedway Stout. Both are great beers and I just bought the IPA again today. And it's a great deal at 7 bucks a bomber.

Hop Growing / Re: New Grower Question
« on: May 19, 2014, 12:03:05 AM »
Ok thanks. I will try that and see how it goes.

Hop Growing / Re: New Grower Question
« on: May 18, 2014, 09:13:21 PM »
Ok. Should I add a few extra strings to each pot to allow each to grow?

Hop Growing / New Grower Question
« on: May 18, 2014, 08:46:56 PM »
Just started growing hops this year and my plants are starting to sprout out of the ground. Each plant has sprouted with three "arms." Do I let all of them grow or do I cut some of them and only allow one to grow? If I need to cut them down what is the best way of doing that?

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