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Yeast and Fermentation / Heating a fridge in cold shop...Will this work?
« on: October 27, 2015, 06:57:49 PM »
Day-afternoon temps have been in mid-60s; night temps in mid-40s.  Shop is uninsulated, and currently at 58F, outside air temp, 53F.  Supposedly, temps will hit 68F by this afternoon.

I have a side-by-side refr/freezer that holds 2 carboys, stacked, on the fridge side.  I use a Johnson thermostat/controller to maintain ale/lager temps in Summer.  Since temps are dropping at night, I'm thinking of hanging an incandescent (halogen, maybe?) light bulb inside to keep it warm.  What watt bulb would you guess would suffice?

Yeast and Fermentation / WLP300...eliminating sulphur before kegging?
« on: October 19, 2014, 08:46:28 PM »
Here's the particulars:  1.056SG Dunkelweizen.  Used a 1L starter/stir plate.  Yeast was only 1 month old to begin with.  Two days fermenting at 64F, and I'm getting aroma of sulphur in the fridge.  Should I leave the beer in the fermenter until sulphur aroma dissipates?  Any tricks to getting the sulphur out?  The last dunkelweizen turned out the same way, but I kegged it, then ended up dumping the keg because I couldn't stand the sulphur aroma. 

Ingredients / Horizon as a dry hop?
« on: May 28, 2014, 06:23:33 AM »
How would you compare the pungency, or intensity of Horizon as a dry hop with other notable hops, such as Simcoe or Columbus? 

Kegging and Bottling / Plastic Regulator Washer...Source?
« on: March 22, 2014, 06:18:34 AM »
I'm trying to find the white, plastic washer that fits within the regulator's connector, the one you tighten by hand to connect the regulator to the tank.  Thanks.

Ingredients / Caravienne in an AIPA
« on: February 21, 2014, 07:39:10 PM »
What will caravienne do for an AIPA?  I'm unfamiliar with this particular specialty malt.

All Things Food / Christmas Dinner
« on: December 26, 2013, 02:22:20 AM »
Here's what we got going here in Grants Pass, Oregon...

Garlic-HorseRadish Crusted Smoked Prime Rib.  Recipe adapted from one by Tyler Florence.

All Grain Brewing / Wheat malt...poor extraction
« on: July 06, 2013, 06:16:51 PM »
I just started brewing a hefe, not a style I normally brew.  The last time my BG was way off on the low side.  I attributed it to not getting a good crush on the wheat malt.  So, today I double-crushed the wheat malt.  The BG was still low by 8 points.  I used 6.25 lbs wheat, 6 lbs pils, and 1 lb rice hulls.  Single infusion mash.  Aside from increasing the grain bill next time to make up for the loss in efficiency, is there something I'm missing?  Is there a better "cure" for this anomaly?  Thanks.

General Homebrew Discussion / APA...Great Flavor...Poor Aroma
« on: January 28, 2013, 10:57:38 AM »
That pretty much describes my latest APA.  It has been in the keg long enough now to have cleared, and the flavor is how I like it.  The aroma was never good though.  I could dry hop, but I'm afraid it would throw off the flavor.  In the recipe, there are 3oz of aroma hops at 5mins, and 1.5oz at 1min, so you'd think there would be some hop aroma, no?  Any ideas?

General Homebrew Discussion / Dry Hopping in Primary...why not?
« on: January 10, 2013, 07:58:50 PM »
In terms of aroma, any negatives to dry hopping in primary?

Ingredients / Dry Hopping w/ Simcoe + Amarillo
« on: January 08, 2013, 07:50:39 PM »
If I dry hop with 1oz Simcoe, and 1oz Amarillo, will the Amarillo have a detectable presence given the pungency of the Simcoe?

Equipment and Software / Removing keg lube?
« on: January 01, 2013, 07:25:49 AM »
How do you remove keg lube from the cornie o-ring?  Also, from the inside top of the keg where the oring sits?

Ingredients / Spent Grain as Compost?
« on: October 08, 2012, 11:52:13 PM »
I want to throw my spent rain in my garden to decompose for next Spring when I grow these, among others:

I'm already scattering my spent hops, but was wondering about spent grain.

General Homebrew Discussion / Beer Faucet Covers
« on: September 21, 2012, 10:03:50 AM »
My LHBS sold me on buying 4 of those black, plastic faucet covers.  Are they really necessary?  It's not like I have flies buzzing in and out of my faucets.  It seems to me these covers will get far nastier than the faucets ever would uncovered.  I think I got sold...

Yeast and Fermentation / Brewcraft Yeast Nutrient
« on: September 04, 2012, 06:17:14 PM »
I ran out of my Wyeast nutrient, so I'm stuck with this Brewcraft nutrient.  How much for a 1L starter?  It says to use 1/2tsp per gallon, which would be practically nothing for my starter.  Anyone use this?

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