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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Well...I drank my first homebrew
« on: December 03, 2012, 08:37:32 PM »
Congrats on your first brew!  Yours turned out better than mine, that's for sure.  My first brew got too hot during fermentation and I also racked to a secondary just because the instructions w/ the kit said so.  After getting advice from everyone on this great board, I haven't transferred to a secondary since.  Not saying there's not a time or place to do so, but so far I haven't needed to.  I even let a winter warmer sit on the yeast cake for two months and it tastes great!  As for clarity, usually my first few pulls off the keg will be a little "hazy", but after that, they start to really clear up.  Good luck w/ the IPA and let us know how it turns out!

The Pub / Re: Alabama
« on: December 02, 2012, 02:34:17 PM »
As Mark May said on ESPN, "Last time ND played in a championship game, Moby Dick was a minnow." 

Major, I agree, last night's game was the National Championship game.  Now, anything can happen, but with a month to prepare, I just don't see ND winning and I don't think it will even be a close game.  Yet, anything can happen on any given night, so we'll see!

The Pub / Re: Alabama
« on: December 02, 2012, 02:52:27 AM »
The amount of NFL talent on that field was just ridiculous.  Anything can happen, but we should just run right through ND.

The Pub / Re: Alabama
« on: December 02, 2012, 02:18:42 AM »
Roll Tide Roll!  One of the best games I've ever seen, even if Bama would have loss.  When AJ hit Coop for the go ahead TD, I scared the crap out of my dogs and my 3-year-old daughter was asking my wife "what's wrong w/ Daddy?"  My wife explained that Bama scored a TD and my daughter started yelling "Roll Tide!" 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: 1 step closer!
« on: December 01, 2012, 06:39:45 PM »
Congrats!  Great deal on the kegging system from Morebeer. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry hopping noob
« on: November 30, 2012, 10:36:02 PM »
Thanks guys!  I think I'll see if the LHBS has any citra.  I don't want to open my 4 oz. pack because I don't have the ability to vacuum seal it, and I don't think I'll be brewing a batch with citra for a couple of months.


you don't have to worry too much. If you roll the foil package up tight, put it in a zip lock and suck/squeeze as much air out as you can and pop it in the freezer it will be fine for a couple months.

+1 to putting in a zip lock and placing it in a freezer.  I try and get most of my hops by the pound, and storing them this way, I can't tell a difference from the fist hops out of the bag I use to the last hops I use.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry hopping noob
« on: November 30, 2012, 08:25:10 PM »
+1 to just opening up your primary fermenter and dropping them in.  As for amount, I read on here in a previous post that some were saying that they could tell a difference in between 1 and 2 ounces, but not 2 and 3 ounces, so I've yet to drop in more than 2 ounces.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: West Coast Ale dry yeast
« on: November 30, 2012, 04:18:44 PM »
Danstar has a new saison yeast too I'm interested in.

I'm planning on brewing a couple test batches with that yeast soon. will announce my results.

Looking forward to those results!

All Grain Brewing / Re: 5-gallon vs. 10-gallon cooler?
« on: November 29, 2012, 05:21:21 PM »
But having the clamps all different is part of the design and how I hit 137% efficiency!

137% Efficiency!  Ha, I just envisioned you jumping up and down yelling that like Doc Brown in Back to the Future..."88 MPH!"

All Grain Brewing / Re: 5-gallon vs. 10-gallon cooler?
« on: November 29, 2012, 05:17:09 PM »
In my opinion, and I could be wrong, you really don't need a thermometer installed into the cooler.  My cooler will hold the mash temp easily for one hour and at most i will lose two degrees over that hour.  I would say once you mix your grains into the mash water and stir, check a couple of places in your mash w/a thermometer  (I'm getting a thermapen soon), then close the lid.  I put an old comforter around the cooler just to help insulate the cooler, but I'm not sure if that's even necessary.

Gonna keg the Avery Jubilation clone I've had in secondary for two months and also will be time to keg the Saison de Noel. Gonna rack my Christmas Ale to a keg and let sit for another 3 weeks. 

Also started my first wine, an Australian Shiraz, last week, so should be time to rack to a carboy.

Brewing a milk stout this weekend.  I have been brewing a coconut milk stout which has been a hit, but may change it up this time around and make it a chocolate milk stout or gingerbread stout.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pests in brew house/ Need storage suggestions!
« on: November 28, 2012, 01:02:12 AM »
And for extra defense, set up some traps near where you store your grains.  Or better yet, set them near where they may be entering the area.  We've used these to get rid of any mice that like to enter our garage during the winter:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long is too long?
« on: November 27, 2012, 07:15:04 PM »
Yes, bottle it.  It shouldn't have spoiled, but some of the hop flavor and aroma may have diminished a little.  Let us know how it turned out. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast wsahing... How long is too long?
« on: November 27, 2012, 02:29:34 PM »
I just started washing and reusing yeast.  I recently brewed a Hefeweizen with yeast that I had in the fridge for about 3 months.  I took one mason jar and made a starter.  It came out great and I couldn't tell a difference between the first batch w/ WY3068 and the second one with the washed 3068.  Same results with an Amber I did earlier in the year when I used washed WY1056 that was about 3 months old.  Again, I made a starter with that batch.  I've read posts on here and other places where brewers have had success with much older washed yeast product.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 5-gallon vs. 10-gallon cooler?
« on: November 27, 2012, 02:22:58 PM »
I'm currently doing three gallon batches in a 48qt rectangle (blue!) cooler and have no issues holding temps.  Will be going to 5 gallon batches soon and will continue to use the same cooler.  Picked up my cooler on Craigslist for $10.

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