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The questions aren't exactly personal.

Ingredients / Re: What about smoked oats?
« on: April 17, 2012, 05:34:18 AM »
I have a propane smoker (Hank Hill would be proud of all the propane I use). Yeah I think a blend of smoked and roasted may be better. I'll experiment.

When I was searching for recipes they all used smoked malts and never smoked oats, I guess because you can't buy them.

Ingredients / What about smoked oats?
« on: April 16, 2012, 06:00:31 PM »
I love the oatmeal stout recipe in Brewing Classic Styles. Rather than roasting the oats has anyone ever tried putting them in a smoker?  I'm thinking something like oak,  not too strong.  The smoker should give you the same roasted taste plus some smoked character... Right?

Other Fermentables / Re: Wine kit questions
« on: April 16, 2012, 11:42:11 AM »
Yeah I'm sure...the directions say its "drinkable" in 4 weeks...I'll see, I have a hard time not sampling things when I bottle.  ;D

Ingredients / Re: Rhizomes?
« on: April 16, 2012, 05:17:38 AM »
Has anyone here had any luck growing their hops in pots? I haven't settled on (read: convinced my wife) a final location for my hops, so I planted my rhizomes in pots for now with the intent of trialing them in a couple of different spots for the first season or two.

I'm in North Florida and have to grow them in pots. I was told by a local brewer that he could only get Zeus to grow here and he's right. I bought Zeus and Cascade, the zeus are already 15+ feet and the cascade never grew more than an inch, and never sprouted any roots. I thought it was a fluke so I bought 2 more cascade rhizomes and they appear to be doing the same thing.

Anyway, the zeus seem to be doing just fine in a I just have to keep spraying them with insecticidal soap because of the damned bugs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First brew
« on: April 14, 2012, 05:16:28 PM »
Gratz on your first brew!

Maybe next time wait until it gets to 66F before pitching but 70 isn't too bad. Everything I've read says pitch low (like 64) and let it rise slowly to maybe 68 (for something like a pale ale).  Something about lowering the esters that get created during the first part of fermentation.

Other Fermentables / Re: Wine kit questions
« on: April 13, 2012, 12:36:33 PM »
Cool, thanks!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« on: April 13, 2012, 06:31:35 AM »
Would it be difficult to stamp indentations into a stainless steel pot? Mine is already marked each 2 gallons with indentations.

Ingredients / Re: Best hop for 100% pale malt
« on: April 13, 2012, 06:09:35 AM »
I was reading descriptions of New Zealand hop varieties last night and there may be one that will work nicely. With a Belgian yeast already giving you spice/clove phenolics then perhaps something with a lemon/lime aroma like

All Grain Brewing / Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« on: April 13, 2012, 05:53:59 AM »
I really don't think you'd want one made out of glass.  I bought one from and I love it.

I think I might get one of those!

Other Fermentables / Wine kit questions
« on: April 12, 2012, 07:35:02 PM »
I bought a pinot noir kit from my LHBS today and have a few questions after reading the instructions...

1) Do I need to rehydrate the yeast like I would when brewing a beer with dry yeast?
2) I have a 6.5G glass carboy and a 6G better bottle that I can use for that OK?
3) The instructions don't have me aerating the must prior to pitching the yeast...should I anyway?
3a) If I aerate, is an aquarium pump and stone OK for use in wine like I do when making beer?
4) The instructions have the wine 2 weeks in primary and 2 weeks in secondary. Is that OK or should I alter that for better results?
5) How much of the instructions should I toss and replace with better advice, like those included in some extract beer kits?

This is the kit:

I love the smell of krausen in the morning!

"Smells like.........victory"


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
« on: April 11, 2012, 10:07:19 AM »
Today's morebeel deal of the day may help your decision if you were going to make one:

Normally $179.00, now $134.95 w/Coupon Code BEERDEAL
Free shipping, no tax.

Equipment and Software / Re: More refractometer woes
« on: April 10, 2012, 05:24:31 AM »
Alright maybe that's it. I've been using little plastic pipettes to pull samples. I'll let them sit a few minutes before reading next time. I'll keep using the hydrometer until I'm sure that I'm sure that I'm doing it right!  :P

Equipment and Software / More refractometer woes
« on: April 09, 2012, 11:34:03 AM »
I bought a refractometer because I thought reading the hydrometer was too difficult, but either I have a crappy device or I'm using it wrong because I can't seem to get consistent readings.

I'll calibrate with distilled water...0.0 brix
Take a wort sample...15.5 brix
Hmm...take another sample...16.5...16.0...16.2...
Check distilled water...still 0.0.


I finally take a large enough sample for a hydrometer and get 1.065, exactly what it should have been.

I took readings after the wort settled and after it was stirred up, always different. I rinse the surface of the refractometer with a little distilled water between readings and dry it with a clean cloth.

What am I doing wrong?

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