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Other Fermentables / Re: Wine kit questions
« on: April 13, 2012, 07:36:33 PM »
Cool, thanks!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« on: April 13, 2012, 01:31:35 PM »
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, 01:09:35 PM »
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, 12:53:59 PM »
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 13, 2012, 02:35:02 AM »
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, 05:07:19 PM »
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, 12:24:31 PM »
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, 06:34:03 PM »
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?

I love the smell of krausen in the morning!


All Grain Brewing / Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« on: April 09, 2012, 04:31:12 PM »
I made marks on the inside of my kettle starting at 5 gallons. That's what I use now.

How did you mark it? Mine is imprinted every 2 gallons and I want it to show quarter gallon increments. Dremel?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast advice for a Belgian Blond (18A)
« on: April 09, 2012, 04:25:58 PM »
I used 550 and man that stuff smells awesome! I'm normally a hop huffer but for this one I'm a yeast huffer!  :P

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Today's brewing disaster...
« on: April 09, 2012, 01:18:32 PM »
I was able to get the hose replaced for less than twenty bucks.  Even after you get your new burner, getting the hose replaced will increase your options.

I thought about just replacing the hose but after my last disaster some of the holes were clogged making the flame's too bad Home Depot doesn't sell Blichmanns though!  :D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Today's brewing disaster...
« on: April 09, 2012, 01:50:49 AM »
Could have been dry rot on your regulator hose, too. Time for a banjo cooker or a Blichmann!

Well I picked up one Home Depot had. It's not bad and a third of the price of a Blichmann...but man those are sweet, eh?  You're probably right about dry rot. It's 12 years old and has been kept mostly in a very hot garage that whole time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Today's brewing disaster...
« on: April 08, 2012, 10:04:27 PM »
Perhaps there should be a running thread where people can post what disaster they had on their brewing day?

Today mine was setting the propane hose on fire...  ??? Maybe it was just old? The burner was over 10 years old.  I walked away for just a moment (how many stories start like that?) and I hear this scary swishing sound and look back to see flames shooting up from the side of my burner. I cut the gas off. The hose is partially melted.  Good excuse to get a new burner, huh? Which I promptly did. Maybe the beer gods didn't want me brewing today?

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