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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: prefered fining agent
« on: February 20, 2013, 11:48:29 PM »
i used to use gelatin, now i use irish moss (when i remember).  otherwise, time is the great (read as: cheap) clarifier.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering question
« on: February 02, 2013, 11:55:02 PM »
mud season?  we've always just called it winter and road construction.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for a Good Online Supply Store
« on: January 20, 2013, 09:12:16 PM »
+1 on midwest

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« on: January 19, 2013, 08:00:50 PM »
how much dripped in there?  a liter? 2?  if it less than that i wouldn't worry.  and 2 hours for lag time isn't bad.  in fact it's pretty good.

The Pub / Re: Pint Glass Pricing Poll
« on: January 17, 2013, 11:09:07 PM »
hell, most of the pint glasses around here are $6-7 without the logo.  for an imperial pint logoed tulip - i'd pay $10.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What were your gateway beers?
« on: January 17, 2013, 11:05:33 PM »
during my college years (read as: bud light years) i picked up a 12pak of killian's every now and again, which led me to amberbock during the bartending days that followed.  a few friends who had already discovered guiness ego checked me by way of "you're not a man if you don't like guiness".  and so i adapted my palate.  but my whole world changed when i had my first sip of sam adams alpine spring.  after that it was practically my job to find great new beer every weekend.

Other Fermentables / Re: Copper does remove sulfur!
« on: January 16, 2013, 04:16:40 AM »
not that i don't believe that the copper worked, but does anyone know the science behind this?  seems like it could go into a paper titled 'metallurgy and the homebrewer'.

Beer Recipes / Re: Chocolate Tabasco Porter
« on: January 11, 2013, 02:45:25 AM »
i can't speak on the peppers, but i recently made a chocolate stout by cutting the cherries from the black forest stout in Brewing Classic Styles.  i used 8oz of toll house unsweetened cocoa powder at knockout in a 5gal batch.  the chocolate was almost perfect, didn't overpower the malt.  i don't know if i would go as high as a pound in a 10gal batch as the beer will pick up more chocolate flavor the longer it sits on the cocoa.

hope this helps!

Other Fermentables / Re: best wine book for a beer brewer?
« on: January 07, 2013, 10:04:24 PM »
i have annie proulx's book, and have made several batches of cider.  mainly i'm looking for recommendations for good wine books people have used.

Other Fermentables / best wine book for a beer brewer?
« on: January 05, 2013, 01:11:17 AM »
so next fall i'm going to have access to quite a few fruit trees i just discovered on some family property, namely plum, pear, and apple.  the apples and pears will most likely get made into cider, but i'm thinking about making wine out of the plums.

so my question is: what's the best book on making wine for a simple extract beer brewer?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Double Boiling, Double Fermentation
« on: November 29, 2012, 01:40:39 AM »
i haven't been homebrewing long, but i do know that alcohol boils at a much lower temp than water.  if your friend re-boiled his wort (beer, actually) he lost a ton of alcohol in the process.  i'm not sure what the LME and cane sugar would produce for alcohol, but you can't really take the previous alcohol content into account.  something smells fishy about the math.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: cider scare?
« on: November 09, 2012, 10:53:07 PM »
so i'm getting that i should have him skim the pellicle, sample it, and - as long as it tastes fine - bottle it up ASAP?

Other Fermentables / Re: Cranberry cider help
« on: November 08, 2012, 10:50:58 PM »
Good call on freezing them.  Don't heat them or you will end up with pectin haze.

pectin haze isn't a huge problem, just add some pectic enzyme.  you can find it at your LHBS and it's fairly cheap.

Yeast and Fermentation / cider scare?
« on: November 08, 2012, 10:47:47 PM »
so my buddy and i both started batches of cider a couple months ago.  both were fresh pressed apples from the same orchard; both were originally transported from the orchard in 5gal buckets that were cleaned in the same process, at the same time.  both were hit with campden tablets as soon as we got to our respective homes.  his has formed a translucent almost milky skin on the top (is this what's called a pellicle?), but mine hasn't.  variables : he used cotes de blanc, i used nottingham; he's fermenting in plastic, i'm in glass; his basement is warmer than mine.

is the skin a property of the cotes de blanc?  is this possibly an infection?  it doesn't smell like vinegar yet, so i told him not to dump it out 'till we got some answers.

Ingredients / Re: now hear me out first....
« on: October 26, 2012, 10:16:21 PM »
i'm not gonna deny that the objective is to get a beer down my boss's throat.  i just wanna make my best effort at keeping with the spirit of the deal.  thanks for the links and tips!  i wouldn't turn down more help with the project though!

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