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Equipment and Software / Brew Kettle cleaning question
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:18:45 PM »
I normally just use a sponge and soap to clean out my SS 10 gallon brew kettle. This looks like it cleans everything out. Is there a need for a product like PBW for this?

Beer Recipes / Basic Recipes help
« on: January 20, 2014, 02:37:49 PM »
I would really like to create my own recipe (or use a solid one) on my next brew. I think I'm done paying for kits, or would like to be! Most of the brew software I see doesn't necessarily "tell" you if a beer will turn out ok by plugging in pieces.
Is there software like this? Would I be better off using recipes here for now and tweaking them how I see fit?

Equipment and Software / Blow off tube odor
« on: January 20, 2014, 02:26:15 PM »
Anyone have any tips on getting the smell out of a blow off tube? Does it matter? I've only used it once, but I cannot get the beer smell out.

General Homebrew Discussion / Beer minus hops
« on: January 19, 2014, 08:44:37 PM »
Drinking a delicious IPA and I started thinking "what would a beer taste like without hops in the recipe?

Equipment and Software / auto siphon
« on: January 19, 2014, 08:25:52 PM »
I remembered today how much I hate using an auto siphon. Can anyone recommend alternatives?

Kegging and Bottling / Bottle bombs
« on: January 19, 2014, 12:22:48 PM »
So I've bottled a 1 gallon IPA that fermented for 1.5 weeks (didn't bother checking numbers bc of volume loss), no airlock activity, etc.

While I'm not too concerned, there is part of me that doesn't want to see 22 oz. bottles explode. Any advice, how often does this happen?

Yeast and Fermentation / Cold crash/ late hop additons
« on: January 18, 2014, 02:22:56 PM »
Considering adding an extra 3.5 grams of hop pellets (extra bag I had) into a one gallon batch. I pulled the batch out of the closet today and it's currently cold crashing in the refrigerator. Can I add the hops while cold crashing, or should I wait to cold crash after the fact?

Yeast and Fermentation / Fermentation temp question (First world problem)
« on: January 17, 2014, 03:18:51 PM »
So my 5 gallon batch has been fermenting away at 68 for the first week (Wyeast 1335, 63-75 temp. range). Over the past two days, the temp has been 64. It is still fermenting slowly but the temps here have been colder in general and my carboy bath is cooling.
Should I try to warm it up a few degrees by circulating some warm water in the bath? Or just relax and have a beer?

Kegging and Bottling / Fizz drops
« on: January 17, 2014, 05:54:12 AM »
Included with a one gallon extract kit, I received a bottle of Fermenter's Favorites Fizz Drops. Are they worth using, or should I use corn sugar or something similar?

General Homebrew Discussion / What the $%#& is this?
« on: January 15, 2014, 07:09:23 PM »
Brewed a 1 gallon extract kit tonight w. speciality grains and noticed this stuff floating around. Is it some grain that escaped the muslin bag, a part of the hop pellet? It looks like little pieces of lettuce.

General Homebrew Discussion / 1 gallon fermentor cap
« on: January 15, 2014, 06:50:00 PM »
Long story short, I don't have a cap for my 1 gallon fermentor available...can I just use some foil loosely wrapped on top w. Starsan? I've brewed this before and don't expect the krausen to be a problem.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Extract boil volume
« on: January 14, 2014, 05:44:45 AM »
Based on another thread I posted, I have a question about full boil volume. On my last 5 gallon batch (5 gallons full boil) I noted that I added just shy of a gallon back into the final volume.

-Should I try to full boil ~ 6 gallons next time?

-How important is the intensity of the boil? I currently do a boil that is closer to not boiling vs a rolling boil. Is there a preferred temp to focus on?

Equipment and Software / Brew Kettle upgrade
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:09:45 PM »
I'm considering upgrading from my 10 gallon Polar Ware kettle to something with a ball valve. I'm considering the following kettle. I like the company, the kettle is made here, and it's priced well.

Of course, there is Blichman, but I don't see any difference and the price is much higher. I've also talked myself out of needed a sight glass and thermometer bc I use a Thermapen. My primary reason for doing this is bc my kettle now is as thin as a razor and I like the idea of being able to transfer out with a ball valve over pouring into a funnel.
Lastly, any concerns over using Teflon tape? The Spike kettles require it.

Beer Recipes / Homebrew recipe for the masses
« on: January 13, 2014, 02:22:37 PM »
I may be making a home brew (5 gallon extract w/ spec. grains) for my sister's wedding in March. I would appreciate any input on recipe ideas as I will most likely be brewing for the BMC crowd. Ale ideas only please.  ;D

Equipment and Software / Conical Fermentors
« on: January 12, 2014, 02:09:50 PM »
Looking at SS conical fermentors online  ;D and I'm curious how the home brewer using one of these regulates temps with them?

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