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Equipment and Software / Re: Has anyone tried the Wonder Pump ?
« on: May 31, 2010, 12:46:15 AM »
I also need to find something better than the autosiphon.  This is the third time my plastic autosiphon has cracked on me. I’m playing with different ideas.

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Starter Glitch with Corn Sugar?
« on: May 30, 2010, 09:38:06 PM »
I ran out of Dried Malt Extract and need to make a yeast starter.  My local homebrew shop is not open until after Monday.  Can I make a yeast starter with Corn sugar?  I have a stir plate, Yeast Hulls, Yeast Nutrients, Servomyces, DAP, Go-ferm, and Fermaid-K, but no DME.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Imperial?
« on: May 29, 2010, 10:48:37 PM »
To add to this conversation, on another thread I read someone attempting to brew an Imperial Pilsner.  I wondered about the Imperial and thought, isn't that just a Bond Bock, or a Helles.  I have never heard of an Imperial Pilsner, is this just a fancy term used to stimulate curiosity?

Ingredients / Re: Red Beets
« on: May 29, 2010, 05:03:52 AM »
I've never tried using beats, but a local brewery in Southern California has.  The Bruery in Orange County California brewed a Valentine theme, beet red beer.  I have no idea how they used them but the beer was bright blood red and tasted a bit earthy yet good. All the girls were so into that beer, I've never seen so many women drinking beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Using Corny Keg for Secondary?
« on: May 27, 2010, 04:43:31 PM »
I agree with you Monk and Majorvices, "the corny keg is the ultimate home brewers bright tank". 

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Hulls (the brown powder)
« on: May 27, 2010, 04:25:10 PM »
My local hombrew shop manager told me he uses yeast hulls on his big beers.  I have never heard of yeast hulls, but ended up buying a little pack full of the brown colored powder to help when I ferment big beers. Have any of you had experience with this stuff? If so how can I use it and when should I use it?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Transfer kegged beer to another keg?
« on: May 26, 2010, 03:36:25 PM »
Yes, you can transfer cold carbonated beer from one corny keg to another, but you have to make sure the other corny keg you are transferring the beer into is at equal pressure, or else the beer will foam.

Also, with the corny keg that leaks, you might want to try and fill up a spray bottle full of soapy water and spray for leaks. Any new bubbles that form will be a leak.

Ingredients / Re: Oak Chips
« on: May 24, 2010, 01:00:29 AM »
I've used oak chips about 5 times in different brews.  The beers have ranged in styles from lambics, brown ales, amber lagers and even IPA's.  I think you'll find that the oak chips impart a different weird oak taste than do oak cubes.  However, I found that in one weeks time you will begin to have pronounced oak flavor in the beer.


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