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Ingredients / Re: Brand new brew guy needs advice
« on: Today at 06:14:09 AM »
Totally agree with the above. For your first batch you will want to keep it as simple as possible. I'd even recommend going to a good homebrew shop and getting a kit with instructions. Use a good dried brewers yeast such as US05. I have no idea what "yeast berries" are (did you mean wheat berries?) but if you are thinking on using a bread yeast for fermentation you are starting off down the wrong path. You want a brewers yeast, and the one I mentioned (Fermentis US05) is probably the best one to start with. Good luck, have fun and let us know what you decide and how it turns out.

Ingredients / Re: hop balance for 'kolsch' style
« on: August 28, 2015, 05:34:07 AM »
With Amarillo you are brewing a pale ale, not a kolsch.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Momentary Lapse of Reason...
« on: August 27, 2015, 03:16:37 PM »
You can certainly squirt it with star san if it makes you feel better but it  it pointless. It's sanitary. So are plastic zip lock style bags. Really, beer infection can happen from wild organisms in the air, but mostly it will come from grain dust or a spot you miss cleaning over and over again that allows actual beer spoiling microorganisms a chance to set in and grow. And beer spoiling microorganisms are not on foil., or in bottled water.

It's like, years ago, I remember someone worried about their beer getting infected because they had a cold. I try to explain to them that beer can't catch a cold. But not sure if that really sunk in or not. ;)

That was a neat survey, thanks for sharing!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Rosewater?
« on: August 26, 2015, 01:51:57 PM »
I played around with rose hips, rose water, rose petals. Did not like the results. Think potpourri.
Its hard to get it subtle enough for sure and even then its probably not for everyone, but I believe it can be done. Like kefir lime leaves IMO in that it can be perfumy if a very close threshold is passed.

I don't doubt you are right.

Ingredients / Re: Wet dry hop?
« on: August 26, 2015, 01:32:51 PM »
I did it once...chlorophyll city.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Things you wish breweries would figure out
« on: August 26, 2015, 01:22:03 PM »
I won't be the one cleaning the growlers, buddy. ;)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Rosewater?
« on: August 26, 2015, 01:20:55 PM »
I played around with rose hips, rose water, rose petals. Did not like the results. Think potpourri.

Ingredients / Wet dry hop?
« on: August 26, 2015, 01:19:20 PM »
Anyone use fresh "wet" hops as a dry hop?

Wood/Casks / Re: New barrels
« on: August 26, 2015, 03:34:42 AM »
I would recommend adding hot water, let sit over night and drain a couple times. It's going to be really oaky otherwise.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Extra long fermentation / Flat tasting beer
« on: August 26, 2015, 03:09:08 AM »
Assuming when you say "tastes flat" you simply mean it is flat and has no carbonation, it is most likely just a bottle conditioning issue and is actually fairly regular with bottle conditioned beers. Frankly, I question some of your fermenting methods (removing from primary after 7 days is not recommended unless the beer is completely done fermenting) but this doubtfully has much reason why you didn't have adequate carbonation.

21 days is not really "extra long" to keep in priomary. In fact, for many homebrewers it is about right, especially if you are starting with less than an adequate pitch of yeast. Leaving the beer in contact with the yeast for an extra week or so may even help clean up some off flavors.

You may just need to wait and extra week or two or if you didn't mix the priming sugar well you may have half undercarbbed batch and have over carbbed batch,

Also, is this a typo?

My final gravity when I bottled as 1.013. I took a gravity sample from the bottle and it was 1.023.

Because it makes very little sense.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Momentary Lapse of Reason...
« on: August 24, 2015, 07:33:37 PM »
It will be completely beer sanitary. Sometimes we way, way, way over-worry about sanitation. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But stuff like bottled water is sanitary enough for beer, no problem. Things like aluminum foil, plastic bags, paper towels, bottled water are all sanitary enough for clean beer fermentation.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Momentary Lapse of Reason...
« on: August 24, 2015, 02:32:55 PM »
did that a lot in the past and you will be absolutely fine. No worries!

The Pub / Re: this morning
« on: August 23, 2015, 06:09:46 PM »
Hot and humid still down here in the sunny (and lately rainy) south east. Ya'll dress warm now, ya hear?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer style crossroads
« on: August 23, 2015, 04:43:45 PM »
It definitely looks like a brown ale from the recipe. Finishing hops would also be appropriate for a brown than a porter.

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