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Ingredients / Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« on: March 14, 2012, 01:16:16 PM »
Not rye specifically, but I feel like I've seen other malts with this. Hard to tell without seeing what you've got myself.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is your perfect spring beer?
« on: March 14, 2012, 01:13:41 PM »
Dogfish Aprihop (apricot IPA) is my favorite, though I've never tried to brew something like it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Condo Brewing
« on: March 14, 2012, 12:52:26 PM »
One of the elements on my electric stove appears to be powered by a small nuclear reactor and I can easily boil full 5gal batches.  You might give it a try with water before modifying your equipment.

Not much fermentation actually occurred while it was warm, so not much to worry about.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Re-yeasting already bottled beer
« on: March 13, 2012, 01:04:49 PM »
I agree that champagne yeast might be dangerous. S-05 sounds like a good idea.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: I need some sort of leaf filter
« on: March 12, 2012, 12:21:54 PM »
Shame on you all - hops are not leaves.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got the cops called on me!
« on: March 12, 2012, 02:30:36 AM »
law enforcement officials do need a search warrant to legally enter your house, unless you invite them in. Perhaps this was due to their inexperience.
It is not inexperience, they are trained to talk their way in. As long as you agree, it is legal.
I'd probably invite them in the garage, since they'd be standing in the doorway anyway and with the goal of educating them. But also if one states that the smell is hops and malt boiling and that you are homebrewing which is legal, they shouldn't need or expect to come in. If you politely say no I don't think they'd feel provoked.  If they had ANY probable cause they wouldn't be asking anyway, because they wouldn't need the warrant.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got the cops called on me!
« on: March 11, 2012, 04:00:18 PM »
I brewed beer at our state fair last year as a demonstration. Most people who stopped by were interested, but one lady thought I was joking - and when I finally convinced her that we really were brewing beer she looked at me like I was demonstrating how to manufacture heroin.

Word, maybe I'll just add a bunch more crazy stuff to secondary to "fix" it if it tastes funny

Good idea.
Two lbs of blueberries probably won't add much fruit character anyway. Boiling the tea bag might had released tannins (blueberry skins have tannins too). Taste it and you'll know.

Many ciders use the natural yeasts present on the apple (maybe) and on cider pressing equipment.
I actually think the underground fermenters are ceramic or something like that. I remember an article about a cidery in Virginia (iirc) that was using this process, but damn - I can't remember their name or any details.

The Pub / Re: Keurig praise
« on: March 09, 2012, 03:57:31 PM »
[  They probably have such good customer service because they don't want people like me bad mouthing them to others who might want to buy one. 

this is the reason for most good customer service

Maybe they also make more money licensing the K-cups than on the machines, so they'd rather be generous replacing machines than loose you as a customer.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Cases! Help!
« on: March 09, 2012, 01:52:10 PM »
Cool. They also sell an insert so you can dry your bottles in the case instead of on a bottle tree.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Determining yeast numbers?
« on: March 09, 2012, 01:31:52 PM »
Pocket size flow cytometer?

Going Pro / Re: Looking into starting a meadery
« on: March 09, 2012, 01:23:58 PM »
Is there a tax or other benefit to being a winery vs an alcohol manufacturer?

All Grain Brewing / Re: First All Grain brew
« on: March 09, 2012, 01:11:41 PM »
Do you plan to batch sparge or fly sparge?

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