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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing this weekend 2/5
« on: February 07, 2010, 07:02:12 PM »
Brewed an american lager; was intended to be a lite lager, but when you use the wrong type of DME and overshoot the gravity, RDWHAHB and restate what you are brewing  ;D

Racked mead to secondary.  Must resist urge to drink as the gravity sample was really nice.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing this weekend 1/29
« on: January 31, 2010, 03:27:15 PM »
Finished brewing 5g of extract - organic dry stout.  House still smells like coffee... wonderful.

Ingredients / Corn sugar vs rice syrup
« on: January 27, 2010, 05:56:41 PM »
I'm planning on making a lite lager as a base for some session beer flavor experiments. 
I have a lot of corn sugar, but most recipes seem to use rice as the adjunct instead of corn.  The BJCP style guide indicates corn ok.

What is the different flavor profile corn vs rice will contribute?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Liquid vs Dry Extract
« on: January 27, 2010, 02:41:20 AM »
I've switched to DME only due to stability shelf life.  I could not be sure how well the temperature were maintained at my local homebrew shop (or my basement for that matter).

I mix the DME into the hot water with a whick - a little at a time.. no issues..  I find it just as long to squeeze the liquid from the potch, or scrapping from the can.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing less than 5 gallon batches
« on: January 24, 2010, 08:54:59 PM »
Has anyone ever brewed in quantities less than 5 gallons?  If so, any preferred equipment/methods?

I've only done small batches for extract or partial mash recipes - mostly to experiment - usually 3 gallon batches.
Equipment is generally just smaller versions of the standard equipment: stoppers, pot, and fermentation containers.  I use either 3gal carboys or a few 1 gallon wine jugs.

I soak mine in PBW and then rinse after use. There is still some "hop green/wort brown" discoloring and a little debris in the seams/stitching. 

Does it matter?  I'm assuming so miniscule that the reuse in boiling wort makes this all irrelevant, but figured I'd ask as only brewing for 2 years.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: the bare essentials
« on: January 23, 2010, 10:25:37 PM »
1) Immersion chiller (home made)
2) brew hauler (lessens back issues ;D)
3) ball valve on my brew pot
4) wine thief

Equipment and Software / Re: Carboy Hauler
« on: January 23, 2010, 10:08:00 PM »
Anyone ever use this product?  Is it an assest to your brewery?

My #2 must have brewing devices.   This device saved my back and kept me doing 5gal. batches.  Else would have been making  3gal. batches or splitting the 5gal between smaller carboys.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 1/22
« on: January 23, 2010, 03:45:15 AM »
Gonna try my first lager.  An organic Santa Cruz Dark Lager .

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun or Conditioning with priming sugar?
« on: January 20, 2010, 02:20:00 AM »
I'm sure this has been asked before, but I couldn't find any history.  My question is, When bottling a whole batch of beer is it good to use priming sugar, Or should I force carbonate and use a beer gun.  I know for shorter term bottling and comp. beers a beer gun is great.  What about long term bottled beers or just the whole batch in general.   

I relativity new at kegging. When I tried my home made beer gun (racking cane in the picnic tap) I wasted too much beer and ended up making a mess.  So for my last 3 batches, I used a variation of the method than Gordon Strong talks about in his Zymurgy "Think Like a judge" article.
Chill 2 liter bottle, dispense beer from keg into 2 liter.  Using a carbonator cap, up the carbonation a few psi to adjust for CO2 loss in the transfers. Pour beer from 2 liter into freezer cold bottles ( pre purges with CO2), cap on the foam.

I am only kegging 2 6-packs, so maybe not good for large scale, but pretty smooth and clean operation for my needs. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Pump question
« on: January 19, 2010, 12:32:03 AM »
For my needs, I've just been using a small pond pump from Lowes - Tetra 330GPH.   It moves the water I need thru my IC and fits nice in the small cooler I use for holding ice water. Have not noticed it producing any heat, but then again it sits in ice water.

That said, given its size, it is a single purpose device.  Yours could come in a pinch if the basement flooded.  ;D

For my cooling I have found about 2-4lbs of ice in about 1 gallon of water has work in my recirculating set up. 
The pump I use:$Ntt=tetra%20330$y=0$x=0

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brewing....and music
« on: January 18, 2010, 11:21:42 PM »
When inside, my current "brew mix" consists of:
Clash, Manson, Eddie Vetter, vintage beer commercial snippets, Arcade Fire, Springsteen, Flaming Lips, Kansas, Floyd,  Richard Thomas, Indigo Girls, Ramones

When outside: I got the squirrel, cardinal, bluejay, crow, and other birds doing the background soundtrack. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Winter Brewing Photos
« on: December 30, 2009, 05:33:53 PM »
This was with snow on the ground, but a nice 45F sunny day a few weeks ago. 

Used foil insulation as a large wind shield.
First time I used the new brewpot and made a nice english mild.

A sweet mead - using Ken Schramm's no heat and 72 hour feed the yeast method.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How long will it keep?
« on: December 30, 2009, 04:39:41 PM »
What is best means to store - sealed or unsealed container - foil on a mason jar, a sealed with a lid?  I'd like to keep for a month in the refrigerator.

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