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Other Fermentables / Medicinal flavor in mead and braggot
« on: November 17, 2012, 07:06:51 AM »
My last three experiments with fermenting honey have all resulted in a kind of medicinal, almost minty flavor and I can't figure out what's causing it. I used different yeasts for all of them (Red Star Premier Curvee, Red Star Côte des Blancs and White Labs Champagne), each resulting with the same off flavor, to varying degrees. The Red Star yeasts were used in mead recipes, and the champagne for a braggot.

I've used the same supplier of wildflower honey for each batch. Anybody had this problem?

General Homebrew Discussion / Star Anise in Winter Warmer
« on: November 02, 2012, 03:19:21 PM »
I'm brewing a winter warmer next week and am considering using star anise. Does anyone have any advice on how much to use, and when to add it? I'm brewing a 10 gallon batch and plan to use .25 oz., added with 10 min. left on the boil. The other spices I'm using will be cinnamon (3 sticks), ginger (1 oz.) and orange peel (.25 oz.), all added at the 10 minute mark.

I'm aiming for modest, but noticeable spice. Any suggestions?

General Homebrew Discussion / Any way to save a Band-Aid beer?
« on: August 03, 2012, 08:37:30 AM »
My first attempt at an all-Brett beer has produced a pretty phenolic mess. It's slightly tart, but there's a lot of plastic Band-Aid and I'm not sure what to do. I've heard the arguments about "never give up on a beer," but I don't know about this one. Any thoughts out there? It's been 2 months and the beer is in the secondary now. Is there any chance it will clean up? Any way to turn this into a drinkable beer?

General Homebrew Discussion / Two-toned beer?
« on: July 16, 2012, 02:57:28 PM »
I've got a Brett beer that has a dark-rum colored rim round the top with a cloudy, amber body. The ring is about 3/4 inch thick and fairly distinct. Has anyone seen this before? What is it? Here's a picture:

General Homebrew Discussion / Brett and phenols?
« on: July 13, 2012, 08:47:20 AM »
I just transferred a brett beer to the secondary and it was waaayyy phenolic. Much more than I'd hoped. My temperature control was pretty good and I have no reason to think this is a sanitation problem. (It was a split batch, and the other carboy with saison yeast was awesome.) Has anyone had this issue with Brett? Any chance the phenols will dissipate over time? It was in the primary for almost a month.

General Homebrew Discussion / 100% Brett
« on: June 13, 2012, 02:39:29 PM »
The latest Zymurgy convinced me to try making an all Brett beer. I was wondering, however, how this would affect equipment? At the end of the article, it said that Brett posed "less of a threat to equipment than the bacteria involved in sour brewing." How much less of a threat? Should I just set aside the carboy and make it a "Brett-only" bucket?

General Homebrew Discussion / Utilization from spruce tips
« on: May 13, 2012, 05:01:19 PM »
I've heard that spruce tips should be added for at least 60 minutes in the boil, because extracting the spruce aromas and flavors takes more time than with hops. Does anyone know about how to use spruce? My question is whether adding the spruce at the end of the boil, or even dry-hopping with it, would yield anything at all.

General Homebrew Discussion / Sanitizer question
« on: March 08, 2012, 05:58:14 PM »
How long can sanitizer stay 'potent' after it is mixed with water? Is there an expiration date on this stuff? I'm going to be a lot of beer stuff over a series of days and don't want to have to mix up a fresh bucket every time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Trucking wort?
« on: January 18, 2012, 07:14:57 PM »
Hey everyone,
I got a message from a buddy of mine down in Tennessee, who said Granite City Brewery makes their wort in Iowa, and then trucks it to other locations to be "finished off"? Frankly, this seems ridiculous to me. But are any of you aware of a good reason to do this?

Here's what he said:
"This isn't for a story, but it came up in the process of reporting on a new brewery expanding to this area. Granite City says they begin the brewing process in Iowa then truck the wort to their locations across the Midwest and finish the beers
there. They'll be using this practice for a new location in Williamson County, TN, just south of Nashville."

General Homebrew Discussion / Boza recipe?
« on: January 06, 2012, 06:09:28 PM »
Does anybody have experience making boza? I've heard it's pretty interesting stuff and would like to try making a batch.

General Homebrew Discussion / Foamy keg?
« on: December 15, 2011, 03:56:42 PM »
I just kegged my third beer and, for whatever reason, it's super foamy. Force carbonation and I used the same process as before. Basically 30 psi over night, and then 10 psi after that. Still, all I get is foam coming out of the tap. Anybody have experience with this?

General Homebrew Discussion / Freon/Kegerator question
« on: November 21, 2011, 01:49:46 PM »
I just got a "Superior" brand 3-tap keg system from someone, and while the compressor and fan appear to work well, it struggles to keep anything cold. It's a hand-me-down system and probably at least 20 years old. The guy who gave it to me said it could use some freon, but was unsure of what type it needed. Anybody have advice on what type of freon this would need, and also how I could go about charging it?

Yeast and Fermentation / Is it too soon to bottle?
« on: August 27, 2011, 10:14:25 PM »
I've got a batch of Super Saison that has been fermenting in the primary for 4 weeks. The airlock still shows some slow activity (one bubble every 20-30 seconds) but I'm afraid to leave it on the yeast much longer, lest it develop off flavors. Any thoughts? Should I bottle it, rack it to a secondary or let it ride and not worry about it?

Beer Travel / Providence beer trip
« on: August 25, 2011, 07:40:14 PM »
I'm heading down to Providence, RI for two days over Labor Day weekend. Any suggestions for beer bars or breweries?

General Homebrew Discussion / gypsum addition
« on: August 12, 2011, 06:50:56 PM »
I've been reading up on water chemistry and am preparing to do a fresh hop ale. I'd like to get the most bang for my buck and was wondering if it would be worth adding gypsum.

I've had my water tested, and here are a few stats:
hardness = 65
ph = 5.93
alkalinity = 36

My questions are this: Do I need to add gypsum, and if so, how much? Also, should I add it to the mash, or if I'm just looking to maximize hop extraction, should I throw it into the wort before boil?

I'm probably splitting hairs here, but any advice is welcome.

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