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Ingredients / hop pellit storage
« on: October 31, 2014, 04:32:55 PM »
I started buying hops by the pound. Looking for  storage ideas. I have a vacuum sealer but to do all those 1 oz packs seems a little much. Can I just throw them in a mason jar in the freezer door? Im not storing anything for more than 6 months tops.

Kegging and Bottling / b0ttle cap issues
« on: October 17, 2014, 09:25:13 AM »
Anyone have issues with the bottle caper not sealing the bottles properly? Ive noticed some of the bottle caps when installing get hung up when i lift the lever arms up and try to release the capper. If i look at some of the caps some will have the aprin not completely pushed down like most. I think this isnt a good seal i cant imagine i wore out the capper already ive only been brewing since may and i bought the steel double armed one not a cheap plastic one. Also I but the o2 caps but but them in sanitizing solution for a few min before capping am i defeating the porpouse by doing this?

Questions about the forum? / search the forum glitch
« on: October 12, 2014, 11:21:58 AM »
When I do a search for a certain topic I will click on what looks to be the most appropriate link and when i hit the back arrow the page is gone and i get an error saying document expired? I like this feature of the forum but this glitch makes it somewhat cumbersome. Is this something im doing?

Other Fermentables / super berry melomel no activiy
« on: October 09, 2014, 09:05:36 AM »
So i tried my hand at making a mead following curt stocks recipe. I did a 1/2 batch or 2.5 gal just to see if I would like it. Used Lalvin71b and did a small starter with sugar water 20 min before i added it. It looked active and ready to go. Made the must with water around 100 degrees but the fruit was still lightly frozen so I let those to sit for 10 or 15 min together before adding the yeast. This morning no activity in  my air lock? Should I dose again with another 5 grams of lalvin71b? And I did add the first addition of yeast nutrient at the beginning as well. I used the y-yeast brand.

Yeast and Fermentation / fermentation take off
« on: October 02, 2014, 10:21:56 PM »
I have a question that I know is a newbie one. I re pitched a saga clone on top of last batches saga clone cake and I noticed fermentation like crazy within hours but two days later put put on the air lock. Seems like a real slow down. I haven't checked gravity but i suspect the yeast had a feast and did their thing (for the most part) is this going to adversely effect the flavor of the beer?

I posted in the recipes forum a little while back about this summit saga clone recipe and I have made this beer probably 8 times now. I'm learning the smallest changes on brew day can really effect your outcome as far as
taste goes. I notice significant taste changes and I cant figure out what I did? same yeast recipe kettle blah blah blah? Very puzzling.

Yeast and Fermentation / fruit flies in airlock
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:41:08 PM »
I'm fermenting an ipa that's just about done when I noticed the airlock on top had dead fruit flies in it. Is this something any of you have experienced? I haven't noticed them in the house before so im not sure exactly where they are coming from. We keep all fruit except apples and oranges in the fridge and I checked right away and nothing there. The beer smells ok. What should I do to prevent this? Im kinda hesitant to taste the beer now. Any advise or opinions?

Ingredients / maris otter
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:30:44 PM »
Im still trying to figure things out and have only brewed with 2 brands of 2 row so far. Im about to branch out and try marris otter. Im ordering a 55lb bag along with another 50LB bag of 2 row. Can i substitute any recipe that calls for 2 row with marris otter? Im ordering in bulk to save the cash because i order and have it shipped.

Beer Recipes / Summit Saga
« on: August 27, 2014, 08:09:40 PM »
Summit Saga has been one of my long time favorite beers and I have searched the net to only find one person with a recipe that has got me fairly close to the original. Im not good enough yet to start making  changes to get me closer to what i want so does any one know where I may find this recipe? I am brewing via BIAB in 5 gallon batches. Thanks,

Kegging and Bottling / forgot to prime???
« on: August 15, 2014, 04:03:52 PM »
Just sampled a Summit saga clone i bottled on 7/20. Taste is spot on however flat as a pancake. I cant imagine I forgot to prime which I always do with two cups water and 5oz corn sugar on the stove top. Could it be something else? Like I said taste is spot on its just flat no carb at all.
Thanks, still learning,

General Homebrew Discussion / how to vid
« on: August 10, 2014, 12:37:41 PM »
Im still realitively new to the hobby and was wondering if there were start to finish vids that you guys may recommend. There is something to seeing it vs reading it.

Ingredients / dry hopping schedule
« on: July 29, 2014, 04:52:40 PM »
I am starting to want to try dry hopping and have a couple questions. First I assume when the dry hop schedule says 4 days or 5 days that means add the hopps 4 days before botteling or 5 days before botteling- coerrect?
Second - what is the harm if you were to add hops in the seconday for a week or two? I would think that just gives the hops more time to soak into the beer- or am i off on this?

Thanks guys-

All Grain Brewing / A little brown sugar????
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:24:52 AM »
Wondering if anyone has used brown sugar in lieu of corn sugar to amp up the %? Taste benifits sound good but too new to the brewing hobby to try it. Yet Any input i greatly appreciated.

Yeast and Fermentation / omega yeast
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:51:27 PM »
Stopped at the LHBS and picked up an omega yeast 004 liquid pack just to try it. The guy told me no nutrient pack to smack just let it get to room temp (3hours min on the package) and pitch. So I waited around 5 hours shook it up and pitched it. This was at 9pm. At 7am the next morning no action at all so i threw on the old us05 and away it went. Omega doesn't give any info on the pack or on the website but they are local to me that's why i tried it. The brew shop said i should have waited longer 12 to 48 hours for the fermentation to start!!! That seems excessive to have to wait that long for yeast that are just snoozing right?
Any input would be appreciated im still learning.

General Homebrew Discussion / local brew shop
« on: May 07, 2014, 12:31:18 AM »
New to this forum and home brewing as well. I have a local brew supplier which i have met and like quite a bit. I feel compelled to buy from them because they are realitively new and i like the idea of supporting local business.
Im starting whole grain and ive got one batch under m belt so i brought them  recipe i found and had them supply everything from the yeast to the hops and ground up grains for a double ipa. I understand this is a considerable ( 14LBS) of grain but the total came to 41 dollars. I went to rite brew and the same ingredient list came to under 25 bucks plus shipping. I value service and all and i want to support them ut over the long haul thatwould cost me considerably. Thoughts? Thanks, Jim

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