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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Do I need to add fresh yeast at bottling?
« on: November 29, 2011, 05:32:34 AM »
You will be fine.  If you feel the need to add some yeast before bottling you can add about a half pack of dry yeast to your beer at bottling time but you really shouldn't need to do that.

Happy Brewing,

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: not brewing yeast but . . .
« on: November 28, 2011, 05:24:00 AM »
I realized what I had said after I posted it.  I figured I would leave it since it was kinda funny.  ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: not brewing yeast but . . .
« on: November 27, 2011, 09:57:03 PM »
That was pretty neat.  Who knew fungus could be such an interesting topic.

The Pub / Re: Brewery Oops's.....
« on: November 27, 2011, 05:18:54 PM »
I have made the mistake of putting hot water into a glass carboy to dissolve some bentonite.  The next morning I found grape juice running across my kitchen floor.  The carboy had cracked along the bottom allowing the juice to leak out. Fortunately, I was able to rescue the juice without the carboy breaking completely.  I do not put hot water in glass carboys anymore.

The Pub / Re: Brewery / bar done!!
« on: November 27, 2011, 05:13:31 PM »
Very nice so far!  Wishing I had a decent basement to use as a brewing space.  Oh well, it still serves as a beer/wine/other storage area.

Equipment and Software / Re: Anyone built a stirrer for decoctions?
« on: November 27, 2011, 05:10:45 PM »
I have only done a decoction mash twice, so far.  Both times I only stirred occasionally. I did make sure to stay in the same room so I could keep an eye on it.  I did not get any scorching.  Hope this helps.

Happy Brewing,

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2 Golds
« on: November 25, 2011, 02:13:29 PM »
congratulations!  That is fantastic!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lagering Temp
« on: November 25, 2011, 02:12:35 PM »
Although it would be best to lager at a colder temp I think you will be fine lagering at 6 deg. C.  Your beer should be ready in time for your friend's birthday.


Equipment and Software / Re: Is Beersmith a good tool?
« on: November 25, 2011, 02:04:58 PM »
I really like Beersmith.  All the functionality makes brewing and tracking inventory, gravity, etc a breeze.

Equipment and Software / Re: cleaning a nylon mesh bag
« on: November 25, 2011, 01:58:22 PM »
I do the same thing as tubercle.  It works well.  No need to buy another nylon mesh bag until it gets really worn out.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Belgian Bottling
« on: November 21, 2011, 08:36:02 PM »
I use a floor corker that is meant for wine corking. I put a rubber stopper on the post that pushes in the cork so I get a consistent insertion. To reiterate others' suggestions... A local homebrew club or shop should have a floor corker to use or rent.

The Pub / Re: Lost another friend yesterday
« on: November 21, 2011, 06:55:31 PM »
Sorry for your loss. I'll be sure to raise a pint this evening in remembrance.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Braggot pitching rate?
« on: November 18, 2011, 03:58:23 PM »
Typically one packet of red star yeast is used for 5 to 6 gallons of wine so I would suggest using one packet. Honey doesn't have the proper amount of nutrients for yeast which is probably why the recipe calls for so much nutrient. If you are using wyeast's nutrient blend perhaps you could cut the nutrient addition on half? Maybe someone else would have a different suggestion.

Happy brewing,

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BrewBlogger software?
« on: November 18, 2011, 12:58:02 AM »
My homebrew club has brewblog setup on its website. I believe you need a website to set it up. Check the brewblogger website for the details.  It's quite easy to use. I'm not sure what it takes to maintain it though. I use beersmith on my home pc which I really like.


Ingredients / Re: Buckwheat Honey
« on: November 17, 2011, 05:37:58 PM »
I used buckwheat honey in a braggot and it turned out quite tasty. I think you could use it in a saison but keep the amount low due to its powerful flavor.

Happy brewing,

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