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Chlorine bleach is ok to use as long as it does not have any added scents.  The main thing to remember is to rinse, rinse, rinse.  Any traces of bleach will end up contaminating your brews.


Ingredients / Old Weyermann Hefeweisen LME... what to do with it?
« on: November 13, 2010, 04:26:39 PM »
Hello All,
     I have two 8.8 lb containers of Weyermann Hefeweisen LME that was given to me.  They are getting old so I am sure the color is a bit darker than it should be.  I am trying to come up with a beer to brew with it.  I was thinking of an old ale.  Any other ideas?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Introducing myself
« on: November 11, 2010, 05:44:51 AM »
Hi Gary,
     Welcome to the AHA forums.   ;D


All Things Food / Re: Coffee roasting
« on: November 10, 2010, 04:58:39 PM »
I used to have a Hearthware coffee roaster before the I-Roast came out.  I really enjoyed it.  After it died I started using a hot air popcorn popper.  It's not ideal but it works.  I haven't modded the popper even though it would produce better results.  I have been considering getting an I-Roast2 as I got to play with one a few months ago and really liked it.  I have also used the heat gun - dog bowl method.  It is much more "hands on" and can really help you understand the roasting process.  It also allows you to roast a lot more than a popcorn popper.  The freshness of the beans can't be beat.  Now if I could just get my wife to stop buying gas station coffee...   ;)

The Pub / Re: kids need to learn the important stuff early....
« on: November 10, 2010, 04:41:51 PM »
That is terrific!   :)  Two of my three kids have some interest in brewing.  Now if I can get them to pick up some of the books...

Beer Recipes / Re: my christmas/winter warmer recipe...thoughts
« on: November 07, 2010, 09:16:14 AM »
Sounds very good.  I agree with Gordon about the spices.  You can always adjust later if you need more.  Christmas time may be a bit soon for this beer due to the OG/FG.  It will definitley improve with age.

Happy Brewing,

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: re-pitch for bottling?
« on: November 07, 2010, 09:05:23 AM »
Is there any safe way to save the unused portion of the dry yeast for the next batch (say a month)?

Sometimes I will fold the yeast pack and put a small piece of tape on it to keep it closed.  Then I will put it into a small ziplock bag and put it in the fridge till next time.  This may not be ideal but it seems to work.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st batch update :D
« on: November 06, 2010, 03:06:24 PM »
I agree.  A few extra days may help and certainly not hurt your beer.

Happy Brewing,

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long is too long for dry hopping?
« on: October 24, 2010, 11:04:12 AM »
I have left dry hops in a fermenter for a month with no problems.  Although, if I were to do it again I would removed the hops sooner and add more fresh dry hops to really enhance the aroma.

I usually use PBW and hot water.  It will take off most labels after a soak.  If they still don't come off then a scrub pad is in order.

Beer Recipes / Re: working on a oatmea/blackberry stout recipe
« on: October 23, 2010, 12:24:53 PM »
Latest on this is that the place I ordered from was out of blackberry puree, so I had them substitute raspberry rather than back order.  Is it just me, or does Raspberry Puree sound like a Weird Al Yankovic song?  Should be starting this sometime this week.

LOL!  That could very well be.  Weird Al has a lot of unusual lyrics  :P

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Potato beer
« on: October 23, 2010, 07:48:27 AM »
I made a sweet potato alt last year.  I boiled the potatoes before adding them to the mash.

Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottle Stoppers and Dry Traps
« on: October 18, 2010, 10:53:40 PM »
I want to move away from using buckets for fermentation mainly, so that I can see what is happening inside the vessel.  I'm 95% sure that I'd rather use Better Bottles instead of glass carboys for a number of reasons, but I'm just a little unsure of stoppers and airlocks.  So, I guess that I have three questions:

1 - If you use Better Bottles what would you recommend for a stopper/airlock setup?  What have you found that works the best?
2 - Do the carboy caps fit if i wanted to use those to start a siphon, a la the video at that link?
3 - Has anyone tried and have feedback on the Reusable Ported Closure and the Dry Trap instead of a bung and airlock?

There's a whole lot of questioning right there, help on any of that would be great.  Thanks


I have 3 better bottles and really like them.  I use a #10 Drilled Rubber Stopper with an airlock with them.  I have used the carboy caps for blowoff but not for starting a siphon.  They seem to fit reasonably well but I'm not sure the fit is tight enough to start a siphon.  You would have to try it out for yourself.  I have not used the ported closure so I can't help you there. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ask the Experts
« on: October 18, 2010, 09:44:47 AM »
I think a really good choice would be Kristin England to discuss brewing Berliner Weisse. Not much info is out there on this style, let alone techniques like culturing lactobacillus for it.
In fact, he could discuss all the nearly forgotten styles he touches on in Stan Hieronymous' recent wheat book. The Berliner Weisse is probably the one that will raise the most interest though.

+1   This would be terrific!  I have not brewed a Berliner Weisse yet but have not found much information either.

I use beersmith which calculates the amount of calories per pint.  Since you already have Promash there is no reason to purchase another brewing software.  I would use the link provided by svejk.

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