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Ingredients / Re: Ingredient Guides (Malt/Hops/Yeast)
« on: January 01, 2011, 09:29:33 AM »
I have never seen an all inclusive and up-to-date reference either.  It sure would be nice though.  I end up going to the different manufacturer's websites to get malt & yeast information.  For hop varieties I usually end up checking the BYO website.

All Things Food / Re: Belgian Beer Soup
« on: January 01, 2011, 09:25:48 AM »
Sounds good!  I have the "Beer Captured" book but have never made the recipe.  I'll have to make it sometime in the near future.

Beer Recipes / Re: IPA recipe... My FIrst!
« on: December 29, 2010, 09:30:27 PM »
I would use all pale liquid extract along with the crystal malt.  The hop additions look good. Do you have the recipe type set to "extract" or "partial mash"?  If you have it set to "extract" then it should specify a smaller boil volume which will be based off the size of your brewpot.  Make sure you have the size of your brewpot specified in the "Equipment" section.  Using your usual 2-2.5 gal boil will be fine.

Happy Brewing,

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Moment to introduce myself
« on: December 29, 2010, 06:16:07 AM »
Welcome to the board Javier.  This is definitely a well maintained and fun board to participate in.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
« on: December 27, 2010, 09:30:25 PM »
I will be making several belgian beers.  I also want to get an oxygenation setup.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: under the wire
« on: December 26, 2010, 07:26:23 PM »
No snow here in Wisconsin.  Just finished brewing a double IPA.  Storminator is definitely a fitting name.   :)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Using "Twist-off" beer bottles
« on: December 26, 2010, 11:51:43 AM »
I usually recycle twist off bottles.  I am afraid of the things that some others have come across such as substandard carbonation due to a poor seal and breaking bottles due to thinner glass.  Just as oscarvan says "Put too much work and money in to the beer to risk it."

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Watcha get for Christmas?
« on: December 26, 2010, 11:48:17 AM »
I got "Principles of Brewing Science" by George Fix.  I will be reading this after I am finished with "Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation" by Chris White & Jamil Zainasheff   ;D

The Pub / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 25, 2010, 09:13:28 AM »
Merry Christmas to all !!  Hope everyone has a safe & happy holiday.

I'll be brewing a Double IPA this weekend.  I will have to wait until Sunday to brew due to all the baking and visiting I will be doing in the next couple of days.

I'll be brewing a double IPA this weekend.  It is going to be for a local beer

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2011 Jan-Mar Wyeast?
« on: December 21, 2010, 08:01:44 AM »
Wyeast currently has the Old Ale blend available so that one probably won't be released again next month.  After looking through the Wyeast Private Collection archives it is anybody's guess what will be released.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cough Syrup off flavor?
« on: December 20, 2010, 05:35:02 AM »
A cough syrup flavor makes me think of a medicinal quality.  Would that be accurate?  If so that would be a result of certain phenols.  What temp did you ferment at?  Which yeast did you use?  I'm not sure that too much yeast would cause a flavor like that.  How much yeast did you use?  Did you use a yeast starter?  How long was it in the fermentor?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Running out of propane
« on: December 20, 2010, 05:25:30 AM »
I definitely recommend getting a second propane tank.  I have run out of propane during a brewing session but fortunately it was while heating the strike water.  As far as how it will affect your beer...  it could cause your beer to be more bitter by extracting more hop alpha acids since the wort will still be hot enough.  Fortunately, you did not add the later hop additions yet.  Other than that I'm sure your beer will turn out fine.   :)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Do I need a starter?
« on: December 19, 2010, 10:06:57 PM »

You just leave it loose enough for gas to escape?  I can see how aluminum foil would work ,not sure how I'd get plastic wrap to stay on without pulling it tight enough to seal but I am sure it can be done.  Assuming foil, you just crimp it around and over the top?

Yes, I just fold it over the top.  Even with plastic wrap pulled down over the top of the jug the gases can get through.  Gases can get through really small spaces but with the foil or plastic wrap on top keeps any bad stuff out.

Happy Brewing,

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