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Ingredients / 2012 Hop Crop?
« on: October 16, 2012, 01:45:56 PM »
I was just wondering if anyone knew when this year's crop would be coming in for purchase?  I usually order certain varieties from Hops Direct and some from Northern, I haven't found any Simcoe.  Even think I'll get any Simcoe this year?

General Homebrew Discussion / Is this beer still good?
« on: September 21, 2012, 07:05:19 PM »
My in laws just moved a few months ago, and we went to move some of there things this afternoon and I realized my mother in law had a bottle of Lindemans Framboise.  I immediately put it in the fridge, hoping to drink it soon.  Do you think it's still good?  I know it's a lambic, right, do they go bad?  It's probably 4-5 years old.

I guess just chill it and try it!

Ingredients / Columbus hop / funk
« on: August 20, 2012, 11:40:14 PM »
I've used Columbus hops a lot.  However the last couple brews when I bitter with them, they give me a fruity-ish flavor that I really don't like at all.  I purchased two pounds last year and just recently opened the second pound.  It seems every beer that I use them in, I find a disagreeable taste in it.   I only use us-05 or nottingham in these beers and they ferment at app. 60 degrees.

Could there be something in the hops themselves that are causing this?

It's not a major change, but the last thing I've done is only using distilled water for my sanitizer.  I know this is not a big thing, but I was wondering what the last thing big/small, that you guys did that you feel helped your brewing. 

Sound off!

Ingredients / Ordered 2-row got Maris Otter
« on: August 13, 2012, 10:37:42 PM »
So, I ordered some grain last week.  I just picked it up today, it turned out to be Maris Otter, after I got it home and started distributing it into my buckets.   I normally get just 2-row pale ale malt from them.  I paid the same price for the M.O.  Anything I need to adjust for my recipes?  Isn't M.O. usually more than two row?

Btw it's Crisp Malting. 

Ingredients / Canned blackberries / gravity?
« on: August 07, 2012, 07:00:39 PM »
I just brewed a wheat that I want to add some Oregon blackberries to.  How do I find out the specific gravity of the 15 oz can I'm going to add?

General Homebrew Discussion / I would be totally pissed...
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:26:34 AM »
Found this picture today.  Several years before I started brewing.  I broke my cousin's airlock!  Then tried to fix it with duct tape.  I would be totally pissed if someone did this to me!  I talked to him about it recently, the batch was ruined, he said he didn't care, but now that I brew,  I'm forever mad at myself for however this happened.  I'm pretty sure this was the first night I ever had Arrogant Bastard.  I'm pretty sure the two are unrelated...

I just realized I think I'm giving a thumbs up too, slightly out of camera range.  This is not a thumbs up situation!!

Equipment and Software / Upright freezer for fermentation chamber
« on: July 04, 2012, 07:02:54 PM »
I was considering using an upright freezer to replace my fridge fermenter that died last week.  It's got a manual defrost, would that cause any issues since it'll only be down to maybe 55 degrees? 

Haven't got any dimensions on it yet, my fridge I could fit 4 carboys in it. 

Equipment and Software / Fridge died...
« on: June 28, 2012, 09:53:57 PM »
So another fridge died on me.  This was my fermenter fridge, so there's currently 4 carboys in there.  The stick on thermometers read 78 right now.  Everything is done fermenting.  Will it be ok for a few days at this temp, if the temp doesn't go up?  Or should I expedite getting a new fridge?

Ingredients / Dry Hopping with Cacao Nibs
« on: June 09, 2012, 03:17:37 PM »
Anyone ever dry hopped with cacoa nibs?  I brewed 10 gallons of my stout a couple weeks ago, one of the recipes called for coffee and cacoa nibs in the boil, but I honestly didn't want 10 gallons of a coffee stout, so I held the coffee and nibs out.

I'm shooting for a nice coffee stout.  Will the nibs give me a coffee aroma/flavor if I dry hop with them?  I have 4 oz of them.  Or should I just dry hop with coffee and save the nibs for something else?

Other Fermentables / Bottling my first Mead...Advice??
« on: June 09, 2012, 02:25:58 PM »
So, I'm gonna bottle my first mead today.  I have a Beer Gun, I only bottle one batch of beer a year, my yearly Barleywine.  I never purge the bottles, since I add extra yeast and sugar when I bottle.  I figure the secondary fermentation will push any O2 to the top of the bottle.

But my mead is going to be still.  Should I purge the bottles with CO2 or just bottle them up?  Would a little oxygen help or hurt this mead?  Its going to need a few months to age, I fermented it really cool, but it still has a weird hot alcohol taste, not terrible, but noticeable.

Yeast and Fermentation / Pitching dry yeast without rehydrating
« on: May 24, 2012, 10:44:21 PM »
So, I'm trying to draw Mr. Denny Conn out here.  Have you noticed any thing different (off flavors, etc...) just pitching the dry yeast pack without rehydrating?  Anything over 1.060 I just pitch two packs, but is the rumor true that if you pitch dry yeast, without rehydrating,  it kills half the cells instantly?  This doesn't really make any sense to me, as I usually rehydrate in around 85 degree water.  Wouldn't that kill some cells too?  Why does it make a difference when you pitch into wort, is it because of the sugar content, like it's such a shock to the yeast?  Just need a little food for thought.

Equipment and Software / Refractometer WAY off...
« on: May 13, 2012, 04:06:44 PM »
So, somehow, both my hydrometers are broken.  Kegged a couple different batches yesterday, thought I'd pull out the refractometer.

Calibrated it with distilled water, read 0 brix.  Put a few drops of my new beer in there.  8.5 Plato?  Really, that's roughly 1.034 FG, after five weeks in the primary.

I have noticed a few threads on HBT that other people have had the same problem.  I've had the refractometer for a couple years, so returning it is out of the question.  Is it useless?  Should I toss it?

I borrowed a friends hydrometer and sampled the same beer, it finished at 1.010.  Right where I expected it.

This is the refractometer I have:

Equipment and Software / Black Beer bottles and caps
« on: May 12, 2012, 04:44:16 AM »
So every year I want to do something different for my bottled "barleywine".  This year I wanna do an RIS completely over the top, but I want to find some black bottles and black beer caps... 

Anyone got a source?

Beer Recipes / Anyone have a Kalamazoo Stout clone? or ideas?
« on: April 11, 2012, 10:08:39 PM »
I've been wanting to clone this beer for a couple years now.  Haven't found a reputable clone recipe.  I'm not good at cloning beers, either.  The only thing I know is that they use "brewers licorice".  But how much and how long, I'm at a loss.

This is a great beer, I'd love to be able to brew something like it.  Anyone tried cloning it?  Or something similar to it?

Is Star Anise the same thing as brewers licorice like I've read?  I really don't like anise, but I love me some Kalamazoo Stout! ;D

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