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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Late Dry Hopping
« on: November 26, 2010, 11:02:40 AM »
Thanks, Denny. Sounds like a plan!

General Homebrew Discussion / Late Dry Hopping
« on: November 26, 2010, 10:35:21 AM »
Hey everybody-

I brewed up a batch of Amber and want it to have a little more hop aroma. Its in the keg and ready to go. Can I throw some hops in the keg this late without contaminating the whole batch? If so, should I just throw the hops in or put them in a hop bag? I dont want to clog the dip tube but I also dont think I want that bag in there for the next couple weeks.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Brewer / New Member
« on: November 23, 2010, 09:20:53 AM »

Visit Palmer's website: His book is completely on line and its one of the best resources out there. I've burned through a couple high lighters on that book alone. Theres a ton of information in there and its just a great road map in general. Get yourself organized, make sure everything is clean, clean, clean and have some fun!

Kegging is a whole different animal. It certainly makes the process easier and in my opinion, more enjoyable. Its a pretty cool feeling to walk over to your own fridge and pull a pint of tasty goodness! It is expensive to get into so I think most people get into the hobby a little deeper before they make the financial commitment of kegging. A kegging set up is going to run you a couple hundred dollars. You'll need a keg or two, a co2 tank, a regulator and a spare refrigerator. Like I said, its expensive but a hell of a lot better than bottling! Check out the kegging thread on this site for more info.

Best of luck!

No brewing for me this weekend. I have a cider to transfer into secondary(still has about 2 points to go) and I have some sampling to do!! Planning a brew for next weekend. Thinking of something appropriate for Black Friday! While the wife is out shopping, I'll be brewing up a Black IPA or a Big Ol Punkin Porter. Still have a couple days to decide....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st batch update :D
« on: November 07, 2010, 10:07:51 AM »
Let it ride. Everything will be OK. Your "brewing" calendar doesnt always line up with your "life" calendar!

Other Fermentables / Raspberry Cider
« on: November 06, 2010, 11:32:17 AM »
My wife likes Wyder's Raspberry Cider. I'd like to make a batch of cider with that flavor profile in mind. Sweet, berry flavor, clear...tart.
I'm starting with 5 Gallons of apple cider from the store. Its 100% pressed apple cider. No preservatives. I'll be using White Labs cider yeast that I have going in a starter.

I plan in racking to secondary after two weeks and then letting it go til its done. Heres where my question comes in. How do I get the best raspberry flavor in? I plan to add some sorbate to kill off the ferm and then racking the cider on top of the puree. How long should it sit? Is this the best process? I was told that If I add the fruit in during fermentation, the yeast would convert all of the fruit sugars and the fruit flavor would be lost. Obviously, at the end, I'll also have to back sweeten a bit. Frozen concentrate?

Any tips on this one are greatly appreciated.

Working on a batch of cider this weekend. I've always loved a good hard cider but each time I've tried to make a batch, it just hasnt turned out right. Hoping for a good one this time around. I know this is the wrong board, but....any tips?

Read a little blurb about this in a magazine on an airplane. Been waiting to hear more ever since. Really looking forward to watching this.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Your FIRST all grain?
« on: October 31, 2010, 09:42:20 AM »
Doesnt matter what you brew the first time. What matters is that you've come over to the Dark Side! Welcome :) My first was a Pacific Northwest style Amber and it was delicious! The malt flavor you get from AG is amazing in comparison to extract. Good luck!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: October 30, 2010, 09:19:20 AM »
As previously mentioned, The subscription to Zymurgy makes the membership worth it. The connection to the community and knowing that my membership fee helps the cause does it for me. I rarely use the pub discounts but suppose I should. I wish my local home brew supply store offered an AHA discount!!!

No brewing but I have 5 gallons of West coast IPA (or RED???) in my brand new conical. Need to dump the yeast tomorrow. Will be the first time going from primary to secondary without racking! I have an APA in the keg conditioning that I'll be "sampling" all weekend!!!

Went to the cider mill yeasterday, and helped with the club pressing.  We did about 190 gallons.  I bought 5.

Envious. I grew up in Michigan and miss the cider season. Cant get fresh cider out here in Phoenix.

The seller you'll be looking for is homebrewhousediscount.

Cheba, how do the welds look on those things. Some ebay conical guys seem to be pretty bad.


Pretty solid. They're clean for the most part. There was couple little beads on the port weld but I dont think it'll be a problem. I filled it for the first time today! Cant wait take this thing for a spin over the next week!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What am I doing wrong?!
« on: October 23, 2010, 11:15:59 AM »
Doesnt sound like you're doing anything "wrong" providing you dont actually have any leaks. Sounds to me like you just have a very small co2 tank. Whats the size? Was it full when you started using it? Remember, each time you pour a beer, gas is pushed into your keg to displace the beer you pulled. Each time you release the pressure in the keg the same thing happens again. If you carbonated your beer with the co2, that accounts for quite a bit as well. I started with a small tank as well but moved to a larger one as soon as I could. I always keep the little one full so I have a back up when I blow the larger tank. Check for leaks and get a bigger co2 tank!

Just got my first SS conical in the mail this week.


Yea...I'm pretty stoked! Got an amazing deal on it. Bought it on Ebay new for less than 1/2 the price I've seen on any other web site or my local home brew store. Go to ebay and type in conical fermenter. The seller you'll be looking for is homebrewhousediscount. I got my 7.5 G for $250. He had 12.5 G fermenters that were going for around $300. Its still a lot of money but my mother in law got me a visa gift card for my birthday so it was very little out of pocket for me. I think I wound up spending $35 or so!!! :) I figure even if I use this for a year or two I should still be able to sell it for a good amount and parlay that money into a bigger one. Anyway, no more dealing with glass carboys!!! Yeast management, dry hopping, letting it ride instead of transferring into secondary, my brewing process should get a little easier. Now...I just need to kick up a pump somewhere and I'll be good!!! Happy brewing everyone!

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