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Kegging and Bottling / Beer Gun or Conditioning with priming sugar?
« on: December 29, 2009, 08:03:08 AM »
I'm sure this has been asked before, but I couldn't find any history.  My question is, When bottling a whole batch of beer is it good to use priming sugar, Or should I force carbonate and use a beer gun.  I know for shorter term bottling and comp. beers a beer gun is great.  What about long term bottled beers or just the whole batch in general.   

All Grain Brewing / DMS in Beer
« on: December 25, 2009, 06:23:21 AM »
yesterday i brewed a high gravity baltic.  I believe I sparged too quickly.  After cooling and pitching my OG came in lower then it should have.  I decided I wasn't happy with that so I Boiled 0.5 lb of DME in about 3 cups of water for 15 minutes.  Cooled and added it to the wort.

I am worried that because I didn't do a full boil there may be larger amounts of Dimethyl Sulfides in that DME wort.  My question is, Has anyone ever done this and what where your results?  Also, Is DMS prevelent in all grain wort only, and because DME has been processed it will be absent of DMS?  Its a dark beer so I am not as worried but I am curious.

All Grain Brewing / Re: What are the practical effects of mashing too low?
« on: December 24, 2009, 07:14:09 PM »
As long as I'm over 141, can I mash too long?  O

Overnight is a long time.  I'm assuming conversion happened within the first 60-90 min.  Is there benefit to prolonging a mash if conversion is completed? 

If there is no harm in an extra long mash then why bother mashing out at 168.  why not mash out at 150 or whatever your mash temp was?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Good resources for labels?
« on: December 24, 2009, 06:47:56 PM »
Awesome.  I've been looking for the correct MS word Template to download but I can't seem to find it  ???  Any advice?  I downloaded an avery program that might work.

General Homebrew Discussion / Good resources for labels?
« on: December 13, 2009, 05:50:56 PM »
I am going to be brewing a extra stout in a couple weeks.  Plan on conditioning for the year and giving as a christmas gift to folks next year.  Thought maybe it would be cool to work on a label for it.  Anybody have good websites or computer programs for beer bottle labels.  Want something decent that won't run when wet.

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