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  • I got into home brewing due to my recent curiosity on how beer is made. I have always loved beer, and decided I should get into the hobby.

    I searched around online for several days and decided to go the cheapest route possible, the Mr. Beer Kit. After a few batches, my fascination blossomed, and I upgraded to new equipment and 5 gallon batches.
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  • Posted in thread: Infection risk during wort cool-down on 04-11-2013 at 02:53 PM
    30 min, really? Did you try oscillating the coil from side to side while cooling? It's much
    faster with a bit of movement.The last post by Tupperwolf pretty much sums it up. I can chill
    it faster in w...

  • Posted in thread: Infection risk during wort cool-down on 04-10-2013 at 10:30 PM
    I am about to use my immersion chiller for the second time and have a question. The last time I
    used it, it took about 30 minutes to cool my wort to pitching temps. During that time, my
    kettle of wort...

  • Posted in thread: Yup, Bottle Bombs - advice needed on 04-05-2013 at 06:43 AM
    To each their own, but if I made this big of a mistake, I would consider the cost of a bunch of
    beer blowing up in my wife's coat closet (where I bottle condition). A catastrophic event that
    causes hu...

  • Posted in thread: What to brew on 04-05-2013 at 02:13 AM
    Is a 7.9 gallon fermenter to big for 5 gallons? Definitely not. 7.9 gallon fermenter buckets
    are very common, and are generally used to make 5 or 6 gallon batches (I used the same bucket
    from Austin H...

  • Posted in thread: Brewing ale under 18 degrees Celcius? on 04-04-2013 at 08:27 AM
    I personally have not fermented an ale colder than about 18C. Each type of yeast has a
    preferred temperature range for fermentation. I think most Ale yeasts tend to be in the mid 60s
    to low 70s Fahren...

  • Posted in thread: Bottle bombs? on 04-04-2013 at 08:16 AM
    Probably a good idea :) I think you may be able to salvage these beers for your May
    celebration. You might even be able to just slightly/gently open each cap a little to release
    pressure, and re-cap i...

  • Posted in thread: What to brew on 04-04-2013 at 07:57 AM
    Don't let people tell you that your own beer would taste horrible. There are thousands of
    people out there brewing their own homebrew not only because they enjoy it, but because it
    tastes better than ...

  • Posted in thread: Bottle bombs? on 04-04-2013 at 07:32 AM
    Sorry to hear :( Getting them cold fast and drinking them soon is one way to avoid the bottle
    bombs. Unfortunately you won't get the advantages of bottle conditioning (clean tasting beer,
    even carbona...

  • Posted in thread: Is this a good recipe? on 04-04-2013 at 07:25 AM
    Definitely go with a beer kit. What you posted will probably produce alcohol but might induce
    vomiting when trying to drink it. A beer kit will package together what you need along with
    instructions t...

  • Posted in thread: Bottle bombs? on 04-04-2013 at 07:17 AM
    Are you saying you used 2.5 cups of table sugar per 6 gallon batch? I believe 1 cup of sugar is
    about 8 ounces (may have to check that), so 2.5 cups of table sugar would be approx. 20 ounces.
    If that'...