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  • Live just outside Albany, Ore., with wife Natalie and 7-year-old boy, Nate, along with two beagles,
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  • 1986-87: Brewed beer in my college dorm room because I was too young to buy it legally (18; at the time it was legal to buy beermaking stuff.) My roommate, annoyed by the persistent smell, deodorized my first batch of wort with a handful of pine needles. The second batch was much better.

    Now I live on a half acre in the country with 18 fruit trees on it (12 apple, four pear, two plum) and figure it's a great time to learn to make decent cider. I mean, how much apple pie can one family eat?


  • Posted in thread: Boiling infected beer? on 09-05-2008 at 11:38 PM
    Very Seriously doubt it. (how many did you use?)Just bottle it like normal. It's pretty much a
    Unanimous vote here.If you do, keep it someplace safe so if the bottles actually are infected,
    and start ...

  • Posted in thread: Boiling infected beer? on 09-05-2008 at 05:16 AM
    never tried it but I hear it doesn't flocculate. But that's not the real reason I wouldn't
    recommend it.Biggest worry I'd have is, does bread yeast attenuate more or less than what you
    used? I don't k...

  • Posted in thread: Bottlling Beer in used Wine Bottles? on 09-05-2008 at 05:09 AM
    I tried it, and it happened just what you said, the cork popped out after some time.You lucky!
    A friend of my dad's brought a bottle of something home from a party and wanted to get into it
    that night...

  • Posted in thread: Keg In-Out Reversed?? on 09-05-2008 at 03:04 AM
    you might have to switch the posts though. On mine, the gas locks onto the "out" post but the
    tap won't lock onto the "in" post. Or are the posts right, just on the wrong sides of the keg?
    If that's i...

  • Posted in thread: Boiling infected beer? on 09-04-2008 at 11:32 PM
    Good point about losing the alcohol if you boil it. So, don't do that. However, I still think
    pasteurizing is worth a try. Mainly because you can do it with just a quart of the stuff, so
    worst-case sc...

  • Posted in thread: Boiling infected beer? on 09-02-2008 at 03:40 PM
    Hmmm. Try drawing off a quart, boil it and see what it tastes like. Or, better yet, pasteurize
    it -- take it up to 160 degrees, hold it there for 10 minutes and cool. It may change the
    flavor, but it ...

  • Posted in thread: Boiling infected beer? on 09-02-2008 at 05:27 AM
    Hey, wait a minute. Is this the Belgian that you're asking about?

  • Posted in thread: Boiling infected beer? on 09-02-2008 at 05:25 AM
    Yeah, I have to say, boiling finished beer is probably not going to help you out. I'd get the
    mold off and taste the beer. If it tastes like crap now, there's no point in wasting any more
    time on it. ...

  • Posted in thread: kegs: if you had it to do over again ... on 09-01-2008 at 10:57 PM
    Nevermind.I just went to the microbrew tasting at the Michigan Renaissance fair. They had FOUR
    microbrew beers to taste (wow! what a great showing!). This is how I rate them:Magic Hat #9:
    Definitely t...

  • Posted in thread: Carbonation: WAY too much foam...ideas?? on 09-01-2008 at 10:30 PM
    Bobby_M didn't suggest your line was too long. Re-read his post. He just asked how longnthey
    wrre. Trim your lines back to teh sggested length on the chart and report backThat will have
    the opposite e...

Planning: Wilhoit Springs Bitter; apple-plum hard cider Brewing: Nuttin'! In glass:Wilhoit Springs IPA(dunkles); Grain alcohol & Rainwater beer; Obfuscatator Doppelbock; Jamil's Ordinary Bitter; Dun Ringill Scottish 80/-; Bohumbug Pilsner; several strong ciders On tap:Wilhoit Springs Bitter; Mac Cumhaill Breis Tiubh Stout; cider; soda water