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  • Posted in thread: growing hops in VA? on 11-01-2011 at 11:01 PM
    Blue Mountain is growing enough Cascade and Centennial for all of their Full Nelson and a
    couple of their other beers. From what I understand, we've got a pretty darn good climate for
    most hops, so if...

  • Posted in thread: High Final Gravity (with lactose) on 10-29-2011 at 04:46 PM
    I'm currently doing a batch of Northern Brewer's Chocolate Milk Stout. It's been in primary for
    about two weeks, and I was hoping to rack to secondary and add the cacao, but I'm concerned the
    gravity ...

  • Posted in thread: Bought a complete brewing kit at a yard sale for $5.00 on 10-14-2011 at 12:54 PM
    If the 5 gal has a spigot at the bottom, then it's definitely the bottling bucket. There's no
    real need to use a secondary fermenter unless you're doing a few slightly advanced things
    (adding fruit or...

  • Posted in thread: whole foods "beer class"? on 10-13-2011 at 01:13 PM
    The only problem I have with Whole Foods' draft beer is that their growler pricing can be a
    little frustrating. They'll usually have some decent stuff for $10 a fill. I like breweries
    that offer $8, b...

  • Posted in thread: racking into frozen strawberries. on 10-10-2011 at 08:36 PM
    Fermentation stops because the yeast are running out of sugar to eat. You just gave them a load
    of strawberries full of sugar, so they're going to start eating that and making more alcohol.

  • Posted in thread: Does anyone know when the club in Charlottesville, Va meets? on 10-05-2011 at 12:50 PM
    You could see if anybody at Fifth Season over on Preston knows. I've never dealt with the club
    myself, but I know they've done a demo there once or twice, so those guys might know something.

  • Posted in thread: Will aging change the "plastic" flavor? on 09-13-2011 at 07:09 PM
    Short answer: Maybe.Long answer: Bottle conditioning (in a much cooler place than you fermented
    in, hopefully) will definitely change some flavors. Whether the flavor you're picking up fades
    or not is...

  • Posted in thread: Please help me educate my palate on 07-27-2011 at 01:33 PM
    One of the best ways to educate your palate is to visit a brewery or two. Even if they don't
    have a tour where they go into detail about their styles and methods, most will at least have a
    bar where y...

  • Posted in thread: Brewing to an Area on 06-22-2011 at 05:36 PM
    Yes and no. I'd say seasonal brews (lighter, smoother during the summer and heavier, hoppier
    during the winter as a very rough sketch) are probably bigger than regional brews.You'll still
    hear things ...

  • Posted in thread: any tips for electric stove? on 06-22-2011 at 05:11 PM
    Another thing to watch out for: Once you've actually got it boiling, try and turn the
    temperature down just enough to keep it going. Leaving it all the way on max is a good way to
    wind up with LME bur...