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  • Posted in thread: ghetto fermentation temperature control on 02-24-2009 at 04:20 AM
    This works like magic for me: I use a 60 qt Igloo Ice Cube cooler that I picked up at WalMart
    for about $25 USD. Disconnect the lid. You'll need a small square metal baking pan that's just
    small enoug...

  • Posted in thread: What are some of the mistakes you made...where your beer still turned out great! on 01-14-2009 at 04:02 AM
    After racking on top of fruit puree, I had a Cherry Wheat gush out of my (5) gallon secondary
    for a few days. I use an airlock instead of a blowoff tube, so just cleaned things up every few
    hours, ref...

  • Posted in thread: How to add hops to a boil. on 01-09-2009 at 02:42 AM
    I find that if I throw / dump the hops into the boil that it will boil over, spitting the hops
    right back outta the pot. Instead, I put them on a paper plate or in a cup and gently shake
    them into the...

  • Posted in thread: Techniques That Have The Biggest Impact on 12-23-2008 at 12:08 AM
    Temp control and pitching rates are the absolute number one thing when it comes to making great
    beer. +1 Temp control was The Number One improvement in my brew. From what I've seen here, baby
    boogers ...

  • Posted in thread: Starter Schedule on 12-13-2008 at 11:35 PM
    Does it help to aerate your (5) gallons of cooled wort before you pitch the yeast starter, or
    is it fine to simply aerate the starter, pitch it, stir it and cap the primary? Thanks,

  • Posted in thread: Now Im offically a brewer! But one small problem: Temp Control on 01-11-2008 at 03:58 AM
    Kush - Go Texans! Temp control is impossible in the summer and difficult in the winter down
    here. Here's what I've found so far. 1) +1 Swamp Cooler. Instead of my tub, I picked up a
    Rubbermaid storage...

  • Posted in thread: fermentation exothermic? on 12-28-2007 at 04:18 AM
    The recommended fermentation temps on the yeast packages are ideal for yeast growth and health
    as opposed to being ideal for good beer. Bugeaterbrewing - Great reply. I'd really appreciate
    if you'd ...

  • Posted in thread: Brewing with electric stove on 12-28-2007 at 12:45 AM
    my2cents -- Patience. It takes me (30) minutes to get (3) gal to a rolling boil, plus another
    (7-10) minutes to get it back to a boil after adding the LME. Some less powered burners will
    have problems...

  • Posted in thread: How to Rescue a Bad Beer on 12-27-2007 at 01:02 AM
    I brewed a Honey Porter a few months ago and the finish continues to have a solvent flavor in
    it, likely due to high fermentation temps (Texas Summer). Anyway, while brewing this past
    Monday I had an ...

  • Posted in thread: Yeast Pack Not Swelling!! on 12-18-2007 at 03:53 AM
    I didn't see a reply to the secondary question about just letting the wort sit a week or two
    without yeast. Would it do any harm to just cool the wort and seal it with an airlock? You
    could let it sit...

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