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  • Posted in thread: Chest freezer question on 05-30-2010 at 05:39 AM
    The 4.5 or 5.0 cubic foot chest freezers should hold a single.I got a 7 footer to hold two
    buckets with 2 1gallon fermenters on the hump.Take some cardboard and make a cutout the same
    diameter as your...

  • Posted in thread: Opinions on Mead? on 05-30-2010 at 05:31 AM
    From everything I know it generally tastes like a dry white wine.If you choose a variety of
    honey higher in maltose it will be more of an off-dry.I'll know more in another 6 months or so
    when my first...

  • Posted in thread: extract or all grain on 05-28-2010 at 02:06 AM
    Extract.It'll taste as good and you get to skip the first 2-4 hours of brewing and get to the
    fun stuff faster.

  • Posted in thread: speckles floating in beer on 05-28-2010 at 02:05 AM
    Sounds like yeast rafts.Pretty much little chunks of dead/sleeping yeast with some CO2 bubbles
    mixed in so they float.

  • Posted in thread: My brew stinks on 05-24-2010 at 04:25 AM
    Sounds like you're running short on nutrient.Add a couple of tablespoons of nutrient and see if
    the smell disappears. (I had a batch of rhino fart cider bubbling away a few months ago, after
    adding 3 ...

  • Posted in thread: Another fruit in the beer thread. With questions. on 05-22-2010 at 07:04 PM
    1) sulfiting would be easiest. Pick up some Campden tablets from your LHBS and follow the
    instructions on the package. If you want to use heat, then just put the fruit in some water,
    heat it to 150* t...

  • Posted in thread: First dead yeast on 05-22-2010 at 06:55 PM
    Almost certainly.You can harvest fresh yeast every spring, and it gets below freezing most
    places. Some of the yeast will die, and the rest will go dormant, so it will probably take
    longer for them to...

  • Posted in thread: Moldy Equipment on 05-22-2010 at 06:33 AM
    Bleach kills almost everything. The only problem you might run into is if you have any
    scratches in the plastic that could harbor a biofilm or an air bubble in the bleach
    solution.Heat, on the other h...

  • Posted in thread: Why is this addicting? on 05-22-2010 at 06:27 AM
    A Belgian Blonde sounds like a nice midpoint between a Hef and a Nut Brown.

  • Posted in thread: First dead yeast on 05-22-2010 at 06:25 AM
    Did you check your gravity at 72 hours, or just trust that bubbles would tell you if it was
    fermenting?Having the second inoculation of yeast start up at 4 hours suggests to me that the
    first batch wa...