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Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-21-2011, 01:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,750
Posted By MarzBock
yeah, I used to buy that beer a lot when I was...

yeah, I used to buy that beer a lot when I was collecting bottles. It's decent beer and, like the other's said, it's just a tad more than buying empty bottles, so it's a no-brainer if you need more...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-15-2011, 08:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,732
Posted By MarzBock
My son (11) helps me all the time and he hates...

My son (11) helps me all the time and he hates beer. He just likes the process and feeling useful, and we all know an extra pair of hands comes in helpful quite often!

"get in trouble" ?? Dude.....
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-15-2011, 04:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,064
Posted By MarzBock
I've used both citric acid (powder) and lime...

I've used both citric acid (powder) and lime juice. both seemed to work fine. Citric acid is available at your LHBS for a couple of bucks.

It's easy.. just follow those instructions and cook it...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-15-2011, 04:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,179
Posted By MarzBock
Bumping this because I DID perform the Black...

Bumping this because I DID perform the Black Garlic beer.

I did just a 1gal test batch, using DME and cascade hops only. I added 1 whole black garlic head, chopped up fine. The black garlic is...
Forum: General Techniques 02-19-2011, 02:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,428
Posted By MarzBock
Now THAT sounds awesome. I always want to clear...

Now THAT sounds awesome. I always want to clear the head space in my secondary after racking, esp if the beer has zero air-lock activity and can't push the air out on it's own.

At the grocery...
Forum: General Techniques 02-19-2011, 02:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,001
Posted By MarzBock
yeah, you can surely crush a couple of pounds by...

yeah, you can surely crush a couple of pounds by hand. I did 6lb once.. ONCE. Then I bought a grain mill.

Just a quick tip: If you use a food processor, "condition" the grain by spraying it with...
Forum: General Techniques 02-19-2011, 02:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,795
Posted By MarzBock
I second the notion that you should try another...

I second the notion that you should try another water source if you don't like the way your beer tastes. I'd do that before I threw any equipment out, personally. No harm in cleaning everything to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-19-2011, 01:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 554
Posted By MarzBock
How about: "Lesson Learned Ale" or "No...

How about:

"Lesson Learned Ale"

or "No Swell, No Sell Ale"

I'm not trying to be a dick, or anything.. I thought it'd be a funny reminder. I have a beer I named "Eroneous" because I thought...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-18-2011, 12:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 825
Posted By MarzBock
Here's the real-life update: Brewed on 2/12 ...

Here's the real-life update:

Brewed on 2/12

So, I made a standard Cream ale (2-row with vienna, flaked corn and some cara-pils, ~25IBU). Hops: Cluster (1oz 60M), liberty (1oz, 25M), liberty...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-08-2011, 01:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,186
Posted By MarzBock
Sounds interesting... are you still going to use...

Sounds interesting... are you still going to use hops anyway? You might have problems keeping it sanitary if you don't use ANY hops (bacteria will get in there and make it a sour).
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-08-2011, 01:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 770
Posted By MarzBock
Steep some cara-pils (0.5 lb) or add some...

Steep some cara-pils (0.5 lb) or add some maltodextrin (6oz) so it has some body, otherwise it'll be pretty 1 dimensional. A little mouth-feel goes a long way, even with a light beer.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-08-2011, 01:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 825
Posted By MarzBock
Chiptle peppers in Adobo sauce

I want to make a cream ale with the addition of a can of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce:

http://www.amazon.com/San-Marcos-Chipotle-Peppers-adobo/dp/B0000GGHWY

This is the exact brand I will...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-03-2011, 09:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,317
Posted By MarzBock
Liftedtrucks: Lagering means brewing at a lower,...

Liftedtrucks: Lagering means brewing at a lower, controlled temp. Most of us don't have proper equipment to do it right, as the usual procedure is to bring the beer down in temp a few degrees a...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-03-2011, 09:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,700
Posted By MarzBock
One thing I've noticed about MOREBEER.com: ...

One thing I've noticed about MOREBEER.com:

They don't crush the grain very well. Their "crushed grain" forced me to go buy a grain mill after getting like 50% efficiency. I was a little...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-03-2011, 08:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,620
Posted By MarzBock
If you can find it in your area, get a variety...

If you can find it in your area, get a variety case of Victory Brew from Pennsylvania. It will have some stronger beers, like a Pilsner, IPA (hop devil), Golden Monkey (yum!), and some kind of lager...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-03-2011, 08:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,643
Posted By MarzBock
Yep, I was just going to tell you to put it out...

Yep, I was just going to tell you to put it out in the garage for a lower temp "cold crash". The colder you get it (without freezing), the more it will clear up.

Also, you might want to consider...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-03-2011, 08:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,496
Posted By MarzBock
So, I'm curious. Is it necessary for a beer to...

So, I'm curious. Is it necessary for a beer to have high ABV in order to age it beyond one year? I have never brewed a beer higher than 8%, personally, so I have never thought it necessary to age...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-02-2011, 04:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,121
Posted By MarzBock
I'm bumping this thread because I actually did...

I'm bumping this thread because I actually did perform a mead blend in the spirit of Bitches Brew.

My mead was a funny experiment. It started out as Ginger Ale (soda, not beer.. for the kids). I...
Forum: General Techniques 02-01-2011, 07:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,534
Posted By MarzBock
Yep.. hot dishwasher with NO soap is fine. Just...

Yep.. hot dishwasher with NO soap is fine. Just use the "hot wash" and "hot dry" setting.

As the others said... just make sure the bottles are clean.

Really, all I do is rinse a bottle with...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-01-2011, 05:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 985
Posted By MarzBock
I know dried cranberries are easy to find......

I know dried cranberries are easy to find... maybe that would work for you? Maybe rehydrate in some hot/boiling water??

I'm also interested to see if this works out, so keep us posted, m-kay?
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-01-2011, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 402
Posted By MarzBock
No, not really from a saving money perspective,...

No, not really from a saving money perspective, just from an experimental perspective. I suppose my point is that if Pumpkin beer is good, why not carrot beer, or squash beer?

Maybe the instant...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-31-2011, 08:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,799
Posted By MarzBock
Mango sounds like a good idea to me. I have some...

Mango sounds like a good idea to me. I have some pinapple/mango habanero salsa that is excellent. Maybe a Mango/chili pepper beer would mimic this sweet/spicy combination (although the sweet part...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-31-2011, 08:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 402
Posted By MarzBock
Simple Starches in the Mash from Veggies?

I was wondering if it would be a good idea to use some cheaper starch sources in the mash as an adjunct. I'm thinking instant potatoe powder as an easy starch source.

Also, has anyone ever tried...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-31-2011, 08:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,179
Posted By MarzBock
Yeah, I'm thinking you are right on the test...

Yeah, I'm thinking you are right on the test batch point. I suppose I can just take the easy way out and do a quick extract batch. I don't want to bother with doing a mash for such a small amount....
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-31-2011, 06:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,179
Posted By MarzBock
Black Garlic.. in a beer???

Okay, so I know this sounds a bit crazy, but here's the idea:

My son came home from school with a package of Black Garlic (from a science presentation for his class). If you are unfamiliar,...
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