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Forum: Bock 05-02-2012, 02:30 AM
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63 F for three days, 54 F for several weeks...

63 F for three days, 54 F for several weeks (Maybe 6). Not a "by-the-book lager" but it was delicious anyway. Served at 41 F a couple of weeks later. Just couldn't wait several months :)

Since...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-07-2012, 07:37 AM
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Views: 420
Posted By Ziggybrew
Congrats! Welcome to the world of brewing. It's...

Congrats! Welcome to the world of brewing. It's a great hobby to share with your wife. HBT is definitely like going to brewing college. There's a lot of experience and advice to choose from. Keep...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-28-2011, 09:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 501
Posted By Ziggybrew
Dry hopping won't give you much bitterness. I...

Dry hopping won't give you much bitterness. I guess you could try boiling some hops for an hour. The question is (I'm clueless here): How much hops would you need to put into a small amount of water...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-25-2011, 11:32 PM
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Posted By Ziggybrew
Sounds like it just made my list. So much to read...

Sounds like it just made my list. So much to read out there.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-25-2011, 05:54 PM
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Posted By Ziggybrew
Is it a history book about beer? or more like a...

Is it a history book about beer? or more like a brewmaster guide?
Forum: Introductions 12-25-2011, 05:48 PM
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Posted By Ziggybrew
Merry Christmas. You never really "try" home...

Merry Christmas. You never really "try" home brewing. It's a one-hit-addiction (like crack cocaine). It would be more proper to say, "I'm about to begin my life-time obsession with home brewing."
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-19-2011, 06:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,616
Posted By Ziggybrew
I always have Starsan in a spray bottle. All you...

I always have Starsan in a spray bottle. All you have to do it squirt it into the nozzle and around the fittings. When I did small 5 gallon batches I used a wash tub combined with an immersion...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-19-2011, 06:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,616
Posted By Ziggybrew
Veggie, corny flavors (some claim other nasty...

Veggie, corny flavors (some claim other nasty notes of flavors) that dominate the finished taste. Not something worth dumping, but without those flavors the beer is awesome in comparison.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-12-2011, 07:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 822
Posted By Ziggybrew
I wouldn't trust the two-year-old liquid yeast....

I wouldn't trust the two-year-old liquid yeast. Even if stored properly in the fridge. If it were me, Notty never let's you down in a pinch.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-11-2011, 11:00 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Ziggybrew
You're good. All of that CO2 will zap & kill...

You're good. All of that CO2 will zap & kill anything that floats in the little hole (but it can't with a steady flow of CO2 coming out the hole). Sounds like a fun beer. Ya gotta love yeast violence.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-11-2011, 10:14 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Ziggybrew
Patience. They should make that a "misc. adjunct"...

Patience. They should make that a "misc. adjunct" to all recipe software lists.:D
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-11-2011, 10:07 PM
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Posted By Ziggybrew
If the malt extract is sealed, try it. But you...

If the malt extract is sealed, try it. But you want fresh hops and yeast. If it ferments, it can't kill ya.
Somebody gave me two Mr. Beer-like kits that they had for over five years! What the heck,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-11-2011, 09:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,558
Posted By Ziggybrew
For future brews: Automatically just use blow-off...

For future brews: Automatically just use blow-off assemblies for heavy beers. If you didn't need it, no biggie. If you did, biggie.
I am about to start using Fermcap-S because I've lost a lot of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-11-2011, 09:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 714
Posted By Ziggybrew
Here is what Fermentis says:...

Here is what Fermentis says: http://www.fermentis.com/fo/pdf/HB/EN/Safale_US-05_HB.pdf
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-11-2011, 09:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 391
Posted By Ziggybrew
Try brewing (if you like this recipe enough) the...

Try brewing (if you like this recipe enough) the exact recipe 5 times using different hops. Save a few bottles from each and compare. That will give you some idea of what hops you may like the most. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-01-2011, 11:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By Ziggybrew
Same here: Lost the silk and scuba gear in my...

Same here: Lost the silk and scuba gear in my twenties. 12 grandkids and hiking the AT are my big adventures now... when not brewing. I think of the song "glory days". But life is still good!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-01-2011, 10:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By Ziggybrew
@jmprdood: do you like to skydive or bungee...

@jmprdood: do you like to skydive or bungee jumping? (maybe I mistranslated/guessed your user name)
anyway -- That's what great about Irish Stout homebrew (better than Guinness)
Also: Sometimes...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-01-2011, 10:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,197
Posted By Ziggybrew
Impatience: That's why one of my first...

Impatience: That's why one of my first cheesemaking endeavors was the 30 minute mozzarella or ricotta cheeses. Instant feedback and satisfaction. Now for aged swiss:cross:
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-30-2011, 12:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By Ziggybrew
I've had strange gravity readings that made no...

I've had strange gravity readings that made no sense and the beer was still good. Brew another batch and let this one sit another week or two. Just make sure the gravity reading is holding steady for...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-30-2011, 12:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By Ziggybrew
Also, did you spin the hydrometer and make sure...

Also, did you spin the hydrometer and make sure there was no bubbles or foam sticking the it? Try taking another sample and use strict sanitation procedures. Or just toss in some yeast and check it...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-30-2011, 12:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By Ziggybrew
There are too many factors to give you a quick...

There are too many factors to give you a quick answer. What was the starting gravity before adding yeast? What temperature is the fermenter kept at? Did you put the yeast in when it was cooled to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-29-2011, 06:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 217
Posted By Ziggybrew
Great beer usually starts with a small mistake: ...

Great beer usually starts with a small mistake:
By having a smaller volume with a 22 liter recipe you have a more concentrated brew. Higher gravity. More alcohol. You may possibly have a more...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-29-2011, 05:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,197
Posted By Ziggybrew
There are several ways to keep you beer from...

There are several ways to keep you beer from getting pilfered and mooched to death.

1-Get an idea of what styles you like and that the friends and relatives don't like. Then brew that for a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-29-2011, 05:17 PM
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Posted By Ziggybrew
LOL!:mug: I think that is the greatest day in our...

LOL!:mug: I think that is the greatest day in our progression of homebrewing... getting kicked out of the kitchen and banned from indoor brewing. That's when ya go out and get the big equipment.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-29-2011, 05:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 294
Posted By Ziggybrew
Congrats! There are few "epiphanies" in life that...

Congrats! There are few "epiphanies" in life that compare. Now you're hooked for life. I remember my first homebrew. I was shocked and amazed that I actually made it and that it was better than any...
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