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Forum: For Sale 06-24-2011, 12:53 PM
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Posted By rsmith179
Cleveland Area Kegging Equipment

Selling my 5 keg system that has everything needed to get kegging right away. Here's a list of the items included:

Chest Freezer: Large enough to fit 5 kegs and the CO2 bottle. Freezer is used,...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-21-2010, 05:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,966
Posted By rsmith179
Wow.. I cannot believe that noone has mentioned...

Wow.. I cannot believe that noone has mentioned Yuengling yet. If you're going through PA, definitely pick some up. It's America's oldest brewery! I can't really say that it's my FAVORITE beer, but I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-21-2010, 12:21 PM
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Posted By rsmith179
The big thing to remember when working with yeast...

The big thing to remember when working with yeast is that you want the most STERILE environment possible. Although StarSan works great as a sanitizer, you won't get the best results by simply using...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-21-2010, 11:03 AM
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Views: 2,980
Posted By rsmith179
It's really hard to get a true red color in your...

It's really hard to get a true red color in your beer. The beet juice is a very interesting idea. Not sure what it tastes like, but it would probably do the trick in making your beer red.

I have...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-21-2010, 10:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 373
Posted By rsmith179
Check the batch's gravity for the next 2-3 days....

Check the batch's gravity for the next 2-3 days. As long as your beer's gravity is stable, you're safe to bottle. Just make sure that it is not still fermenting as you'll be looking at creating...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-21-2010, 10:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,113
Posted By rsmith179
Do you like sushi? Drinking cheap beer to get...

Do you like sushi? Drinking cheap beer to get drunk so you can use the chopsticks to enjoy Slug Sashimi. Doesn't sound appetizing, but hey, if it works I might as well give it a try! :ban:
Forum: Hops Growing 05-21-2010, 10:46 AM
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Posted By rsmith179
Definitely weird. Then again, I'm in Cleveland...

Definitely weird. Then again, I'm in Cleveland where we get frosts through June 1st. I suspect that the worm castings and compost tea have something to do with this. Those are both nature's ultimate...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-21-2010, 10:43 AM
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Posted By rsmith179
No need to worry at all about only 1-2 bines...

No need to worry at all about only 1-2 bines coming out so far. If this is your first year with the hops, you may only get a few actually coming out of the ground. They will not branch off of each...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-20-2010, 07:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 401
Posted By rsmith179
As long as the hydro readings aren't moving and...

As long as the hydro readings aren't moving and the beer has reached the target FG, you're good to go. You can bottle at anytime as long as you know for sure that the beer is finished fermenting. You...
Forum: Introductions 05-20-2010, 07:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 72
Posted By rsmith179
There's absolutely no reason to wait. You'll have...

There's absolutely no reason to wait. You'll have much more control over the finished product by moving into all grain brewing. The only thing you would need besides what you currently have is a mash...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-20-2010, 07:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,447
Posted By rsmith179
Wow, what a chart! I have honestly never seen...

Wow, what a chart! I have honestly never seen anything like that before. Too bad it is such as large .png file. Just tried printing it out for my records and it's just too big too do it justice...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-20-2010, 06:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,113
Posted By rsmith179
Will an Egg Beaters box do the same thing as the...

Will an Egg Beaters box do the same thing as the egg shells? ;-)
Forum: Hops Growing 05-20-2010, 06:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,113
Posted By rsmith179
Funny you should mention Sluggo, just picked some...

Funny you should mention Sluggo, just picked some up from the LHWS. Sprinkled some of that on this afternoon, so hopefully we'll see a steady decline on the slug population. I'm also going to be...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-20-2010, 02:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,113
Posted By rsmith179
I didn't know we had slugs this big up here...

I didn't know we had slugs this big up here either. I'm right by the lake, so everything seems to be bigger here. Good link there Chshre, I really appreciate the information. I'm trying to stay as...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-20-2010, 01:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,113
Posted By rsmith179
Got Slugs?!

Say hello to my little friend...

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This is just one of many. I have radioactive slugs in my garden and they are enjoying dinner thanks to my hops. Last night, I discovered some of these bad...
Forum: Cider Forum 05-13-2010, 07:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,300
Posted By rsmith179
You're better off using 100% juice, not the juice...

You're better off using 100% juice, not the juice drinks. Most of the juice drinks you find out there will still contain chemicals used to prevent any type of fermentation or spoilage. You may be...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-13-2010, 07:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 870
Posted By rsmith179
You should really be trimming back your bines...

You should really be trimming back your bines regardless of if they are "happy" or not. 2-3 bines is the optimal number to be growing. Any more and you'll have less of a yield. I usually cut back all...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-13-2010, 06:41 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By rsmith179
Hops are like weeds. Being in PA, you probably...

Hops are like weeds. Being in PA, you probably have gotten quite a bit of rain lately, so you may actually want to slow down on the watering. You can actually water a plant too much. That being said,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-13-2010, 06:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 581
Posted By rsmith179
7-8 weeks in the primary is not a problem at all....

7-8 weeks in the primary is not a problem at all. I have left a cream ale in the primary for almost 3 months without any negative side effects from the yeast cake. You are looking at making a very...
Forum: Mead Forum 05-04-2010, 10:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,381
Posted By rsmith179
I would recommend checking some of the sticky...

I would recommend checking some of the sticky FAQs out at the top of the mead page. There is a really good article regarding staggered nutrient additions (SNA) which will help with your mead. Mead is...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-30-2010, 06:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 848
Posted By rsmith179
If the keg wasn't sealed properly, you won't see...

If the keg wasn't sealed properly, you won't see much carbonation. The temperature also really affects the way your beer carbs up, so make sure it's in a warmer area while carbing.

Resealing the...
Forum: Hops Growing 04-21-2010, 06:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,373
Posted By rsmith179
I am personally using about a 50/50 mixture of...

I am personally using about a 50/50 mixture of top soil and compost. The potting mixes you find will definitely work, but the nutrients won't last for long. By "making" your own soil out of top soil...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-20-2010, 11:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 329
Posted By rsmith179
Can't help with the second question regarding...

Can't help with the second question regarding moving beer from your fermenter to the keg via gas, but can help you with your first question. One regulator will work just fine for serving your beer....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-09-2010, 02:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,986
Posted By rsmith179
Check your gravity readings. As long as your...

Check your gravity readings. As long as your batch's gravity stays stable for 3-5 days, your beer is done fermenting. The bubbles you are seeing are either coming from extended fermentation or...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-09-2010, 02:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 238
Posted By rsmith179
Your best bet is to harvest yeast directly from...

Your best bet is to harvest yeast directly from the primary. Yeast are quite sensitive to alcohol and do not do well in the conditions found in a secondary. You can definitely try washing the yeast,...
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