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Forum: General Techniques 08-09-2014, 04:19 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By ZenBrew
Awesome. I'm wondering if I should drop my...

Awesome. I'm wondering if I should drop my crystal malts or tone them down if do this.

Will the kettle carmelization plus 1.5 lbs cyrstal 40 and 1.5 crystal 60 in a 18.5 lbs gain bill be too...
Forum: General Techniques 08-08-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 337
Posted By ZenBrew
Scotch Ale and Carmelization in the Kettle

I am working on honing in my scotch ale recipe. I read that the Scotts would not use cyrstal malts to obtain carmel flavors. Instead they would camelize in the kettle (boil kettle I think) to obtain...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-06-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By ZenBrew
I have wondered about that, giraffe. I also...

I have wondered about that, giraffe. I also wonder if they filter stuff out, then what, if anything, do they put in?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-06-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By ZenBrew
Sounds like they need to distill that dihydrogen...

Sounds like they need to distill that dihydrogen monoxide out of the beer!
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-06-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By ZenBrew
Commercial beer makes me wake up

Since I have been homebrewing, I have noticed that when I drink commercial beer it really hits me hard. For example, in the evening if I drink 4 commercial beers in 6 hours I'll wake up hot and have...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-29-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 599
Posted By ZenBrew
I called my local extension office about this and...

I called my local extension office about this and they said I don't need to worry about it. They said organic fertilizers like corn gluten meal biodegrade similarly.

I was told what I should be...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-29-2014, 03:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 599
Posted By ZenBrew
I don't dry them. Just stick them in the...

I don't dry them. Just stick them in the fertilizer spreader and spread them evenly over the lawn. Since I don't have any sense patches of grain I don't seem to have a problem with ants.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-28-2014, 11:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 599
Posted By ZenBrew
Spent grain as fertilizer

So I've been fertlizing my lawn with spent grains (and some corn meal glutten to keep weeds down). These are the results.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-23-2014, 01:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 174
Posted By ZenBrew
Thanks. I thought that would be the case, but I...

Thanks. I thought that would be the case, but I wanted to be sure. I don't want to screw this up!
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-22-2014, 11:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 174
Posted By ZenBrew
Yeast emergency

Unfortunately, a special yeast I ordered (Wyeast Greenbelt strain) got a hole in it! Ugh! To try and save it I made a yeast starter. I plan to do a two step propagation because I lost and unkown...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-20-2014, 05:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 634
Posted By ZenBrew
Thanks! I think I'll do what you do and clean out...

Thanks! I think I'll do what you do and clean out everything real good every 3rd time. That sounds much better.

I should have mentioned, I will make sure my keg is well lubed every time!

And...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-20-2014, 04:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 634
Posted By ZenBrew
Question about Cleaning Kegs and Lines

I think I might go overboard when cleaning my kegs and lines. I'm hoping I can do a little less cleaning after getting some feedback from you all.

Here is what I do every time I finish a beer and...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-22-2013, 04:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 172
Posted By ZenBrew
Overcarb Causing Hazy Beer?

I thought my most recent beer was suffering from chill haze, so it has been sitting for a month, but it is still hazy. Fyi, I know it's not trub because I rarely get much trub in the keg. Even if I...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-28-2013, 06:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 267
Posted By ZenBrew
clear. but then I keg...

Why is It that I will keg a beer and it will be super clear, but after it sits in the fridge for a few days it gets way cloudy. What is causing this? Is there any way to keep my berr clear once I keg...
Forum: Soda Making 11-04-2013, 01:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,722
Posted By ZenBrew
Haha, good replies all. I don't think it was...

Haha, good replies all. I don't think it was placebo. I think it was very real. Next time I make it I'll let it sit for a week before we drink it to see if that changes anything...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-04-2013, 01:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,153
Posted By ZenBrew
Thanks for the tips! I used both dish soap and...

Thanks for the tips! I used both dish soap and oxyclean free. Used only oxyclean free and really hot water on the last batch.

I'll have to seriously consider moving to PBW.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-02-2013, 02:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,153
Posted By ZenBrew
Cleaning Mistake

I recently learned that I should not use dish soap to clean my brewing equipment because that can affect head retention. I have been having an issue with head retention, so... yeah, time to stop...
Forum: Soda Making 10-31-2013, 02:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,722
Posted By ZenBrew
Well, now this effect seems to have gone away....

Well, now this effect seems to have gone away. wtf? :confused:
Forum: Soda Making 10-25-2013, 12:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,722
Posted By ZenBrew
Some more info: I remembered I took the pulp...

Some more info:

I remembered I took the pulp and lemon/lime seeds and put them in a hop sock with the boil in an attempt to get out any of the remaining juices in the pulp. Maybe I should have...
Forum: Soda Making 10-24-2013, 10:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,722
Posted By ZenBrew
I bet that acidity kills any microbes! LOL!

I bet that acidity kills any microbes! LOL!
Forum: Soda Making 10-24-2013, 10:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,722
Posted By ZenBrew
The cherry juice was probably not amateurishly...

The cherry juice was probably not amateurishly handled as I used Knudsen Organic Just Tart Cherry Juice from Sprouts.

I didn't even think to wash to the lemons and limes off. I simply cut them in...
Forum: Soda Making 10-24-2013, 02:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,722
Posted By ZenBrew
Side Effects from Cherry Lemon Lime Soda

Hi All -

I made a cherry lemon lime soda for my boy for his birthday. When I drink a mug of it, I start feeling a little strange, kind of like I'm floating. I'm not the only one that gets this....
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-17-2013, 05:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 214
Posted By ZenBrew
Nevermind, after thinking about it I will just...

Nevermind, after thinking about it I will just force carbonate and put the molasses in during the boil. I doubt that should make much difference.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-17-2013, 12:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 214
Posted By ZenBrew
priming in keg

Edit: I guess there is a lot of fluff in this post, but it is good fluff. :-) I put the important stuff in bold.

I'm making a groaning ale because my wife will be having our fourth child in...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-05-2013, 09:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 297
Posted By ZenBrew
Thanks for your help amadabab!! :)

Thanks for your help amadabab!! :)
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