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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-06-2010, 08:12 PM
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Posted By merddyn2002
steeped my grains AFTER doing the boil.... DOH ...

steeped my grains AFTER doing the boil.... DOH

got a nasty infection that ruined a plastic fermenter too.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-06-2010, 06:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,656
Posted By merddyn2002
uhhhh, wow, i truly hope to christ you're good...

uhhhh, wow, i truly hope to christ you're good with 8oz of ginger from the boil. If you need more than that you might just want to buy some ginger essential oil and dribble it directly on your...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-06-2010, 06:22 PM
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Posted By merddyn2002
well, powdered ginger would get the flavor in...

well, powdered ginger would get the flavor in there, but you'll likely cloud your beer
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-06-2010, 06:01 PM
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Posted By merddyn2002
peel and slice the ginger as thin as you can, you...

peel and slice the ginger as thin as you can, you want to increase the surface area as much as possible. Then I would use the ginger to make a tincture in vodka. The water and alcohol in the vodka...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-06-2010, 05:53 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By merddyn2002
If it were me I would add 1-3 oz of pellets...

If it were me I would add 1-3 oz of pellets during the last 3-5 minutes of the boil to pull out those aspects, but I always prefer to use whole leaf hops for flavor and aroma. I know there's a big...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-06-2010, 05:50 PM
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Posted By merddyn2002
I'm toying with the idea of mounting some brass...

I'm toying with the idea of mounting some brass gauges on the fridge door for temperature, humidity and barometic pressure. Completely irrelevant to the kegerator but that's kind of the point of the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-06-2010, 05:47 PM
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Posted By merddyn2002
too much bling? you mean the chrome faucets?...

too much bling? you mean the chrome faucets? Think i'm going to re-finish them to be brass and have the tap handles as brass pipes as well.

Yeah, i'm aware my kegerator has been contaminated with...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-06-2010, 05:36 PM
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Posted By merddyn2002
I routinely hop in the fermenter, but I always do...

I routinely hop in the fermenter, but I always do it with fresh hops, never stuff I boiled with. I always strain out my boiled hops. You did nothing wrong :)
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-06-2010, 05:34 PM
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Posted By merddyn2002
Steampunk kegerator phase 1 - get it functional.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50R8QunMp4Y

My cranberry cream ale should be ready to keg this weekend. I'm stoked

Eventually I plan on pimping this kegerator out in steampunk style. Will...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-04-2010, 07:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,269
Posted By merddyn2002
been doing canned pumpkin in meads for years. It...

been doing canned pumpkin in meads for years. It works beautifully, especially in conjunction with pumpkin pie spices. I love the idea of baking it first. I'm going to have to try that soon.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-03-2010, 10:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,481
Posted By merddyn2002
just sprinkle in. no need to re-hydrate. I've...

just sprinkle in. no need to re-hydrate. I've been brewing competition quality stuff for years and have never bothered with hydration. it's a myth.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-03-2010, 10:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 506
Posted By merddyn2002
yeah you can transfer to a 2ndary w/o harming...

yeah you can transfer to a 2ndary w/o harming anything, but it really won't effect clarity as long as you aren't disturbing anything with the trub.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-02-2010, 05:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,075
Posted By merddyn2002
I use ozarka bottles as secondarys and have for...

I use ozarka bottles as secondarys and have for years. They work great, especially the new ones with the handles.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-02-2010, 05:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 319
Posted By merddyn2002
I just recently made a REALLY good partial-grain...

I just recently made a REALLY good partial-grain dunkel. The recipe is on my recipe page at

http://simplehomebrewing.com/beersmith/

it's very very good. The only thing you might want to adjust...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-02-2010, 04:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,015
Posted By merddyn2002
low tech solution to chilling wort 3 2-liters...

low tech solution to chilling wort
3 2-liters of sanitized water, frozen rock solid. Sanitize the outsides of the 2-liters and drop them into your kettle after the boil. Given about 20 minutes i'm...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-02-2010, 04:37 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By merddyn2002
another tactic is to keep about 2 liters of the...

another tactic is to keep about 2 liters of the original wort and and use that as a "priming sugar". The trick is to keep it cool and sterile. I might try this in the future, just read about it...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-09-2010, 07:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 445
Posted By merddyn2002
i've kept the same strain alive for 2-3 years in...

i've kept the same strain alive for 2-3 years in the fridge just by slowly feeding it
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-09-2010, 07:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,206
Posted By merddyn2002
sounds like you got an infection from somewhere....

sounds like you got an infection from somewhere. You want to outline your recipe and your exact procedures so maybe we can help you spot any problems?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-09-2010, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,678
Posted By merddyn2002
get one of your problem bottles and set it aside...

get one of your problem bottles and set it aside in the fridge to chill. (empty, rinse it out)

put 2-3 beers in the fridge (one of them is apt to be carbonated well). Once they have a really good...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-08-2010, 10:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,933
Posted By merddyn2002
you could always carbonate with yeast and then...

you could always carbonate with yeast and then cold-condition :)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-08-2010, 08:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,933
Posted By merddyn2002
you have a pretty good grasp on the situation....

you have a pretty good grasp on the situation. force carbonation lets you drink it faster, but you haven't given the beer quite as long to mature/"bottle condition". You can drink it faster but it...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-07-2010, 06:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,603
Posted By merddyn2002
wow, thanks for the info. I always wondering WHY...

wow, thanks for the info. I always wondering WHY it was like that but I've not take the time to do side by side tests myself. Just goes to show that you always have to test this stuff out.

Thanks...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-07-2010, 05:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,603
Posted By merddyn2002
I'm a partial mash brewer meaning i use some...

I'm a partial mash brewer meaning i use some extract for the base and then use additional grains (like 2 row) + specialty grains for flavor.

i boil a slightly concentrated batch. I have a 5...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-07-2010, 05:27 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,307
Posted By merddyn2002
I give 20oz bottles away to friends occasionally,...

I give 20oz bottles away to friends occasionally, but if anyone wants any more than that they're expected to pay for a batch of ingredients. If they come over and help me brew so I can teach them how...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-07-2010, 04:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,126
Posted By merddyn2002
It is not at all unusual to have a beer stop...

It is not at all unusual to have a beer stop bubbling after 10-14 days out. It doesn't take healthy yeast long to do their job. I just bottled a dark wheat beer that was only in the primary for about...
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