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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-01-2009, 03:41 PM
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For me, green beer usually tastes unbalanced. ...

For me, green beer usually tastes unbalanced. The hop flavor may be too strong, or beer may be too malty, or too sweet. There may be an astringent taste or tart taste from the yeast that hasn't...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-01-2009, 03:29 PM
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Posted By andre the giant
Not an infection. Relax. you are making beer. ...

Not an infection. Relax. you are making beer. It will be fine. :ban:
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-30-2009, 02:11 PM
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Posted By andre the giant
Every few batches, I'll take the grains and...

Every few batches, I'll take the grains and spread them out on cookie sheets. Pop them in the oven and bake them at low heat until they are dehydrated. then I scoop the stuff into plastic bags and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-30-2009, 02:05 PM
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I've got around 15-16 cases of bottles. all...

I've got around 15-16 cases of bottles. all 12oz. there is a variety of brown and green bottles. I've also got 25 bombers, maybe 30. Ive got 6 mini kegs as well. Most of my stuff is empty, but...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-30-2009, 01:56 PM
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Posted By andre the giant
Ive brewed blueberry ale a few times and it...

Ive brewed blueberry ale a few times and it doesn't matter how much blueberry I put in the fermenter, the beer doesn't have enough blueberry taste. So, I've settled on this process:

I brew my...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-29-2009, 03:32 PM
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Posted By andre the giant
Last year, we moved and my brewing equipment was...

Last year, we moved and my brewing equipment was stored in a variety of locations, some not so desirable. Right now, I'm nuking all my equipment and bottles with a three step sanitizing process. ...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-24-2009, 02:28 PM
Replies: 31
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Posted By andre the giant
Andre checks where tireater is from... breathes...

Andre checks where tireater is from... breathes a sigh of relief.

that's just gross.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-24-2009, 02:23 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By andre the giant
I may be insane, but I would go for something...

I may be insane, but I would go for something like a porter for my first AG batch. I find the style to be very forgiving of mistakes.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-24-2009, 02:13 PM
Replies: 98
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Posted By andre the giant
Having to dump the strong spiced english ale...

Having to dump the strong spiced english ale really broke my heart. It may have been 4 months I held onto it, hoping for the best. And as I recall, I did bottle the thing eventually in hopes that...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-24-2009, 01:45 PM
Replies: 98
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Posted By andre the giant
I would be very suspect of any batch that got an...

I would be very suspect of any batch that got an opportunistic fungal infection. In spite of my earlier comment, I would probably see if it was salvageable first though. (taste it after getting rid...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-23-2009, 03:07 PM
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Posted By andre the giant
maybe, but if you're like me, you'll graduate to...

maybe, but if you're like me, you'll graduate to wanting a couple stainless steel conical fermenters. The only thing stopping you will be the $600 bucks it costs and your wife. :D
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-23-2009, 03:03 PM
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Posted By andre the giant
It typically takes me 4 weeks to move from boil...

It typically takes me 4 weeks to move from boil to bottle. Then at least 3 weeks in bottle.

My suggestion is to buy another fermenter/lid/airlock, maybe two. They are cheap, and they will...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-23-2009, 02:27 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By andre the giant
I've got three glass carboys (in milk crates),...

I've got three glass carboys (in milk crates), one better bottle, and two buckets. I love glass carboys for secondary, but I'm always worried that I will drop it and shatter the stupid thing while...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-22-2009, 09:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 503
Posted By andre the giant
The way I understand it, (I may be wrong) the...

The way I understand it, (I may be wrong) the yeast goes crazy in the fermenter and consumes almost all the sugars. During this time, it reproduces like crazy. When the food, (sugars) run low, the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-22-2009, 08:53 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By andre the giant
Yes, relax. Your bottles will take a couple...

Yes, relax. Your bottles will take a couple weeks to carbonate. Three is even better. Nothing is wrong.

If you added something like Campden tablets to your fermenter, it might kill the yeast. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-22-2009, 08:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 370
Posted By andre the giant
I've reused a yeast cake several times. Usually,...

I've reused a yeast cake several times. Usually, it has been something like putting a hefeweizen on top of a hefeweizen yeast cake, so there has been no problem. IPA to EPA may be a little...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-22-2009, 08:30 PM
Replies: 214
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Posted By andre the giant
1) Use a bottling bucket, it is much more precise...

1) Use a bottling bucket, it is much more precise than priming each individual bottle.

2) To make sure your priming sugar gets dissolved and mixed into the beer properly, measure out your priming...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-21-2009, 09:37 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,370
Posted By andre the giant
NOT GOOD! NOT GOOD AT ALL. I've never seen that...

NOT GOOD! NOT GOOD AT ALL. I've never seen that color or consistancy of stuff in my fermenter and hope to never see it in real life.

I've heard some people say to skim the mold off, let the...
Forum: General Chit Chat 06-03-2008, 09:48 PM
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Posted By andre the giant
Captain of Her Heart - Double

Captain of Her Heart - Double
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-04-2007, 06:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,047
Posted By andre the giant
So far, the blowoff smells very much like...

So far, the blowoff smells very much like Hefeweizen. Krausen appears to be normal. Stuff is churning around in the carboy. fingers are crossed. :)
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-01-2007, 08:41 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,368
Posted By andre the giant
I buy commercial beer for the bottles. (since...

I buy commercial beer for the bottles. (since that excludes twist offs, that weeds out pretty much all the BMC stuff) The beer inside the bottles is just a little added bonus. :)
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-01-2007, 08:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,047
Posted By andre the giant
FYI, I made a starter with Light DME a few weeks...

FYI, I made a starter with Light DME a few weeks ago, and I pitched some WL 320 I had stored in my fridge from the last time I made Hefeweizen. I didn't really think about it, and the yeast became...
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 01-24-2007, 10:01 PM
Replies: 25
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Posted By andre the giant
I think it releases chlorine gas, which is toxic....

I think it releases chlorine gas, which is toxic. It's been about 20 years since my last chemistry class so forgive me if I'm wrong. Regardless, mixing bleach and ammonia is supposed to be bad news.
Forum: General Chit Chat 01-22-2007, 03:11 PM
Replies: 226
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Posted By andre the giant
"NEW WAVE!" <in the peewee herman voice> ...

"NEW WAVE!" <in the peewee herman voice>

"Save those big fat funky whales....
Save the whales..... Shoot the seals! Cause they eat all the fish..."

"Would you like another hamburger Mr....
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-18-2007, 03:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,863
Posted By andre the giant
I'd add Munich malt to your recipies in order to...

I'd add Munich malt to your recipies in order to increase the "malty" taste in your beers. I had the same situation happen. I brewed several AG batches and a particular flavor I could only describe...
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