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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-05-2014, 06:23 PM
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Posted By hoplobster
Thanks for the replies! Just a random thought...

Thanks for the replies! Just a random thought that kept nagging me during lunch.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-05-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 562
Posted By hoplobster
Cleaning with a garden hose

This may be a dumb question, but who uses a garden hose just for cleaning?

My wife is getting pissy at the little messes that are made inside after brewing, and all I do is clean the kettle, mash...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-18-2014, 02:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 555
Posted By hoplobster
For what it's worth, I use tap water and just...

For what it's worth, I use tap water and just treat with a small piece of a crushed campden tablet, and my beers have been fine.

Most pro brewers that I've talked to in the area use the same...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-15-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,528
Posted By hoplobster
Did the lids come with pressure relief valves?

Did the lids come with pressure relief valves?
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-11-2014, 12:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 405
Posted By hoplobster
What about your aging practices when kegging? ...

What about your aging practices when kegging?

After primary, do you put it in the fridge and in the gas right away, or do you prefer to age it warm?
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-07-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 405
Posted By hoplobster
Aging the keg

So, my last three beers have all been rather bland after 4-5 days in the keg, but after 3ish weeks and beyond, they opened up and tasted as they had, or better, from the fermentation vessel.

I've...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-21-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 403
Posted By hoplobster
For anyone that cares, I was able to "fix" my...

For anyone that cares, I was able to "fix" my beer.

It's been suggested that an infection (gusher to be exact) or oxidation was the culprit, and neither make sense.

I don't see how a gusher...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-14-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 403
Posted By hoplobster
I suppose that makes the most sense. I've just...

I suppose that makes the most sense. I've just never had a beer go from great to flavorless in a matter of two days. I must have a weird spring sinus thing or something... Thanks for the reply.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-14-2014, 02:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 403
Posted By hoplobster
Beer lost flavor after a few days in the keg.

I kegged my Maibock style ale after an 11 day primary, and tomorrow will be one week since kegging.

Recipe was 5lb pilsner, 5lb Vienna, 2lb Munich. Single hopped with hallertau, 1oz for 60min 2oz...
Forum: General Techniques 10-22-2013, 04:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,455
Posted By hoplobster
Blonde Stout... Black IPA... The brewing world is...

Blonde Stout... Black IPA... The brewing world is going crazy I tell you!

I've not heard of a Blonde Stout in ever... but I imagine that if it has any coffee flavor, it would be derived from...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-12-2011, 12:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,119
Posted By hoplobster
-do I need to worry about not having a second...

-do I need to worry about not having a second fermentation?

No. The fermentation of your beer (ales anyway) is usually complete in approx 2-3; the only time a second fermentation is required is...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-11-2011, 12:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By hoplobster
I just got my second keg not too long ago and I...

I just got my second keg not too long ago and I struggled with this initially, but I settled on just having two distinct beers on once.

Right now I have a home brewed blonde ale and a local brew...
Forum: General Techniques 01-31-2011, 11:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,919
Posted By hoplobster
I tried a splatter screen once and I don't...

I tried a splatter screen once and I don't recommend it. When I dumped the cooled wort into the carboy (splatter screen over a funnel) the screen clogged as soon as I got to the hops, and since I...
Forum: General Chit Chat 01-31-2011, 11:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 636
Posted By hoplobster
I guess this kinda got out of control by my...

I guess this kinda got out of control by my rambling... I really just thought it was funny that someone (that is well known in my small circle to be a "know it all") asked if an IPA was supposed to...
Forum: General Chit Chat 01-30-2011, 02:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 636
Posted By hoplobster
You can lead a horse to water...

So, I'm sitting at the bar in the Frankemuth Brewery yesterday and I get a text from my wife's cousin: "Is bell's two hearted ale supposed to be this hoppy and bitter or is this stuff just past its...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-25-2011, 10:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 489
Posted By hoplobster
I've got a keg in the basement that I sanitized...

I've got a keg in the basement that I sanitized w/ Star San on the 21st (sanitized, dumped the solution and then sealed it w/ 5lbs of gas) and I got it filled at a local brew pub on the 28th and the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-25-2011, 02:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By hoplobster
RDWHAHB = Relax, Don't Worry, Have a Home Brew!...

RDWHAHB = Relax, Don't Worry, Have a Home Brew! The mantra of many home brewers.

I for one think worrying imparts off flavors and helps degrade the quality of ones home brew :)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-25-2011, 02:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By hoplobster
You gave the bottles a nice soak in Iodophor, so...

You gave the bottles a nice soak in Iodophor, so assuming it was used at the recommended concentration and the bottles were not soiled, I think you'll be OK. If I remember correctly, a 60 second...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-23-2011, 06:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,469
Posted By hoplobster
I've had success in just dumping everything from...

I've had success in just dumping everything from my boil kettle right into the carboy, save for the real dense hop sludge. I used to use a colander, but that just got clogged too quickly, so when I...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-23-2011, 03:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 386
Posted By hoplobster
1. What's the difference between a crystal malt...

1. What's the difference between a crystal malt and base malt?

Base malt is the "base" of your beer (typically two row pale malt for most ales for example) and will be used in the highest...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-06-2011, 11:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 660
Posted By hoplobster
Dual regulator and manifold question

Hello.

I've been kegging for a while now and I have a simple setup with one keg, and a single body regulator. Very soon, I plan on purchasing another keg and adding a second low pressure...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-11-2010, 02:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 623
Posted By hoplobster
I keg 3 gallon batches in 5 gallon cornys all the...

I keg 3 gallon batches in 5 gallon cornys all the time and it works great without doing anything outside the norm. I don't recommend spending the dough on a 3 gallon corney, unless you can get it...
Forum: General Techniques 06-22-2010, 10:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 10,019
Posted By hoplobster
I think this is a little bit of a gray area; that...

I think this is a little bit of a gray area; that is, when you ask why some information may lead you to believe that an IPA is best after many months of storage. Like others, I think it just boils...
Forum: General Techniques 06-05-2010, 08:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,094
Posted By hoplobster
Like others, I just dump the wort + hops in the...

Like others, I just dump the wort + hops in the carboy after cooling and all is good.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-05-2010, 07:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 959
Posted By hoplobster
You can just rack the warm beer to the keg...

You can just rack the warm beer to the keg connect the gas and throw it in the fridge. The beer doesn't need to be cold to carb (think about bottling carbing) but liquid absorbs gas better as lower...
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