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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-24-2013, 01:52 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By Chuck_Swillery
Cherry or apple wood both are good choices. Stay...

Cherry or apple wood both are good choices. Stay away from alder, mesquite, and cedar in my opinion.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-01-2012, 07:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 315
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
Water bath... I've seen other people post that...

Water bath... I've seen other people post that with decent results. Locally I typically have the opposite problem so I can't attest to it personally.
Forum: Extract Brewing 05-01-2012, 06:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 604
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
Made my own chiller and pre-chiller set up - love...

Made my own chiller and pre-chiller set up - love it. Each has its pro/cons. I am not familiar with the others but can not complain about the job performance of my homemade chilling set-up.
Forum: Introductions 05-01-2012, 05:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 112
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
I agree... termites.

I agree... termites.
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-26-2012, 08:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,156
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
Small as you can... 20qt will get you a good...

Small as you can... 20qt will get you a good partial boil - probably 3 gal easy and then top off with water, etc etc. If you could manage a 28 qt pot then you could at least sneak in a 5 gallon...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-26-2012, 07:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 419
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
I agree... just roll with it. Was it ideal? No ...

I agree... just roll with it. Was it ideal? No Will you create beer? Yup Will it be good beer? To Be Determined. You learned something in the process - that makes it all worth it.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-25-2012, 02:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 897
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
I've yet to melt the bottom out of my aluminum...

I've yet to melt the bottom out of my aluminum pot. LOL As long it holds water you're good to go in my opinion.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-25-2012, 02:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,215
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
Good point... if you can afford it I'd suggest...

Good point... if you can afford it I'd suggest going at least a 10 gallon brew pot, if not 15. Might be overkill at first but you will grow into it. Also, you will stand far less chance of boiling...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-25-2012, 02:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 452
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
Looks and sounds great. Well done.

Looks and sounds great. Well done.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-25-2012, 02:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 280
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
+1 - the just try one idea. If this is your...

+1 - the just try one idea. If this is your first batch it will also give you a better understanding of how the beer evolves over time. I still give some of my beers a try after only a week in the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-25-2012, 02:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,215
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
That intermediate kit is a good kit, it would do...

That intermediate kit is a good kit, it would do you well. All the gear I have from mine has held up well and helps create some great beers.

As far as kegging vs bottling - it all depends on what...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-23-2012, 01:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
Agreed... as long as they are not damaged, torn,...

Agreed... as long as they are not damaged, torn, moldy, or something else that would raise questions, I switch them out maybe once a year. Some compression will remain but it shouldn't bother the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-23-2012, 12:42 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,398
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
My digital scale... beer was great... ended up...

My digital scale... beer was great... ended up 86'in the scale... it was never the same.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-23-2012, 12:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
+1 on waiting... that bad boy will need 2-3...

+1 on waiting... that bad boy will need 2-3 weeks in primary and even a good couple of weeks to a month in a secondary. As usually it is all a matter of opinion but bottom line is RDWHAHB.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-23-2012, 12:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 178
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
I say you're fine. If you had that much...

I say you're fine. If you had that much pressures then chances of enough making it in to mess up the beer is minimal.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-20-2012, 04:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 518
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
Assuming you are going to bottle the beer, yes,...

Assuming you are going to bottle the beer, yes, all beers will need priming sugar added if they have been allowed to ferment out. It is pretty straight forward as the previous post said. You can...
Forum: General Techniques 04-20-2012, 03:43 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,225
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
When I first got into brewing it was all extract...

When I first got into brewing it was all extract and city water - nothing I made was compared to the better commercial brews. It was a small community so the chlorine wasn't nearly as noticeable as...
Forum: General Techniques 04-20-2012, 03:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,713
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
...nice... hadn't thought about that....

...nice... hadn't thought about that....
Forum: General Techniques 04-20-2012, 03:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,713
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
This is WAY out there but using a metal spoon to...

This is WAY out there but using a metal spoon to stir and/or aluminum brew kettle? If either is of cheap metal you could get some leaching but you'd likely notice that in both kegged and bottled.
Forum: General Techniques 04-20-2012, 03:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 514
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
The only reason I wouldn't bottle now is if it...

The only reason I wouldn't bottle now is if it isn't done fermenting out. You'd raise the risk of getting gushers or bottle bombs. If you are reasonable sure that it is done then bottle it and let...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-20-2012, 03:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 983
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
As a follow up... I cracked open a bottle. This...

As a follow up... I cracked open a bottle. This is going to be a very good beer. More ester-y than would have been if a starter had been uses but, even this young, a very drinkable beer. I'd call...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-17-2012, 09:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 772
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
That would be my next recommendation after Star...

That would be my next recommendation after Star San which, as you guessed, liquid.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-17-2012, 09:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 558
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
+1!!! LOL It looks just fine.

+1!!! LOL

It looks just fine.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-16-2012, 08:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
My fryer stand is the style where the pot sits on...

My fryer stand is the style where the pot sits on a steel ring verses down inside of it. I just upgraded to a 54 qt pot with no issues. I'd think the other style would hold up just fine too but I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-16-2012, 07:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 772
Posted By Chuck_Swillery
+1 for Star San. Not cheap but works great. I...

+1 for Star San. Not cheap but works great. I recently paid $26 for a 32 oz bottle at a local supply shop but can find it online for nearly $10 cheaper from the same places I order kits so it...
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