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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-07-2009, 06:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 547
Posted By CaptainSwiller
Rusty Brewpot

Hello,

I took my brewpot off the shelf today and it appears that it has a lot of rust.

I have a few questions,

Is there any way to salvage this thing? Can I still brew with it? How can I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-27-2009, 03:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By CaptainSwiller
Do you have any tubing? If so I'd try and rig up...

Do you have any tubing? If so I'd try and rig up a blow off tube. Otherwise I would just put the cap on the airlock and use it like normal. Unfortunately you won't be able to see any bubble...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-25-2009, 05:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,510
Posted By CaptainSwiller
I only boiled them for five minutes or so in...

I only boiled them for five minutes or so in purified water. Unfortunately I didn't know about the microfilm bag. The thin film that I am talking about sinks when I move the carboy and eventually...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-25-2009, 04:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,510
Posted By CaptainSwiller
Wood Chips

I added wood chips and hops to an IPA in secondary about 5 days ago. Now there are chunks floating in it and a creamy looking substance covering the top. I don't think the chunks are pieces of the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-21-2009, 10:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 583
Posted By CaptainSwiller
I've never tried it sooner than a week. I can...

I've never tried it sooner than a week. I can say that at one week there was a reasonable amount of carbonation, but the carbonation will keep improving for several weeks. However, it doesn't hurt...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-18-2009, 02:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 619
Posted By CaptainSwiller
Am I screwed?

So I have an IPA that has spent 3.5 weeks in primary. I transferred it to secondary yesterday. As I was taking the carboy cap off to take a smell, one of the small caps that cover the holes in the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-12-2009, 05:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,110
Posted By CaptainSwiller
I agree. Getting off the lawn mower on a hot day...

I agree. Getting off the lawn mower on a hot day and then drinking a stout does not appeal to me.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-08-2009, 04:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,159
Posted By CaptainSwiller
I don't think you run any more of a risk of blow...

I don't think you run any more of a risk of blow off by using a carboy instead of an ale pail. If you are really worried about blow off you should rig up a blow off tube. Good luck!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-08-2009, 03:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 696
Posted By CaptainSwiller
Maybe I am misunderstanding, but your kit came...

Maybe I am misunderstanding, but your kit came with a bottle filler that doesn't fit? If this is the case, what you probably need to do is cut off a bit of your siphoning tub and attach one end to...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-08-2009, 02:15 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 21,901
Posted By CaptainSwiller
Advantages? Although I'm new to brewing I have...

Advantages? Although I'm new to brewing I have some expertise in this area. The S airlock is more amusing to watch. It's that simple.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-08-2009, 12:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 628
Posted By CaptainSwiller
Aging Pumpkin Ale

So I want to brew a pumpkin ale and let it age from now until early October. Seeing as this will be a fairly long aging period (relative to what I normally do), I would like some advice on what the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-07-2009, 06:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 895
Posted By CaptainSwiller
I have an Octane IPA in primary right now and it...

I have an Octane IPA in primary right now and it has been bubbling for two weeks. The bubbling doesn't necessarily mean fermentation is taking place. However, if your gravity continues to fall...
Forum: General Chit Chat 05-07-2009, 07:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 476
Posted By CaptainSwiller
That's funny because the whole time I've been...

That's funny because the whole time I've been studying for finals I've been using this website to take breaks from studying. Unfortunately the "short breaks" turn into about forty five minutes of me...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-07-2009, 03:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By CaptainSwiller
If you want to be even more precise there is this...

If you want to be even more precise there is this handy little calculator.

Rooftop Brew ABV and Gravity Calculator (http://www.rooftopbrew.net/abv.php)

It sounds like maybe you purchased...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-06-2009, 05:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 462
Posted By CaptainSwiller
Brew Progression

I know this is a matter of personal preference, but I would still like some input from the combined wisdom of HBT. As you guys initially began brewing, did just kind of make one of every different...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-05-2009, 04:13 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 6,442
Posted By CaptainSwiller
Spaten is the only beer that I had trouble...

Spaten is the only beer that I had trouble choking down. However, this was at the Epcot center in Orlando. Maybe the keg was skunked? I hate to knock German beer making, but it had an after taste...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-04-2009, 02:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 403
Posted By CaptainSwiller
On a side note, would this decrease the amount of...

On a side note, would this decrease the amount of oxygen sneaking into your brew through an ale pail? I realize there is oxygen dissolved in water, but is it less than the ambient oxygen in good ole...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-03-2009, 05:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,636
Posted By CaptainSwiller
Yeah, a funny story for your friends to tell at...

Yeah, a funny story for your friends to tell at your funeral after you DIE when a round of glass shrapnel rocks you in the face while you're putting your clothes in the dryer.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-02-2009, 06:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,805
Posted By CaptainSwiller
Ouch! That sounds like something I would do. ...

Ouch! That sounds like something I would do. I'll watch out for that in the future. My siphoning tube has some sort of a pinch stop on it. Maybe you should invest in one of those.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-02-2009, 06:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,847
Posted By CaptainSwiller
Why do yeast need oxygen?

I have read that it is necessary to aerate your wort. However, from what I understand about the biochemical pathways of yeast, they need to perform anaerobic glycolysis to create ethanol and CO2. ...
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