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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-29-2013, 04:58 PM
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Posted By metanoia
You can't be sure that active fermentation is...

You can't be sure that active fermentation is done without a hydrometer, so you have to play it safe. Also, airlock activity is not a sigh of fermentation, just how quickly CO2 is being pushed out of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-15-2013, 02:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 226
Posted By metanoia
Yup, I think we've all been there. My first time...

Yup, I think we've all been there. My first time making an all-grain batch my floating glass thermometer just barely slipped out of my hands when I was checking to see how quickly the strike water...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-08-2013, 04:44 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 10,404
Posted By metanoia
Most people who hate AB/InBev do so because of...

Most people who hate AB/InBev do so because of their business practices, such as buying up big-name breweries/brands (i.e. Rolling Rock, Stella, etc.) then lowering the quality of the product while...
Forum: Michigan HomeBrew Forum 12-25-2012, 04:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 858
Posted By metanoia
I've only used PBW (which I hear is pretty much...

I've only used PBW (which I hear is pretty much OxyClean) on bottles overnight, and DFH has been the toughest so far, while Sam Adams just melts off. Perhaps I'll have to give them multiple days of...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-25-2012, 02:12 AM
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Posted By metanoia
I can't believe I just read through 77 pages of...

I can't believe I just read through 77 pages of this this thread in the past few days. Thank you all for the laughs about ignorant people, and thank you fall for the econ and distillery talk, it...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-19-2012, 11:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,908
Posted By metanoia
$300??? For that price most people should be...

$300??? For that price most people should be able to get a large chest freezer or fridge off of CL and convert it into a 3-6 tap (corny kegs) kegerator. I could only see this as being a good deal...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-18-2012, 04:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 779
Posted By metanoia
How did you clean the bottles? I like to let...

How did you clean the bottles? I like to let them soak overnight in PBW (this especially helps getting labels to fall off) if they're recycled commercial bottles.

When you say you dumped the...
Forum: Michigan HomeBrew Forum 12-18-2012, 01:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 858
Posted By metanoia
Dang, that would have been good to know...

Dang, that would have been good to know beforehand. So far I've only done a little delabeling and have only had trouble with DFH's 90 Minute. The cheap German Pilsner from Aldi had the labels...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-15-2012, 05:39 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,796
Posted By metanoia
1. Add more than 4 gallons of water after...

1. Add more than 4 gallons of water after steeping the grains; bring it up to about 6.5-7 gallons so that once you boil for an hour you end up at 5.5 gallons (adjust the vigor of your boil to hit...
Forum: Michigan HomeBrew Forum 12-15-2012, 03:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 858
Posted By metanoia
I feel like I robbed a bank

So I stopped at Kroger on my way home from work tonight, planning on putting together a mix-six for $9.99. Instead I spent $2 more and walked out of the store with a variety 12-pack from Great...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-12-2012, 06:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 624
Posted By metanoia
My method is as follows: Clean them by soaking...

My method is as follows:
Clean them by soaking overnight in PBW/Oxyclean and then rinsing the next day (also helps take the labels off, if necessary).
Sanitize with a vinator and dry them in a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-09-2012, 08:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 247
Posted By metanoia
Quick question on toasting grains

I'm toasting some MO for a SMaSH brew in a couple weeks to give some color to the brew. First of all, I'm pretty sure it's best to toast grains whole, correct? That's the way I picked them up from...
Forum: Michigan HomeBrew Forum 12-06-2012, 07:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,221
Posted By metanoia
I think what maters most is how much yeast slurry...

I think what maters most is how much yeast slurry is in the jar, right? I used the yeast washing tutorial on this site, but since I didn't have a 2 qt size jar like the tutorial author, I just used...
Forum: Michigan HomeBrew Forum 12-06-2012, 04:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By metanoia
Yeah, we don't get up to the north side very...

Yeah, we don't get up to the north side very often at all. I'm definitely interested in joining one down here real soon though.
Forum: Michigan HomeBrew Forum 12-06-2012, 04:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By metanoia
Thanks for the inside scoop with both...

Thanks for the inside scoop with both memberships. I have noticed that Adventures "sponsors" a club at their store, hoping to stop in sometime (maybe after the holidays). Also saw that there's one...
Forum: Michigan HomeBrew Forum 12-06-2012, 02:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By metanoia
It's such a tough call between the two. I feel...

It's such a tough call between the two. I feel like the MBG would be kind of lame without a friend to take along to the fests and tours, and my freshly pregnant wife is now no longer an option. lol
Forum: Michigan HomeBrew Forum 12-06-2012, 02:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By metanoia
Thankfully I stopped by the beer and wine store...

Thankfully I stopped by the beer and wine store earlier in the night (after UPSing my first competition entry) and picked up a bottle of Arrogant Bastard and Sierra Nevada's Harvest. This was all...
Forum: Michigan HomeBrew Forum 12-06-2012, 02:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,221
Posted By metanoia
I'm hoping to move to slants in the near future. ...

I'm hoping to move to slants in the near future. Plan on building a stir plate (especially with a $10 off $10 coupon from Staples hanging around), then adding a 2L flask and some vials. Seems like...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-06-2012, 01:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 441
Posted By metanoia
You're talking about some mix between batch...

You're talking about some mix between batch sparging and fly sparging, the later of which is going out of style these days. Not saying that one is better than the other (definitely a no-no here),...
Forum: Michigan HomeBrew Forum 12-06-2012, 01:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,221
Posted By metanoia
I'm using pint sized jars.

I'm using pint sized jars.
Forum: Michigan HomeBrew Forum 12-06-2012, 01:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By metanoia
MGB Winter Beer Fest

Just found out that it sold out in 13 hours on December 1st. I'm totally bummed out, I was hoping to plan a nice get away to Grand Rapids for my birthday with my wife. I could just picture a few...
Forum: Michigan HomeBrew Forum 12-06-2012, 01:42 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,221
Posted By metanoia
Hey I've only got one type of washed yeast...

Hey I've only got one type of washed yeast available (just started brewing again) but I'm not sure how I should label it. I harvested Bell's regular strand from bottles of their Pale Ale, then used...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-05-2012, 05:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,468
Posted By metanoia
1. What style of beer is it? 2. I'd bottle...

1. What style of beer is it?

2. I'd bottle when the SG is stable, not after some arbitrary number of weeks. The I'd bottle condition until it tastes good, 3 weeks or more usually.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-05-2012, 05:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 841
Posted By metanoia
I've been cracking the window in our home office...

I've been cracking the window in our home office to cool down batches. I'm on mobile so I can't tell where you're from and if this is an option.

Or just make a swamp cooler.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-05-2012, 04:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 441
Posted By metanoia
Dude, that's all just a little too specific for...

Dude, that's all just a little too specific for your setup. I'd suggest the guy puts the recipe info in to a much simpler calculator (http://www.brew365.com/mash_sparge_water_calculator.php) (I've...
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