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Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-09-2013, 02:08 PM
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Views: 295
Posted By msarro
Hm, I'm trying to find out when it was packaged...

Hm, I'm trying to find out when it was packaged so I can calculate viability, so "best by" doesn't really help :/
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-08-2013, 02:05 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,983
Posted By msarro
I personally like glass. It's what I've found in...

I personally like glass. It's what I've found in the area for cheap, and it works just fine. Can it have problems? Yup, possibly. But so can a gun. I'm not going to get rid of either of them because...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-08-2013, 01:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 295
Posted By msarro
How do you read Lalvin yeast dates?

Hey everyone! I am trying to calculate the viability of a package of Lalvin 71B yeast, and unlike most yeast packages it doesn't seem to have a "packaged on" date, only an expiration date.

Here's...
Forum: Brewing Software 09-05-2013, 02:40 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 12,857
Posted By msarro
I am undecided on brewtoad. I used to exclusively...

I am undecided on brewtoad. I used to exclusively use beer calculus. However on some things I simply can't trust brewtoad - for instance, an english barleywine recipe shows as 12.7% ABV in beersmith,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-04-2013, 02:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 446
Posted By msarro
How well do hops survive shipping?

Just curious about this one. Our local HBS seems to never have certain hops in stock, and a recipe I'm working on requires several of them. I was considering ordering them online, but I've always...
Forum: General Techniques 09-04-2013, 12:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 543
Posted By msarro
Thanks for the input guys! i'll give it a shot.

Thanks for the input guys! i'll give it a shot.
Forum: General Techniques 09-02-2013, 12:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 415
Posted By msarro
Just make sure it isn't sulfited.

Just make sure it isn't sulfited.
Forum: General Techniques 09-01-2013, 03:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 543
Posted By msarro
Blending mead and beer for a braggot

Hey everyone. I am working on a recipe now for a pumpkin braggot, and have been reviewing it with a couple of BJCP's. A big concern is that the honey is going to get swallowed up nearly immediately...
Forum: DIY Projects 08-30-2013, 04:19 PM
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Posted By msarro
Hey everyone! I'm going to be building one of...

Hey everyone! I'm going to be building one of these puppies. But since SWMBO may not be a huge fan of me having vials sitting around the kitchen, I'd like to pretty it up a bit. I haven't had a...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-30-2013, 01:18 PM
Replies: 332
Views: 57,292
Posted By msarro
Ever had Wells Banana Bread Beer? It's lovely,...

Ever had Wells Banana Bread Beer?
It's lovely, for about a half a bottle. At that point, the cloying sweetness becomes overwhelming and you can't stop thinking, "Gosh, is this thing done yet?"
Forum: Mead Forum 08-30-2013, 01:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,313
Posted By msarro
Don't forget your sweet roll!

Don't forget your sweet roll!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-30-2013, 04:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By msarro
The day you realize you've been underpitching yeast...

So, I am playing around with beersmith, and I happened over to the starter tab. My jaw dropped.

I started plugging in all of my self-developed recipes and I noticed a trend: I have underpitched on...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-30-2013, 03:01 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 196
Posted By msarro
Input on Pumpkin Braggot

Hey everyone! I've decided to play around, and create a big pumpkin braggot. This is the first time I've used beersmith, so bear with me. It's an extract beer based on an english barleywine.

Day...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-29-2013, 07:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,759
Posted By msarro
Fun fact that most people don't know - when you...

Fun fact that most people don't know - when you purchase canned pumpkin, it often is a mix of sweet pie pumpkins (usually very small ones) and other squash that also have good flavor (butternut,...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-29-2013, 12:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 422
Posted By msarro
when do you move from bulk aging to bottle aging?

Pretty simple question. I have two meads, both habe aged 11 months to a year. The 11 month tastes perfect, and I'm strongly considering bottling it this weekend. Now, this is for a wedding which is 6...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-28-2013, 03:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By msarro
Well, I let it sit until yesterday evening,...

Well, I let it sit until yesterday evening, shaking whenever I walked by it. I rehydrated the yeast in a small bit of water, and mixed 1/16 cup water and 1/16 cup of must together and added it. I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-22-2013, 03:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By msarro
Does a spice bomb ever calm down?

I am in a habit of brewing a 1 gallon batch of wort/wine/mead every month. About 4 months ago I put together a melomel (heck if I remember what the fruits were) and ended up spicing it with a...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-22-2013, 01:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By msarro
If you had to venture a guess (if you have any...

If you had to venture a guess (if you have any idea), when would it be offgassed enough to even think about kicking off a starter?

Looking at the product I used:
1/8 tsp / gallon = approx. 100...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-22-2013, 12:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By msarro
CRAP! Did I destroy this must???

Used 1/4 tsp of p-meta by accident for a 1 gallon batch. I usually make 1.25 cup of boiled water and add the 1/4 tsp, but SWMBO and I were frantically working in the kitchen and I accidentally threw...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-21-2013, 01:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,079
Posted By msarro
You can pull it off. If you're using a wine...

You can pull it off. If you're using a wine yeast, use one that's meant for young wines (Lalvin 71b should work). Ale yeasts may work here too.

Try to stick towards low abv meads. Also, while bulk...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-21-2013, 01:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 431
Posted By msarro
Ale yeast for 1 gal batch of peach melomel?

Hey everyone!
We ended up picking around 40 lbs of peaches this past weekend. After pickling/preserving/buttering/jamming, we had around 4lbs of peach puree left. Since I have a gallon of honey...
Forum: Hops Growing 04-09-2013, 05:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 642
Posted By msarro
You'll have to bear with me, can you explain the...

You'll have to bear with me, can you explain the brute force a little bit? Keeping them properly pruned? :)
Forum: Hops Growing 04-06-2013, 09:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 642
Posted By msarro
Holy cow! Baby cascade hops are popping up

Hey everyone! Last year I planted a cascade hop rhizome on a whim, and it produced 3 bines, yielding a bit over 2 ounces of dry hops. I was told this was really spectacular for a first year yield.
...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-26-2013, 03:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 462
Posted By msarro
I used p-meta in the original cider for 24 hours...

I used p-meta in the original cider for 24 hours prior to pitching yeast (rate of 1/4 tsp per 5 gallons) to get rid of wild yeasts, but that was it.
Forum: Cider Forum 03-26-2013, 02:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 462
Posted By msarro
Thanks yooper! If this is the case, it brings up...

Thanks yooper! If this is the case, it brings up a few questions... is wine/champagne yeast much quicker to begin autolysis than ale yeasts? I know with ales you don't really have to be concerned...
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