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Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-11-2009, 01:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,436
Posted By TrojanMan
My MIL gladly drinks my beer. Only problem is,...

My MIL gladly drinks my beer. Only problem is, she doesn't have much tolerance. Watching her get lazered on apfelwein was hilarious, though.:cross:

As for why I brew? Because I must.

I...
Forum: Hops Growing 11-10-2009, 02:15 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 66,657
Posted By TrojanMan
Don't worry about sunlight. Radicalization only...

Don't worry about sunlight. Radicalization only occurs in isomerized oils (i.e. post-brewing). Before you use the hops, sunlight won't hurt them a bit. Many old-world methods of drying used metal...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-12-2009, 06:36 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 12,193
Posted By TrojanMan
Did you guys really just drop a hydrometer inside...

Did you guys really just drop a hydrometer inside a carboy?

:facepalm:



Everybody knows you have to tie a string to it first so that you can get it back out.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-12-2009, 01:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 12,193
Posted By TrojanMan
Green bits = infection. My condolences. ...

Green bits = infection.
My condolences.


But as stated, you might still be able to salvage it by racking beneath it when it's done.

What yeast did you pitch and how did you do it? If it's 7...
Forum: Extract Brewing 08-12-2009, 01:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,151
Posted By TrojanMan
Converted to the english units many of us are...

Converted to the english units many of us are familiar with, that's 12 pounds of extract in 6 gallons (or 10lb per 5 gal batch equivalent).

Rule of thumb is 37 points per lb of LME per gallon and...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-12-2009, 09:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 415
Posted By TrojanMan
Two months later... ...

Two months later...


http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/7125/jpsmall.jpg
(paint sample is just for reference)

I got great head characteristics over the lagering period and it picked up quite...
Forum: Home Brewing Photo Forum 07-07-2009, 02:56 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 53,599
Posted By TrojanMan
Thoughts: * My wife is impatient with the...

Thoughts:

* My wife is impatient with the foamsnake and she plays with it too much for it to grow to significant length
* You have the same el cheapo Home Depot cabinets that I do
* Somebody...
Forum: Brew Science 07-07-2009, 02:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,355
Posted By TrojanMan
Most people improve the quality of their beer as...

Most people improve the quality of their beer as they learn.
Most people also increase batch size, complexity (mass of equipment) and/or the volume of the boil as they learn as well.

I'd say that...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-07-2009, 02:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 810
Posted By TrojanMan
Storing the beer a little too cold won't hurt a...

Storing the beer a little too cold won't hurt a thing. Just drink how you normally would.

When it hits the room temperature glass, it's going to rise a degree or two and depending upon ambient...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-02-2009, 04:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,480
Posted By TrojanMan
Oldest beer I've ever consumed was a Brooklyn...

Oldest beer I've ever consumed was a Brooklyn Chocolate Stout '01 batch. Drank that at about 7.5 years old in '08. It was exquisite.

I've had some Belgians I've aged for two years (ish) and one...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-02-2009, 04:37 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,644
Posted By TrojanMan
How come none of you guys add yeast nutrient? ...

How come none of you guys add yeast nutrient?

Go to GNC and pick up a jar of "brewer's yeast" (it's the same dried, centrifuged extract you pay $20/lb. for in homebrew catalogs) Just add 1.5 Tbsp...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-02-2009, 04:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,041
Posted By TrojanMan
At least it looks like she has better taste in...

At least it looks like she has better taste in handguns than that P-22 travesty.

But her... steins... are too small.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-02-2009, 04:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,382
Posted By TrojanMan
Only slightly related, but... When I made my...

Only slightly related, but...

When I made my first batch of beer, I went to a homebrew shop two states away in my parents' town because the local pickens were pretty sparse. I've been back a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-02-2009, 03:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,155
Posted By TrojanMan
4-5" of krausen head is normal. You did right,...

4-5" of krausen head is normal. You did right, but sometimes if the temperature is a little high or if you have a lot of hops in the beer, etc. it can push to the airlock. You did the right thing. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-30-2009, 02:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,489
Posted By TrojanMan
Fermentation gasses contain a lot of impurities...

Fermentation gasses contain a lot of impurities that are being carried out of the beer. A dislikable odor during fermentation is not an indicator of a ruined batch. Case in point, many lager yeasts...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-30-2009, 02:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,045
Posted By TrojanMan
It's also refered to as "blooming" and it can be...

It's also refered to as "blooming" and it can be done in cold water, though it just takes longer (overnight is usually fine). Of course, it doesn't hurt to raise it past 150 so as to be sanitary.
...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-24-2009, 08:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 460
Posted By TrojanMan
What's your gravity reading? Measuring...

What's your gravity reading?

Measuring gravity is the ONLY reliable way to determine if primary fermentation is complete or not. Once gravity readings are steady for 3-4 days, you're ready to...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-24-2009, 08:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 682
Posted By TrojanMan
Splenda is the generally preferred product. ...

Splenda is the generally preferred product.

Or you can get some potasium sorbate to kill the yeast. You can find it at cheesemaking suppliers.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-20-2009, 01:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,431
Posted By TrojanMan
I have a Fluke 51-II probe thermometer and it has...

I have a Fluke 51-II probe thermometer and it has a min/max/avg function that works great. It's still $200 (I got mine on eBay for less than half that), but there you go.

You want to get good...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-20-2009, 01:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,647
Posted By TrojanMan
My thoughts exactly. This looks more like an...

My thoughts exactly. This looks more like an American pale to amber ale recipe. Which is fine if that's what you want, of course!

I just made a straberry cider using 4# of straberries, strained,...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-17-2009, 03:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 737
Posted By TrojanMan
Airlock activity (or lacke thereof) is not an...

Airlock activity (or lacke thereof) is not an adequate indicator of fermentation activity (or its cessation).

Trust your gravity. Plain apple juice should drop to SG 1.000 or below. With the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-17-2009, 02:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,957
Posted By TrojanMan
Absolutely it matters. Friendly advice: ...

Absolutely it matters.


Friendly advice: Stay away from lager yeast for right now. Temperature control is more important and you also need to ensure that you get the beer as clear as possible,...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-17-2009, 02:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 927
Posted By TrojanMan
Most gas splitters are equipped with check...

Most gas splitters are equipped with check valves. If yours doesn't have one, it's only an ~$8 part.


This is a great idea and while I'm not a huge hefe fan, my wife is. I'd love to cobble...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-17-2009, 02:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,860
Posted By TrojanMan
When I give beer as a gift, I always make my own...

When I give beer as a gift, I always make my own labels. The label ALWAYS reads (in part):

"Contains sediment. Store upright and pour slowly to retain sediment in bottle."


I have seen...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-14-2009, 06:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 415
Posted By TrojanMan
Just an update: The agave fermented out a...

Just an update:

The agave fermented out a lot cleaner than I'd expected. There's a little bit of spiciness, maybe a little woody, allspice and kinda tree-barkishness if that makes sense. Overall...
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