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Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum Yesterday, 11:25 PM
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Posted By IslandLizard
^ that's good looking kombucha in a nice vessel! ...

^ that's good looking kombucha in a nice vessel!

Those beehive containers are very cute and the spigot is a nice touch for dispensing. There's no reason you couldn't make the seal tight. And if a...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-27-2014, 10:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 82
Posted By IslandLizard
Contradiction of terms. Unless you can control...

Contradiction of terms. Unless you can control your ferm temps to 65 and below, Saison yeast is your only option. And using that leaves body to be wished for, even when mashing at 154. You still made...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-27-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 901
Posted By IslandLizard
Strain it out or leave it in, it will be fine....

Strain it out or leave it in, it will be fine. Increased contact time is good.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-27-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 82
Posted By IslandLizard
Aye aye on your recipe! 3711 is a beast. It...

Aye aye on your recipe!

3711 is a beast. It will eat through about anything, including your cellar walls, giving it enough time.
1.004 is a very respectable FG for a brew that contains no simple...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-27-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 901
Posted By IslandLizard
Noooo! Never buy ground spices. They lose their...

Noooo! Never buy ground spices. They lose their flavor and aroma faster than whole spices.

+10 on the Indian store though, I always buy my spices and Indian cooking stuff there :)
Has anyone...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-27-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 26
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Posted By IslandLizard
Give those "high grade" coriander seeds a little...

Give those "high grade" coriander seeds a little bit of a toast in a heavy skillet, preferably before you grind them. A few shades darker than the raw bunch. It really adds a ton of flavor that way....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-27-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Posted By IslandLizard
Sorry about your foot! Don't put the mash tun on...

Sorry about your foot! Don't put the mash tun on the floor. It benefits to have a bit higher to drain it. Easier to stir too.

Yeah, you lost some good high gravity wort :(
Measure your gravity...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-27-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 191
Posted By IslandLizard
One more question, about the apple cider. Make...

One more question, about the apple cider. Make sure it doesn't contain things that can stall or kill your yeast, like sorbates, sulfites, etc.

I have no experience with ciders or adding them to...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-27-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 191
Posted By IslandLizard
Oops, I missed you mentioned your pound of honey...

Oops, I missed you mentioned your pound of honey malt in the OP. That is a LOT for a 5 gallon batch!

What are you trying to accomplish with the caramel malt? In normal quantities it really doesn't...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-27-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 191
Posted By IslandLizard
I would save the honey for when the primary has...

I would save the honey for when the primary has slowed down significantly, and let it ferment out for another 2 weeks or so. Keeps the honey flavors and aroma better. You could rack to a secondary...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-26-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 432
Posted By IslandLizard
You'll get used to buckets quickly when you need...

You'll get used to buckets quickly when you need to clean them or carry them around. I switched back to buckets (from glass carboys) after reading some of the carboy horror story compendium.

Why...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-26-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 73
Posted By IslandLizard
Price may be a guide. So is color. Grade B is...

Price may be a guide. So is color. Grade B is generally a bit darker.

What are you planning to do with it?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-26-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 97
Posted By IslandLizard
Keeping your fermentation temps in check, usually...

Keeping your fermentation temps in check, usually toward the lower end of the yeast's range makes better beer. And yes, at those temps it takes longer. Even after visible signs of fermentation have...
Forum: General Techniques 07-26-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 90
Posted By IslandLizard
I haven't used those products, but unless I know...

I haven't used those products, but unless I know which ingredient is time sensitive, instable, or can spoil, I disregard most nonsense expiration dates in general. Besides, storage conditions...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-25-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 309
Posted By IslandLizard
Steeping for 20 minutes at 150 may be enough to...

Steeping for 20 minutes at 150 may be enough to kill most "bugs." Combination of time (duration) and temperature is the key to pateurization, as long as it is above the minimum temp to denature them....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-25-2014, 01:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 309
Posted By IslandLizard
Dark roasted malt does not have fermentable...

Dark roasted malt does not have fermentable sugars. But it has awesome dark roasted flavors that belong in a stout.

Depending on how much dark grain you have, steep them in a quart (or 2) of 140F...
Forum: Group Buys 07-24-2014, 11:55 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 4,175
Posted By IslandLizard
My Chinook was bought early last year from...

My Chinook was bought early last year from HopsDirect, and I expect them to be 2012 crop, but no way to tell exactly, there's no date on it :(.

Since I've had them they've always been deep frozen...
Forum: Group Buys 07-24-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 4,175
Posted By IslandLizard
Added.

Added.
Forum: Group Buys 07-24-2014, 12:26 PM
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Views: 4,175
Posted By IslandLizard
It took 3 guys and nearly an hour to split those...

It took 3 guys and nearly an hour to split those 2 bales, and they got a workout!

The hulls really help in sticky mashes that contain lots of wheat, rye, oats, pumpkin, etc. I put them in the...
Forum: Group Buys 07-24-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 4,175
Posted By IslandLizard
Oh, I'm sure that beer is good but it won't be an...

Oh, I'm sure that beer is good but it won't be an accurate clone with that malt bill. It's supposed to be a SMaSH. In the CYBI post I mentioned, reddskinnfan has gotten very close by dropping all...
Forum: Group Buys 07-24-2014, 02:30 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 4,175
Posted By IslandLizard
As long as you're willing to do the splitting...

As long as you're willing to do the splitting :tank:, sure, we'll put them on for you. ==> Added.

Weren't you at our last Rice-hulk-of-the-year party?
Forum: Group Buys 07-24-2014, 02:20 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 4,175
Posted By IslandLizard
Sure, done! Added. Here's Redds...

Sure, done!



Added.

Here's Redds current recipe in the CYBI thread (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/can-you-brew-recipe-stone-arrogant-bastard-176191/index22.html#post6225635).

However,...
Forum: Group Buys 07-23-2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 4,175
Posted By IslandLizard
They're all yours. This Vienna split is now...

They're all yours.
This Vienna split is now filled and closed. That was fassst!
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-23-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 148
Posted By IslandLizard
Good call on the Special B. But I don't think...

Good call on the Special B.
But I don't think you'll be able to tell there are raisins in that beer once it's done. Boiling raisins (chopped!) will extract some sugars that will ferment out all the...
Forum: Group Buys 07-23-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 4,175
Posted By IslandLizard
Added. 25# of Vienna to go...

Added.
25# of Vienna to go...
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