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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-16-2012, 02:02 PM
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Both Northern Brewer and Midwest Supply are great...

Both Northern Brewer and Midwest Supply are great if you don't have a good local store. I used them extensively until my LHBS opened up about eight months ago.
Forum: Introductions 07-30-2012, 12:54 AM
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Posted By VABeerSnob
Longer than a week is ok. In fact, two weeks is...

Longer than a week is ok. In fact, two weeks is recommended, but I would need more info about the original gravity of your beer and the temperature at which you are keeping it before I could advise...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-16-2012, 12:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 368
Posted By VABeerSnob
I have pitched two packs. Fermentation starts...

I have pitched two packs. Fermentation starts faster, finishes sooner. Another option is to pitch one pack and save the other. Then you have a backup in case of a yeast failure. That has happened...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-10-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,439
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Six tablespoons of Oxiclean and hot tap water,...

Six tablespoons of Oxiclean and hot tap water, leave it overnight and all the gunk just disappears. Drain it, rinse it, leave it inverted to drain. I do a final rinse with distilled water because...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-05-2012, 06:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,222
Posted By VABeerSnob
Two-hearted clone.

Two-hearted clone.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-05-2012, 06:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 617
Posted By VABeerSnob
Oh heck, I thought this thread was about me. Oh...

Oh heck, I thought this thread was about me. Oh well.

All kidding aside, I can answer affirmatively to the question at the end of Recluse's original post. I even bought some amylase enzyme to...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-02-2012, 02:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,653
Posted By VABeerSnob
The show with Calagione didn't last long. I...

The show with Calagione didn't last long. I think there was a Modern Marvels episode on The History Channel about breweries. I remember seeing train car loads of malt, and giant fermenters at the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-02-2012, 02:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 636
Posted By VABeerSnob
I'm going to recommend the Sam Calagione book,...

I'm going to recommend the Sam Calagione book, Extreme Brewing. Lots of pictures, great starter book. After that, get How To Brew by John Palmer, which goes into the nuts and bolts and can take you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-23-2012, 12:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 537
Posted By VABeerSnob
Is this an extract brew or all-grain?

Is this an extract brew or all-grain?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-14-2012, 01:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,678
Posted By VABeerSnob
Use a blowoff tube with this ale. I have cleaned...

Use a blowoff tube with this ale. I have cleaned beer off my ceiling, so I know. Gunk gets up into the airlock, blocking the escape of carbon dioxide, and then you have a successful missile launch....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-14-2012, 12:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,018
Posted By VABeerSnob
This, for me, is what the homebrewing experience...

This, for me, is what the homebrewing experience is about. Try stuff. Take notes. Learn. Thank you, grimzella.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-23-2011, 02:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,810
Posted By VABeerSnob
I know exactly what you mean by that "home brew...

I know exactly what you mean by that "home brew flavor." After almost four years of brewing I don't notice it anymore. Why? Some theories:
1. My beers have improved, along with my brewing...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-01-2011, 07:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 591
Posted By VABeerSnob
Since you mentioned Winchester, I'll give you one...

Since you mentioned Winchester, I'll give you one to avoid: Piccadilly's Public House in Winchester. They brew their own wretched beer on site, and the food isn't that great, either. I can...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-01-2011, 06:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,239
Posted By VABeerSnob
An advantage to hydrating is that you can smell...

An advantage to hydrating is that you can smell the hydrated yeast and tell if it is okay. I have gotten bad Notty in the past. After I hydrated it, it just didn't smell right, but I pitched it...
Forum: Introductions 05-20-2011, 01:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 53
Posted By VABeerSnob
You're on the right track.

You're on the right track.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-14-2011, 07:03 PM
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I have a Marzen boiling right now, just waiting...

I have a Marzen boiling right now, just waiting for the next hop addition.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-10-2011, 03:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 336
Posted By VABeerSnob
Start with the right equipment. I see you have a...

Start with the right equipment. I see you have a mash/lauter tun. You need a big brewpot, because you will be starting with about seven gallons of sweet wort and boiling it down to five or so. ...
Forum: Group Buys 02-27-2011, 06:19 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,545
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Aaaaaaagh! I can't believe I missed this one! ...

Aaaaaaagh! I can't believe I missed this one! I'm just now finishing up the stuff I bought last year. Oh, well.

BTW, for storage I use Rubbermaid Roughneck 14-gallon totes. I buy them at...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-27-2011, 06:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 890
Posted By VABeerSnob
Congratulations on the upcoming wedding! I'm not...

Congratulations on the upcoming wedding! I'm not the authority or anything, so go ahead and try your recipe and let us know how it turns out. One change I would make would be to eliminate the Irish...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-09-2011, 04:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,316
Posted By VABeerSnob
Add me to the old-school group that uses lined...

Add me to the old-school group that uses lined paper in a three-ring binder. I'm now in my second binder. The binders have pockets inside the front and back covers for other important papers like...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-03-2011, 02:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 364
Posted By VABeerSnob
Here is my reason for doing step mashing and...

Here is my reason for doing step mashing and decoction in some of my past brews: curiosity. I had to try it to see if it had any benefit. My conclusion was that there was no detectable improvement...
Forum: Introductions 12-20-2010, 12:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 66
Posted By VABeerSnob
Good to see another Virginian. This forum has...

Good to see another Virginian. This forum has been a real blessing to me because of the ideas, advice, and encouragement I get here. I consult the recipe database before I plan a brew. And about a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-05-2010, 07:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,208
Posted By VABeerSnob
+1 to the reply from Justibone, especially the...

+1 to the reply from Justibone, especially the part about the premium import beers. From the description you originally gave, your cousin is into all different kinds of beers, and tries to recreate...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-04-2010, 08:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,208
Posted By VABeerSnob
On the off chance that your homebrewing cousin...

On the off chance that your homebrewing cousin doesn't already have one, a digital kitchen scale is a great thing. They are in your price range, and are widely available. Homebrewers weigh hops,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-04-2010, 02:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,208
Posted By VABeerSnob
How much do you have to spend?

How much do you have to spend?
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