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Forum: Illinois HomeBrew Forum 07-21-2012, 02:21 AM
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Posted By Mermaid
So just as a followup to this thread... The...

So just as a followup to this thread...

The Brew and Grow in Roselle is close to where I live, but I was totally spoiled by my previous HBS where you could measure out only the grains you needed,...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-20-2012, 03:27 AM
Replies: 44
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Posted By Mermaid
I've decided to brew smaller AG batches indoors...

I've decided to brew smaller AG batches indoors for the time being as I really don't have a way to avoid hot sun + patio burner and I know that it would take forever to cool the thing down. It's...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-14-2012, 05:24 PM
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Posted By Mermaid
Hmmmm.... I suppose I could let the mash sit...

Hmmmm.... I suppose I could let the mash sit overnight (I've done that before) and sparge in the morning so I could start my boil early enough in the day. Still, it's been stupid hot here (I'm in...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-14-2012, 05:16 PM
Replies: 44
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Posted By Mermaid
Outdoor brewing in summer

Okay... I'm gonna sound like a whiney little brat but do you guys actually boil wort outdoors when it's over 90 degrees outside?

I've been trying to schedule a brew day for the past month and...
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 06-29-2012, 12:07 AM
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Posted By Mermaid
I'm finally going to get around to brewing this...

I'm finally going to get around to brewing this as soon as it friggin cools OFF here in the midwest (the thought of standing over an open kettle in 91 degree heat sorta freaks me out).

Anyone try...
Forum: Brew Science 06-19-2012, 02:55 AM
Replies: 21
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Posted By Mermaid
^^bump^^ I have city water, suburban Cook...

^^bump^^ I have city water, suburban Cook County (Schaumburg). Am going to start brewing again soon (as soon as it cools down a bit !) and was wondering if I need to treat for chloramines (my...
Forum: Illinois HomeBrew Forum 06-12-2012, 04:37 PM
Replies: 53
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Posted By Mermaid
I'm going to try to make it out to the meet-up...

I'm going to try to make it out to the meet-up tonight. Sounds like fun.
Forum: Illinois HomeBrew Forum 04-27-2012, 03:39 AM
Replies: 31
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Posted By Mermaid
Thanks for the sugestions guys! Can't wait for...

Thanks for the sugestions guys! Can't wait for my life to get back to it's semi-normal state. I've been dying to start a sour .. and I'll actually have a garage in this new place so I'll have a...
Forum: Illinois HomeBrew Forum 04-22-2012, 08:21 PM
Replies: 31
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Posted By Mermaid
Best LHBS in NW or W suburbs?

I'm moving to Schaumburg in about a month, and hope to get right back into brewing. I tell ya, moving halfway across the country really puts a damper on what you can brew (not wanting to schlep full...
Forum: Illinois HomeBrew Forum 04-22-2012, 08:10 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,661
Posted By Mermaid
Subscribing to thread.. I'm moving to Schaumburg...

Subscribing to thread.. I'm moving to Schaumburg in about a month!
Forum: Mead Forum 03-04-2012, 06:04 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Mermaid
Thanks, folks. I think I'll seek out some...

Thanks, folks. I think I'll seek out some smaller bottles and corks. Can't afford a floor corker yet, but as long as I can get the bottles to sit still on a flat surface I should be able to manage...
Forum: General Chit Chat 03-03-2012, 06:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,101
Posted By Mermaid
I'm going to be getting a Droid Maxx very soon. ...

I'm going to be getting a Droid Maxx very soon. Spent a few days doing research on them and being a loyal Android fangirl the decision was pretty easy.

The battery life is amazing.
They are...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-03-2012, 06:08 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Mermaid
Bottling cyser - what bottles to use?

I have 3 gallons of cyser that I will be bottling at the end of the month (It was started in November, but I need to bottle it prior to my move back to IL).

It's beautifully clear, and I already...
Forum: General Chit Chat 02-18-2012, 04:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,391
Posted By Mermaid
I think this also might depend on what type of...

I think this also might depend on what type of account this is.
Business accounts (or as we call in the industry "Corporate" accounts) might have higher fees associated with them.
I would...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 02-18-2012, 04:29 PM
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Posted By Mermaid
Want to WIN!!

Want to WIN!!
Forum: Cider Forum 02-05-2012, 06:09 PM
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Posted By Mermaid
I've noticed that some of the "cider" yeast...

I've noticed that some of the "cider" yeast strains throw off sulphur a lot more than the Champagne or wine yeasts do. About 3-4 weeks in a secondary cleared up the stench very well.

Sure, you...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-05-2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By Mermaid
I have a cider that was in the primary for 5...

I have a cider that was in the primary for 5 weeks, at FG 1.000. It's murky. I'm blaming the particular blend of apple juice / cider used. No biggie.

Transferred it to a secondary yesterday...
Forum: General Chit Chat 02-04-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 427
Posted By Mermaid
As a follow up, turns out they have some special...

As a follow up, turns out they have some special ninja delivery system. They drop ship the beer to some location within MA, re-package it, and then use a courier service to deliver it to the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-22-2012, 02:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 582
Posted By Mermaid
Gotta let it drain slowly. If it gets stuck,...

Gotta let it drain slowly. If it gets stuck, whip out your giant spoon and scrape the spoon gently along where the braid is on the bottom. My braid gets a bit smoooshed toward the end of mash out,...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-21-2012, 11:43 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,358
Posted By Mermaid
I am deliberately fairly low on stock. I have 1...

I am deliberately fairly low on stock. I have 1 case of nut brown ale left, a 6 or so in the fridge, and about a half case of my Belgian "bitter" blond (it was an attempt at a Bink blond clone). ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-21-2012, 11:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By Mermaid
I got started with a 5 gallon "better bottle",...

I got started with a 5 gallon "better bottle", the "bottling bucket" I got from a LHBS (and associated tubing, racking cane, and filling tube), one of those bottle sanitizer things (can't remember...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 01-21-2012, 11:26 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By Mermaid
heh.. you're in quite a pickle there. The...

heh.. you're in quite a pickle there.

The 1 gallon batches are easy to move. Get some bubble wrap, wrap the carboys in bubble wrap, throw some packing tape around the bung to hold them in...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-21-2012, 10:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 371
Posted By Mermaid
I made a fantastic Belgian ale last year that had...

I made a fantastic Belgian ale last year that had a 2-row pale backbone, a small amount of honey malt (and a 1lb. of good quality honey), and Hallertau hops (2 oz. maybe? added over time). I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-21-2012, 10:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 195
Posted By Mermaid
Short of dropping some sort of contaminant into...

Short of dropping some sort of contaminant into the brew, or letting it sit for weeks next to a radiator, there's not much that you can do to ruin your beer. Beer is a forgiving beast.
Forum: For Sale 01-21-2012, 10:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 981
Posted By Mermaid
Look for a gas supplier in your area. Someone...

Look for a gas supplier in your area. Someone who sells propane and/or caters to construction contractors. Back when I was running a Co2 tank on a heaviliy planted aquarium, that's where I picked...
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