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Forum: Cider Forum 12-23-2008, 02:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,010
Posted By Ecnerwal
[QUOTE=BrewOnBoard;1023728]Now there's an...

[QUOTE=BrewOnBoard;1023728]Now there's an interesting idea.... How exactly would I do that? Put full (carbonated) bottles in water and heat to 170deg or so? Wouldn't that cause them to explode? ...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-23-2008, 12:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,010
Posted By Ecnerwal
Personally I can taste Splenda, and it's not a...

Personally I can taste Splenda, and it's not a good thing. Stevia is more hit or miss - too easy to overdo, at which point it's horrid, but can be acceptable (to me) in small enough amounts.
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Forum: Hops Growing 12-16-2008, 01:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,974
Posted By Ecnerwal
If you have normal hops rhizomes, no - they are...

If you have normal hops rhizomes, no - they are all female, as the bines are propagated vegetatively to maintain the same variety, so male bines are hardly ever seen outside of a breeding program....
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-15-2008, 08:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 947
Posted By Ecnerwal
Clear or green soda bottles, use an opaque box,...

Clear or green soda bottles, use an opaque box, no problem. Beats $100 for brown bottles at the store for my money. Wrap the whole bottle in aluminum foil (or a brown paper bag :D ) if you need to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-15-2008, 08:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,014
Posted By Ecnerwal
If you are buying "a second primary fermenter"...

If you are buying "a second primary fermenter" where you are going to start and finish in the same container by leaving it there for 3-4 weeks, 6.5 gallon is good, and even that blows off sometimes. ...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-15-2008, 03:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,275
Posted By Ecnerwal
Normally bulk DME comes in a bag - once opened,...

Normally bulk DME comes in a bag - once opened, the bag is no longer airtight.

I've got DME that's still perfect after more than 10 years (some long dry spells in brewing there) which I repacked...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-15-2008, 02:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,058
Posted By Ecnerwal
Aside from the foil underneath (which does make a...

Aside from the foil underneath (which does make a difference, IME) you could build a baffle from aluminum flashing to hold the heat near the pot on the sides (ie, a cylinder about 2" larger diameter...
Forum: General Techniques 12-15-2008, 12:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,020
Posted By Ecnerwal
Leave it be, it will be fine. If I ever...

Leave it be, it will be fine.

If I ever manage to get adequate time (did not happen over Thanksgiving) I'm going to be be running 2-3 batches in quick succession, and will basically rack from the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-15-2008, 12:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,058
Posted By Ecnerwal
Coil type stove or one of those irritating...

Coil type stove or one of those irritating flat-top things?

For coil type, a canning element and covering the reflector pan with a fresh shiny chunk of aluminum foil help heating, and covering the...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-14-2008, 11:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 962
Posted By Ecnerwal
Best to get a "canning" element - sturdier, sits...

Best to get a "canning" element - sturdier, sits up a bit higher than the normal burner above the stovetop. Designed to hold oversized pots...

I always line the reflector pan with fresh, bright...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-14-2008, 09:40 PM
Replies: 1,701
Views: 458,456
Posted By Ecnerwal
Other than to get the worm out for cleaning, I...

Other than to get the worm out for cleaning, I never take the handle off. I just don't "get" the whole business of it supposedly being a huge bother to hand-crank it... :D
Forum: DIY Projects 12-14-2008, 04:21 PM
Replies: 1,701
Views: 458,456
Posted By Ecnerwal
My Polish mill was missing the whole "hood" thing...

My Polish mill was missing the whole "hood" thing or never had it. I just baffle it with aluminum foil to drop the ground grain into a pan - no fuss, no muss, easily adjustable.

On Revvy's setup,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-14-2008, 03:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 14,788
Posted By Ecnerwal
I used bleach for years - it's cheap and usually...

I used bleach for years - it's cheap and usually already in the house. But it needs to be rinsed, and the rinse-water needs to be boiled and cooled to be reasonably safe. Never had a bad batch, but...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-14-2008, 03:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 558
Posted By Ecnerwal
D. and have it ready for Christmas - 2009. ...

D. and have it ready for Christmas - 2009.

Just remember to start the batch for Christmas 2010 next fall, and it will all work out.

Don't rush cider - it would probably not taste very good for...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-14-2008, 03:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,314
Posted By Ecnerwal
The corona-style mills (mine's something Polish,...

The corona-style mills (mine's something Polish, same style) will do what you want, and I personally have a hard time grasping why so many people think hand-cranking one is so much work. Set to...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-13-2008, 02:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,383
Posted By Ecnerwal
"That long" ?? Schnork. Mead really does benefit...

"That long" ?? Schnork. Mead really does benefit (flavor, not just clarity) from years of aging. Lose at least a few bottles for 2-5 years and you might notice the worth of considerably more aging...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-12-2008, 10:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,585
Posted By Ecnerwal
Depending on your setup, you could just skip...

Depending on your setup, you could just skip building anything extra, and drill 3, 4, 5, or 6 inch holes under where your carboys usually sit upright, just inverting in place - assuming that you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-07-2008, 11:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,143
Posted By Ecnerwal
Ignoring the diversions to other subjects and...

Ignoring the diversions to other subjects and returning to freelancer's question:

Unless you have done something horribly wrong; really disastrously, you'd have to be trying to do it wrong, wrong;...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-07-2008, 09:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,150
Posted By Ecnerwal
I'm a bottle baker, and have baked bottles of...

I'm a bottle baker, and have baked bottles of this type (well, they were actual grolsch bottles). I actually hadn't noticed that plastic had started to replace ceramic (ceramic tops bake just fine,...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-07-2008, 12:00 AM
Replies: 785
Views: 400,415
Posted By Ecnerwal
Ummm, Ed - FYI - the vapor barrier goes on the...

Ummm, Ed - FYI - the vapor barrier goes on the warm side of the insulation. Otherwise condensate forms in the insulation & the wall rots. Without wasting time to rip it out, make some cuts in the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-06-2008, 09:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,845
Posted By Ecnerwal
When this "steeps", it's mashing (or at least...

When this "steeps", it's mashing (or at least trying to). I'd give it a bit more Munich, or some two-row to get more enzyme activity to work over the oats, and I'd raise the temperature to 158...
Forum: Home Brewing Photo Forum 11-18-2008, 12:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,194
Posted By Ecnerwal
deleted- safety issues already covered.

deleted- safety issues already covered.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-17-2008, 11:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,289
Posted By Ecnerwal
It varies - what's so surprising about that? If...

It varies - what's so surprising about that? If you think the barrel-banded thin glass things typical at many homebrew shops have much relation to the thick, smooth-walled acid carboys, you've got...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-15-2008, 09:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,680
Posted By Ecnerwal
You can brew (ferment) in them, though they are...

You can brew (ferment) in them, though they are rather small for that.

You can also bottle in them - just keep them in the dark (light interacting with hops makes for "skunked" beer). They are...
Forum: Extract Brewing 11-15-2008, 05:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,052
Posted By Ecnerwal
If the primary is not infected (ie, the brew...

If the primary is not infected (ie, the brew coming out is good) then nothing that's in it, however awful it might look (it was in with the beer that came out, remember?) is bad.

The sanitizing...
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