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Forum: Cider Forum 06-27-2012, 03:54 PM
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Posted By Zhaph
Nevermind, I realized I had posted pretty much...

Nevermind, I realized I had posted pretty much the same thing a while back and I found all the info I needed via replies to that thread. Thanks! If someone could tell me how to remove this thread,...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-27-2012, 03:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 360
Posted By Zhaph
First-time cider maker, help!

Hey folks, I am a long-time beer brewer and I want to do a very simple batch of cider to try my hand at it this summer. I did some reading on making cider a while ago and even bought some yeast...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-20-2011, 07:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 586
Posted By Zhaph
Hehe, sorry for the tuna typo.

Hehe, sorry for the tuna typo.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-20-2011, 04:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 874
Posted By Zhaph
I will often soak my bottles overnight in a...

I will often soak my bottles overnight in a cleaner if they are very dirty, then run them through the SaniRinse option on the dishwasher. If you have a dishwasher and it has one of these cycles, it...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-20-2011, 04:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 586
Posted By Zhaph
Huh, I never considered using a combo of BIAB and...

Huh, I never considered using a combo of BIAB and a cooler as a couple of you have suggested, that's an awesome idea. I think I am going to go the cooler route, because I guess I could add a pump and...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-19-2011, 03:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 586
Posted By Zhaph
Want to start AG... What do I need?

I've been extract brewing for four years or so now and I want to make the move to AG brewing. I am familiar with the various methods, and to me batch sparging or using a RIMS/HERMS system seems like...
Forum: Extract Brewing 08-18-2011, 02:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,186
Posted By Zhaph
It sounds like this barleywine is your...

It sounds like this barleywine is your second-ever batch, no? Before tackling the higher-ABV brews like that, I would strongly recommend doing some research/reading on yeast starters. You can search...
Forum: Extract Brewing 08-13-2011, 08:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,494
Posted By Zhaph
I suppose you haven't tasted it yet, but wouldn't...

I suppose you haven't tasted it yet, but wouldn't freezing it and just collecting the juices that thaw out cause you to have a lot of extra water in your juice? Have you made it before to your tastes...
Forum: Extract Brewing 08-13-2011, 03:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,494
Posted By Zhaph
Simple Watermelon Wheat

Hey folks, decided to try my hand at a simple watermelon wheat beer the other day and I have a question about how much watermelon to add.

I used a really simple recipe since this is my first try...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-09-2011, 07:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,731
Posted By Zhaph
That's a good idea, and it's actually something...

That's a good idea, and it's actually something that the Victory brewery in PA does as well. They had a whole series of beers with basically the same malt profile, but changed the hops in each one,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-08-2011, 03:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 621
Posted By Zhaph
I think you should be just fine, especially since...

I think you should be just fine, especially since you followed the proper amounts for the starter. I've had success with several starters that I did the day beforehand and just shook up manually...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-08-2011, 12:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,179
Posted By Zhaph
I'm sorry, I think I misunderstood what you were...

I'm sorry, I think I misunderstood what you were asking the first time. You should check out the pitching rate calculator at mrmalty.com that was suggested, but before doing so you might want to read...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-08-2011, 12:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 789
Posted By Zhaph
You should be fine if you move your carboy to...

You should be fine if you move your carboy to your basement; I've had a few beers hit the high mark on my stick-on thermometers by accident as well, but after moving them to a lower temperature...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-07-2011, 03:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,179
Posted By Zhaph
Don't make a starter with dry yeast; it's...

Don't make a starter with dry yeast; it's actually cheaper just to pitch another package of dry yeast. Definitely "wake up" the yeast in some water before pitching, though.
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-07-2011, 03:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 789
Posted By Zhaph
Now that active primary fermentation is over, you...

Now that active primary fermentation is over, you should move your carboy to a lower-temperature area (50-55 degrees) if possible; leaving it in an area in the upper 70s might create some undesirable...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-07-2011, 03:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,731
Posted By Zhaph
I just finished off a keg of this stuff over the...

I just finished off a keg of this stuff over the past weekend. I have to agree that, initially, it had some grassy/"green" flavors, but it improved significantly over the two-three weeks and that I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-01-2011, 04:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,021
Posted By Zhaph
Don't shake it, and leave it at room temperature....

Don't shake it, and leave it at room temperature. As far as the carbonation goes, what the other guys said is spot-on: pressurize, purge, then re-pressurize to avoid oxidation.

Why not to shake...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-13-2011, 04:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 626
Posted By Zhaph
New to cider, want to keep it simple...

Hey folks, I've been home brewing beer for a while now and I think I want to try my hand at some simple cider. Can I just go to the store and get preservative-free, organic jugs of cider, dump them...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-05-2011, 02:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,597
Posted By Zhaph
I made a similar kit from NB a couple years back...

I made a similar kit from NB a couple years back and I believe I used that same yeast. It turned out really well, it was a great refreshing beer for the summer. I actually made a double batch and...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-04-2011, 11:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 263
Posted By Zhaph
I have read that they can be used as bittering or...

I have read that they can be used as bittering or aroma hops, but I haven't tried it either. Do you think it would be better to replace the finishing hops with Cascade or Crystal?
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-04-2011, 01:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 263
Posted By Zhaph
Leftover Mats Ale

Hey folks, I've got some miscellaneous ingredients laying around the house and I wanted to try to use up as many as possible in my next batch. I've come up up with the recipe below, please let me...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-25-2011, 05:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 673
Posted By Zhaph
I recently just used some cardboard to section...

I recently just used some cardboard to section off part of my pantry and put a tiny space heater in there to keep beer at the right temperature. It is working fairly well so far; a closet would be...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-25-2011, 04:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,209
Posted By Zhaph
OG was 1.049, temperature has been in the 68-75...

OG was 1.049, temperature has been in the 68-75 range mostly, with a couple dips lower during a recent cold snap.

Again, though, I'm really asking this question more in theory, I'm not actually...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-25-2011, 03:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,209
Posted By Zhaph
1.013, and it's a chocolate milk stout (NB's kit).

1.013, and it's a chocolate milk stout (NB's kit).
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-25-2011, 03:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,209
Posted By Zhaph
Stir the yeast cake?

Is there ever a good reason to stir the yeast at the bottom of the primary fermentor? I'm stuck at 1.02 after about 2.5 weeks in primary (and I'm planning to leave it another couple weeks in there),...
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