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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-03-2010, 07:35 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 31,138
Posted By Obelisk
I've been brewing for 5 years (this is the 6th...

I've been brewing for 5 years (this is the 6th season). The question of secondary or not is why I joined this forum. I'm completely convinced that primary only for more complex ales produces better...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-28-2010, 06:57 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,395
Posted By Obelisk
I'm on the cancer management treadmill, and may...

I'm on the cancer management treadmill, and may be for the rest of my life. Like most people in this circumstance, I have read about any and all diets and food types that will help manage cancer and...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-02-2010, 12:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,081
Posted By Obelisk
First, rinse your bottles immediately after...

First, rinse your bottles immediately after pouring. When you get ready to bottle, soak them in Oxyclean (Free) for at least 2 hours. I use the bottle brush after soaking just as a precaution to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-01-2010, 04:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 778
Posted By Obelisk
I've just about given up on lower temp...

I've just about given up on lower temp fermentation for ales and stay above 65F all the time now - because of the attenuation problem. It also takes longer for the conditioning with the lower...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 04-01-2010, 04:15 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,529
Posted By Obelisk
It's over-rated and has really dropped in...

It's over-rated and has really dropped in popularity. I don't know anyone that buys it anymore.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-31-2010, 02:23 AM
Replies: 169
Views: 7,588
Posted By Obelisk
When the brew pubs started opening up in the...

When the brew pubs started opening up in the early-mid eighties, it changed everything. I started buying growlers because the beer was so much better than bottled beer. I don't remember many of the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-29-2010, 07:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,079
Posted By Obelisk
My LHBS has some very knowledgeable people, but...

My LHBS has some very knowledgeable people, but their prices are not competitive - at all - with the online suppliers. My LHBS got me started, but it didn't take long to figure out how to save quite...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-28-2010, 04:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 859
Posted By Obelisk
On the webradio broadcast, the head of Wyeast...

On the webradio broadcast, the head of Wyeast said that secondary transfers can cause the fermentation activity to pick up again because of the oxygen that is introduced by the transfer. It should...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-24-2010, 04:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,004
Posted By Obelisk
The problem isn't the label, it's the glue. Some...

The problem isn't the label, it's the glue. Some glues are either not water soluble, or are almost insoluble. The labels that come off easily probably have water soluble glue - and God bless them....
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 03-16-2010, 11:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,220
Posted By Obelisk
Article about "Common Beer Faults" in latest...

Article about "Common Beer Faults" in latest version of Brew Your Own magazine (March-April). It's fusel alcohol/oil. Usually due to high ferm temp or less than healthy yeast not completing...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-15-2010, 08:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,569
Posted By Obelisk
Although I'm new to the forum, I've been brewing...

Although I'm new to the forum, I've been brewing since 2005. I can think of several things that would help someone just starting.

Start with proven Ale recipes.

Always use a checklist for your...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-11-2010, 07:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 508
Posted By Obelisk
Many, many kit recipes call for the use of a cup...

Many, many kit recipes call for the use of a cup of brown sugar in a brown ale for a nutty flavor. I think it's the molasses in the brown sugar that provides it.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-11-2010, 07:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 756
Posted By Obelisk
Use the vinator for your bottles and store your...

Use the vinator for your bottles and store your bottles on a bottle tree to let them drain. Removes all paranoia too.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-11-2010, 05:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,971
Posted By Obelisk
Once in a while I get a batch that has some fizzy...

Once in a while I get a batch that has some fizzy bottles...even after many weeks of aging. I've always figured it was due to not getting a bottle or two clean enough. I'm very careful about soaking...
Forum: General Techniques 03-04-2010, 06:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,130
Posted By Obelisk
Something that bothered me when racking is how...

Something that bothered me when racking is how air would get pulled in between the hose and the extension/tip of the racking cane. You will see and hear bubbles entering the hose when this happens....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-25-2010, 06:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,889
Posted By Obelisk
I brew Kolsch more than any other ale. I no...

I brew Kolsch more than any other ale. I no longer use the Wyeast German or Kolsch yeasts. They are rated as "Low Flocculation", and they just make a mess in the head space of the carboy. Kolsch...
Forum: General Chit Chat 02-23-2010, 04:47 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,625
Posted By Obelisk
Loved it. The Christoph Waltz character was...

Loved it. The Christoph Waltz character was amazing. I've never seen anyone transition across so many languages, in perfect accent, and yet come across as the strange, evil character he played. Less...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-23-2010, 05:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,471
Posted By Obelisk
Why would I go to a 7-11 to buy beer when I don't...

Why would I go to a 7-11 to buy beer when I don't stop there for anything else? To me, and most people I know, the problem isn't a decision between a convenience store or a liquor store, it's which...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-23-2010, 12:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 18,209
Posted By Obelisk
[QUOTE=Austinhomebrew;1901497]You want to use the...

[QUOTE=Austinhomebrew;1901497]You want to use the largest bucket you can find, usually 7.9 gallons. They do not make carboys that are big enough for use as a primary fermenter for 5 gallons.

(If...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-20-2010, 05:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,606
Posted By Obelisk
I have a SS chiller and it's great. I put the...

I have a SS chiller and it's great. I put the 16qt brew pot in the sink with ice water, put the chiller in the brewpot and use it to swirl the wort while chilling. I can drop the temp of about 10qts...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-20-2010, 04:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,214
Posted By Obelisk
Another vote for Lefthand Milk Stout. If stouts...

Another vote for Lefthand Milk Stout. If stouts are too much, the New Belgium Black Ale is great too. Surprised nothing from Odells on the list
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-19-2010, 04:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,212
Posted By Obelisk
If I could get micro beer at Costco or King...

If I could get micro beer at Costco or King Soopers, I wouldn't have any need to go to a liquor store. I think that's the major concern for most of the independent liquor stores. I can't remember the...
Forum: General Chit Chat 02-14-2010, 08:42 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,851
Posted By Obelisk
From John Cleese during Bill Clinton's years: ...

From John Cleese during Bill Clinton's years:

Top 3 reasons why England is better than the USA:

1) We speak English
2) When we hold a World Championship, we invite other countries
3) When...
Forum: Extract Brewing 01-31-2010, 02:27 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 56,675
Posted By Obelisk
Why the obsession with high hop flavor? I hate...

Why the obsession with high hop flavor? I hate IPA's because of the hop bitterness. I can't think of a PA that I enjoy unless it's with food. There are so many wonderful beers with low hop content,...
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