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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-17-2011, 07:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,161
Posted By Cyclometh
Glass==Easy to clean, non-permeable surface. Soak...

Glass==Easy to clean, non-permeable surface. Soak it good, get a scrub brush in there if you need to, then rinse in hot water, then sanitize.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-13-2011, 03:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 535
Posted By Cyclometh
Volume might be a bit lower because of the longer...

Volume might be a bit lower because of the longer boil, but that just means higher ABV. ;)

You're fine. RDWHAHB.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-10-2011, 02:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 499
Posted By Cyclometh
Do not use any open-flame burner indoors. It...

Do not use any open-flame burner indoors.

It WILL kill you. Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless and you won't even realize what's going on until you're overcome.

If you can't use a burner...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-10-2011, 02:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,206
Posted By Cyclometh
Eh, people brewed for millennia without hops....

Eh, people brewed for millennia without hops. However, I was being figurative because many recipes call for different hop schedules, no aroma or no flavor hops, and so on and really, sometimes it's...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-09-2011, 07:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,206
Posted By Cyclometh
Beer brewing: 0. Sanitize. 1. Buy extract...

Beer brewing:

0. Sanitize.
1. Buy extract or mash grains and sparge.
2. Boil.
3. Add hops (optional)
4. Pitch yeast and allow to ferment.
5. Store and Condition (bottle, keg, whatever)
6....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-08-2011, 09:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 884
Posted By Cyclometh
Since it was an extract, I feel pretty confident...

Since it was an extract, I feel pretty confident it was close to the recipe OG (that LME/DME had to go somewhere and it didn't go anywhere but the boil and the carboy). It may have been off some, but...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-08-2011, 09:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 884
Posted By Cyclometh
That's the recipe OG; I couldn't get a good...

That's the recipe OG; I couldn't get a good reading when it was first done because after putting it into the carboy I realized I'd forgotten to take a sample and all that was left was some pumpkin...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-08-2011, 09:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 884
Posted By Cyclometh
It didn't taste bad, just a bit astringent. Maybe...

It didn't taste bad, just a bit astringent. Maybe that's the fusel alcohol, or maybe it's just green. It's less than a week old and doing well, though!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-08-2011, 09:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,984
Posted By Cyclometh
When using a steeping bag I pull the bag out, let...

When using a steeping bag I pull the bag out, let it drain by gravity, then gently squeeze the top above the grains, then move down and do it a few more times, until when I release my hand the bag...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-08-2011, 09:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 884
Posted By Cyclometh
I keep it in my office, which stays pretty much...

I keep it in my office, which stays pretty much at 69-70 24 hours a day. Don't know what the target FG was supposed to be because I modified the recipe; I assume the pumpkin changed it some. I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-08-2011, 08:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 884
Posted By Cyclometh
8% abv?!

So I just did the math on the pumpkin ale batch I racked to secondary this afternoon. The recipe was a Scotch Ale at 1.076 OG, with the addition of pumpkin and some spices. I used a starter mixed up...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-08-2011, 08:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 635
Posted By Cyclometh
I figure I'm running the risk of some bad...

I figure I'm running the risk of some bad flavors; I'm OK with that. I'm more concerned about safety. However, I looked into it more and it seems that the recommended amount of zinc daily is about...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-08-2011, 07:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 635
Posted By Cyclometh
Zinc Bolt in beer

Hey folks, some insight requested.

I have a batch of pumpkin ale based on a Scotch Ale recipe going. I put it in to ferment on November 1. When I did so, the drilled stopper ended up deep in the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-08-2011, 05:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 945
Posted By Cyclometh
Yeah, after further research it's done in a mold....

Yeah, after further research it's done in a mold. I thought the bubbles and the imperfections were indicative of at least a semi-manual process. Ah well, it's still cool, as you say. :)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-08-2011, 04:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 945
Posted By Cyclometh
Well, then it's not as strange as I thought. :) I...

Well, then it's not as strange as I thought. :) I thought the marks on the bottom were indicative of age, but it turns out is something associated with O-I's manufacturing process.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-08-2011, 04:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 945
Posted By Cyclometh
I found this from over here:...

I found this from over here: http://www.myinsulators.com/glass-factories/bottlemarks2.html

I within an "O".......Owens-Illinois Glass Company (recently re-named simply "O-I"), formerly...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-08-2011, 04:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 945
Posted By Cyclometh
Hand-blown carboy

Hi folks- strange topic, I know- my mother, bless her heart, knows how much I've been enjoying homebrewing. She was at a second hand store today and found an old carboy for $12.99 and grabbed it for...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-06-2011, 02:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,794
Posted By Cyclometh
I use artesian well water. It's chemically pure...

I use artesian well water. It's chemically pure and I checked the pH last night, it's slightly alkaline; so far it's done well.

For a lake, I'd boil the living hell out of it before using it; that...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-06-2011, 01:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 510
Posted By Cyclometh
I have a grain bag which I've used for my...

I have a grain bag which I've used for my steeping of extract+steeped grains. I've also done full boils of both my current batches; an eight-gallon wort pot helps. :)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-05-2011, 07:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 510
Posted By Cyclometh
Probably my next batch. I need to get the...

Probably my next batch. I need to get the equipment together for a mash tun, but I have a design in mind. I've also got my eye on a propane burner so I can do my brewing on the deck instead of in...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-05-2011, 02:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,776
Posted By Cyclometh
If it smells like rotten eggs, it's hydrogen...

If it smells like rotten eggs, it's hydrogen sulfide.

Give it some more time, see how it goes.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-05-2011, 02:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 763
Posted By Cyclometh
Relax, don't worry and have a homebrew. ;) Don't...

Relax, don't worry and have a homebrew. ;) Don't be afraid to ask for advice or pointers, and do it sooner than later.

Oh, and sanitize all the things.

(seriously, relax- it's a lot of fun and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-05-2011, 01:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 510
Posted By Cyclometh
Oh, and I bought another carboy tonight......

Oh, and I bought another carboy tonight... getting that pipeline ready!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-05-2011, 01:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 510
Posted By Cyclometh
I love this hobby already

So I've got my first two beers in the fermenters. First was an IPA, stock recipe, nothing special- started it on 10/30. Second is a pumpkin ale that I started on 11/2because the kids' jack o'...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-04-2011, 08:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By Cyclometh
Well, I took my lunch hour and went to get a 1"...

Well, I took my lunch hour and went to get a 1" tube for a blowoff from my LHBS. I also got some small toggle bolts and sanitized them, then used them to yank the cork which was too far into the neck...
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