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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-25-2013, 08:21 PM
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Posted By Otterella
Lactation Ale

Yes the old wives tales are true. Beer does increase milk supply. Specifically, the barley and the hops. The B vitamins in the yeast are also good for making milk more nutritious. Oatmeal and...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-17-2012, 06:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 430
Posted By Otterella
Simplest Cider?

Is there any reason I can't just use 5 gallons of apple juice and a dose of yeast, without adding anything else? Maybe a few cinnamon sticks, but that's it.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-10-2012, 08:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 826
Posted By Otterella
You'll get far more surface area from grinding...

You'll get far more surface area from grinding the beans, and consequently a lot more flavor. I did 3 oz of freshly ground coffee in my mocha stout, and it was intense. It was my first time adding...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-10-2012, 08:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,426
Posted By Otterella
Besides the honey, theres also the yeast. It's...

Besides the honey, theres also the yeast. It's also a dry yeast, which get to work a lot faster than the liquid varieties, but also calm down faster. Don't be surprised if you get nearly nothing...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-09-2012, 11:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,352
Posted By Otterella
I don't personally mlike coconut, but I make...

I don't personally mlike coconut, but I make homemade coconut milk for my 18 month old with an intolerance to dairy. If you toast up the spent coconut after making milk, you'll get all the same...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-09-2012, 08:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,751
Posted By Otterella
If you're looking for something he'd love but...

If you're looking for something he'd love but would never buy himself, consider some custom tap handles.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-09-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 6,489
Views: 196,201
Posted By Otterella
I sewed up two grain bags and two hop bags while...

I sewed up two grain bags and two hop bags while the 80/- wort was boiling. Still have enough voile left to make a BIAB when the hubby decides what pot to buy.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-08-2012, 03:01 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 168
Posted By Otterella
A pack of porters

Midwest accidentally sent me an extra kit this month. It's a basic porter kit. I want to play around with it, and I'm thinking of racking it into 5 separate 1-gallon jugs with different adjuncts. ...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-07-2012, 06:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 874
Posted By Otterella
And if you were going to use spirits to sanitize...

And if you were going to use spirits to sanitize your coffee, I'd use vodka or everclear and just add the alcohol with the coffee so you don't lose any of the alcohol soluble flavors, but also don't...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-07-2012, 06:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 874
Posted By Otterella
Actually if you leave a used French press long...

Actually if you leave a used French press long enough, you WILL see moldy coffee. I've done it more times than I'm willing to admit.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-07-2012, 06:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,501
Posted By Otterella
I know this is a very old thread, but the idea of...

I know this is a very old thread, but the idea of men bumbling around a fabric store and getting no help wakes up the mama bear in me and I wanted to shed a little light on the topic.

The photos...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-07-2012, 02:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,225
Posted By Otterella
If you fill your rinse aid cup with distilled...

If you fill your rinse aid cup with distilled white vinegar, it's just as effective as commercial rinse aids, and should have no effect on head retention.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-02-2012, 10:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,602
Posted By Otterella
That's why hubby and I like to make it a three...

That's why hubby and I like to make it a three way.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-01-2012, 05:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,729
Posted By Otterella
Since this is my fourth pregnancy, the emotional...

Since this is my fourth pregnancy, the emotional upheaval has more or less mellowed compared to my first. I still have bad days, but not like it used to be. The brain thing is for real, though. ...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-01-2012, 05:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,729
Posted By Otterella
Never bottle while pregnant

First, I almost forgot to add the starsan to the water before sanitizing 48 bottles. Then after filling 8 or 9 bottles, I realized I forgot to add the priming sugar. Then I tried capping a bottle...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-30-2012, 01:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,748
Posted By Otterella
I'm too new to brewing to be this way yet, but...

I'm too new to brewing to be this way yet, but it's how I cook and its how I knit, so I don't doubt it will be how I brew when I get some experience. My husband is the exact opposite, though. He's...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-30-2012, 01:21 AM
Replies: 373
Views: 32,433
Posted By Otterella
When I was pregnant with my first was the only...

When I was pregnant with my first was the only time I ever actually ordered a beer while visibly pregnant, and I mostly did it for the reaction. Sitting at the table, she couldn't see my belly, but...
Forum: Alabama HomeBrew Forum 11-28-2012, 09:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 759
Posted By Otterella
Can you list what you're selling? I'm in TTown...

Can you list what you're selling? I'm in TTown and looking for another carboy and a bigger pot. Hubby also wants to go all-grain eventually, so would probably be interested if you have any of those...
Forum: Alabama HomeBrew Forum 11-28-2012, 09:04 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 8,654
Posted By Otterella
My husband and I recently started brewing and...

My husband and I recently started brewing and we're in the Tuscaloosa area (Northport). I'd love to let him out of the house to meet with other home brewers! I have my knitting club, he needs his...
Forum: Alabama HomeBrew Forum 11-28-2012, 08:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 998
Posted By Otterella
We just started recently, but there must be more...

We just started recently, but there must be more of us because Manna just started carrying some brewing equipment. Nothing major, just carboys, air locks, extract kits, and dry yeast, but still it's...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-28-2012, 08:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 704
Posted By Otterella
White Labs Vials

I love the little vials! So good for repurposing. I recently started brewing, so I've only collected four so far, but I foresee amassing quite a hoard of them. Share with me your most clever uses...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-26-2012, 07:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 588
Posted By Otterella
We regularly do, but there are still stains from...

We regularly do, but there are still stains from the first boil over.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-26-2012, 07:04 AM
Replies: 373
Views: 32,433
Posted By Otterella
I have four kids. The oldest is 6 and the...

I have four kids. The oldest is 6 and the youngest is still brewing. They've all sampled "grown up" drinks, and they all know the difference between quality and swill. Even my 17 month old has to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-26-2012, 06:25 AM
Replies: 5,703
Views: 841,845
Posted By Otterella
I got a Mr. Beer for my husband when we got...

I got a Mr. Beer for my husband when we got married 9 years ago. We made one batch of hard cider that exploded during conditioning. The bottles that didn't explode tasted alright, though. But we...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-26-2012, 06:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,287
Posted By Otterella
Whiskey Barrel flavor without a whiskey barrel?

I will be brewing Midwest's 80 /- kit and would like to add a whiskey barrel flavor. Everything I find online calls for actual whiskey barrel chips, but I don't have this. My plan was to soak oak...
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