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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-07-2014, 11:50 AM
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Posted By Captain Damage
Wait! Give it another week or two or three...

Wait! Give it another week or two or three conditioning/priming at room temperature. Taste it every few days, you'll see it's improving. Then move them to the fridge. They will continue to improve...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-31-2014, 11:41 AM
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Posted By Captain Damage
There are two problems. The first is that it's...

There are two problems. The first is that it's flour and will get very sticky. The particles are very small. It would (presumably) have been dehusked before milling so you don't even have fine husk...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-29-2014, 12:45 AM
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Posted By Captain Damage
No problem. The purpose of headspace is just to...

No problem. The purpose of headspace is just to keep you (or the bottler) from spilling the beer.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-05-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 336
Posted By Captain Damage
Use FermcapS FTW!!!...

Use FermcapS FTW!!! (http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shop/additives-finings-flavorings-etc/fermcap-s-foam-control/)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-30-2014, 07:55 PM
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Posted By Captain Damage
Sure it does. It has volume that contributes to...

Sure it does. It has volume that contributes to the total. A can of LME is about a liter. If you want 10 liters total, you'd add 9 liters of water.

As far as your recipe goes, calibrating your...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-30-2014, 07:42 PM
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Posted By Captain Damage
It would work, but as you suggest much of the...

It would work, but as you suggest much of the aroma would likely be boiled off. A better option would be to make a vodka infusion/extract from the lemon zest or cucumber and add that at bottling. You...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-29-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By Captain Damage
Dry hop with more hops, not longer time. More...

Dry hop with more hops, not longer time. More than a week gets you nothing good and can cause some varieties to yield a grassy flavor. Many are reporting that they get all the good stuff out of a dry...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-09-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 11,426
Posted By Captain Damage
This thread is great! For every I-don't-bother I...

This thread is great! For every I-don't-bother I posted, there's one or two from other brewers that absolutely makes me cringe! I know I'm not alone in that. Just proves that one way or another,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 11,426
Posted By Captain Damage
I don't even rack when dry hopping. Not...

I don't even rack when dry hopping.

Not reusing your sanitizer. - You don't need to mix it new every time.
Filling your carboy to the top with sanitizer. - Just use a gallon (or less) and shake...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 392
Posted By Captain Damage
I heard a podcast interview with the owner of 5...

I heard a podcast interview with the owner of 5 Star, a couple of years ago. He said the oxygenating action of PBW is gone within 24 hours, and that OxyClean has a similar life.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-04-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,284
Posted By Captain Damage
Great experiment! I've parroted the...

Great experiment! I've parroted the recommendation for using distilled/RO water for extract beers on the idea that the maltster chose a specific water profile for the original mash, and you'd be best...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-03-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 427
Posted By Captain Damage
Elephant in the room: unpasreurized fruit is...

Elephant in the room: unpasreurized fruit is loaded with lactobacillis!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-02-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 212
Posted By Captain Damage
Once or twice a year I'll build the same purchase...

Once or twice a year I'll build the same purchase from a whole bunch of sites and go with the cheapest after shipping. Of course I've found a couple of sites that I feel consistently get me the best...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-25-2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 258
Posted By Captain Damage
I don't think your boil off rate is excessive at...

I don't think your boil off rate is excessive at all. My boil off is 0.95 gallons / hour. For extract beers you can partially cover the kettle to reduce your boil off, but be aware this may increase...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-21-2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,046
Posted By Captain Damage
I'd look into your glassware. If you wash your...

I'd look into your glassware. If you wash your glasses in the dishwasher, make sure you're NOT using a rinse aid - they are known to be head killers. Glasses must be super clean to maintain a good...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-17-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,337
Posted By Captain Damage
Homercidal, I'm curious to hear about your...

Homercidal, I'm curious to hear about your overall experience with Bottlemark. Sounds like they're slow, apparently? Have you bought from them before? I currently print on Avery 3/4 inch round labels...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-17-2014, 06:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By Captain Damage
I normally do a 3 week primary, then bottle. If...

I normally do a 3 week primary, then bottle. If I'm dry hopping, I'll put them in the last 5-7 days before bottling.

A secondary would have to change the laws of physics to make your beer more...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-17-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 232
Posted By Captain Damage
Finings leave enough yeast in the beer to...

Finings leave enough yeast in the beer to carbonate.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-17-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By Captain Damage
Secondary and bottling bucket are different...

Secondary and bottling bucket are different things. I never secondary unless I'm adding fruit. I even dry hop in primary. The instruction to secondary all your beers comes from a time when high...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-17-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,337
Posted By Captain Damage
I've never had a problem with glue stick. I...

I've never had a problem with glue stick. I usually put 3 stripes of it on each label. It holds well enough for storage and transport. Removal is more of a rinse than a soak.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-17-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,337
Posted By Captain Damage
You should label your beer! It's easy!

But Captain, why should I label my beers when Iím the only one who drinks them?

Iím glad you asked Jimmy. First off, you probably aren't really the only one who drinks them, and if you are, you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-17-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 219
Posted By Captain Damage
It's fine! The active stage of fermentation...

It's fine! The active stage of fermentation usually lasts about that long. It's still fermenting, and will continue to do so for a few more days, it's just much slower now.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-16-2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 186
Posted By Captain Damage
The CO2 pressure from fermentation should keep...

The CO2 pressure from fermentation should keep anything gaseous from getting into your fermenter. As a matter of principle I advise against storing your beer anywhere you wouldn't store any other...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-15-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 354
Posted By Captain Damage
New tubing costs less than your beer.

New tubing costs less than your beer.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-15-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 197
Posted By Captain Damage
It should be fine for your primary, but I'd...

It should be fine for your primary, but I'd advise against taking a lot of unnecessary gravity readings. I've fermented 3 gallon batches in 5 and 6 gallon carboys without issue. Just leave it alone...
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