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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-30-2013, 12:26 AM
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Posted By mikebowman
Fresh Hops - Need suggestions!

So my roommate acquired some fresh hops (still on the vine!) last weekend. We picked them, and have tons of awesome whole leaf hops. I've never brewed with them, so I'm looking for some...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-17-2012, 02:30 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,831
Posted By mikebowman
Naw, no biggie. Trying to introduce bmc drinkers...

Naw, no biggie. Trying to introduce bmc drinkers to homebrew with a porter is a daunting task. I'm sure your beer is good, it's their palettes that are lacking!
Forum: General Chit Chat 02-02-2012, 05:18 PM
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Posted By mikebowman
Started playing the game just after New Years,...

Started playing the game just after New Years, and man has it taken over my life. I'm a high elf, specializing in destruction and restoration magic. Although I realized a little while ago that my...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-26-2012, 11:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 958
Posted By mikebowman
This is true. But if my understanding is correct,...

This is true. But if my understanding is correct, when you trade them in, the company should make sure all the tanks are up to scratch. That's how it works with my lhbs and the co2 tank exchanges.
Forum: General Techniques 01-26-2012, 02:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,249
Posted By mikebowman
Maybe a double boil, then add some water? Not...

Maybe a double boil, then add some water? Not sure how much heat you'd need to melt those, but I imagine you wouldn't need much heat to burn em
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-16-2012, 04:11 AM
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Posted By mikebowman
made up a batch of this in october, followed ed's...

made up a batch of this in october, followed ed's recipe pretty closely. finally got my ket setup going this past week, and from thursday-saturday, me and my roommates almost killed a keg of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-06-2012, 05:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,747
Posted By mikebowman
+1 If there's gunk in the bottom of the...

+1
If there's gunk in the bottom of the bottles, that probably won't come out in the dishwasher. Give em a good rinse/scrub with hot water, then once the insides are clean, use the dishwasher to...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-02-2012, 10:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 603
Posted By mikebowman
No problem at all. Do it

No problem at all. Do it
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-31-2011, 08:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,025
Posted By mikebowman
Man that's brutal. Usually the keg lids have...

Man that's brutal. Usually the keg lids have valves that blow off, apparently around 130 psi. I have a hard time believing you got that high. Only other thing I could think of would be that it was a...
Forum: General Techniques 12-28-2011, 11:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 14,078
Posted By mikebowman
I just dumped a bunch of pellets into the carbon...

I just dumped a bunch of pellets into the carbon before I racked the beer in. Only problem was that my siphon got clogged when I went to keg it, shoulda put cheesecloth around the end or something.
Forum: DIY Projects 12-27-2011, 06:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,949
Posted By mikebowman
Friggin love the mash tun. Looks awesome!

Friggin love the mash tun. Looks awesome!
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-27-2011, 06:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,159
Posted By mikebowman
All the carb charts I've seen show the pressure...

All the carb charts I've seen show the pressure for carbonating AND serving. On the ones I've seen, if you want x volumes of CO2 at y temperature, then set it to z psi and forget about it. The...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-27-2011, 05:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,705
Posted By mikebowman
I made my first starter a few weeks ago, and I...

I made my first starter a few weeks ago, and I had krausen and airlock bubbles within 8 hours. Quickest I've ever had it take off.

I used Wyeast Irish ale. Made a starter with about 150 grams DME...
Forum: General Techniques 12-27-2011, 01:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 768
Posted By mikebowman
Probably don't need an airlock, but it'd be worth...

Probably don't need an airlock, but it'd be worth purging the air out so your beer doesn't oxidize
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-26-2011, 08:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 252
Posted By mikebowman
Yep, you can use any sugar. Some add more favour...

Yep, you can use any sugar. Some add more favour than others, and you've gotta use slightly different amounts depending on what you use. Someone else will undoubtedly chime in here with more knowlesge
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-26-2011, 07:04 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 12,379
Posted By mikebowman
The only beer-related thing was the Oxford...

The only beer-related thing was the Oxford companion to beer. My dad saw that at the book store and said it had my name written all over it. The thing's awesome!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-12-2011, 03:04 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,042
Posted By mikebowman
As much as I love a good micro/craft/homebrew,...

As much as I love a good micro/craft/homebrew, there's a time and a place for light American lagers. Many a night have I bought a bunch of old Milwaukee to drink while watching hockey with my...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-11-2011, 07:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 901
Posted By mikebowman
No, it shouldn't. There aren't any known...

No, it shouldn't. There aren't any known pathogens that are harmful to humans that can live in beer, so you're fine on that front. Not sanitizing would increase the likelihood of an infection, which...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-11-2011, 07:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 901
Posted By mikebowman
Did you rinse the oxyclean? If you rinsed well,...

Did you rinse the oxyclean? If you rinsed well, it might be ok. I wouldn't drink it if you didn't though
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-10-2011, 10:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,798
Posted By mikebowman
Does it taste vinegary? That's a sign of an...

Does it taste vinegary? That's a sign of an acetobacter infection, which I believe will eventually turn your beer into vinegar, and I believe is unsalvageable. But, I'd probably let it sit and see if...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-10-2011, 04:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 588
Posted By mikebowman
Used the dishwasher for several batches, and it...

Used the dishwasher for several batches, and it doesn't have a sanitize setting. Just put it on heated dry and pressed all the buttons that I thought might make it as hot as it gets.

Then I got...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-08-2011, 03:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 541
Posted By mikebowman
certainly not 19 liters haha. I suspect that...

certainly not 19 liters haha. I suspect that filled to the brim, its around 12. last week I brewed, and boiled about 10, with one tiny boil over, and me watching it like a hawk for the rest of the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-08-2011, 01:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 799
Posted By mikebowman
how's it taste?

how's it taste?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-08-2011, 12:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 541
Posted By mikebowman
man that northern brewer stuff looks great! too...

man that northern brewer stuff looks great! too bad they don't ship to canada... I can get rye at my lhbs... maybe my best option is to go for a mini mash. my kettle isn't very big though (can only...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-07-2011, 11:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 541
Posted By mikebowman
Question about rye

So one of the local breweries around here is having a brew-off, and the style is a rye ipa. I currently only brew extract with grains, and was wondering if rye needed to be mashed, or if it could...
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