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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-07-2009, 07:03 PM
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Posted By russb123
Shaking Keg for carbonating?

Do you need to shake a keg to get it carbonated?

I kegged a batch yesterday, turned the psi up to 30 and threw it in my kegerator. Its been in there 24 hours now. I did not shake it though.
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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-15-2009, 04:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,110
Posted By russb123
Thank you all for the replies. I think I...

Thank you all for the replies.

I think I will browse this section of the forum some more and see what the cost of making one myself would be.

I kinda like the idea of using a chest freezer
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-14-2009, 03:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,110
Posted By russb123
Need Kegerator Suggestions/Advice

I am looking for a commercial Kegerator that will hold 2 full corny's (5 gallon) and looks good enough to have out in my game room.

I know I could save alot of money making one myself, but I would...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-12-2008, 05:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 774
Posted By russb123
Thanks for the input everyone. I think I...

Thanks for the input everyone.

I think I will cut back to 2 cans of concentrate and see where my SG is with just that. I would rather error on the mild side so I have something drinkable within 6...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-12-2008, 01:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 774
Posted By russb123
I am in no hurry so I am following Tusch's...

I am in no hurry so I am following Tusch's advice. I smashed up the 3lbs of blueberrys a bit and put them back in the freezer this morning.

It sounds better to me than pasturizing them. I will...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-12-2008, 12:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 774
Posted By russb123
Yeah that is what he means, the blueberry will...

Yeah that is what he means, the blueberry will lose most of its aroma due to all the CO2 passing through and around it during fermentation. I will be adding more blueberry's in the secondary to...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-12-2008, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 774
Posted By russb123
Do you think 4 cans of concentrate is too much? ...

Do you think 4 cans of concentrate is too much? According to the nutrional label each can is 162g of sugar, which is 1 lb 7 oz of additional fermentables.

What does pectin enzyme do? How much...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-12-2008, 01:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 774
Posted By russb123
Please Critique my recipe plan

Here is my planned recipe:

5 Gallons Member's Mark Apple Juice (Sam's Club) - No preservatives
4 Cans Old Orchard Frozen Apple Juice Concentrate - Only Malic and Absorbic Acid
Yeast Nutrient -...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-10-2008, 05:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,483
Posted By russb123
Bottling a still cider question

Can you bottle the same way you do beer?

With no fermentation(no CO2) do you have to use the oxygen absorbing caps?

Should I fill bottles right to the top to eliminate as much headspace as...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-03-2008, 09:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 346
Posted By russb123
Aeration question

Are there any concerns I should have with how much foam I create while using a stirring adapter on a drill? (other than spilling over the top of my fermentor)
Forum: Cider Forum 12-03-2008, 07:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 560
Posted By russb123
No little bubbles yet. I did have them before I...

No little bubbles yet. I did have them before I racked, but none so far and this is day 5 since I racked.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-03-2008, 04:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 560
Posted By russb123
After racking no fementation from top off juice?

The other day I racked to a tertiary carboy, 6.5 gallons of cider. The cider had been sitting on 1/2 inch of lees for over a month and a half and had become completely clear.

I ended up needing...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-28-2008, 04:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 660
Posted By russb123
I have a problem - cooling wort

I have an electric stove that i use for boiling my wort. Because I have trouble maintaining a rolling boil I had to insulate my boiling pot.

Somthing similiar to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-27-2008, 09:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,386
Posted By russb123
I believe the standard line of thinking is...

I believe the standard line of thinking is 1...2...3

1 week in primary
2 weeks in secondary
3 weeks bottle conditioning

If you do not use a secondary you can just leave it in your primary for...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-27-2008, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 537
Posted By russb123
Recipe question

I am planning on trying this recipe: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f80/strawberry-cabana-mead-32421/

Would you get a stronger strawberry flavor by adding the fruit in a secondary?

Could I make my...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-24-2008, 06:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 921
Posted By russb123
When I poured this brew into the glass I was very...

When I poured this brew into the glass I was very careful not to get any sediment into the glass. I stopped pouring earlier than I usually do to make sure I did not get any sediment into my tasting...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-24-2008, 06:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 947
Posted By russb123
In the beginning of John Palmer's "How to brew"...

In the beginning of John Palmer's "How to brew" he says that depending on how well you manged your oxygen exposure a common beer will be good for 6 months.

He was referring to a recipe for an...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-24-2008, 06:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 921
Posted By russb123
Too much sediment!!

I made a sam adam's ale clone recipe, which called for dry hopping.

I just threw the hops straight in my carboy secondary and waited about 2 weeks for them all to settle to the bottom.

So that...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-24-2008, 05:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,045
Posted By russb123
Bulk age or bottle? Cyser

Is it better to bulk age or bottle and let it age in the bottle?

Does carbonation help a strong cider (cyser in my case) mellow out faster?

Am I better off just racking once a month or so until...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-24-2008, 05:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 676
Posted By russb123
I get shocked too, when I jump out of a hot tub...

I get shocked too, when I jump out of a hot tub into a snow bank!
Forum: Cider Forum 10-21-2008, 12:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 676
Posted By russb123
I did not even think of it until I saw the one...

I did not even think of it until I saw the one gallon jar sweating, so I felt the jug and it is ice cold.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-21-2008, 12:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 676
Posted By russb123
I screwed up!

I racked off 1 gallon onto some blueberries, but I did not wait for the frozen blueberries to warm up!

So my cider is essentially on ice right now (2lbs of frozen blueberries).

Will my yeast...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-20-2008, 09:44 PM
Replies: 904
Views: 341,377
Posted By russb123
I have a question. Are those 1 gallon milk jugs...

I have a question. Are those 1 gallon milk jugs you are using?

Is that thin of plastic ok?
Forum: Cider Forum 10-15-2008, 04:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 822
Posted By russb123
Is it ok to rack?

Is it ok to rack to a secondary before all airlock activity has stopped?

It has been one month for my cider and it bubbles once every 20 seconds or so.

I plan to rack off a couple gallons...
Forum: Extract Brewing 10-14-2008, 09:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,154
Posted By russb123
I just got into the brewing hobby a couple months...

I just got into the brewing hobby a couple months ago and started with a Sierra Nevade pale ale clone kit from Midwest and even though it was my first brew it came out so good that I like it better...
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