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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-24-2009, 03:53 AM
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Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
Leave it in the secondary as long as you can...

Leave it in the secondary as long as you can stand it. You'll get better beer.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-22-2009, 04:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,912
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
Ummm, brew a lager?

Ummm, brew a lager?
Forum: General Techniques 01-22-2009, 04:37 AM
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Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
You would want to reactivate it the night before...

You would want to reactivate it the night before by adding sterilized wort.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-22-2009, 04:36 AM
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Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
Bulk DAP is something like $300 a ton. Bulk urea...

Bulk DAP is something like $300 a ton. Bulk urea about the same. The money they charge for "yeast nutrient" packages is highway robbery.

Permit me to be skeptical of the claims for high buck...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-22-2009, 04:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,554
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
Small batches are more problematic because of the...

Small batches are more problematic because of the loss when racking and testing and the greater potential for contamination.

I've made mead cold using campden tablets, honey, yeast, and water. ...
Forum: Hops Growing 01-22-2009, 04:31 AM
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Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
Sorry, no pics, and the vines aren't too...

Sorry, no pics, and the vines aren't too photogenic this time of year.

I have them growing up the side of an outbuilding. The vines reach 10' in height most years, growing up a metal grid. They...
Forum: General Techniques 01-22-2009, 04:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,688
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
I have never had the experience of getting beer...

I have never had the experience of getting beer of adequate clarity without using a secondary. Others have done better.

You should not get enough sediment on the secondary for positioning of the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-22-2009, 04:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 409
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
High IG beers can take forever. I had some mead...

High IG beers can take forever. I had some mead that took more than two months once.
Forum: DIY Projects 01-22-2009, 04:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 735
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
Find out whether it's a two wire thermistor or a...

Find out whether it's a two wire thermistor or a three wire sensor with a builtin amp. If it's just a thermistor you can put an ohmmeter across it and vary the temperature and see what you get. ...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-22-2009, 04:18 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
You do have to be careful with gas because you...

You do have to be careful with gas because you can in fact blow yourself up. That said, it isn't that hard to do right, albeit something you want to do early in the day before you have a homebrew.
Forum: Cider Forum 01-22-2009, 04:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,594
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
The cider-specific varieties have higher tannin...

The cider-specific varieties have higher tannin content and higher acid content. Fedco Trees sells them, as does Cummins Nursery.

Cider without sufficient tannin is like beer without hops. Or so...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-20-2009, 11:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,594
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
Well, you can always brew them.:mug:

Well, you can always brew them.:mug:
Forum: DIY Projects 01-20-2009, 11:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 735
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
There is probably a calibration screw somewhere...

There is probably a calibration screw somewhere inside the unit that will allow you to tweak it a little bit. Depending on the type of sensor, there are different ways (involving solder and...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-20-2009, 10:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 752
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
The one I have was originally propane, and came...

The one I have was originally propane, and came from a homebrew supply store. They sold me a replacement orfice for it for converting it to natural gas. Then we moved to a house that had propane so...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-20-2009, 07:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 752
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
I find that a 20,000 BTU burner is sufficient. ...

I find that a 20,000 BTU burner is sufficient. There are cast-iron burners available in this range that run quietly and that will work off a standard 7" w.c. natural gas line. For comparison, a...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-20-2009, 05:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,430
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
The cherries went in whole after a brief rinse...

The cherries went in whole after a brief rinse and some picking over to remove stems and any rotten fruit.

As for terminology, I note that there is lack of agreement on exactly what each term...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-20-2009, 04:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,119
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
Ah, the perils of fermenting in the living room. ...

Ah, the perils of fermenting in the living room. I'm so glad I have a basement now. The episode with the hops being stuck in the blowoff tube did not end well.

Anyway, yes, get a blowoff tube if...
Forum: General Chit Chat 01-20-2009, 04:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,198
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
I work for a company that writes applications for...

I work for a company that writes applications for the Android, so we have a bunch of the phones around. They work, and people who carry them around like them. I don't think you'll be disappointed. ...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-20-2009, 03:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,277
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
Whoa, let's stop right there and go to the source...

Whoa, let's stop right there and go to the source (http://www.webelements.com). This is all just basic, elementary water chemistry.

Calcium Chloride is CaCl2, and it's that 2 that you have to...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-19-2009, 11:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,028
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
Future of Corny kegs. Should we all switch to Sanke?

So, for the time being there is a ready supply of used Corney kegs. How long will it last? Will we all have to switch to Sankey kegs at some point? If so, what do we do to clean them? Is there...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-19-2009, 09:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,317
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
You can get a tubing bender at a good car parts...

You can get a tubing bender at a good car parts place. They help keep from kinking and breaking the lines.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-19-2009, 04:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
I also brew partial mash starting with liquid...

I also brew partial mash starting with liquid malt extract, most of the time at least. I have brewed dozens of batches.

The only significant drawback that I am able to ascertain is that, when...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-19-2009, 02:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 934
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
No, Wyeast is White's competitor.

No, Wyeast is White's competitor.
Forum: Mead Forum 01-19-2009, 01:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 934
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
The forgotten mead in the cellar.

I have taken a couple years off from brewing due to being unusually busy with several other interests. It being winter and me feeling caught up on most projects I brewed for the first time last...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-19-2009, 03:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,111
Posted By Having-A-Homebrew
I have been using glass carboys for 15 years. ...

I have been using glass carboys for 15 years. They work great and last forever unless you manage to break one, which is not easy to do. The only disadvantage is the weight. I don't think it's a...
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