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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-23-2012, 08:54 PM
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Posted By Shoegaze99
I'd prefer to use glass across the board,...

I'd prefer to use glass across the board, however, I know myself. I'm NOT careful, I have a few beers when I brew, and I'm a small enough guy that handling full glass carboys is a sketchy...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-23-2012, 04:20 PM
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Posted By Shoegaze99
Good to know others do this and get good results....

Good to know others do this and get good results. Thanks. I've done it for my last dozen or so batches and have generally had good beer, but wanted to be sure I wasn't missing something or...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-23-2012, 04:17 PM
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Posted By Shoegaze99
There is nothing stupid about discussing the pros...

There is nothing stupid about discussing the pros and cons of various pieces of equipment, nor is there anything stupid about homebrewers discussing why they chose one piece of equipment over another.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-23-2012, 04:12 PM
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Posted By Shoegaze99
Yes, very thorough aeration. I'm a shaker. In...

Yes, very thorough aeration. I'm a shaker. In this case that sucker got a good 10-15 minutes of shaking. Pitched yesterday at around 3 pm, by the top I got up to go to work it was gurgling along...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-23-2012, 03:48 PM
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Posted By Shoegaze99
Don't have the full recipe here in front of me....

Don't have the full recipe here in front of me. IIRC, it was 4.5 quarts (or 13.5 pounds) of LME, dark and pale, and roughly three pounds of specialty grains (black, chocolate, aromatic, caramunic).
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-23-2012, 03:40 PM
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Posted By Shoegaze99
Steep in a separate pot - any downsides?

Extract brewer here. As I bring my boil kettle up to temperature, I steep my specialty grains in a separate pot. I then transfer the resulting grain "tea" over to the boil kettle. I started doing...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-07-2012, 08:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Posted By Shoegaze99
So a quick update. Took a reading today to be...

So a quick update. Took a reading today to be sure the yeast had pushed through okay. Had two days of strong activity and then nothing. Not a big deal, some beers ferment fast, just wanted to be sure...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-31-2011, 05:41 PM
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Views: 336
Posted By Shoegaze99
A little worried about infection, but it got off...

A little worried about infection, but it got off to a quick start, fermentation looks healthy, and smells good ... so I think I dodged that bullet.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-31-2011, 05:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Posted By Shoegaze99
Accidentally watered down a barleywine, snow what?

Brewed a barleywine yesterday. First chance to try my new burner & larger kettle. Brewing went fine.

Near the end of chilling, however, I discovered that my wort chiller had developed a slow leak...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-11-2011, 03:38 AM
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Posted By Shoegaze99
I've done this. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone done...

I've done this. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone done with 3 gallons of water instead of 5. Did a little extra dry-hopping, too, just because. Came out great.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-11-2011, 01:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,028
Posted By Shoegaze99
This is probably my second biggest hurdle to...

This is probably my second biggest hurdle to climb in improving my brewing (moving to full boils being the other).

I started going with swamp coolers, which helps me keep temps cooler than they...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-11-2011, 01:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 434
Posted By Shoegaze99
You can, but all you'd be doing is adding another...

You can, but all you'd be doing is adding another step and increasing your chances of infection. If it's important to you that your beer is very clear go ahead and rack to secondary, but I wouldn't...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-11-2011, 01:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 434
Posted By Shoegaze99
Cascade, Centennial, Citra, and Sorachi Ace are...

Cascade, Centennial, Citra, and Sorachi Ace are all hops I've used to dry-hop, and to great effect. While I haven't used them for dry-hopping, I suspect Warrior and Simcoe would also be great.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-11-2011, 01:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 434
Posted By Shoegaze99
I'll echo what others have said. It's only been a...

I'll echo what others have said. It's only been a week. No reason you can't leave it in primary. Two, three weeks in the primary ... not only not a big deal, it's arguably better for your beer.

(I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-11-2011, 12:08 AM
Replies: 14
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Posted By Shoegaze99
Even a good soak in scalding hot soapy water will...

Even a good soak in scalding hot soapy water will do the trick for many bottles, if not most. You'll have to do more scubbing than you would with Oxyclean, and it's unlikely the labels will slide off...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-10-2011, 10:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,885
Posted By Shoegaze99
A Belgian style is also a good choice for the...

A Belgian style is also a good choice for the exact reason you mention. Easy to see that working, as long as you use the curry in moderation. It's very easy to over-spice.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-10-2011, 10:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,885
Posted By Shoegaze99
I've considered doing a curry beer, too. I...

I've considered doing a curry beer, too. I planned on a porter, thinking a smoky porter would stand up nicely with the curry, or an English bitter, which was often paired with curry dishes...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-10-2011, 10:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,401
Posted By Shoegaze99
Just so I understand you, you're suggesting doing...

Just so I understand you, you're suggesting doing the blend prior to fermentation of the second beer? Essentially adding the spruce beer to the wort (or vice versa) and letting it ferment together?
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-10-2011, 10:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,401
Posted By Shoegaze99
This is a good suggestion. it's not as...

This is a good suggestion. it's not as convenient, of course, and it wouldn't allow me to give bottles of the blend to people, but it does have a further advantage beyond limiting the risk of ruining...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-10-2011, 10:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,401
Posted By Shoegaze99
I think you misunderstand. I have no intention of...

I think you misunderstand. I have no intention of choking down bad beer. I do intend, if possible, to create a blend that turns it into a solid beer worth drinking. There is a long and happy...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-10-2011, 09:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 569
Posted By Shoegaze99
Don't sweat it. It will just be a lower gravity...

Don't sweat it. It will just be a lower gravity beer is all.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-10-2011, 07:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,401
Posted By Shoegaze99
Blending already bottled beer with fresh, uncarbonated beer

TL;DNR - Can I gently pour (or siphon) already bottled and carbonated beer into a bottling bucket, let it go flat, add new uncarbonated beer to it, blend, prime, and bottle? Or do I risk major...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-30-2011, 12:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By Shoegaze99
I'll keep that in mind, thanks. If I do...

I'll keep that in mind, thanks.

If I do this, I do plan a dry hop. Thinking 1.5 oz Cascade, 1 oz Citra.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-29-2011, 12:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By Shoegaze99
It'd be right in line with this kit from Northern...

It'd be right in line with this kit from Northern Brewer (http://www.northernbrewer.com/documentation/beerkits/SierraMadre.pdf) (PDF warning)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-29-2011, 01:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By Shoegaze99
I should have been more specific. I looked at my...

I should have been more specific. I looked at my recipe for a five-gallon batch and switched it to three gallons of water, but changed nothing else. No change in the recipe, just dropped the amount...
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