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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-05-2014, 02:23 PM
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Posted By SteveM
On the other hand, you could just let it sit for...

On the other hand, you could just let it sit for about three months. I forgot the priming sugar once, and that's what I did. It came out fine but it's not fast.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-05-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By SteveM
Never mind. I did a bunch of reading all over...

Never mind. I did a bunch of reading all over the 'net and I've decided that I'll stick with brewer's yeast. I would be curious to try some beer made with bread yeast but it can be someone else's...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-05-2014, 01:56 PM
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Views: 240
Posted By SteveM
I don't know either but after a decade and a half...

I don't know either but after a decade and a half of brewing, I've decided I'm going to do a batch with bread yeast of some kind. I'll post outcomes.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-05-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By SteveM
I use it sometimes, and I just sprinkle it on top...

I use it sometimes, and I just sprinkle it on top of the wort after it's cooled to under about 78F. Never had a problem with the fermenting getting up and running.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-01-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 367
Posted By SteveM
Three weeks is about as short a time in a...

Three weeks is about as short a time in a fermenter as I would ever go, and only if I was in a big hurry. Let it go another week or two and don't worry about it.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-09-2013, 08:49 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By SteveM
I'm with those who simply dump it all in. Leave...

I'm with those who simply dump it all in. Leave it in the fermenter for three or four weeks and it will all settle down and compact itself at the bottom; carefully siphon it out and all is well.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-07-2013, 10:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 601
Posted By SteveM
And last thing, don't feel compelled to open it...

And last thing, don't feel compelled to open it and check on it. There is little good that can come of that habit and lots that's not so good. Your job as a brewer is to set conditions that will...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-30-2013, 01:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 401
Posted By SteveM
Finally, don't imagine for a moment that you...

Finally, don't imagine for a moment that you can't make a very competitive beer using extracts. I'm an extract brewer; my sole competition entry was for a Philly Beer Week home brew IPA contest a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-30-2013, 01:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,514
Posted By SteveM
One time, I sanitized bottles a few days before. ...

One time, I sanitized bottles a few days before. That batch picked up a (mild) infection. I don't think the bottles were the problem, but I've never done it since. I always sanitize on bottling...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-17-2013, 02:44 PM
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Posted By SteveM
Just remember, the best beer in any batch is...

Just remember, the best beer in any batch is almost always the last one.* While I like to leave my pale ales (which is about all I brew these days, though with lots of variants) in the bottle for a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-17-2013, 02:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 168
Posted By SteveM
Second on the suggestion to start simple. Fruit...

Second on the suggestion to start simple. Fruit beers tend to be messy and can be kind of challenging.

Note too that there are many fruit beer recipes on the recipe page that you could review...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-17-2013, 02:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 331
Posted By SteveM
It's hard to say, not knowing what you boiled in....

It's hard to say, not knowing what you boiled in. What I do it take the whole pot (a four gallon stainless steel pot) and put it into my kitchen sick, which I fill about half full with ice water. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-09-2013, 12:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 294
Posted By SteveM
I would have just thrown them in. Unless you are...

I would have just thrown them in. Unless you are trying really hard to accurately create a clone, it would be fine and delicious.

That said, if you have them in a zip lock container in your...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-17-2013, 09:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 320
Posted By SteveM
I use a bucket fermenter with an air lock. When...

I use a bucket fermenter with an air lock. When I'm ready to transfer to the bottling bucket, I just take the whole lid off. I would not want to attempt to siphon through the hole for the air lock,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-13-2013, 10:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,017
Posted By SteveM
Bottles are cheap - they come free with beer. ...

Bottles are cheap - they come free with beer. Why risk it?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-13-2013, 10:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 457
Posted By SteveM
If it was mine, I would let it go for three or...

If it was mine, I would let it go for three or four weeks in the fermenter,bottle it up, let it sit another three weeks and then decide if it's good. Chances are very good that you'll have a fine...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-13-2013, 10:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 424
Posted By SteveM
I'm suspicious of using a straining cloth. Let...

I'm suspicious of using a straining cloth. Let your beer sit in the primary for four weeks and siphon carefully and it should be adequately clear. Any time you introduce anything into the process...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-19-2013, 09:58 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 38,078
Posted By SteveM
Good luck with it. Let me know how it turns out,...

Good luck with it. Let me know how it turns out, if you decide to try it.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-18-2013, 05:56 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 38,078
Posted By SteveM
Convert to all grain/rice solids to rice grains -...

Convert to all grain/rice solids to rice grains - I don't know. Sorry.

Hops - should be the same, assuming you're making a five gallon batch.

Amarillo - I didn't, but I see no reason why you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-19-2013, 11:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,557
Posted By SteveM
Plus one on the auto-siphon, and look long and...

Plus one on the auto-siphon, and look long and hard at whether the B/F is actual value-added.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-13-2013, 01:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,262
Posted By SteveM
It looks ok according to the picture. Except for...

It looks ok according to the picture. Except for some reason, it doesn't pour out of a sideways glass.
Forum: Hops Growing 06-20-2013, 09:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 15,028
Posted By SteveM
Can't help but wonder, since this thread has been...

Can't help but wonder, since this thread has been necro-posted, if it's patented, or proprietary. There are big differences and in many ways, the legal protections for proprietary stuff is stronger...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-10-2013, 01:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By SteveM
You can try to not pour the last dregs into the...

You can try to not pour the last dregs into the fermenter but it's no big deal.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-04-2013, 12:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,270
Posted By SteveM
Yup, it's obviously a fungus infection: ...

Yup, it's obviously a fungus infection: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Saccharomyces
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-04-2013, 12:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,151
Posted By SteveM
I do this once in a great while - but be cheap...

I do this once in a great while - but be cheap with the bleach. A quarter cup for six gallons of water is plenty. Let it sit overnight.
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