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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-31-2013, 10:28 PM
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Posted By kramer
popped it open for a sniff- smells like acetone...

popped it open for a sniff- smells like acetone to me.....stings the nostrils....but in a good way (Anchorman). But seriously, it smells like a solvent to me. Guess it's not good as a beer.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-31-2013, 09:55 PM
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Posted By kramer
Found an old batch of Maarzen....like 1 year old

....sitting in the basement. The air-lock had dried up. Like I say, it's been sitting in the primary for at least 1 year. No good anymore? Opened it briefly, and should post a pic, but it just...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-03-2012, 01:30 AM
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Posted By kramer
thanks guys. Yea, for sure molasses wine was not...

thanks guys. Yea, for sure molasses wine was not the best idea. I guess that's why it has been sitting for so long. To clarify, it's still in the fermenter. The jug was the fermenter. Thus, the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-02-2012, 11:02 PM
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Posted By kramer
Okay....took some sips. A little harsh. It's...

Okay....took some sips. A little harsh. It's not really a mead, I forgot. It's a brown sugar alcohol.....what would that technically be? Has a fairly heavy taste that's very similar to a whiskey...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-02-2012, 10:43 PM
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Posted By kramer
Jug of Mead that's been sitting a while...

Any reason not to drink? It's a powerful mead, probably 15% abv.....been sitting, at room temp, in a plastic apple cider jug for about 6 months. Nothing visible in terms of problems. Anything to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-17-2012, 10:00 PM
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Posted By kramer
embarrassed to say I didn't check the FG. I let...

embarrassed to say I didn't check the FG. I let the whole thing go about 6 weeks total....and it tasted pretty dry. Excess carbonation I can understand....but why the heavy foam?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-17-2012, 09:58 PM
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Posted By kramer
If they're warm, they foam right up when the...

If they're warm, they foam right up when the bottle is popped. If they're properly chilled, they don't when popped, but still foam up when pouring, even if I'm real careful.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-17-2012, 09:40 PM
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Posted By kramer
IPA producing HUGE head. ?

IPA has been in the bottles for about 2 weeks now; so, decided to chill and pop a few open. Well, the amount of head they produced is really excessive. In a glass, I'm talking about 80-90% foam and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-26-2012, 10:37 PM
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Posted By kramer
Tons of particulate in 2ndary....filter?

It's about time to bottle, but there is a lot of particulate floating around. I dry-hopped (heavily) a week or so ago, but much of it is still hanging around up top. That would be fine, but there's...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-17-2012, 12:15 AM
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Posted By kramer
yea...I don't really know why on earth I did...

yea...I don't really know why on earth I did that. I think I had some blueberries left over from making wine...and thought...hey, I'll smash 'em up and toss 'em in...yea, that'll work. A wheat...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-16-2012, 10:37 PM
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Posted By kramer
DERP!!!......oh god, I totally forgot I threw a...

DERP!!!......oh god, I totally forgot I threw a handful of fresh blueberries in this one. The skins are floating....What a marooon.:drunk:
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-16-2012, 10:16 PM
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Posted By kramer
19 days in the primary....haven't tasted it yet. ...

19 days in the primary....haven't tasted it yet. I did just pull one of the round things out. Scooped up with a spoon. They're pretty solid....look and feel like slightly shriveled grapes. Like...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-16-2012, 09:53 PM
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Posted By kramer
Pic of fermentation....seen this b4?

Edit- I figured it out....nothing to see here:D

Probably nothing...and the typical newb freak out....but I've never seen this "formation" before.

This is a highish-gravity "malty" ALE,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-29-2012, 05:56 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By kramer
only boiled the grains in maybe 1 gallon of...

only boiled the grains in maybe 1 gallon of water. Topped off with cold. 6 gallon bucket. Still, 9 pounds of malt and over 1 pound of grains....that's got to be 1.06
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-29-2012, 05:55 PM
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Posted By kramer
no worries. I prob did screw it up, since this...

no worries. I prob did screw it up, since this was supposed to be my "good" batch of extra malty goodness. It'll prob only be "drinkable" now. Oh well. Maybe I'll do another bucket today.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-29-2012, 05:41 PM
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Posted By kramer
Thanks MUCH!!! I really really planned on this...

Thanks MUCH!!! I really really planned on this one being a super-tasty, extra malty brew....so I'm a little disappointed that I may be limited to "drinkable" . Oh well.....maybe I'll go start...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-29-2012, 05:22 PM
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Posted By kramer
wonderful......would you recommend keeping or...

wonderful......would you recommend keeping or dumping? I definitely boiled for about 1 hour.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-29-2012, 05:14 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By kramer
yea, I did boil the grains....I thought you need...

yea, I did boil the grains....I thought you need to in order to liberate the starches? :drunk::drunk: No? :o What harm could it do?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-29-2012, 04:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 406
Posted By kramer
OG seems low?

This dumb, because it is what it is, and I've also tested my hydrometer with water...and it came out 1.01. Here's what I've got:

* Total capacity of fermenter- 6 gallons
* 9 lbs Munich Malt...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-19-2012, 11:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,381
Posted By kramer
DOH! I'm a stickler for that kind of thing...

DOH! I'm a stickler for that kind of thing too.....or should I say two?:drunk:
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-19-2012, 03:16 PM
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Posted By kramer
Okay, that's what I was looking for. That's...

Okay, that's what I was looking for. That's "malty"....okay, got it:ban: Definitely can taste and smell that in the Marzen and Optimator. VERY clear in the Marzen though. Salvator is a little...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-18-2012, 09:13 PM
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Posted By kramer
Update-

Okay, grabbed some Optimator, Salvator and Marzen/Oktoberfest.

In sampling the Optimator...the nose has a very distinct character. Obviously not hops; so, I guess that's the malt/s. I guess I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-18-2012, 08:57 PM
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Posted By kramer
Update-

Okay, grabbed some Optimator, Salvator and Maarzen/Oktoberfest.

In sampling the Optimator...the nose has a very distinct character. Obviously not hops; so, I guess that's the malt/s. (although...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-18-2012, 05:55 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,381
Posted By kramer
Oh....so would it be correct to say that the...

Oh....so would it be correct to say that the tastes that come through FROM the malted grains are what you'd call "malty". So, if a grain is heaviily toasted, perhaps I'd get a nutty, toasty taste. ...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-18-2012, 04:30 PM
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Posted By kramer
okay, had Old Chub...in fact, just the other day...

okay, had Old Chub...in fact, just the other day (and I'm not in Longmont). I am a big Oskar Blues fan (really like G'Nite which used to be "Gordon")...but don't like Old Chub. Now that I think of...
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