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Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-02-2013, 03:44 AM
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Posted By calimainer
50g beer, 10 hard cider, 6 mead

50g beer, 10 hard cider, 6 mead
Forum: General Techniques 12-20-2012, 03:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,946
Posted By calimainer
My issue with using the bottling bucket is the...

My issue with using the bottling bucket is the beer in the spigot will most likely freeze, which will make it hard to drain off the alcohol. If you have the option to use a bunch of empty milk jugs...
Forum: General Techniques 12-10-2012, 01:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,008
Posted By calimainer
bump

bump
Forum: General Techniques 12-09-2012, 08:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,008
Posted By calimainer
Dry Hop Mania - Did I overdo it?

I'm making a hoptimum clone right now that's ready for dry hopping.
I made it over my Thanksgiving break in hopes it will be ready to bottle when I finish finals at school and then it should be...
Forum: Extract Brewing 12-07-2012, 05:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 337
Posted By calimainer
Thanks for the tips Yooper. I switched the hop...

Thanks for the tips Yooper.
I switched the hop schedule around and you advised, but since the order had already been placed I kept the malt as is.
It turned out well, but could use a dash more...
Forum: Brew Science 11-23-2012, 06:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,541
Posted By calimainer
anyone?

anyone?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-20-2012, 07:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 323
Posted By calimainer
What to buy with my Bevmo Giftcard

I just got a $100 giftcard to Bevmo for my 21st birthday. Since I go to school out of California and can't bring anything back with me I was thinking that this money would be great to use towards...
Forum: General Techniques 11-02-2012, 11:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,946
Posted By calimainer
Oh, and are their issues with oxidation?

Oh, and are their issues with oxidation?
Forum: General Techniques 11-02-2012, 11:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,946
Posted By calimainer
One thing though: how would I keep the spigot...

One thing though: how would I keep the spigot from freezing up initially and blocking the flow?
Forum: General Techniques 11-02-2012, 11:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,946
Posted By calimainer
Great tips guys. I have a 5 gallon bottling...

Great tips guys. I have a 5 gallon bottling bucket that just barely fits in my freezer that I'll use like dawgmatic mentioned.
You're right, Apache, the way I originally intended to do it would be...
Forum: General Techniques 11-01-2012, 08:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,946
Posted By calimainer
dawgmatic, the whole thing would be freezing, but...

dawgmatic, the whole thing would be freezing, but the ice would rise to the top because it's less dense. Would the jug method leave behind any less of the alcohol than the freezer bucket method?
The...
Forum: General Techniques 11-01-2012, 07:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,946
Posted By calimainer
Alternative Method for Freeze Concentration

I've been looking online for freeze concentration methods (which are legal in the US) and found that most people freeze a milk jug of their cider and then turn it upside down and let the alcohol...
Forum: General Techniques 11-01-2012, 04:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 809
Posted By calimainer
Thanks beaksnbeer. Another thing I just thought...

Thanks beaksnbeer. Another thing I just thought of: what if the taste is right before the sugars ferment out?
Should I transfer to secondary to avoid bottle bombs or over flavoring, or should the 2...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-30-2012, 07:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 812
Posted By calimainer
This might be a naive guess, but could bean-o...

This might be a naive guess, but could bean-o break the complex sugars into simple ones and start up the fermentation again?
Obviously this would lead to a thinner beer, but it might work, someone...
Forum: General Techniques 10-30-2012, 07:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 809
Posted By calimainer
Raspberry Wheat - How long in secondary?

I'm making a raspberry wheat, which I also done in the primary. I got a regular UFO wheat clone and I'm adding frozen raspberries to the secondary. Would 5# be enough and how long would you recommend...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-16-2012, 05:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 215
Posted By calimainer
But if I siphon from the top to bucket, and the...

But if I siphon from the top to bucket, and the spigot remains permanently closed, will this still be an issue?
And even so should I still take apart the spigot and clear it between uses?
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-16-2012, 05:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 215
Posted By calimainer
Should I Worry About my Spigot?

I use only plastic fermenters, all with spigots. I've been reading that the spigots are breeding grounds for infections, so it's better to siphon and avoid using the spigot. If I stop using the...
Forum: Extract Brewing 10-15-2012, 11:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 337
Posted By calimainer
How does this recipe look?

How does this recipe look?
Forum: Extract Brewing 10-15-2012, 11:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 337
Posted By calimainer
First Custom Recipe - Please Critique

2.5 G (fermentis S-05)

5# Extra Pale LME
1# Amber DME
0.25 Columbus (Tomahawk) 15% @ 60
0.25 Columbus (Tomahawk) 15% @ 30
1 Whirlfloc Table @ 15
0.50 Columbus (Tomahawk)...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-15-2012, 12:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 598
Posted By calimainer
Good tip. Thanks guys. Hopefully I won't have...

Good tip. Thanks guys.
Hopefully I won't have anything nasty form and I'll be drinking a Vanilla Oatmeal Stout in 5 or 6 weeks.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-15-2012, 12:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 598
Posted By calimainer
I used wort that had been boiled, and I...

I used wort that had been boiled, and I sterilized the pot and spoon that I used to mix in the DME. Is it safe to assume that the vacuum sealed DME was sterile?
Forum: Extract Brewing 10-14-2012, 11:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 684
Posted By calimainer
Advice on a modified Coopers IPA

I recipe would be as follows:
Coopers IPA
2 lb amber LME
1 lb pale DME
0.5 oz Cascade at 30 min
1.5 oz Cascade dry hop in secondary for last week before bottling

The Coopers IPA has alcohol...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-14-2012, 11:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 598
Posted By calimainer
How do I add DME during fermentation?

I did my first all grain brew last week, but got a lower than ideal SG. I sealed the wort in my fermenter and ran off to my LHBS the next morning for DME to compensate for the discrepancy. I added...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-04-2012, 05:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 639
Posted By calimainer
Used Red Star Champagne Yeast for Amber Ale...

I didn't notice until this morning but I accidentally put champagne yeast into an amber ale. How will this affect the taste, and how can I remedy the presumably off flavors this yeast will impart?...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-02-2012, 03:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 568
Posted By calimainer
thanks for the response guys. lgilmore and...

thanks for the response guys. lgilmore and eastoak: I'm looking at the buckets now and I see some worn marks, where a brush was used to aggressively, but no deep scratches. Is that good enough?
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