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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-27-2008, 12:42 AM
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Should I bottle

Hey Everbody!!

It's been a while since I've posted or replied to anything (I've been Lurking), but I need some help!!!!

I brewed a chocolate stout a month ago. Two weeks in primary and two in...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-04-2008, 12:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 536
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What is the FG you're targeting? It does...

What is the FG you're targeting?

It does sound like you're stuck, but patients is definitely necessary. I'd let it go for several more days before taking any action besides an occasional good...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-11-2008, 06:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,331
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I've had a stuck fermentation in the past, and...

I've had a stuck fermentation in the past, and here's how I got past it.

1. Aquarium aerator. Cost me about $5 to get the set-up at the pet store. Sanitize - submerge - and let it go for 5 - 10...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 02-11-2008, 06:04 PM
Replies: 5,056
Views: 289,090
Posted By libs
+5=4633 Yum!!

+5=4633 Yum!!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-10-2008, 10:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 862
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I was elbow deep in the stuff today. It drys out...

I was elbow deep in the stuff today. It drys out my skin a bit, but other than that I've had no problems. I keep a kitty litter bucket full of the stuff to strip the paint off of stone/corona...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-07-2008, 08:39 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By libs
Yes. The fermentation has created a pocket if...

Yes. The fermentation has created a pocket if CO2 on top of the wort. I'm still fairly new, so I'm not sure if spices or things of that nature need to be treated/sanitized before adding it, but...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-06-2008, 11:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 847
Posted By libs
lmao - good chuckle to start my long day at work,...

lmao - good chuckle to start my long day at work, thanks.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-05-2008, 07:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 395
Posted By libs
Stone clone in the secondary

I have a Stone Ruination Clone from AHS in my secondary now. It was two weeks to get through primary and its dryhopping along right now. For somthing this big and bitter, should I let it go a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-05-2008, 07:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 685
Posted By libs
I bought a $5.00 aquarium pump and a long piece...

I bought a $5.00 aquarium pump and a long piece of 3/16" plastic hard tube from the local everything store. I sanitize the stone and the tube and aerate the heck of of the wort when i get done...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-01-2008, 10:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,017
Posted By libs
holly crap Moon, can you say sticky! Great...

holly crap Moon, can you say sticky!

Great post. My only thoughts are that recipe kits are valuable when trying to clone a comercial beer the first time (expecially from AHS), then put it...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-01-2008, 10:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,161
Posted By libs
Auto siphons basically work like a hydraulic...

Auto siphons basically work like a hydraulic piston. It comes in two pieces - basically a racking cane inside of a larger tube. You put the assembly in the beer, draw the racking cane up to fill...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-01-2008, 10:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 816
Posted By libs
That's a pretty high OG. I would make a starter....

That's a pretty high OG. I would make a starter. If you decide not to, the fermentation will probably not take off as fast as it could. This is not a big deal, but like the Yooper, us Michiganders...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-27-2008, 01:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,825
Posted By libs
Dry hopping's effect on IBU

I don't know if there is an easy question to answer, but if anybody can, I know i'm in the right place.

Does dry hopping have an effect on IBU's?
If so, how do you calculate?

I've got a stone...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-25-2008, 12:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 657
Posted By libs
Try wrapping a towel around it and putting a...

Try wrapping a towel around it and putting a couple of 2X4's underneath it (if is directlly on a cement floor). In my basement that will give me a few extra degrees.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-24-2008, 01:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 981
Posted By libs
I ended up with backup thermometer and hydrometer...

I ended up with backup thermometer and hydrometer as part of a ebay deal to get a benchtop capper. I figure the fact that I already have backups is the only reason I havn't broken anything yet!!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-23-2008, 02:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 352
Posted By libs
Brewmasters of MI located in Milford holds free...

Brewmasters of MI located in Milford holds free classes. I've been to the store a few times and they are pretty good, but there hours are only in the evening and weekends. Very friendly, and good...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-23-2008, 02:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,601
Posted By libs
It's definatlly contaminated.....once it's done,...

It's definatlly contaminated.....once it's done, bottle it and PM me so I can give you an address to send it to so I can dispose of it for you. Just trying to help.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-18-2008, 11:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 369
Posted By libs
Dry hop when you transfer to the secondary. You...

Dry hop when you transfer to the secondary. You should sterilize any grain bags or weights like marbles if you are using them, but the hops themselves won't allow any bacteria or other undesirables...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-17-2008, 05:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,036
Posted By libs
Your beer will end up fine. Don't sweat the...

Your beer will end up fine. Don't sweat the minor mistakes you made, and learn from them for next time.

What I do when I get a new carboy is pour 1 gallon at a time into it and mark it with a...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-03-2008, 01:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 290
Posted By libs
yeast question

So I have a gift certificate to AHS and an extra packet of safe-ale US-05 American ale yeast. I want to get a kit from AHS and use the yeast I have.

Would this yeast be appropriate for and IPA...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-15-2007, 12:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,256
Posted By libs
I have a raw fruit allergy that is a real PITA,...

I have a raw fruit allergy that is a real PITA, but I found a way around it.

I take anti-histamine at least 15 min before I eat and it minimizes the reaction.

I love fruit, so discovering this...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-13-2007, 02:50 AM
Replies: 5,056
Views: 289,090
Posted By libs
Drinking the last of my first batch while the...

Drinking the last of my first batch while the second is bottle conditioning!

3735+5=3740
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-13-2007, 02:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,645
Posted By libs
:off: Yuengling was allowed to brew porter during...

:off: Yuengling was allowed to brew porter during Prohibition to sell to pregnant women because it was so high in vitamins and nourishment (according to a tour of their brewery opened in 1829).
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-13-2007, 02:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 912
Posted By libs
Holiday Cheer

Recently, after having dinner at my parents house, my dad and I were chatting when he asked me what I had brewing. I told him that there was sadly nothing in the jars at the moment, and that, sadder...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-13-2007, 01:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,266
Posted By libs
I like to sanitize my caps in some cheap vodka. ...

I like to sanitize my caps in some cheap vodka. Some samitizing solutions can leave the leftovers a nasty color(I alway sanitize an extra 10 or 12 because I am clumsy and drinking during the process...
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