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Forum: General Techniques 01-31-2008, 10:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,394
Posted By cdew4545
Freezing beers and the bad...

I couldn't find much information about ice beers, notably why the freeze distallation can be harmful. Looking at wikipedia under 'freeze distallation' it said that fusel alcohols are produced during...
Forum: General Techniques 01-31-2008, 10:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 563
Posted By cdew4545
Making beer....piece meal

So this idea is definately not going to be the way to go for 'perfect' beers, but I thought of this the other day when my stove took forever to get water boiling while making a batch (DME based).......
Forum: General Techniques 01-26-2008, 06:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 16,145
Posted By cdew4545
Unwanted alcohols in brewing

Ok, so I've done some batches of beer and obviously it is perfectly safe to drink. However, where do bad alcohols like methonal come into place with fermenting anything? I'm not about to try any...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-20-2006, 05:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,991
Posted By cdew4545
1/2 barrel keg

Anyone keg with 1/2 barrels? Is this possible from a Homebrewer standpoint, meaning, are there special tools needed to remove the tap connector and clean the thing out. I really have no idea what...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-20-2006, 05:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 763
Posted By cdew4545
I was bottling up two batches at once not too...

I was bottling up two batches at once not too long ago and really got tired of using 12 oz bottles. I hade a few empty bottles of wine laying around, so I sanatized those and used them. Then, I...
Forum: General Techniques 07-13-2006, 02:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 913
Posted By cdew4545
Yeast in the cold

I made a 5 gallon batch last night....3 gallons of water and about 2.5 in the boil. I had a good starter to dump into the brew after the boil was over. My question is about yeast in cold temps. I...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-10-2006, 12:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 434
Posted By cdew4545
Flavor Additive Poll

This is a just a general question about what people like to add for flavor in there beers besides the usual stuff. I want to see if anything strikes me as interesting to try so let me know of any...
Forum: Extract Brewing 06-27-2006, 11:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 657
Posted By cdew4545
I just brewed a wheat ale this last saturday. ...

I just brewed a wheat ale this last saturday. Mine has a pretty noticable banana aroma too it as well. Is this strictly from the fermenting temp? If it is I'm out of luck as far as adjusting...
Forum: General Techniques 05-09-2006, 01:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,280
Posted By cdew4545
First off, thanks for the replies. I thought of...

First off, thanks for the replies. I thought of the pastuerization idea before...my concern is breaking the bottle there. Aside from trying to do some tricky pressure measurements, using some gas...
Forum: General Techniques 05-07-2006, 09:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,280
Posted By cdew4545
or, another approach, is there a way to kill the...

or, another approach, is there a way to kill the yeast from bottle conditioning the soda? I wouldnt think any kind of over heating or over cooling would be good for bottles...but just another...
Forum: General Techniques 05-07-2006, 09:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,280
Posted By cdew4545
Carbonation Stop Point/toxic yeast environment

Ok, so for my purposes this question really isnt about beer, but it relates with yeast concepts. Is there a point (at reasonable ABV) when the environment is too toxic for yeast to do anything,...
Forum: General Techniques 04-13-2006, 07:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 909
Posted By cdew4545
Since I dont have a hydrometer....

Since I don't have a hydrometer at this point, is there a way to guess at the alcohol content as per the ingredients of a recipe? In other words, is there a simple relationship between amount of DME...
Forum: General Techniques 04-11-2006, 05:20 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 13,118
Posted By cdew4545
Here's my favorite tip....When the store puts...

Here's my favorite tip....When the store puts cases of Pete's Wicked longnecks on sale for 9 dollars, you can collect a ton of bottles with beer for the price of empties...ha, if you are lucky like...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-11-2006, 04:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 635
Posted By cdew4545
Great thats what I was hoping for. Now I can...

Great thats what I was hoping for. Now I can stockpile :-x
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-10-2006, 01:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 635
Posted By cdew4545
Yeasts and temp storage

I know there are a ton of different yeast strains, but what are the general temp range differences for fermentation for lager and ale yeasts? I'm planning on brewing quite a bit this summer and wont...
Forum: General Techniques 04-06-2006, 06:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 503
Posted By cdew4545
IPA question

A while ago I couldnt help my curiousity and brought myself to buy a ten dollar 4 pack of Dogfish 90 min IPA. Being that I'm broke in college, the 9% abv intrigued me more so than the detering...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-06-2006, 06:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,757
Posted By cdew4545
Summer's Coming, need suggestion

So summer is coming up and I'd like to brew a good Wheat Ale. I was wondering if anyone had any good recipes or good ideas for flavorings. As far as commercial wheat ales, I enjoy Hacker-Pschorr...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-06-2006, 05:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 996
Posted By cdew4545
To somewhat further this question... When...

To somewhat further this question...
When is adding more fermentable sugar too much? Stated differently, when does the wort reach the "Crabtree effect" point for yeasts? And, is this really...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-02-2006, 04:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 647
Posted By cdew4545
fruity extract

I've asked about a fruit beer on here before and got some good info....one more question I have....are extracts made for making soda (fruit flavored ones) equivalent to ones made for making fruit...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-02-2006, 04:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 694
Posted By cdew4545
Blown Off Brown Ale

My roommate and I made a brown ale a couple weekends ago. It looks like it is going to be a great beer...and even more...its the first beer I've had to use a blow off tube with because it blew the...
Forum: General Techniques 02-15-2006, 02:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,521
Posted By cdew4545
Just wondering...maybe a little caution...my...

Just wondering...maybe a little caution...my friend's dad grows his own hops. He had to get special permission from the municipality though to be able to do this since they are an invasive species. ...
Forum: General Techniques 02-14-2006, 02:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,092
Posted By cdew4545
Alcohol Content

So I have yet to buy myself a hydrometer, but do plan to soon. I was curious on what most of you guys use for content ABW or ABV? ABV seems to make more intuitive sense. I don't know anyone that...
Forum: General Techniques 02-10-2006, 05:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 446
Posted By cdew4545
Question of preference

So for previous batches I've made, i have used a plastice bucket as primary and glass carboy as secondary. I now have two buckets and still only one glass carboy. I'm thinking about doing two...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-08-2006, 02:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 396
Posted By cdew4545
First Partial Mash

So I am about to attempt my first partial mash this weekend and am just curious if you have any extra advice for me. I've got a 6g bucket with a strainer at the bottom filled up about 1/2 to 2/3 the...
Forum: Extract Brewing 11-02-2005, 06:08 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,883
Posted By cdew4545
what about using store bought fruit? fresh or...

what about using store bought fruit? fresh or frozen, is this a good idea? and how much would you need? and do you sterilize it?
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