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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-28-2012, 02:03 AM
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Posted By halfbrew70
Concerning secondary fermentation... An...

Concerning secondary fermentation...

An overwhelming amount of info can be found in this thread (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/secondary-not-john-palmer-jamil-zainasheff-weigh-176837/).

Many...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-18-2012, 07:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,580
Posted By halfbrew70
Guess I'm trying to broaden their palletes and...

Guess I'm trying to broaden their palletes and show them that beer can actually have a taste. Sometimes its successful, sometimes it's not. For the "nots", I'd like to keep the waste down.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-18-2012, 08:56 AM
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Views: 1,580
Posted By halfbrew70
The m3 bottles look promising. Just big enough...

The m3 bottles look promising. Just big enough for a good sample. Sounds like the m3 is carbonated, so the bottles must be rated OK for beer. I'll look for them. Thanks!
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-18-2012, 02:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,580
Posted By halfbrew70
So then maybe I am being greedy with my beer? ...

So then maybe I am being greedy with my beer?

I was really hoping to find 6 oz bottles. Spread out over a dozen friends or so, it could help save a few bottles in case some don't like it. They...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-17-2012, 07:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,580
Posted By halfbrew70
Small Sample Sized Bottles?

I'm looking for small, sample sized bottles. Maybe 6 - 8 oz.

I'd like to bottle a few of these with each batch to allow friends to sample my beer. Some of them normally don't like anything with...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-11-2012, 04:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,372
Posted By halfbrew70
Crap. Thought I was being smart with that one...

Crap. Thought I was being smart with that one too...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-10-2012, 10:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,372
Posted By halfbrew70
Thanks, uniondr. Do you also transfer...

Thanks, uniondr.

Do you also transfer through the spout?

It sounds like spraying with starsan pre/post sample (and again pre-transfer) would keep the spigot clean and sanitized. Just want to be...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-10-2012, 08:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,372
Posted By halfbrew70
My original question focused on sanitizing the...

My original question focused on sanitizing the spigot before transferring.

Another quick question...

While the batch is fermenting, can I pull gravity samples from the spigot or would this...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-10-2012, 08:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,787
Posted By halfbrew70
Oh, OK. Yeah, that's a good one! I was slow...

Oh, OK. Yeah, that's a good one!

I was slow with that one...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-10-2012, 07:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,787
Posted By halfbrew70
I assumed that it was ruined. Probably is. ...

I assumed that it was ruined. Probably is.

The title of the thread was tongue-in-cheek. It was also factual.

Just having fun...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-10-2012, 06:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,787
Posted By halfbrew70
Camera UPDATE: I doused the camera with...

Camera UPDATE:

I doused the camera with rubbing alcohol. Cleaned all of the "sticky" from the exterior and poured the alcohol into every orifice and crack that I could find. Then, let it dry.
...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-09-2012, 06:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,787
Posted By halfbrew70
You're right. I fished it out and pulled the...

You're right. I fished it out and pulled the memory card with lightning quick speed though!

It stayed powered up for a couple of seconds, but now it's just a sticky, gummed-up, winking, paper...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-09-2012, 02:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,787
Posted By halfbrew70
That's what crossed my mind as I looked down and...

That's what crossed my mind as I looked down and could only see the strap rising above the surface of the wort.

This was worse than dropping something into water. VERY sticky!

I did save the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-09-2012, 02:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,787
Posted By halfbrew70
Fortunately, it was only a point and shoot. ...

Fortunately, it was only a point and shoot. Still, the batch comes out to about $5 per bottle... Hope it's good!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-09-2012, 02:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,787
Posted By halfbrew70
Yeah, I normally use the wrist strap. Just one...

Yeah, I normally use the wrist strap. Just one of those moments. Camera in one hand, stirring with the other...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-09-2012, 01:51 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,787
Posted By halfbrew70
Brewed a VERY expensive batch of beer!

I just brewed what will probably be my most expensive batch of beer.

As I'm learning, I like to take photos to document my brewing. And...

Yep! The camera took a dive! Right into the wort!
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-06-2012, 07:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,372
Posted By halfbrew70
Before filling the bucket, I mounted the valve...

Before filling the bucket, I mounted the valve sideways so that the bucket would sit flat (the spigot would have extended below the bottom of the bucket).

I had assumed that I would be runningt...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-06-2012, 02:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,372
Posted By halfbrew70
Got ya. This is my first go at fermenting in...

Got ya.

This is my first go at fermenting in a bottling bucket. Considering no secondary (always used one before).

Thanks.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-06-2012, 12:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,372
Posted By halfbrew70
Thanks for the responses fellas! I did...

Thanks for the responses fellas!

I did sanitize the valve before filling the bucket.

It sounds like I'm on the right track for my next step. I'll do some additional sanitizing and a very brief...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-05-2012, 08:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,372
Posted By halfbrew70
Bottling Bucket Valve Sanitation

I used a bottling bucket for my primary fermenter. Before filling, I ran sanitizer through the valve, then wrapped the valve with plastic wrap.

When I'm ready to transfer the batch, should I try...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-05-2012, 08:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 943
Posted By halfbrew70
Thanks for the info. I just began using a...

Thanks for the info.

I just began using a larger (and electric) kettle. While learning my boil and making adjustments during my first batch, I began to wonder about these things (still being a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-05-2012, 08:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 943
Posted By halfbrew70
All cear! Thanks for the info, rhamilton. I...

All cear! Thanks for the info, rhamilton. I appreciate it.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-05-2012, 04:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 943
Posted By halfbrew70
So the hops "efficiency" diminishes over the...

So the hops "efficiency" diminishes over the boil, but I would still end up with higher IBU's overall, right?

Also, maybe I should confirm, are IBU's and bittering the same thing?

You also said...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-05-2012, 03:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 943
Posted By halfbrew70
How does adjustments to boil affect hops additions?

I'm curious about how adjustments to the boil time affect hops additions.

For an example, lets say that my schedule is:

60 minutes bittering
15 minutes flavoring
5 minutes aroma

1. What...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-02-2012, 11:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 870
Posted By halfbrew70
Great, thanks for the responses! I jumped up...

Great, thanks for the responses!

I jumped up to 5 gal batches so that I could get more beer out of the same amount of time spent. Guess that also means that I could screw up more at once too!
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