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Forum: Fruit Beer 02-14-2013, 12:26 PM
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Posted By Sween
I bought some coconut water... I opened it and...

I bought some coconut water... I opened it and it smells like piss. Not putting that crap in my beer. I stuck with toasted flakes in nylon bags and made my own extract with vodka.

In secondary...
Forum: Fruit Beer 02-11-2013, 11:38 AM
Replies: 63
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Posted By Sween
...but either way it was boiled. Wondering...

...but either way it was boiled.

Wondering if a late addition of coconut water would work too in secondary.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-08-2013, 09:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 244
Posted By Sween
The thermostat

I didn't think of this before but I have a setback thermostat in the house. It is set to 68 when we are home, but sets back to 65 overnight and 60 while we are at work...

Is that temperature...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-08-2013, 03:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,926
Posted By Sween
As I stated before, I did this just to think of a...

As I stated before, I did this just to think of a "theoretical" cost... Not because I think of this as "work" or anything other than a hobby...

If someone asked me "what would your beer cost if I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-07-2013, 08:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,926
Posted By Sween
But the satisfaction of "doing things my way" is...

But the satisfaction of "doing things my way" is worth the price...

Hey... for a 5 gallon batch, $240 is only $5 a bottle... I've paid over $10 for a single bottle of Rochefort 10.

If your...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-07-2013, 06:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,926
Posted By Sween
I use 10% of equipment as that is the industry...

I use 10% of equipment as that is the industry standard that we use for equipment loss in the pro audio equipment rental business.

You're right though... Pots and buckets last longer than DJ...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-07-2013, 05:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,926
Posted By Sween
What's your beer "worth"?

Just for fun I applied the model I use for my business to a bottle of my brew...

Cost of ingredients +
Cost of bottles/caps +
5% (EDITED) of the cost of equipment used to make the batch +
My...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-07-2013, 05:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,071
Posted By Sween
My other hobbies are pretty expensive... ...

My other hobbies are pretty expensive...

--DJing - Over $35,000 worth of equipment
--Skiing - A single day lift ticket is running almost $100/day now in VT. Not to mention the cost of equipment!...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-06-2013, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 937
Posted By Sween
Bump... I washed my nylon bags in the...

Bump...

I washed my nylon bags in the washing machine (with dishwasher detergent... my wife uses clothes detergent with febreeze in it! Yuck)

They still are discolored green from the hops... ...
Forum: Fruit Beer 02-06-2013, 06:06 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 27,547
Posted By Sween
Just a note on this... I am second guessing my...

Just a note on this... I am second guessing my decision to add coconut to the boil for fears that the oils will destroy head retention.

That said, I toasted 12 oz of coconut and added it to a...
Forum: Fruit Beer 02-03-2013, 10:39 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 27,547
Posted By Sween
Just pitched.... Added some toasted coconut to...

Just pitched.... Added some toasted coconut to the boil and also gave it a little extra lme kick... Sg was 1.068!

Wyeast 1056 American ale. Also dumped the rest of my toasted coconut into some...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-31-2013, 07:13 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 13,182
Posted By Sween
If I saw someone rooting through my trash I would...

If I saw someone rooting through my trash I would think they're a total weirdo....

Just tell him WHY you want his bottles and I'm sure they will stop forming crazy opinions about you...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-31-2013, 03:20 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 13,182
Posted By Sween
Always great when you find the bottle full of...

Always great when you find the bottle full of cigarette butts!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-30-2013, 02:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,713
Posted By Sween
Insulate any surface which is collecting...

Insulate any surface which is collecting condensation...

Exposed metal surfaces or even thin plastic ones will allow the surface to hit dewpoint in a moist environment. An insulated surface will...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-29-2013, 12:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 306
Posted By Sween
I sometimes end up second guessing myself... ...

I sometimes end up second guessing myself... going from about 70 down to 60 or even 65. I move my carboys and buckets around the house depending on how and when they're fermenting.

But yeah, 82...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-25-2013, 09:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 741
Posted By Sween
Can you guys stop scaring me? I thought I...

Can you guys stop scaring me?

I thought I was supposed to relax...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-25-2013, 08:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 741
Posted By Sween
Yeah I found that out while sanitizing it. ...

Yeah I found that out while sanitizing it.

I'm ordering one of these...

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/Assets/images/product_images/E52.JPG
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-25-2013, 07:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 928
Posted By Sween
The smoke would have to go backwards thru the...

The smoke would have to go backwards thru the airlock. Not possible unless it is open or not sealed.

If the airlock is bubbling out, you can be sure smoke isn't going in.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-25-2013, 07:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 741
Posted By Sween
I bought the glass carboy because #1 - I was...

I bought the glass carboy because #1 - I was reading somewhere that they were "the best"... although I now know that is debatable (if not untrue). And #2 I emptied the carboy to make yet another...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-25-2013, 07:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 741
Posted By Sween
It seems thick, but I don't want to take a chance...

It seems thick, but I don't want to take a chance of it exploding... (especially since it cost me almost $30!)

Any idea why my FG wasn't dropping? Temperature? Over-taxed yeast?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-25-2013, 07:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 741
Posted By Sween
...And I guess I can add that to the Lessons...

...And I guess I can add that to the Lessons Learned list!

Good to know. I guess I will be racking what's in the growler into bottles when I get home tonight...

I had a friend who would...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-25-2013, 06:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 741
Posted By Sween
Help with my 90min IPA...

--Noob disclaimer--

I signed up for this forum a few days ago, and have already learned a laundry list of mistakes I made... I realize that. This was my first homebrew. It is a learning batch,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-25-2013, 02:07 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 18,377
Posted By Sween
Sweet! That's it! Perfect.

Sweet! That's it! Perfect.
Forum: Fruit Beer 01-24-2013, 06:02 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 27,547
Posted By Sween
Bumping this thread because I just ordered the...

Bumping this thread because I just ordered the ingredients to make a batch...

Any other notes on recent batches? Any improvements or tweaks?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-24-2013, 02:27 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 18,377
Posted By Sween
I just saw a carboy cozy at my LHBS. It was...

I just saw a carboy cozy at my LHBS. It was insulated with a zipper and a handle and it fit like a glove. I want one. I should have bought it, but it was for a 5 gallon and I have a 6.5 gallon. ...
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