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Forum: Introductions 06-26-2013, 03:29 AM
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Posted By cswest
Do you live in Quincy? They have a homebrew shop...

Do you live in Quincy? They have a homebrew shop (Mac's Homebrew) and a homebrew club there. I'd suggest you check them out. I bet you could find someone who will let you brew with them which is a...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-15-2013, 03:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 838
Posted By cswest
I've been using a Barley Crusher for 2 and a half...

I've been using a Barley Crusher for 2 and a half years and I'm very happy with it. For me it was the right price and came with everything. All I had to do was put a bucket under it and fill it with...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-15-2013, 12:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 208
Posted By cswest
Yeast selection and temperature. Higher the temp,...

Yeast selection and temperature. Higher the temp, faster the ferment but that's usually not a good thing. Check your yeast for the best temp range.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-20-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,955
Posted By cswest
The Friend liked it so much that he went out and...

The Friend liked it so much that he went out and got the ingredients for a five gallon batch of porter.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-20-2013, 02:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,955
Posted By cswest
http://www.byo.com/low-alcohol-brewing/item/263-br...

http://www.byo.com/low-alcohol-brewing/item/263-brew-a-great-non-alcoholic-beer

I have a friend that quit drinking this year. I added a extra gallon to an IPA I was making and cooked up a six pack...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-07-2013, 01:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,421
Posted By cswest
I blended a Berliner Weisse with a Pale Ale for...

I blended a Berliner Weisse with a Pale Ale for an all beer shandy. Turned out great.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-25-2013, 02:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,213
Posted By cswest
I think it would need to be more like 1 to 2psi. ...

I think it would need to be more like 1 to 2psi. At any rate it will always be a balancing act between carbonating and serving. I agree with davekippen that a picnic faucet would help a lot, that's...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-22-2013, 11:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,213
Posted By cswest
You can try lowering the pressure and venting the...

You can try lowering the pressure and venting the keg.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-19-2013, 08:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By cswest
So I disconnected the gas and completely vented...

So I disconnected the gas and completely vented the keg over the weekend. On Monday I removed, disassembled, cleaned and sanitized the out post and dip tube. I then hooked everything back up and set...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-15-2013, 04:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By cswest
Thanks for the feed back. I understand why you...

Thanks for the feed back. I understand why you all might think that the pressure was too high and I have backed it down to 3psi and bleed off the excess but I'm still not sure why it was pouring so...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-15-2013, 01:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By cswest
Just the one keg right now.

Just the one keg right now.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-15-2013, 12:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By cswest
This method has worked for years with one keg and...

This method has worked for years with one keg and no distributor but I'm open to other methods.

Could you give me gas settings and hose lengths?

NB - I'd love to see this kind of info...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-14-2013, 01:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By cswest
Co2 Distributor Help Needed

Problem: Nothing but foam coming out of my picnic tap

Details: I got a 4-way Co2 Distributor for Christmas so I would not have to keep switching the gas when I have more than one keg in my fridge...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-03-2013, 07:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,487
Posted By cswest
If you are bottle conditioning it will not...

If you are bottle conditioning it will not matter, the yeast should take up what little oxygen is left in the bottle.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-12-2012, 04:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By cswest
I just saw this today: ...

I just saw this today:

http://www.northernbrewer.com/connect/2012/12/storing-ingredients/#more-7713
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-09-2012, 06:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By cswest
Food savers work great but if you don't have one...

Food savers work great but if you don't have one just put the grain in a freezer bag and remove as mush of the o2 as you can. If kept in the freezer I would say 2-3 years could be expected. Just...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-08-2012, 11:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By cswest
Milled or un-milled?

Milled or un-milled?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-23-2012, 11:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,312
Posted By cswest
I had two earlier this year due to leaving a...

I had two earlier this year due to leaving a blowoff tube in too long. Ended up trashing everything that was plastic and have been good ever since.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-15-2012, 12:29 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,022
Posted By cswest
Maybe if you are talking about regional to...

Maybe if you are talking about regional to mid-sized production breweries but I think there will always be a place for local brewpubs. I feel like the shift will be to stop saying your different...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-25-2012, 01:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,306
Posted By cswest
It's a light hybrid ale, so you need to ferment...

It's a light hybrid ale, so you need to ferment at low ale temps and then lager it. You might want to check out the White Labs webpage on their kolsch strain. Chris White even has some audio there...
Forum: General Techniques 10-23-2012, 01:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 775
Posted By cswest
It has to be cold to work, so keep it in the...

It has to be cold to work, so keep it in the fridge.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-10-2012, 02:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 950
Posted By cswest
After fermentation starts a formula is required...

After fermentation starts a formula is required to use a refractometer. There are plenty of spreadsheets, web sites, applications and phone apps that will do the math for you. Refractometers are...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-01-2012, 02:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 264
Posted By cswest
I put in an entire box if tea bags in a white IPA...

I put in an entire box if tea bags in a white IPA at flame out and it turned out great but it took a lot to compete with all those hops.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-09-2012, 03:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,575
Posted By cswest
The one time I got an infection I just threw away...

The one time I got an infection I just threw away everything that was plastic that touched the beer after cooling. It sucked but it was better than dumping another batch of beer.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 09-02-2012, 06:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,191
Posted By cswest
I found this method in an issue of Zymurgy and...

I found this method in an issue of Zymurgy and highly recommend it if you try this again.

1. Make a sour starter - 2 tablespoons of un-milled grain in 1.030 wort in a flask for three days at 100...
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