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  1. EZFrag

    Extract brew off flavors

    I do use my tap water. I had read that the bottled spring water, depending on the brands, are filtered where so much of the minerals have been taken out. So, I decided to go with the tap.
  2. EZFrag

    Extract brew off flavors

    Well, they have varied from batch to batch. That was why i was wondering if it was something wrong that I was doing. When talking with the Austin Homebrew guy, he was telling me to research the yeast used each kit I buy. Go by their brewing recommendation. Then I was wondering why they bothered...
  3. EZFrag

    Extract brew off flavors

    I have a 10 gallon tub that I clean and put in star san. I use a homemade carboy cleaner with a sump pump and pvc to clean the carboys. I really don't think it's an infection. I believe that it is either a temperature problem or time on the yeast cake. That's what I hope anyway. I'm moving my...
  4. EZFrag

    Extract brew off flavors

    I have been brewing for a couple of years now, but still consider myself a noob. I have not found anyone in my area to talk to about brewing and ask questions. I usually buy my kits from Austin Homebrew. I like using them because I can call and ask them questions. They have always been nice and...
  5. EZFrag

    First major problem.

    I brewed a lager kit from Austin. I did it in December. I moved it to secondary, everything fine. Christmas and family obligations happened, and didn't have time to keg it. It's been in my fermenting fridge at 43 degrees. When I went to look at it, it looked liked some stuff was growing on top...
  6. EZFrag

    Better Bottle problem

    Hey, i just ruined a Better Bottle. After putting my wort in my better bottle, I would then attempt to airate it. I would do this by rolling the bottle on the bottom edge, making a whirlpool effect inside the bottle. I would do this for 5 to 10 minutes. After my last brew, I had a ring inside...
  7. EZFrag

    First Lager Blues

    I followed the directions of the kit. I never got it that cold. 53 was the coldest. Then toward the end, the directions instructed to raise the temperature back up toward 70.
  8. EZFrag

    Temperature Control

    I have a shop in my backyard that I put a refrigerator in. I installed an Auber Electronics temperature controller. It works fine. My shop is not insulated, heated or cooled. But this fridge is. I haven't had a problem yet.
  9. EZFrag

    First Lager Blues

    Well, Yeast was Wyeast American Lager 2035. I pitched at 75 degrees. Around 36 hours later, when i was sure there was fermentation, I slowly dropped the temerpature to 53 degrees. The Instructions said to drop it a degree per hour. Since I can't go out to my fermenting chamber for 22 straight...
  10. EZFrag

    First Lager Blues

    Ok. I got an American Light Lager Kit from Austin Homebrew. Followed the directions to the best of my ability. The instructions called, at one point, to drop the temperature 1 degree per hour and it was gonna go over 12 hours. I couldn't do that directly. But over a few days, I slowly lowered...
  11. EZFrag

    Question

    I guess I don't like any floaters. That and I'm a noob at this. The first batch I brewed was the IPA that I purchased from Austin. It came with the grains in a sock, plus extract in a bucket. 3 hops added through the boil. The result was that It was so bitter that I couldn't drink it. When I...
  12. EZFrag

    Question

    You guys are a little tough here in the Beginners Forum
  13. EZFrag

    Question

    Ok, I finished my first brew. I waited patiently to put in my first keg. I might have been too anxious with the carbonation. Although I know that carbing up has nothing to do with this, the beer was so bad I can bearly drink it. It was an IPA kit from Austin Brewing Supply. The beer turned out...
  14. EZFrag

    Would like some reassurance

    OK, I rechecked my specific gravity. Started, like I said at the beginning with 1.030. Now it is 1.019. Will recheck today to see what it is. How many in a row the same do I need to know that fermentation is done and I can keg?
  15. EZFrag

    Would like some reassurance

    I talked to you guys when I my malt extract had mold in it. Yeah, I had it too long. You guys were very helpful and gave great advice. I didn't want to bother you guys with this kind of stuff. Figured I'd get some good help here.
  16. EZFrag

    Would like some reassurance

    lol. Ok. Another problem. I just went to check the fermentation. I have it in a refrigerator with a PID controller. I opened the door to find that the stopper has blown off the better boy. wtf. I know this means that there is good fermentation going on. But has this now contaminated my beer? I...
  17. EZFrag

    Would like some reassurance

    Ok, i have it in a betterboy bottle. I have a stopper with a water seal. How can I mix it up without dropping the water in the water seal into the betterboy?
  18. EZFrag

    Would like some reassurance

    Hey guys, I brewed my first batch today. American IPA extract brew from Austin Hombrew Supply. I followed directions as closely as I could. In my kit, i bought some vent brew that is what they called to, to increase alcohol content. The specific gravity of the wort before fermenting was...
  19. EZFrag

    Suggestions for first brew

    Ok, I have slowly assembled my equipment. I only have 1 or 2 more pieces to buy then I will be completely ready to brew, ferment, and dispense my beer. So, now I am thinking of what to brew first. My wife and I both like IPA's, was thinking of brewing one of them first. I am starting with...
  20. EZFrag

    A beginning brewers dissertation...reinventing the wheel, impatience, and overdrafts.

    Ok. This being said. I am just starting. Call me ambitious, but I plan to start out doing 10 gallon boils and I'm planning to brew lagers. I am just about to start building my brew pot. I am buying a 20 gallon aluminum pot. I am looking for a valve, false bottom, and rigging a thermometer. Any...
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