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  1. h4mmy86

    Need help choosing the lesser of two wrongs.

    Hello brewers, So here is the lowdown. I am rushing an American pale ale using US-05 (I know, I know) for an upcoming festival next weekend (even worse, I know) and I plan to use gelatin as a fining agent. I've never used gelatin before but I'm aware that it's best added to cold beer. I need to...
  2. h4mmy86

    Mold growing on labels.

    Just bought a Devils Backbone sampler pack at the local grocery store, got home, opened the box and there is green fuzzy mold growing in spots on some of the labels. Should I complain? It was the last sampler of its kind so I kind of want to keep it. I don't want to complain to the brewery, as...
  3. h4mmy86

    So, I have this old guitar amp...

    ...and I can find hardly any information about it. Anyone encounter a Peavey Revolution solid state head in their day? Came out around '91. It's basically the solid state version of the Ultra 120. The back of the head says it's a whopping 500 watts! It's a really great head especially for...
  4. h4mmy86

    Apple Ale Recipe - Advice Needed

    Hey yo, So I have one gallon of dry still cider around 7% abv in my fridge that I'd like to infuse with a light ale to be brewed next week. I'm thinking a simple SMASH recipe using pale ale malt and cascade (or maybe centennial?), mash low (149* or so) and shoot for a similar abv, keep the...
  5. h4mmy86

    How do I juice a watermelon?

    Think I'm going to add the fresh juice right into the keg (unless you know of a reason I should do otherwise). How would you juice a watermelon to be added straight into the keg?
  6. h4mmy86

    Co2 tank/regulator seal

    If I have one of these: http://www.kegworks.com/images/product-images/STARSEAL-seal-b4.jpg Do I need an o-ring on the little piece inside of the coupling on my regulator?
  7. h4mmy86

    What do you think? Ebay Keezer Thermostat

    Seems legit. What do you guys think? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Change-Chest-Freezer-to-a-Keg-Beer-Refrigerator-Thermostat-Kegerator-instruct-/121178496988?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c36cd1fdc
  8. h4mmy86

    Need Help Shopping for Wheat Beer Supplies.

    Been thinking I'd like to get supplies to make a few wheat beers for the coming spring. Any suggestions on styles, recipes or ingredients I should try out? I've got enough 2 row for probably 4 or 5 more brews. I need to order specialty grains, hops, and yeast. I'd also appreciate some...
  9. h4mmy86

    Homemade grains for brewday!

    Hey, Got a cool brew planned for tomorrow! I took some 2 row and divided up and made crystal ?L, brown malt and pale chocolate ..or something like that. Anyway it should make for a toasty brown ale!
  10. h4mmy86

    Ideas for sweet blackberry apple cider

    Hey hey, I've got 4 gallons of cider that I'd like to infuse with some locally picked blackberries I have frozen. The cider is just store bought apple juice fermented out with California ale yeast. I've taken no gravity readings but it seems to be general consensus that store bought juice...
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    ...and I ain't just talkin' Tom Petty! I plan on trying some experimental brews soon, predominately with dandelions, and I was wondering if there are any other similar/widely available wildflowers that I could be searching for while I'm out picking dandelions to brew with? I live in...
  12. h4mmy86

    Idea for small scale yeast washing from keg

    Firstly I would like to apologize for being pretty :drunk: and very ADHD. I don't really know where I'm going with this, or if it is already a method I'm unaware of, but I'm gonna go ahead and put it out there anyway! Here is what I'm thinking.... If you (corny) keg then you know that...
  13. h4mmy86

    Craft 40oz-'ers

    Ever have one? I've read that there have been a few limited releases but I've never seen one personally. Interesting read and really the only resource I could find. http://draftmag.com/beereditor/have-you-sipped-a-craft-40-ounce/
  14. h4mmy86

    keg slightly under carbonated

    Hey, So I have a keg I'm taking to a comp Saturday, and the beer is good, and definitely carbed, but just lacking a little bit. the keg is pressurized at about 12 psi, refrigerated at around 40*, but there no gas line connected. Do you think connecting the gas line and shaking it around at 12...
  15. h4mmy86

    Brewing tools and terms that make you chuckle.

    I can't help but giggle every time I read "barbed swivel nuts" ...and Beavis and Butt-Head forever ruined "bung hole" Got any other good ones?
  16. h4mmy86

    Carbonating keg while gas is disconnected?

    Hey'yo, I was wondering if I could keg up some brew, pressurize the keg, disconnect the gas line, put it in the fridge and still achieve carbonation? Perhaps taking it out periodically to give it another quick blast just to be extra sure it's holding pressure where it needs to be. Sound...
  17. h4mmy86

    Why do we say 3 weeks in keg?

    Forgive me for sounding noobish but... Carbonating aside, why do people recommend to leave a beer in keg for 3 weeks before consumption? I like to leave my brew in primary for 3 weeks in most cases. Why can't I just leave it (or secondary) for an additional 3 weeks, keg, force carb it...
  18. h4mmy86

    It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Beer!

    Stone Brewing is supposed to be releasing an It's Always Sunny Brew!! http://philly.thedrinknation.com/articles/read/9608-Stone-Brewing-to-Release-Always-Sunny-Dayman-Collab-Beer http://www.stonebrew.com/collab/ :rockin:
  19. h4mmy86

    Uses for a vegetable/tamale steamer false bottom?

    Hey brewers, For most of my brews I use THIS kettle. I'd like to hear from people with similar kettles who use the included false bottom in one way or another. Here's what I've come up with: If you BIAB then leaving that bottom in the kettle makes a great spacer to keep your grain...
  20. h4mmy86

    3 reasons today was awesome!

    1.) Finally got around to installing a ball valve on my brew kettle 2.) New Blue Moon sampler pack 3.) I found a functional mini-fridge on the side of the road that fits my 2 corny kegs. :rockin: Pretty, pretty ...pretty good :ban: :mug: