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  1. Korben

    First Partial Mash... possibly

    First it is between these two AHS brews Lawnmower or Strawberry Lager. So I have a few questions. Typically I used distilled water for brewing (extracts) should I use a different type of water or add a different type of yeast fuel/nutrient. I typically use Brewvint yeast fuel. Also, should I...
  2. Korben

    Reaching lager temps

    Have another lager question but it is completely different from the last one I posted so I thought it was worthy of another thread. How do you reach you lager temps? Lets say your primary fermentation was at 50-52 F, you did your diacetyl rest at 62 F for 48 hrs and racked to a secondary. How...
  3. Korben

    Lager in a Better Bottle

    I was just reading the Fermenting Lagers section in our homebrewing wiki and it said buckets were not suitable for lagering due to air exchange. It said Kegs and carboys were, I assume this means better bottles but am not 100% seeing has how I am just in the primary now I have time to get a...
  4. Korben

    Oxygenation = Over Attenuation?

    Was thinking about purchasing an oxygenation system. I was reading reviews and saw this one (the first review). Can over oxygenation really lead to fusel alcohols? I thought fusel formation was mostly the result of too many simple sugars or high fermentation temps that were too high. Also what...
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    Are my hops ok?

    So here is my problem I just brewed a nice Pilsner and it calls for dry hopping with .5 oz of Saphir hops. I have the .5 oz but they are left over from the brew day and I didn't have any heat seal bags. so I placed them in a clean ziploc and tossed them in the fridge. I am afraid they will...
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    So i was planning on making a 2 L starter tomorrow and realized I don't have any yeast nutrient. I do have a some brewvint capsules. Can I just open the capsule and pour it in to the starter. If I can do that should I still add a capsule when I finish the brew. I don't have a LHBS real close...
  7. Korben

    My first mead... is it ok?

    I would like to turn out a gallon batch of a nice sweet mead with a strong blueberry character. Here is what I was thinking: 3 lb. clover honey 1 Gal. water 1/2 tsp yeast nutrient 1/2 tsp yeast energizer 1/2 tsp pectin 1/2 packet red star Cote Des Blancs wine yeast or Lalvin D-47 (really...
  8. Korben

    Partial Mash Water Chemistry

    Typically I mainly do extract brews with steeping grains and use distilled water. However, I would like to try partial mashing and I was wonderng if i use distilled water will the smaller amount of extract have enough components to create the correct flavor profile or should I adjust it. I tried...
  9. Korben

    AHS Rogue Dead Guy Clone?

    Just wondering if anyone has tried this kit. I have had good luck with AHS in the past just wondering how this measured up?
  10. Korben

    Malt too old?

    I have used a 6 month old malt and no problem. A friend just gave me an Austin Home brew bucket of malt and bag of grain that is exactly a year old you thing this stuff is ok?
  11. Korben

    Refrigerated Hops how long..

    I was going to this batch a few months ago (4) and I just had the hops in the bottom refrigerator drawer and I forgot to put them in the freezer. Are these hops still good or should I just buy new ones? Thanks
  12. Korben

    Abita Strawberry Harvest, Extract Recipe?

    I have never been a fan of fruit taste in beer all that much until I grabbed on of these in a mixed pack.. I came in after a long day of studying and decided to sit out on the patio to have a beer and relax on a rather warm memphis night. I cracked this bad boy open not expecting much.. It is...
  13. Korben

    Broke top out of sprout

    I have several sprouts coming out of my hop rhizome and was wrapping the little gut around some time to get a lattice going.. and my most healthy looking sprout about 2 foot long broke right under the second leaf (about 8 in removed) will this sprout seize to grow or what?
  14. Korben

    LME quick question..

    I have had a messed up schedule and planned on doing a brew about a month ago... I have 6 lbs of lme and honey mixed together. This should still be ok? I hope. It is still sealed in the bucket. Just wondering thanks!
  15. Korben

    reusing 3068 yeast cake for Apfelwein?

    So My Apfelwein with 2 pounds of corn sugar is about ready to bottle... I am expecting a FG of 0.998 and my OG was 1.070 so the alc by Vol is going to be about 9.6% I was thinking of just pouring another 5 gallons of apple juice on the yeast cake to get the same taste with a lower alc content...
  16. Korben

    brew planning, how do you do it?

    Well one of my goals this year is to have seasonal beers ready during the appropriate season. I want to make several of them Oktoberfest - for oktoberfest of course Pumpkin Ale - Late October, Thanksgiving Christmas/Holiday Ale - at Christmas time And the most pressing or approaching...
  17. Korben

    Need your opinion..

    After getting my last BYO.. I read High Rise Rhizome and it gave me a an idea. I want to grew a hop vine in my large bedroom window just for fun and see what will come of it. I just need suggests as to what type hop I should grew. I was thinking Nugget given their relative resistance and high...
  18. Korben

    Willamette Valley Hops

    Willamette Valley Hops I just clicked on their ad, they seem like a reputable dealer anyone know anything about them? I was looking to try and grow a rhizome in my window like the guy in the last BYO magazine. I was actually thinking nugget (one of the ones they offer) since it seems to be...
  19. Korben

    My Two Delirium Tremens Extract brews...

    I have two ideas after looking on Northern Brewers and just looking at other places. My Own: Fermentables 8 lbs Extra Pale Liquid Malt Extract 2 lbs Belgian Golden Candi sugar Hops 1.25 oz. Styrian Goldings Whole 5.25 23.8 60 min. 0.50 oz. Czech Saaz Whole 3.50 0.0...
  20. Korben

    Sugar in the Raw....

    I was thinking of brewing a nice semi-belgian for my next brew... just put my Imperial Honey Porter in primary. I know the recipe calls for candi sugar 2 lbs.. but i was thinking of using sugar in the raw instead.. it seems to have some subtle flavors in it that I can't but my finger on, but...