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  1. ibrewdou

    Just bottle it already??

    it's gonna be a while!, buy a carboy, or two. dont forget to add your nutrient, lots of great help here for first time mead makers. mine's been going since last aug.! im hoping to bottle.... this fall. good luck.
  2. ibrewdou

    o.g. adj. for temperature

    thanks for getting back to me, sorry for the delay i my response... been working. So if my math is right, even though I've racked this a total of three times, technically it's still a primary fermentation? After the ferm. stops and the yeast goes dormant should I rack to get it off of the yeast...
  3. ibrewdou

    Free hops and plants!!

    happy birthday, i found 20" platic totes with the fake fope handles at lowes for $7.ea. I drilled some holes in the bottom and they seem to work fine. I also found some HUGE plastic planters for 45$ at the depot. like what you'd put a tree in. they nust be 32" across the opening and at least...
  4. ibrewdou

    o.g. adj. for temperature

    THis is a basic mead with clover honey.(12lbs) and liquid yeast. I started last august. It moved alond nicely and I racked in Dec,08. It cont. nicely and I planned on racking again this march. In mid Feb., I realized I had a stuck Ferm. ( O.G. 1.027+/-) After some questions/answer from LHBS and...
  5. ibrewdou

    o.g. adj. for temperature

    Is the adjustment of a gravity reading for temp. on a mead similar or different than beer ? I believe beer is SUPPOSED to be 60' for an accurate gravity read, but is adjusted for the actual temp at time of reading. My mead is about 73' and the last reading was about 1.008. There is still solid...
  6. ibrewdou

    Suggestions on how to attach twine to roof?

    maybe a sort of flag pole idea at each end of the row of hops with a pully at the top of each pole so you could run the twine between the poles and through the pulleys and down to a tie-off at the base of each pole. tie the twine the vines will climb to the twine between the poles and raise it...
  7. ibrewdou

    Someone Tell Me About Fat Tire Ale

    yeast always makes a difference, especially with a belgian. northern brewer has a good recipe with the particular yeast new belgium uses, or they did have. i'd like availability of clones for some of their other beers also. i think it's worth brewing.
  8. ibrewdou

    re-starting suck mead ferm

    hello all, i'm currently working my way out of an apparent stuck mead fermentation, occurring in secondary after 3 months or so. gravity when i racked it into third carboy was 0.030. there had been no action at all for several weeks. temp was 66' or so. it tasted very good but was still sweet...
  9. ibrewdou

    Trellis on House Question

    i believe your theory is sound, it's what i'd planned to do. i hadn't thought of the clips, thats a good idea. i'm planting 2 rhizomes per mound and will run more strings per mound, for the 3 or 4 strongest shoots. pre-drilling the holes for the eye hooks will aid installation. p.s., don't...
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  14. ibrewdou

    How do you guys store your bottles of homebrew?

    buy a new fridge and a temp. controller and put it n your wifes closet!
  15. ibrewdou

    Growing Hops In Iowa

    i'm from iowa originally, with that soil, rocks will grow there. if you want some great fertalizer, try the "spray and grow" web site. it's wonderful stuff. I'll be starting my rizomes this spring in ga. our soil is clay, with some gray dirt mixed in here and there. you'll be fine
  16. ibrewdou

    Saison Fermentation Question

    have you roused the yeast by rolling the carboy back and forth?(after swapping airlock and stopper for solid stopper) and what is the temp.? if you saved some yeast to bottle condition you may have to add in that yeast and save some from the yeast cake to condition.,
  17. ibrewdou

    Fish tank air pump aeration?

    `. does anyone use a fish tank air pump to aerate their wort? and how are the results, how long for a 5gal batch etc. cost?
  18. ibrewdou

    craigslist MEGA score

    i'd reconsider that. thats a beautiful piece of eqipment, a show-piece for a home bar. If you found that you've GOT to find a good deal on the proper compressor for it. its just toooooo cool. it's a classic!
  19. ibrewdou

    My Score and a few questions

    you've got two nice therms, three stainless valve set-ups, a good false bottom with a store bought sparge arm plus a nice 8 gal stainless kettle. everything is assembled and ready to go and in very good shape. all your going to need eventually is a ten gal cooler for 40$, and you can swap the...
  20. ibrewdou

    Stuck Belgian, can I restart it?

    hello, i've brewed several belgians, my last a strong gold. they require patience which is hard i know. i alway do at least two weeks in primary and the same in secondary. Bottle condition and don't open the first one for two weeks and then let them age for a month! It helps to add the...