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  1. BearsWickedBrew

    StarSan Question- (1st brew in 6 months happening tomm)

    Ive finally got a chance to brew some beer tomm, for the 1st time in 6 months. Im basing it off a clone recipe for Blanche De Bruges. My large container of StarSan is probably about 10 months old....(undiluted of course, Im referring to the actual container of pure StarSan)....ive been storing...
  2. BearsWickedBrew

    Thinking about kegging..found something on Craigslist

    Nope...nothing else. As I was exploring tho thru some of these posts...I found a link to the beveragefactory..and found a dual tap system brand new for like $500...I think if I were to get serious about kegging...I rather cough up the extra $100 or so to have something new...and with a 2nd tap
  3. BearsWickedBrew

    Thinking about kegging..found something on Craigslist

    Its not that I hate bottling...I just feel like I would brew more frequently if I didn't have to bottle. That being said, I found a Summit Kegerator (1 tap) on craigslist that includes a CO2 tank for $375. Seeing that I dont know much about kegging...assuming this is in decent shape...is it a...
  4. BearsWickedBrew

    Is it possible to grow hops up a grapevine?

    I could plant at either the grapvine root...in which case they would be pretty much sitting on top of each other or I could plant at the base of one of the poles..which is probably 3ft away from the grapevine root. Not sure if the taste/flavor of 1 could impact the other tho.
  5. BearsWickedBrew

    Is it possible to grow hops up a grapevine?

    I could have it go up the huge root that starts the grapevine itself....or up 1 of the steel poles. But I was wondering...if the shade created by the grapvine would harm the hops...although the roots itself would be completetly exposed to sun. Also, could the hops impact the grapes taste...or...
  6. BearsWickedBrew

    saaz availability

    Not sure...but I've got one in the ground..and the folks @ thymegarden (where I ordered) told me I was 1 lucky sob. They said very few people got them this year....i pre-ordered back in November.
  7. BearsWickedBrew

    2009 Hop garden picture thread.

    First time trying to link a picture....hope this works.... Picasa Web Albums - S - Hops So this is my first attempt growing hops. From left to right I planted.. Cascade, Chinook, Saaz, & Fuggle. You'll notice the Fuggles are in that tiny planter...my other large planter fell apart on...
  8. BearsWickedBrew

    Just planted 4 rhizomes- Am I Screwed?

    I would do that if I had somewhere to put them.
  9. BearsWickedBrew

    Just planted 4 rhizomes- Am I Screwed?

    Planted...and watered them in individual large pots...not quite 1/2 whiskey barrel..but close.. overnight low is supposed to be 21F. Right now its low to mid 40s....and tomm will warm back into the 40s as well.
  10. BearsWickedBrew

    Has anyone gotten their rhizomes from thymegarden yet?

    Update: I received mine last night. They came in envelope? Never planted hops before...but I thought they'd be bigger.
  11. BearsWickedBrew

    is a sparge necessary?

    Yea- i'm not sure why...never really made sense to me either. Even the amount water they instruct you to use seems off to me. Johnny- what I have done for those recipes is get 2 pots of water going...1.5 gal to steep...then about 1.5 gal to drop in the grain bag at the end of the...
  12. BearsWickedBrew

    Has anyone gotten their rhizomes from thymegarden yet?

    I ordered my rhizomes back in November and I just checked the status of my order number on the thyme garden website it say's.... Status: In progress Shipment Shipping Method A Standard Delivery ...not sure what it means, but I imagine they are on there way...trip to the...
  13. BearsWickedBrew

    is a sparge necessary?

    In defense of the OP- my "CLONE BREW" book has several "Extract" recipes that instruct the homebrewer to steep specialty grains (not base grains) and then sparge.
  14. BearsWickedBrew

    Growing Hops Upside Down

    I ordered 4 rhizomes, which I'm hoping to receive soon, and was wondering if it would be possible to use this contraption for each of them? Topsy Turvy Hanging Tomatoes Official Site - Upside Down Planter ...this will be my first time growing hops.
  15. BearsWickedBrew

    Any tips for bottling more than 1 brew back to back?

    Last time I bottled- I bottled an Oatmeal Stout...rewashed my siphon, bottling bucket, etc. with PBW...resanitized with Star San...and then bottled my apfelwein. I'm looking to pickup another primary and would ideally like bottle everything I've got on the same day without going through the...
  16. BearsWickedBrew

    Lay some experience on me: whats the better choice?

    ...I don't have a ton of experience...I'm an extract brewer (got about 8 batches under my belt)...but if i were in your shoes Mr. OP...without a doubt...i would go AG. I hate bottling just as much as the other guy does....but given the choice....I would want to perfect my method with the...
  17. BearsWickedBrew

    Damnit! Why did i have to open the lid on fermenter?

    Haha...good point. 1 thing that I've always tried to keep in the back of my mind...my grandfather makes wine every year from fresh grapes....uses only hot water from the faucet to clean bottles and equipment...doesn't add any yeast to the wine or anything....and every1 that drinks his...
  18. BearsWickedBrew

    Damnit! Why did i have to open the lid on fermenter?

    This is like the 8th batch since I started brewing this summer.... when I'd see the "patience is a virtue"...and "your beer is fine" posts....I'd think to myself...ha..those aren't for me..Im not a noob anymore. Guess I was wrong. This is the 1st time I've even opened the lid so soon....it...
  19. BearsWickedBrew

    Damnit! Why did i have to open the lid on fermenter?

    I'll just get straight to the point: Is it possible for an ale yeast (Wyeast #1335) to go dormant at around 50 degrees F and show "ZERO" signs of fermentation about 24 hours after being pitched? Im still using my wicking tshirt trick...and man did I cool down my fermenter a little too much...
  20. BearsWickedBrew

    Is it possible to oxidize wort while its boiling?

    I've read from multiple sources that you can oxidize wort if you add oxygen while its too hot. If thats the case...is it possible to oxidize it while its boiling? If not, ...then why not?
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