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  1. sinoth

    Man, I love Apfelwein

    Should be fine to put it in jugs. Since the yeasties ate all the sugar and the ABV is damn near 10%, I doubt any bad infection could take hold. You could sanitize the jugs if you were really worried about it. Not sure what you mean about `contamination due to the yeast`.
  2. sinoth

    Question about dry hopping in secondary (spices)

    Sorry about the bump, but I'm still unsure about the spices so I'll try to make my questions more specific: What are the pros/cons of putting spices into secondary vs. putting them in the last bit of the boil? What is the optimal amount of time for spices to float around in secondary...
  3. sinoth

    Inconsistency from bottle to bottle...

    I've had inconsistencies like this before and I believe its due to the priming sugar not being evenly distributed before bottling. Now when I siphon to the bottling bucket, I put my priming sugar solution in the bottom and stir the whole time it fills.
  4. sinoth

    Question about dry hopping in secondary (spices)

    Whoops, shoulda posted the recipe in the first post, my bad xD (edit: accidentally posted all grain recipe the first time...) --------------------------------------------------------------- Winter Warmer clone (Harpoon Brewery, Massachusetts) [extract] OG = 1.056, FG = 1.014 IBU = 23, SRM = 23...
  5. sinoth

    Question about dry hopping in secondary (spices)

    Heya all, I'm working on a winter warmer that has cinnamon and nutmeg in it. The recipe calls for the two spices to be crushed and added to secondary. I just racked to secondary after sitting in primary for two weeks. What I'm unsure about is how long to keep the brew in secondary. I know...
  6. sinoth

    Strange infection problem (related to honey?)

    I took a bottle down to the LHBS and the guy there thinks I have some wild yeast and not a bacterial infection. I'm gonna nuke all my equipment with some PBW and try again. Thanks for the insight!
  7. sinoth

    Strange infection problem (related to honey?)

    Heya guys, got a strange problem for ya. About a month ago I posted about my first infected batch here. I bottled the stuff even though it was super funky hoping it would mellow a little... here we are a month later and it is still super funky. I have very little hope for that batch, but I...
  8. sinoth

    Whoops - switched my bittering and flavoring hops

    My current brew is a Newcastle Brown Ale clone, and I accidentally switched my bittering and flavoring hops. The recipe calls for this: Target pellets [.8 oz] (AA 10%) - 45 minutes of boil Kent Golding pellets [.5 oz] (AA 5.5%) - last 15 minutes of boil Instead, I did the opposite...
  9. sinoth

    First infected batch :(

    This is my second batch, and I'm 99% sure its infected :( Bottled today, and it smelled quite funky. It smelled exactly like a rotten tomato. Tasted it and yep, rotten tomato. My recipe was as follows: 3.3 lb wheat LME 1.0 lb light DME 1.0 lb honey 1.0 oz german spaltz hop pellets...
  10. sinoth

    Man, I love Apfelwein

    Just started my first 5 gallon batch of this stuff and WOW is it stanky! I had it sitting in my bedroom at first but I woke up to some loud bubbling and a foul, foul smell. I have it locked away deep in a closet now. Can't wait to taste the stuff :)
  11. sinoth

    Problem with first batch after a week of conditioning

    Thankfully, I'll be out of town for about a week, and some forced patience will do the beer good :) It'll get easier to wait once I have a sort of schedule going, but I'm sure you guys can remember having very little equipment, only one fermenter, and -no- drinkable homebrew in sight. Dire...
  12. sinoth

    Problem with first batch after a week of conditioning

    It tastes too good :( It's a True Brew kit, American style wheat. A little on the sweet side, but oh so smooth. My first batch, and I'm pleased. I planned on letting it condition for three weeks, but... I fear the batch won't see another week. On a side note, many thanks to everyone...
  13. sinoth

    Fermenting a Wheat @ 78° ?

    My first batch is a wheat and I fermented at 75-80. I still have another two weeks for conditioning in the bottles, but when I tasted it at bottling it was good. Granted, I'm a noob here and my "good" might be "skank water" to others, but I don't think those temps will ruin your batch...
  14. sinoth

    Concerned about CO2 buildup in cooler

    Nice! I hadn't thought to extend the airlock outside the container somehow. I'll work on doing this. Also, to refine my question a little more, would having excessive built up CO2 slow down the yeasties in any way? I guess that is the root of my concern, that the yeast will be forced to...
  15. sinoth

    Concerned about CO2 buildup in cooler

    Heya all, I've made it a whole two batches without freaking out and asking questions (RDWHAHB!) but I'm finally at my limit and would like to get some opinions on my current issue :) I've built a cooler for my fermenting bucket by using two plastic containers. One container sits normally on...
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