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  1. M

    concerned about my IPA... any thoughts?

    the primary was in glass carboy, secondary in bucket. can you have an infection with out visually seeing it?
  2. M

    concerned about my IPA... any thoughts?

    columbus IPA (extract) 9 lbs ultralight liquid malt 1.5 lbs crystal 15L 2oz magnum 60 min 2oz columbus 5 min 2 oz columbus 2 min white labs california ale yeast i tasted some, it tasted a little fruity, really like browned bananas. it fermented 70-75, best i can do in my apartment.
  3. M

    concerned about my IPA... any thoughts?

    i bottled an IPA tonight. it was in primary for 1 week and secondary for 3 weeks. when i bottled it tonight it had a funky smell, like fruity , my girlfriend said it smelled sour. is this infection? im pretty good about sanitizing and what not. there was not visiul evidence of an infection...
  4. M

    when is hop season?

    if i were to buy in bulk, how would i want to store hops to use in the future? how long will they stay fresh?
  5. M

    when is hop season?

    all those hops my LHBS is out of, when should i expect them to be restocked? when does the season start/end?
  6. M

    new belgium 1554 enlightened black ale or Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar clones?

    im looking for a extract recipe for a new belgium 1554 enlightened black ale clone and a Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar clone. anyone have any ideas?
  7. M

    recipe for widmer hefeweizen clone?

    i like widmer hef and would like to make something similar to it. any recipes you could give me so that i might be able to achieve my goal?
  8. M

    advice on shipping beer...

    so i live in redwood city, near san francisco, and my brother lives in los angeles. i want to send him a couple of the beers i've made. would they be ok if i put a couple bottles in a padded box and shipped them down there? would all that moving around (and temp. changes i'm sure) have a...
  9. M

    Forgot my Irish Moss during boil, how to clarify now?

    so when using gelatin in my secondary, do i dump it in my empty secondary while it is still hot, then allow it to solidify, then rack from my primary?
  10. M

    your opinions on timing. filter on siphon?

    i would like to know your opinions on how long, in general, i should keep a brew in primary, how long i should keep it in secondary then how long i should keep it in bottles before drinking it. i was also curious if i could possibly attach a filter to the end of my siphon hose that goes into...
  11. M

    10% bleach in airlock?

    i keep reading how everyone uses vodka is their airlocks, i used 10%-ish bleach. then i read about suck back during fermentation. i was under the impression that co2 would prevent any suck back of the liquid in the airlock. should i not be using bleach in my airlock? 10% isnt very...
  12. M

    can you tell me if my brew looks good? (pics)

    i live in an apartment building and meant to bring it down from my kitchen to our storage unit which is in the basement parking lot before i added all 5 gallons, cause now it's a bitch to carry, especially down stairs. would you suggest carrying it down there? would that be too much bouncing...
  13. M

    can you tell me if my brew looks good? (pics)

    so last night i started my second brew and my first using a glass carboy (so i can see inside now). I was hoping i could show a couple pic's and see what you all thought about how it looked? the recipe is for a columbus IPA any comments or advice would be really appreciated. THanks! -Matt...
  14. M

    leaving hops in the fermenter

    about two weeks ago i started my first fermentation. the instructions i had told me to transfer the cooled wort into my fermenter and to not attempt to strain the wort at this point, so i didn't and i left my bittering, flavoring and aroma hops in my fermenter (in their mesh baggies) along with...