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  1. RIT_Warrior

    Fruit fly in cider

    So there a fruit fly has landed in my cider. I have named him Geoff. I have retrieved Geoff from my carboy, but I'm worried about Geoff's aceto friends. Anyone know what to do in this situation? Is it possible to kill everything with campden once I hit FG? The cider is 5 gallons of...
  2. RIT_Warrior

    Adding sugar to secondary for fruit wine

    So I'm making a fruit wine for the first time, and I made a bit of a splashy mess getting the strawberries out. Then, when transferring from the bucket to a 5 gallon carboy my autosiphon glugged half wine half air for 30 seconds or so. Most of the recipes for fruit wine that I see recommend...
  3. RIT_Warrior

    So about the sugar I forgot to add to the boil....

    Just finished making a batch of tripel; I'm about to transfer to the primary. But...I forgot to add the sugar. 3 pounds of it, actually. What is the best way to get the sugar into the fermenter? Should I boil it up in some water or should I just dump it in? And since I forgot to add it...
  4. RIT_Warrior

    The great plastic cork experiment

    I really like the "Belgian style" corked bottles that many Belgian beers come in, and I'd love to use them for bottling. Unfortunately, corks and corkers are expensive and I don't really have the space in my apartment to use and store a proper floor corker. However, I recently discovered...
  5. RIT_Warrior

    Got a bad 12 pack - what should I do?

    So I bought a mixer 12 pack of Ipswich today...and it wasn't good. I've opened 3 beers, and every one of them has had a terrible aftertaste. I want to say a cross between "cooked corn" and "sulphur", but I'm not entirely sure. I bought the same 12 pack last week which was great, so I'm...
  6. RIT_Warrior

    Belgian Dubbel

    Going to try my first Belgian beer this weekend, and as I love Dubbels I figure I'd make one of those. OG 1.071 Mash at 150 84% efficiency 5# English Pale 4.5# US 2-row .5# Carapils .5# Special B 1# D2 Syrup 1# Turbadino 1oz Willamette (60 min) 1oz Willamette...
  7. RIT_Warrior

    5 weeks in the primary, still has a "green apple" smell

    So I'm making an English ESB, using Safbrew S-33 yeast. Everything so far has gone well, but it has been in the primary for 5 weeks and it still has a rather strong "green apple" smell, which I think means it has Acetaldehyde and the beer still needs time to condition. I'm willing to wait...
  8. RIT_Warrior

    Silicone Vegetable Steamer false bottom for BIAB

    So I need a false bottom for my pot so I can do step mashing with BIAB, and I thought I'd use a silicone vegetable steamer. I have this one here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001GBL9X4/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20 I'm pretty sure it will keep the bag off of the bottom of the pot OK, but...
  9. RIT_Warrior

    First all grain batch - any tips?

    So I'm going to try my first AG batch today. I have a 5 gallon nylon paint strainer bag, a 7.5 gallon pot, and a 5 gallon pot (which is more like 4.5 gallons). I have a false bottom for my 7.5 gallon pot (metal plate with a small hole in the middle), but I wasn't planning on using it. I'm...
  10. RIT_Warrior

    Stuck Fermentation?

    So I'm making a 90 minute IPA clone from BYO magazine, and it has been at 1.030 for about 7 days now (from a starting OG of 1.088ish, pitched 2 packets of Wyeast 1099 to start off). Target FG is ~1.022; I think the fermentation is stuck. Anyway, I will soon finish up an ESB which is...
  11. RIT_Warrior

    Low OG on 90 minute IPA clone

    So I brewed a 90 minute IPA clone today, and for the most part everything went great. This was my first partial mash, so I steeped 1.75lbs pilsner malt at 150 for 45 minutes and added my 8lbs DME. Unfortunately, this was my first brew with my new pot, and I think I miscalculated the amount of...
  12. RIT_Warrior

    Might have overdone priming a bit

    So it was my first time brewing since forever, and I made a bit of a mess on brew day. To cut things short, I ended up with somewhere between 3.5 and 4 gallons of beer in the fermenter instead of the 5 I was shooting for. Come bottling day, I dutifully remembered to cut a bit off the 3/4...
  13. RIT_Warrior

    Victory Storm King clone

    I can't find a recipe online anywhere, so I'm going to make my own. In celebration of my new 7.5 gallon pot and the ability to do full boils I shall brew this. I'd appreciate criticisms/critiques of this to hone it before I actually attempt it. What do you guys think: 10lbs Extra Light DME...
  14. RIT_Warrior

    Can you steep pilsner malt?

    I'm making a 90 minute IPA clone this week, with the recipe from BYO magazine: 5 gal OG 1.088 FG 1.021 IBU 90 SRM 13 ABV 8.7% AG: 16.5 lbs Pilsner Malt 1.66 amber malt Extract: 8lbs Light DME 1.75lbs Pilsner malt 2.00 oz Amarillo 8% AA 90 - 0 minutes continuous .62 oz Simcoe...
  15. RIT_Warrior

    Old plastic bucket fermenters - keep or throw away?

    So I haven't homebrewed in a few years, but I'm looking to start up again. I got a rather nasty infection on my last brew and I opted to dump it (smelled of unleaded and probably tasted the same). Since my equipment has basically been sitting in a closet for that time, is my plastic stuff...
  16. RIT_Warrior

    Flip tops in the oven

    So I'm planning on bottling a brew, and I want to oven-sanitize my bottles. Problem is, some of the bottles I want to use are flip-tops (six clear glass IKEA bottles and 2 amber ones). I think the caps to these are plastic, how do you think they would hold up in the oven? Anyone done it...
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