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  1. beerman77

    Need to know best method for adding coffee to my stout

    So I have brewed an awesome chocolate stout recipe and am now looking to add espresso flavor on my second batch. I was advised to do this either in secondary or at bottling. I have opted for bottling so I can adjust on the fly, but now I am wondering how best to go about this. Some have...
  2. beerman77

    NO hot break??

    OK Im not a total noob but still fairly "green". (Only been doing this about 2 years) Did an all grain recipe a few weeks back... everything went smoothly, good yield off my mash and then I set it to boil. I waited for the hot break, spray bottle filled with cold water in hand to control the...
  3. beerman77

    Contaminated? Or not?

    So I made an Oktoberfest. I used a vial of specialty yeast but forgot to take it out of fridge for a few hours before pitching. To make matters worse, I put the fermenter in the garage which is now too cold to ferment an ale. NO activity first 48+ hours. Then the little light bulb came on...
  4. beerman77

    Steep or mash??

    Confused as usual. I want to try my hand at making an Octoberfest so I got some Munich and Vienna malt (among others) planning to steep the grain. Using 0.5 lb and 0.25 lb respectively. I am new to all this and remember reading somewhere that munich and vienna malts have to be mashed and...
  5. beerman77

    Feeling dumb... can't figure out auto siphon

    This is embarrassing to say the least. I finally decided to break the bank and get an auto siphon so I can quit filling the tubing and racking cane with water to create a suction. So I get this thing (Fermtech) and follow the instruction practicing of a gallon jug of water. CANNOT FIGURE IT...
  6. beerman77

    Need some pointers on conversion kits

    OK, so this is my second post. Not sure if this is the place to ask about this but here goes. I have looked at some of the photos of your guys' kegerators and many of them are impressive. I just bought an Oster 5.0 cubic inch mini fridge... no icebox. (Figured that was common sense) Gonna use...