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  1. GroosBrewz

    Cream Ale Fermentation question

    hey all, brewing my first cream ale that requires lagering. Directions are vague- "when krausen drops crash to 40 for twenty four hours then two weeks at 33." What does "when Krausen drops mean? After initial fermentation? Its been fermenting now for three days at 68 and SG still dropping...
  2. GroosBrewz

    Any problems with not straining hops?

    Hey all, I have been brewing for seventeen years.. With each and every batch (hundreds now), I have done the same exact thing- Before chilling, I sanitize a wire hand strainer (yeah, I know- the claim is you cant fully sanitize this type of thing, but I do it anyway), hand dip as much of the...
  3. GroosBrewz

    OK- Who believes in UFO's?

    I have never been quite certain on this topic, but have always been willing to at least entertain the idea.... Until recently.. Now I am DAMN certain on the topic.. Coming back from a fishing trip with a friend recently, we both watched for three full minutes what we are 100% sure was a UFO-...
  4. GroosBrewz

    Anyone playing the Elder Scrolls: Skyrim?

    This is by far the coolest RPG I have ever played.. Just wondering if anyone else is as hooked on this game as I am.. It is a complete life-waster and time killer, but man is it cool!
  5. GroosBrewz

    What pisses you off about other drivers?

    I just moved from a rural area to an area with lots of freeways and a lot more traffic than I am used to.. One thing I've noticed since I moved to this town is THESE A-HOLES WILL NOT LET YOU IN NO MATTER HOW LONG YOUR BLINKER IS ON.. AARRRGGHH. For the fourth time since I moved here, I missed...
  6. GroosBrewz

    Homebrew Supplies in Tri-Cities, Kennewick, WA?

    Hey Tri-cities Brewers- Just moved to the area and wondering where (besides Ice Harbor) we can get homebrew supplies locally? Thanks for your help Chris Hiles
  7. GroosBrewz

    Do analog fridge temp controllers work like promised?

    I've been wanting to get an old fridge strictly to control temps for fermenting my 5 gallon batches and I came across this http://www.homebrewstuff.com/servlet/the-238/Analog-Temperature-Controller/Detail I am not a technical guy and know very little about this kind of stuff, but according...
  8. GroosBrewz

    Attention Homebrewers- New homebrew club on the Palouse (Pullman, Moscow)

    Hello Palouse homebrewers! We just "re-vived" the Homebrewers of the Palouse (HOPs) Homebrew Club. We will meet every third Wednesday of the month at Paradise Creek Brewery in Pullman.. Message me for more information! Also check out our facebook page (just search for HOPs or Homebrewers of...
  9. GroosBrewz

    If you could have any object turned into a tap handle, what would it be?

    I have a standing invitation from a friend to make me a custom tap handle to round out my 4 tap kegerator. For some reason I am feeling a little uninspired.. I already have a Seahawks Tap Handle Pee Wee Herman Head (which creeps people out), and Custom made Twisted Sister logo tap handle (What...
  10. GroosBrewz

    Question about blanketing a carboy or bottle with CO2

    I have a 4 tap kegerator that I use with cornies.. Lately I have been wanting to experiment with fruit beers and fill some growlers. Mosher says you should blanket your carboy with CO2 to displace the oxygen before adding fruit.. I would assume you would also want to do this before filling a...
  11. GroosBrewz

    Aeration methods and required times as explained by Wyeast

    I am new to the aquarium pump and aeration stone method, but have used it in my last two brews. Posters from this forum as well as others seem to recommend using the pump and stone for anywhere from 1/2 to 1 hour before pitching. However, a mycologist at Wyeast recommends a time of only 5 min to...
  12. GroosBrewz

    Aeration methods and required times as explained by Wyeast

    I am new to the aquarium pump and aeration stone method, but have used it in my last two brews. Posters from this forum as well as others seem to recommend using the pump and stone for anywhere from 1/2 to 1 hour before pitching. However, a mycologist at Wyeast recommends a time of only 5 min to...
  13. GroosBrewz

    Can I inoculate yeast slants from trub from the primary?

    Hey all, I am new to yeast ranching with only one batch under my belt, a set of London ale yeast slants that I took from a smack pack last week (the lids blew off during the week-lesson learned).. Anyway, I am wondering if it is possible to culture yeast slants from the trub from the primary...
  14. GroosBrewz

    Question about starter w/2 week old slurry

    I've never made a yeast starter before. I saved the trub from a batch of pale ale 2 weeks ago put in fridge, intending to brew in a couple days. Life has a way of intervening and now it's a little over two weeks ago so I am going to make a starter with it. Being my first one, and made with a...
  15. GroosBrewz

    Aquarium pump aeration- how long?

    Just got a new aeration set-up from More Beer with the stainless steel diffusion stone.. I have always splashed and shaken my wort before, but I am excited to try out this new method.. So how long do you guys who use them let them bubble in the wort? Any truth to the fact that the aquarium pump...
  16. GroosBrewz

    Cara hell light dextrin malt vs regular dextrin malt

    Is there a major difference between the two? My recipe calls for cara-hell but all I have is regular old BrewCraft dextrin malt..
  17. GroosBrewz

    Saved yeast from primary- Just dump into new brew or use starter?

    I have never re-used my yeast before and I wanted to try it out.. I have a Wyeast 1056 cake that I used in an IPA the other day. On Friday, I racked to 2ndary and dumped the dregs from the primary into a sanitized growler and put into the fridge. I am making a new beer this sunday and was...
  18. GroosBrewz

    Does gravity feed in Shirron plate chiller work?

    I don't have a pump yet, but I am wanting to buy a new wort chiller. The shirron chiller says wort can be pumped or gravity fed, but my LHBS guy says it won't work without a pump.. Anyone use this chiller on a gravity feed? What are your results? Obviously I am aware of the benefits of a pump...
  19. GroosBrewz

    Calling Spokane Homebrewers- New Homebrew Club in Spokane

    If you are a homebrewer in Spokane looking for a club to join, or a new brewer wanting to learn how to brew, check us out. We have had 7 meetings and are just starting to get really organized, including the possibility of being able to brew one of our club's recipes on Coeur D'Alene Brewing...
  20. GroosBrewz

    Add yeast energizer to fermenter or boiler?

    I am brewing now and need to know this. I am getting conflicting information. Do you add it to the fermentor or the last 15 min of the boil? Thanks! :mug:
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