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  1. OrCoastBrew

    Frozen Cider

    So this being my first time making cider and doing the cold crashing thing I just want to make sure I didn't f it up. After I racked to my secondary I put the cider in my freezer to crash it and forgot about it. By the time I remembered it was pretty much frozen. Is it as simple as letting it...
  2. OrCoastBrew

    Cold Crahing/Bottling Question

    Thanks Guy's. I think I am going to let it ferment out, back sweeten to taste, keg, carb and then bottle a few for gifts. (that is if it taste o.k.!) This cider making is fun and in some respects a little more complicated than brewing.
  3. OrCoastBrew

    Cold Crahing/Bottling Question

    Hi - This is my first batch of Cider and I have scoured most of the stickeys and other threads and I am finding it hard to make a decision as to what to do. Cold crash/keg or prime/bottle/pasteurize. The more I read the more freaked out I get about bottling and pastuerizing. Some background...
  4. OrCoastBrew

    Cider Stank

    Oxidation is not an issue with cider?
  5. OrCoastBrew

    Cider Stank

    Thanks fella's. Good Stuff!
  6. OrCoastBrew

    Cider Stank

    So this is my first batch of Apple Cider and it is fermenting away...But the smell is really not very pleasant. I don't know how to explain it other than it smells like an appley dog fart! Is this normal? I am used to the sweet smell of my fermenting beer so it kind of surprised me when I got a...
  7. OrCoastBrew

    Seasoned Beginner's Questions

    1. I found a cheap older fridge on craigslist and ripped out the guts. It fits 3-5 conries. I also bought a 3 way manifold which I mounted in the fridge for my CO2 distribution. Only problem is I have to keep all kegs at the same pressure. I also drilled a small hole to run a line outside of...
  8. OrCoastBrew

    Counter Pressure Bottle Filler

    I have a question that probably could be answered by searching the forum but I am feeling lazy today with football on. My questions are: 1. What do people recommend the Beergun or a counter pressure bottle filler? 2. How long will a beer last in the bottle when bottled from a keg with a...
  9. OrCoastBrew

    Hop Drying?

    Tell me how you guys dry your hops and when you know they are ready to bag and freeze.
  10. OrCoastBrew

    How many gallons of homebrew in 2010?

    5 gallons of Apple wood smoked porter 5 gallons of IPA
  11. OrCoastBrew


    Just the opposite for me. My beers give me a nice buzz and very little after effect the next morning. If I drink a sixer of Coors all I do is pee all night and Shyt all morning. Not to mention the headache and stuffed up head.
  12. OrCoastBrew

    Spruce Suggestions Please

    O.K. So I sat down and had a couple of homebrews with the former owner/brewmaster of Siletz brewing today and he gave me a few tips about the spruce ale. 1. Wait until the tips are about 3 inches long and only use the light green area. 2. Only use in the last 10 to 15 minutes of the boil. He...
  13. OrCoastBrew

    Spruce Suggestions Please

    Please let us know how it turns out. We could maybe do some tweaking to that recipe based on your thoughts.
  14. OrCoastBrew

    Spruce Suggestions Please

    Ok, So I am going to go harvest a bunch of Sitka spruce shoots for my next beer and I have been working hard to come up with a recipe but I am stumped. My thought was that I would brew an all grain amber ale with a light hop addition and try to pick up most of my bittering flavors with the...
  15. OrCoastBrew

    Oh what a disaster...

    Amen, starsan is a lot easier to clean up than sticky warm wort!
  16. OrCoastBrew

    IPA too bitter?

    It most definitely needs more than a week in the bottle. Was it even carbed yet? Beer gets better with age but IPA's will start bitter, peak in flavor and then start to mellow and loose bitterness and hop flavor/aroma over time. Wait 2 or 3 more weeks depending on your aging temp. then put in...
  17. OrCoastBrew

    Too Anxious!

    It's worth the wait dude. Just get another batch going so that you will have something to drink while waiting for the next batch to condition. IMO
  18. OrCoastBrew

    dry hop question

    I dry hop all IPA's and Pale Ales. Dry hoping will not significantly affect the bitterness of the beer but rather the Aroma. IMO. I think if it is flavors you are trying to pick up then maybe a late boil addition is more appropriate.
  19. OrCoastBrew

    Critique my first IPA please

    Without going back and looking at my notes I believe my FG was around .012. I like to use I think in this IPA I used Chinook to bitter then went with additions of Willamette, Amarillo, and Mt. hood. I dry hopped with Mt. Hood. All whole hops no pellets. I try to stick with what is fresh at...
  20. OrCoastBrew

    Critique my first IPA please

    Looks good. I like to use whole hops for mine at the back end of the boil as well as the dry hopping. I feel like you pick up more aroma due to the fact that they loose some of there oil during the peletizing process. My last IPA utilized 4 different types of hopes and I am very happy with...