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  1. Benny Blanco

    Can't find Corny tools

    Ok, I've been kegging for over a year and have never taken apart any of my kegs. I'm pretty anal about cleaning them with a long soak/sanitize method that has kept be bug free...until now. So, I found out I didn't own the proper tools to take them apart. I went to 3 hardware stores in search...
  2. Benny Blanco

    Adding color to fermented beer

    So, I made a Dubbel and it came out great, but way too light (somewhere around 8 or 9 SRM). I wouldn't mind making it darker. I was just wondering if there is a way to add color to beer after fermentation. There must be some sort of food coloring or extract that can be added to achieve...
  3. Benny Blanco

    Starter for bugs?

    Quick question: Is a starter required for pitching bugs? I have a pack of wyeast rosalare blend I was going to pitch tonight and I haven't read anything about making a starter for them. I'm assuming no, just want to be sure. I'm making my first flemish red
  4. Benny Blanco

    Kolsch sub Hops

    So, I just made a big hop purchase at a great price and I can't justify spending $4 an oz anymore. I should have gotten a pound of hallertauer or tettnang, but I didn't. I need opinions on which hops I should use for a kolsch I'm making this weekend. I have: Cascade Amarillo Willamette...
  5. Benny Blanco

    Bartender, there's a spider in my beer.

    Ok, let me start by saying i don't have a weak stomach by any means. I just got home from work and I went to pour a nice nut brown from my keg and what comes out of the tap....a nice juicy spider still squiggling it's legs around as it slid down the inside of the glass. I almost puked. I'm...
  6. Benny Blanco

    On keg fridge temp/volumes

    I did a little experiment. I'm pretty new to kegging and learning the proper pressure to apply in relation to temp to get your desires co2 volumes. I took an ambient temp on the top and bottom of the fridge and there was a 5 degree difference. So, I then thought perhaps the most accurate and...
  7. Benny Blanco

    Barley Crusher rollers

    Got my BC a couple days ago and brewed today. When I first hooked it up and tested the crank both rollers were rolling away in perfect harmony. I then ran a pound of grain thru it as the directions said and discarded the grain. Both rollers....still rolling together when I crank. After...
  8. Benny Blanco

    Help me choose a fridge!

    So, everyone suggests to get that Sanyo fridge at Best Buy. I stopped by today to check out what they had and they only had 2 Oster models that look similar to the Sanyo. One is 4.5 cu. ft. (169.99), and the other is 5.0 cu. ft. (209.99). I can't decide which one. The 4.5 is smaller which...
  9. Benny Blanco

    CO2 corny keg charger

    So, I was thinking about getting this to serve beer at a party since I don't keg yet. My beer has been on the trub for over a month and I want to rack it to avoid any off flavors so I...
  10. Benny Blanco

    Combining yeast

    So, I went to the LHBS to get a pack of S-04 dry yeast for my ESB after looking all over for the liquid WLP002 brand that I really wanted with no luck finding it. When I get to the store, I look in the back of the cooler and find a big paper bag with a bunch of Wyeast packets and I found the...
  11. Benny Blanco

    White Labs 002 = US-04? I am again. Making my first ESB this fine Sunday. Both LBHS shops here were out of the London ESB yeast I needed. I settled for Saf US-04 Dry??? God forbid. Last time I used this yeast I finished 10 points higher than my intended FG. Should I go ahead and brew the ESB? With...
  12. Benny Blanco

    I'm fat because I homebrew

    Here I am...... 6 months into homebrewing and 5 pounds heavier from a usually very consistent weight. I know this is a touchy subject and I don't mean to put down homebrewing in any way. Be honest, how many of you have put on weight since you started homebrewing?
  13. Benny Blanco

    Recapping Gushers

    Does anyone have any experience doing this? I'm a little pissed here because this batch tasted great and i had one bottle gush slowly out of the bottle and another that just made it up to the lip of the bottle and stopped. This is 5 days after bottling. I've never had anything carb so fast...
  14. Benny Blanco

    I made a recipe and ordered it while druck

    Yep, I had one too many and decided to make a stout recipe and order it last night. Now, keep in mind...this is my 3rd AG batch and my first AG recipe that I made up. I've made a couple PM recipes, though. This is only my second stout. I sort of just shot through the site picking out...
  15. Benny Blanco

    Are you satisfied?

    I've never hear of anyone being content with the equipment they have. People are always either improving or waiting to improve. Always wanting a little something extra to make better and more convenient brew. Do you ever reach a point in your homebrewing hobby where you are actually...
  16. Benny Blanco

    Butterscotch Wit

    As most of you may have guessed, butterscotch isn't exactly what I was looking for in my wit. Coriander and a bit of orange. Thats all I wanted......was that too much to ask for? Anyway, I did everything fine in this recipe. WLP400 at 66 degrees. 2 weeks in primary, then decided to put it...
  17. Benny Blanco

    Discolored Chiller

    So, I got my first wort chiller in the mail today. I opened it up and found that at least half(if not 3/4 of it) is brown and discolored. Looked used. Shiny in only a few spots. Blotchy. Ugly. I'm assuming this isn't a good reason to return it, but what are some good ways to clean it...
  18. Benny Blanco

    Taking your brew to the LHBS to sample?

    I was thinking of taking my homebrew down to the shop and asking their opinions. Anyone ever try this? If so, was it worth it?
  19. Benny Blanco

    My new SS rusting...

    So, I got my new 40qt Stainless Steel pot and after I did a test boil of about 4 gal of water I put it away for the night. When I woke up in the morning I see this....which doesn't make much sense.
  20. Benny Blanco

    Sulfur smell...

    So, I haven't had a spoiled batch yet (knock on wood). I really hope this isn't my first. My fermentation on my Wit is almost up and it has a pretty strong fart/sulfur smell. Actually almost identical to the smell I got from brewing Edwort's Apfelwein. I know it was expected for the...