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  1. andre the giant

    New label picts

    Its been a while since I've posted some of my wife's handiwork. Here's some of the latest. Kim is my wife, she's always liked the Shakespeare quote, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." But she's always modified it with her name. This is her birthday beer, and its a Helles, so it all...
  2. andre the giant

    What makes a "tripel" a tripel?

    I'm under the impression that a tripel has three fermentations. One initial, another addition of yeast in the middle, then a thrid addition of yeast when you bottle. is this correct, or am I delusional? My tripel stopped fermenting at around 1.055. I added some more yeast and its...
  3. andre the giant

    Trappist yeast questions

    OK, I've got this belgian tripel going. It started out at 1.101 and it seems to have stalled out at 1.052. there's been very slight change for the last week. I've roused the yeast, added some yeast nutrient. Now what? How long does this kind of yeast take to ferment the beer to completion...
  4. andre the giant

    Lets play "RISK."

    OK, so I'm addicted to playing Risk at conquerclub.com. A group of guys from brewboard have been playing for a while and I figure HBT shouldn't be left out. So here's the deal. Join conquerclub.com, (its free) you can play up to four games at a time, we can have private games/HBT...
  5. andre the giant

    Yummy!!! Blueberry Ale.

    Four of us knocked over a 1.3 gallons of this stuff in no time flat. I had to switch us over to other beer because I want to have a minikeg or two available for an October party. I'm drooling just thinking of the stuff.
  6. andre the giant

    Belgian Tripel-OG too high.

    I never thought I'd say that I had a beer with an OG too high, but my Belgian Tripel turned out a whopping 1.103! I looked at the style guide and it suggests that a tripel should have a OG around 1.085. I used a recipe listed in BYO magazine but substituted 2 row malt instead of pilsner malt...
  7. andre the giant

    Good substitute for Pilsner malt?

    I hate not having a local HBS store. I was supposed to go to St Louis and stop by a HBS store on wednesday, but plans fell through. SO, I'm looking at the following substitution dilema. What I'm brewing: Belgian Tripel 10 lbs Pilsner malt 2 lbs vienna malt 3 lbs belgian candi sugar 2...
  8. andre the giant

    Temperature and Lager Beer

    OK. I know this has been covered before, but I couldn't find it in the search function and would like a little bit of info. I'm brewing my first real attempt at a lager beer using my temp controlled chest freezer. Here's how its going I brewed the doppelbock and pitched my massive...
  9. andre the giant

    Munich Helles-yeast?

    OK, I've found at least a dozen recipes for Helles, and it seems that every single one of them calls for a different type of yeast. One calls for WY2206 Bavarian Lager (I think I got that right), another calls for German Pilsner yeast, another calls for Kolsh yeast, and ale yeasts, and on and...
  10. andre the giant

    HBS reusing boxes...

    So I got an order of grains and other supplies from an online HBS that will remain nameless. Everything was fine, no damage, it arrived in a timely fashion. But when the box arrived, I had to wonder what the hell my wife had ordered, and from where. The box was labeled: Diatomacious Earth...
  11. andre the giant

    Pale malt vs. Pilsner malt

    I want to brew another batch of my blueberry ale since people love it, and it's rapidly dissapearing. Here's the problem. I don't have the same ingredients, nor do I have the same yeast. And I want to brew this weekend, so there's no time to get the proper ingredients shipped in. (there is...
  12. andre the giant

    I blew up a mini-keg

    I checked my IPA and it was down to around 1.013 and I only had a couple weeks to go before the party where I was going to unveil the brew, so I added 3 oz of Belgian candi sugar (I didn't have any corn sugar, I completely dissolved it in boiling water before adding it) to 5 gallons of beer. I...
  13. andre the giant

    I'm an idiot...

    I went to bottle/mini keg the blueberry ale at midnight (the first chance I've had to get around to it) and damned if I didn't have any priming sugar. I'd use DME, but I'd like the beer to be primed in two weeks. And what I've heard is that DME takes a bit longer to ferment than corn sugar...
  14. andre the giant

    Presenting.... Basement picts!!!

    Here's a few views of my new, favorite place to drink. Just a few months ago, it was a concrete basement... now it looks like this... My bar.... My brewing equipment lives in these cabinets....
  15. andre the giant

    How stupid does this sound?

    I want to build my own beer fridge. That's right, build my own. My bar is built out of an old desk. I want a fridge in the area where the chair used to go. Unfortunately, its too low to accommodate a dorm fridge. So here's what I want to do. I want to build a custom sized box into my...
  16. andre the giant

    What should I brew?

    I'm having a gathering in early July. I want to make two brews that will go nicely with the summer heat. One of the beers needs to be "light" enough that it will have some appeal with the BL crowd. I still have plenty of darker beers on hand, plus a decent amount of Hefeweizen and...
  17. andre the giant

    What's the deal with my Pilsner?

    Over the last year and a half, I've brewed around 20 batches. Three of them have had what I can only describe as a "solvent" taste/smell in them. Originally I used bleach as a disinfectant, now I use Starsan. I'm kinda crazy about sanitizing equipment, so I don't think that's the problem...
  18. andre the giant

    My brewery is closed until further notice....

    But it's for a good reason.... We're finishing the basement. Once complete, I'll be able to use the bar we've had in storage down there for the last 6 years. I'll also have a beer fridge!!! And I'll probably keg or mini keg some batches and have it on draft. In the mean time, I've got...
  19. andre the giant

    Cask conditioning question

    Here's what I'd like to have... I'd like to get several 1.33 gal mini kegs so I can cask condition ales (I'd bottle the rest of the batch), then hook up to a hand pump setup similar to what I saw in London. If there is a way to hook up a small CO2 tank to the keg, to keep the natural...
  20. andre the giant

    Deer season beer...

    OK, Deer season in Missouri starts Nov. 12. I usually go out to the boonies with some relatives of mine, camp out, drink beer, sit around the fire, go out in the woods and shoot a lot of pictures. (I seldom see any deer.) I was thinking of taking my brewing on the road, and brewing a batch of...
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