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  1. Kephren

    Which style haunts you the most?

    I love bitters. There is something so right about this simple style of beer. So why can't I manage to make one. I have tried three batches of bitter this year. All of them are simple recipes. All of the came out horrid. Everything I made this year other than bitters came out great...
  2. Kephren

    Was this obvious to everyone but me???

    When I was a kid... maybe 9 or 10, I ordered a "malt" thinking it was the same thing as a "shake." It was awful. At least by my standards back then. I'm 31 now and yesterday I decided I would try one again. I got my vanilla malt, and at the first sip, I then realized what "malt" was! Tasted...
  3. Kephren

    Sue Bee Honey

    I decided to make a Mead this weekend and didn't want to pay $6/lb for honey, so I got 15 lbs of Sue Bee from Costco for $21. Fair price. I noticed that they have a web site (who doesn't?) and checked out the "recipies" section. They have a few homebrew recipies. I think it's kind of cool...
  4. Kephren

    Help w/ Nitrogen tap

    I've got the tap, tank and lines all set up. I'm using a 25/75 mix CO2/N2. Are there any special procedures? What PSI should I push at?
  5. Kephren

    Help with a recipe...

    I have never just put a batch of beer together before, but last time at the HBS, I just threw what I thought sounded good all together in a bag. Any ideas from what I've got here as to how it will turn out and what style? I can tweak the water with burton salts and I have a few different types...
  6. Kephren

    Homebrewtalk Chat room?

    I don't know if it's possible with this program, but I think a chat area here would be cool. There are times that I have a question and don't want to really post a whole new thread just to get it answered. Example: I racked to secondary today and would really like to know if anyone has ever...
  7. Kephren

    My bad HBS experience

    I'll start by saying that I've been brewing for years and have countless batches under my belt. During this time, I have used one HBS - The Reno Homebrewer - and the owner is excellent. This weekend, I took a trip to Vegas to visit my brother. He wanted to learn how to brew, so we headed down...
  8. Kephren

    AG Fall Apricot Ale

    From The Homebrewers Companion... 7lbs 2 row .5 lbs munich 1 lb wheat .25 lbs 40L 1/2 c. honey Hallertauer for boiling/flavor Tettnanger for aroma Corriander Mashed at 122 for 1/2 hr, then 146 for 1 hr. My second step was a little lower than I wanted. I was shooting for 150-153...
  9. Kephren

    Keg woes

    Okay.. half the brewing season shot to hell and my second batch down the garbage disposal. At the beginning of the year, I emptied out a keg I had homebrew soda in. The soda had been there (refrigerated) for about a year. I soaked the keg in hot water, sanitized and couldn't notice any...
  10. Kephren

    Why is American Beer so Insipid

    The following is quoted verbatim from "Why Things Are" by Joel Achenbach: "Why is American Beer so Insipid?" "We ask this question at some personal resk. Americans have a scary intensity when it comes to brand loyalties. There's the classic scene in the movie Blue Velvet when evil Frank...
  11. Kephren

    Hopback Amber Ale

    I took this recipe from BYO Magazine and made some modifications. First, I made a hopback, which is essentially a container to put hops in to siphon hot wort through. There were instructions on how to make it in the magazine, but they seemed overly complicated. I just took a 1/2 gallon...
  12. Kephren

    You know you're a homebrewer if....

    Most of you have probably seen this. I got a good laugh out of it. I think 75% of it applies to me. :) http://www.tastybrew.com/humor/
  13. Kephren

    My first AG done!

    So after reading all of the AG threads, I figured it sounded easy enough and I should at least give it a shot. Got me a 5 gal cooler and a false bottom (and a free beer to boot) from my HBS and a decent sounding steam beer recipe. I figured it would be a bunch of trouble, but the only problem...
  14. Kephren

    Using ice to cool wort

    I'm still fairly new to brewing. I've made about 10 batches, mostly extract. Just recently, I saw an episode of "Good Eats" on the food network suggesting using a 7 pound bag of ice to cool the wort. This adds volume and cools wort quicker. Not to mention, I don't have to pull out the copper...
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