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  1. knotquiteawake

    I need a solid Extract suggestion stat! Something crisp and fall-ish. Thanks!

    All my all grain gear is buried in the garage. Its going to take several more weekends to get to freeing it. What I have on tap right now is nearly gone so I'm in a bit of a beer crisis. I also need to do a practice extract run anyways since we're adding a 3rd spawn in November and then i'll...
  2. knotquiteawake

    Beers that age well?

    Towards the end of this year we are spawning a new member of the household and my brewing time will be severely impacted for several months after that. I would like to start to "Stockpile" between now and then. I've got a 3 keg system (2 on tap and one spare keg). Which is great but I...
  3. knotquiteawake

    I really have no idea what I'm doing (fermentation chamber build)

    Picked up a cheap 4.6 cubic foot mini fridge off CL. I saw a few collar builds and it looked SO SIMPLE. What I failed to remember was how awful I am at everything wood and construction. You would think making a square out of finish quality 2x4s would be simple... But I could not get it flush...
  4. knotquiteawake

    El Dorado Hopped EW's apfelwein?

    I've seen a few posts about dry hopping the apfelwein with moderate success. I will happen to have about .5oz-1oz of extra leftover El Dorado Hops after my next brew and was wondering what anyone with experience thinks. I have never used El Dorado Hops before but the flavor profile is supposed...
  5. knotquiteawake

    I think i have a problem...

    I took a 4 year break from brewing and now i started brewing and i can't seem to stop. I made 10 gallons in the last month (kegged and tapped). I have 5 gallons fermenting, realized that those 5 gallons need to age longer than those first 10 gallons are going to last. So I'm going to brew...
  6. knotquiteawake

    5 gallon primary and 5 one gallon secondaries

    Have you guys done batches like this before? I have made one batch of mead 6 years ago (still drinking through it because i keep forgetting I have it). It was a blueberry mead. I don't remember a thing about it. All i know about it now is that its purple, tastes kind of like a red wine, and...
  7. knotquiteawake

    Filter system (not RO) for brewing?

    Any suggestions for water filtration to just get rid of the normal tap/chlorine off flavors? My fridge has a filter but that would take a long tedious time to fill. Do any of you use any hose end type systems with good success? Basically just want to recreate the "spring water" i buy from the...
  8. knotquiteawake

    Second Time All Grain - Stuck Sparges and the benefit of brew buddies

    My first all grain attempt went really smoothly. I used my smaller cooler because the grain bill was small enough to do it and I used a grain bag that fit my my 5 gallon cooler. It was great. I'm pretty sure i hit all my target gravity. With my overconfidence in hand i upgraded to a 10...
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    Homebrewing books (that are not Joy of Homebrewing or Designing Great Beers)

    I already own the two books listed in the title. I was flipping through Designing Great Beers and was surprised to find it completely omitted Belgian, Saisons, and sours. So I was wondering what new beer books are out there. Even if it's not technical any great reads, historical accounts, stuff...
  10. knotquiteawake

    Hoppy Session Saison, like a Sierra Nevada Session IPA but with Belgian Funk

    I'm not ready for temp control and our 9 month Texas summer is about to start. One of my favorite types of beers recently have been Session IPAs with a really strong aromatic floral hop character. I've been drinking some Lakewood Till and Toil and really digging the Saison style too. Since...
  11. knotquiteawake

    Prodigal son returning to brewing!

    After a two year hiatus due to adding my son (two years old now) and a new daughter (3 months old now). I've finally washed the dust off of my brewing equipment and ordered a amber ale from Austin Homebrew! I have to say it was a particularity refreshing Fast Tie I drank the other day that...
  12. knotquiteawake

    AC is out and its been in the 100s

    The AC failed this evening. Sucks. Hope its not expensive. I setup the portable AC in the bedroom to try and keep the wife and baby and I cool but after only an hour the portable AC's compressor overheated. I sent the wife and baby to her parents house (10min away). I'm camping out with...
  13. knotquiteawake

    Help building an IPA

    I tried this beer from from a smaller brewery in CA, they don't distribute here in TX so I e-mailed the head brewmaster and he said the following about it: I know the beer is 7.3% ABV and 73IBUs Around 15 on the SRM. The aroma of the beer is what hooked me. Bright citrus/pine without the...
  14. knotquiteawake

    PB2 Mead

    Ok, so my first mead (blueberry melomel) is bubbling away and now my mind wanders to what to try next. It keeps wandering back to peanut butter. I've done a little searching online but can't seem to find any peanut butter mead recipes. So I was thinking of trying a gallon or two on my own...
  15. knotquiteawake

    Why let the must sit for 24 hours?

    I just started my first mead last night. A 5 gallon batch of blueberry mead. The instructions said to let the must sit for 24 hours before pitching the yeast. Several other recipes have called for similar waits. With beer we are always in a rush to pitch the yeast so the beer yeast has a...
  16. knotquiteawake

    Small Dorm Fridge Ferm Chamber?

    Most of the fermentation chambers I've seen use the larger dorm fridges. Are the small ones feasible to use at all or will it burn the fridge out? I was thinking of building a foambox off of a small dorm fridge so I could keep my fermenting brews in the garage where the temps get to the upper...
  17. knotquiteawake

    If you had 1 type of honey to make multiple batches from

    Which type would you choose? I was thinking of buying a 5 gallon bucket. To make 4-5 different batches from over the next few months. I wanted to get something that would be pretty flexible for various recipes. Also, out here in Texas pretty much my only local option is a wild flow/veg mix...
  18. knotquiteawake

    This smells terrible (White Labs Belgian)

    This white labs belgian wit yeast smells awful fermenting. This is by far the worst smelling fermentation I've ever experienced. And of course the coolest room in the house is the home office closet so its setting in there while I work seeping toxic rhino farts into my work space. Have you...
  19. knotquiteawake

    R.I.P. Kegerator MK1

    My custom built kegerator gave up the ghost sometime earlier this week (i still hadn't hooked up the tap lines after moving yet). Not sure when. I just found out last night. Realized the fridge sounded quiet and checked it, and sure enough... the kegs were warm. The Fridge makes a high...
  20. knotquiteawake

    Grain bag in my mash tun?

    My stainless braid on my 5gal igloo mashtun failed last time I used it so I shelved it for months and am only now just coming back to address the issue since I'm going to move to all grain shortly. Since space is so limited in the 5gallon mashtun (no plans to move to 10 gallon tun for now but...
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