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  1. Hose

    Overcoming cold garage temps.

    Thanks everyone for your ideas!
  2. Hose

    Overcoming cold garage temps.

    JonM, I like your idea considering I was planning on buying a temp. controller anyway. Add a fermwrap and put in the fridge. Thanks!
  3. Hose

    Overcoming cold garage temps.

    I've recently relocated my set up to a much colder climate. Fermentations will take place in a garage that stays about 40 degrees for most of the winter. If you have a suggestion to keep my fermentation temps. in the proper range I would appreciate it. Thanks!
  4. Hose

    Mountain spring water

    Thanks guys, I'm going to grab a sample and run it through a lab. It seems to me that this water may add a nice local "flavor" to my brews. Thanks again.
  5. Hose

    Mountain spring water

    We have recently relocated to eastern TN and not far from our place is a spring that flows out of a pipe coming out of the side of a cliff along the main road. Consistently when I drive by there are cars parked alongside filling gallon jugs. I curious if anyone has used spring water for their...
  6. Hose

    puree

    Thanks guys!
  7. Hose

    puree

    I'll be adding a blackberry puree (from can) to the secondary of a Porter this week. Any suggestion or warnings? Thanks, Hose
  8. Hose

    Splitting a batch

    Cheers !
  9. Hose

    Splitting a batch

    This week I'll start a 5 gal. extract Octoberfest ale. Does any one see any problems with the following for carbonation. I'll spilt the 5 gal. between bottles and keg. 2 1/2 gal. for bottling. Just split the recommended priming sugar amount in half prior to bottling. 2 1/2 gal. in corni...
  10. Hose

    First batch tomorrow and could use advice.

    Hey CatHead, good luck tomorrow with your first brew. Concerning the Hops, I toss them right into the boil (no bag). When pouring from the boil pot I have the wort pass through a strainer. Cleans things up. Concerning your second question. I'm not sure what your asking. Are you asking about...
  11. Hose

    Counter pressure bottle filler

    Thanks
  12. Hose

    Counter pressure bottle filler

    Has anyone been using a counter pressure bottle filler to move your beer from a keg to the bottle? I would appreciate any comments. Thanks.
  13. Hose

    Lid on or lid off?

    As an extract brewer I have been boiling the wort with the lid off of my kettle. However, I was just reading "Brew Chem 101" and Janson recommends leaving the lid on, however cracked a few inches. I'm curious, how many folks are going topless and how many go top-on? Thanks.
  14. Hose

    Mellowing with age

    Do you keg the IPA and then store it to "cold age" in the fridge. for a few months prior to tapping?
  15. Hose

    Mellowing with age

    Back in June (the 10th to be exact) I kegged an extract Belgian Blonde that came in at 7% ABV. Aged it in the fridge for 30 days before enjoying the fruits of my labor. At first, the taste offered a strong fruit taste in the background. However now, the Blonde has really mellowed and become...
  16. Hose

    Specific Gravity

    Thanks everyone. So far, I have not throughly mixed the wort and top off water but will in the future!
  17. Hose

    Specific Gravity

    Lately I have started straining the Brown Porter wort as it is poured from my boil pot to the primary. The strainer has a fine stainless mesh to it. When the SG is checked after the strain it is falling short of the extract recipe SG number. Do you think that too much of the "heavier" wort is...
  18. BrownEyedGirlPorter

    BrownEyedGirlPorter

  19. SetterIrishRed

    SetterIrishRed

  20. Hose

    Question about Kegging, 1st time.

    Matts, I am also a new kegging guy. What do you mean by crash cooling the carboy before kegging? Thanks
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