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  1. sleepystevenson

    Lager Fermentation questions: seems slow - Reused slurry from last batch

    I brewed 27 gal of a German Pils on Saturday, split into (2) half barrel keg fermenters with an OG of 1.047. In each fermenter, approximately 13 gallons of wort, I pitched the saved slurry from my last batch - one 34/70 and the other S23. I had damn near a full quart mason jar of each...
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    Pennsylvania Hop Rhizomes: Fuggle, Golding, Mt. Hood

    Spring is right around the corner - time to plant those hop rhizomes! I have some really nice large hop rhizomes I just dug up yesterday while doing the annual spring hopyard maintenance. I have Fuggle, Golding, and Mt. Hood available. All are taken from well established crowns, grown using...
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    Very interesting recipe help needed... with a reward!

    I apologize in advance for the length of this post... but it is necessary to get the idea across! So, my wife and I are having a big beer tasting in Sept to celebrate our wedding, with 250-300 guests. I am good buddies with a lot of local pro brewers, so we will have beer from about 6...
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    Deadbeat seller on the forum??

    I wasn't sure where to post this, so I figured this would be the place (feel free to move if not) What sort of system is in place to "out" or "blackball" deadbeat sellers? I have bought and sold many hundreds of dollars of brew equipment stuff on here over the years and never had a...
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    No Crystal Malt APA? Just 2-Row and Vienna?

    I am thinking about doing an Am Pale ale this weekend with no crystal malt. I really like the light colored, drier, crisp APA's and, I have a bunch of base malts on hand from a recent group buy. I was thinking just Canadian Superior Pale Malt (or similar Brit style pale malt) 2-row, Vienna...
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    StarSan spilled in shipping... still usable??

    Hello all. I just had a 32 oz. starsan shipped to me that I purchased from another home brewer. It was packaged in 2 plastic zip lock bags and then shipped in a bubble mailer envelope. One of the caps was completely broken in transit and there are about 11 oz of starsan left in the bottle...
  7. sleepystevenson

    Hop rhizomes: Fuggle, Golding, Mt. Hood - or trade for whole hops

    Heya fellow brewers - I have some really nice large hop rhizomes I just dug up yesterday while doing the annual spring hopyard maintenance. I have Fuggle, Golding, and Mt. Hood available. All are taken from well established crowns, grown using organic methods, in NW PA. These are not your...
  8. sleepystevenson

    Where to get whole hops now that hopsdirect is sold out of some varieties ?

    Well, it has come time to replenish the hop supply. I am a whole hops only man. I have always ordered from hopsdirect.com and have always had good buying experiences with them. So naturally, I was gonna order through them again. To my surprise they have sold out of a lot of hops for the year...
  9. sleepystevenson

    Filling corny kegs by weight? (closed system fill technique)

    Hey all - I started filling my cornies by pushing the beer out of the (2) half barrel sanke keg fermenters sitting in the fermentation chest freezer with CO2. No trying to lift out one of those suckers out and disturb it and shake up the sediment in a fermentor that has already been chilled...
  10. sleepystevenson

    Amber Nugget Ale

    See recipe notes at bottom for more info! Amber Nugget American Amber Ale Type: All Grain Date: 8/24/2010 Batch Size: 11.00 gal Boil Size: 12.50 gal Asst Brewer: Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: 1/2 barrel keggle and Igloo/Gott Cooler (10 Gal) Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00...
  11. sleepystevenson

    Corny keg hopback: thoughts and ideas?

    Next "toy" on the list to add to my brewery is a hopback. For a one barrel system, finding a suitable sized stainless container has been a challenge - I could easily see using more than a pound of hops in the hopback. I have been racking my brain to come up with a good solution, and I think...
  12. sleepystevenson

    Fresh cider today but no yeast til next week??

    I have a local guy who makes GREAT fresh pressed, unpasteurized cider. He is pressing today, and I am scheduled to pick up 5 gals this afternoon. The problem is, my LHBS will not have my cider yeast (White labs 775) in til one week from today - next tuesday. Will it be ok to keep the fresh...
  13. sleepystevenson

    Hard Cider or fruit juice dring without fermentation??

    Has anyone ever made "cider" or other "hard" fruit drink by just using apple juice, fruit juice, vodka and force carbonate in a keg? I am going camping with a bunch of people the weekend after next, some of whom may not really be into the massive amounts of homebrew I will be taking... I...
  14. sleepystevenson

    Session APA Recipe formulation w/ FWH

    Hello - I noticed that every keg I have filled now is dark and over 6.25% ABV, so I wanna make a nice session-able APA, with a lot of hop aroma/flavor but not TOO much bitterness. I wanted to try for mostly late additions and FWH to achieve this. I have never done this, so it is difficult to...
  15. sleepystevenson

    Borosilicate Flask heat/cool question for yeast starters.

    Hello. Just got a giant 5 liter borosilicate flask and stirplate for making starters. I know these are heat resistant and I can boil the starter wort in it on top of my gas stove. However, my question comes in the chilling of the wort / flask. Can I just remove the flask from the heat and...
  16. sleepystevenson

    Anybody find a good growler tote/carrier??

    Hey All, My girlfriend's mom would like to get me a growler tote /carrier of some sort for my birthday. I guess she's seen me carrying in the "liquid reinforcement" which always gets me through our visits....:D Anybody have any recommendations? Or reviews? Or ones to avoid?? Here's...
  17. sleepystevenson

    LOW FG ! Now what??

    Hello, All. Just kegged my Scottish 90~. Basic all grain Recipe from Jamil's Brewing Classic Styles book. Dumped on American Ale yeast cake, after removing some of the yeast from the fermenter. Single stage fermentation of 4 weeks. Mashed at 158. Fly Sparge. OG: 1.054 FG: 1.007! ( I was...
  18. sleepystevenson

    Hops: pellet vs. whole for single tier pump system

    Hello All, I have been using pellet hops with a separate bag for each addition for every brew on my current single tier two pump system. Basically, just because they are easier to pack into the freezer for storage. However, doing large (25 gal) batches, I sometimes wonder if my utilization...
  19. sleepystevenson

    APA recipe and hops: Galena and Mt. Hood??

    Heya, brewers. Looking to make a nice, easy drinking, fairly light American Pale Ale for the warm summer months. Not overly bitter, but with a good hop nose / aroma. I have plenty of Galena and Mt. Hood hops on hand, so..I would like to use them if possible. Any experience with this...
  20. sleepystevenson

    Spring IPA

    Total Grains: 60 Lbs. Total Hops: 21. 5 Oz. ABV: 6.3% Bitterness Ratio: .934 Grains: Amount Item Type % or IBU 50 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 83.33 % 4 lbs Munich Malt (6.0 SRM) Grain 6.67 % 4 lbs Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 6.67 % 2 lbs Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM)...
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