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  1. Brewkowski

    Best way to turn people on to Local Craft Beer?

    So I work in the hotel industry at an airport hotel and I'm the lucky guy who gets to run the food and beverage department and I'm looking to bring on a decent assortment of the local Chicago/burb beer. It's not a super happening night spot so I can't go crazy, and lets face it every weekend my...
  2. Brewkowski

    The Walking dead

    I just finished the graphic novel volume where the prison attack went down, I think it's interesting the things that have deviated from the comic vs. series. I don't think any of this can count as spoilers since the prison thing happened right? For example, the way the governor looked was...
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    The Walking dead

    I was just at the library and decided to look to see if they have TWD graphic novels so I could start on them. Go figure, volume 1-5 were checked out, so I got 6 and 7, that shouldn't spoil anything right? When I started to page through it, Michonne was in the middle of f'ing a guy up really bad...
  4. Brewkowski

    The Walking dead

    Ok, so who kidnapped Beth? Will Rick recognize the group that Daryl is with? Terminus seemed awfully quiet for being a place where everyone survives if they arrive, I'm thinking the greeter has a little Norman Bates thing going on and talks to dead people? Is the mullet man really heading to DC...
  5. Brewkowski

    Adding oak - will this work

    I've used some of them for part of a batch, personally I preferred the taste of the oak options from the local brew shop, they just seemed a little more harsh compared to other options. If it's what you have, I'd totally try it though, I mean worse case scenario you have to make a few batches...
  6. Brewkowski

    What makes some beers cloudy or clear?

    I mashed at around 150 and let it rest for about 40 minutes. I thought about doing a protein rest, which I think I used to do around 120 or so, but I read that it wasn't necessary for partial mashing?? One thing that stood out to me was my Estimated OG was considerably higher than my actual...
  7. Brewkowski

    What makes some beers cloudy or clear?

    I was going to start a thread to ask for help trouble shooting the cloudiness/haze in my beer, but I figured no use adding to the never ending of amount of first timer questions. Although I'm not a first timer, this is my first beer batch in maybe two years so I'm foggy on technique. Attached...
  8. Brewkowski

    High fermentation after a month.

    I'd take a gravity reading to see how far it has come, or how far it has to go.
  9. Brewkowski

    Port: does anyone here make it?

    I've made a few port style fruit wines, I used a typical brandy from a liquor store to fortify it, then aged it on some Hungarian oak. Technically you're supposed to start your fermentation and then pour in the brandy to fortify it to stop fermentation (kills yeasts due to high alcohol level)...
  10. Brewkowski

    Munich/Northern Brewer SMaSH

    I thought Northern Brewer hops were the only hops used in making Anchor Steam ale, which might work nice for your recipe.
  11. Brewkowski

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  12. Brewkowski

    Which 7day wine does any recommend

    7 day kit? I'm not familiar with any kits that would be "ready" in 7 days, most of the time fermentation can still be active at that point. I've heard some kits can be ready in 30 days or 6 weeks, but I've never used one. Wine making is a thing of patience, ever more so than brewing and I...
  13. Brewkowski

    Getting ready to bottle

    I think they're too stiff, but it's really just a personal preference. I think using real cork gives the bottle a chance to age better because it can get a small amount of air through the cork over the few months that I normally have it on the shelf. I know some people who are totally happy...
  14. Brewkowski

    Getting ready to bottle

    I've been using the double lever style corker for years and I don't really see a need for anything more, it might make things go faster if you're doing bigger batches and occasionally the corks aren't exactly the same depth but for my supply it's good. I think I use a size 8 cork, I don't like...
  15. Brewkowski

    Starting a batch of wine when it is raining

    I've done plenty of both on rainy days, any idea of the reasons behind why not? Pressure or temperature fluctuations and back pressure or something?
  16. Brewkowski

    Next step?

    Is it from a kit with instructions, or from scratch? What kind of chocolate did you use? Since you don't have any gravity readings, is it really dry (how sure are you it's done fermenting?). If you can get some gravity readings you'll have a much better idea of existing sugar levels, but either...
  17. Brewkowski

    Another backsweeting question

    Sorbate and camden tablets are cheap and are very good at doing what they do when it comes to preventing fermentation, I'd add them and then do the concentrate also. I like to keep my back sweetening simple and I very much enjoy the flavor of sweetening with juices and concentrates.
  18. Brewkowski

    Imperial IPA - Bittering hop?

    Haven't brewed any beer in a while, and I've finally got some time on my hands so I thought it's a great time to get back into beer (instead of wines/meads). Lots of new variables, never made an IPA/IPPA/RIPA, never used Citra or Summit hops, never used Rye malt. After doing some research...
  19. Brewkowski

    Using Vodka for Cacao Nib Extraction

    I had done something similar to infuse a Raspberry wine with cocoa nibs and it turned out pretty good. I let the nibs soak for several weeks I think, and the only problem I came across was that there was some kind of oil separation from the nibs. I ended up using a coffee filter to keep the...
  20. Brewkowski

    Brettanomyces in my wine!!!

    Ok, after further investigation it seems that I do not have Brett, it's merely a film yeast of some sort. I'm not sure if that changes much on what I need to do to the wine but I guess my best plan is to rack to a new carboy with plenty of SO2, and leave the top layer of wine behind as much as...
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