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  2. StretchNM

    New Facebook Group

    Well, Ashley looks to be a bit of a babe. So...uhm.... there's that.... ("Aye, always find a good word for those who try, laddie, but never a trophy unless they win!")
  3. Today
  4. RickBeer

    New Facebook Group

    Both have apparently left Mr. Beer. I'm never going to join a Mr. Beer FB group. I barely use FB, mostly for my HOA association and a few relatives. I rarely post to it, more see what relatives post. FB is not anonymous, this forum is.
  5. Shrike

    New Facebook Group

    I've noticed that too. I almost wanted to start answering people by posting links to the relevant topic on this forum. But if I did that I'd start getting waaaay to many notifications in FB.
  6. BDawg62

    New Facebook Group

    It is nice to have that group but there are a lot of questions that are asked there that have been answered 100s of times here.
  7. Yesterday
  8. MiniYoda

    New Facebook Group

    Due to security concerns, I don't do Facebook. 😞
  9. Cato

    New Facebook Group

    Have to check it out. Where is MRB Tim? Where is MRB Renae?
  10. Bonsai & Brew

    Rhizomes

    All of my hops look just like yours -- "Golden," Nugget, and a couple unknown varieties are all popping up. Even so, I ordered Magnum + Mt. Hood rhizomes from Strange Brew just to make sure.
  11. Last week
  12. efdbrian

    Rhizomes

    I’m near Hershey, PA. Most of them have grown that much in the last two weeks. We’ve had some warm weather and rain.
  13. Creeps McLane

    Rhizomes

    Holy hell!!! Where do you live again??? Crazy how much taller yours are than mine
  14. efdbrian

    Rhizomes

    I’m about ready to start stringing mine up. Tough to see in the picture but the ones that are on the far side of one picture are close to two feet.
  15. Creeps McLane

    Rhizomes

    How are them golden hops there @Bonsai & Brew? i got action in my planter
  16. Cato

    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    Brewing a 3 gal batch of Altbier tomorrow, BIAB. Gathered my grains, and normally grind them the night before but not happening tonight. Weather going to be perfect for brewing in the garage with a high of 74. That means the IC coil should get me down to pitch temps pretty fast. Alts are fun as the hop schedule isn't demanding and I love the hybrid nature of fermenting an ale at lager temps. That Wyeast 1007 rocks.
  17. Fire Rooster

    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    @Jdub@RickBeer Gonna try cryo hop whirlpool @ 120 degrees, that may give an acceptable level of hoppyness.
  18. RickBeer

    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    Dry hopping has a huge impact on hop aroma, vs. flavor. Of course our sense of smell does impact our sense of taste.
  19. Jdub

    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    i think dry hopping is pretty important to get that hop flavor, don't know how to avoid it. maybe add hop tea at bottling? i haven't had any issues with it thus far.
  20. Fire Rooster

    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    Third all grain brew was first SMaSH recipe, first time using pale ale malt, and first time mashing correctly at 151. Beers malt is tasty, beer itself is very crisp and clean, but lacks a notable hop presence. This batch was 4 pounds grain for 2 gallons, prior two were 5 1/2 pounds grain per 2 gallons, ABV too high on those. Slowly getting away from ever opening the fermenter, don't like dry hopping, and will also try that cryo whirlpool at 120. I would like a set it and forget it fermenter, and will do any extra processes to make that happen. side note, using 22 oz glass bottles, and saving three bottles per batch to age.
  21. Jdub

    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    @Fire Rooster i'm gonna do a cascade smash next i think. been thinking about it since you posted that smash article. however, gonna do hops schedule like this: FW hops, whirlpool hops and 7 day dry hop. goal is to get more hop flavor, not the bitterness. thinking about cascade cryo hops too.
  22. RickBeer

    Bottling with Wand and Siphon?

    SInce you mentioned "cheating", let me reinforce that one of the key qualities of a successful homebrewer is PATIENCE. Making beer takes time. Cutting corners rarely saves time, especially without increasing risk of crappy product. Sure, you can turn a 5 hour brew day into a 4:48 minute brew day, but you're not going to make it a 3 hour brew day. The more you move fermented beer around, the higher the risk that you screw it up.
  23. StretchNM

    Bottling with Wand and Siphon?

    OK. Just wondering. I certainly can see how it would "work", like efdbrian said, but it sounds like a lot of trouble at high risk, as RickBeer says. I'll do it like Jdub says. I have confidence in that method, at least, since I did it with my all-grain batch. I was just thinking maybe I could "cheat" a little. Thank you
  24. Jdub

    Bottling with Wand and Siphon?

    i would siphon into a LBK and then bottle from there, being careful not to create too much splashing to limit the oxygen exposure, like was mentioned above.
  25. RickBeer

    Bottling with Wand and Siphon?

    And air is bad. Oxidation ruins beer.
  26. efdbrian

    Bottling with Wand and Siphon?

    Can it be done? Sure. I've done it a couple times. It's not the best solution, but I did it in a pinch. You'll need to make sure that the bottling wand spring is depressed when you start the siphoning action. It might be easier with a second set of hands to do that. Then just make sure that you keep the bottling wand lower than the carboy. You'll want to make sure that you have pretty tight connections. If you start to get air in the line between bottle fills you will lose the siphon.
  27. Can you bottle from a carboy that has no spigot, by using a siphon or auto-siphon with a bottling wand attached to the end of it? The reason I ask is because I have these 2 very nice, plastic carboys that I don't want to drill for spigots. I know I could use them as second fermenters, then when ready siphon into a LBK or other bucket with spigot, but just wondering if I could skip a step. See I was thinking that the siphon tube might lose it's draw through the repeated opening and closing of the wand valve, causing me to have to restart the siphon several times while bottling. Thank you
  28. MiniYoda

    New Facebook Group

    nice, but I'm not a "social" person. I don't have a facebook account
  29. Yes, as far as I know, the stainless mini kegs are designed for high psi, even forced carbonation. I haven’t got that far with them yet. I’ve only got two, and my first Mr Beer batch is only 1 week into primary fermentation. I read a bunch of the reviews on Amazon, and people are carbonating in them.
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