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About RickBeer

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    Ann Arbor, Michigan (GO BLUE!)
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    Brewing 5 gallon extract recipes, skiing, my family, U of Michigan.

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  1. RickBeer

    Starting to think about HME and LME

    Many of us always put 2.5 gallons in.
  2. RickBeer

    22mm Socket (Deep Well)

    A socket should never be needed. Hand tightening is all that is required. With outside at 90 degree angle, hand tighten gently. Then turn outside 90 degrees. If it leaks, file down outside to smooth.
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    Apricot Amber Ale

    That is way more than a Mr. Beer batch would use, more for a 5 lb batch. At $23 for 3 lbs, it is probably 2.5 x the price of cans of non-pureed fruit at the grocery store . But, very easy to use.
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    Apricot Amber Ale

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    Apricot Amber Ale

    Do NOT filter fermented beer. You will aerate it.
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    Apricot Amber Ale

    See post above yours... "I did get lots of bits in the beer though despite bagging it. But they tasted taste good."
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    It is a great idea. FedoraDave posted it some years ago, that's where I got the idea from. Can't find his post, just my mention of it in 2015. Amazing how simple ideas are when we want to do them all fancy.
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    Caramel Stout

    Many flavors in brewing are not made with the ingredients you think. "Hey, that honey beer really tastes like honey!" From honey, right? Nope - honey dries out a beer, the honey flavor comes from honey malt. "Hey, I like that citrus flavor is this beer!" From fruit, right? Nope - usually from hops. "Love the chocolate in this beer!" From melting a chocolate bar, right? Nope, can't do that, has fat, ruins beer. From Chocolate Malt grain, very small amounts. "Hey, I like that caramel flavor in that stout!" From melting caramels, right? Nope - from the addition of caramel malts usually. When you progress to steeping grain, you would steep some Caramel/Crystal grains, perhaps 40 or 60.
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    Saison fermentation seems to have stalled

    8 weeks on the yeast cake would yield off flavors.
  10. RickBeer

    Tweaking a Blueberry Kolsch recipe

    You need a blender, fruit needs to be pureed. Fruit needs to be pasteurized. Discussed many times. Or, use Oregon Fruit, https://www.mrbeer.com/ingredients/canned-fruit, also available at your grocery store. Or DelMonte.
  11. RickBeer

    One Gallon Glass Fermenter?

    Just be aware that glass fermenters can break when dropped or explode if the airlock gets plugged up. Most people have moved away from glass to plastic.
  12. RickBeer

    Newbie needs brew plan confirmation

    Q-Tip with sanitizer, shot glass with sanitizer, spray bottle with sanitizer...
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    Newbie needs brew plan confirmation

    Go 3 full weeks on fermenting, then cold crash for 3 days, propped up as noted. Prep bottles, then fill (still propped up) right away, don't let it warm. Then 4 weeks, not 3, at 70 or higher. Cool basement may be too cool.
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    Old crashing with fermenter propped up...
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    Plastic bottles bulging

    Right. Sugar is sugar. Tell the wife she is wrong. I dare you...😂