brybry

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About brybry

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  • Birthday 03/24/1967

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    Lancaster, PA
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    Live music, Smoking Meat BBQ, Beer, Photography

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  1. I always use fresh for sanitizing but often keep the old in a 5 gallon bucket to remove labels. I've found less than a handful of beers that the labels won't come off clean after soaking overnight in the old solution.
  2. I tried the Apricot Wheat last year with 2 cans of apricots. It was an OK wheat beer, but I was disappointed in how little Apricot flavor came through. You really had more of an Apricot aroma than actual flavor.
  3. If they do call customer service and complain that they sold you expired product, maybe they give you a refund? On a similar note around christmas time I found some American Lager refills on sale at the local K-Mart and when I was paying for them was asked if I'd like the replacement coverage for them. I was tempted . . .
  4. I was looking at the Powerful Patriot Ale recipe on the website and thinking about trying it since I currently have all the ingredients other than the 1 1/2oz Liberty Pellet Hops. However I do have 1/2 oz Glacier Hop Pellets left over from a brew last fall that have been in the freezer. I generally shy away from hoppy beer and really have no idea about the differences between different hops. Would this be an OK substitution?
  5. My LHBS sells these http://www.amazon.com/Swag-Brewery-753677408869-Candle-3-Pack/dp/B010GE30W4/ref=sr_1_3?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1457109366&sr=1-3&keywords=beer+scented+candle
  6. I really like this suggestion. I've gone into my LHBS and when I ask for suggestions I typically get well it depends on what's in the extract and they act like they've never heard of Mr Beer
  7. I had read that review and thought wow here's someone that hasn't done any reading.
  8. I'm lucky I can print my designs on a laser printer at work, on plain paper, that way the ink doesn't run when wet. You could probably do the same at a local Staples or Office Max for less than a buck a sheet. And then I use a kids glue stick to affix them. It won't hold up to soaking the beers in a bucket of ice water but hey do clean off real nice with just a quick soak in warm water. Now I need to check out that beerlabelizer for the designs.
  9. Yes I have been playing around in QBrew and am leaning to 4 ounces. I was also toying with the idea of adding a little bit of vanilla extract but not sure yet.
  10. Yes I think the molasses flavor tends to be one of those you like it or you don't without much in between. Personally I like it at least in baked goods which I why I'm think of trying it instead of plain white sugar. Also about the sweetness vrs dryness. I like both types of beer. I recently made an Oatmeal Stout, I may call it a Chocolate Oatmeal Stout based on the tasting at bottling time. That had a nice bittersweet taste and came in around 6%, for this porter I'm looking to go the other direction I'd like to keep the ABV at 5% or lower and have a drier finish.
  11. Sorry, this is a separate question only related to the first one because it's another question I had about Qbrew, I suppose I could/should have started another thread. That said yes I see I added the LME incorrectly, thanks for pointing that out. And after looking back at my notes from when I last brewed the Robust Porter I got an OG of 1.041 and an ABV of 4.3%. I got the part about "FIRST add the HME as Hops for 5 minutes, and then . . .", so I at least did that correctly Not sure if I was aware of the old discussion about the actual vrs stated yield of the base can, but my results would support the idea that ones actual results aren't likely to match the numbers stated. I wasn't aware that QBrew was taking that into account, but no that I know I can certainly appreciate it. And BTW I did follow what Josh, you and all the others said back in December. And the results are tasty
  12. Another question. I think I followed the instructions when entering the HME & LME as grains, but my numbers don't match what the Mr Beer website shows, am I doing something wrong in Qbrew?
  13. I was thinking of brown sugar, because I seem to remember in other threads people saying that the molasses flavor works well with a darker beer like a Porter to Stout. Any thoughts on how much to add?
  14. Maybe transfer to another container like you would to batch prime
  15. Last year I brewed the deluxe porter and while I enjoyed it I want to brew it again and go a little drier. I was thinking of adding 2 to 4 oz of light brown sugar, thoughts?