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    Beer making, wine making, mead making and knife making. Ooops....how did that sneak in there? I also do a little hunting and definitely do some fishing.

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  1. Well, kind of tight like mine after cold crashing for sure. Was like a mat at the bottom of the lbk. Well, more towards the back. Was really amazed at how much it solidified. Hadnt had the trub on any of my brews do that before. Very interesting seeing it do that. Which is why I was able to get extra bottles that I hadnt gotten before.
  2. cyberpip

    Cleaning the LBK -- How much is enough?

    Thanks Rick, I didn't know about disassembling the valve. I had been letting the wash do most of the cleaning. I did wipe it over good while draining the wash, but never disassembled. Actually, didn't know you could. Now, I guess I have been lucky as I hadn't had any problems the way I was cleaning, but that was just luck, I guess. Now I know better and can do better. Don't know much about the Oxi-clean as I haven't used it, but I might pick some up today when I am at the store.
  3. cyberpip

    Cleaning the LBK -- How much is enough?

    I use the Craftmeister Oxygen Brewery Wash that Mr Beer sells here. I use a scoop and a half in the LBK and then fill it to the top and let it sit for 15 minutes to half an hour. It cleans the barrel without needing any scrubbing and I just dump and rinse. First, I loosen the valve up and also open the valve so that the wash can clean those as it drains. Then dump, rinse, close up the valve and screw it back and good to go. Let the barrel sit upside down for a while to dry.
  4. Very True! Just got done bottling a case a little while ago. My Sinister Bull Milk Stout. I cold crashed it for 2 days. Then bottled it this afternoon. Got 2 more bottles than I had usually been able to get without cold crashing. Also, the trub was solidified on the bottom. Well, maybe not solid, but pretty close. And had been mostly towards the back because of my having tilted the barrel in the fridge. I was very happy with the way the cold crashing helped. It helped clear the brew, though this one is a very dark brew, black. So wasnt easy to see through in the glass anyway. I even was able to get a small glass to try it out and still got the two extra bottles on top of that. And looking in the barrel, I might have been able to get one more bottle if I hadnt moved it a bit more than I would have if I was going to try for another. The trub looked like a jellified matt at the bottom. Was neat looking. Would have made it really easy to save it if I had been so inclined. Thanks for starting this topic Rick, it really helped me, and I am sure others. Thanks!
  5. I used two CD cases. What the heck... only thing I had.
  6. Thanks for this thread, Rick. I have learned alot. I actually learned about cold crashing.....other than the multi-vehicle pile-up, and have done it. For the first time. Or should say doing it. To my Sinister Bull Stout. Its in my fridge now. Pulled some beer to fit it...but the beer, in bottles, will survive. It will be gone by this afternoon..I assure you. Anyway, thanks again. Great article and good information. Sometimes ya just gotta knock it in our heads...well, mine at least. I am old, set in my ways, and sometimes I think I know it all. Well, sometimes I do, but in this case, no.. You got it. Thanks again.
  7. It does sound good. I think I will try it later. Right now cant, got 5 barrels going right now so no room. And will run out of bottles. Going to have to wait till the end of the month before I start any more brews. And get some more bottles. I like the 12oz glass that mr beer sells. Just me, I guess, but beer in glass is better I think. I have to agree with you. Mr Beer is great now. Had just a little interest a few years ago and got a barrel and brewed up the beer that came with the kit. Came out good. But other than that, there wasn't much going on with mr beer back then. That was about..ohhhhh... 5 or 6 years ago I think. If I remember right, I had to do a partial boil then. But that was all I did as not long after we moved and I pitched the beer stuff or gave it away..dont know. But yea, for sure, mr beer is the place to learn to brew now or to just start brewing again. Only thing I haven't done is making any white lightning. Wish they would make it legal to make your own like they did beer and wine. But in the meantime I will stick with beer and making the occasional wine or mead batch. Right now got more of both of those than we will drink in the next couple of years. So they will bet some good ageing. Good luck on your brew. Hope it comes out like you hope.
  8. Never tried it. What is it like? Sounds good for sure.
  9. cyberpip

    Home Grown Beer Labels

    I like it........... Check out mine...Not as great as yours though.....wow...gonna have to come up with something. Good one though for sure.
  10. cyberpip

    Home Grown Beer Labels

    Here is my latest for the Angry Bovine Chocolate Stout. But since my wife didn't want the cacao nibs in it, I left them out so couldn't really call it a chocolate stout so reduced it to a milk stout. Well, you will see.
  11. Okay, will do. Have to do it later...been really busy today. Did try my Irish Stout brew tonite. Still very young and needs more conditioning...but yeowww...it is good.. Its going to be a good one come next month. This milk stout I am brewing now will be good as well. I hope. So far, haven't had any go bad on me. When I find that thread I will put this one on there and maybe some others that I have designed. I like doing drawings for them. This one I didn't, I was just trying out ideas and found the drawings in a file on my disk. Don't know who did them. They are good drawings though. Wish I could claim them.
  12. Glad you like it. As I said, I can post it in the Avery format and their software is free so its an easy way to print out labels because you can print to plain paper if you want. Anyway, enjoy and let me know if you have any ideas for others you might like to have printed up. I enjoy making these things, even drawing.
  13. I brewed the angry bovine recipe for the first time a week ago. Its still in the barrel and got two weeks yet before I bottle it. Figured I would design my own label for it. Then I got to thinking....always a dangerous thing, for me. And thought i would make a funny label for my latest brew. Here it is. And if you want, you can borrow it for your own bottles. If there is enough interest I can post it in an AVERY label format to make it easier for anyone to use it and/or make changes in it if they want. So here it is. The SINISTER BULL MILK STOUT. I think its funny, but opinions can vary. But I hope yall like it.
  14. cyberpip

    Angry Bovine Is Back in Stock!

    One thing I am thinking is trying to make it a cream. Not sure though if I should try it using oats or if I should use corn. I like creamy texture/flavor as does the momma. Would like to surprise her with something maybe along those lines. No chocolate though, leastways strong. And she isn't fond of fruity beers. But if anyone has any suggestions, will be happy to try them. This one is strictly experimental so open to try anything. If it doesn't work or comes out bleuuuwwww..so be it. But heck, could come up with a new brew. Never know.
  15. cyberpip

    Angry Bovine Is Back in Stock!

    Too true. Just had never had one start up THAT fast. It was fascinating watching it. Only thing worrying me was if it would overflow. But keeping the temp below 70 seemed to really help. With the two LME's in it I did really expect it to have a good chance of overflowing which is why I wanted to control the temp as I did, err...doing. Never brewed a milk stout before so am discovering I REALLY like the smell of it. Right now I have three barrels brewing and am going to start another one in a day or two. The new one I am really going to play mad scientist. I want to do a partial mash with some grains that I haven't used before. Got an American Light that I need to use and since light beer doesn't go well around our place, I need to bring it up to something that folks here will drink..hopefully. any thoughts anyone on what I might try with it?