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Everything posted by gophers6

  1. I use 7th Generation Free and Clear that I found on Amazon. This was a few years ago and it only came in 8 bottle cartons. I have enough to last several lifetimes.
  2. I have a neighbor who home brews and he never refrigerates. Bottle conditions for 4 weeks, moves them to the basement where it's upper 50's and drinks them. To each his own I guess.
  3. There's something about drinking beer out of a green bottle that turns my stomach.
  4. Probably some green flecks is what he's seeing.
  5. There's been other posters here before with the same issue. Personally, I've never removed the rings and they've never caused a problem. If they are all the way down, and sitting flat instead of cock eyed, I don't see what they could hurt.
  6. Cold crashing your lbk significantly reduces the amount of trub in the bottles.
  7. Sometimes after bottling you get a little layer of foam on top of the liquid. That's what causes the ring. Maybe it's hard to see when you're looking through maize and blue glasses.
  8. What Rick said, except about 10% of the time I end up with a ring at the top of the bottle where I filled to. In those cases I use a bottle brush to remove the ring. Glass bottles only though, don't use a brush on plastic.
  9. You definitely want to keep the lbk out of the sun. If you can't, try putting a black plastic garbage bag over it loosely.
  10. Brewing can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. That's the beauty of it.
  11. abv will be around 3.0 to 3.25%. Ferment for 3 weeks and condition at room temp 4 weeks. Then a few days in the fridge. Welcome to the forum.
  12. Once in a while I get a gusher when I open a swing top. Can't explain why as I bottle every batch into a few swing tops, a few regular glass, and a few plastic bottles. If it was underfermented, too much sugar, or infected, all the bottles should gush, not just the swing tops. I'm phasing them out anyway because of the extra cleaning of the gasket and cap.
  13. I've gone up to 2 years with very little degradation. But hoppy beers lose their hoppiness over time, best to drink them young. Right now I'm having a Prohibition Porter bottled 5/20/16. It's as good as new!
  14. I store mine upside down as soon as I get them.
  15. I think you have to call them to order just the HME.
  16. I've made the Churchill. I added 4 oz carapils steeped and 1/2 lb amber dme. Just used the yeast that came with it. Turned out great.
  17. Rather than ripping Mr Beer, if they were smart, they would try to sell you some lme/dme and hops that you can add to Mr Beer to make it even better.
  18. Actually, I like to guzzle Bud Light with it while I'm watching NASCAR.
  19. Honestly didn't know boughten was an unusual word. People here use it all the time to identify something that's not homemade. Now excuse me while I finish skinning a possum for dinner.
  20. Just wondering about something? Some craft brews say on the label "Non pasteurized, keep refrigerated. Our beers aren't pasteurized and they sit at room temp for months. Why does boughten need refrigeration?
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