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Everything posted by btomlin75

  1. Most dogs don't care for the noise, I keep mine inside but maybe I should give them a beer to calm them down. No, I will drink the beer and just pet them
  2. Only Alabama can have wet cities in dry counties and places where you can buy beer in stores but not in a restaurant and other weird liquor laws but at least some of us can now "legally" brew our own beer.
  3. Now that home brewing is legal in Alabama maybe we can talk to one another
  4. I prefer Grand Bohemian, but I'm a hop head.
  5. The blueberries have skins and the raspberries do not. The yeasties have to work harder for thier sugar from the blueberries. :party: Sounds reasonable, it is due to the ease of processing the sugars.
  6. First brew is always memorable, be it good, bad or in between. Glad you had good luck with yours. :gulp:
  7. New set up looks clean abd runs fast. Would suggest reducing the left and right margins, there is alot of open air on either side.
  8. I always knew that good brewing was a more simple process than some folks make it and you just showed how simple it can be. Good one pot system.
  9. The amount time of time spent in the bottle is less important the the amount of time spent in the glass.
  10. The first time will always be remembered.
  11. Looking forward to what is new and improved.
  12. Dark brown adds a very slight taste and slight color and light brown adds even less but either will feed your yeast for carbonating. It takes more brown sugar than table sugar and it is slower to dissolve. I have used it in a porter and a stout, but I batch primed both.
  13. The bottles do not have to have had carbination before, they just have to be strong enough to hold the pressure of fermented beer and keep the light out. I have used all types, 1 lt and 1/2 lt brown PET, 12 oz glass with crip caps, 16 oz flip top and even 5 lt mini keg. Any bottle has advantages and disadvantages. I use 8 oz water bottles for test bottles but beyond that all my bottles are dark. Glass is the best for long shelf life.
  14. Used brown sugar in Black Tower Porter and it worked well, and yes, you do use sightly more brown sugar than table sugar. Have fun and try different things but make sure you keep track of what you do.
  15. The mini-kegerators shown in the first post use mini-kegs. These small kegs can not be force carbed, they require CO2 only to force the beer out of the keg without adding oxygen. They are nice but I have yet to get the carbing correct, either too little or too much. If you go to Midwest and go to mini-keg they have several types. I have one mini-keg that has been conditioning for about 6 months and I plan to tap it next month, hopefully I have the carbination right on this keg. Be sure to check how any mini-kegerator handles CO2 for dispensing the beer.
  16. Both refined and corn sugar will carb your beer and Screwy Brewer's calculator will keep the amount of sugar balanced. Don't limit yourself to one or two types of sugar though. There is brown sugar, honey, molassis and others. You can add some slight flavor changes by using different sugars. Have fun and brew hoppy.
  17. My 2 batches have been working for 16 days now at 55 degrees. Took a FG reading and got 1.019(OG 1.064) on one and 1.018(OG 1.062) on the other so I guess we are on schedule. I plan to start d-rest Sunday and run it at 68 thru Wednesday, back to 55 for 10 days then into the bottles for at least 2 months or so.
  18. Could be several different things. Slight variation in the amount of sugar, sugar not fully dissolved but probably just caps not properly sealed. If you use plastic bottles and caps you should check the caps several times while they are carbing just be sure that they are tight.
  19. Sounds like you need more practice, brew more beer Then enjoy it :gulp:
  20. I did a Black Tower and used 6 oz of very strong coffee to dissolve my sugar to do a batch prime solution. Worked really well. Make sure that you like the taste of the coffee that you are adding. As to the vanilla, remember that there are fermentables even in extracts and they will effect priming if added just before bottling.
  21. Just started 2 runs of Imperial Pils today. Steeped the grain and put everything together while the rain poured down. Took OG readings and even though I thought that I had done the same for both batchs I got 2 different OGs, 1 was 1.064 at 70 and the other was 1.062 at 68. I threw 1/2 oz of Norther Brewer in one keg and 1 oz of cascade in the other keg. They are sitting in the cooler at 68 until tomorrow, then I will drop the controller to 54 for the next 2 or 3 weeks before the d-rest and then I will proceed from there depending on the appearance, smell and taste.
  22. All booster does is up the alcohol content by feeding raw sugars to the yeast and with the amount of malt you have in the 3 cans you do not need it. Coriander and/ or orange zest will help the brew,
  23. MrBeer yeast is pretty forgiving, you should have a good fermentation going by the weekend.
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