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Clearcut23

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  1. I was told by a rather learned man at the LHBS that the "Best by" or experation dates on HME's is more for the yeast and even then only because the USDA makes them put them on
  2. It should be fine if you replace the brown sugar with one can of Creamy Brown. But if it were me I would add the Creamy brown along with the Brown Sugar to up the ABV. But thats just me. I dont like making anything less than 6% ABV because it doesnt last very long in my house if it is
  3. Did you put it in into Q Brew to determine your OG? Im thinking the yeast shouldnt have a problem but others might have a little more scientific answer for ya. Ive always just brewed. I never stopped to think if the yeast would handle the ABV or not. Unless Im making a wine or a barley wine. I think you'll be ok. Standard brewers yeast will withstand quite a bit really. But like I said if its projected over 12%abv then you may want to add some nutrient or sumthin EDIT- Also, if this is a Recipe kit you bought from Mr.Beer then the yeast they provided will handle the ABV no problem. They wouldnt sell you a kit with not enough yeast.
  4. WolfMagus wrote: I need to get more bottles and I'm debating on glass vs plastic. I've read that glass is better than plastic for bottling because over time plastic can let air in and make your beer go bad. Problem is I can't seem to find any info on how long you can store beer in plastic before you run a risk of contamination. Anyone know the answer? I prefer the PET bottles for a number of reasons, but I'm concerned about the longevity if I want to age a brew for a longer period of time. Any help is appreciated. My uncle made moonshine for years. Then he was born again and stopped. When my mom and step dad were moving from their place in Forks,Wa to Dutch Harbor, Alaska I went home and helped them pack their stuff. Upon doing so I found 2 old bottles of shine. His stuff was 190 proof and as smooth as hell. It was awesome. Anyways, one bottle was glass and the other was a plastic gatorade type bottle. The plastic bottle had a date on it of about 5 years old. I did flame tests on both bottles and then drank from the glass bottle and then drank from the plastic. I couldnt tell the difference. 5 years 190 proof sat in a plastic bottle and by some miracle of god didnt leach any off flavors or anything into it
  5. More WCPA or American Blonde ale. I havent really made alot of the Mr.Beer kits just what was given to me as gifts. The American Devil IPA is a good brew. Not as hoppy as I would like but still good. Pilothouse Pilsner is good
  6. www.google.com I wouldnt exactly call my wife not wanting to drink the beers I make a problem. If that was the case I would tell her its powdered bleach
  7. bpgreen wrote: Clearcut23 wrote: Whats the difference between steeping and mashing? I roasted and steeped oatmeal for my Irish Oatmeal Stout I did a few weeks ago. Turned out pretty good Steeping is used to extract sugars that have already been converted (often by roasting). Mashing uses base malts for enzymes in them that convert unfermentable starches into fermentable and unfermentable sugars. Some base malts have just enough enzymes to convert themselves, while others (such as 2 row) can convert their own starches as well as the starches in other grains. If you cracked a bunch of wheat and soaked it in water at 150, you would get little, if any sugar. If you cracked some two row and added it in, the enzymes would get to work on the starches in the wheat and the malt and convert them into various sugars. Looks like I still have alot to learn. I think i'll stick to LHBS recommended recipes till I get the hang of it
  8. Whats the difference between steeping and mashing? I roasted and steeped oatmeal for my Irish Oatmeal Stout I did a few weeks ago. Turned out pretty good
  9. haerbob3 wrote: a 6 gallon better bottle for a secondary. That is to big for the secondary you run the risk of oxidation! Ive always used a 6 gallon carboy for secondary and havent had any problems yet. If you have a kegging system or a CO2 tank after you rack to secondary you can blow all the oxygen out of th etop of the secondary replacing it with CO2
  10. It snowed about 6 inches here overnight. Just got in from making a snowman with my 2 year old. Fun times
  11. Letting it sit in the fridge longer than 8 hours will help alot. Most people on this board recommend letting it sit in the fridge for a week but I just cant do that. I usually load my fridge up on a Thursday night after work and then start cracking them open Friday night after work and I havent had a problem yet
  12. Hot weather? Where the hell are you? It started pissing down snow at my place in Sammamish,WA this afternoon and hasnt stopped since
  13. Hmmm. What brew was it? The only thing I can think of is maybe too much sugar contributed to too much bottle trub. The siphon isnt really a good idea. Im guessing it would just foam up like crazy. Any way you could post a pic of the bottle before you pour it and then the glass you pour it into?
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