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  1. I did the whole can in a LBK.
  2. Conditioning beer in the bottle for a month or so is good, but after a 1-2 months I think putting the beer in the fridge better. Cellar temps are perfect for conditioning, but leaving your beer at room temp for months on end will speed up off flavors and oxidation in my experience. I keg most of my beers and force carb, but my beers age great in my keezer. I guess it depends on the alcohol content and style, but putting the beers in the fridge won't stop the flavors from enhancing or changing. For bottle conditioned you definitely need them to carb at room temp, but commercial beers that are bottle conditioned are refrigerated after a few weeks. Just my opinion...which isn't worth much.=)
  3. You can definitely bottle and carb in growlers. Saves a lot of time, but you do need to drink it all in one sitting to avoid losing all the carb.
  4. I did the Coopers Irish Stout in a Mr. Beer keg and it came out like motor oil. It was ok, but just too strong and too bitter for a an irish stout. I'm sure some other ones would be ok in one keg, maybe something lighter?
  5. The only real downside I can see would be adding oxygen when you pour the bottles into the keg, but Barleywines often have a an oxidized flavor ultimately anyway.
  6. You could do a pale ale or maybe an IPA. Bitter with Magnum, and then willamette and chinook for flavor, and dry hop with the cascade?
  7. I always put the hops in the secondary and then rack the beer on top of it. Some of the hops float but they dissolve in a few days and most of it settles to the bottom.
  8. You can also just add directly to the fermenter or secondary. Especially since its such a small amount.
  9. Hey Lanz, Kolsch is a great beer. One of my favorites. For your recipe I would recommend doing a 90 minute boil if you can. Since you're using mainly pilsner malt, that will help drive off DMS. Also, definitely do a diacetyl rest. For my Kolsch I ferment around 59-60 for 1 and 1/2 weeks and then raise the temp up to about 68-69 for 3 -4 days before lagering. I didn't do that the first time and had major buttery flavors as a result. Lager it for 1-2 months and it should be fantastic. Also, not sure if you're doing BIAB, but I would mash your grains on the lower end, maybe 148-150. That will help get a lot of fermentables and help give you a nice dry finish. That gives the Kolsch a lager like crispness and taste. Also, try using very soft water or RO water. It helps give it the crispness too. Good luck!
  10. Another good reason to add fruit to the secondary...learned that the hard way.
  11. I've got this recipe on deck but haven't brewed yet. I plan to add the two cans of fruit to the secondary though. Better fruit flavor.
  12. Hey Dudley, while I haven't tried this recipe, I have tried the Dog Fish Head Midas Touch (I think the King's nectar is kind of a clone of the Midas Touch) and it definitely had some residual sweetness to it. Only way to tell if you're completely fermented is a hydrometer, but I'd say youre ok.
  13. I recently brewed a Raspberry wheat that I added real raspberries and raspberry extract as well. I still haven't tried any but I am pretty skeptical about the extract. I've heard they can give it a fake taste. But we'll see how it comes out. The fact yours tasted good Dave before bottling sounds like a good sign. Def let us know how it comes out.
  14. I've looked into draft systems and none of the plastic ones seemed like a very good deal for the money. I did however look at this and think it would be perfect. It's a little more expensive but you get 4 kegs and each one lasts for 6-8 batches. http://www.midwestsupplies.com/party-star-deluxe-tap-system.html It's a nice size for a household frig, for those of us who don't have a dedicated beer fridge yet.
  15. Just to echo what's already been said. Trash the screw offs and keep the pry offs. However if you were so absent minded (like myself) to bottle a few of your prized brews in some sneaky twist offs, you'll be happy to find out that they came out quite well. Not recommended but seems to get the job done.
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