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  1. Get this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000U5NZ4I/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I've been using one for over 2 years now and have made AG 5 batches with it. Milled grains have a shelf life of around 1 month and you should only freeze them if you have a vacuum sealer.
  2. Did you put it in a ziplock bag? If so you might be able to stretch it out for a month, but in the future over pitching (i.e. using the whole package) is not really a bad thing. I use a whole package intended for 5 gallons, in 2.5 gallon Mr Beer size batches all the time.
  3. If it's dry yeast you should be okay, just check the date, if it's past a year old I wouldn't use it, but otherwise rehydrate and use. The hops, are okay as long as they still have a strong hops smell. Open them up and find out, just seal them up in a freezer bag and freeze until your ready to use.
  4. Most ferment for 3 weeks, bottle condition for 3 more weeks then put one bottle into the fridge and taste after 48hrs. Continue putting in one bottle until it's the best it can be then put in the rest. The reason for longer fermentation is to clarify the beer and to let the yeast finish what's it's doing (turning your sugar into yummy beer).
  5. I normally don't do aroma and flavoring additions with my stouts. I would just use 1 oz at a 60 minute boil. Of course this is your beer so you can do what you want I just stating my preference.
  6. If it were me I would axe the Columbus and go with a 60 min fuggles boil.
  7. Hard "iced tea" really isn't tea. It's actually different flavors added to a malt liquor to make it taste like iced tea. Look into finding an artificial flavoring that tastes like tea then try adding it to a pale ale and experiment.
  8. "TheGrove" post=382564 said:I have to cast a vote for the non-digital one (linked below). It's about $20 cheaper and it's just 1 dial. I dialed it to 62 and it's been 62 in my fridge ever since. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002EAL58/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 But you can build the one they're talking about for around $25 and 45 minutes of your time! They are awesome I have 2 of them and love them. The video Jim posted is really good as well. The guy walks you through step by step just like Russki does only you can watch him do it.
  9. Ranger is right on with the time frame. You have to wait at least 4 weeks for most brews (some wheat beers can be ready after 2 weeks though) and with stouts I don't touch them for at least 6 weeks. What you need to do to realize how the brews age is at the 3 week point put ONE bottle in the fridge and after 48 hrs drink it. Repeat this every week until the beer is the best you think it can be and go ahead and drink the rest. Make sure you take tasting notes so if you brew the recipe again you'll know exactly how long to let it condition.
  10. With my lagers I bottle at 3 to 4 weeks then carb at room temp for 7 to 10 days. Then I lager for 6 weeks before I start drinking them.
  11. +1 to all the above as long as the sugar isn't infested with ants, rats or some other pest it's all good.
  12. +1 to all the above. I live in Nevada and ordered liquid yeast in the middle of June once. Needless to say after it arrived 5 days later it was no longer viable. I went looking for alternatives and found that dry yeast is almost half the price of liquid yeast and there are now several different specialty strains, which for me pretty much negates the need for liquid yeast.
  13. Relax! I've had a couple of brews with little to no krausen that turned out great. As long as there's trub your making beer.
  14. No one in my house likes the aroma of the boil either, but they are very supportive and say since it's only for an hour once or twice a month they are okay with it. I do have a SP 10 like Gymrat mentioned, but I only use it in the winter here (Lost Wages, NV) since summers are in the 110F and above :sweat: :sweat: . I try to be as considerate as possible and SWMBO appreciates that and is thusly very understanding. Have you tried to open all the windows and get a fan blowing out? I have found that the more circulation I get going the fewer complaints about the smell. You may have to go with extract brewing until you can get the burner and the setup for outside.
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    When I've shipped they almost never ask what I'm shipping. If they have I've said it's a gift and I don't want the person to know what I'm shipping. If pushed I say glass gifts. They usually don't ask so don't sweat it. I've shipped over a dozen times with ZERO problems.
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