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LouieMacGoo

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  1. I had this conversation with my man Carl at my LHBS regarding the Oxygen caps a few weeks ago and if it is was worth the extra cost. He said that the only reason to use them is if you have a brew that you know you will be in the bottle for 2 or more years otherwise it really has no effect on the brew other then being a placebo effect for the brewer. He also said that most people use them without really understanding how to prepare them and end up soaking them in One Step or Easy Clean or some other Oxy based cleaner that basically negates any advantage you would get from using the Oxygen Absorbing Caps. The caps activate as soon as they become wet and "dunked" in Iodophor or Star San just prior to capping the bottles. Also at one of the Home Brew Club meetings I attended one of the bottles of home brew that we were going to sample was a gusher as you described Dave and it was attributed to a bacterial or wild yeast infection and cited as the most common cause of gushers.
  2. Everyone above is correct. The HD buckets are not food grade however the buckets at Lowe's are! Pretty cheap too! :woohoo:
  3. "FedoraDave" post=329189 said: "Joechianti" post=329168 said:Sorry for your loss, my friend. Having never been there before, I can only imagine that there's no way to measure the gravity of the situation. We really need a facepalm smiley, if for no other reason than Joe's jokes.Good one! Froze, if it's any consolation, I been there, man. I once broke two hydrometers in one day; the second one before I'd even had a chance to use it! ::bows head for moment of silence for all the lost and broken hydrometers out there. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest:: Is this what your looking for?>>>> [img size=50x50]http://www.beerborg.com/index/wp-content/plugins/phpfreechat/data/public/themes/zilveer/smileys/eusa_doh.gif Wings I am truly sorry for your loss! I too have lost a hydrometer and can relate to what you must be feeling!
  4. Sounds good Dave. It will be interesting to hear how this one ages in the coming weeks/months. I just read about FWH in How To Brew and was interested in trying it at some point. :chug:
  5. "JoeyStout" post=327963 said:My apologies - I couldn't get the file small enough to upload. Usually you need to upload the video to some place like YouTube the post the embed code or link into the post. I'm really interested to see how that thing works. :chug:
  6. The PM notification could be better. It's easy to overlook.
  7. "philm00x" post=327653 said:oh but it can! RDWHAHB! +1 That's the beauty of Mr. Beer!
  8. Watered down it would be! The beer would be thinner the and the taste wouldn't be it best. The OG would be lower and the ABV would then lower and it might affect the yeast's ability to work to its optimum efficiency.
  9. Beerlord, very nice link. Thanks for posting it. I did a BIAB for the collaboration brew and was really happy with how easy it was and how well it turned out. If your interested you can read about it here http://www.beerborg.com/social/blogs/15
  10. How about a wifi/Bluetooth hydrometer and thermometer that collects the data as the brew is fermenting and sends it in real time to your smartphone, iPad or computer? Now that would be really cool for all the OCD and data nerds out there! http://www.thebeerbug.com
  11. "hindey19" post=324863 said: "LouieMacGoo" post=324781 said:I read about using honey in brewing in How To Brew the other day and today I found an article on the National Honey Board website about using honey in home brewing. http://www.honey.com/images/uploads/general/home_brew.pdf They really advise you to pasteurize the honey before adding it to your wort/beer. "In honey, wild yeasts and bacteria are ubiquitous, yet they are kept in stasis due to honey's low water content (avg. 17%). As soon as honey is diluted in water or wort these microbes are free to grow and proliferate. Many homebrewers have reported a high incidence of bacterial and wild yeast contamination when adding honey to their beer." There's a lot of good info in this article on the historic use of honey in beer and how to use it safely. Adding it to a boil should be alright though, eh? I added about a pound to my wort as it was boiling, left it in for 10 minutes. So far no signs of infection after just over 2 weeks. Yes, adding it to the boil should be fine as long as it's in there for at least the recommended time they say it takes to pasteurize it and kill the wild yeasts and bacteria that are ubiquitous.
  12. Usually for a 5 gallon batch you would use 2 of those cans. So 1 can in the LBK will still produce a light color. Using 2 gallons instead of 2.5 gallons may make it slightly darker but not much. YankeeDag actually wrote a article about using Munton's Amber Hopped extract in a LBK that might be helpful for you. http://www.beerborg.com/index/2013/01/quick-brew/
  13. I read about using honey in brewing in How To Brew the other day and today I found an article on the National Honey Board website about using honey in home brewing. http://www.honey.com/images/uploads/general/home_brew.pdf They really advise you to pasteurize the honey before adding it to your wort/beer. "In honey, wild yeasts and bacteria are ubiquitous, yet they are kept in stasis due to honey's low water content (avg. 17%). As soon as honey is diluted in water or wort these microbes are free to grow and proliferate. Many homebrewers have reported a high incidence of bacterial and wild yeast contamination when adding honey to their beer." There's a lot of good info in this article on the historic use of honey in beer and how to use it safely.
  14. "Robnewland" post=324200 said:So back to the original post. Do you think it is possible that a jury trial is dangerous because the jurors are pissed that they are losing money and will take it out on.....? No, It's inconvenient, boring and a pain in the assets but I think most people can set that aside and do what they are there to do. I never got called up and never left the Jury room. I wish that I would have been called on if for no other reason but to get out of that room and change things up! "Rebel_B" post=324275 said:Wow! I think most people think that doing their civic duty is a righteous thing. We have many rights guarenteed to us by our constitution, and this is one of the small responsibilities that all citizens should be able to perform, that help our country uphold those rights. I agree with you but I really think that the process is broken and needs to updated and fixed to make it easier and less of a burden on the people. It was almost like being held captive for 9 hours with way to get a message out. You can't have any electronics of any kind and then they play old DVD movies that are some what worn so they skip and get stuck. Okay, I'll stop whining now!
  15. "FrozenInTime" post=324125 said:Was there enough of a change I should pick up the new one? I would have to say yes! Just the fact that you can take notes and refer back to it is a big plus. I never was able to find what I was looking for when I went back to find it on the website. The $10 - $11 price is worth the investment!
  16. "Wings_Fan_In_KC" post=324110 said:Yes it is (1st Edition) but the info is still good for nOObs. I agree. It answers a lot of the question that have been asked here on the forum. I does get a little deep into the science, but that's where re-reading it is helpful once you get a grasp on what your actually doing!
  17. "Wings_Fan_In_KC" post=324073 said:I love the 3rd Edition. Got it at Christmas and already have 20 or 25 sticky notes stuck in various pages. +1 I took a note book with me a wrote down a bunch of notes!
  18. So today I had the opportunity to spend 9 hours in the Jurers room at the 3rd District Court in Downtown Detroit fufilling my civic duty for the year! I cost me $15 to part $15 for a sub par lunch and $4 in snacks and I got paid $25 for the day plus about $2 for mileage! :dry: It kind of sucked! But on the bright side I got to spend that time with my book How To Brew from John J. Palmer! It amazing how much you can learn when you re-read a book! Now that I've been brewing for about a year much of what he talks about makes a lot more sense then it did when I first read it! I got through the first 5 chapters and read about the different sugars and hops and how water chemistry can affect your beer! Things I didn't really comprehend when I first read it 8 or so months ago when I first got this book! Needless to say knowledge is power and I got some interesting info to start using in my brewing! For all you new brewers out there I would highly suggest getting a copy of this book. You can read the first edition of the book online at http://howtobrew.com or you can buy the book on Amazon for about $10.50! Well worth the price! :cheers:
  19. First off, Welcome to the Borg! :borg: Only Four days in you won't see a lot of anything! I don't think my first bottles really started to firm up until after the first full week. So bottom line is, No worries! :chug:
  20. Found a data sheet on One Step and it states: Safety Contains sodium carbonate. May cause eye irritation and may be harmful if swallowed. First Aid Wash skin that has contacted material with water. In case of eye contact, rinse under cool running water; seek medical attention if irritation persists after 15 minutes of ?ushing. If swallowed, do not induce vomiting; drink milk or water to dilute and call a physician.
  21. My experience with wheat beers (homebrewed and commercial) are that they usually have a thin head that dissipates quickly and there's usually a little lacing around the crown of the beer. Not too unusual for the style but your might be thinner then expected.
  22. "bni" post=323272 said:Wasn't trying to stir the pot. Just curious. No Worries! It's a good debate and if someone learns something from the discussion and becomes a better brewer, that makes it all good! :cheers:
  23. Welcome to the BORG! :borg: Were glad your here Rangerdug! So, what should you do with 2 LBKs? I had my 2 in a 2 week rotation. Every weekend I bottled one batch and started another. I was able to brew a lot of different types and get a better idea of what I liked. You can use 5 gallon recipes but you have to be careful since there isn't a lot of room left in the LBK when you fill it with 2.5 gallons of wort so you might have to deal with overflows if the yeast gets really active. If you reduce the amount of water for the recipes you might throw the taste profile off! Others have done it with some success! Good Luck and again welcome to the Borg!!!
  24. "mrblase" post=323208 said:I'm a MrBeer guy and almost always go with 10 - 14 days fermenting. Most of the experienced brewers here recommend 3 weeks so the yeast can "clean" up after themselves. I figure after the yeast eat all the sugar and the FG is stable they can clean up after themselves in the bottle while conditioning. That way I can get that LBK back in action sooner. Just a rebel by nature I guess. I too have stuck with 2 weeks for fermentation and have been pretty happy with the results. Having 2 LBKs the 2 week schedule worked out well and let me bottle one and brew another batch every weekend which built my pipeline up quickly and allowed plenty of time for conditioning.
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