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by Stretch
Fri May 02, 2003 9:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Painted bottles
Replies: 1
Views: 3338

Enamel

I have no direct experience with painting bottle labels, but as an artist I have much experience with both paint and glass. If you want to use a paint directly on the bottles that will stand up to hand washing and refridgeration, there are special enamels available at your craft store or stained gla...
by Stretch
Tue Apr 15, 2003 8:50 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Heather Ale and Other Hop-Free Beers
Replies: 9
Views: 11642

Experiment

I never noticed any variance in head retention, but it is not something to which I pay attention so I conducted an experiment. I had a couple bottles of the last two batches on hand, so I poured one of each to see. The head on the first was typical of my other ales, but the head on the second was ba...
by Stretch
Mon Apr 14, 2003 9:54 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Heather Ale and Other Hop-Free Beers
Replies: 9
Views: 11642

Hopless Dancer

I have only been brewing for 3 1/2 years, but three of my 38 batches have been hopless. Two of my co-workers are alergic to hops (both grew up in homes surounded by hop fields) but like beer, so I offered to make some herbal ale on their behalf. The first one was grassy tasting and too bitter, but t...
by Stretch
Thu Mar 06, 2003 6:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Should we go in on this together?
Replies: 10
Views: 8507

Hmm...

I live in the middle of wine country, and the local Grange Hall is for sale cheap. There are tasting tours every summer weekend; the girls could drop their husbands off...
by Stretch
Sat Feb 22, 2003 10:07 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Hops Whole-vs-Pellets
Replies: 5
Views: 6061

A couple hop ideas

I am certainly no expert on growing hops, but my neighbor is, to the tune of several thousand commercial acres. I can get all the hops I want gratis, but I think most of us grow our own for the same reasons we brew our own. My neighbor suggested planting varieties that have been proven hearty locall...
by Stretch
Mon Feb 03, 2003 4:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What cha brewin'?
Replies: 25
Views: 83793

On a roll!

Yesterday I brewed a Strong Scotch ale, and transfered a California Common that I brewed last weekend from the primary to the secondary. After brewing for three years (extract), these are the first brews for which I used a yeast starter, and it seemed to do its work a little faster than in previous ...
by Stretch
Wed Apr 17, 2002 8:07 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: What form of hops do you like?
Replies: 10
Views: 16089

The whole works

I like using whole hops, but I have a special situation. I live in hop country, and several of my neighbors let me fill my gunnysack with hops right out of the kiln. Varieties are limited, so I use pellet and plug hops from the store as well. I'm not sophisticated enough as a beer drinker to taste t...