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by fitz
Wed May 26, 2004 3:46 pm
Forum: News, Events & Announcements
Topic: Know of any contests
Replies: 8
Views: 25920

Know of any contests

Does anyone know of any homebrew contest running within the next few months? I would really like to test a few of my wares, but even more important, I would like to veiw a contest. I live in WV so the closer to here the better (Pittsburgh PA or Morgantown WV is equally close). Any reasonable distanc...
by fitz
Wed May 26, 2004 1:05 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Aluminum pots
Replies: 9
Views: 17844

Wait a minute

Have you checked the gravity of the wort/beer at the "flatlined state" Yeast in warm temps can ferment very rapidly. You may have produced the alcohol from the sugars in two days. It is best to use the lower temp in the yeast temp range, but you can produce beer or alcohol in the high range. Give us...
by fitz
Wed May 26, 2004 11:50 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Aluminum pots
Replies: 9
Views: 17844

Controversial

Some Aluminum pots definitley affect the beers flavor. The acid in the wort reacts to the aluminum and creates off flavors. There has even beer studies on health risks. Now for the good news: Not all aluminum pots do this shiny aluminum reacts more than dull. The dull normally has a protective oxidi...
by fitz
Wed May 26, 2004 7:41 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Primary vs. Secondary yeast harvesting
Replies: 7
Views: 12401

Have to agree with Mesa

Eric is right, if you have a great batch, and want to save some of the secondary yeast, that is fine. You always run the risk of contaminants, wild yeasts, and bacteria everytime you save it. Canman, I am glad you have been lucky. I have used a few yeasts over, but I have also had mixed results. Eri...
by fitz
Wed May 26, 2004 7:35 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Fining and filtering Q
Replies: 14
Views: 14507

two things

here are two alterations I would use in your design. 1) use more than 15 feet of line 15 feet would be a minimum since you are young, and so are your friends, there will definitely be a quick refill, 15 feet will probably be too slow of a turn around for cooling. 2) Make sure you run a drain line th...
by fitz
Tue May 25, 2004 11:03 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Fining and filtering Q
Replies: 14
Views: 14507

Jockey Box

Did you build your own, or purchase your cold plate/jockey box.
That is a great Idea for picnics, and was wanting plans or ideas.
by fitz
Tue May 25, 2004 10:04 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Fining and filtering Q
Replies: 14
Views: 14507

Someone

I think it was Billy Bock, but someone just got and tried a filter system. Check the threads for the past month. I believe he was well satisfied of the outcome.
by fitz
Tue May 25, 2004 8:00 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Fining and filtering Q
Replies: 14
Views: 14507

Jayhawk

Do you use a secondary?
If you could find a way to chill it enough to force carbonate, you shouldn't need the fining agent.
by fitz
Tue May 25, 2004 7:56 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Uses for mashed grains?
Replies: 10
Views: 13454

Not harmful

It isn't harmful to animals, actually the breweries sell if to farmers as cattle feed. If you have an outside dog, it won't hurt him or your carpet. Inside dogs shouldn't be fed anything that may affect their digestion, for obvious reasons. Mulch, compost, bread, all are good suggestions.
by fitz
Mon May 10, 2004 9:01 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Using Fruit Juce to Prime a Sparking Mead
Replies: 2
Views: 4794

It would be hard

It would be hard to judge how much of any one kind of fruit juice to use, since even different batches of the same kind of fruit are going to have different sugar content. even though its sugar content fluctuates too, honey would be a better choice.
by fitz
Wed May 05, 2004 8:47 am
Forum: BeerTools.com Online Tools
Topic: BeerTools in other languages? Can YOU translate?
Replies: 2
Views: 9368

Might be able to steer you

I took two years of Spanish and can remember anything but Cerveza Por Favor(Beer Please) But I do know there is a site that you can type text, and then convert it to other languages. A Buddy of mine used it to freak out his girlfriend when she kept using Spanish phrases in her emails. He said there ...
by fitz
Mon May 03, 2004 10:24 am
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: New Brewing Research Conclusions....
Replies: 48
Views: 206789

Corin

Hopefully it is a yeastcake from a secondary, and not the primary. Many will advise against repitching, but if your sanitation was good and you had good results from the present yeast, give the secondary yeast a try. Don't mess with the primary yeast, there is too much trub and potential for off fla...
by fitz
Thu Apr 29, 2004 8:41 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: What is your water like?
Replies: 14
Views: 27181

Thanks Eric

I have been trying to find a place to test my water. There are a couple "labs" here. One said they don't test well water, the other said it tests, but only for organisim and fecal coliform. I'm sure it would be fairly expensive to do a complete test of the well water, but I am curious to know what a...
by fitz
Tue Apr 27, 2004 9:28 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: What is your water like?
Replies: 14
Views: 27181

It seems

Eric, you have once again peaked my curiosity. I have not brewed with this wagter before. I am interested to see if the sulphur that is naturally present in the water will dissipate with the brewing process as the yeast producing sulphur is. As I stated, there is a small amount present, unlike make ...
by fitz
Thu Apr 22, 2004 9:53 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Un-hopped beer
Replies: 5
Views: 8292

Corn sugar

If you would use corn sugar, and rice syrup solids, you would get more alcohol, and less haze. I have to wonder if you are trying to duplicat a "hard lemonade" If so, you may want to start with a lemon wine recipe, and try to turn it into a wine cooler-like drink. There are plenty of unhopped beer r...