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by andytv
Thu May 23, 2002 10:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: brew time: just how long anyway???
Replies: 7
Views: 7449

Thanks

Thank you all for the advice. Unfortunately, my wife plans on working weekends, with me in charge of the child. I'm just going to have to find a way to brew & babysit simultaneously, which shouldn't be too hard, since newborns just sleep all the time right??? right????. So now, not only will the kit...
by andytv
Thu May 23, 2002 3:13 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Yeast for American Wheat Beer
Replies: 1
Views: 3767

Blackberry Wheat

I used it in a blackberry wheat last year w/ good results. If you are planning on brewing an "orthodox" American Wheat, then I'd say go ahead and use it. You can always tweak the next batch if you feel the need to. Check out the descriptions at the Wyeast home page; http://www.wyeastlab.com/beprlist...
by andytv
Fri May 17, 2002 3:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: brew time: just how long anyway???
Replies: 7
Views: 7449

My routine

I typically spend about 4-5 hrs making a 10gallon all-grain batch. Here's how I save time: 1) Grind the night before brewing. Not does this save time, but it prevents airborne grain flour yuckies from infecting your beer. I find that the grain stays fresh enough in a sealed bucket. 2) Start the wate...
by andytv
Thu May 09, 2002 8:25 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: How Long....
Replies: 4
Views: 5874

No discipline here

I just kegged a witbier (fermented 10days, then 2weeks in the secondary). It was so good that I drank a pitcher of it flat, right out of the secondary....... I'm so ashamed.
by andytv
Wed May 08, 2002 11:31 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: unfiltered beer in keg
Replies: 4
Views: 5596

Kegging Practice

I've been kegging since last October with good results. Like Mesa said, your sediment will come with the first couple beers, unless you are like me a tend to tap the barrel a little early. I also carbonate naturally, but I also like to use a little CO2 to purge (most) the O2 from the keg (add a litt...
by andytv
Tue May 07, 2002 4:10 pm
Forum: Tasting & Experiencing
Topic: Meaningless Newbie Comment
Replies: 7
Views: 17315

Malted Milkshake

Just for fun, I made milkshakes out of vanilla ice cream, DME, and a handful of kellog's "Smart Start" cereal. It was great!!!! Also, we made shakes out of vanilla ice cream and imperial stout. Also good.
by andytv
Tue May 07, 2002 4:05 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Mexican brew kits
Replies: 6
Views: 8087

Nope...All copies

As far as I can tell, Mexican beer styles are copies of pre-existing styles. For example.. Negra Modelo & Dos Equis are Vienna Lagers, and Corona is listed as an American Light/Standard/Premium Lager in the BJCP guidelines. If anyone wants to check out the guidelines, let me know, I can email them t...
by andytv
Fri May 03, 2002 11:36 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Cane sugar to up alcohal?
Replies: 7
Views: 18876

Toning it Down

I disagree.... making a beer that everyone can enjoy is not dull, but can be quite a challenge. My neighbors enjoy Light American Lagers (i.e. Coors, Bud, Old Mill, etc) and tend to get a little turned off by say... an imperial stout or IPA. As for me.... during the Summer months, I enjoy a lighter ...
by andytv
Wed May 01, 2002 4:37 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Yeast Starter
Replies: 6
Views: 8168

Do you fell confident?

Since you observed activity after you prepared the starter, I guess the question becomes "do feel confident" that your sanitary practices did not allow contaminants to start gobbling up your yeast starter. In other word, did you observe yeast activity or a bacterial frenzy. My bet is that you are OK...
by andytv
Mon Apr 29, 2002 5:43 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Cane sugar to up alcohal?
Replies: 7
Views: 18876

Take a hint from the Belgians

The way to increase your alcohol level is to add more fermentable sugar. I agree with the other posts that flavor is paramount, so I'd prefer to use more grains (or extracts) but..... if you feel the need to boost the beer, why not do as the belgians do, and add Belgian Candi Sugar. The clear type a...
by andytv
Sun Apr 21, 2002 6:02 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: how to prevent vapor
Replies: 2
Views: 4095

Only way is to vent

"Cave Brewing" sounds cool, but I can appreciate your problem. I'm afraid that "vapor" is a common problem among beer lovers, It's difficult to overcome but not impossible with some dietary changes and a little restraint. But seriously; When you convert water into steam, it has to go somewhere, and ...
by andytv
Wed Apr 17, 2002 7:27 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: What form of hops do you like?
Replies: 10
Views: 17392

Results

Unfortunately, our note taking was pretty much free-form. If we do it again, I think I'll spend a little more time writing down my impressions of the different varieties. To sum it up though, we each got an idea of what we liked, disliked, or could take or leave. Some notable favorites of mine were ...
by andytv
Tue Apr 16, 2002 5:52 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: What form of hops do you like?
Replies: 10
Views: 17392

No easy answer

To answer your inquiry... I like pellets. They are easy to use and you don't have to worry about straining (or burning nylon bags). Understand though, that there is no easy answer to your overall question. The "problem" is that there are so many quality ingredients available to homebrewers that it i...
by andytv
Sat Apr 13, 2002 11:06 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Primary Ferment How Long
Replies: 1
Views: 3551

Sanitize!!

Yes you can use you bottling bucket as a temporary holding tank until you get your carboy cleaned out, but you'll want to be very clean about it. In it's current state, your beer is not as susceptable to infection as it was after the boil, the amount of alcoholand CO2 in your beer makes for a somewh...
by andytv
Sat Apr 13, 2002 10:53 am
Forum: BeerTools.com Online Tools
Topic: please add locations to HBS links
Replies: 1
Views: 4145

local homebrew shop

For almost a year, I bought equipment & ingredients from mail order companies like homebrew.com and stpats.com. In the meantime, I'd stop on occasion at a small homebrew shop about 30mi from my home (when I was in the area). The fellow who ran it didn't stock many beer ingredients but he kept tellin...