NFR - Homebrew talk

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  1. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    I clean with Oxyclean, then sanitize with starsan. I'll take my fittings apart every few brews. I don't stress over it too much really.
     
  2. Eric Tarcha

    Eric Tarcha gear whore

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    thanks Evan.
     
  3. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    After watching me bottle, I think Wifey is a little more ready to give the OK on a multiple keg system. With no secondary fermentation and no bottling, this couldn't be much easier.

    Go Sox,
    cds
     
  4. Mike Wilson

    Mike Wilson Yakbowbw

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    Kegging is the way to go. Botttling is labor intensive from start to finish.
     
  5. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    I still like to bottle my belgians. Something about a bottle conditioned belgian dark strong that I love. Have about 12 bottles left from one I brewed over a year ago, and it's one of the most amazing things I've ever had.
     
  6. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    WEll, I just tested the IPA after 7 days bottling. That was quite good. Hard to see how this could have went better. I have another week until it should be truly complete. Off to the brew supply store for more supplies.

    Thanks Evan for all the help.

    Go Sox,
    cds
     
  7. lespaulrock

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    Evan, I may need to pick your brain about going to kegs. Want to just don't know where to start.
    Also on a side note, a extra use for those reel cases: Make a great beer koozie!
     
  8. faulke

    faulke bozone transplant

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    I'm hoping to brew up a honey hefeweizen in the next couple weeks. Anybody have experience brewing with honey? Types, timing, etc.? Looking for a nice aroma with a hint of honey after-taste.
     
  9. Matt Smith

    Matt Smith On the river Noyb

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    Kegging my Pliny clone tonight, it's been dry hopping for two weeks now. Tomorrow I'm brewing a chocolate oak stout, I'm very excited about that one. And the 4 Ball is officially gone, I'm gonna have to make more of that one too
     
  10. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    If you boil the honey, it'll just ferment all the way out, just leaving you with some very expensive extra alcohol. If you really want to taste it, put the raw, unheated honey in to a secondary.
     
  11. Jake Smulkowski

    Jake Smulkowski Throwing hoppers into baetis falls

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    Evan- Do you worry about infection from the raw honey in the secondary? I recall hearing that honey is typically pretty clean as it has some antiseptic qualities? Is there a middle ground with a pasteurization?
     
  12. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    Nah just throw it in. I make mead by just mixing water, honey, and yeast with no heat. It'll be fine.
     
  13. Mike Wilson

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    Honey is hard to screw up. Do both, boil and add some to the secondary. I like the flavor of honey in the boil, sweetening things up on the secondary is good too.
     
  14. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    Well, I just bought a keg for 10 gallon batches (48 bucks at the recycler). I'll be going all-grain now. I have 2 coolers. One will be my mashtun and the other will hold the sparge water. Between going all-grain and buying hops by the pound ($14/lb vs $2.50/oz) my cost/batch is gonna really drop.

    Truth be told I'm a little nervous about going to all-grain. I'm sure that I can do the engineering/fabrication but the extract batches have been so good, it's hard to change over. Now I'm gonna decide which style of false bottom to use on the mashtun. Given that my goal is to get good at the 2-3 beers that I like to drink, I figure I should shorten my learning curve and can sacrafice a little efficiency in the short term until I get the bugs ironed out.

    10 gallons batches are thrilling too. 1 brew session= 4 cases of beer. That should last a week or 2 :)

    Buccholz,
    cds
     
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    Charles, going all-grain is the best decision you'll make in the homebrewing adventure, better beer, better pricing, but also more work...cleaning :( . I agree with Wilson above, add honey in the last few minutes of the boil plus secondary. Treat the honey as you would for hop flavoring. When I went all-grain I started to carbonate with the wort, much better than priming sugar, etc. Just bottle some wort right after cooling and when it's time to bottle add back to the batch. There are formulas to achieve the desired carbonation level. Have fun!