Archive | October, 2011

The Ultimate Dry Irish Stout In 4 Easy Steps

October 27, 2011

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So it’s time to start looking at the next step for the Dry Irish Stout.  I’ll put up pictures for it when I end up making it (this weekend hopefully) but I wanted to get the recipe out today so people can start working on it or at least have time to make some modifications if […]

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The Reason Why You Should Use A Blow Off Tube

October 27, 2011

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A lot of homebrewers look to get the edge on homebrewing with a few tricks that make life that much easier.  One is a blow off tube if you are fermenting in a carboy.  One thing I should state before I dive deep into the blow off tube is, it’s easier to get the tubing […]

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Adding Grains To Your Beer Making It More Complex

October 26, 2011

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When making a brew there are a couple things that you can do to make a beer a bit more complex.  I recommend using specialty grains.  When using specialty grains and extract you are pretty much making a tea by soaking grains in a pot of water.  In order to use specialty grains in your beer you need to […]

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Cold Weather And Slow Fermentation And How To Solve It

October 20, 2011

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When the cold weather comes around we start to get the phone calls about how the fermentation is  not starting or being sluggish at first.  Well if it makes you feel any better, it’s usually not anything you did.  Usually around this time of year it’s because of the weather and the cooler fermentation temperatures. In […]

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How To Dry Hop

October 19, 2011

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There’s a lot of ways to bring out a nice hop aroma in your beer.  One of the best way’s to do so in my opinion is to dry hop your beer.  So what is dry hoping? Simply dry hoping is adding hops in your beer unusually while it is in secondary fermentation.  Some myths that I […]

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13 Steps To Make Culturing Yeast Easy

October 18, 2011

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One of the easiest ways to save money with homebrewing is culturing your own yeast.  Before you have a knee jerk reaction thinking that it is hard or complicated just know people have doing this since there were pyramids if they can do it, you can too. One reason why you might want to culture your own yeast is if you […]

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1 Trick That Saves Time With Bottling That You Need To Know

October 13, 2011

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Everyone has a trick that they know or learned from some one that just saves you time and or makes life easier.  They are the types of tricks that you can’t wait to show off when you have a friend in the room and the reaction is always the same, “wow that’s clever”.  This trick […]

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5 Lalvin Yeast And How To Use Them

October 12, 2011

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Making beer is one of my biggest passions, but I like to mess around with other brewing projects when I get bored with beer though. The nice thing with brewing is a lot of the equipment is the same from beer to wine so you really don’t have to invest in a whole heck of […]

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White Labs To Wyeast Chart

October 11, 2011

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There’s a lot of recipes that you find on the internet or in books that either have white labs or wyeast yeast, but rarely does it have what the equivalent one is in the other brand.  At Jay’s Brewing we sell White Labs yeast.  I am partial to white labs because I’ve only had good experiences with […]

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9 Off Flavors and Solutions

October 6, 2011

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Sometimes you just don’t nail your brew when it comes to the tasting part.  To your defense, there’s a lot of things that could have happened. It’s best not to have a camera around when tasting a bad batch of beer because your face will make some very odd expressions.  Regardless there are off flavors that […]

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