Wednesday, July 28, 2010

To the Readers, a question or two.

Ok, so, Homebrew Junkie is in a little bit of a funk right now. I wanted to ask all the readers what it is that you have questions about when it comes to brewing beer? Please leave these questions in the comment area and I'll go through them and begin answering them in the "ass-ton" way that I do! Don't hold back and I won't either.

Can you brew with dirty socks? Hell Yeah!
What about pantyhose? You betcha. You can use them for steeping or for dry hopping in the keg!

What about using fresh rabbit? Uh, I don't know about that one.

Anyway, please feel free to respond.


Homebrew Junkie!

Oh, I'll be doing another video on Smoking malt soon, too.


hopshead said...

Oooh, this will be fun.

Should you brew beer with pants on? (just kidding...)

now a real question.

I have recently (past year or so) been top cropping yeast from an initial pitch of WLP001. I brew every other weekend like clock work. Generally, my top crop occured a couple of days after brew day, which meant the next brew day was almost but not quite two weeks away. So, I always made a 2 quart starter with DME and took the top cropped yeast and put it in the starter for yeast propagation and to be able to "store" the yeast under the beer (alcohol) for preservation purposes until brew day. Now, all of this was done for two reasons:
1) enjoyment of the hobby and yeast ranching;
2) Stretching the cost of the pitch of yeast out.

Recently, my family grew with the addition of twins. Do to limited time, I can't dedicate blocks of time for top cropping, and starter making (I have been lucky so far that I still get my 5 hour all grain brew days twice a month). So, I have switched back to Dry Yeast (US-5).

My question to the homebrew junkie is: If the dry yeast continues to go up in price per packet, or if liquid yeast comes down in price (not likely) to where there is no economic savings by using the dry yeast anymore, should I bite the bullet and switch back to top cropping and starter making? (Calculating the costs per batch, I am actually saving anywhere from $1 to $2 per batch of beer by using dry yeast even though I was able to stretch the initial pitch of liquid yeast out over several batches).

There you go a homebrew dilema is above, what should I do, if I no longer have an "economic" reason on yeast. (The presumption here is that the US-05 and WLP001 are so close in flavor that only the best palates can differentiate.)

John said...

I've begun brewing with Mr. Beer this year and will hopefully pickup some equipment to move to at least larger batches with a 6.5 gallon bucket and maybe do a mini-mash.

I live in a relatively small townhome with two young kids, with another on the way, so space is at a premium.

Creative solutions for brewing on a budget and with space constraints would be very useful for me.

I've managed to get a 6.5 gallon carboy used, and very cheap. So I hope to have a lot of the equipment I need, except for a large brew pot.

How could I put together an inexpensive, and relatively small setup?

Bakes said...

Greetings new to this blog though it seems awesome. i have a question about hops (your video on harvesting was great by the way). I planted Cascade and Centennial this spring and at a birthday party they got mixed up (unbeknownst to me until after I planted-long story) at any rate I was wondering how you can tell the difference between these two varieties after planting? So far the foilage looks too similar to discern a difference. Do the actual hops look or taste different right off the bine? Thanks for your help!

Homebrew Junkie said...


There are two ways you can tell, one by the leaves and two by using the actual hops in brewing. If I were you I'd make a simple hop tea from both of them, using the same exact amount of hops and the one that tastes more bitter is probably going to be the centennial.

But still, that's hard to say because your centennial may have the same a.a. as the cascades.

Good luck and I'm glad you enjoy the blog!

Anonymous said...

Hey, how about some ideas about what to do with spent grain? I'm thinking about trying to come up with a granola-bar like recipe. Sometime, I just eat some with a spoon - it's not too bad :)

Glass Bottles said...

Great idea... I will get my thinking cap on over the next few days!

therealdeal said...

Just watched your great vid on 1 gallon extract brew. Really want to give this a go now.
During the vid you mentioned that its ok to only cook the hops in the pot for 15mins or there abouts. Just wanted to check this point with you, so you dont feel it should be done from 60 mins - 30 mins -5 mins like a full extract brew?

Brennan said...

How do you use spray malt in a brewing recipe? I went to a homebrewing shop in Albuquerque, NM and the guy working was not helpful at all, so I left with a lot of questions.

Home Brewing Blog said...

Would also love to hear your ideas for what to do with spent grain!