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I gal of +Wil Wheaton  VandalEyesPA brewed two weeks ago...bottling today.  Depending upon how things go, I may try using the two flip top bottles I received from a friend yesterday...
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Brewed the Northern Brewer 1 gal German blonde ale recipe last night, woke up to this today...about 12 hrs later.  Blew the little bell cap right off of the air lock.  Cleaned and replaced, seems to be doing okay...will continue to check it throughout the weekend.
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...and shower curtain or not, I'm gonna enjoy drinking this one.  ;-)
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I just purchased a 1 gallon recipe kit for a German blonde ale from Northern Brewer, and some dried hibiscus flowers.  I found a couple of references various blonde ale and wit beer recipes that used hibiscus as an addition, but most of them were older (by several years) and for much larger batches (one was 5 gal, another was 10.5 gal).  Some used lemon zest tea for the hibiscus addition.

I'd like to get recommendations for amount and timing of the addition.  Steep 1 oz for 10 min at flameout?  Thoughts?  

Thanks!
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I ordered the Northern Brewer 1 gal home brew kit, with the Wil Wheaton VandalEyesPA recipe recently: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/wil-wheaton-vandaleyespa-extract-beer-kit.html

It showed up today, with this label taped to the inside of the box.  Why, yes...yes, I do.
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Just one question...you intro'd yourself, Matthew was introduced...but no one even acknowledged the young lady in the room.  What is up with that, guys?
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Too bad my CfP won't be accepted...I'd love to be able to make it and hear her speak, if she's returning this year.
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Today's my first bottling day, working with the recipe that came with the Northern Brewing 5 gal kit; this one is a wheat beer.  

With 5 gal to bottle, I didn't want to spend all day capping bottles, so I picked up some bombers with screw caps, and I have growler with a flip cap.  

My question is, has anyone bottled into a growler?  If so, what was your experience?  My wife is reticent to do so because when we purchased the growler (full of beer) we were told that once you open it, the beer is only good for about 3 days.  I'm all for using it.

Also, second question...has anyone had experience with the Northern Brewing 1 gal home brew kit?  I watched a video, and it seems pretty simple and straightforward, and I think I'd like to use for experimentation.  Thoughts?

Thanks.
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Though it might be an option to be able to taste beers sooner, without putting out the cash for kegging right away
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Apparently, this is a thing...let's hope it's a tasty thing.
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lol Harlan. You will have to tell me if it is.
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1 gal Wil Wheaton VandalEyesPA brewed last night, fermenting away today...
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I just purchased a 1 gallon recipe kit for a German blonde ale from Northern Brewer, and some dried hibiscus flowers.  I found a couple of references various blonde ale and wit beer recipes that used hibiscus as an addition, but most of them were older (by several years) and for much larger batches (one was 5 gal, another was 10.5 gal).  Some used lemon zest tea for the hibiscus addition.

I'd like to get recommendations for amount and timing of the addition.  Steep 1 oz for 10 min at flameout?  Thoughts?  

Thanks!
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Matt, 

Thanks, I appreciate the input!
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I'm not going to comment on the ruling...I don't know anything about the circumstances.  Yes, on the surface, "knife", "95 yr old vet", and shooting him with beanbags 5 times doesn't make sense...but I wasn't there and haven't looked into this; this is the first I'm hearing of it.

What I don't get is...where's Al Sharpton in all of this?  Where is his outrage?  In some ways, this is similar to other fatalities of late, so where is Mr. Sharpton with his press conferences?  Or is he too caught up in the fact that his businesses were shut down for failure to pay taxes?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-wrana-beanbag-shooting-verdict-met-20150204-story.html#page=1
The judge was only halfway through his ruling Wednesday when it became clear that Park Forest police Officer Craig Taylor would not be held criminally responsible for firing beanbag rounds at a knife-wielding World War II veteran who died hours later of internal bleeding.
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New home brewer, initial batch was made with the 5 gal kit from Northern Brewer.  That kit shipped with a one step sanitizer, and I picked up some PBW to clean the carboy (works really well!!) that came in a kit with some Star San.

How is everyone's experience with Star San?  John Palmer's book says that the instructions on the bottle are required and there really isn't that much to worry about.  Can I soak a couple of bottles in a Star San solution, pull one out, shake it dry and fill it with beer with no ill effects?  What is everyone's experience with Star San?

Being new to home brewing, one of the things I've noticed is that there are some very explicit instructions and detail for a lot of things related to home brewing, with the exception of sanitizing equipment.

Thanks.
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whew... never heard that don't use if cloudy thing, and glad to find out it's just a myth, cuz my star san is almost always cloudy. 

Yup, great stuff.  Don't worry about a little residue, it's just an acidic solution that will disappear into the beer.  Loooove the star san.
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David, 

Great job to your crew, and thanks so much for putting this on.  

I have to say, after thinking about a couple of your statements, I still fully agree with your statement about sharing...writing a blog post or presenting at a conference doesn't necessarily equate to sharing if you're not actually sharing anything.  Just sayin;....

Again, thanks.  Looking forward to more of these.
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