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Belinda Short
Indianapolis IN
Hurr + Durr = HURR DURR
Interests: PAINTING, Beer, Brewing, Music: Singing/Guitar/Writing, Skating, Derby, Gaming, DDR, Bemani, Whisky, Whiskey and distilling, internet camming, cats on my head, pickles and lunchboxes full of glorious glory.
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I like to make hard cider this time of year, you can make some excellent cider that can be served warm or cold with beer brewing supplies.
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Are you using 5 gallon corny kegs?
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Haha, I said the same thing. I think I've broken some pretty expensive hydrometers in my time, some that would even give a refractometer a run for the money =(
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To add to this- Check out breweries and brewers in the area, many microbreweries around here will allow people to come in and get excess yeast on transfer days, especially if you belong to a home brewers club.
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Time to go the next step and build your first kegerator.
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You should try more varied types of beers. There are over 250 flavor profiles of beers, and some have incredible tastes that you would never imagine!
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If you keep breaking your hydrometer, you might look into a refractometer =) After you use it, you can rinse it off and put it back in its little protective case.
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I think the universe just collapsed in on itself.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2011 on in other words... at WWdN: In Exile
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Having been poor most of my life, I understand very well that necessity is in fact the mother of invention. When it comes to art...nothing brings out creativity like having, well...not much, or something that is completely free. Now I don't call any of my art ~~~++**Up-cycled**++~~~ but I will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at Belinda Short's blog
This post was brought to you by someone who messaged me, telling me that they felt a very strong desire to objectify to the point of ownership, which is something I've had my fair share of dealings with, so...I write- I have no problems with fetishistic objectification, or kinks that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2011 at Belinda Short's blog
I don't really understand how/why some religious groups poke fun at or make fun of other ones. Your fandom isn't everyone's fandom... IE: I game, but I don't like LARP'ers, I get along with them ok but we all hate furries. (none of this is true, its just the way... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at Belinda Short's blog
Most people do this thing. Its not a secret, and this isn't some sort of revelation, but what people do, they cripple any chances they have at a real honest relationship with anyone, whether its on a 'dating' site, here, or even in the real world. You join a dating... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at Belinda Short's blog
Yeah, I don't think I would want an autograph from someone I just tried to guilt/blackmail into signing it.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2011 on if you cut me, i will bleed at WWdN: In Exile
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This so hard. The people that act like this scare me so much.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2011 on if you cut me, i will bleed at WWdN: In Exile
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This is not a bad idea at all. I have an issue with being touched, and I wish there was a way to make people understand it when I go to cons or anything because I know if I had a shirt that said 'don't touch me, please.' That people would do it just to be jerks. I have started traveling with groups of guys/girls that I am comfortable around and I stay inside of them.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2011 on if you cut me, i will bleed at WWdN: In Exile
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I think about these sort of things all of the time. Celebrity of any kind, why we treat things celebrities do as news, why we have magazines full of things about actors personal lives/etc, why anyone things anything not shared by a person is our business? I had to recently write a fb post about people adding people to their friends list who were 'famous' from my f-list and how it can be so bothersome when you keep some things secret. I have never understood why people feel the need to elevate people to a status that causes them to act like this. They completely forget that you are a person too. People lose the respect they have for every other person they meet and they feel like they have a right to something from you because you are famous in some way. I can't say its happened to me too many times, but the few times it has, it has been pretty terrifying.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2011 on if you cut me, i will bleed at WWdN: In Exile
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My ex made some 'banana beer' this way. If you want to go all natural, yeast free, check out making things with bananas, as they self ferment.
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I made a really fantastic cider this way. We even put it in a keg and drink it room temp.
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As I am sure people have said, don't worry about it. Most people don't even worry about oxygenating on their first batch and just jostle it around for a few minutes before pitching yeast. The funny thing about yeast is that it WANTS to make you beer, so don't fuck with it too much and you should be fine. I haven't skimmed the comments yet, but I'm sure that most of them say the same thing. Leave it alone, you'll be fine. Will you get what you set out to get? Probably not exactly, but that can take years. It WILL be beer and it should be decent if you didn't infect it, which it doesn't sound like. Congrats on your beer baby. PS you never responded to my invite you wiener.
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"Although I certainly support the "sanitize" admonitions, please FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY use the right sanitizer. A lot of the first time kits use an iodine-based sanitizer. I used that initially and then went to a class where someone was spraying sanitizer on EVERYTHING like it was no big deal. I then did the same on my next batch . . . . I made five gallons of band-aid flavored beer. It was NOT pretty!" This happened with my very first batch of beer. :(
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Fantastic tips- I can't agree enough about the handheld bottler.
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I would like to second this. Bottling is not only messy and a pain in the ass, but it gives you that many more chances (each bottle) for something to go wrong. Its nice to be able to give out a few bottles here and there, but having a fresh keg is awesome.
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5. (adding) The reason that the stronger beers do better (especially for homebrewing) is that they have higher alpha acids and they make it harder for your wort to get infected if something goes slightly awry sanitation wise.
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This is so true. A few weeks can really do a lot for a bottle conditioning.
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I find that people that get too nerdy about it don't end up making much beer, but instead formulate and build constantly. While there is nothing wrong with this, I sometimes find their conversation exhausting.
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