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When I brew with an extract I boil 4 cups of water, then take it off of the heat, and add my Hopped Malt Extract to the hot water and stir. Once the extract has dissolved into the hot water it gets ...
You can certainly use adjuncts with extract kits. Definitely keep in mind that your extract is already hopped, but you could add more hoppiness, or use dandelions if you wish. The key is finding the ...
You could try juniper berries or possibly spruce. The wiki article mentions several herbs that were used in making gruit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gruit
You might be better off just buying filtered water. You can usually get 5 gallons for about $1.25
I dont "shake" my bottles while theyre conditioning. After adding my priming sugar and filling my bottles I give them a few good turn overs, which in effect could be considered a light shaking, mostly ...
Your cats shouldnt be a problem. Just maintain a clean brew-space. My cat was hanging out with me last time I was bottling. She was very curious, but I kept her away from my bucket & bottles.
Im not sure how much coffee flavor youre going for, but Ive been reading a lot (mostly on stack exchange) about making beer with coffee. You could cold press some coffee and add it at bottling. ...