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Posted in thread: First starter - Should I be concerned? on 03-27-2015 at 12:43 PM
Perfectly normal. The gravity should be okay. The usual ratio is 10:1, which produces a 1.038
wort IIRC. As long as you are between 1.030 and 1.040, you'll be fine. If you are outside of
this range, y...
Posted in thread: Speidel Plastic Tanks on 03-25-2015 at 01:20 PM
PBW in Better Bottles is actually a no no unless you're rinsing somewhat right away. After
having broken many Better Bottles, I now use an enzymatic cleaner (a 7th Generation laundry
detergent) to sof...
Posted in thread: Kölsch on 03-25-2015 at 01:03 PM
Why no Munich?A Koelsch is an extremely delicate beer. Malts in the Munich range would
overpower the Pils malt character and make the beer too dark and malty.
Posted in thread: Kölsch on 03-25-2015 at 01:02 PM
Yeah, Munich in large amounts is inappropriate for a Koelsch, although you could add a very
small amount of a dark Munch to substitute for the decoction mash character. I wouldn't bother
with it, thou...
Posted in thread: IPA Recipe using Lemon Drop! Criticize me! on 03-21-2015 at 12:00 AM
First Wort and 60' hopping are different in character - it's fine to use both. If you want some
Vienna character, I would boost that percentage to about 10%. A little Vienna in an IPA is a
Posted in thread: Flaked corn on 03-18-2015 at 10:09 PM
It's pre-gelatinized and brewing-grade.
Posted in thread: Two problems I'm having with Beersmith on 03-18-2015 at 06:47 PM
If I'm going to switch to BS, I need to be able to trust it. I don't want to always have to
check the math against my own.Now that I have my system dialed in, I always hit all of my
numbers +/- 2 SG p...
Posted in thread: Using dark malt extract vs. light extract and steeping grains. on 03-18-2015 at 12:23 PM
Briess Traditional Dark malt extract tastes fine, but its composition is a bit unusual. It's
made from mostly Munich malt, 2-row, C-60, and just a tiny touch of Black Patent - in other
words, it's mor...
Posted in thread: Pro/Cons of starting with a 1 gallon kit on 03-18-2015 at 12:12 PM
I started with 2.5 gallon batches and have done some 1-gallon batches here and there, but
5-gallons are the way to go for many reasons - it's actually easier to brew 5-gallons than
1-gallon because yo...
Posted in thread: If I buy liquid yeast, do I have to make a starter? on 03-16-2015 at 01:38 AM
If you don't like the thought of making starters, buy Omega Yeast, Gigayeast, or East Coast
Yeast. Those have 150-200 billion cells in them. Wyeast and White Labs are closer to 100
billion. Or you can...