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  • Posted in thread: Petite Saison Des Vacances on 07-25-2014 at 03:42 PM
    Ha, so I recently brewed a Kölsch that was mostly pilsner, only boiled for 60 minutes and left
    the lid on. So, uhhhh...I mean, I thought it tasted OK at bottling, but unless someone gave me
    a sample a...

  • Posted in thread: Good warm fermenting yeast on 07-24-2014 at 02:26 PM
    Interesting, because according to the product description for the French Saison, the high end
    for that yeast is 77. I'd be fermenting about 10 degrees warmer than that.Sent from my iPhone
    using Home B...

  • Posted in thread: Good warm fermenting yeast on 07-24-2014 at 01:27 PM
    I only have room for one carboy in my converted chest freezer, and ambient temps in my
    apartment are generally in the mid-high 80s at this time of year. I'd love to take advantage of
    that, and brew so...

  • Posted in thread: Wort looks...strange on 07-23-2014 at 04:37 PM
    Active fermentation started within a few hours and is happily bubbling away. Although with only
    about 1/2 gallon of headspace this one is going to get messy...

  • Posted in thread: Brooklyn Brewers? on 07-23-2014 at 03:23 AM
    Anyone brewing in the BK? After 4 years of brewing on my own, I have still never brewed with
    another person. I was supposed to be brewing tomorrow with a MUCH more experienced brewer on a
    bigger, bett...

  • Posted in thread: Wort looks...strange on 07-23-2014 at 12:57 AM
    I have them ground at the homebrew store. Didn't seem too fine. Looked like the consistency of
    steel cut oats.

  • Posted in thread: Wort looks...strange on 07-23-2014 at 12:52 AM
    I went ahead and added a half gallon of distilled water. May the brewing gods have mercy on
    this IPA's soul.

  • Posted in thread: Wort looks...strange on 07-22-2014 at 11:33 PM
    I use a blow-off tube, anyway, because I tend to get crazy primary fermentations, even with
    more than a gallon of headspace. I brewed a sub-5% ABV kolsch a few weeks ago at only 56
    degrees that blew o...

  • Posted in thread: BIAB efficiency on 07-22-2014 at 11:17 PM
    Brewed today, and if the hydrometer reading is correct, I got 91% efficiency. Is that even

  • Posted in thread: Wort looks...strange on 07-22-2014 at 11:14 PM
    Brewed this today, and even right after transferring to carboy and shaking the heck out of it,
    it looks like this. I'm not really that worried, because I've had wort look like this before,
    and the bee...

Third Floor Cellars Brewery Brewing in my 5 cu. ft. "basement" since 2010 Primary: Big Bear IPA, Petits Jour de Chien Saison Secondary: Empty Bottled: K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simcoe Stupid) Pale Ale, Little Bear Kolsch Planning: RyePA, Nutella Stout

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