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  • Posted in thread: Brooklyn Brewers? on 08-18-2014 at 04:09 AM
    I discovered Bitters and Esters this summer, and have been in quite a few times. John and the
    whole staff is super friendly and helpful. I actually have an 8-gallon pot on its way, so I'll
    be doing so...

  • Posted in thread: Noob mistake - forgot to purge O2 before I force carbed on 08-13-2014 at 06:35 PM
    Eh, I wouldn't worry too much about that unless it's something you're planning on having around
    for a long, long time. Oxidation can lead to flavors of wet cardboard, but it doesn't happen
    overnight. ...

  • Posted in thread: New to kegging; predictably full of questions on 08-13-2014 at 06:27 PM
    Thanks for the info. Yeah, I'll be dropping the PSI to 9 today. Just did the 30 for the first
    24 hours because this is going to be served at a wedding on Saturday, and I don't have the
    luxury of just ...

  • Posted in thread: BIAB efficiency on 08-13-2014 at 04:09 AM
    I'm using a 30qt (7.5G) pot and I sparge about 1-2G depending on the batch volume. Consider
    doing the same, there's not really a NEED for you to do full volume BIAB. I haven't done this
    yet, but I wil...

  • Posted in thread: New to kegging; predictably full of questions on 08-13-2014 at 03:47 AM
    I just kegged my first batch today, and I'm having a bit of trouble. After filling the keg,
    turning the gas on to 30 PSI, purging the headspace, and shaking it for a few minutes, I left
    it in my chest...

  • Posted in thread: Thin, watery Saison on 08-12-2014 at 04:02 PM
    Krausening is a bit different than what I'm talking about. Someone else had mentioned steeping
    some crystal malt and adding that to the beer for more body. My thought was to use it in place
    of priming...

  • Posted in thread: Thin, watery Saison on 08-06-2014 at 05:14 AM
    Here's a thought: could I potentially take the idea of a "grain tea" and use it in place of
    priming sugar? Steep some crystal malt, cool it, and then use that to carb up the bottles?

  • Posted in thread: Thin, watery Saison on 08-05-2014 at 07:22 PM
    Default efficiency is set to 75% on Brewtoad. I started bumping it up to about 84% when I
    noticed I was overshooting my OG, but I eventually discovered it was the hydrometer that was
    off by .005 and I...

  • Posted in thread: Thin, watery Saison on 08-05-2014 at 03:55 PM
    What was your gravity prior to topping off with water?Unfortunately don't know. It's not
    something I normally do, but I might start. I probably would have never added a full 2 gallons
    had I seen what ...

  • Posted in thread: Thin, watery Saison on 08-04-2014 at 10:06 PM
    I'm assuming 5 gallon recipe. When I run the numbers in my BeerSmith phone app (don't
    completely trust) I get an OG of 1.054 for a 5 gal BIAB. I'm going to point to the adding 2
    gallons to primary to ...

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