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Posted in thread: Any way to calibrate a refractometer? on 06-24-2012 at 03:07 PM
My refractometer usually gives me a reading that is a bit higher than my hydrometer.
Unfortunately, at 1.000, they are identical, and the higher in gravity, the further the
difference. It maxes out at...
Posted in thread: What will come of this rookie move? on 05-11-2012 at 03:49 AM
I pitched lager yeast at 60 instead of 45-50 once because it started raining and my wort
chiller seemed to be taking too long. My beer tasted like I dumped fruity pebbles in it, until
I lagered it. On...
Posted in thread: Need help with PM IPA (too much vienna?) on 05-11-2012 at 03:38 AM
Vienna is a malt that has a slightly sweet, yet roasty/ nutty flavor. It may be out of style
for an IPA.That said, I'd always thought of doing an IPA using vienna to add a more malty
backbone. The way...
Posted in thread: Beers are too sweet on 05-06-2012 at 04:24 AM
Thanks, mredge...Now that lagering season is over for me, I am going to be focusing on ales,
mainly ESB's, stouts, and pale ales. This means that munich and vienna won't be used too often,
if at all. ...
Posted in thread: Beers are too sweet on 05-06-2012 at 03:51 AM
I think that increasing my hops might be a good idea, but i'm always afraid i'm going to make
the beer too bitter. Maybe I should slowly push the envelope with the hops and go a little bit
Posted in thread: Beers are too sweet on 05-06-2012 at 03:50 AM
I think my water is ok too. My water comes from the same place that the local brewery uses (I
wonderful german style brewery that makes german style beers called Ramstein). I've checked the
Posted in thread: Beers are too sweet on 05-06-2012 at 03:47 AM
Oooh sorry. I forgot to mention that. I have a thermapen. And I've actually been mashing low.
Like between 147 and 152 at most. At boiling, the thermapen reads within a degree of 212, and
if I stick i...
Posted in thread: Beers are too sweet on 05-06-2012 at 03:33 AM
By the way, I barely use any crystal malt. At most, I use .5 pounds for a 5 gallon batch, but
usually it is much less. In the aforementioned Maibock, I only used Pilsner and Munich. I
brewed my last l...
Posted in thread: Beers are too sweet on 05-06-2012 at 03:30 AM
So I have been brewing for almost a year and a half. My results have been pretty good, and some
batches have been better than others. I hoped that once I made the jump to all grain, my
results would i...
Posted in thread: How Does My Grind Look? on 04-19-2012 at 09:28 PM
Looks like my crush, maybe a little bit more fine. I usually get 70-80% efficiency. I use a
barley crusher on factory settings