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  • Posted in thread: First all grain hef turned out really diluted. on 07-04-2014 at 04:49 PM
    Did you pitch the right amount of yeast? If you pitched too much,You may get a thin finishing
    beer. The other thing is that you may have gotten really poor efficiency. What was your mash
    pH? If it was...

  • Posted in thread: Beer is sweet on 07-04-2014 at 04:26 PM
    I would guess you're getting the sweet flavor from the honey you added. Every honey beer I've
    made ends up with a slight honey flavor that makes it finish sweet, even if the gravity is
    where it's supp...

  • Posted in thread: I think i screwed up..... on 07-04-2014 at 04:22 PM
    If what you added was an f-pack that was supposed to be added right before bottling, it may not
    ferment correctly. They usually have potassium sorbate in them to inhibit the fermentation of
    the extra ...

  • Posted in thread: What is this? on 07-04-2014 at 04:16 PM
    To me, it looks like hot break. Coagulated proteins from the steeping grains. Does it look like
    flakes of egg, kind of like egg drop soup? If it is, it will all fall out of suspension during

  • Posted in thread: Once acetobacter is a factor in a barrel, what's the remedy? on 11-25-2013 at 07:10 AM
    You could try and burn some sulphur inside the barrel. Nothing can live through that stuff. I
    know they sell them at grow shops here in CO. Make sure to do it outside!

  • Posted in thread: Chocolate Cherry Imperial Stout on 11-06-2013 at 04:49 PM
    They tasted like they had soaked up some of the IBU's. They were super bitter and gross looking
    too. The cherries I used were frozen from the Safeway up the street. They weren't bing, but not
    pie cher...

  • Posted in thread: Chocolate Cherry Imperial Stout on 10-23-2013 at 02:51 PM
    That number is correct, but you'd never know it. I ate a used cherry after I racked the beer
    off of them and it was the most bitter thing I may have ever tasted. I'm not sure if they
    soaked up hop oil...

  • Posted in thread: Chocolate Cherry Imperial Stout on 09-14-2013 at 01:26 AM
    The chocolate taste comes in big after 6 months in the bottle, and boy does it! I agree that
    even though the recipe calculates to 92 IBU, it's just not that hoppy. I think it's due to the
    high startin...

  • Posted in thread: Should I split my US-05 yeast starter? on 08-29-2013 at 03:00 PM
    I don't mean to sound like a dick, but saving/washing a yeast that costs $5 a pop seems to be a
    waste of time and money. But most people I know buy the stuff and directly pitch it into their
    wort with...

  • Posted in thread: Black ale question on 08-29-2013 at 02:52 PM
    I did the same type thing as David. I split a ten gallon batch and did separate boils for each.
    While the first half was boiling, I steeped 1.5 lbs beechwood smoked malt in a grain bag in the
    other ha...