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Posted in thread: gelatin finings? on 09-03-2014 at 01:43 AM
Cold crashing drops solids out of suspension, but the yeast is fine. They keep the yeast vitals
in the fridge at the store, right? Ale yeasts grow better at room temperature, so just leave
Posted in thread: gelatin finings? on 09-01-2014 at 11:28 AM
Yes. I do that all the time. Gelatin removes proteins that cause cloudiness, but there's still
plenty of yeast in there.
Posted in thread: Aging beer: Facts, myths, and discussion on 10-29-2011 at 01:20 AM
Proper amount of healthy yeast cells for the OG. Oxygenating helps tremendously with this.
What's the purpose of culturing an adequate number of yeast if they're going to be stressed and
Posted in thread: Never dump your beer!!! Patience IS a virtue!!! Time heals all things, even beer! on 01-30-2011 at 06:04 PM
Unfortunately, I have a tale of woe also. My first high gravity beer was a Belgian Strong Ale,
OG 1.104. It finished high despite adding champagne yeast, probably caramelized and was too
dark, and tas...
Posted in thread: My tour of Belgium, how did I do? on 01-20-2011 at 02:09 AM
Speaking of Belgian style beers that won't break the bank, most of Ommegang's brews are very
good and definitely affordable. A 750ml bottle of Hennepin for $6 or less is a steal!I live
about an hour f...
Posted in thread: My tour of Belgium, how did I do? on 01-19-2011 at 02:28 AM
I'll echo the Duvel and Westmalle Dubbel. Also Goudon Carolus. I like a lambic now and then and
have looked at recipes, but it takes so long to age one and it's difficult to get it right, so
I just bu...
Posted in thread: Do you Aerate your Wort ? on 10-28-2010 at 02:39 AM
Yep. Revvy pretty much covered it all, but aerating gets the ball rolling faster and may help
your attenuation. I've been pleasantly surprised at how well it has worked since I started
using a stone a...
Posted in thread: Aging beer: Facts, myths, and discussion on 10-28-2010 at 02:25 AM
Kits are fine to get you started. Just make sure the ingredients, especially the yeast isn't
too old. If you are getting from a place that has good stock turnover you're probably OK. Once
you get the ...
Posted in thread: Great Brewing Nations Best Styles? on 09-28-2010 at 02:32 AM
Good call - I forgot France - I brewed a Saison this Summer.
Posted in thread: Great Brewing Nations Best Styles? on 09-28-2010 at 02:14 AM
I like to put together sample packs for my friends with a variety of the beers I have brewed. I
had the idea of putting together a Great Brewing Nations Combination Pack. So which styles are