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  • Posted in thread: Winter Solstice brewday on 12-07-2015 at 08:47 PM
    A note on the crystal malt: Fawcett lists its 120L crystal as "Dark" but many other british
    suppliers have that color as "Extra dark." This flavor is critical- don't use an american
    crystal 120- use a...

  • Posted in thread: Winter Solstice brewday on 12-03-2015 at 05:02 PM
    One bottle was tried at the halfway point, on the summer solstice to make sure it was aging ok
    and didn't have any off flavors. All was good, so I'm expecting it to be pretty good.Your
    recipe is eeril...

  • Posted in thread: Winter Solstice brewday on 12-02-2015 at 08:49 PM
    The idea is to brew on the solstice, and age it until the next solstice while starting the
    previous years.Last year I brewed a Belgian quad style solstice beer on December 21, and
    pitched the yeast at...

  • Posted in thread: Starter OG = 1.040, 48 hrs later on stir plate FG = 1.040 .. WLP500 on 05-12-2015 at 01:35 AM
    If it tastes like wort, then you must be right, it hasn't done much of anything yet. Hmm.I
    assume you boiled the solution before adding the yeast, right? It's normal to get a bunch of
    little chunks of...

  • Posted in thread: Starter OG = 1.040, 48 hrs later on stir plate FG = 1.040 .. WLP500 on 05-11-2015 at 11:49 PM
    That does look like a healthy yeast starter, not just a bunch of trub. I'd bet your FG
    measurement is off. Taste the liquid, you'll know right away if it has fermented or not. WLP
    has always fermented...

  • Posted in thread: First Stab At Barrel Aging on 03-25-2015 at 12:26 AM
    I had almost the same exact situation last year - 15 gallon rye bourbon barrel and the beer
    wasn't quite ready to go in.First, I took the bung out to see what it looked like inside
    (looking for any ob...

  • Posted in thread: Vinnie Nail for Barrel on 02-19-2015 at 11:32 PM
    All 300 series stainless steels are 18/8.I recall reading somewhere that because of the low pH
    of beer, especially sours, the extra corrosion resistance of 316 was recommended.In any event,
    I have som...

  • Posted in thread: How many gallons of homebrew in 2014? on 01-01-2015 at 12:02 AM
    Was adding up my totals for the year and thought I'd add them in:11galAmber ale11galBelgian
    Wit12galSolstice Ale11galRussian Imperial Stout15galBarrel Stout10galLondon Brown2galLocal Wild

  • Posted in thread: Word to the wise... Don't freeze wort in your borosilicate flask on 12-23-2014 at 04:07 PM
    Better than the time I cracked a 5L flask by trying to heat it with an electric stovetop coil
    :mug:Hmm. I have made uncounted (dozens maybe?) numbers of starters by boiling wort in both 2l
    and 5l flas...

  • Posted in thread: Solstice Ale on 12-16-2014 at 04:20 PM
    No comments? Nobody else feel like celebrating the coming of winter by brewing something you,
    uh, won't actually be celebrating with (this year)?Just got starter going, yeasties are
    spinning merrily. ...