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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-25-2011, 03:14 PM
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You can use a pretty significant amount of sugar...

You can use a pretty significant amount of sugar without any problems. Belgian beers are one example of a style that uses a hell of a lot of sugar (i.e.: up to 30%) (read Brew Like a Monk, from the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-25-2011, 02:50 PM
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Views: 282
Posted By CortexBomb
Anyone have experience doing Doppelbocks with Cal. Common yeast?

Topic is pretty much contained in the header. I live in an apartment, using ye olde plastic tub with ice-filled 2 litre bottles I can get my fermentation temperatures down into the high 50s this time...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-06-2011, 01:30 PM
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Yes, exactly. I basically hold the bag as long as...

Yes, exactly. I basically hold the bag as long as I can per the original post (which varies based on how many pounds of wet grain it contains ;) ) and then set it in the colander over the steel bowl...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-05-2011, 07:25 PM
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One really easy way to maximize this is to take...

One really easy way to maximize this is to take the grain bag after the sparge and to set it in a colander nested into a slightly smaller steel mixing bowl while the wort is getting back up to a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-07-2011, 09:52 PM
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Posted By CortexBomb
Easiest way to tinker with this stuff for free is...

Easiest way to tinker with this stuff for free is Hopville.

http://hopville.com/

Sign up for a free account and use their beer calculus tool to check and see gravity, IBUs and all of the other...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-03-2011, 01:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,912
Posted By CortexBomb
Has anyone used this to try and seriously sour a...

Has anyone used this to try and seriously sour a Saison before?

I ask because I like sour beers but I really don't have the space for a second set of equipment right now. I've been intending to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-02-2011, 10:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 638
Posted By CortexBomb
One other thing you should be aware of: The...

One other thing you should be aware of:

The sugar being added to the boil has a second effect: it thins the body of the beer because it is easier for the yeast to break down. Even once the beer is...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-15-2011, 10:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 505
Posted By CortexBomb
FWIW I got out of pure extract brewing in...

FWIW I got out of pure extract brewing in extremely short order, but I've stayed on partial mash because of the space of my home. I'm not nervous about my ability to do all-grain, and the time thing...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-31-2011, 01:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 830
Posted By CortexBomb
Sediment swirling in the bottle can be fixed by...

Sediment swirling in the bottle can be fixed by one thing: putting the beer in the fridge and letting it sit for 2 days minimum. Depending on how flocculant your yeast are, 2 days might form a tight...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-31-2011, 01:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,751
Posted By CortexBomb
How is the hop aroma? I ask this because a...

How is the hop aroma?

I ask this because a lot of people's flavour perception comes from their sense of smell. If you aren't getting a good hop aroma, you might not get the full IPA effect that...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-31-2011, 12:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 632
Posted By CortexBomb
The main reason why glass is used as a standard...

The main reason why glass is used as a standard secondary to me has less to do with aesthetics or any of that junk, it has a lot more to do with concerns about plastic's porousness to oxygen. On a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-28-2011, 05:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 350
Posted By CortexBomb
Definitely looks like surface oils from the hops...

Definitely looks like surface oils from the hops to me, nothing to worry about.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-13-2011, 01:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 445
Posted By CortexBomb
If you're using the vodka zest method then you...

If you're using the vodka zest method then you can add it to the secondary, late in the primary (after a couple of weeks) or during bottling, it doesn't really matter as long as you've given the zest...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-10-2011, 12:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,462
Posted By CortexBomb
I do partial mashes on my stove, and I usually...

I do partial mashes on my stove, and I usually have about 4 gallons boiling after the mashing, which comfortably fits into my 7.5 gallon pot. If you're thinking about stepping up to PM somewhere down...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-09-2011, 03:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,462
Posted By CortexBomb
If you need better hop utilization it's much...

If you need better hop utilization it's much easier to just do late extract additions. I'm not saying full boils aren't ideal, but there are a lot of reasons why it is a PITA to do so in an apartment...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-09-2011, 01:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,462
Posted By CortexBomb
There is going to be a lot of variation depending...

There is going to be a lot of variation depending on how hot the burners get. I've brewed in a couple of apartments with electric stoves, and though I've used the same equipment, the boil time can be...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2011, 01:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 226
Posted By CortexBomb
I'm with Revvy on this, there's no way that your...

I'm with Revvy on this, there's no way that your gravity is actually missing, it was probably just resting comfortably on the bottom of your bucket when you took the reading.

Lower than expected...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2011, 11:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,284
Posted By CortexBomb
Straining pellets versus leaf is a huge...

Straining pellets versus leaf is a huge difference.

I've tried a variety of techniques for pellet hops, but the only easy, consistent one is using a bag during the brewing process. Once they get...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-13-2010, 02:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,779
Posted By CortexBomb
Yeast particles are too small to be strained out....

Yeast particles are too small to be strained out. It's much easier to just watch the beer as you're pouring it and capture the stuff on the inner lip of the bottle where the neck joins the larger,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-13-2010, 02:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,779
Posted By CortexBomb
Bombers are more convenient to bottle, but as has...

Bombers are more convenient to bottle, but as has been noted, if you don't leave them in the fridge long enough it can be harder to get the beer out without bringing more yeast sediment with you.
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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-03-2010, 01:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 800
Posted By CortexBomb
I was just thinking about that this morning, I...

I was just thinking about that this morning, I think I'm leaning toward a chocolate-heavy milk stout right now, something smooth enough to share with my friends who are not as into the hops.

What...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-02-2010, 03:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 836
Posted By CortexBomb
You can definitely get away without one on a more...

You can definitely get away without one on a more normal gravity beer like that.

I think the reason why many of the brewers on here (myself included) do make them for all our beers is because:
...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-18-2010, 01:06 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,667
Posted By CortexBomb
Aside from some personal quibbles that I have...

Aside from some personal quibbles that I have with their standard crush, I've had nothing but good experiences with Midwest.

I have to assume that it's just what some of the other folks have...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-17-2010, 10:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,042
Posted By CortexBomb
My two cents: You don't have to cold crash a...

My two cents:

You don't have to cold crash a starter to use it. Some people do, others don't. You can just as easily ferment a starter out for a day and then dump the entire thing directly into...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-12-2010, 01:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,307
Posted By CortexBomb
Always a good idea, and especially good with a...

Always a good idea, and especially good with a weird style like Saison...there really is a lot of variety, it really was just a seasonal, light beer originally, so there have been a lot of different...
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