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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-06-2012, 05:03 PM
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Posted By zeno27
+1 on Ambitious Brew. Its a great book. I...

+1 on Ambitious Brew. Its a great book.

I found Ogle's description of the German "beer-garden" culture to be particularly informative. The German lagers were seen as a healthy alternative to the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-31-2012, 06:31 PM
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Posted By zeno27
I'd think if you were getting down to 1.000-1.002...

I'd think if you were getting down to 1.000-1.002 there is something besides safale-04 in your fermenter.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-24-2012, 06:32 PM
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Posted By zeno27
There are multiple ways to get the same amount of...

There are multiple ways to get the same amount of yeast. You can pitch several packets into a small starter, or you can use a large starter with only one pack. The growth rate slider allows you to...
Forum: Extract Brewing 10-18-2012, 01:57 PM
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Posted By zeno27
I was there for a tour a couple of weeks ago, and...

I was there for a tour a couple of weeks ago, and I asked about the yeast for Hennepin. The tour guide said that all of the year-round beers (e.g. Abbey Ale, Hennepin, etc) were brewed with the same...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-12-2012, 01:16 AM
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Posted By zeno27
You're definitely on the right track. I make one...

You're definitely on the right track. I make one with similar amounts, although only 1/2 tsp cinnamon and maybe 1/4 tsp allspice. You can always add more at bottling/kegging if you think it needs it.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-10-2012, 07:23 PM
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Posted By zeno27
If you put just a drop on your refractometer, it...

If you put just a drop on your refractometer, it should have cooled down to ambient temperature by the time you made the measurement. A drop of wort has a small thermal mass.
Forum: Extract Brewing 10-05-2012, 08:40 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By zeno27
Two pounds of crystal malt seems like a lot. ...

Two pounds of crystal malt seems like a lot. What did you wind up with for FG? Also, was the color right? With the crystal and the roasted barley I would have thought you'd be getting into "brown"...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-04-2012, 12:48 AM
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Posted By zeno27
You can use a hemocytometer and a microscope, or...

You can use a hemocytometer and a microscope, or you can follow this technique:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/estimating-cell-count-334105/
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-23-2012, 06:28 PM
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Posted By zeno27
I personally prefer my pumpkin beers without the...

I personally prefer my pumpkin beers without the vanilla. I'd also reduce the dark brown sugar to a half pound and ditch the wheat altogether.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-25-2012, 01:02 PM
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Posted By zeno27
Without knowing your starting concentration of...

Without knowing your starting concentration of sulfate, it's impossible to know exactly. But Palmer tells you how much each gram of gypsum will add to the sulfate levels. ...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-25-2012, 04:24 AM
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Posted By zeno27
If you just want the sulfate for flavor, add the...

If you just want the sulfate for flavor, add the gypsum to the boil.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-20-2012, 01:50 AM
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Posted By zeno27
Since you have a refractometer, measure the...

Since you have a refractometer, measure the gravity of the first runnings. Then at least you will have an idea if something funny happened during conversion. Read this:...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-24-2012, 01:13 AM
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Posted By zeno27
Did the starter show signs of activity? ...

Did the starter show signs of activity?

Plenty of people (including me) use Wyeast nutrient in their starters without any problem. But 1/2 tsp is a lot: normally it's what you'd use in 5 gal. I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-15-2012, 04:25 PM
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Posted By zeno27
Brewing specific pH strips are available from a...

Brewing specific pH strips are available from a variety of online vendors and probably your LHBS. They are a cheap and easy way to know if you are in the right ballpark. Honestly, getting an...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-05-2012, 04:46 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By zeno27
Are your gravity numbers correct? I ask because...

Are your gravity numbers correct? I ask because I would guess that the original gravity (OG) was 1.040, rather than 1.140. If the final gravity is indeed 1.010, fermentation is likely very close to...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-30-2012, 01:38 PM
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Posted By zeno27
Condensation just means that it was warm,...

Condensation just means that it was warm, resulting in a lot of water vapor in the headspace, then it cooled and the liquid condensed on the cold surface.

Water and carbon dioxide both contain...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-28-2012, 01:05 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By zeno27
Read this: ...

Read this:
http://beersmith.com/blog/2010/01/04/diastatic-power-and-mashing-your-beer/

If you're mashing just the 2-row and oats, a 50:50 mix should be fine.
Forum: Group Buys 06-05-2012, 06:26 PM
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Posted By zeno27
I bought the last vial of WLP400 a couple weeks...

I bought the last vial of WLP400 a couple weeks ago!
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-01-2012, 03:55 PM
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Posted By zeno27
I boil in a flask for about 10 minutes. A little...

I boil in a flask for about 10 minutes. A little Fermcap will take care of any boil-over problems; use it! Personally I don't find the ice bath to be particularly annoying, but one thing I've done...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-01-2012, 03:04 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By zeno27
I have a hard time seeing how it could be worth...

I have a hard time seeing how it could be worth more than the sum of its parts based on the fact that a) it's used and b) it is not particularly difficult to assemble.

You can always try $100 and...
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-23-2012, 09:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,093
Posted By zeno27
Thermocouples work based on a thermoelectric...

Thermocouples work based on a thermoelectric effect known as the Seebeck effect, wherein a conducting wire with a temperature gradient along its length develops a potential difference. Electrons...
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-22-2012, 11:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,093
Posted By zeno27
You should also be able to short the thermocouple...

You should also be able to short the thermocouple terminals and it should read the ambient temperature, if you select the input as TC (any type).
Forum: Group Buys 04-02-2012, 09:27 PM
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Posted By zeno27
Have you read Brewing With Wheat by Hieronymus,...

Have you read Brewing With Wheat by Hieronymus, Cidah? I just came away from that book with the idea that it'd be tough to "clone" the German Hefe commercial process. Top-cropping over multiple...
Forum: Group Buys 04-02-2012, 08:51 PM
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Posted By zeno27
The Ayinger dunkleweizen is my "white whale" of...

The Ayinger dunkleweizen is my "white whale" of home brewing. Obsessed with finding it, brewing it, and mastering it.

the Franziskaner has a special place in my heart too; I'll always remember...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-13-2012, 02:46 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By zeno27
It all depends on what you're looking for, but...

It all depends on what you're looking for, but with a brown porter I would cut back on the black patent to maybe 3% and add some medium crystal, around 5% in the 60-90L range. Just my $0.02.
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