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Forum: English Brown Ale 06-29-2014, 04:20 PM
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Posted By Bacon488
Good article! I'm pretty sure that another BYO...

Good article! I'm pretty sure that another BYO article is the one that got my brother and I thinking about Mild:

https://byo.com/stories/item/1397-speed-brewing

We began with a general idea of...
Forum: English Brown Ale 06-29-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By Bacon488
Thanks! We're still surprised, almost 3 years...

Thanks! We're still surprised, almost 3 years later. I mean, a mild?

It was practically ignored in the homebrew tap lineup when we and some friends camped out at a beer festival. :)
Forum: English Brown Ale 06-29-2014, 03:52 PM
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Posted By Bacon488
EJay, my brother and I had never tasted a mild...

EJay, my brother and I had never tasted a mild until we poured ours, so just like us, you'll be introduced to the style by the work of your own hands!
Forum: English Brown Ale 06-29-2014, 03:40 PM
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Posted By Bacon488
Sorry, I haven't been watching this thread, but...

Sorry, I haven't been watching this thread, but Troy sent me a message, so thanks! This recipe should hit terminal gravity in just a few days. It's super low-gravity and S-04 is a strong fermenter....
Forum: English Brown Ale 03-26-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,425
Posted By Bacon488
Mild - Best of Show New England Regional Homebrew Competition 2011

In the fall of 2011 my brother and I went from a vague notion of brewing something quick to formulating a recipe and then brewing it over the course of a single day. We went with a low-gravity...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-17-2013, 03:45 PM
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Views: 1,612
Posted By Bacon488
Funny you mentioned a hammer... The cracking of...

Funny you mentioned a hammer... The cracking of my previous plastic carbonator cap was via hammer. It might have been weakened/fatigued from all the torque I put on it in a failed attempt to get it...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-14-2013, 07:13 PM
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Views: 1,612
Posted By Bacon488
Does the blue carbonator cap EVER actually work?

I'm on my second blue carbonator cap. The first one cracked, after having never once succeeded in sealing on bottle threads. As in CO2 hissing out loudly while I was trying to pressurize a bottle. ...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-15-2012, 01:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 277
Posted By Bacon488
Thanks, Rev. I did a quick search before I...

Thanks, Rev. I did a quick search before I posted it but I obviously didn't use the right terms.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-14-2012, 04:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 277
Posted By Bacon488
Raise A Toast To Building Better Beer Bubbles Through Chemistry

"Now, microbiologists have identified the specific gene in yeast responsible for a beer's head and they say this discovery can lead to stronger, longer lasting, more aesthetically pleasing foam on...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-13-2012, 04:09 PM
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Posted By Bacon488
You really shouldn't lose much if you a) dispense...

You really shouldn't lose much if you a) dispense under very low pressure (barely enough to push the beer) and b) keep everything as cold as possible from the keg to the beer line to the bottles. I...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-03-2012, 02:22 PM
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Posted By Bacon488
Just like cat007, I used a hack saw and...

Just like cat007, I used a hack saw and sandpaper. It wasn't tough, but I imagine that a Dremel would make it way easier.
Forum: General Techniques 09-28-2012, 07:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 392
Posted By Bacon488
Finings sequence

I am using finings for the first time at the recommendation of the fellow homebrewer who sent me the yeast strain I used for my Gratzer. I introduced isinglass to cold (35) beer in secondary then...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-17-2012, 04:39 PM
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Views: 378
Posted By Bacon488
HopShot - dumb question

At least I feel dumb not figuring it out on my own...

How do you get the extract out of the syringe? There's a plastic tip with no hole in it, and cutting it didn't reveal one... And the tip...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-05-2012, 05:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 249
Posted By Bacon488
Thanks. Yeah, I use chalk all the time, but the...

Thanks. Yeah, I use chalk all the time, but the software only calculates additions--it doesn't have a way (a direct one, anyway) to tell it how much CaC03 is already present. It functions pretty...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-05-2012, 04:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 249
Posted By Bacon488
Water chemistry question

I am looking at a water report from a brewery in Grodzisk, Poland for use in a Gratzer/Grodziskie. Part of it confuses me.

It lists "total hardness," "permanent hardness," and alkalinity as ppm...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-12-2012, 01:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 248
Posted By Bacon488
Identifying wild strain?

Looking for information on how I might definitively determine which wild organism(s) I have managed to catch. I have a strong suspicion that it is brett, but I want to confirm it, and ideally...
Forum: General Techniques 04-27-2012, 03:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 669
Posted By Bacon488
Intentionally pitching high - mash high to control attenuation?

Just to see if I can, I'm making a pseudo-lager with WLP007 and 90% Maris Otter. I'm making up a 2L starter on a stir plate for a 5 gallon batch at 1.045 OG. Mr. Malty says I need 1L, so I'll be...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-19-2012, 06:54 PM
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Posted By Bacon488
My 2 cents: I bottled a Best of Show winner...

My 2 cents: I bottled a Best of Show winner using the BierMuncher bottle filler. 7 months later, it's still really good. (And it's only 3.3% with low hops, so it's on the fragile side of things.) ...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-19-2012, 06:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 16,392
Posted By Bacon488
I know this is a VERY old thread... But in case...

I know this is a VERY old thread... But in case someone else comes across it: I bottle using a similar setup, minus the CO2. To address the O2 issue, I bottled a Best of Show winner using that...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-11-2012, 01:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 836
Posted By Bacon488
Yes, I did chill it in the jar. I thought it...

Yes, I did chill it in the jar. I thought it looked like trub but I'm used to seeing it below the yeast, not on top of it.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-11-2012, 12:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 836
Posted By Bacon488
Starter into jar, dark layer on top (pic attached)

I stepped a slant of Pacman up to a 1L starter on a stir plate, and then once it was finished, I cold crashed it, decanted the starter beer, and then poured the remaining slurry into a sanitized Ball...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-27-2012, 11:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 12,666
Posted By Bacon488
I'm coming to this thread WAY late (by way of a...

I'm coming to this thread WAY late (by way of a search) and I'll just add for anyone who happens upon it that I too have encountered the rubbery character from Montrachet that wendelgee2 describes. ...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-23-2012, 03:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 534
Posted By Bacon488
Wow. No kidding! Just goes to show that there's...

Wow. No kidding! Just goes to show that there's no wrong way to brew. Good luck!
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-22-2012, 02:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 534
Posted By Bacon488
I'm with jescholler. I would dial the cara malts...

I'm with jescholler. I would dial the cara malts back a good bit and add some chocolate. 21% Caraaroma/Crystal 60L/Caraamber is a lot. I did a dark mild--basically a low-hop low-gravity...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-06-2012, 07:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 410
Posted By Bacon488
My S-33 experience - smoked porter

It seems pretty hard to find great information about S-33, so I will add my experience to the forum in case someone else is wondering about this strain like I was. (Is it Belgian? Is it the Edme...
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