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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-19-2011, 12:12 AM
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Posted By phuzle
Interesting idea I hadn't thought of. The sour...

Interesting idea I hadn't thought of. The sour beer isn't ready yet, the idea would be to add the sweet beer as extra food for the bugs to work on. But I could blend the sweet beer with another dry...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-18-2011, 07:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 514
Posted By phuzle
Any safe way to unbottle a batch of beer?

I harvested a yeast from a bottle of commercial belgian beer, hoping to make a nice belgian beer. I let the beer ferment for a month, and due to circumstances I won't go into, I had to bottle it...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 05-27-2011, 06:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 335
Posted By phuzle
Long term aging, blending, need help!

Around christmas, I brewed my first sour beer. It was an extract beer, with a little lactose, I added white labs sour mix. I've been adding a little maltodextrin every few months along with the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-30-2011, 04:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 884
Posted By phuzle
The off flavor chart on Palmer's site doesn't...

The off flavor chart on Palmer's site doesn't seem to have what I'm going for. I'm pretty convinced that it can't be autolysis or hot fermentation, so it must be some kind of infection.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-29-2011, 03:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 884
Posted By phuzle
I didn't say it was the Anchor steam strain. It...

I didn't say it was the Anchor steam strain. It is the Anchor ale yeast, pretty much common knowledge, check http://www.mrmalty.com/yeast.htm or any other yeast comparison table.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-29-2011, 06:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 884
Posted By phuzle
Well, thats just the problem. There are so many...

Well, thats just the problem. There are so many variables that I'm unsure if it is the yeast, the temperature of the fermentation, the new all grain equipment... I've made plenty of good beers with...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-29-2011, 03:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 884
Posted By phuzle
Autolysis? Infection? Hot Fermentation? Help!

So, I'm not exactly new to brewing, been doing it for 8 years, but have only recently tried to become serious about it. Last fall I started washing yeast, making starters, and just this spring I...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-26-2011, 09:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 961
Posted By phuzle
I'm interested in this info also. I bought a...

I'm interested in this info also. I bought a bunch of used kegs recently and was told the O rings needed be changed on some, but they haven't seemed to have any problems yet.
Forum: Introductions 04-24-2011, 03:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 48
Posted By phuzle
Yeah, I've never been to a meeting, but my dad is...

Yeah, I've never been to a meeting, but my dad is a member. Its worth joining ($10 a year) for the 10% off homebrew stuff at Bells (pays for itself really quickly). From what I understand, they're...
Forum: Introductions 04-24-2011, 01:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 48
Posted By phuzle
Hey, I'm in Kalamazoo, also. Cheers.

Hey, I'm in Kalamazoo, also. Cheers.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-24-2011, 01:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 275
Posted By phuzle
Any reason not to dry hop?

I usually dry hop my pale ales and IPAs. I usually don't dry hop stouts, porters, saisons, etc. Lately I've been making mostly pale ales, generally with a good amount of late boil hops, and I'm...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-17-2011, 02:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 425
Posted By phuzle
I think you're fine either way. No problem going...

I think you're fine either way. No problem going from 45F to 60F, but I dont think you'll find much difference either way.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-17-2011, 02:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 837
Posted By phuzle
Yeah, if you want the beer to be a little sweet,...

Yeah, if you want the beer to be a little sweet, you'll want to add crystal malts. I think somewhere around crystal 40 should get the right biscuit flavor. Still, more than a pound for a 5 gallon...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-14-2011, 01:00 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,200
Posted By phuzle
A lot of breweries have their own yeast strain...

A lot of breweries have their own yeast strain and don't need a yeast bank to help them. I'd bet that its easier to avoid contamination on a larger scale, too. I think as long as your yeast are...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-13-2011, 09:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 406
Posted By phuzle
You can probably dispense the first 8 pints...

You can probably dispense the first 8 pints before you run into problems. I don't know personally, but thats what a friend told me who used those little co2 cartridges to keep his keg with enough...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-13-2011, 03:00 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,671
Posted By phuzle
Ah, fair enough. I did that math backwards and...

Ah, fair enough. I did that math backwards and got 228 beers per year, and was very confused as it isn't a round number per day. In any case, I think we need to go with what the average homebrewer...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-13-2011, 05:18 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,671
Posted By phuzle
I tried to figure out what your numbers meant...

I tried to figure out what your numbers meant there, and could not. You have to assume a rate of consumption to get to 15 years worth of beer, and you didn't mention that. So I tried to calculate...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-12-2011, 09:56 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,031
Posted By phuzle
If you have space in your fridge, a simple single...

If you have space in your fridge, a simple single keg setup could be done for well around/under $50. If you want more kegs on tap at the same time, prices start to add up quick. Try looking for...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-12-2011, 05:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 649
Posted By phuzle
With 1/4 quart (a cup), it sounds like you have...

With 1/4 quart (a cup), it sounds like you have about the right amount to pitch into a 5 gallon beer. After two weeks, you should still have enough. Any longer than a month and you'll need to make...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-12-2011, 05:11 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,031
Posted By phuzle
When I used to bottle, I had like 20 cases. ...

When I used to bottle, I had like 20 cases. Beyond what I drank because I didn't have enough homebrew, I had friends who helped me out. Sometimes on craigslist you can find people giving away cases...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-12-2011, 05:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,552
Posted By phuzle
I too like it for the idea that it is a pretty...

I too like it for the idea that it is a pretty space efficient cooler if you add ice. It could be pretty cool to have the 6pack version so you can keep your beers cold when you go to a bonfire or...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-12-2011, 03:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,031
Posted By phuzle
I've got 4 taps, 3 are in use at the moment. One...

I've got 4 taps, 3 are in use at the moment. One is a porter that should be getting finished off pretty soon, and the other two are good spring/summer beers that I planned ahead for and made during...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-12-2011, 02:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 649
Posted By phuzle
It is viable for quite some time as long as you...

It is viable for quite some time as long as you keep it cold. Yes, feeding them will help keep them alive, but if it is really a ton of yeast, you'll have to feed them a lot. Tell us more: how much...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-12-2011, 02:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,467
Posted By phuzle
I've been making a lot of ales through the winter...

I've been making a lot of ales through the winter and this spring with WL California V yeast. My apartment's heat is kept around 72, but I figured it was only that warm near the thermostat, because...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-12-2011, 01:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 249
Posted By phuzle
It looks pretty good. I've never worked with...

It looks pretty good. I've never worked with cara-pils, but my guess is that you've got too much cara malt in there. I'd use about a pound total, tops. Maybe replace it with more Munich or...
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