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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-04-2012, 04:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 959
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
Solved.

Yesterday, I bottled my latest attempt at a Belgian golden strong, and at last, it has that lovely straw color that's characteristic of the breed. In case somebody should run across this old thread,...
Forum: Brewing Software 11-04-2012, 04:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,046
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
I think I've managed to contact everybody who...

I think I've managed to contact everybody who requested and recieved a copy of BrewCalc and to provide them with an updated copy, but if not, there is a bug-fix version available. The hydrometer...
Forum: Brew Science 10-27-2012, 11:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,631
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
For those perusing this ancient thread, I'd like...

For those perusing this ancient thread, I'd like to add that the above-given formula has since been incorported into my brew calculator software, which is available for free, along with the source...
Forum: Brewing Software 10-23-2012, 06:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,046
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
Mike, I'm mighty pleased to hear that you like it...

Mike, I'm mighty pleased to hear that you like it and that it's given you good results. I've found it's usually spot-on, thanks to the use of Papazian's extract efficiencies that he gives in "Joy of...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-18-2012, 01:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 951
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
Yes, it's been in the bottle for about a month...

Yes, it's been in the bottle for about a month now. Aging out very nicely, if I may say so. I've also tried adding spices after the fact, just to give myself an idea what the actual brew would taste...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-17-2012, 03:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 951
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
Thanks for the responses, everyone. I had a...

Thanks for the responses, everyone. I had a nagging suspicion that I had probably reinvented the wheel.

Let me say that this particular batch did, in fact, clear up nicely despite being boiled....
Forum: Cider Forum 10-16-2012, 09:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 951
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
Hops in cider

My son had been after me for some time to make a batch of cider, so last month, I made a batch using a can of Brewmaster concentrate. The can was ostensibly for 22 liters, I only made it up to 15,...
Forum: Brewing Software 10-16-2012, 12:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,046
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
Great, Mike. I've sent you a private message...

Great, Mike. I've sent you a private message containing my email address so we can get in touch.
Forum: Brewing Software 10-13-2012, 03:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,046
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
Simple brewing software

To keep up my programming skills, I've written a program to calculate gravities and estimate final abv based on the ingredients. It works in either English or metric scales, and in SG units or...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-13-2012, 12:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 498
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
BigEd's recipe looks spot-on to me:...

BigEd's recipe looks spot-on to me: well-balanced, and with plenty of diastatic activity to convert those rice flakes. I calculate that those ingredients, in a 5-gal batch with average extraction...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-12-2012, 09:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 498
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
It looks to me like there's something very wrong...

It looks to me like there's something very wrong with this recipe - you're using a starch source, rice flakes, but there is nothing containing diastase activity to convert that starch to fermentable...
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 10-11-2012, 10:02 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 31,794
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
A couple of comments here. First, I'd question...

A couple of comments here. First, I'd question whether the yeast cultured from a Duvel bottle is the yeast actually used to ferment the beer, and not simply a strain added for bottle conditioning....
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 10-09-2012, 02:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,808
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
I've just ground my grain (Weyermann extra-pale...

I've just ground my grain (Weyermann extra-pale Pilsner, dash of aroma) and am getting ready to brew my Duvel clone tomorrow. Though not Belgian (expat Texan), I've lived in Belgium for the last 25...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-19-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 959
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
Yes, I'm talking about the color the beer...

Yes, I'm talking about the color the beer presents in the glass. As I note in the original post, the pH was checked with pH paper (mid-fives), but at any rate, the tbsp or so of gypsum should buffer...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-19-2012, 10:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 959
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
Thanks for the advice, and I think you're...

Thanks for the advice, and I think you're probably right about the ingredients being the main culprits. I just realized that I wrote "20 liters" above, where I had intended to write "12 liters" if...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-19-2012, 10:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,054
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
yeast?

I just did a quick search of keywords "Nottingham", "yeast", "smell" and found a number of posts on various homebrew forums noting that this particular yeast produced a sulphurous smell. I've also...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-18-2012, 10:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 959
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
I'm aware of that extracts, even dry, give darker...

I'm aware of that extracts, even dry, give darker brews than all-grain, but as I mentioned, even the all-grainers seems overly dark.

I use brew software, but not a program that calculates color,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-18-2012, 10:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 959
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
Too-dark beer

As T.S. Elliot put it, "Dark, dark dark. They all go into the dark."

I've brewed over 20 batches now, including extract, partial-mash and all-grain, and they all have one thing in common: they're...
Forum: Extract Brewing 11-30-2011, 02:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,241
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
About using lower-than-boiling temperatures: This...

About using lower-than-boiling temperatures: This should work, but it'll take longer. The rate of isomerization, as with any chemical reaction, will roughly double for each 10 deg Celsius that you...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-30-2011, 01:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 282
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
Just a thought - did you perhaps pitch your yeast...

Just a thought - did you perhaps pitch your yeast from a single container? Could it be that the first fermenter got a relatively sparse yeast suspension while the second got the yeast-rich sediment...
Forum: Extract Brewing 11-21-2011, 11:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,241
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
Because of equipment limitations, all but my...

Because of equipment limitations, all but my lightest beers are partial mashes. When I first began brewing, everything went into the pot at the very beginning of boil, because I believed the higher...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-12-2011, 06:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 678
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
Coincidentally, at this very moment, I'm sipping...

Coincidentally, at this very moment, I'm sipping an attempted Chimay Cinq Cents clone made with WYeast 1214. Used Belgian Pilser malt, barley flakes, and a little wheat flour, boosted with a bit of...
Forum: Brew Science 10-26-2011, 09:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,631
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
Having played with the above formula above a bit,...

Having played with the above formula above a bit, I've found that T in the ASBC formula given by ajdelange is apparently not the actual temperature in C, but rather appears to be the difference from...
Forum: Brew Science 10-21-2011, 07:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,631
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
After a long delay due to other projects in need...

After a long delay due to other projects in need of attention, plus a general propensity for sloth, I'm finally getting around to implementing temperature corrections in my program. Ajdelange, if...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-20-2011, 02:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 904
Posted By Bierenliefhebber
Whoops! Correction.

I'm not sure what I could have possibly been thinking when I typed this, but it's obviously wrong. The correct figure is 64 g/liter, or 0.64 g/ml for a 1:1 volume:volume dextrose solution in water.
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