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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-15-2010, 03:15 AM
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Posted By brian_g
temperature control is by far more important. I...

temperature control is by far more important. I can say this even though I've never done a full boil. I've made bubble gum beer from too high fermentation temp. Never had a similar off flavor from...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-27-2010, 02:42 AM
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Posted By brian_g
If I were you, I'd stick a bottle in the freezer...

If I were you, I'd stick a bottle in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes and give it a taste. This is the most important part of home-brewing. Don't skip that step.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-26-2010, 07:09 PM
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Posted By brian_g
I have no idea how to malt barley. You may want...

I have no idea how to malt barley. You may want to consider the following.

1) Can you import malt extract from other countries? This may be allowed since it doesn't contain alcohol, but I'm not...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-26-2010, 06:56 PM
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Posted By brian_g
Is this all grain, partial mash, or extract? You...

Is this all grain, partial mash, or extract? You may not have enough fermentation to get down your target gravity. In any case, your asking the yeast to do a lot even for a high gravity beer. Did...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-26-2010, 03:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 879
Posted By brian_g
Racking it into the secondary at 1.05 sounds high...

Racking it into the secondary at 1.05 sounds high even with pineapple juice. I wonder if that's what he meant.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-26-2010, 03:18 PM
Replies: 22
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Posted By brian_g
I think it depends on what style your looking...

I think it depends on what style your looking for. Not all styles accent hop flavor and aroma. Cooper's wheat beer, for example, is one of our favorite beers. It true it's not high in hop flavor,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-26-2010, 02:19 PM
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Posted By brian_g
In any case, fermentation should be complete when...

In any case, fermentation should be complete when you rack to secondary. If you rack it off the yeast early you can get a very slow fermentation.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-26-2010, 02:15 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By brian_g
Did the gravity go up when you racked it to...

Did the gravity go up when you racked it to secondary?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-25-2010, 04:13 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By brian_g
One thing that's worth adding to Revvy's standard...

One thing that's worth adding to Revvy's standard advice. While, consistent hydrometer readings are your best tool for judging whether a fermentation is complete. I think it's worth being aware of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-25-2010, 03:47 PM
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Posted By brian_g
I've noticed that sometimes yeast can have a...

I've noticed that sometimes yeast can have a taste that I would describe as "tart". Are you letting the yeast settle to the bottom of the bottles or are you shaking them up every day to make them...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-25-2010, 03:35 PM
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Posted By brian_g
What was your mash temperature?

What was your mash temperature?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-25-2010, 03:28 PM
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Posted By brian_g
Take steps to control your temperature. If you...

Take steps to control your temperature. If you really can't / wont do that, here's what I recommend.

Cooper's Ale yeast. The recommended temperature is 73F-80F, but they say it's ok to pitch as...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-24-2010, 02:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By brian_g
On second thought. How certain are you about the...

On second thought. How certain are you about the amount of priming sugar? If you don't really have a clue how much you used, then I think your taking a risk by trying to add carb drops. If you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-24-2010, 02:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By brian_g
2 oz of priming sugar = 56 grams You really...

2 oz of priming sugar = 56 grams

You really need 142 grams. It's going to be very lightly carbonated. If you want to try to fix it you can add Muntons Carbtabs to each bottle and then recap. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-24-2010, 02:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,190
Posted By brian_g
Couple of observations. There's no shame in...

Couple of observations.

There's no shame in using a pre-hopped kit. I've done all grain, and my wife and I still use the pre-hopped kits from time to time. Sometime I just don't have the time to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-23-2010, 04:46 PM
Replies: 34
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Posted By brian_g
This is mainly an issue for all grain brewing. ...

This is mainly an issue for all grain brewing. Your beer's fine.

Here's how it works. When your wort is at high temperatures, it starts producing DMS, but since it's boiling (with the lid off)...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-23-2010, 04:35 PM
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Posted By brian_g
I usually crash cool my beer in the freezer just...

I usually crash cool my beer in the freezer just before I'm ready to drink it. This is fine until I forget to take it out of the freezer, then I get beer-sickles.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-23-2010, 04:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 557
Posted By brian_g
I'd be worried about beer coming out the air...

I'd be worried about beer coming out the air lock. If I'm trying to restart a fermentation, I'll give it a stir with a sanitised spoon. Usually, this isn't necessary. Yeast does a pretty good job...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-23-2010, 04:25 PM
Replies: 34
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Posted By brian_g
It's from the grains.

It's from the grains.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-23-2010, 04:24 PM
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Posted By brian_g
I've used SN bottle before without a problem. I...

I've used SN bottle before without a problem. I say look at your bottling procedure.

1) Did you use the correct amount of priming sugar?

2) Did you make sure fermentation was complete before...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-23-2010, 04:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,997
Posted By brian_g
Fair enough. I have only used a small number of...

Fair enough. I have only used a small number of different yeasts, which may in part explain why I haven't had the problems others have had. On the other hand, the parent did say he was using a 6...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-23-2010, 04:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,174
Posted By brian_g
When your doing an all grain, you want to use...

When your doing an all grain, you want to use extra water, because this will help extract more sugars from the grains. If you use an extra 1-1.5 gallons of sparge water you will improve your...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-23-2010, 03:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,997
Posted By brian_g
I'm coming up on two years of brewing. I've...

I'm coming up on two years of brewing. I've brewed in a number of different styles and different brewing techniques (all grain, extract, no-boil kits). I've never had these kinds of problems. I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-05-2009, 04:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 824
Posted By brian_g
The reason for leaving the lid off is that when...

The reason for leaving the lid off is that when the wort is exposed to heat a chemical called dimethylsulfide (DMS) is formed. This chemical will produce really nasty flavors in your beer. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-31-2009, 02:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,341
Posted By brian_g
I've also heard that you can get better...

I've also heard that you can get better attenuation by adding the sugar later in the fermentation. The logic is to let the yeast eat the more difficult sugars (maltose) first, then give them the...
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