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Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 06-09-2014, 07:17 PM
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-04-2014, 03:12 PM
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Posted By Francus
Two weeks? Check the FG. You probably can...

Two weeks? Check the FG. You probably can bottle/keg at this point. If not, move it gingerly so as not to stir up the trub sediment on the bottom.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-27-2014, 05:07 PM
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Posted By Francus
I usually shoot for draining 1 gallon every 5...

I usually shoot for draining 1 gallon every 5 minutes during sparge. Shooting for and actually getting is another thing, but I get close :)
Forum: General Techniques 05-21-2014, 05:27 PM
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Posted By Francus
An old thread, but my .02. You must keep a...

An old thread, but my .02.

You must keep a spare, of course, but here is a trick I learned when I lived in Spain. Over their a lot of the houses use the same small tanks you have. Sooner or later...
Forum: General Techniques 04-28-2014, 06:50 PM
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Posted By Francus
The previous post has it right, but there are...

The previous post has it right, but there are other factors that can dry out your beer if you don't want to use sugar and the cidery aftertaste. I recommend mashing at a lower temperature. Basically...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-17-2014, 04:36 PM
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Posted By Francus
I have a similar issue. When I'm at their places...

I have a similar issue. When I'm at their places I cool it and only have a beer or so. When they visit my place I drink what I want, when I want, and how much I want. If they complain I politely let...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 04-16-2014, 07:05 PM
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Posted By Francus
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-03-2014, 12:44 PM
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Posted By Francus
Yes, it will make a difference if you are adding...

Yes, it will make a difference if you are adding hops. If you boil with one gallon and top off, the specific gravity of the wort during the boil will be higher than if you boil 1.5 gallons down. The...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-20-2014, 07:49 PM
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Views: 307
Posted By Francus
I went electric last year. A bigger system, but I...

I went electric last year. A bigger system, but I highly recommend it. No more trips for propane. Repeatability. Control. And, you can use it for Sous Vide when you aren't brewing.
Forum: General Techniques 01-02-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By Francus
I like the Crystal. Amarillo is good if you can...

I like the Crystal. Amarillo is good if you can get it.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-02-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By Francus
If your valve on the bottom is a standard ball...

If your valve on the bottom is a standard ball valve you can buy a fitting that screws into the valve on one side and has a barb for a siphon hose on the other. Then sterilize the fitting, attach the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-24-2013, 06:32 PM
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Posted By Francus
If you are going to lager the beer will have to...

If you are going to lager the beer will have to stay cold for the full ferment as well as the lagering. You will probably want a temp controller as you will have a ferment temp, the dicytal (sp?)...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-11-2013, 07:44 PM
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Posted By Francus
I brewed for 20+ years without a pump. That said,...

I brewed for 20+ years without a pump. That said, once I got one I can't live without it. Then I went electric and I have two pumps.

If you plan on batch sparging then you can move water from the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-11-2013, 06:37 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By Francus
Crush for sure. Maybe look at sparge volume as...

Crush for sure. Maybe look at sparge volume as well. I sparge with .5 gallon/lb of grain.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-11-2013, 06:34 PM
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Posted By Francus
I think you will need a false bottom or bazooka...

I think you will need a false bottom or bazooka tube for the mash tun. Also, you will need to be sparging out of something into something. You only have two SS pots. And a sparge arm if you aren't...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-28-2013, 04:18 PM
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Posted By Francus
I would personally soak in vodka, but only enough...

I would personally soak in vodka, but only enough so all of it is either absorbed, or so it barely covers the orange peel. Then dump it all in the brew.

That said, if it is done fermenting you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-18-2013, 05:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By Francus
When I didn't have a conical I left it in the...

When I didn't have a conical I left it in the primary until the krausen fell back into the beer. You want a little fermentation going on when it hits the secondary to blow off any oxygen in the head...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-18-2013, 03:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By Francus
Ideally, you only want to keep it in the...

Ideally, you only want to keep it in the secondary for a short period of time before bottling or kegging. Of course that comes with exceptions to every rule. My rule of thumb is the higher the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-19-2013, 08:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,064
Posted By Francus
I usually have a 12 to 18 hour lag time. And I...

I usually have a 12 to 18 hour lag time. And I try and put my yeast out to warm up for at least 3 hours if not more. Either way, there's some of the time discrepancy accounted for :)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-19-2013, 08:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,064
Posted By Francus
OK, you almost have me convinced to give it a...

OK, you almost have me convinced to give it a whirl. Anything to shorten up the timeframe. But I do have a question. Are you saying 18 to 24 hours after you pitch? Or 18 to 24 hours after you see...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-19-2013, 05:39 PM
Replies: 25
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Posted By Francus
I recommend going at least 2 days (48 hours) or...

I recommend going at least 2 days (48 hours) or more to give the yeast time to increase their numbers as much as possible. The more yeast cells the quicker fermentation will take off. And that is the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-19-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,064
Posted By Francus
I tend to take mine out at the start of the brew...

I tend to take mine out at the start of the brew session.

Not because it is easier or anything, but because there have been numerous occasions where I have been ever so slightly inebriated by the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-19-2013, 04:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,064
Posted By Francus
Oh, if you're using a stir plate, you'll want to...

Oh, if you're using a stir plate, you'll want to use a magnet to pull the stir bar out of the flask before dumping the yeast in. Especially if you use a conical as the stir bar can jam up in the ball...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-19-2013, 04:47 PM
Replies: 25
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Posted By Francus
Nope. I have a 6000ml flask. It usually takes 4...

Nope. I have a 6000ml flask. It usually takes 4 days to ferment and settle (but great idea on cold crashing the starter, I'll be using that!). I pour off all but maybe a centimeter or two of beer...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-19-2013, 04:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,064
Posted By Francus
I make a starter and use 1/10 DME to volume for...

I make a starter and use 1/10 DME to volume for the starter. So, if I used 2 liters of water (2000 ml) then I use 200 grams of DME. It doesn't matter what type.

Loosely cover the starter with...
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