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Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-12-2013, 02:21 AM
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I remember picking up a bottle post-college and...

I remember picking up a bottle post-college and noticing it said 'Serve Very Cold' on the label.

I am not a smart man. Do not read this as a friendly suggestion from the manufacturer - it's a...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 02-28-2013, 05:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By airving
Late response, but my last three kits have been...

Late response, but my last three kits have been fermented cool. I did one of the chocolate raspberry ports, with 3x premiere cuvee (plus yeast nutrient) @ 57 degrees, and also did a Luna Bianca the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-11-2013, 06:29 AM
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Posted By airving
I think the goal is also to give the yeast an...

I think the goal is also to give the yeast an ideal environment to reproduce in. 100g of dme in .5L is going to be rougher on the yeast than 100g of dme in 1L due to the concentration of sugars and...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-07-2012, 04:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,859
Posted By airving
I thought that was the purpose of adding k-meta...

I thought that was the purpose of adding k-meta and sorbate: to stop any live yeast from starting further fermentation. Note that I'm not suggesting trying to stop an active fermentation: ...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-04-2012, 09:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 837
Posted By airving
I've had luck fermenting (primary and secondary)...

I've had luck fermenting (primary and secondary) at those temperatures - my fridge is set at 57 right now to ferment a kit, and just got done bottling another done at that same temperature. It was...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-04-2012, 09:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,859
Posted By airving
I've also heard of the 'add sugar slowly until...

I've also heard of the 'add sugar slowly until the yeast can't take anymore' method, but being inexperienced personally, I would be fearful that the yeast were still processing slowly - perhaps too...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-22-2012, 06:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By airving
Quick update: it went the final stretch from...

Quick update: it went the final stretch from 1.026 down to 1.000, still at 57 degrees. I can't vouch for the accuracy of the abv calculators on the web, but 57 degrees (steady) didn't seem to hinder...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-12-2012, 04:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By airving
Warning - I'm not an expert by any means. ...

Warning - I'm not an expert by any means.

But this is something I've wondered as well. My first few kits were fermented at room temperature (Houston, summer, marginally within the range specified...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-21-2012, 04:37 AM
Replies: 3
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Posted By airving
When talking about starters, I always consider...

When talking about starters, I always consider the volumes mentioned to be the starter wort volumes, but only the settled yeast 'sludge' is what I put into my fermenter.

And to be honest, my 2L...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-20-2012, 08:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 478
Posted By airving
I've not dislodged my dip tube, but my first time...

I've not dislodged my dip tube, but my first time using my FB, I added a short length of tubing underneath to get closer to the bottom of the mash tun. It worked fantastically when I tested with...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-19-2012, 04:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,140
Posted By airving
Don't worry about hot side aeration. I'd be more...

Don't worry about hot side aeration. I'd be more concerned about carrying 5 gallons of near-boiling wort down stairs...

Be careful.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-18-2012, 02:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 377
Posted By airving
Check this page:...

Check this page: http://hbd.org/uchima/tech/extract.html

in the second table, both cane sugar and dme are listed as having 45 gravity points (1 lb of either dissolved in 1 gallon of water would...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-17-2012, 10:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 869
Posted By airving
volume, volume, volume. How big (gallons) was...

volume, volume, volume. How big (gallons) was your bucket? And how many gallons of wort did you put into the carboy? It's always a risky proposition when you've got only about a gallon of headroom...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-12-2012, 11:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 463
Posted By airving
Or get 1 or more heating belts (and temperature...

Or get 1 or more heating belts (and temperature controllers, probably) - a bit wasteful, sure, but could allow you to temporarily adjust the temp of one or more of your in-progress brews independent...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-07-2012, 06:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 965
Posted By airving
I'm still dialing in my efficiency, but I've got...

I'm still dialing in my efficiency, but I've got a problem in the other direction because of that.

Fearing low efficiency, I add enough extra malt to cover for a bad extraction. And then when...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-02-2012, 03:33 AM
Replies: 2
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Posted By airving
Never did - even calling around town, no on ever...

Never did - even calling around town, no on ever had them in stock. I ended up going with a kegerator that a) was a little bigger than this fridge anyway, b) by design already had the cooling plate...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-25-2012, 06:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 537
Posted By airving
I would argue for not using the starter. Read...

I would argue for not using the starter. Read more related articles on here, as the general consensus is that bugs carry bad things that may not show up immediately.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-21-2012, 03:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,349
Posted By airving
Don't bother cooling your sample - just take the...

Don't bother cooling your sample - just take the temp of it when you measure the gravity and then use one of the online temp / gravity calculators to get the real value (or beer smith).

Also, stir...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-09-2012, 03:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 608
Posted By airving
I just did 2x 1.5 liter starters for a lager,...

I just did 2x 1.5 liter starters for a lager, missed my brewing opportunity, got around to brewing about three weeks later. Decanted both starters, poured into chilled wort (I had let it sit in the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-08-2012, 03:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Posted By airving
Alternate solution would be to get a warming belt...

Alternate solution would be to get a warming belt or heating pad for your fermenter - that way you could keep your fridge cold and still ferment in the normal range.
Forum: General Techniques 07-30-2012, 05:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,297
Posted By airving
I think the braumeister (automated brew machine)...

I think the braumeister (automated brew machine) does a continuously circulating mash where the flow is from bottom up, for what it's worth.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-27-2012, 04:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 655
Posted By airving
How to brew is an excellent book, but I'd argue...

How to brew is an excellent book, but I'd argue that an LHBS is far better than an online store, to start. They should lead you through the brewing process, showing you all of the equipment they're...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-25-2012, 03:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 575
Posted By airving
What was your OG? If this was extract, you may...

What was your OG? If this was extract, you may very well be done. Sometimes they have more unfermentable sugars.

If you got to 1.018 from 1.100, congrats! If you started at 1.020, then not so...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-25-2012, 04:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 493
Posted By airving
The fan is there just to spin the magnets. Mount...

The fan is there just to spin the magnets. Mount the fan as close to the lid of your box as possible while still allowing room for your magnets. One thing I neglected to consider was the fact that...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-24-2012, 03:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 808
Posted By airving
After making your first 2L starter, your yeast is...

After making your first 2L starter, your yeast is going to be in high gear. I would suggest that you pour off half or more of your slurry for storage, and then just do another 2L starter (skip the...
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