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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-20-2014, 05:17 PM
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Posted By Mrakis
California ale vs Wyeast American Ale

Quick question: My local homebrew supply store was out of white labs california ale yeast, but said that Wyeast american ale yeast was the same exact yeast strain, just different company/name. I have...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-15-2013, 03:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 191
Posted By Mrakis
Orange peel in a hoprocket

Question: has anyone out there put orange peel in the hoprocket when using it as a hopback? If so, how did i turn out? Enhance the nose? Add any bitterness?
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-13-2013, 12:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 957
Posted By Mrakis
Most of my beers are 7.5% or >. I could try...

Most of my beers are 7.5% or >. I could try racking into a 3rd vessel, but doesn't that then introduce a greater risk of oxidation?
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-12-2013, 03:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 957
Posted By Mrakis
Hop back/ Hop Rocket question

Does the use of a hop back make dry hopping unnecesary? I'm always pretty disappointed in the nose of my beers. It doesn't seem to matter how many ounces of hop pellets that i add to my secondary, my...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-21-2013, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 256
Posted By Mrakis
Is this ok for sanitizing bottles?

So a month or so ago i wanted to bottle a few six packs off of my keg. At the time, since i was in wash and santize mode, i prepared extra bottles for future use. For the extra bottles, i sanitized a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-08-2013, 03:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 610
Posted By Mrakis
Interesting Jerrodm. Thanks to all for commenting...

Interesting Jerrodm. Thanks to all for commenting and sharing.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-08-2013, 01:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 610
Posted By Mrakis
Batch sparge confusion

Quick question: So when batch sparging, should my goal be to sparge with 170 degree water? Or is my goal to get the batch up to 170 degrees (so use water higher than than 170 degrees)? I've just been...
Forum: Smoke & Wood-Aged Beer 10-10-2012, 01:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 11,333
Posted By Mrakis
I tried this recipe recently. I added an...

I tried this recipe recently. I added an addtional lb of the smoked grain as suggested. Just racked into secondary last night and taste tested my hydrometer sample... The smoke flavor was still...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-16-2012, 01:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Posted By Mrakis
Great. Thanks for the advice. Let's see how this...

Great. Thanks for the advice. Let's see how this goes
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-15-2012, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Posted By Mrakis
I guess I should have added that it is in a glass...

I guess I should have added that it is in a glass carboy. How would I do the latter step that you mentioned? I thought about attaching the bag to the racking cane, leaving a little slack. But won't...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-15-2012, 12:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Posted By Mrakis
Surly Furious clone - kegging help

Hi guys, I'm about to keg this batch today. This beer was dry hopped with like 6 oz of pellet hops. I was wondering if anyone had any tips for kegging this batch with the least amount of hop...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-10-2012, 11:41 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 122,163
Posted By Mrakis
Has anyone checked the ph after making one of...

Has anyone checked the ph after making one of these filter attachments? If so, how are the readings coming out? Obviously everyone has a different local water supply. Just want to get an idea
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-06-2012, 10:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,877
Posted By Mrakis
JPC. Duh. That is actually a very simple yet good...

JPC. Duh. That is actually a very simple yet good solution. I don't want to plug up and have an additional hole drilled in this expensive pot. I can't believe i didn't think to just boil additional...
Forum: General Techniques 09-06-2012, 10:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,209
Posted By Mrakis
Great info. Thanks Malfet. I will have to...

Great info. Thanks Malfet.
I will have to rethink the ice water strategy. I wanted to go this route because i was wasting so much water with the IC. I guess the process of switching to the plate...
Forum: General Techniques 09-06-2012, 09:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,209
Posted By Mrakis
Whirlpooling, plate chiller, how long to settle, HELP

Ugh. So I am basically just confusing myself at this point after reading on all of the different techniques out there. Let me explain my current set up and hopefully someone can direct me on how to...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-04-2012, 03:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 368
Posted By Mrakis
Blichmann 10 gallon + Bozooka Screen idea

Thought i would run this idea past a few of you, to hear your thoughts on if it would work. So i have the Blichmann 10 gallon boilermaker. As you may know, it has the dip tube inside which doesn't...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-04-2012, 02:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 680
Posted By Mrakis
Why elevate burner off ground

This may be a dumb question, but I haven't seen anything on why it is done. While watching a few all grain batch videos on YouTube, I see that a lot of people have their burners sitting on top of...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-27-2012, 02:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,877
Posted By Mrakis
Blichmann Boilermaker Thermometer -Any fix?

So i just purchased the 10 gallon boilermaker and did my first all grain batch yesterday. I made my purchase knowing that the thermometer sits a little to high. Basically it rests at about the 4...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-10-2012, 06:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,354
Posted By Mrakis
Thanks for all the input everyone!

Thanks for all the input everyone!
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-10-2012, 04:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,354
Posted By Mrakis
Yeast starter too long

Question concerning my yeast starter. I made it on wednesday with the intention to brew this friday (today). Can i hold off brewing until Sunday, or is that too long? The weather is $hitty around...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-02-2012, 01:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 838
Posted By Mrakis
Yeah. Plus it is a dual draft tower and both...

Yeah. Plus it is a dual draft tower and both drafts are doing it. I clean and disassemble the kegs before every batch. I also take apart and clean the faucets, etc...

Man, i'm not very handy. Are...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-01-2012, 05:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 838
Posted By Mrakis
It's not just the first one of the day. It's just...

It's not just the first one of the day. It's just the first one of each pouring session, if that makes sense. Say i pour 2 or 3 pints. The first one is basically all head. The next two are perfectly...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-27-2012, 05:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 838
Posted By Mrakis
Damn home brew guy recommended the 5 ft. Why i...

Damn home brew guy recommended the 5 ft. Why i ought ta!?!?!?!? (shaking my hand in the air)

Ok, i will give that a try. Thanks for the recommendation. Follow up question. Why would longer beer...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-27-2012, 04:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 838
Posted By Mrakis
both the beer & gas lines are 5 ft long and i...

both the beer & gas lines are 5 ft long and i want to say the beer line is 3/16. Yes, running outside in the tower. I have a standard beer meister that i converted from commercial to corny kegs. Not...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-27-2012, 02:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 838
Posted By Mrakis
5 inches of head. 2 inches of Beer.

So I have been force carbing my kegs, setting them at about 12 13 psi. The IPA I currently have tapped has been kegged for 3+ weeks. Tastes great and is fully carbed. My problem is that my first...
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