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Forum: English Pale Ale 08-25-2013, 01:59 AM
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Posted By elkdog
I just want to bump this recipe, as it got me...

I just want to bump this recipe, as it got me where I wanted to be in terms of brewing a good English bitter. I had an involuntary hiatus from brewing (had a kid, moved, job, etc.), and am now...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-17-2011, 12:03 AM
Replies: 617
Views: 104,484
Posted By elkdog
Interesting. I'll proceed with caution, as I'm...

Interesting. I'll proceed with caution, as I'm not looking for as much of the toasty cacao as a nut brown has (even taking the 2% chocolate into account). Probably start at 4-5% for the first one,...
Forum: Introductions 03-14-2011, 09:51 PM
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Posted By elkdog
Just down Old 86 from you here. Welcome!

Just down Old 86 from you here. Welcome!
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-13-2011, 11:50 PM
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Views: 104,484
Posted By elkdog
Thanks for the update. I made Jamil's recipe a...

Thanks for the update. I made Jamil's recipe a while back, but without the benefit of knowing this about wlp002. I actually used S-04. I'm thinking the 002 is a far better choice, especially with...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-12-2011, 04:40 PM
Replies: 617
Views: 104,484
Posted By elkdog
Sounds like things are coming together. The...

Sounds like things are coming together. The esters are what really gives it the English character, imo, and it's pretty remarkable how estery a lot of English ales are, especially on cask in England...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-12-2011, 03:26 PM
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Posted By elkdog
Yep, but it's been suggested, with good reason,...

Yep, but it's been suggested, with good reason, that I should have used the 64F (the temperature at which the beer finished fermenting) as my temp to calculate the sugar addition, as the beer...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-12-2011, 11:45 AM
Replies: 617
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Posted By elkdog
Awesome! Here's to progress!:mug: ...

Awesome! Here's to progress!:mug:



Will do. As we've seen, I have a few things to do better next time around, but in the past, my bitters have not come out of the bottle as tasty as when they...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-12-2011, 11:37 AM
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Views: 104,484
Posted By elkdog
I just entered the temp the beer was at when I...

I just entered the temp the beer was at when I bottled, and the carbonation came out fine. I took about .2 oz off of what Beersmith told me to do, to compensate for table sugar instead of corn...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-11-2011, 09:42 PM
Replies: 617
Views: 104,484
Posted By elkdog
1. Bierhaus suggested sanitizing a balloon and...

1. Bierhaus suggested sanitizing a balloon and putting it across the top of the fermentor. Frankly, a solid stopper would work too. The airlock would lead to suckback, which *so far* hasn't hurt...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-11-2011, 08:10 PM
Replies: 617
Views: 104,484
Posted By elkdog
Can't make it tonight, but very likely moving to...

Can't make it tonight, but very likely moving to Durham in June, so we'll have to drink a few together for sure! I live west of Carrboro now, so it's about 45 minutes up to Durham anyway, which is...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-11-2011, 07:54 PM
Replies: 617
Views: 104,484
Posted By elkdog
Yeah, I eyeballed about 2g of S-05, rehydrated it...

Yeah, I eyeballed about 2g of S-05, rehydrated it and added it as I filled up my bottling bucket, so it would distribute evenly. The beer I just drank was as much to see if that worked as anything,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-11-2011, 07:50 PM
Replies: 617
Views: 104,484
Posted By elkdog
That tartness may well be yeast bite, and should...

That tartness may well be yeast bite, and should disappear after the cold crash. Mine had the same thing, but it's part of the cluster of flavors I associate with "green" beer. It's gone now.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-11-2011, 07:42 PM
Replies: 617
Views: 104,484
Posted By elkdog
I cracked the first of my ESB to celebrate UNC's...

I cracked the first of my ESB to celebrate UNC's not-losing a few minutes ago, and am pretty damn thrilled with it. The malt flavor comes through wonderfully, with a bit of diacetyl in the finish-...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-27-2011, 12:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,883
Posted By elkdog
It's actually really hard to get a good flavor...

It's actually really hard to get a good flavor extract from cilantro- the tastiest compounds volatilize incredibly easily- even food scientists haven't nailed this one yet, from what I understand.
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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-24-2011, 12:21 PM
Replies: 617
Views: 104,484
Posted By elkdog
Thanks for this update! It's interesting to see...

Thanks for this update! It's interesting to see roughly the same results produced with the British/Ringwood strain, which I favor for slightly bigger English ales, and especially to read you...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-23-2011, 02:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 343
Posted By elkdog
It should- just swirl the bottles a bit to rouse...

It should- just swirl the bottles a bit to rouse the yeast.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-23-2011, 11:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,828
Posted By elkdog
+1 You need your yeast to be trained to eat...

+1

You need your yeast to be trained to eat maltose and maltotriose, not just sucrose, which is simpler and therefore easier for them to ferment.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-23-2011, 12:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,697
Posted By elkdog
Not a lot of info is making it out, but things...

Not a lot of info is making it out, but things sound really, really dire. I don't think I'm alone in keeping you, as well as the whole of Libya, in my thoughts and prayers. I appreciate you...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-22-2011, 03:12 PM
Replies: 617
Views: 104,484
Posted By elkdog
So is there any logic to thinking the same...

So is there any logic to thinking the same temperature regime might work with Burton Ale yeast (WLP023, Thames in the Wyeast world)? I'm thinking a Special Bitter with no sugar addition and the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-21-2011, 03:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,697
Posted By elkdog
Hope the OP is safe and sound, given the events...

Hope the OP is safe and sound, given the events in Libya the last few days.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-21-2011, 12:05 PM
Replies: 617
Views: 104,484
Posted By elkdog
I like this idea. I don't have space above the...

I like this idea. I don't have space above the fermentor for an airlock, but I can do a balloon. Easier than messing with a secondary, for sure.:mug:
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-20-2011, 09:46 PM
Replies: 617
Views: 104,484
Posted By elkdog
I splurged on some tap water for this batch.

I splurged on some tap water for this batch.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-20-2011, 09:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By elkdog
Agreed with the two above- Extra Light extract...

Agreed with the two above- Extra Light extract all the way. It may well have been Yooper who showed me the light on that one a few years ago, and my beers got a lot better real fast. I would drop...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-20-2011, 09:20 PM
Replies: 617
Views: 104,484
Posted By elkdog
That's great! I made a dumbass mistake and...

That's great! I made a dumbass mistake and crashed my beer in primary. Never having crash cooled a beer, I didn't think much about it. If I had thought about it a bit, I might have figured out the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-17-2011, 11:54 AM
Replies: 617
Views: 104,484
Posted By elkdog
Questions are what we do here, right? 1. I...

Questions are what we do here, right?

1. I followed what Fuller' says they do. Pitched at 63, let it rise to 68 for a couple of days, cooled back to 63/64 (they say they do it halfway to FG, I...
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