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Forum: General Techniques 08-28-2009, 05:13 AM
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Posted By bensyverson
It could be that the oats are giving the yeast...

It could be that the oats are giving the yeast something complex to work on while the bottles carbonate. They may break it down partially and leave some interesting flavors behind. If you really like...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-27-2009, 03:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,599
Posted By bensyverson
I have some label-less bottles I use as...

I have some label-less bottles I use as "giveables," and some with labels that I drink. I certainly don't care if a bottle has the wrong label on it, but I wouldn't hand it out that way.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-27-2009, 03:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,859
Posted By bensyverson
I believe it turned out to be $22, though you can...

I believe it turned out to be $22, though you can find them cheaper online. So, not the cheapest option, but I definitely prefer it to my plastic buckets (can't see in) and glass carboys (too...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-26-2009, 11:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,859
Posted By bensyverson
It is indeed a Saison.

It is indeed a Saison.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-26-2009, 10:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,859
Posted By bensyverson
I think I'm going to twist the whole container...

I think I'm going to twist the whole container back and forth to clear the yeast piles, and then wait an hour or two before racking. Hopefully that will do the trick!

I guess all my batches are...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-26-2009, 08:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,859
Posted By bensyverson
Revvy, that's a great idea... I bet this would...

Revvy, that's a great idea... I bet this would fit in my fridge!

SWMBO will be thrilled, I'm sure. :D
Forum: General Techniques 08-26-2009, 08:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,332
Posted By bensyverson
I had a barley wine in the secondary (along with...

I had a barley wine in the secondary (along with a pretty big yeast cake for a secondary) for 18 months. It tastes great! RDWHAHB.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-26-2009, 07:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,859
Posted By bensyverson
Here's a shot. Check out the tiny yeast cakes...

Here's a shot. Check out the tiny yeast cakes resting on the edges near the top!

http://bensyverson.com/random/beer/square-fermenter.jpg
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-26-2009, 07:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 854
Posted By bensyverson
The 12oz Fat Tire bottles do seem very slight....

The 12oz Fat Tire bottles do seem very slight. They're noticeably smaller than my others...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-26-2009, 05:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,914
Posted By bensyverson
Then Special B it is! Should be very tasty...

Then Special B it is! Should be very tasty...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-26-2009, 03:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,914
Posted By bensyverson
You mean your original recipe? You were on the...

You mean your original recipe? You were on the absolute low end with your color (5), so darkening it up is called for. Special B might add more of a plain brown color, whereas you want to get to...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-25-2009, 09:05 PM
Replies: 701
Views: 114,054
Posted By bensyverson
My 3711 is cooking away like mad. I hope they add...

My 3711 is cooking away like mad. I hope they add this to the regular lineup!
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-25-2009, 09:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 854
Posted By bensyverson
I had the same thing happen with the neck of a...

I had the same thing happen with the neck of a bottle of three buck Chuck. Got the corkscrew in, and when I applied leverage to get it out, the whole neck cracked off in my hands. Luckily there was...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-25-2009, 09:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,914
Posted By bensyverson
Campbell, that sounds delicious. Right on target...

Campbell, that sounds delicious. Right on target for the style! I might ease up on the hops and dark malt, but that's just down to personal taste.

Homercidal, I'd leave out the orange & coriander...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-25-2009, 05:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 900
Posted By bensyverson
The wheat itself will add some haze, so even with...

The wheat itself will add some haze, so even with a highly flocculating yeast, you won't have a totally clear beer.

With that said, at least 50% of the taste of most wheat beers comes from the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-25-2009, 05:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 854
Posted By bensyverson
1.014 and 1.016 FG sound a highish to me. Maybe...

1.014 and 1.016 FG sound a highish to me. Maybe they weren't finished? Bottling might have kicked up some yeast back into suspension, and the priming sugar might have roused it enough to finish off...
Forum: General Techniques 08-25-2009, 05:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,033
Posted By bensyverson
For a big beer, a long secondary seems like it's...

For a big beer, a long secondary seems like it's really helpful to help the yeast drop out. I did a big barleywine, and after a month or two in the secondary, there was another big yeast cake and...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-25-2009, 05:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,859
Posted By bensyverson
Update: I wound up just picking one of these up...

Update: I wound up just picking one of these up at the restaurant supply down the street. I drilled a hole in the top for a blowoff tube (nice tight fit), and promptly brewed up a Saison.

It's...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-24-2009, 03:56 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,404
Posted By bensyverson
Probably Hoegaarden... I wanted to learn to make...

Probably Hoegaarden... I wanted to learn to make a wit.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-23-2009, 07:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By bensyverson
I added Champagne yeast and bottled on...

I added Champagne yeast and bottled on 2009/07/14. I don't intend to really dip into it until January, but I tried a bottle today... It is carbed (though probably not as much as it could/will be). I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-23-2009, 06:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,188
Posted By bensyverson
It'll be worth the wait! And you sure don't want...

It'll be worth the wait! And you sure don't want to wind up with bottle bombs just because you couldn't wait an extra two or three days to be sure...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-23-2009, 06:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,531
Posted By bensyverson
I've ordered yeast a couple times from Seven...

I've ordered yeast a couple times from Seven Bridges. I'm in Illinois, they're in California. I've probably bought 10 smack packs from them, and never had a single problem.

They include ice packs...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-22-2009, 09:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 787
Posted By bensyverson
...define "food." ;)

...define "food." ;)
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-22-2009, 09:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,188
Posted By bensyverson
What yeast was it? Most Saison yeasts (apart from...

What yeast was it? Most Saison yeasts (apart from 3711) take an exceptionally long time to ferment out. 3 or 4 weeks may or may not do it.

Saison is known to age well, but from what I gather...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-22-2009, 06:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,188
Posted By bensyverson
Buy a new hydrometer?

Buy a new hydrometer?
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