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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum Today, 03:46 AM
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Posted By Puddlethumper
If you can follow the instructions for the...

If you can follow the instructions for the STC1000 it is a great way to control your fermentation fridge. I started with a store-bought unit and it had two problems: 1) it only controlled heat or...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum Today, 03:37 AM
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Posted By Puddlethumper
+1 to above. Few ale yeasts do their best work...

+1 to above. Few ale yeasts do their best work above 68F. Some, like Nottingham, like it much cooler. Only those yeast strains designed to make saisons do their best work in the mid 70's and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum Today, 03:29 AM
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Views: 496
Posted By Puddlethumper
Here is a very good link on the correct use of...

Here is a very good link on the correct use of gelatin as a fining agent:

http://www.bertusbrewery.com/2012/06...h-gelatin.html

Cheers! :mug:
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum Today, 03:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 190
Posted By Puddlethumper
If you truly want a beer with an authentic...

If you truly want a beer with an authentic British take you might look for an ESB or IPA recipe that calls for Challenger, Northdown, EKG or Fuggles hops and a pound or so of invert sugar.

Cheers!...
Forum: General Beer Discussion Yesterday, 04:03 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 8,543
Posted By Puddlethumper
Great link and I appreciate the work you've done...

Great link and I appreciate the work you've done with this. I assume you've brewed up a batch according to this recipe? Were you happy with it?
Forum: General Beer Discussion Yesterday, 01:09 AM
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Posted By Puddlethumper
I haven't used this technique and may try it with...

I haven't used this technique and may try it with this batch. What impact would you expect if a person were to go with a single infusion mash at 152 and then batch sparge? Would it make a...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-08-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 8,543
Posted By Puddlethumper
Thanks. This recipe may be exactly what I've...

Thanks. This recipe may be exactly what I've been looking for. Will put it in the rotation and brew up a batch within the next week or so and report back here on the outcome.

Cheers!
:mug:
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-08-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 8,543
Posted By Puddlethumper
Thank you for that recipe and the great...

Thank you for that recipe and the great instructions. It looks very do-able with supplies I have on hand right now. Do you have any thoughts on incorporating invert sugar into this recipe?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-08-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 412
Views: 84,702
Posted By Puddlethumper
It is my understanding that the process of making...

It is my understanding that the process of making dry yeast somehow equips the yeast cells to do just fine without aeration. And a couple of yeast package instructions I have read say very flatly...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-08-2014, 07:11 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 8,543
Posted By Puddlethumper
I'll rephrase my question to those who are...

I'll rephrase my question to those who are following this thread.....If you were to create what you considered the quintessential English beer (IPA, ESB, Mild, Brown, etc.) what would you make?

I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-08-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 8,543
Posted By Puddlethumper
This recipe calls for 2 oz. Fuggles and 1 oz. EKG...

This recipe calls for 2 oz. Fuggles and 1 oz. EKG for 90 min. Then a half ounce of EKG at flameout and steep for 15 min. Another 1/4 oz. dryhopped. The IBU's Beersmith is coming up with are up...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-08-2014, 06:39 AM
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Posted By Puddlethumper
Thanks for the numbers. The recipe calls for a...

Thanks for the numbers. The recipe calls for a mash in of 3.75 gal. @ 140F then gradual increase to 151F and hold for 1.5 hrs. Then top off with cold water to 5.5 gal. finished.

I haven't used...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-08-2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 8,543
Posted By Puddlethumper
This White Shield recipe is coming up with a...

This White Shield recipe is coming up with a level of IBU's similar to American IPA's and a bit hoppy for my tastes. So, since you are there and I am here, if you were to brew a classic ESB that you...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-08-2014, 03:47 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 8,543
Posted By Puddlethumper
Interesting outcome here. Unfortunately I...

Interesting outcome here. Unfortunately I haven't taken the time or effort to calculate my efficiency. I've just run it at 75% (nominal) and have turned out good beer. Probably should get around...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-08-2014, 02:13 AM
Replies: 412
Views: 84,702
Posted By Puddlethumper
I don't want to have to rain on your parade, and...

I don't want to have to rain on your parade, and what you have done may still turn out OK. But there are a few problems with your technique that you might want to address next time.

First step...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-07-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 8,543
Posted By Puddlethumper
Now that I have a pound or so of #2 Invert sugar...

Now that I have a pound or so of #2 Invert sugar I'm getting ready to make my first foray into traditional English brewing. I'm thinking a batch of Worthington's White Shield IPA (clone) might make a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-07-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 696
Posted By Puddlethumper
Great questions and exactly why this forum...

Great questions and exactly why this forum exists. And I am glad someone here speaks Celsius because I sure didn't catch that high temperature issue! :D

You have it figured pretty correctly....
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-07-2014, 02:47 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 8,543
Posted By Puddlethumper
I doubt this stuff is very likely to spoil. The...

I doubt this stuff is very likely to spoil. The pic I uploaded was a jar that I had boiled in the microwave so it was at least 200F when I poured the ~240F invert sugar into it. I then dropped a...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-07-2014, 02:02 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 8,543
Posted By Puddlethumper
OK, so if your wife is good with that my son...

OK, so if your wife is good with that my son wants to know if she has a sister! :D

Never occurred to me to use a pressure cooker to make the stuff. How would that work?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-07-2014, 12:36 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 8,543
Posted By Puddlethumper
LOL. Making the stuff was a bit of a PITA...

LOL.

Making the stuff was a bit of a PITA but if the beer turns out good I'd sure be willing to make it again. Only thing is, I'd make a 6 lb. batch instead of 1 1/2. May as well use up an...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-07-2014, 12:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 354
Posted By Puddlethumper
Even though a beer has finished fermenting...

Even though a beer has finished fermenting doesn't mean it will drop completely clear at that point. The best way to clarify the beer is to cold crash at 40F+/- for 3-5 days. Gelatin finings can...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-07-2014, 12:10 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 8,543
Posted By Puddlethumper
So my calibrated measurement is a teaspoon full...

So my calibrated measurement is a teaspoon full in the bottom of a plastic communion cup and my sprectrophotometer is a pair of 64 year old eyes with bifocals. Sounds like good science to me! LOL...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-06-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 8,543
Posted By Puddlethumper
I'm just finishing up making my first batch of...

I'm just finishing up making my first batch of invert #2. A very instructive process. It will be interesting to taste the impact of this addition to my favorite ESB recipe.

So how do you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-06-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 696
Posted By Puddlethumper
If you do get a copy and read it I'd like to...

If you do get a copy and read it I'd like to learn your take on his views. My beers have been better for reading it, but then I'm just another weekend hack like most of us here.

Cheers! :mug:
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-06-2014, 04:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 741
Posted By Puddlethumper
I built a spent grain drainer that has worked...

I built a spent grain drainer that has worked pretty well for me so far. I haven't got any chickens or neighbors with chickens so I have to bag the spent grain and put it in the trash. Here's how I...
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