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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-03-2010, 08:29 PM
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Posted By Toby2
Thanks all. I hadn't thought about it, but...

Thanks all.

I hadn't thought about it, but these were early batches in my brewing and I very well may have bottled them to early. They were very heavy beers too, so they may have finished...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-03-2010, 07:08 PM
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Posted By Toby2
Is there any way to tell if it is an infection? ...

Is there any way to tell if it is an infection? Also, I've been drinking them and they taste great. Additionally, I meant corn sugar.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-03-2010, 05:34 PM
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Bottle for six month aging

Sometime in the next thirty to ninety days, I'm planning to brew three five gallon batches of stout for Octoberfest, Thanksgiving & Christmas. I want to bottle it and store it till use. The problem...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-19-2010, 02:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 606
Posted By Toby2
Thank you for the replies. I used dry yeast...

Thank you for the replies.

I used dry yeast and I made a quart of starter. Did I over pitched and what effect will this have on my beer?

By the way, I've never such an active fermentation...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-19-2010, 01:39 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By Toby2
Thanks for the calculator link and I'm with you...

Thanks for the calculator link and I'm with you on the 'more is better yeast cell count', but I'm more interested in what the starter does that I can taste in my beer. Will there be a difference in...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-19-2010, 01:15 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By Toby2
First Time using a starter, DAMN!

On Friday, I made a 32 oz starter with a cup of LME and a single packet of dry yeast. Last night, I pitched it and today my air lock is running like super duper fart machine. In the past, I've...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-10-2009, 01:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,925
Posted By Toby2
I did a little research and it appears the spots...

I did a little research and it appears the spots are a byproduct of a fungus (Paecilomyces - Hyphomycetes). They are naturally occuring in the air and on the ground. Ideally, they need three things...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-10-2009, 12:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,925
Posted By Toby2
Plus one on the plastic bucket. Love the...

Plus one on the plastic bucket.

Love the banter, but what are the pink spots and has anyone else gotten them? The two buckets in question have about four to six batches each and I keep them...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-09-2009, 08:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,925
Posted By Toby2
I use C-Brite cleanser and it isn't from an...

I use C-Brite cleanser and it isn't from an extremely dirty bucket either. I found the marks after a four week ferment and the beer is fine. Ideally, I'd like to know if anyone knows why they...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-09-2009, 07:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,925
Posted By Toby2
Plastic Fermenting Bucket : Pink Spots??

Anyone ever seen pink spots on their fermenting bucket between batches...fungus, bacteria, etc.???

Toby
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-20-2009, 06:23 PM
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Posted By Toby2
I recently brewed my second and third batch of a...

I recently brewed my second and third batch of a nice stout I've made before. I thought it could use more of a chocolate flavor or taste. Not knowing how much, I added 1 oz. of cocoa powder during...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-19-2009, 02:21 PM
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Views: 1,643
Posted By Toby2
As with most people, my first four batches were...

As with most people, my first four batches were extract kits that contained LME and or DME. Upon putting together my own recipes, I found LME (I don't use pre-hopped or canned and I buy from a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-10-2009, 03:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,348
Posted By Toby2
Thanks for the advice. I just searched for...

Thanks for the advice. I just searched for Fermatap thermometers and find nothing but forums and threads. Will you please recommend a place to buy it. I have the Midwest catalog open and none...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-10-2009, 03:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,348
Posted By Toby2
Adding a Dial Thermometer to Brew Pot

I'm a relatively new brewer and I find myself checking temperatures repeatedly during the boil and cool down. I realize it is a bit of work and money, but I'm considering installing a dial...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-04-2009, 04:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,047
Posted By Toby2
Adding Cocoa & bottle conditioning with honey

I recently made and have been drinking a Watney's Cream Stout clone. Fantasic beer and I order the ingredients to make two more batches. Ideally, I'd like to see if I can improve it without months...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-28-2009, 07:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,897
Posted By Toby2
Yes, I should have believed what I was told, but...

Yes, I should have believed what I was told, but I did do as I was told.

Pipeline...Watney Clone aging in the bottle and a Belgiuim Wit ready for bottling any day now. Just ordered the loose bits...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-28-2009, 06:33 PM
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Views: 1,897
Posted By Toby2
UPDATE: This was my first batch and I never...

UPDATE:

This was my first batch and I never saw a single bubble in the airlock and I left it in the primary for two weeks. I dry hopped it with one week in the secondary and saw some bubbles for...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-16-2009, 04:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 434
Posted By Toby2
Priming & Rackinig : Temperature Question

I chilled my beer for two days to clear it and it currently raising from 42'F. It may take a whole day to warm up to room temperature. I boiled the water and mixed my priming sugar, which is...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-12-2009, 12:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,467
Posted By Toby2
Dry Hopping : Loose or bag?

I transferred by first batch to the secondary fermenter and I just add the pellets loose. I have a bag, but didn't think it would be as effective. Regardless, I pitched it loose.

Should I have...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-08-2009, 02:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 953
Posted By Toby2
The dated cork is one of the reasons I want to...

The dated cork is one of the reasons I want to know why aging some beers is important or improves them. To frame the question better, I realize certain beers improve with age.

After hearing...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-08-2009, 02:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 953
Posted By Toby2
"not sure what you mean about adding alcohol...

"not sure what you mean about adding alcohol after"

I was thinking that pastorizing the beer killed a lot of chemical processes that otherwise are ongoing in a HB.

Toby
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-08-2009, 02:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 953
Posted By Toby2
Aging beer...why?

In simply and scientific terms, what is the benefit to aging the beer in the fermenter or bottle?

I'm not talking about weeks, I'm thinking months or perhaps a year. I've read, aging helps...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-06-2009, 02:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,096
Posted By Toby2
Sorry, I don't see the problem. Some things in...

Sorry, I don't see the problem. Some things in life are meant to be a process and that is a large part of the experience or the joy. Maybe you should add a beer or three to you list of tasks to do...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-06-2009, 01:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,249
Posted By Toby2
Thanks for the feedback and advice. I didn't...

Thanks for the feedback and advice. I didn't know the level of adjustment in the KA and it appears the design is intended for making flour. Glad I asked. Regardless, I'll do some more research and...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-06-2009, 03:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,249
Posted By Toby2
If ebay is a good indicator, a new grain mill...

If ebay is a good indicator, a new grain mill attachement goes for approximately $115. Assuming people buy them and don't use them and I can find one...maybe $50.00.

Toby
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