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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-01-2011, 05:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 735
Posted By SKMO
When all else fails do what I have done for many...

When all else fails do what I have done for many years: Let it sit another couple weeks, the math becomes anecdotal.

i.e. let it do it's thing and then add another couple weeks and you won't have...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-01-2011, 05:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 700
Posted By SKMO
If you have it timed to 16 seconds.... you need...

If you have it timed to 16 seconds.... you need to chill, you're getting too anal.

Forget whatever the recipes and "directions" said.

When it seems to get clear and slow after a week or so let...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-26-2011, 10:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 942
Posted By SKMO
Like Dok said, a drop or two of Fermcap will help...

Like Dok said, a drop or two of Fermcap will help a lot.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-25-2011, 11:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 867
Posted By SKMO
Generally yes, as long as the alpha is close to...

Generally yes, as long as the alpha is close to the same.

By "fresh" I assume you mean home-grown or locally grown ? As opposed to "whole hops".

Your post title says "whole hops" and then in...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-25-2011, 10:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 977
Posted By SKMO
I think you answered your own question. If you...

I think you answered your own question. If you used thin white plastic and the fermenters were in sunlight, they may have gotten skunked.

I've used Fermcap for quite a while and I'm pretty sure it...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-25-2011, 07:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,231
Posted By SKMO
So you are calling it a "secondary". Common...

So you are calling it a "secondary". Common wisdom is that it's a secondary fermenter. As it is a fermenter, and you are getting some CO2 bubbling, why are you concerned ? It's fermenting, still.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-25-2011, 06:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 860
Posted By SKMO
YES ! Well stated. Most sources of infection...

YES ! Well stated. Most sources of infection arise on your own equipment, not bacterial paratroopers that are coming in from your household air.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-25-2011, 06:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 860
Posted By SKMO
99.9% of the time a speck of dust will be...

99.9% of the time a speck of dust will be insignificant. You are (hopefully) inoculating billions upon billions of active yeast cells, into their prime environment, and they will take charge and...
Forum: Gluten Free Brewing 02-18-2011, 05:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,299
Posted By SKMO
Well, there is always some confusion on this, and...

Well, there is always some confusion on this, and about all I can say is forget the word "molasses" when dealing with sorghum syrup.

Sorghum syrup is made by crushing sorghum cane stems and...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-15-2011, 10:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 465
Posted By SKMO
I'm certainly no expert, but additional yeast...

I'm certainly no expert, but additional yeast should not hurt anything, yet it may not help anything either. But you're not really sure there is "anything" that needs fixing at this point, right?
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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-15-2011, 09:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 683
Posted By SKMO
If you're using a bucket and looking for airlock...

If you're using a bucket and looking for airlock bubbles, good chance the lid has a little leak. Peek inside and if you see some foaming action, all is well, shut it back and sleep well.

If you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-15-2011, 09:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,124
Posted By SKMO
O2 is not like the bubonic plague to your beer....

O2 is not like the bubonic plague to your beer. It's everywhere. Unless you are somehow churning up a froth the exposure and effects are minimal and insignificant. This is talked about and worried...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-15-2011, 08:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,137
Posted By SKMO
If you have flat beer at week 2 and beyond there...

If you have flat beer at week 2 and beyond there is a problem. Should not be hard to figure out if you have had 3 batches w/same problem.

To see if you are getting your caps on tight lay a few on...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-15-2011, 07:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,625
Posted By SKMO
Dry coffee grounds are going to have virtually...

Dry coffee grounds are going to have virtually zero effect on gravity.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-15-2011, 07:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,158
Posted By SKMO
Might be having a brain fart here... but what is...

Might be having a brain fart here... but what is D2 ?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-15-2011, 06:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 309
Posted By SKMO
You can mash at a lot of temps, but 148-158 will...

You can mash at a lot of temps, but 148-158 will cover most of them. 152ish is pretty common. Lower temps produce thinner beers with more fermentable sugars thus more ABV. 1.25 quarts of water per...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-15-2011, 06:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 321
Posted By SKMO
Your brewing temperature and regime depends 100%...

Your brewing temperature and regime depends 100% on the exact yeast you use. Figure out your yeast and then go to the mfgrs website for all the details.

Otherwise this is such a vague and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-15-2011, 05:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 626
Posted By SKMO
Now this is about the most "INTERESTING" comment...

Now this is about the most "INTERESTING" comment I have seen this evening, or for quite a while. Actually it's complete BS

It's really got my interest up. Please, Mr. HomeBrewTastic, just please...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-15-2011, 05:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 371
Posted By SKMO
It's all here, come to your own conclusions: ...

It's all here, come to your own conclusions:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/vs-pro-con-analysis-109318/
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-15-2011, 05:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 777
Posted By SKMO
Light it up and run it reallyhot for a couple...

Light it up and run it reallyhot for a couple minutes. Whatever is in there will char to a black carbon. Let it cool and poke the carbon out of the jets with a fine wire of some kind, then hit it...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-15-2011, 05:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 966
Posted By SKMO
Sounds like you did not clean your bottles well...

Sounds like you did not clean your bottles well after drinking the original contents, and got some mold growing on the residual beer in the bottle. Then did not rinse it well.

If you used some...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-15-2011, 05:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 688
Posted By SKMO
Leave the beer alone. You are just annoying it.

Leave the beer alone. You are just annoying it.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-15-2011, 05:10 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,691
Posted By SKMO
Just a crazy idea, but you might want to read...

Just a crazy idea, but you might want to read this:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/vs-pro-con-analysis-109318/
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-15-2011, 04:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 626
Posted By SKMO
This was the 1st question that popped into my...

This was the 1st question that popped into my mind as well. Perhaps OP lives in Antarctica and was brewing on a windy day ?

That said, math was never my strong suit either, like adding and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-15-2011, 04:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 450
Posted By SKMO
Well.... are you trying to appeal to the men or...

Well.... are you trying to appeal to the men or the women ?

Had to ask.

Fruity beer attracts..... nevermind.
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