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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-10-2011, 05:23 PM
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Posted By bryanbibler
lagering temperature question-- fridge won't go below 42

I bought a kegerator a few months back and have been using it to regulate fermentation temperature with a ranco temp controller in addition to using it to serve homebrews. I discovered earlier this...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-26-2011, 05:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By bryanbibler
i've always wondered how to go about doing that...

i've always wondered how to go about doing that without contaminating the beer (in case it needs a few more days, I don't want to let any wild yeasts get in...)
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-26-2011, 04:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By bryanbibler
ESB ready to keg?

I am almost ready to keg an ESB I brewed nearly a month ago, but I don't have a hydrometer to measure the FG (I will be getting one next time I go to the store, but probably won't make it before it's...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-21-2011, 07:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,493
Posted By bryanbibler
can someone clarify "green beers" for me? I'm...

can someone clarify "green beers" for me? I'm assuming it means "beers that are not ready." When I keg my ESB next week, it will have sat in primary for 6 days and secondary for 3 weeks. How...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-21-2011, 04:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 323
Posted By bryanbibler
keg equipment question

I have a ball lock stuck irreparably on the out line of my korny keg. I mean really, really stuck. Not coming off. Is it possible to unscrew the valve going into the keg and find a replacement for...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-21-2011, 04:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,493
Posted By bryanbibler
does it really make that much of a difference to...

does it really make that much of a difference to the taste of the beer whether you force carb it or let it carb over several weeks? Assuming you don't overcarb it...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-29-2011, 01:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 784
Posted By bryanbibler
Kegerator temperature problem-- maybe poor circulation

I've had trouble getting my kegerator cold enough; it typically reads something like 48 on the thermometer I put in near the front. The back wall of the kegerator is covered in frozen condensation,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-03-2011, 06:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By bryanbibler
dry hopping twice? bad idea?

I have an IPA that's in the secondary right now, and I dry hopped it when I racked it to the secondary with 1/2 oz cascade and 1/2 oz willamette pellet hops and a tbsp steamed oak chips. After I keg...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-03-2011, 06:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 427
Posted By bryanbibler
lagering temp question-- ok to lager at 38 or not?

I have a kegerator that serves as both my kegerator and my method of temp-controlling my fermentations. I'm going to be brewing a lager in the next couple of weeks, and I was wondering if it would...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-03-2011, 03:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,249
Posted By bryanbibler
great. thanks!

great. thanks!
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-03-2011, 01:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,249
Posted By bryanbibler
I am using one of the Wyeast slap-pack activators...

I am using one of the Wyeast slap-pack activators and I've never had to make a starter for one of those before. I've made starters for liquid yeast preparations but never with the activator.

Then...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-02-2011, 09:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,249
Posted By bryanbibler
also is it ok to lager in the keg or does it need...

also is it ok to lager in the keg or does it need to stay in a carboy?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-02-2011, 09:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,249
Posted By bryanbibler
i'm using a wyeast activator pack. do I need two...

i'm using a wyeast activator pack. do I need two of those or will one suffice?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-02-2011, 09:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,249
Posted By bryanbibler
thanks for the very helpful advice, everyone. ...

thanks for the very helpful advice, everyone.

just to be sure I'm clear-- "lagering" refers to the month or two of cold storage after the fermentation is largely complete? so those two...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-02-2011, 06:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,249
Posted By bryanbibler
First time lagering temperature question

A recipe I have from CloneBrews for an Oktoberfest Lager says to ferment at 47-52 for the first four weeks and then move to 57-62 for the remainder of the fermentation, but then in the "helpful...
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