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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-26-2014, 03:36 PM
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Posted By BigFloyd
Just to be sure, is the 1.026 a reading from a...

Just to be sure, is the 1.026 a reading from a hydrometer and not a refractometer?

If it's from a hydrometer, leave it alone for another week before taking another reading. Sometimes true lager...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-26-2014, 03:31 PM
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Posted By BigFloyd
Sure. You may want to see if they'll do a double...

Sure. You may want to see if they'll do a double crush on the grains to help with BIAB efficiency.
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 08-05-2014, 03:32 PM
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Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 07-23-2014, 03:57 PM
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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-05-2014, 11:26 AM
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Posted By BigFloyd
Those temps are okay, but just leave it in the...

Those temps are okay, but just leave it in the primary. No secondary needed for most beers.

eBay is fine so long as you get an STC-1000, Ranco or Johnson.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-04-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 305
Posted By BigFloyd
You're welcome. Relax. The learning...

You're welcome.

Relax. The learning process has begun. :mug:
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-04-2014, 08:56 PM
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Posted By BigFloyd
Better yet, invest in some sort of way to cool...

Better yet, invest in some sort of way to cool your fermentation during the first crucial few days.

Most ale yeast give the best result when the beer temp (not ambient air) during that period...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-04-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By BigFloyd
Once it gets down to 1.020, simply pitching...

Once it gets down to 1.020, simply pitching another packet of yeast won't do any good.

First, leave it be for another 7-10 days. If it's still 1.020, warm to 70-72*F and use a sanitized metal or...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-04-2014, 03:50 PM
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Posted By BigFloyd
Yes, but as flars noted, at the risk of mild to...

Yes, but as flars noted, at the risk of mild to nasty off-flavors. I'd agree with the instructions re: temps, but see the secondary as an unnecessary step.
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 07-02-2014, 04:42 AM
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Posted By BigFloyd
I like it. Count me in.

I like it. Count me in.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-01-2014, 01:53 AM
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Posted By BigFloyd
It's quite possible. Leave it alone for another...

It's quite possible. Leave it alone for another week while you get some StarSan then get a reading.

Simply pitching more yeast is most often not a good solution after you've seen an active...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-01-2014, 01:47 AM
Replies: 22
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Posted By BigFloyd
Make a cider. Lots of folks (especially of the...

Make a cider. Lots of folks (especially of the female variety) that don't care much for beer love a good cider. They're also ridiculously easy to make. 5 gallons of Mott's apple juice from...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-01-2014, 01:40 AM
Replies: 12
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Posted By BigFloyd
OP-- what were your pitch and ferment temps? ...

OP-- what were your pitch and ferment temps?

The flavors you get from Nottingham are very temperature dependent. Upper 50's to start gives a very clean ferment. It starts throwing esters about...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-01-2014, 01:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 293
Posted By BigFloyd
How do you know it's "stuck"? Can you share any...

How do you know it's "stuck"? Can you share any gravity readings with us?
Forum: BIAB Brewing 06-30-2014, 12:20 PM
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Posted By BigFloyd
Since you can precisely control the intensity of...

Since you can precisely control the intensity of the boil with the PID, probably so.
Forum: BIAB Brewing 06-30-2014, 03:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 428
Posted By BigFloyd
What's your post-boil volume (in the kettle)...

What's your post-boil volume (in the kettle) target?

Is your element PID-controlled so that you can adjust the intensity of the boil in manual mode?

I've found that I can maintain a decent...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-30-2014, 03:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 706
Posted By BigFloyd
Follow this ^^^^^ advice. It's unfortunate that...

Follow this ^^^^^ advice. It's unfortunate that many pre-built setups (like mine) come with 5ft beer lines. I was going to upgrade to 10ft to have a more balanced system. Yooper suggested 12ft of...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-30-2014, 03:13 AM
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Posted By BigFloyd
You are right to figure that you'll lose a pretty...

You are right to figure that you'll lose a pretty good percentage of viable cells when you decant without a long enough cold crash. 2-3 days in the mid 30's is preferable for lager yeast. 6 hours...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-30-2014, 03:06 AM
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Posted By BigFloyd
That's a bit on the warm side for many ale yeast...

That's a bit on the warm side for many ale yeast strains and will produce anything from mild fruity esters to some pretty funky flavors (from strains like Nottingham). What's the ambient air temp in...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-28-2014, 11:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 548
Posted By BigFloyd
Most likely, the thing that's causing flavor...

Most likely, the thing that's causing flavor issues is that you're pitching and/or fermenting at too warm of a temperature. For most ales, 18*C (64*F) beer temp is excellent for the first 4-5 days...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-28-2014, 03:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By BigFloyd
No more than any other ale yeast that I've used. ...

No more than any other ale yeast that I've used. I do use Nottingham quite a bit at cooler temps (mid-upper 50's to start). Good stuff.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-27-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 551
Posted By BigFloyd
As a side note (since you mentioned a recipe...

As a side note (since you mentioned a recipe adding coffee at flameout), a coffee addition gives a much nicer and more mellow flavor if you cold brew the coarse ground coffee overnight (on the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-27-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 548
Posted By BigFloyd
The progression of fermentation depends on...

The progression of fermentation depends on several factors. The biggest ones are pitch rate (did you pitch enough healthy yeast?), good aeration/oxygenation if using liquid yeast (O2 needed for...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-27-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By BigFloyd
Is 64*F your air temp or the beer temp? ...

Is 64*F your air temp or the beer temp?

What temp did you pitch this at?

Rehydrate the dry yeast before pitching?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-20-2014, 03:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 568
Posted By BigFloyd
Interesting. That's the first I've heard of...

Interesting. That's the first I've heard of someone getting any significant diacetyl from Notty.

May I suggest that, once activity starts to noticeably taper off, you let the temp come up on...
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