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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-04-2013, 02:37 AM
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Posted By PaulVikingAles
I think your good. I currently have four 1...

I think your good. I currently have four 1 gallon jugs of APA going in my basement. Ambient temp is 64-65 and the temp strip on my jug reads 66-67. I don't expect a 1 gallon jug to raise the temp...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-27-2013, 01:04 AM
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Views: 814
Posted By PaulVikingAles
I would get a lab grade spirit filled thermometer...

I would get a lab grade spirit filled thermometer (not mercury). They are accurate and super cheap, like $5. You should calibrate any other thermometer you buy to this one. They are basically the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-27-2013, 12:47 AM
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Views: 190
Posted By PaulVikingAles
Your assumptions are correct and don't rack to...

Your assumptions are correct and don't rack to secondary until primary has finished. You will know when primary is complete by taking gravity readings over a few days with no change. Like...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-27-2013, 12:37 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By PaulVikingAles
I'm not sure what yeast strain you are using but...

I'm not sure what yeast strain you are using but listen to the previous posts. Your ambient temp should be in the low to mid 60's as the temperature in the carboy can be anywhere from 5 to 7 degrees...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-22-2013, 12:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 731
Posted By PaulVikingAles
Good luck on your first brew day. There is a lot...

Good luck on your first brew day. There is a lot to learn so keep reading on this site as well as other sites. If I can give you any advice for your first brew day, without overwhelming you, do...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-22-2013, 12:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 711
Posted By PaulVikingAles
Good find!! Tough to beat Pliny the Elder

Good find!! Tough to beat Pliny the Elder
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-20-2013, 11:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 461
Posted By PaulVikingAles
We don't brew commercially. That is the plan,...

We don't brew commercially. That is the plan, someday, although it is probably the hopes of many home brewers. We just really enjoy brewing and love talking about beer and brewing. We are learning...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-20-2013, 05:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 476
Posted By PaulVikingAles
Agree with Caldor. If you washed enough then...

Agree with Caldor. If you washed enough then pitch it. 1 mason jar didn't seem like enough but 2 of that size should do it.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-16-2013, 07:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,342
Posted By PaulVikingAles
I might not made myself clear on my post. The...

I might not made myself clear on my post. The amount of food is important for yeast growth but there are other factors that are just as important. If a 1.5L starter is required then pitching into a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-16-2013, 05:47 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By PaulVikingAles
That is a good amount of yeast but I would be...

That is a good amount of yeast but I would be concerned with viability and stress levels. A half gallon is almost 2L so I would probably use 2 mason jars with the thought that your viability is...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-16-2013, 05:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 461
Posted By PaulVikingAles
That works. Just make sure you pitch only the...

That works. Just make sure you pitch only the slurry into the 2L. Are you using a stir plate or shaking? oxygen is the key to growing the yeast instead of fermenting your wort. Do your best to...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-16-2013, 02:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,290
Posted By PaulVikingAles
If you like you beer than that I what is...

If you like you beer than that I what is important. We never end up with gravity's that match beersmith and we don't even think about it. We allow the yeast to do there thing and it ends up where...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-16-2013, 02:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,342
Posted By PaulVikingAles
You can only grow a fixed amount of yeast in a...

You can only grow a fixed amount of yeast in a fixed size starter. You will not grow enough yeast in a 1.25L starter if it required a 1.5L. If you are not using a stir plate then you will grow less...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-16-2013, 02:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 476
Posted By PaulVikingAles
Are you making 5 gallons? If you decanted and...

Are you making 5 gallons? If you decanted and pitched the slurry in a 2L starter and put it on a stir plate for 24 hours you should be all set. The viability of the yeast is important and they are...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-15-2013, 08:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 461
Posted By PaulVikingAles
I would decant the .5L for the starter and pitch...

I would decant the .5L for the starter and pitch that into 2L of 1.040 DME. This will give you a true 2L starter and enough yeast if you are using a stir plate. You are only growing yeast in a 1.5L...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-15-2013, 07:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,290
Posted By PaulVikingAles
Did you end up taking hydrometer readings? You...

Did you end up taking hydrometer readings? You listed 1.007 for the pilsner and 1.009 for the Belgian. I'm not sure I would necessarily call the these over-attenuated if those are accurate...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 02-15-2013, 03:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,866
Posted By PaulVikingAles
You are definitely going to want to leave some...

You are definitely going to want to leave some long chain carbohydrates for the Brett to work on over the long haul. Like badlee said, mash high or you could add something like starch, Brett B can...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-15-2013, 02:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 546
Posted By PaulVikingAles
Sounds good... Good luck with it!!

Sounds good... Good luck with it!!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-15-2013, 02:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 319
Posted By PaulVikingAles
Racking is fine. Just be careful to leave the...

Racking is fine. Just be careful to leave the trub behind as best you can. We don't typically filter either and there is always some yeast and sediment behind. Not a big deal and it is expected...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-15-2013, 01:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 700
Posted By PaulVikingAles
It is always my rule to let the yeast go and let...

It is always my rule to let the yeast go and let them tell you when they are done. We recently brewed with 1056 and fermentation was steady for 10 days. I was surprised but it happens. It slowed...
Forum: General Techniques 02-15-2013, 01:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,706
Posted By PaulVikingAles
Swamp cooler is the way to go if you don't have a...

Swamp cooler is the way to go if you don't have a temperature controlled environment or some place where the temperature remains constant. Add a temperature strip to your carboy so you have an idea...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-15-2013, 01:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 278
Posted By PaulVikingAles
That was my original thinking. I wonder if Lacto...

That was my original thinking. I wonder if Lacto was picked up from the grain bed and wasn't killed in the boil. This would cause it to sour for the 3 weeks but my other thought is that a 15 minute...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-15-2013, 01:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 760
Posted By PaulVikingAles
I would cold steep the coffee if you add it to...

I would cold steep the coffee if you add it to the secondary and not add beans whatever you decide. Beans will add tannins that could really be noticeable.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-15-2013, 01:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 503
Posted By PaulVikingAles
Many of the yeasts between the two overlap and...

Many of the yeasts between the two overlap and are essentially the same. Check online for yeast comparison charts. They will tell you which ones overlap.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-15-2013, 12:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 760
Posted By PaulVikingAles
How about a Black IPA with Coffee?

How about a Black IPA with Coffee?
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