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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-01-2011, 08:35 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By PorterIV
That sounds a little like batch sparging (which I...

That sounds a little like batch sparging (which I have only done once or twice). Would it help if I just went straight to batch sparging?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-01-2011, 07:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 240
Posted By PorterIV
Low Efficiency with New Equipment - help

I recently purchased the top tier system and two boilermakers to replace my old haphazard cooler system. Well, after having conducted two batches I am encountering 60-62% efficiency.

The first...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-15-2011, 08:07 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 16,882
Posted By PorterIV
Thanks for posting this discussion and the...

Thanks for posting this discussion and the pictures. I brewed on my TT last night for the first time and really liked it. I have some bugs to work out but was curious how to mount the pump and a...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-10-2011, 03:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,412
Posted By PorterIV
Just as an update - I went with the...

Just as an update - I went with the Simcoe/Amarillo combo and would say this is the best APA I have made yet. Rave reviews.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-10-2011, 03:32 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 47,513
Posted By PorterIV
I haven't tried mine out yet - busy January - but...

I haven't tried mine out yet - busy January - but I think that as long as you use hop bags you don't need the hop blocker. At least I am trying to get by without it.

For the drainage hose just...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-27-2010, 02:19 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 47,513
Posted By PorterIV
Bigelow, I got two for Christmas and had the...

Bigelow,

I got two for Christmas and had the same issue. As said above I figured that I would have to tip the the faceplate up anyway to see it properly.

We will see as I set it up, but it...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-14-2010, 12:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,412
Posted By PorterIV
Wow. That is a lot of good information. I think...

Wow. That is a lot of good information. I think I will probably go with the Amarillo this time around and try one of the others next time.

Thanks so much.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-13-2010, 09:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,412
Posted By PorterIV
Simcoe Pairing

I am looking to brew an APA on Wednesday. I love Simcoe hops but not all by themselves. Does anyone have a recommended pairing for them?

I was thinking of Citra to try something new, but am open...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-13-2010, 08:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,385
Posted By PorterIV
Thanks to you both - I will just relax and enjoy...

Thanks to you both - I will just relax and enjoy it when it's ready.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-13-2010, 05:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 364
Posted By PorterIV
Brewstrong with Jamil and John P have at least...

Brewstrong with Jamil and John P have at least one full podcast on how to do it. I did a simplified version of Jamil's system once where I sanitized some jelly jars and basically just poured some of...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-13-2010, 03:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,385
Posted By PorterIV
Too hoppy Porter?

A glitch in Beer Alchemy that I didn't catch until last night brought to my attention that the Robust Porter I just kegged might be a little high in IBU's. Anyway, I thought I would see what the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-13-2010, 01:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 773
Posted By PorterIV
Just as a follow up, in case anyone is watching,...

Just as a follow up, in case anyone is watching, the WLP029 worked well. At my local club competition one of the tasters noted some "smokiness" which could only be attributable to the yeast. There...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-13-2010, 01:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,025
Posted By PorterIV
Try chewing on a couple of pieces of each. I did...

Try chewing on a couple of pieces of each. I did this at my LHBS and could tell something of a difference. That being said - I am not sure how much of that translates into the final brew but try it...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-10-2010, 01:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,055
Posted By PorterIV
Very interesting. Thanks for the post.

Very interesting. Thanks for the post.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-26-2010, 02:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,492
Posted By PorterIV
Chris, I have toddlers too and one thing...

Chris,

I have toddlers too and one thing that helped me a lot was getting a kegging system. I always hated bottling, and it kept me from brewing as much. Kegging, however, is awesome. I can do...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-26-2010, 01:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,041
Posted By PorterIV
From looking at White Labs website it looks like...

From looking at White Labs website it looks like California V is rated as "Medium-High" alcohol tolerance. With that high of a SG it must have just been too much.

You might try Super High Gravity...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-25-2010, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 382
Posted By PorterIV
Eubrew raises an important point regarding...

Eubrew raises an important point regarding reading ferm temperatures. It took me a while to realize how much higher the actual temperature of the wort is compared to the air during fermentation. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-24-2010, 07:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 599
Posted By PorterIV
What was your temperature before pitching?

What was your temperature before pitching?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-23-2010, 06:32 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,357
Posted By PorterIV
brewinginct, sorry to leave you in the lurch...

brewinginct, sorry to leave you in the lurch there over the weekend. I agree with JMO88, keep it in the fridge and then pour out most of the starter just leaving enough to swirl up the yeast cake. ...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-23-2010, 05:37 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 28,918
Posted By PorterIV
QUOTE "What? Are you fermenting in cave!?!" ...

QUOTE "What? Are you fermenting in cave!?!"

The picutre reminds me of Silence of the Lambs - shiver...

Awesome thread and experiment though - hats off to you.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-20-2010, 05:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,357
Posted By PorterIV
One question. When did you put in the fresh...

One question. When did you put in the fresh wort? If you did it this morning I would just pitch the whole 1L tomorrow and not worry about decanting.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-20-2010, 05:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,357
Posted By PorterIV
Wow. I just came into this thread and there are...

Wow. I just came into this thread and there are lots of questions/answers. All of it is very useful. My recent experience may help put you at ease.

I just brewed a saison with 565 and it is one...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-20-2010, 05:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 366
Posted By PorterIV
Agree. Except I don't rack to secondary - never...

Agree. Except I don't rack to secondary - never had a problem with autolysis myself.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-20-2010, 03:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,817
Posted By PorterIV
To bump an old thread... could those of you who...

To bump an old thread... could those of you who used WLP565 give some more specs on your temperature? I used it this summer and let it ferment around 80 (not the 90's as specified by Farmhouse Ales...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-20-2010, 03:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 389
Posted By PorterIV
By any chance was there sugar in the pumpkin...

By any chance was there sugar in the pumpkin spice tea? If it was a spice pack from the store there may have been brown sugar in it which might cause things to get going again.
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