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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-31-2012, 06:29 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By cvstrat
Perhaps try a finer grain crush. I'm not...

Perhaps try a finer grain crush.

I'm not able to put the recipe into a calculator right now to check, but are you sure that's the proper OG?
Forum: Cooking & Pairing 03-31-2012, 06:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,253
Posted By cvstrat
It is edible. However they become toxic as they...

It is edible. However they become toxic as they grow in size due to the food they eat. If you're going to eat one make sure it's a smaller one. I would say the wine choice depends more on the...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 03-31-2012, 03:35 AM
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Posted By cvstrat
Brewed this beer a few months ago. Did a 6...

Brewed this beer a few months ago. Did a 6 gallon batch. When I put it in the chest freezer to ferment I had no problems hitting and maintaining 82F for a good while. The beer has turned out to be...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-31-2012, 03:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 552
Posted By cvstrat
It will get better with age.

It will get better with age.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-25-2012, 05:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 898
Posted By cvstrat
Badbrew is right. If you're doing this on an...

Badbrew is right. If you're doing this on an empty freezer you're more likely to have swings in temperate if your freezer is empty.

Water has about 4 times the specific heat capacity of air, so...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-25-2012, 04:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 296
Posted By cvstrat
I always tried to bottle 2 or 3 batches at once...

I always tried to bottle 2 or 3 batches at once just to be done with it. But yes it sucks. It's pretty awesome to roll up to a party w/your own 6 pack though!
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-25-2012, 04:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 565
Posted By cvstrat
Normal operating temeratures would have no effect...

Normal operating temeratures would have no effect on the psi your regulator is putting out. They're designed to output a consisted psi indefinately, unless manually adjusted.

Purge your kegs,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-25-2012, 04:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 898
Posted By cvstrat
Different controllers have different thresholds...

Different controllers have different thresholds for variances from the target temp. Most of the better ones have the ability to set that threshold. For example your target is 40 degrees, and the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-23-2012, 06:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 340
Posted By cvstrat
Pretty much all yeasts would be comfortable at...

Pretty much all yeasts would be comfortable at 6.3%, and honestly most well beyond that point.

The yeast do not die just because fermentation is complete, they just go dormant. And just because...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-23-2012, 01:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 365
Posted By cvstrat
i always drink aventinus that way. I would serve...

i always drink aventinus that way. I would serve it just like a hefe, stir up the yeast.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-22-2012, 01:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 696
Posted By cvstrat
I do use a thermapen for taking temps all over,...

I do use a thermapen for taking temps all over, but never in thermowell. It might be easier to install a permanent thermometer in the side of the kettle. My boilermaker has one and it's got all the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-22-2012, 01:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 198
Posted By cvstrat
Sounds like a winner. Good work!

Sounds like a winner. Good work!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-22-2012, 01:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 934
Posted By cvstrat
Having half of the wort covered should cause...

Having half of the wort covered should cause convection, which would create a steady turnover of the word inside the carboy which would in turn keep it all relatively cool.

In addition there's a...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-22-2012, 01:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 968
Posted By cvstrat
it's pretty much like adding sugar or more malt...

it's pretty much like adding sugar or more malt to your recipe. You can use brewing software to figure out how much sugar the berries will add and if you've input your yeast strain correctly it'll...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-22-2012, 12:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 391
Posted By cvstrat
I'd probably step it up just to have to sparge...

I'd probably step it up just to have to sparge less and to get a better flow on your sparge. the thicker mashes can end up slightly sweeter/maltier than thin mashes. But we're talking almost double...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-22-2012, 12:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 278
Posted By cvstrat
I'd try to use them if they seem reasonably not...

I'd try to use them if they seem reasonably not rotted out. I'd only do this of course if I could make some sort of super old recipe in some crazy looking old bottles.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-22-2012, 12:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 275
Posted By cvstrat
you can let it sit in primary for as long as you...

you can let it sit in primary for as long as you need to, just wait to dry hop until your schedule allows you to bottle it afterwards. In the end it's not really going to make a huge difference any...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-22-2012, 12:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 420
Posted By cvstrat
I feel like that's going to be more bitter than...

I feel like that's going to be more bitter than you think, depending on the AA% of your magnum hops. You might wanna move your last addition to flameout to help with the aroma, but it should be good...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-22-2012, 12:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 321
Posted By cvstrat
I got to the point that I was brewing so much I'd...

I got to the point that I was brewing so much I'd end up always having my beers in primary at least a month. It's a good plan. The only beer I'd have a problem with less might be a hefeweizen, but...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-22-2012, 04:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 321
Posted By cvstrat
the short answer is to bottle them when they are...

the short answer is to bottle them when they are ready.

the long answer is after all visible signs of fermentation have stopped, take a gravity reading every other day until you get the same...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-13-2012, 02:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 441
Posted By cvstrat
It's pretty easy. buy a freezer, not a fridge,...

It's pretty easy. buy a freezer, not a fridge, and buy a temperature controller and you're g2g.

You can either scour craigslist for a used freezer or show around at your local appliance...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-13-2012, 02:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,146
Posted By cvstrat
I always recommend tasting your first few beers...

I always recommend tasting your first few beers all the way through the process. Hell I still taste mine early and I've been doing it a while now. Especially it it's a new style/recipe I wanna know...
Forum: Stout 01-08-2012, 04:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 16,544
Posted By cvstrat
Its fantastic and easy to brew. I brew it on the...

Its fantastic and easy to brew. I brew it on the regular
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-31-2011, 11:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 404
Posted By cvstrat
Your sparge water only needs to be about 180, not...

Your sparge water only needs to be about 180, not boiling. The only time you add boiling water is to hit desired higher temp, like another step in our mash, mashing out, missed your strike temp,...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-17-2011, 09:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 555
Posted By cvstrat
OH and as long as the local ingredients are...

OH and as long as the local ingredients are fresh, milled properly, and the people are quick and knowledgable I'd go local
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