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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-22-2013, 02:54 PM
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Posted By Shoemaker
Any way to speed up the brew day?

It takes me, from heating up my sparge water, to cleaning out my keggle at the end, 7 hours to do a 10 gallon batch. I know I can do a few things to speed up the process (like getting a separate...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-11-2012, 02:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,974
Posted By Shoemaker
6 weeks brewing is a long time. It usually takes...

6 weeks brewing is a long time. It usually takes me a few hours.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-14-2011, 10:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,044
Posted By Shoemaker
So you mean none of those aside from the Chinook?...

So you mean none of those aside from the Chinook? I'll just split the ounce of Chinook between the two carboys then....
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-14-2011, 09:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,044
Posted By Shoemaker
And what would be your 2nd choice? I only have an...

And what would be your 2nd choice? I only have an ounce of Chinook and this is a 10 gallon batch....
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-14-2011, 07:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,044
Posted By Shoemaker
Which hops for dry hopping pale ale?

I brewed the West Coast Pale ale from austinhomebrew. I have some extra hops lying around (Perle, Tettnang, Spalt, Fuggle, Hallertau, Chinook, Hersbrucker) and was wondering which one of these would...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-20-2011, 02:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,824
Posted By Shoemaker
8 days is too short of time. I've had beers drop...

8 days is too short of time. I've had beers drop to the proper gravity after 2 months in primary. Check it later.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-16-2011, 11:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,201
Posted By Shoemaker
Also, when are you checking your beer? I have had...

Also, when are you checking your beer? I have had issues with high FG as well since I have a cold house but I've found that if I keep my beer on the yeast longer, it eventually goes down.

I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-20-2010, 04:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 440
Posted By Shoemaker
Reusing yeast cake

I have yeast in a growler from a previous 5 gallon batch (pale ale). Brewing a porter now and want to reuse this yeast. I poured the trub and yeast into the growler (wasn't that much hop residue).
...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-23-2010, 07:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,824
Posted By Shoemaker
So I swirled the yeast, waited a few days and I...

So I swirled the yeast, waited a few days and I don't taste any improvement. In fact, it tastes worse.

Now, I made a 10 gallon batch and my other 5 gallons of this batch actually tastes...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-21-2010, 12:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,824
Posted By Shoemaker
How to remove this Diacetyl?

Had an octoberfest fermenting at 55 degrees. Brought the temp up to room temp near the end of fermentation for a diacetyl test. I've just tasted the beer after 4 days and I taste butter.

Should I...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-16-2010, 12:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,075
Posted By Shoemaker
OK I overshot my OG today by 10 points. Looks...

OK I overshot my OG today by 10 points. Looks like I'm going to have another sweet one.

I mashed at 149. I added my mashout of 4 gallons at 190 degrees but it only raised the temp to 156. Since I...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-15-2010, 03:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,075
Posted By Shoemaker
So let me get this straight, do you guys adjust...

So let me get this straight, do you guys adjust mash temps based on styles? I brewing a pale ale now so a bit on the dry side would be good.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-15-2010, 02:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,075
Posted By Shoemaker
hmmm. I'm in the middle of a batch right now and...

hmmm. I'm in the middle of a batch right now and will try it. Will I get proper conversion at 148?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-15-2010, 12:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,075
Posted By Shoemaker
I aerate pretty well. I pour the wort back and...

I aerate pretty well. I pour the wort back and forth between the carboy and keggle then shake it for 10 mins. I pitch one packet per 5 gallons, hydrate it before I do.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-15-2010, 04:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,075
Posted By Shoemaker
I dough in usually around 173 degrees then stir...

I dough in usually around 173 degrees then stir until I reach 153. Takes bout 10 mins. Is this too hot to dough in at?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-13-2010, 08:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,075
Posted By Shoemaker
Low Attenuation

I've gotten low attenuation for a bunch of beers now. They taste good, but just a bit on the sweet side. I usually overshoot my OG gravity by a few points and my beers usually finish around 1.020.
...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-10-2010, 11:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,501
Posted By Shoemaker
haha homebrewing is like jazz.

haha homebrewing is like jazz.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-10-2010, 06:20 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,130
Posted By Shoemaker
Hey while we are on the topic, anyone know where...

Hey while we are on the topic, anyone know where I can buy dry yeast in bulk? Thanks
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-10-2010, 02:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,130
Posted By Shoemaker
Many new brewers feel that they have to use...

Many new brewers feel that they have to use liquid yeast for all their batches because it is "better." Dry yeast is actually just as good for ales as liquid. I only use liquid yeast with lagers.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-02-2010, 02:55 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,861
Posted By Shoemaker
I would primary for 4 weeks and lager for the...

I would primary for 4 weeks and lager for the additional time. Its pushing it and it won't be perfect, but good enough.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-02-2010, 02:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 438
Posted By Shoemaker
I'm bringing my beer to a wedding...

My buddy is getting married next month and I'm bringing 5 gallons of brown ale for the occasion.

I'm bringing it in a keg...I have a 5# co2 tank + regulator and was wondering what I need to pour....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-28-2010, 03:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 329
Posted By Shoemaker
Please redirect me to the Pumpkin ale thread thanks

Title says it all....I just saw the thread Revvy recommended about pumpkin ales and now I can't find it. Can someone link me to it? Thanks
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-24-2010, 10:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 724
Posted By Shoemaker
aging in corny keg

I read the other posts on this subject, but I'm still a little unclear of what to do with aging in a corny keg.

I want to move my amber ale in a keg for a few weeks to free up carboy space, but I...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-21-2010, 03:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,640
Posted By Shoemaker
So John, how long do you wait between bottling...

So John, how long do you wait between bottling and drinking for it to be carbonated? Thanks
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-24-2010, 09:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 367
Posted By Shoemaker
Fermenting lager in water bins?

I've heard of this but wondering how you guys do it. I've got a basement in the 60s range now and I'm planning on brewing a lager tomorrow.

How do you guys keep a constant temperature in these...
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