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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-03-2013, 08:58 PM
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Posted By TheMerkle
Thanks for the help :)

Thanks for the help :)
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-03-2013, 08:13 PM
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Views: 486
Posted By TheMerkle
I'll take a reading tomorrow night before I worry...

I'll take a reading tomorrow night before I worry anymore. What I meant by "degas" was removing CO2 that was in suspension, so that I may be able to get Oxygen into the carboy. I'm operating on the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-03-2013, 07:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 486
Posted By TheMerkle
Am I right to be concerned about being unable to...

Am I right to be concerned about being unable to totally degas the beer? Will that hinder the aeration process?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-03-2013, 07:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 486
Posted By TheMerkle
I was strongly advised to shake very aggressively...

I was strongly advised to shake very aggressively for sometime to degas and re-aerate the beer when pitching US-05, and I did just that. I shook this thing and relieved the gas, shook and degassed,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-29-2013, 06:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 486
Posted By TheMerkle
Yes. I stored the warm, freshly boiled wort, in...

Yes. I stored the warm, freshly boiled wort, in my fermentation chamber overnight then pitched the following day. Another day later, I realized that the chest was not set to the intended 62 degrees,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-29-2013, 05:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 486
Posted By TheMerkle
I used four bottles worth of yeast into a 250ml...

I used four bottles worth of yeast into a 250ml starter of 1.040, then stepped to 600ml, and finally, 900ml. The fermentation appeared active, with a strong krausen, tons of airlock activity...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-29-2013, 04:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 486
Posted By TheMerkle
Massive underattenuation

I attempted to propagate yeast from a bottle of Bell's. I'm not sure where I went wrong but I only got about 50% attenuation from the strain and my beer is stuck at 1.030. Should I rack to a new...
Forum: General Chit Chat 08-15-2013, 01:29 PM
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Posted By TheMerkle
Wood chips

Wood chips
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-14-2013, 01:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,084
Posted By TheMerkle
It would appear that warming the beer to near 70...

It would appear that warming the beer to near 70 degrees and swirling it has started evidence of fermentation again. I'll give it a week and remeasure.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-14-2013, 01:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,084
Posted By TheMerkle
I've had problems doughing in well in the past,...

I've had problems doughing in well in the past, so while I was careful to dough inslow and stir well, there is that possibility. I mashed at 149-150 for 75 minutes.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-13-2013, 12:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,084
Posted By TheMerkle
Read up Floyd. I clarified that I took hydrometer...

Read up Floyd. I clarified that I took hydrometer readings AND refeactometer reading and corrected them each. I did again today because you guys convinced me that I'd lost it. This beer is 1.050.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-12-2013, 07:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,084
Posted By TheMerkle
That is what I thought. I am certain my readings...

That is what I thought. I am certain my readings are accurate at just over 1.050. All I can think of now is that my ORIGINAL readings were off... but I'm new to all grain brewing and a MASSIVE...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-12-2013, 12:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,084
Posted By TheMerkle
I swear, I'm not crazy. Is it possible that an...

I swear, I'm not crazy. Is it possible that an overpitch produced a large reproduction of yeast but cool temps prevented fermentation?

At any rate, I took the beer out of the fridge to let it...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-12-2013, 12:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,084
Posted By TheMerkle
Sorry if I was unclear. I took both a...

Sorry if I was unclear. I took both a refeactometer reading as well as a hydrineter reading. Both readings were corrected; the refract for post fermentation and the hydro was degassed. The readings...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-11-2013, 01:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,084
Posted By TheMerkle
Brewaide provides a post fermentation calculator...

Brewaide provides a post fermentation calculator that showed my Brix to be synonymous with a hydrometer reading I took after degassing and correcting for measured temperature. A taste test...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-10-2013, 11:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,084
Posted By TheMerkle
Krausen but no fermentation?

I propagated yeast from a Bell's bottle to pitch to my two hearted clone. It made a fearsome krausen and even blew it's top, but now, two weeks later, it hasn't fermented at all. Took it from ~1.060...
Forum: Sampling and Critiquing and Beer Swapping 08-09-2013, 08:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 640
Posted By TheMerkle
Unopened bottles of Iron Throne have become...

Unopened bottles of Iron Throne have become extraordinarily rare; Take the Black arrives in October.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-08-2013, 01:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 747
Posted By TheMerkle
I'd fire it back up. Boiling it again can...

I'd fire it back up. Boiling it again can sanitize your water, boil down to the correct gravity, and insure against DMS in one fell swoop.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-07-2013, 02:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 453
Posted By TheMerkle
This is genius

This is genius
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-07-2013, 01:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 453
Posted By TheMerkle
Sort of an unorthodox question. Hard to answer...

Sort of an unorthodox question. Hard to answer definitively. I'd say lag time is over as soon as you recognize evidence of fermentation. That said, 16 hours is certainly healthy.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-07-2013, 01:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 319
Posted By TheMerkle
I agree with Flars. My IPA is my only full time...

I agree with Flars. My IPA is my only full time revolving beer, and it is by far the fastest attenuating. Still, we don't even check the gravity for two weeks and even then it stay in primary for dry...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-07-2013, 01:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 351
Posted By TheMerkle
Oats and pellet hops produce a lot of trub. Let...

Oats and pellet hops produce a lot of trub. Let it sit and fallout well; time never hurt a stout.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-07-2013, 12:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,370
Posted By TheMerkle
Secondary fermentation on a stout with...

Secondary fermentation on a stout with Brettanomyces can produce some really fantastic sours, but it would need a great deal of time to condition. That said: I don't know that it's terribly...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-07-2013, 12:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 319
Posted By TheMerkle
You should only use the intended FG printed on...

You should only use the intended FG printed on beer kits as a guideline. To peg that number you will need to perfectly hit the original gravity AND have your yeast attenuate to exactly their...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-06-2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 526
Posted By TheMerkle
Whirlfloc. All my confusion is gone like the...

Whirlfloc. All my confusion is gone like the wind. Crossing my terms.
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