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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-06-2014, 03:02 PM
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Posted By EROK
I stir pretty fast (from the outside edge of the...

I stir pretty fast (from the outside edge of the kettle only) for about two minutes and then let the kettle sit for 30 minutes. Works very well if I syphon from the outside edge of the kettle after...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-04-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 633
Posted By EROK
Boil off is (Pre-boil volume - Post boil volume)...

Boil off is (Pre-boil volume - Post boil volume) / pre-boil volume.

Example (7.5g pre - 6.5g post) / 7.5 pre = 13.33% Boil Off Rate :mug:
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-28-2013, 11:32 PM
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Posted By EROK
I do it and it works fine, I have a main burner...

I do it and it works fine, I have a main burner about 16K btu, and I put the kettle over that and a smaller 6K burner and can bring 7.5g to a boil in about 45 minutes. Inside brewing (rain or shine)...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-14-2013, 09:30 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 203,838
Posted By EROK
This may be true and late additions may work best...

This may be true and late additions may work best for 2-3 gal partial boils. But I have never seen the wort darken as a result of using light LME with a full boil. (6.5gal) I made a brown ale today...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-10-2013, 04:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,188
Posted By EROK
A cup or two of vinegar in a pot of water just...

A cup or two of vinegar in a pot of water just big enough to place the chiller in will do a great job getting it really clean.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-16-2013, 12:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 304
Posted By EROK
Add the honey in at the very end of the boil....

Add the honey in at the very end of the boil. (for possibly less color due to caramelization) You could also prime the bottles with honey, instead of corn sugar.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-14-2013, 02:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,672
Posted By EROK
First of all like previously mentioned a finer...

First of all like previously mentioned a finer grain crush will help you the most. While mashing and sparging you should stir the mash a few minutes before draining. Not 30 minutes ahead a couple...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-11-2013, 03:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,214
Posted By EROK
Morebeer.com or Northernbrewer.com or...

Morebeer.com or Northernbrewer.com or Austinhomebrew.com or Midwestsupplies.com all are very good and offer a full range of whatever you may need.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-10-2013, 10:40 PM
Replies: 513
Views: 162,015
Posted By EROK
To not confuse anyone here, I am talking again...

To not confuse anyone here, I am talking again about getting to full maximum carbonation in the bottle. Not just drinkable carbonation. For example when you fast carb in a keg if you set at 30psi...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-09-2013, 11:44 PM
Replies: 513
Views: 162,015
Posted By EROK
Not too many of us are commercial brewers, so I...

Not too many of us are commercial brewers, so I will stand by the comments I made. When YOU not Sierra Nevada can prove that you can have perfectly carbonated beer in a week, please show me how to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-09-2013, 08:36 PM
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Views: 162,015
Posted By EROK
I think in general you have two types of brewers....

I think in general you have two types of brewers. The first doesn't really care about quality and doing things right they just want cheap beer. The others like most of the posters myself included,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-09-2013, 12:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 659
Posted By EROK
Fill your airlock up some more to half way...

Fill your airlock up some more to half way otherwise air can go in the holes from the center piece and down into your carboy and beer after the CO2 being given off is gone. I made an all-grain...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-09-2013, 01:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 213
Posted By EROK
I have made quite a few Oktoberfests and I leave...

I have made quite a few Oktoberfests and I leave my beer in primary for at least 4 weeks. Then if you choose to actually lager it you would rack to a secondary and then drop temp to around 32-36...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-07-2013, 07:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 297
Posted By EROK
You could use 1056 American Ale yeast which will...

You could use 1056 American Ale yeast which will ferment down to 60 deg or 1728 Scottish Ale yeast which will go down to 56 deg. I would go with the 1056 myself. Cheers!
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-04-2013, 06:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 304
Posted By EROK
Theoretically a well made bottled beer can have...

Theoretically a well made bottled beer can have great head and lacing. But I also agree that my kegged beers have better head retention. I would maybe try a 6 wk bottle conditioned beer and see if...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-03-2013, 01:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,087
Posted By EROK
How many batches have you done? I have done over...

How many batches have you done? I have done over 100 batches now and wonder if that could be it ? One other question, do you drain slow or just let it rip ?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-02-2013, 08:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,087
Posted By EROK
Grain Crush for Better Mash Efficiency

Wondering where to go from here.... I have read a ton on mash efficiency.....I have consistently gotten low efficiency from batch sparging and can't really nail down the cause other than the crush. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-26-2012, 11:38 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,101
Posted By EROK
THE best thing you could do is to find an...

THE best thing you could do is to find an experienced brewer in your area. Not the guy who has made 5 batches now and is your friend, but the guy who has brewed for 5-20 years and who has some...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-26-2012, 11:28 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 18,087
Posted By EROK
That sucks. I have moved away from them just...

That sucks. I have moved away from them just because I feel a milk crate or file basket (from an office supply store) is easier to carry and gives me more control. I have used better bottles for a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-18-2012, 03:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 788
Posted By EROK
I would go with 5-10% of the grain bill starting...

I would go with 5-10% of the grain bill starting at 5% and work up. Carapils is very light and will not change the beer's color. Or you could use say .5 lb wheat malt and .5 lb carapils. That is...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-05-2012, 01:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,450
Posted By EROK
"Now that's funny....I don't care who you...

"Now that's funny....I don't care who you are....... " :mug:
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-04-2012, 07:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 403
Posted By EROK
Depends on if your mash tun is inside or...

Depends on if your mash tun is inside or outside(cold). I go about 5-7 degrees hotter than what the software calls for, pour in the water at say 168 deg and put the lid on for ten minutes. The cold...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-26-2012, 08:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,158
Posted By EROK
Better bottles, my friend. This is all :)

Better bottles, my friend. This is all :)
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-26-2012, 01:15 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,133
Posted By EROK
Actually yes it would. If you store your glasses...

Actually yes it would. If you store your glasses frosted (in the freezer) you will get more foaming. Try getting a glass very clean. Clean it with salt (scrub good) then rinse well. Use a glass...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-13-2012, 01:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,267
Posted By EROK
Try and keep 1gal head-space in the fermentor. ...

Try and keep 1gal head-space in the fermentor. If you are doing 5 gal batch, use 6 or 6.5 gal bucket/carboy and do not fill above 5gal mark. Blowoff is needed for the first three days for sure,...
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