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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-09-2012, 06:02 PM
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Posted By BLTalpos
Sorry if I came across as lecturing. Just meant...

Sorry if I came across as lecturing. Just meant to give a few options for how to solve the predicament. I agree that if you have a hydrometer on the way, no harm can come from waiting for it to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-09-2012, 01:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 520
Posted By BLTalpos
I'll have to look it up in my brewbook, it was...

I'll have to look it up in my brewbook, it was about a year ago when I was just starting out. I'll also ask my friend what he was talking about in case I totally misinterpreted the meaning of what he...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-09-2012, 01:33 AM
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Posted By BLTalpos
I left the beer in secondary for only 3-4 weeks....

I left the beer in secondary for only 3-4 weeks. When I bottled, I used a very small amount of sugar to prime. The bottles were foaming over when opened and you could taste a bit too much...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-09-2012, 12:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 520
Posted By BLTalpos
Personally, I leave it in secondary for at least...

Personally, I leave it in secondary for at least 4 weeks (usually about 8 weeks). I brewed an English Bitter that turned out a bit too carbonated due to too short a time in secondary.

Have some...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-09-2012, 12:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 227
Posted By BLTalpos
Only if you need an exact ABV. What recipe did...

Only if you need an exact ABV. What recipe did you use? Unless you made your own, most list a target OG. Just use that to get a ballpark idea of where it could be. If you made your own recipe, there...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-08-2012, 06:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 578
Posted By BLTalpos
The only real threat is if it solidifies and...

The only real threat is if it solidifies and sinks to the bottom. Then you have to worry about it burning on the bottom of the pot. That can introduce some off-flavors. Just pour slow and stir and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,059
Posted By BLTalpos
Once your fermentation slows down, you should...

Once your fermentation slows down, you should transfer (aka racking) the beer from your primary to your secondary. Take care to avoid sucking up the sludge at the bottom of the bucket. If you do,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2012, 06:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,059
Posted By BLTalpos
So true

So true
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2012, 06:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,059
Posted By BLTalpos
I'd leave it be. If the airlock is bubbling, you...

I'd leave it be. If the airlock is bubbling, you have fermentation. Every few day you should take a Specific Gravity reading (make sure to sterilize equipment!), and that will give you proof of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2012, 05:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,059
Posted By BLTalpos
OG is Original Gravity. It's obtained by taking a...

OG is Original Gravity. It's obtained by taking a specific gravity reading (I use a hydrometer) after you've cooled your wort, but before pitching the yeast.

Aerating can be achieved by stirring...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-08-2012, 05:44 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,276
Posted By BLTalpos
I'm interested to see these results. Good luck!

I'm interested to see these results. Good luck!
Forum: General Techniques 03-08-2012, 05:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,036
Posted By BLTalpos
I have an Imperial IPA I will be transfering to...

I have an Imperial IPA I will be transfering to secondary (and potentially dry hopping) in 2-3 days. I have about 1 oz. each of three different hop varieties. Two are in pellet form and the third is...
Forum: General Techniques 03-08-2012, 02:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,036
Posted By BLTalpos
Dry Hopping Schedule

Thoughts on using a dry hopping schedule? I usually just add all the hops when I transfer to secondary and leave them in until bottling time. I've read about other people placing different amounts in...
Forum: General Techniques 03-08-2012, 02:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,109
Posted By BLTalpos
Thanks for the explanation. I don't intend on...

Thanks for the explanation. I don't intend on reusing the yeast, so I'll keep that in mind for future brews.
Forum: General Techniques 03-08-2012, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,109
Posted By BLTalpos
The OG was 1.076. I was planning to transfer once...

The OG was 1.076. I was planning to transfer once the fermentation settles down and there's not much change in the gravity.
Forum: General Techniques 03-08-2012, 06:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,109
Posted By BLTalpos
Added Sugar to Imperial IPA At End of Primary

I'm brewing a partial extract Imperial IPA where the recipe called for 1 lbs. of corn sugar to help thin the beer and increase the ABV. Someone told me that you should add the sugar towards the end...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-08-2012, 05:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 659
Posted By BLTalpos
I'd suggest making a blow off tube instead of a...

I'd suggest making a blow off tube instead of a standard airlock. Big beers can overwhelm the small airlock and nobody wants to clean-up their beer before trying it.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2012, 01:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,009
Posted By BLTalpos
Depends on your water quality. I use city water...

Depends on your water quality. I use city water from the faucet and have never had a problem. I've heard some people need to boil if they use well water that might have some bacteria in it.

If...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-01-2012, 02:52 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,377
Posted By BLTalpos
I opened a bottle at a beer tasting and everyone...

I opened a bottle at a beer tasting and everyone agreed it tasted like a campfire that had been put out with maple syrup. The flavors and aromas present changed a bit as the beer warmed too. I would...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-22-2012, 04:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 532
Posted By BLTalpos
Maple Sap Brown Ale?

I'm considering doing a maple sap brown ale, but I need some clarification on a few things.

1.) I've heard of people using maple sap for a pale ale with subtle hops, but never really for a brown...
Forum: Louisiana HomeBrew Forum 12-05-2011, 03:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,344
Posted By BLTalpos
New Orleans Breweries?

I'll be headed to the Big Easy for New Year's and I am not familiar with any craft breweries in that area. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-01-2011, 08:31 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 17,065
Posted By BLTalpos
How long until it's drinkable?

I also plan on attempting a variation of this recipe this weekend. This is my second home brew ever (I just bottled an English pub ale/session pale ale) and I was curious how long people are leaving...
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