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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-08-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 70
Posted By SpeedYellow
Personally, I don't see a big difference among...

Personally, I don't see a big difference among the lager strains, and I brew mostly lagers. As we all know, lagers are supposed to be clean fermenters with no yeast-induced flavors or aromas. So...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-08-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 246
Posted By SpeedYellow
Skip the secondary; it accomplishes nothing that...

Skip the secondary; it accomplishes nothing that your keg can't do. Kolsch is a quick-turnaround beer, so throw it in a keg, hook up the CO2, and give it a week or two then drink up. May want to...
Forum: Brew Science 07-07-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 329
Posted By SpeedYellow
Quick question on adjusting mash pH

If you make a mash with each malt and distilled water, you'll get a certain pH, lets say 5.7 for pilsner malt and 5.4 for crystal 20. This is the main input in the calculators. But instead of...
Forum: Brew Science 07-07-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 329
Posted By SpeedYellow
Some find the estimates accurate, others do not. ...

Some find the estimates accurate, others do not. Does your base malt have a distilled water pH equal to the baseline assumption for that malt in the software? If you can't answer that, then you...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-07-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 140
Posted By SpeedYellow
Indeed part of the reason to lager is for the...

Indeed part of the reason to lager is for the beer to clarify. And it will clarify just fine in a keg. Transferring to a secondary fermenter before kegging doesn't do anything useful.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-07-2014, 03:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,069
Posted By SpeedYellow
Basic Brewing and Beersmith are both great...

Basic Brewing and Beersmith are both great podcasts. The hosts on BrewingNetwork / Brewing With Style / Brew Strong are intolerable, immature douchebags. They have minimum quotas per show of 3...
Forum: General Techniques 07-05-2014, 12:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 248
Posted By SpeedYellow
It's said that Chloride helps accentuate...

It's said that Chloride helps accentuate maltiness, but your recipe is much much more important that the modest presence of minerals like Cl. So focus on ingredients.

And ditch the pH 5.2 idea. ...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-01-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,222
Posted By SpeedYellow
$40 Coleman Xtreme 36-70 qt cooler $10 braided...

$40 Coleman Xtreme 36-70 qt cooler
$10 braided toilet supply line
$10 misc tubing and connectors to braided line
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$60 total cost to go all grain

All-grain is far cheaper than a kegging...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-29-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 763
Posted By SpeedYellow
How will you revise the recipe to give it a...

How will you revise the recipe to give it a sweeter finish? I'm considering a similar beer and have been pondering this.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-29-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 85
Posted By SpeedYellow
Search youtube for the video "Perspective on...

Search youtube for the video "Perspective on brewing Berliner Weisse" and a guy from Wyeast covers this. The answer is: Wyeast 2124 if you want a lager yeast or 1007 for an ale yeast.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-26-2014, 11:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 304
Posted By SpeedYellow
Sinamar in black ipa, product questions

^^^ That's the way to do it!! Presumably that's Carafa III dehusked.
Forum: General Techniques 06-26-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 788
Posted By SpeedYellow
I see the trub vs. no trub as somewhat a...

I see the trub vs. no trub as somewhat a different issue. The two issues are (1) does boiling that milled flour in the brew kettle impact the beer, and then (2) do you allow that flour to eventually...
Forum: General Techniques 06-26-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 788
Posted By SpeedYellow
How to Improve

In my experience, the main factors in improving your beer are (1) fermentation temperature control, (2) good recipe, and (3) good soft chlorine-free water. Other factors are secondary.
The BIAB...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-25-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,256
Posted By SpeedYellow
I've found the neodymium magnets to be...

I've found the neodymium magnets to be suboptimal, since they simply couldn't hold strongly enough. If you have to spend over $15 to get big strong magnets, that's no good either.

All it takes...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-25-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 823
Posted By SpeedYellow
Ever tried your suggestion? You'll find that you...

Ever tried your suggestion? You'll find that you can pour quite a bit of beer after you've shut off the CO2. And once the flow stops, give it a few hours and you'll be pouring again.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-25-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,699
Posted By SpeedYellow
Yes, you SHOULD be hesitant! Threads linking...

Yes, you SHOULD be hesitant! Threads linking Citra to cat piss go back years. Here's one from 4 years ago:
https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=3240.0

Just google...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-25-2014, 12:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 239
Posted By SpeedYellow
Presumably you're using Briess smoked malt, and...

Presumably you're using Briess smoked malt, and you won't taste any smokiness from that until you're up above 20% of grist. Yes, seriously. BTDT.

Otherwise, get rid of that Black Patent and...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-24-2014, 11:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 201
Posted By SpeedYellow
Wyeast 3711 will eat through anything and...

Wyeast 3711 will eat through anything and everything, so it really doesn't much matter what grains you use. And consequently, every beer from 3711 will taste pretty similar, as 3711 throws off...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-24-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 346
Posted By SpeedYellow
Thanks. But even if the IR thermometer is only...

Thanks. But even if the IR thermometer is only reading the surface of the glass, it still may be as good or better than the stick-on strips. The strips can be tough to read, and have a resolution of...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-23-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 346
Posted By SpeedYellow
If you ferment in a bucket then an IR thermometer...

If you ferment in a bucket then an IR thermometer is useless since it would just measure the surface temp of the outside of the bucket. Useless.

However, if you ferment in glass, then it would...
Forum: Brew Science 06-23-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 74
Posted By SpeedYellow
I brew a lot of rauchbier and yes, smoked malt...

I brew a lot of rauchbier and yes, smoked malt has a lower pH than normal malt. And home-smoked malt has a pH even lower. I've found that Weyermann smoked malt has a distilled water pH of 5.45 -...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-23-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 445
Posted By SpeedYellow
Your problem is that your freezer is holding at...

Your problem is that your freezer is holding at ~50F or whatever you've set it to. Cooling to that will take forever. So you have two options: (1) bypass the t'stat or simply set the probe outside...
Forum: Brew Science 06-21-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,481
Posted By SpeedYellow
You must not have spent much time on this site...

You must not have spent much time on this site then, because complaints about homebrew shops grinding too coarse abound. Heck, even one of the (or the single) largest homebrew suppliers (NB) is...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-21-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,239
Posted By SpeedYellow
Is Craft Beer Underpriced

Nathan doesn't seem to be an economics expert, and his conclusions don't follow his arguments. By pointing to particular beers or breweries that sell out quickly, the answer is to raise prices on...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-21-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 549
Posted By SpeedYellow
EZ Water v. Bru'n Water

Either can work well -- it mainly depends on how close your particular malts (esp. the base malt) resembles the malt they used to calibrate the equations. There is no "correct" pH for a malt, so...
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