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Forum: Extract Brewing 07-20-2006, 08:58 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By chicagobluesman
Splitting a 5 gallon batch into 2 batches

Does anyone have any experience, recommendations, or thoughts on splitting a 5 gallon full wort boil into 2 separate 5 gallon batches. I'm thinking this would be similar to or replicate boiling a...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-20-2006, 08:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 808
Posted By chicagobluesman
Midwest kit

Midwestsupplies.com has a great Oktoberfest/Marzen kit. If you're looking to serve this beer around Sept/Oct you're a little late. It really starts to mature around 6 months. I just tasted a batch...
Forum: General Techniques 06-06-2006, 06:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 927
Posted By chicagobluesman
Thanks all!

Thanks. Yes, while doing some research yesterday I've decided I'm going to start using a yeast starter. I've much success to date without it, but I may as well improve technique where I can. ...
Forum: General Techniques 06-06-2006, 05:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 927
Posted By chicagobluesman
Improving Attenuation - HELP

Hello Beer Friends,
I have just finished a repeat of one of my award winning (humble version) of my Oktoberfest.
However, I was expecting a TG = 1.012-1.014, but yielded a TG = 1.022.
Essentially,...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-16-2005, 07:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 632
Posted By chicagobluesman
space at top

Make sure you gave yourself enough space at the top of the larger bottle for carbonation process.

I believe, the larger the bottle, the more space you need to leave.

Take a look at a...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-16-2005, 07:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,428
Posted By chicagobluesman
5 cents

If you are in Oregon and have a network of folks that get Grolsch style bottles returned to their store, they will happily sell them for 5 cents (the deposit amount). It doesn't happen often, but...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-16-2005, 07:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,059
Posted By chicagobluesman
flip vs. screw tops

Just make sure they are Grolsch flip style lids. I've heard that growlers with screw tops lids might have some problems (too much leaking, not strong enough, etc...)

But maybe someone else here...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-16-2005, 07:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,681
Posted By chicagobluesman
3 x 3 liters!!

Howdy, I am fortunate enough to have just landed one of those Oaked Arrogant Bastard 3 liters from the Belmont Station in Portland.

Can't wait to crack that bad boy!

But..... I also came...
Forum: General Techniques 11-09-2005, 07:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,446
Posted By chicagobluesman
Thar' she blows...

Howdy all - making a Red Hook ESB Clone and I just had my first 'blow over' of foam out of the fermenter lock in initial fermentation.

It occured after about 4 days in the initial fermenter. ...
Forum: General Techniques 11-06-2005, 05:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 473
Posted By chicagobluesman
went for it any way.....

Ok....well I know I just posted this and I should've posted it sooner, but I decided to go ahead and bottle this batch.

There was a good amount of sediment on the bottom of secondary.

Yes,...
Forum: General Techniques 11-06-2005, 04:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 473
Posted By chicagobluesman
Stuck Gravity, but bubbling...what a conundrum!

SO I'm making a coffee porter. I use a nice extract porter recipe with 8# of malts (mixed LME and DME). NO coffee was used in the brewing process.

My O.G. = 1.028, I think pretty low for 8#'s. ...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-07-2005, 04:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,687
Posted By chicagobluesman
Growler glass stength

I've recently inquired with several local brewers about using growlers for homebrewing and the concern they expressed was that the strength of the glass growler may not be strong enough for bottle...
Forum: General Techniques 06-02-2005, 02:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,271
Posted By chicagobluesman
Thanks and the blues.....

I'm going to try a mix of all the recommendations I've received and hopefully do a little more homework over the weekend. Now about the blues...

I'm a Chicago native who 'Couldn't Stand the...
Forum: General Techniques 06-01-2005, 05:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,271
Posted By chicagobluesman
DeRoux, thanks!

DeRoux, that's exactly the kind of information I was needing. Even with the several brew books I have, none really addressed those specific questions. I'm pretty excited to give my Oktoberfest a...
Forum: General Techniques 05-31-2005, 08:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,271
Posted By chicagobluesman
Lagering... Questions....

Howdy,
I'm considering making my first lager.

Questions:
1. Does the 'lagering' process occur while still in the fermenter? or in your bottles after bottling? (don't laugh).

2. When...
Forum: General Techniques 05-31-2005, 04:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,232
Posted By chicagobluesman
Thanks all end of thread please

Yes, I killed the yeast with heat. Rookie mistake.

Let's move on to solving other problems now..... Prost!

Chicagobluesman
Forum: General Techniques 05-26-2005, 02:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,232
Posted By chicagobluesman
OK, Yep, I might have fried the yeast....

Ok. Thanks for the responses. I really don't know what I was thinking, but I heated up the yeast and mix in a small pot on the stove for about 5 minutes thinking this would help 'accelerate' the...
Forum: General Techniques 05-26-2005, 05:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,232
Posted By chicagobluesman
Wyeast Smack Pack didn't bust and now isn't activating!! Help

Ok, I know I saw a thread regarding the Wyeast Smack Packs, but I have a slightly different problem.
a. The pack never broke when 'smacked'.
b. I pitched the yeast and activator into a small pot...
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