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Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-08-2006, 02:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 907
Posted By Shambolic
Round of applause for Walker's missus! *clap clap...

Round of applause for Walker's missus! *clap clap clap*
You can't ask for any better than that...

:)
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-08-2006, 02:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 694
Posted By Shambolic
What was your recipe (including yeast)? There's...

What was your recipe (including yeast)? There's really no advice anyone can give you without a lot more information.
Forum: General Techniques 07-08-2006, 01:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,463
Posted By Shambolic
I always seem to get some airlock water leaking...

I always seem to get some airlock water leaking into my brew, and haven't had a problem yet. :)
Forum: General Techniques 07-08-2006, 01:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,308
Posted By Shambolic
I don't think it would be as effective. From...

I don't think it would be as effective. From what (little) I know, the yeast is an important part of the lagering process. You leave quite a bit of yeast behind in the secondary when you bottle...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-07-2006, 04:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,243
Posted By Shambolic
Higher temperatures will give lower specific...

Higher temperatures will give lower specific gravity readings, so the true reading is actually higher by a couple of points!

This is quite baffling. Perhaps the DME/LME were measured in...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-07-2006, 04:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,784
Posted By Shambolic
To brew in summer I half-fill the bath with cold...

To brew in summer I half-fill the bath with cold tap water and sit the fermenter in there. That keeps the temperature reasonable. You will get fluctuations of about 4-5 deg F as it warms up during...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-07-2006, 03:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 578
Posted By Shambolic
Yes, long-term (4-6 months or longer) ageing in...

Yes, long-term (4-6 months or longer) ageing in the bottles makes a world of difference. I usually get 2-2.5 slabs (cases) of 375mL/330mL bottles from one batch, and I try to put one slab away for...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-03-2006, 02:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 720
Posted By Shambolic
Yep: don't brew a barley wine for your second...

Yep: don't brew a barley wine for your second brew!

You'd be much better off sticking to simple styles like pale ales for your first few batches. Once you understand the brewing process better,...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-03-2006, 02:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,661
Posted By Shambolic
Hehe...I was going to point that out. Most...

Hehe...I was going to point that out.

Most of the beers I brew are in the 4.5-5.5% range. I think that's about right usually - you get both the taste and the intoxicating effects of alcohol, but...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-30-2006, 02:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 706
Posted By Shambolic
I just leave my DME in the bag it came in, but...

I just leave my DME in the bag it came in, but fold the top over, and sit it on a shelf. Never had a problem with it hardening or anything else.
Same with irish moss - I can't see why it would need...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-29-2006, 04:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 643
Posted By Shambolic
I don't think so. From what I've read on here...

I don't think so. From what I've read on here and elsewhere, being served with the yeast is part of the distinctive flavour of some wheat beers.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-29-2006, 04:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 734
Posted By Shambolic
My Stormy Night Porter fits the bill, except for...

My Stormy Night Porter fits the bill, except for the hops, and is quite straightforward. I don't have my brew book here right now, but can certainly post the recipe tomorrow.

My version of it had...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-29-2006, 04:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 414
Posted By Shambolic
Who is Pete Moss? Anyway... That does...

Who is Pete Moss?

Anyway...

That does seem like too much crystal for a pale ale. Maybe halve it, and add another pound of DME to get your gravity up. It wouldn't hurt to have a bit more...
Forum: General Techniques 06-29-2006, 04:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 877
Posted By Shambolic
I'm curious about this too. Last brew took...

I'm curious about this too. Last brew took forever to start (I had it too cold), so I went and bought more yeast at LHBS. The girl also sold me a packet of nutrient to try to get things moving. I...
Forum: General Techniques 06-29-2006, 04:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 22,061
Posted By Shambolic
Okay. I guess it's fairly useless to me without...

Okay. I guess it's fairly useless to me without converting, as we use Celcius here in Oz!

I have a maths degree, and I find something a bit strange about the two formulae. Are you sure that the...
Forum: Extract Brewing 06-29-2006, 04:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,319
Posted By Shambolic
No, they don't. :)

No, they don't.
:)
Forum: General Techniques 06-28-2006, 02:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 22,061
Posted By Shambolic
Maybe you just typed the wrong thing, but that...

Maybe you just typed the wrong thing, but that should be:

=1.313454-0.132674*t+2.057793*2.71828-3*t^2-2.627634*2.71828-6*t^3

where ^ means "to the power of"

Other than that, I really have...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-27-2006, 04:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 887
Posted By Shambolic
Wow, that's freaky-obsessive. I think just...

Wow, that's freaky-obsessive.

I think just about everything alluded to in this thread is overkill. From my experience, it's just not that easy to infect your beer.

And Flucky, I only once...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-27-2006, 04:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,552
Posted By Shambolic
My plastic primary always retains a sharp odour. ...

My plastic primary always retains a sharp odour. I have tried detergent, as well as the sanitiser I use. As far as I can tell, it doesn't really affect the beer in an adverse way (although I don't...
Forum: General Techniques 06-27-2006, 04:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,264
Posted By Shambolic
If you want to knock it up a notch, give it a...

If you want to knock it up a notch, give it a blast from your spice weasel. BAM!
Forum: Extract Brewing 06-27-2006, 03:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,319
Posted By Shambolic
I switched over to bulk priming a few batches...

I switched over to bulk priming a few batches ago. It's much easier, and once you've done a few batches, you have quite a bit of control over the amount of carbonation you get.
Forum: Extract Brewing 06-26-2006, 02:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 679
Posted By Shambolic
Perhaps more suitable for the "Drunken Ramblings...

Perhaps more suitable for the "Drunken Ramblings and Mindless Mutterings" forum?
:p :D

Sounds like it's all going very well though. Good to hear!
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-26-2006, 02:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,755
Posted By Shambolic
I use 2 tsp. and have had good results.

I use 2 tsp. and have had good results.
Forum: Extract Brewing 06-26-2006, 02:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 640
Posted By Shambolic
I really like my second attempt at my Lobrau...

I really like my second attempt at my Lobrau Amber. I don't have my brewing diary here, but it's simple anyway, and if you don't do exactly the same thing it doesn't matter too much. Try something...
Forum: Extract Brewing 06-26-2006, 12:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 859
Posted By Shambolic
Caramelisation vs. Fermentability

The wisdom seems to be (and I have begun doing this lately) to add a large portion of your extract late in the boil, to avoid caramelisation. The usual reason given for wanting to avoid this is to...
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