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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-10-2014, 05:58 PM
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Posted By frazier
IMHO, the subject of yeast pitching rates is...

IMHO, the subject of yeast pitching rates is overthought to a great degree. While it is true that you can underpitch (leading to slow starts and stressed yeast), it is very difficult to over-pitch. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-09-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 218
Posted By frazier
Beautiful! I love it when the yeast really...

Beautiful! I love it when the yeast really really REALLY wants to make beer.

Cheers,
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-09-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 218
Posted By frazier
Pics or it didn't happen! You know you're a...

Pics or it didn't happen!

You know you're a homebrewer when you have to mop the ceiling.

Cheers! And welcome to HBT.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-05-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 183
Posted By frazier
Repitching is always problematic - the yeast...

Repitching is always problematic - the yeast needs oxygen for reproduction, but there's none left in the beer, and you don't want to give it to them. That, plus the poisonous environment (low sugar,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-01-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 228
Posted By frazier
Since you'll be boiling it down for another 60...

Since you'll be boiling it down for another 60 minutes, your volume will be low.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-29-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Posted By frazier
And - what reading did you get? What's your...

And - what reading did you get? What's your volume?

My guess is that your expected OG would be somewhere in the vicinity of 1.075. You probably just hadn't mixed the wort well enough. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-29-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 83
Posted By frazier
Good luck with your brew! I remember my...

Good luck with your brew!

I remember my first stout. I used 1084, and it was my first (and only) experience with mopping the ceiling. Of course, this had more to do with my lack of foresight...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 188
Posted By frazier
Honey will boost the alcohol content. So will...

Honey will boost the alcohol content. So will vodka, btw. It will add very little flavor, as it is almost entirely composed of simple sugars that will get eaten by the yeast. You should add it in...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-24-2014, 01:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 135
Posted By frazier
Could be it wasn't done fermenting when you...

Could be it wasn't done fermenting when you bottled. In which case, it was over-primed, and continued to produce CO2.

Putting it in the fridge causes the CO2 to go into solution - so it foams out...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-23-2014, 12:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,010
Posted By frazier
no need to do anything. In another 24 hours...

no need to do anything. In another 24 hours you'll be asking about blowoff tubes....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-22-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 122
Posted By frazier
I grow Cascades, and use them only at the end of...

I grow Cascades, and use them only at the end of the boil. There are lab tests that will determine the AA%; obviously the major producers do this. You could guesstimate a range for bittering, but...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-18-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 197
Posted By frazier
Well, it's a little vague, so it's hard to...

Well, it's a little vague, so it's hard to suggest much. What are you aiming for?

If it were my recipe, and depending on the AA% of the hops, I'd probably use a half ounce at 60 minutes, a half...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-14-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,167
Posted By frazier
I can't argue with results, but personally I'd be...

I can't argue with results, but personally I'd be leery of anything involving boiling coffee. Have you ever tasted boiled coffee? Tastes like carp.

I'd brew some really strong coffee, and add it...
Forum: General Techniques 08-06-2014, 01:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 338
Posted By frazier
Well, it's starting to look like a brilliant idea...

Well, it's starting to look like a brilliant idea that lots of people thought of before me.

Thanks for the feedback!

Cheers,
Forum: General Techniques 08-05-2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 338
Posted By frazier
I guess I did make that claim. Should not have...

I guess I did make that claim. Should not have said 'never'. Better to say, I haven't commonly heard of it in recipes. I did have the Sam Adams IPL recently- not really impressed, but it got me...
Forum: General Techniques 08-05-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 338
Posted By frazier
Dry Hopping and Aging

Conventional wisdom is that dry-hopped beers are best when young. Aging a beer reduces the effect of the flavors and aromas. So, barleywines, Imperial stouts, and lagers of course, never get...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-01-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By frazier
I used 4 oz. of cacao nibs (1 bag) in my choco...

I used 4 oz. of cacao nibs (1 bag) in my choco porter. The result was just a hint - sort of a "depth of darkness" flavor. Discernable as chocolate once you think about it, and know it's there. I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-28-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 632
Posted By frazier
Let it sit another couple weeks. What's the...

Let it sit another couple weeks. What's the rush? If you test in another week and it's still1.017, then go ahead and transfer. But for now, wait.
Forum: American Ale 07-28-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 616
Posted By frazier
I wouldn’t call it toasty or roasty – it’s only a...

I wouldn’t call it toasty or roasty – it’s only a half pound (4%). More of a baking-bread warmth, which goes well with the MO, and contrasts nicely with the cool flavors of the hops.

And yeah,...
Forum: American Ale 07-28-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 616
Posted By frazier
Victory Pale Ale

Grain Bill:

11.5 lbs Marris Otter
0.5 lbs Victory Malt
0.5 lbs White Wheat

Hops:

0.5 oz Simcoe 11.7% 60 min.
0.5 oz Simcoe 11.7% 30 Min
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-27-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 225
Posted By frazier
I'd toss in a ounce - er, I mean 28 g - Start by...

I'd toss in a ounce - er, I mean 28 g - Start by waiting for the kraeusen to drop, then toss the hops in. No need to stir. Give them a week to settle, then bottle.

Cheers!
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 07-27-2014, 04:30 AM
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Posted By frazier
Keg me baby!

Keg me baby!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-27-2014, 01:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 191
Posted By frazier
And eventually, the bubbling will stop...

And eventually, the bubbling will stop altogether. So, time to RDWHAHB.

The yeast are on their own schedule. They didn't read the instructions. Trust the yeast.

Cheers,
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-27-2014, 12:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 191
Posted By frazier
No way you damaged the yeast. You may have...

No way you damaged the yeast. You may have damaged the recipe though.

There's more to a recipe than ABV.

Cheers,
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-22-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 698
Posted By frazier
Not carbed at all? Not even a little "pfft"? ...

Not carbed at all? Not even a little "pfft"?

8.8% ABV is high, but not excessively so. The yeast (what yeast, BTW?) should be able to handle it, if slowly. Give them another 3 weeks (at least!)...
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