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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast Yesterday, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By cernst151
In case anybody was wondering that stout has been...

In case anybody was wondering that stout has been sitting in my basement in bottles for about a year now and has really mellowed out. I mean, 2 of them and you're done for the night but you can...
Forum: General Techniques Yesterday, 01:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 707
Posted By cernst151
There's no way your water pressure is too low to...

There's no way your water pressure is too low to use a wort chiller. If it flows at all it will do the job. On my last few batches I've just hooked them up to my rain barrel, which is raised about...
Forum: Sponsor Showcase 07-22-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 374
Views: 4,490
Posted By cernst151
I'm always up for a new way to avoid...

I'm always up for a new way to avoid contamination. This would be especially good when brewing lambics.
Forum: General Techniques 07-22-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 707
Posted By cernst151
I like a nice bitter IPA and have made some...

I like a nice bitter IPA and have made some pretty massive DIPA's, including one with a full pound of hops, and have never put even a full oz in at 60 min. To do 2oz at 60 and another 2oz at 45min...
Forum: Hops Growing 07-22-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 175
Posted By cernst151
I've got 2 hop mounds which started with about 4...

I've got 2 hop mounds which started with about 4 rhizomes each. The first year I got enough to cover half of my hops for 1 IPA. The second year I got plenty for 1 DIPA, and I really didn't have to...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-22-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 594
Views: 2,658
Posted By cernst151
Sign me up, though what I'd really like is one of...

Sign me up, though what I'd really like is one of your FastFerment's. I just have a hard time justifying the price. :(
Forum: Cider Forum 07-22-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 122
Posted By cernst151
I've done several batches of cider and never used...

I've done several batches of cider and never used sulfates. Technically using them increases shelf life but I've found some really old ciders sitting on my shelf and they were just fine. Even when...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-18-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 237
Posted By cernst151
I don't know about wine must but there's another...

I don't know about wine must but there's another chain on HBT about doing a graff where you add grains and hops to cider. That might be a good place to start.
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Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-18-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,080
Posted By cernst151
I did a pretty killer Strawberry Rhubarb Lambic a...

I did a pretty killer Strawberry Rhubarb Lambic a couple years ago. It was great. In a 5 gallon batch I added 7.5 lbs of strawberries and 2.5 lbs of rhubarb to tertiary. I think in the future I'd...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-18-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 82,472
Posted By cernst151
Pb2

Did you think the 2 cans (I assume you used the 6.5oz cans not the 1lb cans) provided enough PB flavor? Could you detect any chocolate with only 8oz of nibs?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-16-2013, 02:05 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,195
Posted By cernst151
I bought this one recently and it works great. ...

I bought this one recently and it works great.
http://www.kitchenwindow.com/browse.cfm/digital-candy-deep-fry-thermometer/4,2842.html

Clips firmly to the side of the kettle, reasonably long so it...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-03-2013, 09:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,685
Posted By cernst151
Thank you to the OP and everyone who's actually...

Thank you to the OP and everyone who's actually doing something to reduce their water usage. I don't think most people ever really consider how scarce fresh water really is and how bad it will be...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-03-2013, 08:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,389
Posted By cernst151
Brewing an Irish Red on the 4th. Possibly...

Brewing an Irish Red on the 4th. Possibly bottling my Surly Furious clone, watching my coffee stout bubble and hopefully getting my champagne (real champagne, not the champagne of beers) into...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-03-2013, 06:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,027
Posted By cernst151
I don't know why you would be getting a taste...

I don't know why you would be getting a taste difference between keg and bottle, though certainly when the yeast ferment sugar they also eat up some other compounds as well (that's why we add dry...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-03-2013, 02:07 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 15,577
Posted By cernst151
Vacuum sealers are great but expensive. Before I...

Vacuum sealers are great but expensive. Before I started brewing I used Ziploc vacuum bags to store my garden veggies through the winter. Now I use them to store hops. This is a great way to go if...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-20-2013, 04:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 280
Posted By cernst151
Too much alcohol

I've got a coffee stout that was supposed to stop fermenting at 1.02 or so but I got a stuck fermentation so among other things I added Saison yeast to get it moving. It got moving alright. It...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-12-2013, 01:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 277
Posted By cernst151
Let us know how it goes.

Let us know how it goes.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-11-2013, 01:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 277
Posted By cernst151
I'd say add both but maybe start with a little...

I'd say add both but maybe start with a little under half of what each recommends. If I remember correctly my yeast energizer recommended 1/2 tsp per gallon. I'm not sure if it's necessary but I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-10-2013, 10:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 277
Posted By cernst151
I had a stuck fermentation recently. It sat at...

I had a stuck fermentation recently. It sat at 1.036 for about 2 weeks. I added a half cup of sugar and 2tsp of yeast energizer and it kicked things back into gear and got down to my target 1.015...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-31-2013, 09:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,226
Posted By cernst151
rrayriver, You don't want to add the cherries...

rrayriver,
You don't want to add the cherries at bottling. You have no way of knowing how much sugar is in them so you'll inevitably end up with either bottle bombs or flat beer. You want to put...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-29-2013, 01:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 645
Posted By cernst151
Beerculese, If you feel 1.01 is still too high...

Beerculese,
If you feel 1.01 is still too high I'd still suggest adding some yeast energizer. I added it with a half cup of sugar which gave the yeast something easy to munch on and woke them up...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-29-2013, 01:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,226
Posted By cernst151
rrayriver, Don't boil your cherries. If you...

rrayriver,
Don't boil your cherries. If you boil fruit you're going to create pectin which will cloud your beer but more importantly you're going to negatively effect the flavor of your cherries. ...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-22-2013, 09:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,226
Posted By cernst151
rrayriver, I like your attitude. It is...

rrayriver,
I like your attitude. It is interesting the wide variety of perspectives you get here.

One thing you didn't mention is how long it's been "stuck". When you move to secondary...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-22-2013, 09:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 645
Posted By cernst151
I wouldn't worry at 10 days but if it goes to...

I wouldn't worry at 10 days but if it goes to 15-20 you might be stuck. Are you brewing extract or grain. If you're using grain it's possible your mash temp was high and you've got a lot of...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-22-2013, 06:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 289
Posted By cernst151
Great news! I added 3/4 cup of table sugar along...

Great news! I added 3/4 cup of table sugar along with 2.5tsp yeast energizer http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/yeast-energizer.html to the primary fermentation on the 16th. Of course I boiled it...
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