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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-08-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,688
Posted By rrayriver
If you want to understand the impact of...

If you want to understand the impact of cohumulone, do what I did. Take an IPA recipe where you have used Columbus for bittering (as many do) and substitute Horizon or Simcoe for your bittering hop...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-08-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,967
Posted By rrayriver
I brew a lot of IPA's and depending on what I am...

I brew a lot of IPA's and depending on what I am going for, I always look at the cohumulone levels in hops I am using. It makes a huge difference. Cohumulone has the a strong bite and lingers on...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-09-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 217
Posted By rrayriver
Thanks. Would you mind briefly explaining how you...

Thanks. Would you mind briefly explaining how you add a style on Beersmith? I can't find anything on that.


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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-09-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 217
Posted By rrayriver
Mash PH question

Does anyone know of a user friendly tool/spreadsheet where you can enter your water profile and it gives you recommended adjustments for a specific style you are brewing. Beersmith gives you major...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-20-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 23,040
Posted By rrayriver
Could you share that recipe or share a link to...

Could you share that recipe or share a link to it? Thanks
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-07-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 911
Posted By rrayriver
All very good information. Here are the answers...

All very good information. Here are the answers to the questions posed:
It was a 10 gallon AG recipe -I started from a Yeti clone and made some modifications
I pitched the recommended 2-2 liter...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-06-2014, 03:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 911
Posted By rrayriver
Should I add oxygen to my poorly attenuating Imperial Stout?

The OG of my Imperial Stout was 1.088. After eight days I am at 1.026. Should I add some oxygen using a stone or rouse the yeast to get it down further? I am aiming at 1.014-using WLP001. (Since...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-20-2013, 04:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 937
Posted By rrayriver
White Labs Response

I posed the same question to White Labs support and this was their response:

I would recommend using yeast from the bottom of the primary fermenter rather than yeast that has sat in StarSan for...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-19-2013, 03:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 937
Posted By rrayriver
Using blow off yeast

So I have a raging fermenter that collected a great deal of yeast into the pitcher of Star San. I also have some bottles of an imperial stout that never carbonated after nearly a year. Could I use...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-21-2013, 12:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 325
Posted By rrayriver
I would first try to give a rigorous swirl and...

I would first try to give a rigorous swirl and raise the temp. I usually get a bit out of that alone. If that's not enough, the most aggressive action you can take that has worked for me with stuck...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-21-2013, 12:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 670
Posted By rrayriver
That makes the most sense. I forgot "trappist"...

That makes the most sense. I forgot "trappist" was a regulated term and abbey is a style term. Locale of brewing is the difference. Thanks!!!
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-11-2013, 03:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,226
Posted By rrayriver
Final Result

Being that so many people contributed and that there might be other who wish to clone The Three Philosophers, I thought I'd post a final update-something you dont see much of on this forum. After...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-11-2013, 03:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 670
Posted By rrayriver
Abbey or Trappist yeast???

Will someone please shed some light on why many ABBEY dubbel recipes, eg., Ommegang Abbey uses TRAPPIST yeast (WLP500 or Wy1214) and Orval TRAPPIST recipes use ABBEY ale yeast (WLP530 or Wy3522)? ...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-31-2013, 12:32 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 12,411
Posted By rrayriver
I am currently brewing the Three Philosophers. I...

I am currently brewing the Three Philosophers. I have the quad in the secondary and am adding sterilized (not boiled) cherries to condition for a few weeks. My plan is to add Lindeman's Kriek to...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-31-2013, 12:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,226
Posted By rrayriver
Cernst, Thanks for that invaluable tip! Much...

Cernst,
Thanks for that invaluable tip! Much appreciated! Since you seem to know about how to handle fruit, do you have a sense of the cherries effect on bottling? Should I reduce the amount of...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-28-2013, 03:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,226
Posted By rrayriver
Final Update on stuck quad: I got it down to...

Final Update on stuck quad: I got it down to 1.013-PERFECT! It comes in at 9.2 ABV-right where I wanted it. Sounds like the answer to my question, at least in this case, was adding yeast hulls,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-23-2013, 01:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,226
Posted By rrayriver
Update on the stuck quad: I conducted the above...

Update on the stuck quad: I conducted the above (add yeast hulls, make a starter with high gravity yeast with nutrient and pitch) and it was very active for over three days and got down to 1.019. ...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-23-2013, 01:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,226
Posted By rrayriver
GuldTuborg, I appreciate the thought on the...

GuldTuborg,
I appreciate the thought on the exploding bottles. This has been the topic of discussion with several fellow brewer friends and havent come up with a certain result. The Lindemans I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-18-2013, 04:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,226
Posted By rrayriver
Thanks for all the thoughts. Brewing is like...

Thanks for all the thoughts. Brewing is like religion, so many opinions and most assume they are right. That's what I like about it...the mystery. And everyone's advice has a life philosophy...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-17-2013, 04:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,226
Posted By rrayriver
Quad stuck at 1.046-help!

Im usually loyal to White Labs, but this time I tried the Wyeast 3787 Trappist for my quad. pitched a starter and I got good action right away but only for two days. I check gravity and I've been...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-15-2012, 03:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 821
Posted By rrayriver
No Carbonation after two weeks in bottles

I usually get well carbonated beer after two weeks. My golden strong is still flat. No I typically lager all my beer for two weeks to clean up and clarify, then since its so clear (yeast dropping...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-16-2012, 06:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By rrayriver
I mashed at 160 for a sweeter finish like...

I mashed at 160 for a sweeter finish like Lagunitas.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-16-2012, 06:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By rrayriver
Because I have brewed this recipe before. Grain...

Because I have brewed this recipe before. Grain bill is :
12 lbs pale
1lb crystal 40
1lb crystal 15
1lb Munich
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-16-2012, 06:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By rrayriver
It was first measurement, but it has been...

It was first measurement, but it has been inactive for about 4 days.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-16-2012, 04:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By rrayriver
My IPA only got 60% attenuation

After a week of fermentation at a consistent 70 degrees (surrounded by water) I only got 60% attenuation using WLP001. My gravity is 1.029 and should be around 1.015ish. My OG was 1.073. I pitched...
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