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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-15-2014, 05:58 PM
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Posted By mcbethenstein
You are on the right track. I make real caramels...

You are on the right track. I make real caramels as well and the biggest thing there is to wipe down the sides of the pot. If stirred too much afterward or if even a single crystal remains it becomes...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-15-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,534
Posted By mcbethenstein
Here's my final update on the Saison. I have not...

Here's my final update on the Saison. I have not yet had time to brew my Hefe... But my basement is pretty close to optimal temp for a well controlled Hefe at 63-66F. I served the saison keg at...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-07-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,534
Posted By mcbethenstein
Not a link, but the 2nd photo in the first post...

Not a link, but the 2nd photo in the first post is the chart. It's from "brewing with wheat" mid chapter in the German Hefeweizen section.


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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-07-2014, 04:46 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,534
Posted By mcbethenstein
Here are some photos from the transfer. Seriously...

Here are some photos from the transfer. Seriously easiest transfer I've had in a long time. I put the fermenter up on my freezer yesterday to let it settle before moving to keg. Yeast cake was well...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-05-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,534
Posted By mcbethenstein
If my new Refractometer is calibrated correctly...

If my new Refractometer is calibrated correctly and I can trust the online calculators for SG conversion from brix, I'm at final gravity. 1.003 or 1.004. I'll transfer to keg and take a hydrometer...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-31-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,534
Posted By mcbethenstein
At this point I'd put money on the geometry over...

At this point I'd put money on the geometry over open factor. I've done a number of open fermentations, all in a 7 gallon bucket with lid offset by an inch, lid completely off with my filter bag...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-31-2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,407
Posted By mcbethenstein
My update on the saison. I left the fermenter...

My update on the saison. I left the fermenter open for about 18 hours. On Tuesday night I closed it as the krausen was starting to compact and I wanted the yeast to develop a nice CO2 blanket over...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-31-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,534
Posted By mcbethenstein
Open fermentation in a plastic DIY Coolship

My update on the saison. This morning the fermenter is sitting happily at 74 F, a nice temperature for a saison. The aroma is extremely estery, but in the best way. Krausen has started to fall, and...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-31-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,534
Posted By mcbethenstein
I question that as well, since a few times...

I question that as well, since a few times "brewing with wheat" referenced franzisksner doing taste trials with their Hefe and the average consumer not being able to tell the difference as well as...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-31-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,534
Posted By mcbethenstein
For this saison, I wasn't ready to leave it fully...

For this saison, I wasn't ready to leave it fully open. It was cracked, but my basement is a typical basement and the wort needed a little protection from the elements, while still allowing for...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-31-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,534
Posted By mcbethenstein
I know it's NOT really a coolship, but what else...

I know it's NOT really a coolship, but what else do you call a shallow flat open fermenter?


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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-30-2014, 02:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,407
Posted By mcbethenstein
Instead of a fish tank I went with a food safe...

Instead of a fish tank I went with a food safe air/water resistant sterilite 13.5 gallon bin. Looks to be working beautifully. This is a saison in there now. Next up my Hefe recipe. 214359
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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-30-2014, 02:39 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,534
Posted By mcbethenstein
A few more of the hop drive and skimming. The...

A few more of the hop drive and skimming. The krausen wasn't as high tonight, so I sealed the fermenter. The aroma was brilliant. Phenolic, spicy, fruity, cherries, citrusy perhaps from hops, very...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-30-2014, 12:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,251
Posted By mcbethenstein
I skipped the second build up and pitched just...

I skipped the second build up and pitched just the 1/2 L starter into my saison in a modified open fermentation. The following picture is of the hop drive and beautiful krausen at 12 hours since...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-29-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,534
Posted By mcbethenstein
Open fermentation in a plastic DIY Coolship

Over the last 3 years I have been perfecting my Hefe. It's good, but not where I want it to be. I've run experiments on pitching rate, fermentation temperature, open vs closed fermentation, yeast...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-23-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,044
Posted By mcbethenstein
Yes, it will be worth the trip. The dry stuff...

Yes, it will be worth the trip. The dry stuff does in a pinch, but there is much better Hefe expression from the liquid yeast. Grab the 3068, or look into White Labs 380 if your LHS has it... It's my...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-23-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,251
Posted By mcbethenstein
Thanks, I have great activity on this stuff. I'm...

Thanks, I have great activity on this stuff. I'm glad I was able to salvage some from my extremely old keg (brewed in January, kegged early Feb). I will do a second step, since I had so little to...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-22-2014, 02:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,251
Posted By mcbethenstein
Sorry to bring this thread back, but how did the...

Sorry to bring this thread back, but how did the next batch go? Were there any issues using the old(er) yeast?

I'm looking to rebrew a fantastic saison that was just finished at a festival. My...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-02-2014, 04:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,808
Posted By mcbethenstein
Sorry to dig this up from the dead, but does...

Sorry to dig this up from the dead, but does anyone have any updates on how this is compared to a "standard" hefe? Does the munich change the yeast expression? did anyone do a side by side taste test...
Forum: Brew Science 06-30-2014, 03:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,660
Posted By mcbethenstein
Anyone have full access to the 2nd article and...

Anyone have full access to the 2nd article and want to post the charts? I'm interested in figure 2. pH & FA. Thanks... I feel like I've seen this before, but I can't read it.


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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-19-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 15,229
Posted By mcbethenstein
Sorry to bring this back from the dead.... But...

Sorry to bring this back from the dead.... But did anyone try the recipe in the book? Is it close? Thoughts on changes you would make? It seems a little high on the IBUs compared to my memory of...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-19-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,438
Posted By mcbethenstein
Sorry to bring this back from the dead a year +...

Sorry to bring this back from the dead a year + later, but I'm curious to know how everything turned out. I'm looking to make a xingu clone, and would like to know your thoughts on how your recipe...
Forum: For Sale 12-30-2013, 02:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 758
Posted By mcbethenstein
Is this still available? I know it's been a while.

Is this still available? I know it's been a while.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-07-2013, 06:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,215
Posted By mcbethenstein
I've used and liked both commercial liquid...

I've used and liked both commercial liquid yeasts. I can not remember what yeast I used on my very first cider ever, but it was a dry yeast, and it was not that good.

White Labs WL775 English...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-15-2013, 02:00 PM
Replies: 1,803
Views: 307,825
Posted By mcbethenstein
I would like to add that a sterile plate filter...

I would like to add that a sterile plate filter used correctly should also filter out any remaining/viable yeast. I kegged, filtered, then back sweetened and have had a keg sitting at basement temp...
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