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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-19-2013, 04:03 AM
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Posted By scubastan
WOW that is crazy!

WOW that is crazy!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-28-2013, 03:22 AM
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Posted By scubastan
That Link is very useful. Just bookmarked it. ...

That Link is very useful. Just bookmarked it. Thank you Vigo!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-25-2013, 02:52 PM
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Posted By scubastan
Forced Carbing. What am I doing wrong!

Hi Everyone,

I've been trying to force carb for 3 batches now. All with very minimal effect.
Of the 3 beers I have force carb'd, they all have the same problem. Alot of foam and head, but very...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-20-2013, 01:22 AM
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Posted By scubastan
I vote for temperature control as well. It will...

I vote for temperature control as well. It will help you make more consistent beer, and TASTIER beer. I found a used frig that holds 2 6gallon buckets on criagslist for $50.
Then got a temperature...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-20-2013, 01:12 AM
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Posted By scubastan
Hmmm, its hard to narrow it down but we can try. ...

Hmmm, its hard to narrow it down but we can try.

1. Can you give us the exact recipe?
2. Were there any odd smells, colors?
3. What yeast were you using, and at what temperature did you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-16-2013, 07:49 AM
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Posted By scubastan
Depends on how you filtered the beer. Beer...

Depends on how you filtered the beer.
Beer yeast is about 5-10 micron in size. If you filtered out particles smaller then 10 microns then you will have filtered out a good number of your yeast.
...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-20-2012, 05:30 AM
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Posted By scubastan
Yes, especially if you are making beers with a...

Yes, especially if you are making beers with a higher starting gravity.

My favorite part to using a starter is knowing that my beer will start fermenting usually in 4-10 hours depending on my...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-20-2012, 05:00 AM
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Posted By scubastan
my opinion on #4. I recently had to figure...

my opinion on #4.

I recently had to figure something similar to this out, so I thought I would share.

Different Breweries / Brewers use different "Growth Factors". In searching the internet...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-20-2012, 04:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 233
Posted By scubastan
Simple answer is yes. Many different routes...

Simple answer is yes.

Many different routes you can go.. But generally every brew I do uses a starter.
My first 2 batches never used starters. I simply followed the directions of the smack pack...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-16-2012, 01:17 AM
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Posted By scubastan
Question on Stepping up Yeast

Hi Everyone,

I have a question about stepping up yeast.
I have a un-opened vial of Whitelab 004 Irish Ale Yeast.

I plan on brewing a 5.25G Brown Ale with a Starting Gravity of 1.056
...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-26-2012, 02:40 AM
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Posted By scubastan
Agree with Chickypad. Lots of great recipes...

Agree with Chickypad.
Lots of great recipes posted here in HBT. Also easy to find other recipes online. IF you happen to find a commerical beer you really enjoy often times there are recipes that...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-23-2012, 03:24 AM
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Posted By scubastan
If you insulate the probe with foam and put it...

If you insulate the probe with foam and put it next to the side of the fermentor you will get a more accurate gauge of the temperature.
An alternative is to wrap the probe in a ballon or latex...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-23-2012, 03:13 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 156
Posted By scubastan
Yeast / Starter idea + question.

Hey Everyone,
I know there is a ton of information on yeast farming, washing, slanting and storing. I use a few of them already but wanted to try something new.

I realized that a single vial of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-21-2012, 02:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,860
Posted By scubastan
I vote for an old Fridge from Craigslist. I...

I vote for an old Fridge from Craigslist. I just picked one up last weekend for $50. It fits 3 6gallon fermentation buckets or carboys. I don't have to swap ice bottles everyday. Just load the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-21-2012, 01:32 AM
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Posted By scubastan
I got one of those along with a few other...

I got one of those along with a few other thermometers. All of them were not accurate enough for me. If/when you are doing All Grain (AG) the difference of 2-5F can be alot when your trying mash at...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-20-2012, 06:20 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By scubastan
Get a nice 40 gallon tub fill it with 80F water.....

Get a nice 40 gallon tub fill it with 80F water.. then get a Aquarium heater. The extra water in the tub acts as a nice buffer to keep the temp constant. I got both tub and heater for about $20 at...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-20-2012, 06:09 AM
Replies: 7
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Posted By scubastan
Agree with Kwingert. My first 2 brews always...

Agree with Kwingert. My first 2 brews always seemed low on carbonation until I found the priming sugar calculator. It accounts for temperature, carbonation level and the sugar type.

Ever since...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-15-2012, 01:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,266
Posted By scubastan
1. YES. IMHO a temperature controlled...

1. YES. IMHO a temperature controlled fermentation chamber is one of the biggest improvement. BIG ++++ for this.
2. MAYBE. If your happy with the 5gallon pot you have now, then stick with it. A...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-14-2012, 02:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,327
Posted By scubastan
I just recently started using it in my starters...

I just recently started using it in my starters and brews.

For the starters I definitely see a thicker layer of yeast.

For my 5gallon brews I use a 6.5g bucket which has about 3.5inchs of...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-14-2012, 12:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,805
Posted By scubastan
I have done about 8 batches using buckets and...

I have done about 8 batches using buckets and always let them sit no less then three weeks. The longest i've left them in the buckets is 6weeks, without any ill effects.

Just make sure your lid...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-07-2012, 01:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 850
Posted By scubastan
Its a great idea to start different brews and...

Its a great idea to start different brews and stagger them so you always have something to taste, and something to look forward too. I basically do a new brew every 2 weeks so that I now have a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-16-2012, 05:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By scubastan
I found a chest freezer on criagslist for $40. ...

I found a chest freezer on criagslist for $40. Hooked it up to a Johnson Controller and works like a champ! During the winter I use just a large tub of water and aquarium heaters :)
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-15-2012, 03:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,093
Posted By scubastan
If your planning on using this to do sterile work...

If your planning on using this to do sterile work with your yeast then you can do it for about $20-$40. Look up a "still air box" on google. Your 1st result will lead you to a site about growing...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-15-2012, 02:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,004
Posted By scubastan
I initially tried a soda cap too, but it didn't...

I initially tried a soda cap too, but it didn't fit as well. Had to use saran wrap in conjunction with it. After I dumped my vial of yeast into my wort, thats when I noticed the cap might be a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-14-2012, 10:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,004
Posted By scubastan
Fix! for Broken Star San Cap

Broke the little black cap on my bottle of star san earlier today by accidently over tightening it.

Noticed that the Black cap on a vial of Whitelabs Yeast looked like the right size.

Sure...
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