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Forum: Brew Science 08-09-2014, 03:41 AM
Replies: 25
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Posted By J-Drew
+1 on checking your sparging water.

+1 on checking your sparging water.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-11-2013, 03:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 615
Posted By J-Drew
I also find the wording confusing. With that...

I also find the wording confusing. With that said, I don't have any idea in what it means by "2nd stage," so I don't know why it recommends adding more yeast. To me, it seems like an unnecessary...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-17-2013, 01:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 688
Posted By J-Drew
And of course, just when I give up, the scores...

And of course, just when I give up, the scores show up in the mail (postmarked October 15).
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-14-2013, 03:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 688
Posted By J-Drew
Thanks for replying. I guess something must have...

Thanks for replying. I guess something must have happened with mine. At least I won't keep looking for them in the mail and wondering when they'll show up.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-12-2013, 11:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 688
Posted By J-Drew
Has anyone else gotten score sheets yet? If so,...

Has anyone else gotten score sheets yet? If so, when did you get them? The competition was eight weeks ago and I still haven't received mine.
Forum: Brew Science 10-07-2013, 04:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 318
Posted By J-Drew
I can't add much to what AJ said, but I can tell...

I can't add much to what AJ said, but I can tell you that I was in a similar boat of frustration until I purchased a pH meter and some phosphoric acid to adjust my water, which helped me hit my...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-30-2013, 07:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 688
Posted By J-Drew
Congratulations on placing. I can't say for sure...

Congratulations on placing. I can't say for sure whether or not you will get a medal this year, but I got one last year for placing second and I'm pretty sure that someone who finished third last...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-26-2013, 03:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 282
Posted By J-Drew
+1 to Brewing Classic Styles. It's a great place...

+1 to Brewing Classic Styles. It's a great place to start.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-01-2013, 06:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 339
Posted By J-Drew
I haven't done a mini-mash in a bag, but your...

I haven't done a mini-mash in a bag, but your process sounds like it's worth a try to me. With that said, I would probably "mash" with about five quarts and "steep" with more than one (and for just...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-23-2013, 02:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 496
Posted By J-Drew
Well, you could leave it alone and see what...

Well, you could leave it alone and see what happens or try to fix it. If it were me, I'd try to fix it. I'm not sure whether or not you are able to accurately measure your LME, but if you can, your...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-02-2013, 05:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 443
Posted By J-Drew
Granted I tend to brew beers that fall in the...

Granted I tend to brew beers that fall in the 1.040 - 1.060 range, but I just roll with option 3 (ferment for 3-4 weeks and then bottle). Part of that reasoning includes accepting the idea that this...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-24-2013, 05:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 193
Posted By J-Drew
I'm not sure how you came up with your numbers,...

I'm not sure how you came up with your numbers, but I'd spend a little more time working on them. Granted, I don't have BeerSmith, but for the program I use I came up with an OG of 1.066 for a 5.5...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-24-2013, 04:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 509
Posted By J-Drew
+1 on making sure they're sealed and putting them...

+1 on making sure they're sealed and putting them in the freezer. I brewed an all-grain that turned out pretty well even though I couldn't get to it for 2-3 months. Once I realized I wasn't going...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-16-2013, 04:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 775
Posted By J-Drew
If you started with 26 quarts and added 4.75...

If you started with 26 quarts and added 4.75 gallons, you had 11.25 gallons in all. Assuming you collected seven gallons, you have 4.25 gallons left to account for. If your grain absorbed .15 of a...
Forum: Extract Brewing 01-15-2013, 02:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 763
Posted By J-Drew
Using the tastybrew calculator...

Using the tastybrew calculator (http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/recipe.html), I found following the instructions with your hop additions for a seven gallon boil (collecting 5.5 gallons when...
Forum: Extract Brewing 01-14-2013, 03:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 763
Posted By J-Drew
I'm not super-postive about this, but I would...

I'm not super-postive about this, but I would recommend following the instructions unless you know the specifics of your ingredients. If my understanding is correct, hop utilization is affected by...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-14-2013, 02:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 775
Posted By J-Drew
I'd say your expectations are off. I think 67% -...

I'd say your expectations are off. I think 67% - 72% efficiency is a great place to be. I routinely hit in that range, and if I brewed a batch with 14 lbs. of grain, I would expect to be around...
Forum: Introductions 01-12-2013, 04:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 31
Posted By J-Drew
I'm not sure where in WV you are, but I think...

I'm not sure where in WV you are, but I think there might be a homebrew store in Huntington, Charleston, and Morgantown. If I remember what I read correctly, they might be pretty limited in their...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-08-2013, 04:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 374
Posted By J-Drew
I'm with BlindOwl on this one if you are looking...

I'm with BlindOwl on this one if you are looking to adjust the recipe. If you are just looking for the extra alcohol and nothing else, I would suggest considering just adding sugar. A OG of 1.061...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-06-2013, 02:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 337
Posted By J-Drew
I would leave it alone also. With that said,...

I would leave it alone also.

With that said, if you really wanted to try and "fix" it, Mosher states, "In a 5-gallon batch, a pound of suger contribute 1.0094 original gravity" (Radical Brewing,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-05-2013, 04:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 687
Posted By J-Drew
If I understand correctly, you took your pre-boil...

If I understand correctly, you took your pre-boil gravity in the brew kettle. I don't do this because hydrometers are delicate and I'm afraid of breaking mine, which would ruin the whole batch as...
Forum: General Techniques 01-05-2013, 03:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 383
Posted By J-Drew
I worry more about hitting my OG than having a...

I worry more about hitting my OG than having a certain volume, and this can be figured out through straight algebra. Measured Gravity x Volume = Desired Gravity x Volume.

For example, say you...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-02-2013, 01:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 404
Posted By J-Drew
An OG of 1.040 with 75% attenuation would leave...

An OG of 1.040 with 75% attenuation would leave you with a FG of 1.010. If your FG is 1.015 and you had 75% attenuation, your OG would have to have been 1.060. I would guess that the yeast hasn't...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-01-2013, 11:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 407
Posted By J-Drew
I think I would take a good whiff of the starter...

I think I would take a good whiff of the starter and see how it smells. If I didn't notice anything off, I would pitch it and hope for the best. Otherwise, you will have a really long lag time. Of...
Forum: Virginia HomeBrew Forum 09-30-2012, 10:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,485
Posted By J-Drew
I asked the owner of Original Gravity (a LHBS in...

I asked the owner of Original Gravity (a LHBS in Richmond and a dropoff location for the competition) if he knew anything about it a week and a half ago. He told me that the competition coordinator...
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