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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-12-2014, 01:28 AM
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Posted By progmac
i, and i think a lot of others, use a wine thief...

i, and i think a lot of others, use a wine thief for this purpose. it's a little gadget designed for exactly this purpose. a sanitized turkey baster also works. a simple mug properly sanitized can...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-12-2014, 12:33 AM
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Posted By progmac
Fermentation may be over (though the 5% of...

Fermentation may be over (though the 5% of fermentation can take as long as the first 95%) but leaving the beer in the fermenter for 2 to 3 weeks gives it time to clear and condition a bit. You could...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-10-2014, 05:04 PM
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Posted By progmac
very effective. it will make your wort look like...

very effective. it will make your wort look like a root beer float
Forum: Amber Hybrid Beer 07-10-2014, 02:00 PM
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Posted By progmac
Dusseldorf Ale

This is a simple but very rewarding beer.

I entered this in the '13 Cincinnati Beerweek festival and it took first in its combined category and second in a best-of-show of german beers. Overall...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-09-2014, 01:16 PM
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Posted By progmac
The most likely candidates to me seem like...

The most likely candidates to me seem like vanilla and hibiscus
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-09-2014, 01:11 PM
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Posted By progmac
Let us know how it turns out! I can't...

Let us know how it turns out!

I can't comment on the hibiscus as I've never brewed with it, but one ounce coriander is a lot! I'd strongly recommend considering tuning that down to 0.5oz or so.
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-09-2014, 01:31 AM
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Posted By progmac
Sounds like you're good. Starsan doesn't...

Sounds like you're good. Starsan doesn't spontaneously bubble afaik :) Test your seals by pushing down on the lid of your bucket. That should make the airlock bubble. If not, you have a torn gasket...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-08-2014, 05:50 PM
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Posted By progmac
Which yeast did you go with?

Which yeast did you go with?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-08-2014, 03:39 PM
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Posted By progmac
That doesn't sound good. Can you pick up another...

That doesn't sound good. Can you pick up another pack of s 05? You could add it after confirming no activity after 48 hours.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-08-2014, 03:25 PM
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Posted By progmac
how hot was the water?

how hot was the water?
Forum: Cider Forum 07-08-2014, 11:58 AM
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Posted By progmac
check your seals. cider fermentation can be very...

check your seals. cider fermentation can be very quiet.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-08-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 389
Posted By progmac
I wouldn't write it off. If you pitch just the...

I wouldn't write it off. If you pitch just the smack pack, follow the instructions on the pack. Keep at 72 until you see signs of fermentation (a little bit of pressure on the airlock or bubbles on...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-08-2014, 02:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 301
Posted By progmac
I actually think this was the right approach...

I actually think this was the right approach since you're just using one smack pack. you just should have left it warm until you saw a bubble or two.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-08-2014, 02:16 AM
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Posted By progmac
Less time to brew lately so I did a sort of...

Less time to brew lately so I did a sort of double brew day.
I brewed up 5.5 gallons of bock with a decoction mash and some extra kettle caramelization. i took 3.5 gallons of the bock, fermented it...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-07-2014, 05:08 PM
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Posted By progmac
What type and how much yeast did you pitch?

What type and how much yeast did you pitch?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-03-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,143
Posted By progmac
i think you owe it to yourself to try a batch...

i think you owe it to yourself to try a batch with RO water. a lot supermarkets have machines where you can get it for $0.50/gallon or less if you bring your own containers.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-02-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 599
Posted By progmac
in general, i use 4 gallons mash water and 4...

in general, i use 4 gallons mash water and 4 gallons sparge water for most average gravity 5-gallon batches. you should probably calculate it out per yooper's instructions above.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-01-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By progmac
Looks good. Definitely looks more hop-focused...

Looks good. Definitely looks more hop-focused than a blonde would be traditionally.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-01-2014, 05:43 PM
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Views: 300
Posted By progmac
the only issue i see is that usually you'll lager...

the only issue i see is that usually you'll lager after the fermentation is done at a cooler temperature, in the 30s typically.

if you bottle after a relatively short lagering period (say primary...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-01-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 179
Posted By progmac
I think the presence of sugar would negatively...

I think the presence of sugar would negatively affect the rehydrating process. It also might add time, because the priming sugar will take a lot longer to cool than one or two ounces of water.

I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-01-2014, 01:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 179
Posted By progmac
I would rehydrate a half teaspoon of any dry ale...

I would rehydrate a half teaspoon of any dry ale yeast and add that to the bottling bucket.

Cheap insurance.

Is there some live yeast? Sure. Is it enough to carb your beer in 3 weeks? Probably...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-01-2014, 12:59 AM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 271,894
Posted By progmac
Looks awesome! I'm in Denver every now and again,...

Looks awesome! I'm in Denver every now and again, I'll have to come by. I really like the attitude of your brewery, 'good beer every day (with your neighbors).' Or that is what I took away.

Wish...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-30-2014, 07:22 PM
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Views: 271,894
Posted By progmac
Mashing at 158 with oats per Wayne1's ratio gave...

Mashing at 158 with oats per Wayne1's ratio gave me the body and haze i was expecting (FG of 1.017)
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-30-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 132
Posted By progmac
The lager style guidelines are not very...

The lager style guidelines are not very expansive. To me, this is more like a dortmunder or a pilsner (especially if you mash low); if you used a darker munich, it would be more like an oktoberfest.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-30-2014, 12:38 PM
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Views: 271,894
Posted By progmac
looks great!

looks great!
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