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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-28-2013, 07:11 PM
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Posted By Skyforger
My. We've had pretty big temps swing here too...

My. We've had pretty big temps swing here too this winter, but I agree that may be a bit much to deal with. A water bath helps, but there are limits.

Even a fairly stable first week would be...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-28-2013, 07:07 PM
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Posted By Skyforger
I think it will! :drunk: Maybe try rehydrating...

I think it will! :drunk: Maybe try rehydrating the yeast this time. It's usually not necessary, but it's not hard and does help yeast viability considerably. If it doesn't go give a shout-out,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-28-2013, 01:03 AM
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Posted By Skyforger
Ghetto lagering just means you ferment the beer...

Ghetto lagering just means you ferment the beer in a place that has a cool enough ambient temp to ferment at lager temps - about 48* or so is ideal, but somewhat higher is also fine.

For about 6-9...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-26-2013, 08:37 PM
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Posted By Skyforger
Alright! I'd go ahead and pitch more yeast. Also...

Alright! I'd go ahead and pitch more yeast. Also add some yeast nutrient and aerate the beer somewhat. Give it the best chance possible of restarting. Maybe there was something wrong with the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-26-2013, 05:08 AM
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Posted By Skyforger
Are you sure the hydrometer reading was 2.0 and...

Are you sure the hydrometer reading was 2.0 and not, say, 1.200? Or 1.020? Not trying to imply you're being less than rigorous or anything, but most hydrometers don't go even close to that high. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-26-2013, 04:56 AM
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Posted By Skyforger
Be careful about starting these belgian strongs...

Be careful about starting these belgian strongs as a newbie! I tried that and could never wait long enough.

To do a Belgian properly, you should leave in primary for some time - perhaps 2 weeks. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-26-2013, 04:39 AM
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Posted By Skyforger
Oh, and also: how did you propagate/pitch your...

Oh, and also: how did you propagate/pitch your yeast? What strain?

And another tidbit: I use stick-on thermometers for temp monitoring. Not perfectly exact, but very good for beers that I need...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-26-2013, 04:37 AM
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Posted By Skyforger
You really need to keep track of fermentation...

You really need to keep track of fermentation temp for lagers. The temps you want push the lower limits of the yeast, and if you fall below they get unhappy and stop working.

Beginning lagering...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-26-2013, 03:46 AM
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Posted By Skyforger
I'd do this a bit differently. In two ways: ...

I'd do this a bit differently. In two ways:

1: If you intermittently shake the starter (introducing O2), you need a much smaller starter.
2: By stepping up the starter size, you need less...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-25-2013, 01:10 PM
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Posted By Skyforger
This reply's probably a bit belated, but hey...

This reply's probably a bit belated, but hey maybe it'll still help someone.

Probably too late to change much in the flavor profile; the first twelve hours at high krauesen are the most...
Forum: Gluten Free Brewing 01-09-2013, 07:34 PM
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Posted By Skyforger
Ya, like ChasidicCalvinist says this may belong...

Ya, like ChasidicCalvinist says this may belong in the Kombucha forum. But since I have you here, I'll throw this out there.

There's a company called Unity Vibrations that makes a kombucha...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-19-2012, 09:32 PM
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Posted By Skyforger
I agree with what's said above. I don't advise...

I agree with what's said above. I don't advise modifying kits if you don't have experience with recipe formulation. But for the sake of giving information when it's asked for, to increase the ABV...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-19-2012, 09:02 PM
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Posted By Skyforger
It's all very yeast-strain dependent, of course. ...

It's all very yeast-strain dependent, of course. But for American style ales I typically find a temp in the low to mid 60's is best - perhaps 63-65. Enkamania's recommended temp range is very...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-19-2012, 08:57 PM
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Posted By Skyforger
Well, warmer temps like that are only ideal for...

Well, warmer temps like that are only ideal for Saison and perhaps Trappists. But if the style you're making isn't too delicate you could probably get away with keeping decent temperature control...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-19-2012, 08:54 PM
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Posted By Skyforger
I'm pretty sure you'll get more yeast if you just...

I'm pretty sure you'll get more yeast if you just pitch one vial into the starter, then pitch the starter and the extra vial. If you pitch both in it won't be bad for it necessarily; the yeast will...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-08-2012, 03:19 PM
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Posted By Skyforger
1. There are ingredients you could use to...

1. There are ingredients you could use to distract from off-flavors, like coffee or fruit, but not to remove them.
2. No. You should only transfer to secondary once fermentation ceases. ...
Forum: Home Brewing Photo Forum 03-08-2012, 04:40 AM
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Posted By Skyforger
This is pretty cool!

This is pretty cool!
Forum: Cider Forum 03-08-2012, 04:36 AM
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Posted By Skyforger
The size shouldn't make any difference in that...

The size shouldn't make any difference in that regard. I would rack to a second bottle once the yeast drops if you're going to keep it around for more than a few months, otherwise maybe not.
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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-08-2012, 04:21 AM
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Posted By Skyforger
The taste will probably be a bit 'hot,' yes. ...

The taste will probably be a bit 'hot,' yes. There may also be other kind of fruity or tangy flavors. US-05 is a pretty versatile strain so it could be worse.

It's not a bad idea, so long as...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-08-2012, 04:15 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Skyforger
ya, that sounds safe. I have friends who have...

ya, that sounds safe. I have friends who have successfully added ginger to the boil, just more on the order of 1-2 oz, not 5.
Often the antimicrobial chemicals in plants are the very ones that...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-08-2012, 03:09 AM
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Posted By Skyforger
I'd agree with Double D. But you will make fine...

I'd agree with Double D. But you will make fine beer with this recipe, so long as your technique is good. Maybe something kind of like an americanized octoberfest, with the dark crystal...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-07-2012, 03:21 PM
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Posted By Skyforger
I think you can get plastic conicals that are...

I think you can get plastic conicals that are very like what you describe.

http://www.fermentationtrap.com/5600.html
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-07-2012, 03:05 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By Skyforger
Sounds like a perfect plan. Yeast tend to...

Sounds like a perfect plan.

Yeast tend to clean up off-flavors given time. Higher temperatures help them do that more quickly. But mostly we advise moving them to a warmer place for...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-07-2012, 03:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,400
Posted By Skyforger
You're probably in good shape then. Sounds like...

You're probably in good shape then. Sounds like fermentation was, if not almost done, at least seriously on its way. Might be some very slight off-flavors, not more than that.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-07-2012, 03:31 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Skyforger
It would stand to reason that the ginger could...

It would stand to reason that the ginger could slow or stall fermentation, it's an antimicrobial and 5 oz is quite a bit. And S-04 and notty are both British strains, which in my experience can stop...
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