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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-04-2010, 03:57 PM
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Posted By jbambuti
For a beer that big, you should definitely pitch...

For a beer that big, you should definitely pitch enough yeast. Based on the higher alcohol content, you will need plenty of healthy yeast to get the necessary attenuation. One packet might be enough...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-07-2010, 10:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 646
Posted By jbambuti
+1 on Magnum for bittering. I love Amarillo...

+1 on Magnum for bittering.

I love Amarillo and Centennial for IPA's.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-04-2010, 06:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 633
Posted By jbambuti
Give them at least 3 weeks. Some condition more...

Give them at least 3 weeks. Some condition more quickly, some more slowly. I follow this rule and have yet to have a batch that doesn't carb.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-19-2010, 01:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 860
Posted By jbambuti
I generally ferment in that range with us-05....

I generally ferment in that range with us-05. I've had great results, although my fermentation takes a little longer. Very clean results. 1.039 to 1.016 seems a bit high. I just bottled an IIPA that...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-19-2010, 01:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 562
Posted By jbambuti
As IPA's don't require any real aging, I...

As IPA's don't require any real aging, I personally wouldn't even secondary. I'd just dryhop in primary for 7-10 days and then bottle. If you dry hop and then secondary, you'll lose some of that...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-18-2010, 05:58 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By jbambuti
I would dry hop with an ounce each of Cascade and...

I would dry hop with an ounce each of Cascade and Amarillo for about 7-10 days.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-10-2010, 01:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 485
Posted By jbambuti
Since it's your first batch, you will probably be...

Since it's your first batch, you will probably be wanting to check on things every five minutes. One thing I've learned from my short brewing career is that things turn out better the less we mess...
Forum: India Pale Ale 05-06-2010, 01:45 AM
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Views: 157,062
Posted By jbambuti
I'm doing the basic recipe, but have substituted...

I'm doing the basic recipe, but have substituted all amarillo. Hydro sample tasted fabulous. Looking forward to dry hopping this in a few days. However, it is now its own DIPA, not a clone in any...
Forum: India Pale Ale 04-27-2010, 12:45 PM
Replies: 605
Views: 157,062
Posted By jbambuti
I usually add my DME a little at a time, while...

I usually add my DME a little at a time, while whisking it in. This saves me the trouble of melting the 'hard candy' from dumping it all at once.

The caramelized flavor you describe, unless you...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-23-2010, 06:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,261
Posted By jbambuti
My wife makes a killer beef stew and her go-to...

My wife makes a killer beef stew and her go-to beer in the stew has always been Young's Double Chocolate Stout. You might consider using your beer for this if it turns out well (if you like beef...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-23-2010, 06:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 973
Posted By jbambuti
OP means 'Original Poster' (In this case, you). I...

OP means 'Original Poster' (In this case, you). I wouldn't worry about a secondary. In breweries, they call them 'bright tanks' and they're used to clarify the beer. IPA's, because of all the hops,...
Forum: India Pale Ale 04-22-2010, 10:42 PM
Replies: 605
Views: 157,062
Posted By jbambuti
Don't worry so much. Yes, adding that extra pound...

Don't worry so much. Yes, adding that extra pound of extract would have upped your OG. Your beer will just be a bit more hoppy than you expected. To some of us, that might be a good thing. I've made...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-22-2010, 10:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 973
Posted By jbambuti
Deviousalex, Oxygen prior to fermentation is...

Deviousalex,

Oxygen prior to fermentation is good. It is used by the yeast during their reproductive phase. Once fermentation starts, introducing much oxygen is bad because it can lead to off...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-22-2010, 06:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 973
Posted By jbambuti
I love IPA's and brew exclusively in buckets....

I love IPA's and brew exclusively in buckets. You're fine just tossing the hops (I use hops pellets), but I like using a nylon bag. Makes the racking process easier for me, others may have other...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-09-2010, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 333
Posted By jbambuti
I primary only (3 to 4 weeks) and have very good...

I primary only (3 to 4 weeks) and have very good results dryhopping with pellets in a hops bag. I generally wait until a week to 10 days before I'm going to bottle, rather than thinking from the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-08-2010, 12:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,364
Posted By jbambuti
I add half of my extract at 60, and then the rest...

I add half of my extract at 60, and then the rest at about 10. I seem to remember Jamil Z writing that half at the beginning and half with a few minutes left is the way to go. I've been doing that...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-03-2010, 02:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 532
Posted By jbambuti
+1 on Oxyclean. No need to scrub. Just rinse the...

+1 on Oxyclean. No need to scrub. Just rinse the bucket out well and fill with water and oxy. I let mine sit for a few hours, then rinse out really well. There's still a slight smell, but barely...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-28-2010, 11:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 682
Posted By jbambuti
I did a Scottish Wee Heavy last year that only...

I did a Scottish Wee Heavy last year that only got better and better as time passed. If you like malt-forward beers, this could be a good option.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-23-2010, 12:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,336
Posted By jbambuti
I usually bottle a case of 22's and a case of...

I usually bottle a case of 22's and a case of 12's with each batch. I haven't really noticed a difference with carbonation or taste from bottle to bottle.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-22-2010, 02:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,323
Posted By jbambuti
I use a hops bag with good results.

I use a hops bag with good results.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-20-2010, 11:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,145
Posted By jbambuti
Update: I got back from Portland last Sunday...

Update:

I got back from Portland last Sunday evening. Although the weather was cold and rainy most of the time, it was a good trip.

I ended up hitting the Laurelwood Public House on Thursday...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-18-2010, 01:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,406
Posted By jbambuti
I strain every batch through a kitchen strainer,...

I strain every batch through a kitchen strainer, as well. Less stuff to worry about avoiding when bottling.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-18-2010, 01:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By jbambuti
Big beers take somewhat longer to carbonate...

Big beers take somewhat longer to carbonate correctly, as well as to reach their maturity. I always have a hard time waiting, but the ones I wait for are usually worth the wait. I say let it go as...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-09-2010, 12:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,145
Posted By jbambuti
Thanks all. I've got a lot to go on and you've...

Thanks all. I've got a lot to go on and you've saved me lots of searching. I'm looking forward to a little beer-cation. There will be some work to do also, but I won't let it get in the way of the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-08-2010, 12:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,145
Posted By jbambuti
No, I'm not, but that sounds like a lot of fun. ...

No, I'm not, but that sounds like a lot of fun.


Thanks to everyone for the in-depth recommendations. I'll only have a couple of nights, so I'm looking through the posts to pick 3 or 4 places....
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