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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-03-2014, 01:38 PM
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Posted By nate_e
Month Old Lager Yeast Starter

Hey all,
I'm planning on making my first Bock (Angel Wings from Brewing Classic Styles). I made a 3-step lager starter (1.75L per step) using WLP833. After the 3rd step, the flask went into the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-11-2013, 01:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 516
Posted By nate_e
When to raise ale fermentation temperature

So I have agreed to brew gift beers for out–of–town guests attending our wedding this fall. So far I've brewed 2 of 4, 5gal batches of a pumpkin ale (OG = 1.055). The rate limiting factor in...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-24-2013, 12:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 508
Posted By nate_e
I like the look of this, a couple of questions: ...

I like the look of this, a couple of questions:
Are those 2x8's?
How did you attach the door to the collar?
Can you recomend a kind of insulation?

Thanks!
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-23-2013, 12:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 508
Posted By nate_e
Freezer to Fermentation Chamber Help

Hey All!
I just picked up a Frigidaire "Commercial" (model ffc0723dw5) chest freezer from craigslist and am about to order a 2-stage Ranco controller. The freezer was a steal but the inside...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-05-2013, 03:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 293
Posted By nate_e
Hah, that made my morning. More than...

Hah, that made my morning.

More than anything, I was skeptical about the 0.045" factory setting. It seemed like a large gap to start with on paper and after trying it out it looks pretty coarse....
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-05-2013, 01:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 293
Posted By nate_e
Crush advice?

After dealing with variable crush quality from various suppliers, I finally bit the bullet and went in on a MM2. I just ran ~4lbs of 2-row through it to get the burrs off and play with the gap...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-23-2013, 05:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 982
Posted By nate_e
Thanks for the advice. I've just been using...

Thanks for the advice. I've just been using Northern Brewer's AG recipes which (I think) are calculated for 75% efficiency and I've been at the low end of that for larger beers like Denny's Rye IPA....
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-22-2013, 02:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 982
Posted By nate_e
I should mention that I'm not trying to hit...

I should mention that I'm not trying to hit efficiencies over 80%. I just want to get into the 75-80% range more consistently with bigger beers
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-22-2013, 02:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 982
Posted By nate_e
It's been about 70-75%. 3 of the 7 batches I've...

It's been about 70-75%. 3 of the 7 batches I've done have missed the target OG (efficiencies <60%). I can say confidently that one was due to sparging too fast and the other was due to dough balls...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-22-2013, 02:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 982
Posted By nate_e
Fly sparging question: mash thickness and mash out water additions

I've got 7 AG batches under my belt at this point and I'm getting my efficency pretty well dialed in (just bought a grain mill to improve consistency, retailer crush has been all over the place). At...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-14-2013, 03:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 324
Posted By nate_e
The bottom of the BK is at least 1ft below the...

The bottom of the BK is at least 1ft below the MLT, but not much more than than that. I thought that maybe flow was impeded as the BK filled, but the fact that stirring the mash and starting the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-13-2013, 03:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 324
Posted By nate_e
Thanks, I'll try a slower rate. As for the...

Thanks, I'll try a slower rate.
As for the air, I'm not too concerned about it other than that it seems to be a symptom of the gradual decrease in flow I'm seeing. I'm wondering if draining a bit...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-13-2013, 02:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 324
Posted By nate_e
Semi-stuck sparge?

At this point I've completed about 6 AG batches using fly-sparging with out too much drama. At this point my most memorable "learning experiences" have been about the effects of flow rate and...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-05-2013, 10:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 767
Posted By nate_e
Bump...

I'm in the same boat, just got a manifold to put in a Danby DAR440. Did you end up mounting yours where you had it in the picture?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-24-2013, 06:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By nate_e
Activated the smack pack ~3 hours ago and by the...

Activated the smack pack ~3 hours ago and by the time I came back, the thing had fully inflated! Behold, the power of yeast!
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-24-2013, 02:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By nate_e
I left the pack in the fridge to slowly thaw over...

I left the pack in the fridge to slowly thaw over night and then took it out around 7am this morning (~12hrs in the fridge). It's been sitting out for about 3 hours now and has actually puffed up a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-23-2013, 11:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By nate_e
Frozen, 1 mo. old yeast pack for a OG 1.078?

My ingredients to make Denny Conn's rye IPA recipe (AG) arrived today, which has turned out to be the coldest day of the winter in RI thus far. The Wyeast smack pack (Denny's Fav. 50) was pretty much...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-27-2012, 03:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 656
Posted By nate_e
Great! Thanks for the info!

Great! Thanks for the info!
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-26-2012, 08:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 656
Posted By nate_e
new corny keg kit, a few questions.

My father in law got me a refurb keg kit from Cornykeg.com for Christmas (who says in laws are bad!?) and I've got a batch that's just about ready for legging this weekend. Its a ball-lock keg with...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-20-2012, 01:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 859
Posted By nate_e
Yeah, I threw in 1lb of light DME and when I...

Yeah, I threw in 1lb of light DME and when I tasted it during the transfer it seemed pretty good but with a more subdued malt profile than I would have hoped for. But the rye was still there so we'll...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-02-2012, 09:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 859
Posted By nate_e
501irishred, thanks for tip on letting the mash...

501irishred, thanks for tip on letting the mash sit while the water heats- it actually got me thinking about what I might have done wrong!
After going back over things, I realized that I mashed out...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-02-2012, 05:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 859
Posted By nate_e
Thanks, I didn't believe my first reading so I...

Thanks, I didn't believe my first reading so I let a sample sit for an hour and it was still 1.038 at room temperature. Any thoughts on what may have caused my low efficiency even though the temps...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-02-2012, 01:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 859
Posted By nate_e
Rebel Rye Porter, SG too low- seeking corrective suggestions

So this is my second AG batch. The first was NB's Smashing Pumpkin Ale which was a great success. This time around I adjusted my process a bit to get closer to the strike temps (pre-heated the mash...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-22-2012, 07:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 342
Posted By nate_e
Fly Sparge Questions After First AG Brew Day

I finally made the leap into AG brewing with NB's Smashing Pumpkin Ale. I went for extra credit and added pureed pumpkin that I roasted the day before. I almost can't believe the whole thing didn't...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-10-2012, 07:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 448
Posted By nate_e
The brand was Danco. They don't have much of an...

The brand was Danco. They don't have much of an odor and they were next to the faucets which leads me to think they'd be okay. On the other hand, who knows what they are actually made of.
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