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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-10-2014, 02:54 AM
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72 to 74 degrees for conditioning. I've never had...

72 to 74 degrees for conditioning. I've never had a beer go this long to carbonate. This was s SMaSH ale with light malt extract, East Kent Goldings hops, and some washed California V ale yeast (I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-09-2014, 07:39 PM
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Cracked one open on Sunday. A slight sound of air...

Cracked one open on Sunday. A slight sound of air escaping, very few bubbles rising, no head. Pretty flat. Sweetness is gone but it didn't carb up. I've got one mini keg and the ghetto tap that...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-06-2014, 07:47 PM
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It'll hit the three week mark in a couple of...

It'll hit the three week mark in a couple of days.

I'm gonna set aside a couple of bottles in the fridge this afternoon and sample them on Sunday and see if anything has happened.

Thanks, all.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-29-2014, 01:15 AM
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So no one seems to think the short fermentation...

So no one seems to think the short fermentation period is unusual? I've just never had one end so abruptly after a week, then no airlock activity. I thought perhaps the yeast had crapped out...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-28-2014, 11:06 PM
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Posted By tpitman
Overpitching?

Washed yeast from a previous job, and used it for a yeast starter, which appeared to work (krausen formed in the flask).
Pitched the yeast into a wort with an OG of approximately 1.047. Fermentation...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-06-2014, 01:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 355
Posted By tpitman
Nope. We keep the house about 72 degrees...

Nope. We keep the house about 72 degrees year-round. I have a seamless metal pan I put the bucket in, add water and an old t-shirt tightly secured to the bucket for a swamp cooler. Drops the temp...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-06-2014, 12:45 AM
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Views: 355
Posted By tpitman
Well, Brewsmith figured out a previously...

Well, Brewsmith figured out a previously successful recipe using extract, and converting it to all grain, as basically a no-sparge brew-in-a-bag. Since extract brewing is essentially the same with...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-05-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 355
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Concentrated all grain wort boil?

I've done some all grain full volume batches, but kind of like the convenience of stovetop brew sessions using extract, mainly for the convenience of a rapid cool-down to low 70's to pitch yeast. I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-24-2014, 07:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 482
Posted By tpitman
Just remove the pressure relief valve and put in...

Just remove the pressure relief valve and put in an appropriately-sized drilled stopper and an airlock. Easy enough.
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 01-07-2014, 02:39 PM
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Posted By tpitman
In like Flint.

In like Flint.
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 08-29-2013, 09:13 PM
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Yup.

Yup.
Forum: General Techniques 07-11-2013, 09:33 PM
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Posted By tpitman
College Park, off Princeton and I-4 Heart's...

College Park, off Princeton and I-4

Heart's is convenient to me, to say the least, and for their size they've got a lot of stuff, but I'll admit they're not falling all over themselves to make you...
Forum: General Techniques 07-10-2013, 05:57 AM
Replies: 16
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Didn't know there was anyone else in Orlando...

Didn't know there was anyone else in Orlando besides Hearts. Thanks for the info.
Forum: Extract Brewing 06-23-2013, 11:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 699
Posted By tpitman
I bought 33 pounds of LME last year, and still...

I bought 33 pounds of LME last year, and still have a couple of half gallons left in the fridge. I parted the big jug out into 1/2 gallon washed and sanitized milk cartons, then filled them to...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-25-2013, 01:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 410
Posted By tpitman
If that's the case, that's a relief. I bought the...

If that's the case, that's a relief. I bought the kit based on the reviews, and I've been struggling with finding a decent brown ale recipe. After some iffy results, I'm hoping this comes in good....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-25-2013, 01:36 PM
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Posted By tpitman
Mash temp was 152. Fermenting temp around 67.

Mash temp was 152. Fermenting temp around 67.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-25-2013, 01:01 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By tpitman
Windsor yeast activity unusual?

Did a Newcastle all-grain kit from Austin Homebrew which came with Windsor dry yeast as my option. Brewing session went well, OG (1.053) right on the mark. Fermentation started vigorously within a...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-25-2013, 02:00 PM
Replies: 22
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I figure the Coopers Stout is what it is, and I...

I figure the Coopers Stout is what it is, and I just don't like it. It's more drinkable than the brown ale.
The hops I got looked like they might have been a bit stale. Smelled good, but not as...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-25-2013, 07:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,192
Posted By tpitman
Do you ever dump beer just because of taste?

I've got a brown ale I brewed (extract) based on two other batches, with this one as a compromise between the two (one too mild, the other a bit too "roasty"). The one difference is I used so-called...
Forum: Extract Brewing 01-10-2013, 09:01 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By tpitman
I asked my LHBS about keeping LME over time and...

I asked my LHBS about keeping LME over time and he thought mold might be a problem with any air introduced. I bought a 33 lb. jug to save quite a bit of money. Took 5 half-gallon plastic milk jugs,...
Forum: Extract Brewing 12-11-2012, 11:57 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By tpitman
I had friends that used to make "homebrew" out of...

I had friends that used to make "homebrew" out of that, along with a pack of Fleishman's Bakers Yeast. Got everything in the grocery store. Hops? What are hops?
Tasted nasty, chunks of yeast in the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-16-2012, 07:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 302
Posted By tpitman
I said screw it and bumped the pressure up to 30...

I said screw it and bumped the pressure up to 30 then go out and periodically shake it for a few minutes, listening for the gas. I'll do that all afternoon. I'm suffering from acute sobriety. I had...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-16-2012, 02:46 PM
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I'm leaving it on because what other choice do I...

I'm leaving it on because what other choice do I have? I've read comments about sugar priming in the keg vs forced carbonation, and figured since it helps to let it sit awhile anyway after kegging or...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-16-2012, 01:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 302
Posted By tpitman
Carbonation Woes - part deux

Okay. Second batch kegged up. 1/2 cup of corn sugar in a cup of water in the bottom of the keg. Filled the keg to almost full, purged and sealed up tight with about 4 blasts of CO2, bled one last...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 08-18-2012, 03:00 PM
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Posted By tpitman
In like Flint . . .

In like Flint . . .
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