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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-13-2013, 02:20 AM
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Views: 852
Posted By tuskenraider
You can dilute your tap water with distilled...

You can dilute your tap water with distilled water to cut calcium down and use lactic acid or acid malt to adjust the pH lower.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-06-2013, 11:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 418
Posted By tuskenraider
I'm right next to you in Oak Forest and you're...

I'm right next to you in Oak Forest and you're likely getting the same water I am. Here's what's coming out of my faucet tested by Ward Labs this past spring:

pH 7.8
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-29-2013, 04:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 300
Posted By tuskenraider
You may get some additional fermentation if you...

You may get some additional fermentation if you were to warm it up to low-mid 70's and rouse the yeast by swirling. I started doing this specifically with Belgian brews lately and definitely get a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-29-2013, 12:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 233
Posted By tuskenraider
Have you calibrated your thermometer lately?...

Have you calibrated your thermometer lately? Maybe your mash temp was even higher than you thought. I typically get a 1.014 to 1.016 FG with English yeast mashing 154-6 and using lactose.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-28-2013, 11:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 469
Posted By tuskenraider
Looks good, but I wouldn't use any carapils for...

Looks good, but I wouldn't use any carapils for the style.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-28-2013, 11:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 249
Posted By tuskenraider
Maybe too late, but I'd do the DME only, at start...

Maybe too late, but I'd do the DME only, at start and LME with 5 minutes left to keep the color from getting too dark.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-28-2013, 11:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,998
Posted By tuskenraider
Top 5 today: Three Floyds - Alpha King ...

Top 5 today:

Three Floyds - Alpha King
Left Hand - Milk Stout
Dogfish Head - 90 Min. IPA
Capital - Blonde Doppelbock
Rogue - Double Dead Guy
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-27-2013, 02:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,970
Posted By tuskenraider
I did a SMaSH of Maris Otter and Simcoe last...

I did a SMaSH of Maris Otter and Simcoe last year. 1.052 OG and I just divided up 1 oz. to give about an APA level 40 IBU's so the hop and the grain could be tasted. I was pretty happy with it.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-11-2013, 09:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 574
Posted By tuskenraider
Well it's ideal to bring it down to 5.7 or so,...

Well it's ideal to bring it down to 5.7 or so, but if you don't, you can still make good beer. I've been brewing for 2+ years and have just gotten into water treatment the last couple of months, my...
Forum: Brew Science 05-20-2013, 04:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 320
Posted By tuskenraider
Opinion of Ward water report?

So I sent in a sample last week in a rinsed disposable water bottle(I didn't use soap, just filled it a third, three times, and shook it for 15 secs or so). I also have a dual charcoal filter on a...
Forum: General Techniques 03-28-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By tuskenraider
Nope, and from what I've read, I understand hops...

Nope, and from what I've read, I understand hops are fairly resistant to infection.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-28-2013, 02:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 490
Posted By tuskenraider
I followed your other post...

I followed your other post (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/wanted-double-dead-guy-clone-243627/) and am going to brew the recipe you claimed as coming from John Maier. Are you asking if someone's...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-22-2013, 11:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,889
Posted By tuskenraider
I've brewed 4 batches of a Citra IPA recipe...

I've brewed 4 batches of a Citra IPA recipe that's been only slightly modified with the version of crystal used. First batch was a ton of mango, second was cat piss and third was a bit of both, the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-07-2013, 01:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,381
Posted By tuskenraider
Going a bit OT, but I just run my beer through a...

Going a bit OT, but I just run my beer through a strainer sitting on top of the bucket and you keep 90% of the trub out of the fermenter and leave nothing behind in the kettle. :)
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-05-2013, 06:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,381
Posted By tuskenraider
I just see it floating there and think it's too...

I just see it floating there and think it's too easy to skim it off the top to not do it.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-05-2013, 03:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 574
Posted By tuskenraider
No cocoa, just a mix of roasted malts. I've yet...

No cocoa, just a mix of roasted malts. I've yet to use cocoa, though I recently "secondaried" a porter on cocoa nibs that gave a nice nose to it.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-04-2013, 11:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 574
Posted By tuskenraider
If you want some vanilla flavor, go for it. I'd...

If you want some vanilla flavor, go for it. I'd suggest splitting the batch and try half with vanilla for comparison. I'll add with the 3 milk stouts I've done the past 2 years, I can distinctly...
Forum: Brew Science 03-04-2013, 09:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 317
Posted By tuskenraider
Very easily it seemed. I had the tiniest bit on...

Very easily it seemed. I had the tiniest bit on the tip of a spoon and stirred it in one of my IPA's. It caused it to fizz up the head a bit and when I took the first sip, I just got way too much...
Forum: Brew Science 03-04-2013, 12:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 317
Posted By tuskenraider
Well yeah, I said I've read upon the subject,...

Well yeah, I said I've read upon the subject, thanks. I try not to be one of those people, but if I am this time, so be it.

I was concerned that too much calcium would over accentuate the malt...
Forum: Brew Science 03-04-2013, 01:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 317
Posted By tuskenraider
1st time water adjustment....feedback please.

Hello!

So I've got some Gypsum, Calcium Chloride and Lactic Acid to play with. I'd like to adjust my Chicago water profile to best suit an IPA. I've read a bit on the subject, but all the concepts...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-08-2012, 09:50 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,495
Posted By tuskenraider
Well if Bells Double Cream Stout, which touts 10...

Well if Bells Double Cream Stout, which touts 10 grains, is a science project...........just yum. I'm guilty of a 9 grain wannabe/science project in the fermenter right now, lol. Hope it's somewhere...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-08-2012, 09:45 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,495
Posted By tuskenraider
I'm guessing with so many people brewing their...

I'm guessing with so many people brewing their own, trying new ideas and trying to separate themselves from the pack, it's no wonder recipes have gotten so complicated. It can be bothersome I'll...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-27-2012, 02:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,260
Posted By tuskenraider
Waaay to early to tell. I remember trying some...

Waaay to early to tell. I remember trying some East Coast Patriot yeast that gave the beer a very sour smell and taste to the point I almost decided to dump it than waste time bottling it. 3-4 weeks...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-29-2012, 12:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,744
Posted By tuskenraider
For some of the reasons stated above, I wouldn't...

For some of the reasons stated above, I wouldn't do a SMaSH beer higher than 1.050 OG and 40 IBU's. A nice pale ale spec'd beer that gives just enough hop character and aroma to understand its...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-05-2012, 11:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 658
Posted By tuskenraider
Nice write up! Why so dark? I just brewed this...

Nice write up! Why so dark? I just brewed this recently myself, but adjusted grain weight to achieve Leffe's ABV at 6.6%. It's a little over two weeks in the bottle.......two more to go before I pop...
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