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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-15-2013, 02:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 819
Posted By JohnnySardonic
I liked to throw it back on the stir plate after...

I liked to throw it back on the stir plate after I decant while I'm brewing. In my mind, it is waking the yeast up even more after being in the fridge. That being said, I have no idea if it helps or...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-15-2013, 01:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,252
Posted By JohnnySardonic
I preheat my 13g cooler with my sparge water....

I preheat my 13g cooler with my sparge water. When my mash water is about 10 degrees F from strike temp, I start draining the cooler. This way, the cooler absorbs the heat and the sparge water...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-04-2013, 01:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 233
Posted By JohnnySardonic
Huge Keg PSI Jump

Trying to eliminate a failure somewhere in the system. My serving pressure is kept at 12 PSI. Went to pour a beer tonight and it shot out, pressure was set at almost 40. I did have people over two...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-08-2013, 12:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 868
Posted By JohnnySardonic
I think the bigger issue with bottle bombs is...

I think the bigger issue with bottle bombs is infection. I don't have any evidence for this opinion, except that I had a beer finish 1 point high that started to blow after 3 weeks. I've also heard...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-24-2013, 02:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 279
Posted By JohnnySardonic
It's interesting that you brought this up. I...

It's interesting that you brought this up. I recently started drinking my beer out of Belgian style tulip glasses. I think that's what they are called. Made a huge difference in aromas. Great...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-24-2013, 01:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 279
Posted By JohnnySardonic
One of those "I'm sort of getting this" moments

Since SWMBO puts up with my hobby, yet isn't as excited about it as I am, I figured I would express my delight here rather than annoy her with homebrew ramblings.

I am coming up on my one year...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-22-2012, 12:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 952
Posted By JohnnySardonic
If you start kegging it is still easy to bottle....

If you start kegging it is still easy to bottle. Wait until you are about halfway done with the keg (when the beer has really cleared and is in it's prime), and follow the "We don't need no stinking...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-15-2012, 07:06 PM
Replies: 4,601
Views: 422,100
Posted By JohnnySardonic
When a friend asks you what the date is (it's...

When a friend asks you what the date is (it's December 15) and you tell them it's January 19th, because you were just thinking about the date tomorrow's brew session will be ready to pour.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-08-2012, 05:04 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,739
Posted By JohnnySardonic
My house Amber, called CA Cougar Ale. Its nice...

My house Amber, called CA Cougar Ale. Its nice and spicy, just like the SoCal cougars I love so much
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-08-2012, 04:59 AM
Replies: 3,404
Views: 150,143
Posted By JohnnySardonic
Two boxes from a beverage company in SD. SWMBO...

Two boxes from a beverage company in SD. SWMBO bought it for me for xmas, so I'm not sure exactly what it is. But based on the shape of the boxes, I'm going with kegging setup. Score!
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-30-2012, 10:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,997
Posted By JohnnySardonic
The amount that, depending on one's brewing...

The amount that, depending on one's brewing system, would create so much trub (or absorb so much wort), that one couldn't rack at least 5 gallons to your primary.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-30-2012, 10:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 276
Posted By JohnnySardonic
Developing my palate, need help

I'm still new to home brewing (20 batches), but my palate has slowly become "better" for lack of a "better" word. However, as a longtime BMC drinker who only began drinking craft beers in the last...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-17-2012, 06:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,323
Posted By JohnnySardonic
Haha, I had this conversation with my gf today....

Haha, I had this conversation with my gf today. She brews with me, understands how the grain and hops work, but always just assumed the yeast created alcohol and flavors out of thin air. When I told...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-17-2012, 05:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,539
Posted By JohnnySardonic
Challenge Accepted

Challenge Accepted
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-15-2012, 12:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 584
Posted By JohnnySardonic
Me too. I use pellet hops so I always assumed I...

Me too. I use pellet hops so I always assumed I was getting some in my sample before they settled into the trub
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-14-2012, 11:37 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,209
Posted By JohnnySardonic
I can understand where he's coming from in...

I can understand where he's coming from in regards to craft breweries who are trying to distribute on a state or national level, but maybe local breweries will be able to stay relevant.

To...
Forum: General Techniques 11-02-2012, 08:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,041
Posted By JohnnySardonic
Let me add that I've never done this, just...

Let me add that I've never done this, just thinking off the top of my head. Others will surely have better advice
Forum: General Techniques 11-02-2012, 08:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,041
Posted By JohnnySardonic
If it were me I would plug the RIS recipe into...

If it were me I would plug the RIS recipe into Beersmith and follow the program's mash schedule. After you are up and boiling, I would add 8ish gallons to the mash tun and run another mash, let it...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-27-2012, 03:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 246
Posted By JohnnySardonic
cool, that's why I like asking questions here...

cool, that's why I like asking questions here before I make a decision :rockin:

stone it is!
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-27-2012, 03:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 246
Posted By JohnnySardonic
Oxygen and Yeast... to shake or not?

So I was catching up on old NB videos and came across one I had yet to see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEkwp_2Yezo&feature=b-vrec

At about 25:30 the Wyeast rep talks about aeration. I found...
Forum: General Techniques 10-24-2012, 12:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,758
Posted By JohnnySardonic
In the videos I've seen they continuously "stir"...

In the videos I've seen they continuously "stir" the mash mechanically, opposed to a lot of us who stir a lot at the beginning and then let the mash rest for an hour.

I could be wrong though,...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-03-2012, 06:51 AM
Replies: 4,601
Views: 422,100
Posted By JohnnySardonic
When you are home alone with SWMBO's kid and you...

When you are home alone with SWMBO's kid and you sing her to sleep with...

Tomorrow we will brew
Tomorrow we will brew
Tomorrow is IPA day
And brewing we will do

(happy birthday style)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-29-2012, 02:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 978
Posted By JohnnySardonic
I once came home to a similar situation. I was...

I once came home to a similar situation. I was trying to warm up a Dubbel at the end of fermentation in the garage, and I think a roommate took a sniff and forgot to put the airlock back in tight (I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-22-2012, 10:17 PM
Replies: 7,295
Views: 243,952
Posted By JohnnySardonic
Bottling a test batch of pumpkin ale and ridding...

Bottling a test batch of pumpkin ale and ridding the world of some Ballast Point
Forum: Sour Ale 09-11-2012, 10:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 12,713
Posted By JohnnySardonic
I've been planning a sour for a while now, and...

I've been planning a sour for a while now, and this is some great information. My one question concerns what Vinnie said about removing the original yeast after fermentation is complete. In the video...
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