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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast Yesterday, 08:49 PM
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Bleach bomb everything including racking cane. 1...

Bleach bomb everything including racking cane. 1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of cold water. Fill up your primary and soak the racking cane and anything else that came into contact. Hot water...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients Yesterday, 07:28 PM
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Posted By solbes
Fairly easy to eyeball hop quantities if you can...

Fairly easy to eyeball hop quantities if you can put them in a small bowl. Take a butter knife and push off roughly 3/4 of whats in the bowl. I would go by the recipe for the bittering hop addition...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging Yesterday, 05:32 PM
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Posted By solbes
Ah my bad, reading is not one of my skills today.

Ah my bad, reading is not one of my skills today.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging Yesterday, 05:11 PM
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Posted By solbes
I just checked my records. I have kegged 22...

I just checked my records. I have kegged 22 batches. About 2/3 were naturally primed with sugar. I have gone through about 2 1/4 tanks (5 pounders) Cheers!

I find 30 kegs force carbed with 5#...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum Yesterday, 05:07 PM
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Posted By solbes
Cold crash once its done. No worries on the...

Cold crash once its done. No worries on the colorless chunks. The beer took what made it great and left most of the fiber behind. You may have to watch your racking so as to not plug up your cane.
Forum: Extract Brewing Yesterday, 03:37 PM
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Posted By solbes
If its not even a little cloudy, its a...

If its not even a little cloudy, its a Krystalweizen, which is pretty rare. Give it a week or two in secondary and then bottle. No worries on clarity with Wheat beers.
Forum: Introductions Yesterday, 03:35 PM
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Posted By solbes
Welcome! Lots of brewers from Mn on these forums.

Welcome! Lots of brewers from Mn on these forums.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum Yesterday, 03:32 PM
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Posted By solbes
Darkness has Oats and Belgian Candy Sugar in it. ...

Darkness has Oats and Belgian Candy Sugar in it. One adds a lot of mouthfeel and the BCS adds a certain sweetness from the alcohol bump. Also hints of figs and stone fruit from the BCS. Crystal...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast Yesterday, 03:10 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By solbes
I don't think you can rack underneath it and halt...

I don't think you can rack underneath it and halt it in any way. Wilsers right in that you could bottle ASAP and then keep them cold. But I would roll with it and forget about that carboy for 12...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-10-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 29
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Posted By solbes
Boil up that lb of dark candi sugar in a tad of...

Boil up that lb of dark candi sugar in a tad of filtered water, cool, and add into your primary tonight. It will fire back up again and ferment those sugars. W'alla!
Forum: Hops Growing 07-10-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By solbes
I dunno, but when we are at the lake in late...

I dunno, but when we are at the lake in late June, the wind was a blowin' 35-40 and the hops (in the ground) did fine.
Forum: General Techniques 07-10-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By solbes
Carb through the "in" post. I'm guessing you...

Carb through the "in" post. I'm guessing you have ball locks. Sometimes they get stuck pretty good if you reverse the ball lock and post. I don't really see a benefit to carbing from the bottom of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-10-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 29
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Posted By solbes
I would do 1-2 more weeks in primary, go to the...

I would do 1-2 more weeks in primary, go to the Better bottle for a month or two, then bottle. Sometimes Belgians take awhile to crunch through those last sugars. It could happen in secondary this...
Forum: Wine 07-10-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 40,761
Posted By solbes
Here's my take. Others may differ. 1) I...

Here's my take. Others may differ.

1) I personally add both, but 1 box of light raisins (15 oz) and 1 can of white grape concentrate (11 oz, yes by the other juices) for 6 gallons that becomes 5...
Forum: Wine 07-09-2014, 02:39 AM
Replies: 211
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Posted By solbes
Head space in a primary bucket is fine. Even...

Head space in a primary bucket is fine. Even some in secondary with active fermentation going on may be okay. After that it is all secondary glass or better bottles and should be filled to very...
Forum: Wine 07-08-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 211
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Posted By solbes
Agree, Yoopers recipe seems to scale up really...

Agree, Yoopers recipe seems to scale up really well. I usually make 6 to start and end up bottling a tad over 5.

My 2012 batch was with carbon filtered tap water (alkalinity over 200). My 2013...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-27-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By solbes
Let us know how it turns out. When I think...

Let us know how it turns out. When I think Victory, I think of a nutty flavor thats well suited to Browns and beers like Fat Tire. But maybe at 4 oz it will give you the bready taste you're looking...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-27-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By solbes
Recipe looks decent. Pretty mammoth OG, so you...

Recipe looks decent. Pretty mammoth OG, so you need a very alcohol tolerant yeast or its going to crap out way high. The Abbey Ale may be that yeast, I dunno. To have enough yeast cells or the...
Forum: General Techniques 06-26-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 258
Posted By solbes
If its boiling, its boiling right? The...

If its boiling, its boiling right? The temperature difference between a low boil and a high roiling boil is 0F. If you some altitude at your location, 2000 Ft or so, then the boiling point of water...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 06-26-2014, 04:00 PM
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Posted By solbes
$40-75 and its still worth it. I drink a bottle...

$40-75 and its still worth it. I drink a bottle every couple of weeks and its immensely enjoyable. I would guess I have 18 bottles left. With 7 Belgian batches under my belt, this has been my...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-26-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By solbes
No pfffft at all when you crack one? If you have...

No pfffft at all when you crack one? If you have a little then I would say the yeast will eventually get the job done. If you have none, I think your yeast in the bottle has expired.

I would get...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-25-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 754
Posted By solbes
No rice hulls for me either in my BIAB. And I...

No rice hulls for me either in my BIAB. And I have had mashes with up to a lb of flaked oats (i.e. oatmeal).

Glad to hear the bag worked well!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-25-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 154
Posted By solbes
I don't think you ruined your first batch, so...

I don't think you ruined your first batch, so drink a beer when you get home :)

Airlocks are not a consistent measure of fermentation, you could have a small leak in your bucket lid seal and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-25-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 254
Posted By solbes
I don't think you need to rack it to secondary...

I don't think you need to rack it to secondary AND cold crash to drop the yeast. Either one will work fine for a style that works pretty well with a little yeast in suspension.

Agree Hog above...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-25-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 304
Posted By solbes
Guess I would lean towards a pale colored Bitter...

Guess I would lean towards a pale colored Bitter :) The S-04 pitched at 70 will make fine beer I'm sure, but the increased ester profile will not resemble a Pilsner or Kolsch. What makes a Kolsch...
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