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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-10-2014, 05:00 PM
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Posted By zeg
Also, unless you need to free up the primary...

Also, unless you need to free up the primary fermenter, I'd just leave the beer alone for the entire 3 weeks. Under ordinary conditions, there's little reason to move a beer to secondary.

For...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-09-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 421
Posted By zeg
Yes. Just about perfect.

Yes. Just about perfect.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-09-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By zeg
Many of my brews (perhaps most) have a sharp...

Many of my brews (perhaps most) have a sharp hop-bittery aftertaste. It always worries me, but never shows in the end product. I wouldn't worry.

Not much you could do anyway...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-22-2014, 03:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 730
Posted By zeg
I just cut the bag all the way across, open it...

I just cut the bag all the way across, open it wide, and dump it as fast as possible. It feels like a lot sticks behind, but it's not really all that much. I prefer this to getting gunk on other...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-22-2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 409
Posted By zeg
If your bottles are clean, I think it ought to...

If your bottles are clean, I think it ought to work in principle, but I think it's probably not a terrific idea. Whatever method you use to sanitize, if long as you seal the container, nothing is...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-12-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,746
Posted By zeg
Wow, you're edgy. Not sure I can...

Wow, you're edgy.




Not sure I can tell where you're serious and where you're ironic, but you're right that you have to choose your battles. However, that's different from advocating poor...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-11-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,746
Posted By zeg
...or an 11g pack of dry yeast... :ban:

...or an 11g pack of dry yeast... :ban:
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-10-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,746
Posted By zeg
Yeah, it's the beer you're making. I usually make...

Yeah, it's the beer you're making. I usually make my starters a bit less than 1.040, based on some book---perhaps Yeast. IIRC, I've seen recommendations from reputable sources that vary from about...
Forum: Light Lager 02-04-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 30,465
Posted By zeg
No problem being a noob. Don't worry about lager...

No problem being a noob. Don't worry about lager malt, it is just a lightly kilned base malt. You can use pilsener or plain 2-row malt. I've never personally encountered something called "lager malt"...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-03-2014, 04:54 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,746
Posted By zeg
You do realize that your method is essentially...

You do realize that your method is essentially identical to running one set of numbers on MrMalty, then using that solution for every beer, right?




I think pitching an appropriate amount of...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-30-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
Posted By zeg
By the way, the BB manufacturer has an extensive...

By the way, the BB manufacturer has an extensive write-up regarding cleaning practices (http://better-bottle.com/technical.html). Key recommendations:

Do not use excessively hot water, 125F is...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-28-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
Posted By zeg
Well, I gave it another thorough wash with...

Well, I gave it another thorough wash with Seventh Gen enzyme detergent (as recommended by BB themselves) on the theory that a different cleaning method might work differently with whatever is...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-19-2014, 01:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
Posted By zeg
I hadn't heard of the rag+oxi thing until a few...

I hadn't heard of the rag+oxi thing until a few days ago. I tried it, and it did a great job removing a ring around the shoulder from a batch that had been all but abandoned in the closet since april...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-18-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 4,708
Views: 440,531
Posted By zeg
For some reason, a swamp cooler full of star-san...

For some reason, a swamp cooler full of star-san just doesn't seem right to me. It's a creative solution, but I don't think I'd try it.

You might be ok, though---if the spigot doesn't let beer...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-17-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 827
Views: 500,181
Posted By zeg
I toyed around with a PVC elbow, but never got it...

I toyed around with a PVC elbow, but never got it to work. I also couldn't find a handy source for the elbows that did not sell them with a sticker directly applied, using some god awful glue that I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-17-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 382
Posted By zeg
In addition, dry yeast packets have FAR more...

In addition, dry yeast packets have FAR more cells than liquid yeast vials. A 100% viable vial has 100 billion cells, IIRC, and your viability is probably more like 60-80%. If you have a moderately...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-17-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,746
Posted By zeg
If you're careful (and hop your starter), you can...

If you're careful (and hop your starter), you can get a perfectly drinkable small batch out of it. For big starters, this can be worth it if you hate throwing out beer.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-17-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 4,708
Views: 440,531
Posted By zeg
The thing that I'd worry more about is fully...

The thing that I'd worry more about is fully sanitizing the spigot when it came to bottling time. I strongly prefer to run sanitizer through the full beer path immediately before use. If you try it,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-17-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By zeg
Fermentis has a faq:...

Fermentis has a faq: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/dry-yeast-1pkg-2-a-454055/#post5829575

It says an 11.5g sachet is good for 4-6 gallons. The US-05 datasheet says 50-80 g/hL (1 hL=100 L),...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-16-2014, 11:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By zeg
They recommend that on their packets, but if you...

They recommend that on their packets, but if you get the datasheets, many encourage rehydration.

Danstar Nottingham has a pitch rate formula that recommends 2 packets for a typical 5gal batch. I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-15-2014, 04:30 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 16,901
Posted By zeg
I have three of them, roughly in chronological...

I have three of them, roughly in chronological order.

1) I got parts to assemble a copper immersion chiller, starting with the usual refrigerator tubing. After carefully wrapping that around...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-15-2014, 04:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 437
Posted By zeg
Spinning the hydrometer in the tube can help a...

Spinning the hydrometer in the tube can help a little, I usually just set the sample aside while I do something else and the bubbles are gone by the time I get to it.

I have often waited overnight...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-15-2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 257
Posted By zeg
If you play around, you can at least minimize the...

If you play around, you can at least minimize the agitation when you start the flow. Usually through a combination of pointing into the corner of the bottle at the right angle and opening the valve...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-15-2014, 03:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 747
Posted By zeg
Mine was an ordinary bitter. It was... ordinary....

Mine was an ordinary bitter. It was... ordinary. Not particularly outstanding, but it didn't have any major technical flaws. It came out perhaps a little bland, which I countered a bit with a last...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-15-2014, 01:51 AM
Replies: 4,708
Views: 440,531
Posted By zeg
Those look like similar to some food storage...

Those look like similar to some food storage containers we had at my living group in college. I can imagine they'd work.

Personally, I prefer brewing in containers with narrow openings. It does...
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