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Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-05-2012, 11:59 AM
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Posted By merkinman
This starter was pitched into a test batch of...

This starter was pitched into a test batch of beer about three weeks ago, and the fermentation is taking on a very interesting path (one more like a lambic or other sour beer than some of the...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 07-22-2012, 07:19 PM
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Posted By merkinman
Wild Curd Krausen

After about a 30 hour lag, my test batch for the starter of wild yeast I captured in my yard had developed a thick, fluffy krausen. Then these little curds rose up and floated to the top - looking...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 06-18-2012, 07:18 PM
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Posted By merkinman
Good points. I was intending to capture this to...

Good points. I was intending to capture this to use in another fuller batch of beer (there is only about .5 a gallon in the jug now), and I do suppose if I wanted to let that little bit run the...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 06-18-2012, 02:12 PM
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Posted By merkinman
This is what happens (from Lambic by Guinard): ...

This is what happens (from Lambic by Guinard):

(3 to 7 days) Enteric Bacteria and Kloeckera Apiculata
(2 weeks) Saccharomyces
(3 to 4 months) Lactic Acid Bacteria
(8 months) Brettanomyces plus...
Forum: Home Brewing Photo Forum 06-16-2012, 07:36 PM
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Posted By merkinman
American Rye Beer

American Rye Beer
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 06-16-2012, 04:42 PM
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Posted By merkinman
I set out about a gallon of second runnings for...

I set out about a gallon of second runnings for around 18 hours before pouring them into a sanitized jug and covering:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7212/7380510200_148e5a3fe0.jpg...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-04-2012, 09:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,605
Posted By merkinman
O.G. = 1.046 F.G. = 1.004 Mash = 122 (30...

O.G. = 1.046
F.G. = 1.004

Mash = 122 (30 min) -- 146 (60 min) -- 168 (10 min)

I was wondering if this was even possible before reading this thread -- but it is still a higher attenuation rate...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 01-10-2012, 11:17 PM
Replies: 78
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Posted By merkinman
Great thread here. Any ideas on how I might get...

Great thread here. Any ideas on how I might get my hands on the Ballantine ad with John Stienbeck? I have been searching for one for years.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-24-2011, 01:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,000
Posted By merkinman
Looks good. Saison is pretty versatile. I would...

Looks good. Saison is pretty versatile. I would leave the orange and coriander out though.
Forum: General Chit Chat 09-27-2011, 02:01 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,189
Posted By merkinman
I have 9 oz centennial I would trade for other...

I have 9 oz centennial I would trade for other hops ( preferably noble, simcoe, or others).
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-20-2011, 03:59 PM
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Posted By merkinman
Thanks, R.

Thanks, R.
Forum: General Chit Chat 09-05-2011, 12:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 146
Posted By merkinman
we got four now. anyone else? got friends...

we got four now. anyone else?

got friends who may be interested?
Forum: General Chit Chat 09-03-2011, 11:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 146
Posted By merkinman
Any Interested Parties for a Yahoo Pick 'em group?

Group ID# 35485

Password = sack

:mug::cross::ban:
Forum: General Chit Chat 08-28-2011, 12:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 384
Posted By merkinman
Proceed with caution. This is a trap if I've ever...

Proceed with caution. This is a trap if I've ever seen one.
Forum: General Chit Chat 08-20-2011, 08:22 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 180
Posted By merkinman
Yahoo Fantasy Football League Needs Manager or two.

The keeper league I am in is beer themed (you name your team after your favorite beer). We have a couple spots that need to be filled before Wednesday the 24th (draft day).

I thought it would be...
Forum: General Chit Chat 08-20-2011, 08:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 198
Posted By merkinman
Are you still looking for a team. I am in a...

Are you still looking for a team. I am in a keeper league, and we have a couple spots that need filling. It is a beer themed league, and it would be cool to have another homebrewer.

PM me, and I...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-17-2011, 02:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 921
Posted By merkinman
Did this beer ever get brewed? How did it turn...

Did this beer ever get brewed? How did it turn out? I really like the idea of 50% pils, 25% Munich, 25% Vienna.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-17-2011, 01:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 559
Posted By merkinman
1.102 is going to take some time. You may...

1.102 is going to take some time.

You may have tasted hot alcohols by now if they were present. I'd continue to keep it cool even though I think you are past the danger zone.

I would...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-10-2011, 09:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 559
Posted By merkinman
With a high gravity beer like this, hot alcohols...

With a high gravity beer like this, hot alcohols are a risk at any elevated temp. 72 may not be that big of a deal, but I would be much more comfortable if I kept the temp lower than that, especially...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-03-2011, 07:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 247
Posted By merkinman
Was the beer carbonated before it went into the...

Was the beer carbonated before it went into the bottle?

If it was, I do not see this as much of a problem. Once the cap is on, the gas can't really go anywhere. Try one and see if it is okay.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-03-2011, 04:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 810
Posted By merkinman
Most Belgian beers are also bottle conditioned. ...

Most Belgian beers are also bottle conditioned. I previously thought that may be the only need for the heavy bottle -- hence my dismay at having a bottle bomb that was keg carbed.

I wonder if...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-03-2011, 02:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 810
Posted By merkinman
I would say the carbonation was somewhere between...

I would say the carbonation was somewhere between 3.5 and 4, being a Belgian style, I cranked it up pretty well.

I drank one of the other bottles last night, and it did not taste of any infection,...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-03-2011, 01:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 810
Posted By merkinman
I think we have our answer.

I think we have our answer.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-02-2011, 04:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 937
Posted By merkinman
You may have gotten the gelatin a little to hot...

You may have gotten the gelatin a little to hot which will cause it to blob up. I boil, then let the water cool to around 170. I then add the gelatin and wait 20-30 minutes for it to dissolve, and...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-02-2011, 12:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 810
Posted By merkinman
Keg conditioned bottle bombs

I did not think this was possible until about 1:00 this morning. It was witbier force carbonated in a keg and then bottled for comps. I guess the suspended yeast remained active and then boom. Some...
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