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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-21-2014, 03:30 PM
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Posted By Zandrello
I agree with this for sure. I was gonna say,...

I agree with this for sure. I was gonna say, higher fermentation temps would not cause a nasty chemical taste. I would blame that either on your water OR possibly bad sanitation?? I'm not calling...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-01-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 330
Posted By Zandrello
OH! Also, btw, I checked out BeerSmith's...

OH! Also, btw, I checked out BeerSmith's website, and they actually offer a 21 day FREE TRIAL for the new version (2.2 I believe)!! So I'm definitely gonna download that this evening, and use it to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-01-2014, 02:29 PM
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Posted By Zandrello
Yes, I misread, sorry!! That makes sense, after...

Yes, I misread, sorry!! That makes sense, after sparging and whatnot, the volume of water versus the amount of sugars is much higher, then of course boiling and evaporating water during the boil...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-31-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By Zandrello
Aah, just saw your comment. So if my target OG...

Aah, just saw your comment. So if my target OG is 1.049, then my Preboil gravity (after vorlauf / sparging) should be around 1.056-59 then??

I do not own Palmer's book, but I am a HUGE fan, and...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-31-2014, 09:27 PM
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Views: 330
Posted By Zandrello
Well my Target OG after the boil and everything...

Well my Target OG after the boil and everything of course is 1.049 ish. Recipe says 1.049, so anything there or slightly higher, I'm happy. So should my pre-boil gravity be much HIGHER than my...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-31-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 330
Posted By Zandrello
How to know what Pre-Boil Gravity to hit

Hello all,
I am doing my first All-Grain batch today. I have been brewing for about 1.5 years, have all the necessary equipment (finally), and feel that I'm ready.

One question I have is, when...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-31-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By Zandrello
Yeah I have heard the same. Somewhere around...

Yeah I have heard the same. Somewhere around 1.045. My OG on my DME starter was more around 1.052, so a tiny bit stronger, but not much. I just figured, more for the yeast to eat! But yes the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-31-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By Zandrello
No the stir bar never did get thrown, thankfully....

No the stir bar never did get thrown, thankfully. That was the first thing I checked this morning. I have a POT knob on the side, and I can tell if I speed it up, the stir bar starts rattling (like...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-31-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By Zandrello
Also, the other thing I'm worried about is this: ...

Also, the other thing I'm worried about is this: IF IT KEEPS BOILING OVER LIKE THAT, AM I EVENTUALLY GOING TO LOSE ALL MY YEAST CUZ THEY ARE MOSTLY ON THE TOP RIGHT? LIKE, THERE WILL BE NOTHING...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-31-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By Zandrello
Yeast Starter mild explosion??

So I will preface by saying I have read some of the other "yeast starter explosion" threads. I have been brewing for over a year and a half, but this is my first yeast starter.

But I do have a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-24-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By Zandrello
Thanks for all the help and advice everyone!! ...

Thanks for all the help and advice everyone!! Brewed my Buffalo Sweat clone on Saturday, and it went great!! Yeast is working away, really active fermentation so far!! :mug:
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-19-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By Zandrello
With the smack pack though, won't they eventually...

With the smack pack though, won't they eventually run out of nutrients? There's only so much to eat inside the smack pack...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-18-2014, 10:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By Zandrello
I guess at this point I'll go ahead and put the...

I guess at this point I'll go ahead and put the little dudes back in the fridge. The pack has swollen quite a bit so that's good. I'll probably brew either tomorrow or Thursday instead. Couldn't...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-18-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By Zandrello
Also, btw, if you do the whole mason jar +...

Also, btw, if you do the whole mason jar + sanitized foil method, do you poke a few holes in the foil so CO2 can escape?? Or is this necessary in a starter??
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-18-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By Zandrello
What do you mean you added them directly? You...

What do you mean you added them directly? You mean you didn't let them warm up to room temperature first before pitching them? Doesn't that shock them?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-18-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By Zandrello
Good to know. If I end up not being able to brew...

Good to know. If I end up not being able to brew today, I'll go ahead and put it in the fridge. I mean, they will just go dormant, not die right?

I have always had wonderful results with Wyeast,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-18-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By Zandrello
Yeast Starter Question

So I've seen lots of yeast starter videos, but I have a poor-man's question.

I have this smack pack, Wyeast British Ale 1086, it was refrigerated from the time it arrived on Monday afternoon. I...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-12-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 415
Posted By Zandrello
Would Beer Smith do these calculations as well?? ...

Would Beer Smith do these calculations as well?? Is Beer Smith free?
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-12-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 415
Posted By Zandrello
OK, maybe I'm missing something, but why are they...

OK, maybe I'm missing something, but why are they not including the actual AMOUNT of grains?? For instance, on the Belgian Wheat:
Grist:
Pale 2-Row 50%
Pale Wheat 50%

But it doesn't...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-12-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 301
Posted By Zandrello
Yeah wow where are you dude?? I usually don't...

Yeah wow where are you dude?? I usually don't pay more than $1-3 for an ounce of pellet hops, or for 6-12oz of whole-leaf hops... Sorry to hear about your inconvenience of expensive hops... :(
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-12-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,007
Posted By Zandrello
This is all very great info. Thanks guys! I...

This is all very great info. Thanks guys! I will certainly try this with my next brew. Have you learned this just based off experience or what?? I ask because, most of the Wyeast strains I have...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-11-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,007
Posted By Zandrello
Interesting, I must have mis-read or gotten...

Interesting, I must have mis-read or gotten mistaken on the upper range for that yeast. I will say I'm glad that it rarely got upwards of 74. That's good I guess, when it did get up there, it...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-11-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,007
Posted By Zandrello
Wyeast 1272 is what comes with the recipe by...

Wyeast 1272 is what comes with the recipe by default. Unless you opt for the dry yeast S-05, which I NEVER do. I prefer the liquid yeast, I've always had fantastic results.

Thanks for the info. ...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-11-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,007
Posted By Zandrello
Mr Pug, thanks so much for all your info. Sadly,...

Mr Pug, thanks so much for all your info. Sadly, I did not take an ORIGINAL brix reading, it was my first time using my new refract toy at the time, and I didn't even think to take Brix reading,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-11-2014, 08:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,007
Posted By Zandrello
Interesting, well that puts my mind at ease then....

Interesting, well that puts my mind at ease then. By using your example, that should mean my FG is pretty close to being on the ball. Around 1.017-18

My refract reading was about 1.038
I did not...
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