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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-21-2014, 02:50 PM
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Posted By 4traindays
Yeast nutrient

I recently purchased some white labs yeast nutrient. My question is do I add this to my starter, or do I add to the boil? Thanks for the help
Forum: Extract Brewing 05-10-2013, 02:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,631
Posted By 4traindays
Thanks so much for the replies. What malts would...

Thanks so much for the replies. What malts would you recommend I use to replace some of the chocolate malt? And how much?
Forum: Extract Brewing 05-07-2013, 02:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,631
Posted By 4traindays
Bourbon Stout Recipe Feedback

I'm looking to brew a Oaked bourbon stout, need some recipe feedback. Here's what I've got:
6 lb dark lme
3 lb amber lme

16 oz chocolate malt
4 oz roasted barley
4 oz black malt

2 oz...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-28-2013, 02:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 321
Posted By 4traindays
Constantly getting lower than expected OG and FG, help!

Could this be the issue? So I start with 3.5 gallons of water to boil, after 60 minutes I end with about 3, then top off with an additional 2. So that totals 5.5 gallons. Is this my problem?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-27-2013, 03:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 600
Posted By 4traindays
Could this be the issue? So I start with 3.5...

Could this be the issue? So I start with 3.5 gallons of water to boil, after 60 minutes I end with about 3, then top off with an additional 2. So that totals 5.5 gallons. Is this my problem?
Forum: India Pale Ale 02-26-2013, 02:29 AM
Replies: 620
Views: 166,451
Posted By 4traindays
I'm an extract brewer, so are mash temps...

I'm an extract brewer, so are mash temps something that I need to be concerned about? I steep my grains at around 160 for 30-40 mins depending onnthe recipe.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-26-2013, 02:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 600
Posted By 4traindays
I am an extract brewer with steeping grains....

I am an extract brewer with steeping grains. Where could my process be going wrong? Thanks
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-26-2013, 02:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 600
Posted By 4traindays
I tested it at 60', that what is calibrated to....

I tested it at 60', that what is calibrated to. Yes that is what I test the wort at as well. As an experiment I tested it's reading at 60 degrees and at 75 degrees. The difference in reading was...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-26-2013, 01:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 600
Posted By 4traindays
@ vegan I used wlp002 that I made a starter with....

@ vegan I used wlp002 that I made a starter with. I can't figure this out, unless like you said my equip is faulty. Guess I might need a new hydrometer to rule that out.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-26-2013, 01:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 600
Posted By 4traindays
Constantly getting lower than expected OG and FG! Whats going wrong?

I there, I'm fairly new to brewing, having only brewed 9 batches. I'm consistently getting lower og and fg readings, on average .012 off on both. I've tested my hydrometer with water and it reads an...
Forum: India Pale Ale 02-25-2013, 07:35 PM
Replies: 620
Views: 166,451
Posted By 4traindays
No, with a hydrometer. Ive taken into account...

No, with a hydrometer. Ive taken into account temp at reading, can't figure out why it's so low. My hydrometer reads 1.000 with distiller h20 so. Think it's right on. Thinking about adding some malto...
Forum: India Pale Ale 02-25-2013, 05:50 PM
Replies: 620
Views: 166,451
Posted By 4traindays
I brewed this a month ago, og came in a bit low...

I brewed this a month ago, og came in a bit low at 1.06, took a sample yesterday and fg is at 1.004. I made a yeast starter with wlp002 as per stones recipe. Fermentation was very aggressive, lost...
Forum: India Pale Ale 02-02-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 620
Views: 166,451
Posted By 4traindays
Thanks for the replies. Is there anyway that I...

Thanks for the replies. Is there anyway that I could end up with a gravity of 1.060 if I indeed used 8 lbs Dme and 1 lb crystal 40 which I steeped for 35-40 mins? Maybe I just didn't mix my wort well...
Forum: India Pale Ale 01-31-2013, 02:51 PM
Replies: 620
Views: 166,451
Posted By 4traindays
I do partial boils, then top off. Boiled 3.5...

I do partial boils, then top off. Boiled 3.5 gallons then topped off to 5 in my primary. The recipe I used called for a 2.5 gallon boil, would my boiling 3.5 be the cause of the OG being lower than...
Forum: India Pale Ale 01-28-2013, 07:08 PM
Replies: 620
Views: 166,451
Posted By 4traindays
Brewed yesterday, used 8 lbs Dme, got an of of...

Brewed yesterday, used 8 lbs Dme, got an of of 1.060. Wondering why is lower than expected?
Forum: India Pale Ale 01-27-2013, 05:23 AM
Replies: 620
Views: 166,451
Posted By 4traindays
Planning on brewing this tomorrow, doing a...

Planning on brewing this tomorrow, doing a partial boil 3.5 gallons. I'll be following the same hop schedule, and will be using 8 lbs of Dme and the one lb of crystal 20. what should I be looking for...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-14-2012, 09:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 546
Posted By 4traindays
Thanks for the replies, and the always...

Thanks for the replies, and the always appreciated English lesson! Two for one I guess. This was my first experience with liquid yeast, thought it might take off like the dry yeasts I've used in the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-14-2012, 02:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 546
Posted By 4traindays
I brewed a dubbel the other day, pitched wyyeast...

I brewed a dubbel the other day, pitched wyyeast Belgium liquid yeast, after the smack pack had started to inflate, waited 24 hours, and no signs of fermentation. Had a pack of safale a-04 in the...
Forum: Extract Brewing 11-07-2012, 04:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By 4traindays
If I were to rebrew this beer in the future,...

If I were to rebrew this beer in the future, should I double pitch the yeast to get the gravity to drop. Are there any others options to increase alcohol %. Thanks for your advice.
Forum: Extract Brewing 11-05-2012, 01:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By 4traindays
Yep, I Used 8lbs lme and 1 lb lactose. Tasted it...

Yep, I Used 8lbs lme and 1 lb lactose. Tasted it during transfer, not too sweet at all. Plan on adding cold pressed coffee to it as well. Thanks.
Forum: Extract Brewing 11-05-2012, 03:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By 4traindays
Gravity reading seems high after transfer to secondary

Brewing a milk stout, transferred to secondary after 15 days in primary. Og reading @ 1.058, reading at transfer @ 1.022. This seems high to me. Can I rep itch with dry yeast to get it to come down?...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-10-2012, 01:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 628
Posted By 4traindays
So, I too am making the transition to full boil....

So, I too am making the transition to full boil. If I was to come up short of 5 gallons after boil, would I still need to top off to get to 5 in my primary? Or am I just gonna have less beer?
Forum: Extract Brewing 10-08-2012, 04:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 467
Posted By 4traindays
I do currently have a wort chiller, so I'm...

I do currently have a wort chiller, so I'm prepared for that issue. So, can I just follow my partial boil recipes, just with more water? Also, to account for evaporation, and yo end with 5 gallons,...
Forum: Extract Brewing 10-08-2012, 03:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 467
Posted By 4traindays
Full boil vs partial boil adjustments.

I'm making the transition to full boil extract brewing, however most all if the recipes that I have seen are for partial boiling. What adjustments are necessary to make these recipes pertinent to...
Forum: Extract Brewing 10-05-2012, 01:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,312
Posted By 4traindays
Looks good to me! I'll let you know how it turns...

Looks good to me! I'll let you know how it turns out in a couple months. Thanks again!
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