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Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 05-21-2014, 03:06 AM
Replies: 12
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Posted By IL1kebeer
Oh hell yes. This is some good stuff. I still...

Oh hell yes. This is some good stuff. I still have half a bottle of this from the last time I went to Michigan.
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 05-20-2014, 04:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 468
Posted By IL1kebeer
New Holland is a great and underrated brewery....

New Holland is a great and underrated brewery. They also do distilling. Their BA RIS "Dragon's Milk" kicks ass and it's easy to get in most of the Grand Rapids area.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-22-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 8,522
Posted By IL1kebeer
I think I am done entering Homebrew Competitions

A very important thing to consider is storage, handling, and bottling procedures. This can be a cause for a great variability between bottles of the same batch, thus contributing to fluctuating...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-22-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 700
Posted By IL1kebeer
If the yeast have already flocculated then you...

If the yeast have already flocculated then you are pretty much stuck. I'm not so sure that they will clean up with a temperature rise if they have gone to sleep, even if you rouse them. Give it a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-18-2014, 03:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 304
Posted By IL1kebeer
Yeast over attenuation ???

I regularly get in the 80-85% attenuation range with the White Labs equivalent of that strain (wlp001). This holds true mainly to grists that don't consist of a lot of specialty grains (like yours...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-15-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,401
Posted By IL1kebeer
Yep. I have an American wheat on tap right now...

Yep. I have an American wheat on tap right now with the same schedule, 7 days in primary and 3 on gas. It's absolutely wonderful and no off flavors.


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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-15-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,401
Posted By IL1kebeer
I'd let the yeast mostly clear on their own...

I'd let the yeast mostly clear on their own before cold crashing. That way you know that they are done cleaning up undesirable fermentation by products like diacetyl and acetaldehyde. You don't want...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-15-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,420
Posted By IL1kebeer
Belgian bottles will hold 4 vols but that's a bit...

Belgian bottles will hold 4 vols but that's a bit high for saisons anyway.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-14-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 700
Posted By IL1kebeer
WLP 002 English Ale

This strain and 007 are freakishly fast. 2 days seems a bit extreme but I'm not too surprised, especially since your ambient temp was 68F. I'd be on the lookout for diacetyl. 002 without controlled...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-14-2014, 04:35 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,401
Posted By IL1kebeer
4-6 days to FG for me for ales unless it's a huge...

4-6 days to FG for me for ales unless it's a huge beer. Heck, some of my beers are already kegged by day 7.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-12-2014, 03:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,420
Posted By IL1kebeer
Just starting to appreciate saisons.

A dual pressure reg would be good but you need to make sure your serving lines are the right length when you change up your pressure for different beers.

I have a manifold and 1 regulator so all...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-11-2014, 11:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,420
Posted By IL1kebeer
Just starting to appreciate saisons.

Carb volumes are big and often overlooked. Usually people do the standard 4oz for all their beers and call it a day. This won't cut it for most Belgians and wheat beers (both German and American)....
Forum: General Techniques 04-10-2014, 12:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,120
Posted By IL1kebeer
Experiement Idea: brew day to bottle to glass in 3 weeks.

See! Good beer can be made in less than a month with a healthy fermentation and the right recipe. Great job! I have been preaching this on here for months and have encountered a lot of people that...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-09-2014, 12:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 451
Posted By IL1kebeer
entering a comp

This is why I like local competitions where I can drop my bottles off, and even though I feel good enough about my process to ship my beer, there's some peace of mind about knowing that your beer was...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-08-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 344
Posted By IL1kebeer
Realistic FG for OG 1.065 DIPA?

True, you have less control over the fermentability of extracts; however, when I used to brew with extract I could get down to 1.010-1.013ish with my IPAs. The key is to use high quality extract,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-08-2014, 06:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 834
Posted By IL1kebeer
I prefer WLP007 in an IPA over WLP002 that extra...

I prefer WLP007 in an IPA over WLP002 that extra attenuation is perfect for this style.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-07-2014, 03:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By IL1kebeer
Will the pale ale recipe work for needing the beer in 4 1/2 weeks?

If you speed carb in your keg and have a healthy and controlled fermentation, then you can have this beer ready to drink in less than two weeks. It will definitely be ready to drink in 4 1/2 weeks,...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-06-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 704
Posted By IL1kebeer
Ugh, I've tried kegging on brew day before. It's...

Ugh, I've tried kegging on brew day before. It's nice to get a lot done in one day but it's a lot of work!
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-06-2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 358
Posted By IL1kebeer
Inconsistent Roast/Dark malt flavor contributions

Are you getting your roasted malts from the same manufacturer? Different malts, especially roasted malts, vary greatly between maltsters.

For example:

Simpsons Chocolate: 375L-450L
Briess...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-06-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 704
Posted By IL1kebeer
Not brewing today. I brewed an American Wheat...

Not brewing today. I brewed an American Wheat last weekend, so I will be kegging today and also cleaning my draft system. I will be brewing my American Stout next weekend.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-05-2014, 03:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 750
Posted By IL1kebeer
I use detergent for baby bottles and dishes. Not...

I use detergent for baby bottles and dishes. Not sure how different it is from regular detergent but I have no head retention problems.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-04-2014, 04:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 781
Posted By IL1kebeer
Stone IPA clone so I'm assuming that you used an...

Stone IPA clone so I'm assuming that you used an English yeast, most of which ferment very fast. Take a gravity reading and you will see that you are probably at FG, or maybe point or two off. Even...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-04-2014, 12:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 750
Posted By IL1kebeer
I do this as well and have no head retention or...

I do this as well and have no head retention or lacing issues.



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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-02-2014, 05:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 388
Posted By IL1kebeer
Wheat Recipe Opinion

55-60% Wheat and the rest of the grist should be 2 row for a nice American Wheat. If you are trying to brew to style, Maris otter will throw an American Wheat recipe out of balance big time.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-01-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 460
Posted By IL1kebeer
What makes a beer world-class?

Fermentation
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