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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-28-2010, 11:16 PM
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Posted By vhampyre
Ye Olde Yeast Starters

So...as a converted wine maker, who's had to toss batches before, my beer making adventures have always used yeast starters. However, the recommendation seems to be around here to pitch dry yeast...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-05-2010, 01:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 541
Posted By vhampyre
Can you direct pitch? Yes. Will you be fine?...

Can you direct pitch? Yes.
Will you be fine? Usually.
Are starters hard to make? No.

First time you toss a five gallon batch because the fermentation didn't take off but something else did,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-05-2010, 01:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 541
Posted By vhampyre
A little late to make a starter, but it's always...

A little late to make a starter, but it's always recommended.

1. You know the yeast is alive and healthy.
2. You know that your yeast, and not something weird will overwhelm the brew.
3. The...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-05-2010, 12:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,146
Posted By vhampyre
Also, check the wiki: ...

Also, check the wiki:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/Bottle_bomb
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-05-2010, 12:41 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By vhampyre
Hmm. Grenades. My suggestion would be to get a...

Hmm. Grenades. My suggestion would be to get a face shield, leather gloves, open them all, and drink them immediately.

Kidding aside, generally too much sugar in the prime, or it wasn't done...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-05-2010, 11:27 AM
Replies: 11
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Posted By vhampyre
Realistically, so little brewing was done in the...

Realistically, so little brewing was done in the short period of time since you pitched that there are probably very few fusel alcohols formed (that's what gives it that light, hot, spicy taste). I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-05-2010, 02:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 748
Posted By vhampyre
Temps affect brews significantly. Wort Chillers...

Temps affect brews significantly. Wort Chillers help to bring the temps down faster, but don't get anxious and pitch at high temps. It'll impart a light, hot, spicy taste you won't want. No wort...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-09-2010, 01:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 262
Posted By vhampyre
Ignore the kit directions. If you browse the...

Ignore the kit directions. If you browse the forum, you'll see that over and over again, the best beer is made by leaving in the fermenter for at least 3 weeks, bottle, then let age in the bottle for...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-08-2010, 10:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,440
Posted By vhampyre
Never tried myself. The sweetening would be the...

Never tried myself. The sweetening would be the issue. Depends on whether you are kegging or bottling.

Easy to do with kegging; simple potassium sorbate (wine brew chemical) will kill the yeast....
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-04-2010, 04:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Posted By vhampyre
Check your receipt, should list what they did. ...

Check your receipt, should list what they did.

Quick and dirty guess, they converted the LME to roughly 9.5lbs of 2 row.

Grain bill total is probably about 10.25 lbs, or so.

Assuming usual...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-04-2010, 03:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,285
Posted By vhampyre
I've had my eye on this controller, from the DIY...

I've had my eye on this controller, from the DIY forum, as I troll the local listings for fridges and freezers- seems to work fine, and a heck of a lot cheaper than other controllers I've seen:
...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-02-2010, 01:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,442
Posted By vhampyre
Tougher to calculate; but I'd agree that the...

Tougher to calculate; but I'd agree that the kettle design could vary the evaporation rate significantly.

http://www.southshoregunitepools.com/resources/htms/evaporation.htm

I think I'm...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-02-2010, 01:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,442
Posted By vhampyre
About 4%. 2nd graph down: ...

About 4%.

2nd graph down:

http://www.ce.utexas.edu/prof/kinnas/319LAB/Book/CH1/PROPS/densgif.html
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-02-2010, 01:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 757
Posted By vhampyre
Did you tell beersmith to compensate for your...

Did you tell beersmith to compensate for your equipment temps on the mash? (checkbox?)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-02-2010, 01:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,442
Posted By vhampyre
Oh- missed it. Passed already ran the calcs-...

Oh- missed it. Passed already ran the calcs- about 6% loss on his run.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-02-2010, 01:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,442
Posted By vhampyre
Where's all the ex-nuke's at to chime in on the...

Where's all the ex-nuke's at to chime in on the thermodynamics? I know there's a few lurking around here besides me.

For my two cents, I'm leaning with Passed Pawn. Evap rates would be affected by...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-26-2010, 02:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 439
Posted By vhampyre
Technically, you'd need to take a gravity reading...

Technically, you'd need to take a gravity reading after adding priming sugar, then again after it's bottle conditioned to get proper accuracy.

However, we're dealing with relatively small amounts....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-23-2010, 03:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 379
Posted By vhampyre
Proper Serving Temps?

I just read a post about someone's first brew, and someone recommended serving at 41 from a room temp glass, which is interesting.

Having tackled a first (and slightly young 3 weeks primary/1 week...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-23-2010, 03:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,084
Posted By vhampyre
Ingenuity abounds in homebrewing. More a matter...

Ingenuity abounds in homebrewing. More a matter of budget/exisiting spaces/existing equipment.

Fridges work. Freezers work. A/C units work. Ice baths work.

The long and the short is- where do...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-23-2010, 03:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,210
Posted By vhampyre
Also, fwiw, I don't think it's done yet. Still a...

Also, fwiw, I don't think it's done yet. Still a fairly "thick" brew at 1.020.

What's the recipe's SG/FG?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-23-2010, 02:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,210
Posted By vhampyre
Check tomorrow, or better yet, the day after. See...

Check tomorrow, or better yet, the day after. See what the reading is then and post. No reason to rush. Yeasties will be available to carb for quite a while, and hurrying doesn't help.

The rule of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-22-2010, 02:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 457
Posted By vhampyre
Would depend on the fruit as well (some have more...

Would depend on the fruit as well (some have more sugar than others), but I agree with Avid. Putting 3 pounds into a 5 gallon batch will add sugar, and will need to brew out, but overall, not a huge...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-22-2010, 02:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By vhampyre
Enjoy! Quick word of advice on the BB...

Enjoy!

Quick word of advice on the BB directions: Let it sit for 3 weeks in your fermenter (secondary not required), then bottle, then sit for 3 more before cracking them open.

If you can...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-20-2010, 11:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,210
Posted By vhampyre
It's possible- but not very likely that the temp...

It's possible- but not very likely that the temp change caused the ferment to be "stuck".

Barring other things, it may just plain be done. Pitching at high temps can cause a quick ferment, but at...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-19-2010, 08:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 368
Posted By vhampyre
Dangit. 3 weeks in bottle? HAH!

So, I return from the LHBS with a bag of grain and yeast. Gonna take a whack at an AG, and my first kit is in the bottle a week. Let it age 3, going to let it age 3 in the bottle. A test of extreme...
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