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Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-26-2014, 01:30 PM
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Posted By bierandbikes
Trip to San Antonio - Brewery suggestions?

I am headed to Ft Sam Houston in San Antonio so I am looking for good breweries to visit (preferably ones serving food for dinner) and hotel recommendations within walking distance of those breweries...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-31-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 13,473
Posted By bierandbikes
I brewed an IIPA that finished at 9.5% using 2...

I brewed an IIPA that finished at 9.5% using 2 packets of US-05. No issues with the ferment or carbonation. Only thing I noticed was that it took a bit longer to achieve the proper balance in the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-10-2014, 07:15 PM
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Posted By bierandbikes
St. Paul, MN - breweries to visit?

I am headed up to St. Paul next week. Any recommendations on which brewery(s) I should hit? I am not sure how many days I will be there so if there is a decent hotel located within walking distance...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-31-2013, 01:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,638
Posted By bierandbikes
I was thinking about putting one of these...

I was thinking about putting one of these together. Question for y'all. My Brita filter says that you should not let it dry out. If I build one of these it will be for filtering water for brewing....
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-30-2013, 11:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Posted By bierandbikes
Thanks for all the advice. I actually looked at...

Thanks for all the advice. I actually looked at the upgraded MM2-2.0 and it specifically says that it will crack corn. It has a wider gap which seems to be the problem with the others. I cannot...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-27-2013, 12:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 233
Posted By bierandbikes
off flavors develop in bottles

I am getting a bit frustrated. My last few batches have been phenomenal when I open the first bottle, but the second is fair and the third is OFF. I made a hefe weizen and the first bottle was...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-21-2013, 12:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Posted By bierandbikes
Monster mill for cracking corn?

I am about to purchase a mill and have pretty well settled on the MM2 but curious if this will crack corn as well. I would like to supplement my chicken feed with home grown corn but need to crack...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-18-2013, 12:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 187
Posted By bierandbikes
dual purpose mill?

I would like to have a mill for crushing grain for brewing. I would also like to have a mill for grinding corn into meal or wheat into flour. Can I do both with a single mill? What do I need to...
Forum: American Ale 12-17-2013, 01:16 PM
Replies: 587
Views: 147,008
Posted By bierandbikes
My understanding of your temp for calculating...

My understanding of your temp for calculating sugars for your desired carbonation is the highest temp during primary fermentation.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-17-2013, 01:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 176
Posted By bierandbikes
What yeast did you pitch? Some do just fine...

What yeast did you pitch? Some do just fine pitching at that temp...although that is rare. Unless you pitched a Belgian strain that likes super high temps, you may have off flavors. Get it cooled...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-16-2013, 03:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 384
Posted By bierandbikes
Dry yeast keeps just fine in the freezer. I keep...

Dry yeast keeps just fine in the freezer. I keep a large stock of bread yeast in the freezer and pull out what I need for a couple of weeks at a time and transfer to fridge.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-16-2013, 01:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,412
Posted By bierandbikes
One issue, or trick, that I sometimes use is to...

One issue, or trick, that I sometimes use is to start heating my first runoff as soon as I have a gallon in the BK. I do this intentionally to get some of the malliard reactions that add flavor, but...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-16-2013, 12:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 257
Posted By bierandbikes
Not too specific, but I like to add a healthy...

Not too specific, but I like to add a healthy dose of bittering hops at 60 minutes, then at 10 I start making more additions, then at 2, then at flameout. I also really like to dry hop with about 4...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-16-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,431
Posted By bierandbikes
I know that I should have waited but I couldn't. ...

I know that I should have waited but I couldn't. After just over two weeks in the bottle, I put a 0.5L in the fridge for 3 days. Cracked it open last night to a loud "pop" and the most beautiful...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-06-2013, 06:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,271
Posted By bierandbikes
Not saving yeast in growlers, but I washed yeast...

Not saving yeast in growlers, but I washed yeast and saved in mason jars recently. After washing and filling the final jars I screwed the lids on tight and put them in the fridge. Do I need to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-06-2013, 06:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 680
Posted By bierandbikes
I was under the impression that "conditioning,"...

I was under the impression that "conditioning," although it encompasses the carbonation process, goes beyond that as well. Does conditioning not also include some further cleaning up and flavor...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-06-2013, 04:37 PM
Replies: 1,351
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JAG, with engineering and science undergrad. I...

JAG, with engineering and science undergrad. I love the A-10. I have been awed by them since I was a kid. Always good to see and hear one downrange.

Looking for a new job, though. Family is...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-26-2013, 06:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,007
Posted By bierandbikes
I would say your choice on fermentation temps has...

I would say your choice on fermentation temps has everything to do with the yeast strain. Many strains produce flavor compounds during the growth phase. Therefore, higher temps could enhance either...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-25-2013, 03:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 345
Posted By bierandbikes
Any recommendations on which bottles can handle...

Any recommendations on which bottles can handle the higher pressures?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-25-2013, 12:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,431
Posted By bierandbikes
I just bottled this brew last night. FG was...

I just bottled this brew last night. FG was 1.008 (although I stuck my hydrometer in some water and think it is reading 1.002 off so actual FG at 1.006). No change from the reading taken at day 12....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-22-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,431
Posted By bierandbikes
Relax...no worries. It actually prompted me to...

Relax...no worries. It actually prompted me to do a little more research into this particular yeast strain. Also, I have not yet bottled it. I am at 28 days and plan to bottle on Sunday. I have...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-20-2013, 05:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 696
Posted By bierandbikes
A bit slow on the response. I fermented at 67-68...

A bit slow on the response. I fermented at 67-68 for the full time. I think the S-05 is more forgiving in that it will produce a clean profile at all but the extremes of its range. I would use it...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-19-2013, 05:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 696
Posted By bierandbikes
I brewed an IIPA (9.32%ABV, 85IBU) and used 2...

I brewed an IIPA (9.32%ABV, 85IBU) and used 2 packets of S-05. Took is down from 1.080 to 1.009. I found that it took a bit longer to condition in the bottles than some of the other liquid yeasts...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-19-2013, 03:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 642
Posted By bierandbikes
I have read that the hive requires a significant...

I have read that the hive requires a significant amount of honey to make it through the winter. I am hoping for a large enough crop to harvest at least a few pounds for myself but understand the...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-19-2013, 02:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 642
Posted By bierandbikes
Bees and honey

I have been brewing beer for a couple of years now but have never brewed mead...mostly because of a lack of good local honey at a reasonable price. I have made the first step in solving that issue. ...
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