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Forum: General Techniques 11-14-2012, 08:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,233
Posted By chrisfiac
I agree this doesn't seem possible--any of it....

I agree this doesn't seem possible--any of it. But based on what I tasted, it seems spot on. From now on, I'm taking OG/FG photos for later reference.

I'm just bulk aging the beer on oak cubes....
Forum: DIY Projects 11-14-2012, 12:07 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,150
Posted By chrisfiac
That's a very important point! You did ask for a...

That's a very important point! You did ask for a sanitary/food grade weld, right? A lot of fabricators don't deal with this often and won't do it unless you ask. And it's probably not fair for an...
Forum: General Techniques 11-13-2012, 02:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,233
Posted By chrisfiac
I think I read that American Ale yeast craps out...

I think I read that American Ale yeast craps out around 10%. Evidently, it will go a bit higher! I've just been fermenting at room temp, which in my house is around 75 degrees or so, though my wife...
Forum: General Techniques 11-13-2012, 01:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,233
Posted By chrisfiac
Sorry, one more thing. Can it bulk age in...

Sorry, one more thing. Can it bulk age in secondary in my garage or will the temp swings be too varied? I can age it in my house if needed but would prefer not to see a corny keg all the time.
...
Forum: General Techniques 11-13-2012, 01:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,233
Posted By chrisfiac
OK, this is threw a me a curveball. I took a...

OK, this is threw a me a curveball. I took a gravity reading today and it was down to 1.012 for an ABV of 14.7%. This seems incredibly high for a 9 day fermentation with American Ale yeast--which...
Forum: General Techniques 11-09-2012, 12:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,233
Posted By chrisfiac
Yeah, if you read back a bit, I figured out this...

Yeah, if you read back a bit, I figured out this will be a 2013 beer. Fermentation was crazy for the first couple days, but has slowed dramatically--I almost thought it stalled. I'll take a gravity...
Forum: General Techniques 11-05-2012, 11:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,233
Posted By chrisfiac
Yes!!! You're correct; I misread! Obviously I'm a...

Yes!!! You're correct; I misread! Obviously I'm a bit new at this. The OG was 1.122, which is much more in line with my expectations. What a huge relief. So maybe I should try a smack pack pack of...
Forum: General Techniques 11-05-2012, 11:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,233
Posted By chrisfiac
Big OG problem/Challenge

Hi There:

I brewed a recipe (trailing this post) collated from a number of sources. I was really keen to get this one right and was shooting for a 1.11 OG; reality was a 1.22OG!! Since the wort...
Forum: General Techniques 11-05-2012, 11:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 493
Posted By chrisfiac
Hi: That sounds amazing. I'd love to hear...

Hi:

That sounds amazing. I'd love to hear how it turned out. I have a few questions: What distiller did you get the barrel from? What was in it before? What did you do to rehydrate the barrel?
...
Forum: General Techniques 11-03-2012, 02:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 627
Posted By chrisfiac
Hi: When the water was at a rolling boil,...

Hi:

When the water was at a rolling boil, the thermometer was at 212*, so I'm thinking it's on point. I just gave the carboy a good swirl and that seemed to do some good. Quick question, though:...
Forum: General Techniques 11-02-2012, 11:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 627
Posted By chrisfiac
Hi there: I followed the mash temps below...

Hi there:

I followed the mash temps below exactly and it was measured on a digital thermometer.

<Mash Temps >
143.6 F >>20min
154.4 F >>70min

There was no starter; I just dumped the...
Forum: General Techniques 11-02-2012, 09:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 627
Posted By chrisfiac
Hi there: I pulled a reading last night and...

Hi there:

I pulled a reading last night and I was at 1.020--much higher than the 1.006 goal. So it has a LONG way to go. Should I be concerned that it has been fermenting for a week and looks to...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-31-2012, 10:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 366
Posted By chrisfiac
Big Russian Imperial Stout--Christmas Present

Hi Everyone:

So I had a slow day at work and developed the recipe below based on a few that I found, and my own thoughts. The biggest deviation is 1.) the hop schedule and 2.) the smoked grain....
Forum: General Techniques 10-31-2012, 09:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 627
Posted By chrisfiac
Restarted Fermentation?

Hi All:

I brewed the recipe below that I swiped off this forum. It's basically my wife's favorite beer. After three days of fermentation, it died down really quickly. I noticed only a bubble every...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-23-2012, 01:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 219
Posted By chrisfiac
Hi: Thanks for the feedback. You raised some...

Hi:

Thanks for the feedback. You raised some concerns, and I would like to find a balance of hops and character from the yeast. I'm wondering what sor of affect it would have if I dialed back the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-22-2012, 09:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 219
Posted By chrisfiac
Some new recipe help

Hi Everyone!

So I have 6 batches under my belt; three of while I've done by myself. I have to say, this is a bit addicting. So far, I've done a hopped up Belgian ale, a hopped up saison and...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-06-2012, 02:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By chrisfiac
Thanks for the reply. If I used one of these...

Thanks for the reply. If I used one of these http://morebeer.com/view_product/9684/103792/Kettle_Tube_Screen in my BK, do you think it would still clog? Or combined, is it overkill?

--Cheers
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-06-2012, 02:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By chrisfiac
Strainer

Hi Everyone:

I'm curious if anyone has tried an automotive paint strainer--like those used to strain paint before going into the spray gun--to remove hops/trub. My thought was to santitize a...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-15-2011, 01:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 476
Posted By chrisfiac
Thanks for the response gents. I should have...

Thanks for the response gents. I should have mentioned that I plan to blend the aged beer with fresh beer. So 10 gallons in the barrel; I'll pull half out and blend it with 5 gallon of fresh beer....
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-15-2011, 01:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 476
Posted By chrisfiac
Hefe in Whiskey Barrels

Hi there gents:

I just picked up a bourbon barrel from an amazing distillery near me (Garrison Brothers). I'm thinking I'd like to brew this:
...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-03-2011, 11:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 198
Posted By chrisfiac
Thanks gents. After posting the question, I went...

Thanks gents. After posting the question, I went to a section of the site I've never been and actually found a great discussion: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/how-big-your-mash-tun-needs-123585/
...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-03-2011, 10:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 198
Posted By chrisfiac
MLT Questions

Hi gents:

So I'm stepping up from 5gal batches to 10gal. I still have my 10gal Igloo cooler and I have a question about batch sparging. If I understand correctly, I can mash in my Igloo cooler as...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-06-2011, 12:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,707
Posted By chrisfiac
I've done a 70% rye roggenbier with 10% wheat and...

I've done a 70% rye roggenbier with 10% wheat and 10% malted barley. We used 2 lbs of rice hulls and it still formed a concrete-like mashbed. The run off was extremely slow, but well worth the...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-02-2011, 02:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 524
Posted By chrisfiac
Hi Gents: Thanks for the response. I could...

Hi Gents:

Thanks for the response. I could never figure out what a RIMS system was, so this is helpful. I always figured it was automated/semi-automated, which is a bit beyond what I'm ready for...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-01-2011, 07:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 524
Posted By chrisfiac
MLT Tank question

Hi All:

I've been lurking on this site for quite a while and joined a few weeks ago. I'm a little new to brewing and have done about 5-6 all grain batches. We basically have a 8 gallon kettle and...
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