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Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-06-2014, 10:06 PM
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Posted By mmead
Another brewers best russian imperial stout kit...

Another brewers best russian imperial stout kit with 1lb brown sugar added for usual bumped up abv of 8.7%. You could go mad with this kit and get her up to 13% if you wanted, but I'm too old for...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-05-2014, 10:31 PM
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Views: 142
Posted By mmead
Secret to Dogfish Palo Santo

Getting a pretty strong feeling they must use a small quantity of Hello Kitty Teen Charm Body Spray available at Dollar General. Take a sip and see if you agree.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-31-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 332
Posted By mmead
What is ABV Booster?

for kits etc is offering for their Barley Wine Kit: "Add 1% ABV to your brew WITHOUT affecting the flavor at all." for only an extra $2.00. This concerns a 5 gallon kit.
WHAT do you suppose their...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-17-2013, 12:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,258
Posted By mmead
Normal air is 20% pure O2. It seems that it would...

Normal air is 20% pure O2. It seems that it would infuse just as well as pure, but would just take longer. Logical?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-28-2013, 10:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 367
Posted By mmead
Next time I'm going to leave half the cooled wort...

Next time I'm going to leave half the cooled wort in a second bucket to assure plenty of head space. After the wild foaming is over it will all go into one bucket.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-25-2013, 11:14 AM
Replies: 7
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Posted By mmead
I use a 5 gal. bucket with just 3 inches of head...

I use a 5 gal. bucket with just 3 inches of head space. Saf Ale SO4 yeast. But this happens no matter which yeast I use. Is it best to add fermcap in the boil or at pitch time? I was told either is...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-24-2013, 03:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 367
Posted By mmead
Right, Fermcap is what I meant. I'm just going to...

Right, Fermcap is what I meant. I'm just going to have to design a vent more difficult for the foam to exit. Wider and taller.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-24-2013, 12:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 367
Posted By mmead
Massive foaming problem

I put 4 drops into the 3 gal boil of high gravity ales but every time I lose about 20% to foam out of the 2 inch wide two foot long blow off tube. is this to be accepted with a high gravity batch?...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-04-2013, 03:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 573
Posted By mmead
I always soup up my kits by tossing into the boil...

I always soup up my kits by tossing into the boil an extra pound of DME, 2 pounds dark brown sugar and a cup of molassas.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-03-2013, 12:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,260
Posted By mmead
all grain and kit cost comparison

What is the general difference in say, 5 gallon batch for all grain when LME and DME kits are $35-$50?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-02-2013, 11:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 167
Posted By mmead
Adding Giraldis Cocoa

Impulsively I added a half cup of Giraldi's 100% cocoa to the boil of a 5 gal batch of Belgian Ale. Now I see I'm seeing no more bubbles at the air lock after 48 hours. Yesterday (48 hrs after...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-01-2013, 09:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By mmead
The recipe target is predetermined to be 1.062. I...

The recipe target is predetermined to be 1.062. I wanted to know what will two pounds of dark brown sugar and one pound of light dme add to that.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-31-2012, 12:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By mmead
Seeking a certain calculator

Is there a simple calculator that will indicate the change in specific gravities when a certain amount of a fermentable is added? I broke my hydrometer last night. Fermentation is under way. I have...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-30-2012, 03:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 284
Posted By mmead
Using Fermcap

If I added 15 drops Fermcap in the middle of the final boil hour, will that also prevent foaming during primary fermentation? This is a heavy ale and I know it's gonna want to foam.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-08-2012, 09:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,034
Posted By mmead
Home brewers who've shattered glass carboys full...

Home brewers who've shattered glass carboys full of thick rich stouts on a carpeted floor have obviously abandoned hope and with tales never told are no longer contributing to this forum.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-08-2012, 02:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,034
Posted By mmead
These fiascos bluntly remind me to NOT TOUCH any...

These fiascos bluntly remind me to NOT TOUCH any of my brewing stuff when I'm drinking.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-08-2012, 12:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 448
Posted By mmead
Another way of Rousing the yeast

To prevent any of the yeasties from getting smothered. I'm thinking of coating a piece of iron with neutral inert silicone and dropping it into the carboy so I can stir up the yeast from beneath by...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-08-2012, 12:39 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,034
Posted By mmead
Let's talk outright frickin tragedies

Along the lines of coming home and seeing your dog has chewed off and pulverized the air lock, plug, along with the first inch of plastic neck on the carboy. Any tragedies in your brewing life?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-29-2012, 04:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,027
Posted By mmead
I do have a bottling bucket but I'd rather do it...

I do have a bottling bucket but I'd rather do it all in one bucket with a spigot. Less hassle. Just needed a time figure for settling. I don't mind some mud in the bottles. Thanks Yall!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-29-2012, 02:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,027
Posted By mmead
If you stir in priming sugar, how long for settling?

Three weeks now. Fermentation over. Not using secondary. Plan to stir in priming sugar then bottle but not sure how long I should wait for the trub to settle. What amount of time should do it? Don't...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-23-2012, 10:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 226
Posted By mmead
Taking the FG out of the bottle

For the sake of an accurate ABV, Could I use the FG from a pour after a month in the bottle?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-22-2012, 09:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 386
Posted By mmead
Just what is beer?

I was reading an article that stated...

"There’s something conspiratorial about the pumpkin phenomenon, as if the style were invented by a marketing guru instead of booze-starved colonial...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-18-2012, 06:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,488
Posted By mmead
Aeration question

If I'm using a large kitchen wisk on a power drill at 2000 RPM, is 30 seconds once a day just about close to enough?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-18-2012, 05:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 827
Posted By mmead
So is it basically, the higher the gravity, the...

So is it basically, the higher the gravity, the longer the yeast must perform and they will need infusions of O2 for as long as they are working. A certain planned attenuation and FG is sought, and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-18-2012, 03:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 827
Posted By mmead
Oxygen infusion confusion

I hear a big high gravity beer needs daily O2 for a couple of weeks after primary fermentation. Then I hear about those who are using secondary fermenters to use caution siphoning to avoid getting 02...
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