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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-28-2012, 04:38 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By chally
After 3-4 weeks, your yeast will have all fallen...

After 3-4 weeks, your yeast will have all fallen to the bottom, creating a nicely compacted yeast cake. When you bottle, you can just siphon all the nice clear beer from off the top of the cake.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-19-2012, 07:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 248
Posted By chally
It's probably fine. The bubbling can last for...

It's probably fine. The bubbling can last for many, many days and then it will usually just stop suddenly. 3.5 days is well within the normal window.

Now for the hard part: Stop paying attention...
Forum: General Techniques 10-18-2012, 10:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,860
Posted By chally
You are supposed to leave them on constantly. ...

You are supposed to leave them on constantly. The chart shows the vols of CO2 at equilibrium. That's why they don't show a time. My best guess is that you are reading the chart or your regulator...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-16-2012, 02:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 867
Posted By chally
This might work for most people using cheap beer...

This might work for most people using cheap beer drunk at home, but I'm pretty handsomely paid and I still can't afford a decent pint a bar for 5 minutes of work (except maybe happy hour specials). ...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-13-2012, 05:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 244
Posted By chally
I went to Vermont Homebrew Supply (...

I went to Vermont Homebrew Supply ( http://www.vermonthomebrew.com/ ) several times a few years ago. I would recommend them if you are in the Burlington area.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-12-2012, 09:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,315
Posted By chally
Here's my Red Rye IPA recipe. It's a little...

Here's my Red Rye IPA recipe. It's a little unconventional, but it's the most delicious beer I've ever made.

9.5 lbs Belgian 2-Row.
2 lbs Rye Malt
1.5 lbs Cara-Pils
1 lb Crystal 80
12 oz...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-12-2012, 08:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,315
Posted By chally
You probably won't believe this, but many people...

You probably won't believe this, but many people complain that IPAs taste like soap. The most common culprit in my experience is Cascade hops. I personally don't understand it, but there are also a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-02-2012, 02:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,055
Posted By chally
I agree with everything above. Just leave it in...

I agree with everything above. Just leave it in there for three weeks before thinking about it again.

Also, your yeast are probably happier at 62 than 72. 70+ tends to produce yeast-specific...
Forum: General Techniques 09-10-2012, 11:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,134
Posted By chally
I dont want to buy an RO filter and would rather...

I dont want to buy an RO filter and would rather build up the mineral content of distilled water than just accept whatever is in spring water (the savings for me is only about $2.50).
Forum: General Techniques 09-10-2012, 06:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,134
Posted By chally
For what it's worth, the Nelson Sauvin worked...

For what it's worth, the Nelson Sauvin worked pretty well. I mixed 2/3 of an oz of pellet hops with 170F water, steeped 4 minutes, then strained into the keg. The aroma subtle, but the taste is...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-30-2012, 08:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 975
Posted By chally
I also keg (and greatly prefer it), but my...

I also keg (and greatly prefer it), but my experience has been that my beer needs time to reach its peak anyway. Even if I had bubbles on Day 2, I'm usually better off waiting until Day 20 to drink...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-30-2012, 03:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 975
Posted By chally
It typically takes three weeks to hit full...

It typically takes three weeks to hit full carbonation. You need to be patient. If it is still flat in 20 days, we can reassess.
Forum: General Techniques 08-28-2012, 08:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 581
Posted By chally
I don't understand. Beersmith measures...

I don't understand. Beersmith measures efficiency at two points. Your mash efficiency is calculated based on your pre-boil volume and pre-boil gravity; your brewhouse efficiency is calculated based...
Forum: Extract Brewing 08-28-2012, 12:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,243
Posted By chally
"Underpitching" is the term used to describe...

"Underpitching" is the term used to describe pouring less than the ideal number of yeast cells into your wort. A single yeast smack pack does not contain the ideal number of yeast for a regular...
Forum: General Techniques 08-27-2012, 11:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,134
Posted By chally
This is one of my first batches at a new...

This is one of my first batches at a new location, and I agree that the water is unusable without filtration. In future batches, I plan to use distilled water. In the meantime, though, I'd like to...
Forum: General Techniques 08-24-2012, 02:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,134
Posted By chally
Yeah, I get the flavor/aroma distinction here,...

Yeah, I get the flavor/aroma distinction here, and I recognize that there's not much I can do about that. And I'm not looking for anything overwhelming. But you'd be surprised how much aroma can...
Forum: General Techniques 08-24-2012, 12:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,134
Posted By chally
Best Hop to Mask Metallic Notes?

I recently brewed a hybrid Best Bitter (a Best Bitter grain bill hopped with Chinook and Fuggles). It tastes pretty clean and delicious with one exception: due to water and/or equipment issues, it...
Forum: Sponsor Showcase 08-23-2012, 07:21 PM
Replies: 493
Views: 55,916
Posted By chally
I'm in need of a second keg. I would love a code...

I'm in need of a second keg. I would love a code if you are still offering the discount.
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 08-23-2012, 04:11 PM
Replies: 1,617
Views: 75,937
Posted By chally
I'm in as well.

I'm in as well.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-23-2012, 03:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 941
Posted By chally
Interesting. If your pre-boil volume is the...

Interesting. If your pre-boil volume is the same, there are only a few places where the loss could be occuring.

1. Pre-boil measurement. If you measured your extract water at 6.5 gallons cold...
Forum: General Techniques 08-23-2012, 02:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,944
Posted By chally
Can anyone elaborate on this (specifically, the...

Can anyone elaborate on this (specifically, the problems with higher temps)?

My only options are (1) temperature control at the cost of tying up my kegerator, or (2) room temp @ 75+ F. ...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-23-2012, 11:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 941
Posted By chally
Are you accounting for increased grain...

Are you accounting for increased grain absorption? If you are putting 10+ pounds of grain into 6.5 gallons of water, the spent grain takes a lot with it when you pull it. Or did you mean you are...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-23-2012, 03:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,170
Posted By chally
Also, make sure your hydrometer is properly...

Also, make sure your hydrometer is properly calibrated. If your pre-boil gravity was 1.052 at 6 gallons, boiling down to 4 gallons should have significantly raised the gravity: You have the same...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-23-2012, 03:38 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,170
Posted By chally
A couple of clarifications: Mash efficiency...

A couple of clarifications:

Mash efficiency is the measure of how well you extracted sugars from the grain during the mash.

Brewhouse efficiency is the measure of how much of those extracted...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-23-2012, 02:17 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,170
Posted By chally
Can you explain this part a bit? Are you saying...

Can you explain this part a bit? Are you saying you added "top off" water in the carboy? If so, did you measure your gravity before or after topping off? How full (in gallons) was the carboy...
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