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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-08-2013, 10:39 AM
Replies: 13
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Posted By althalos
Why in god's name is there hop particulate in...

Why in god's name is there hop particulate in your primary?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-08-2013, 10:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 356
Posted By althalos
I'm confused. Are you saying your CO2 cylinder...

I'm confused. Are you saying your CO2 cylinder side gauge is dropping, or keg side? I assume it's the cylinder reading, as 40 psi seems high to carbonate at. 40 psi also seems low for cylinder...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-06-2013, 04:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 659
Posted By althalos
I am going to strongly disagree with everyone who...

I am going to strongly disagree with everyone who said 3 gallon batches are a waste of time. A 3 gallon batch, while taking an equal amount of time to brew initially, saves some time and space...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-29-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 226
Posted By althalos
I would agree, but do a yeast washing. Don't...

I would agree, but do a yeast washing. Don't just dump it on top of the lees from the old batch (like a guy I know does - horrifies me, and he's gotten a bacterial pellicle doing it before :x )
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-29-2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 959
Posted By althalos
What was your original gravity? If it was high,...

What was your original gravity? If it was high, your yeast might be a little sick from alcohol poisoning. The fact that it was carbonated at all means they are still working. Give it some more...
Forum: Brew Science 10-11-2012, 03:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 859
Posted By althalos
Hmmm, interesting points. If we consider that...

Hmmm, interesting points. If we consider that 25g of sodium anything creates 1320ppm sodium (that is, 25,000mg/18.9271L), it is way over anything that occurs in most water sources. (Someone please...
Forum: Brew Science 10-10-2012, 07:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 859
Posted By althalos
pH Stabilizer Recipe

Hey all-
I was suddenly intrigued by a product I had passed up for years without a second thought. It is supposed to stabilize your strike/mash water to a pH of 5.2. I hadn't given pH in mashing a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-29-2012, 05:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,961
Posted By althalos
This seems counterintuitive, as the dextrins are...

This seems counterintuitive, as the dextrins are unfermentable and can't be broken down by the amylase enzymes anyway. However, the grain also has normal maltose polymers that can be, and if steeped...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-29-2012, 05:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,010
Posted By althalos
I agree. Brew what you like. I've brewed beers...

I agree. Brew what you like. I've brewed beers that fellow homebrewers have tasted and didn't like. "It's too malty/too hoppy/astringent?/boozy/too sweet/undercarbonated/overcarbonated/etc." ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-29-2012, 05:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,500
Posted By althalos
I agree with Airborneguy. What were your...

I agree with Airborneguy. What were your bittering hops? Some hops have higher levels of beta acids, and these can make the bitterness appear "harsher", or so claims my LHS owner.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-29-2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 13,881
Posted By althalos
I would not continually rack the beer, as this...

I would not continually rack the beer, as this exposes it to risk of oxidation from continual moving. I have recently become a fan of not racking out of the primary unless I'm lagering or I need a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-12-2010, 06:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 949
Posted By althalos
Congrats - my current beer is taking very long to...

Congrats - my current beer is taking very long to carbonate as well
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-12-2010, 06:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 407
Posted By althalos
If there is any difference between using corn...

If there is any difference between using corn sugar and table sugar to carbonate, I can't taste it. Purists use dry malt extract to prime and say their beer is superior, but I wonder. I usually...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-12-2010, 06:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 761
Posted By althalos
Naughty homebrewer, using dark LME. Use the...

Naughty homebrewer, using dark LME. Use the light malt extract and build the grain profile yourself. It's more rewarding.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-12-2010, 06:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 928
Posted By althalos
Hell yeah, the plane takes off ...

Hell yeah, the plane takes off

kottke.org/08/01/mythbusters-airplane-on-a-conveyor-belt

Homebrewing rawks, congrats
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-12-2010, 06:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 841
Posted By althalos
That sounds...not very hygenic, to do both at the...

That sounds...not very hygenic, to do both at the same time but congratulations anyway.

Try adding Victory Malt or Munich Malt.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-12-2010, 06:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 734
Posted By althalos
Probably not, but yeah, all wheat beers are...

Probably not, but yeah, all wheat beers are usually 50/50 or even 60B/40W.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-12-2010, 06:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,683
Posted By althalos
Agreed. California ale yeasts ferment drier,...

Agreed. California ale yeasts ferment drier, with different byproducts (read: British ale yeasts produce fruity esters).
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-12-2010, 06:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,279
Posted By althalos
I'd recommend a full tsp of Fermaid K (supposed...

I'd recommend a full tsp of Fermaid K (supposed to use 1/8 to 1/4 tsp per 5 gallon batch).
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-12-2010, 06:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 672
Posted By althalos
I feel the need to correct you. There are some...

I feel the need to correct you. There are some people who may take offense to your beer. Please consider changing the name of your brew to "Angry Little Person Ale". Little People of America...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-12-2010, 06:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 761
Posted By althalos
Chlorine is no bueno for stainless steel - it...

Chlorine is no bueno for stainless steel - it removes the oxidized layer making it stainless - use other sanitizers unless you keep it away from the stainless steel.

BTW, brown ale bears are...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-12-2010, 06:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,095
Posted By althalos
Yes, you need to repitch immediately. I have 10...

Yes, you need to repitch immediately. I have 10 spare packets of dried yeast on hand at all times for situations just like this.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-12-2010, 06:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 427
Posted By althalos
I'd say with a beer that high, you're probably...

I'd say with a beer that high, you're probably spot on for FG. You can make the appropriate calculations if you know your yeast strain's actual and apparent attenuation percentages - that would give...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-12-2010, 06:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 243
Posted By althalos
I agree. Unfortunately, the only way to see is...

I agree. Unfortunately, the only way to see is to wait and try it. A green apple taste could be from acetaldehyde, which will convert into alcohol with time. Extremely sour tastes could be a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-12-2010, 06:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,795
Posted By althalos
I agree, especially with the higher gravity beers...

I agree, especially with the higher gravity beers optimal starter size and efficient aeration are key. I usually hold than any ABV's above 9 need an airstone and oxygen cylinder to properly aerate. ...
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