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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-25-2011, 12:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 876
Posted By Cranapple
Copper heat exchanger from water heater... what is it good for?

Hey guys,

A buddy of mine replaced his water heater, but tore the old one apart to get at the copper for scrap before taking it to the dump. I got the heat exchanger from him for a couple of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-19-2011, 06:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 699
Posted By Cranapple
60 was fermentation temp (as measured by the...

60 was fermentation temp (as measured by the fermometer on the outside of my better bottle, I assume it's pretty close to internal temp.)

Altbiers are actually ales, but they're one of those...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-19-2011, 05:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 699
Posted By Cranapple
Thanks kgg, I hope I have the same results! It's...

Thanks kgg, I hope I have the same results! It's really an ale, but it got lagered, so your experience is probably still applicable.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-18-2011, 08:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 699
Posted By Cranapple
Do lagered beers still need bottle conditioning?

I'm hoping you guys can clear up a question for me.

I made a Brewer's Best Altbier kit and hit my OG and FG fine. I let it ferment all the way out (3 weeks at 60F), then ramped it down to a 40F...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-13-2011, 01:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,306
Posted By Cranapple
I should give one more update... I tried the beer...

I should give one more update... I tried the beer again last night, and it seemed a little better actually. That gives me a question...

Since it was an altbier, I lagered it for 6 weeks at around...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-13-2011, 01:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,306
Posted By Cranapple
Haha, I was pretty busy last night. I got a...

Haha, I was pretty busy last night.

I got a chance to check my notes. I used Safale S-05, not S-04, but I'm not really sure how much the yeast strain has to do with it. I know I'm way too new to...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-12-2011, 02:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,306
Posted By Cranapple
I'll check my notes when I get home...

I'll check my notes when I get home...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-11-2011, 08:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,306
Posted By Cranapple
Intermittent sour batches... Old extract, infection, or poor brewing practice?

I'm having recurring issues with a sour taste in my beers. It is clean and reminiscent of plain yogurt, not overpowering but definitely noticeable. It seems to taste a lot better when the beer is...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-09-2011, 03:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 485
Posted By Cranapple
That's not bad... Thanks again. I had to put...

That's not bad... Thanks again.

I had to put on a blowoff tube though. I'm a little irritated that it can't get oxygen into the starter, but it's better than having yeast all over the counter.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-09-2011, 01:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 485
Posted By Cranapple
Thanks aseg! I actually had to switch to...

Thanks aseg!

I actually had to switch to covering it with foil, it blows the stopper off about once every 10 mins :-P

That's a good one. I'm also thinking "Thar she blows!" I could even do...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-09-2011, 01:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 485
Posted By Cranapple
Starter blew the foam stopper off

Last night (Friday) I made a starter, about 1.5L, standard 1.04-ish gravity, and pitched a smack pack of Wyeast 1056 American Ale. I'm doing it in a 1/2 gallon growler, and did not leave sufficient...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-07-2011, 04:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,654
Posted By Cranapple
RDWHAHB! It can take a while to cool off. ...

RDWHAHB!

It can take a while to cool off. Next time try to tweak your process to make it better, that's part of the fun!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-07-2011, 04:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 708
Posted By Cranapple
Check out the Mr. Malty...

Check out the Mr. Malty (http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html) pitching rate calculator for your amount of yeast...

I don't want to discourage you, but I tried a 1.075 brew for my first, and it...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-04-2011, 08:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,148
Posted By Cranapple
Papazian has a recipe for a spruce beer in his...

Papazian has a recipe for a spruce beer in his book...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-04-2011, 08:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 906
Posted By Cranapple
Oh I hate that... It happened to me last time...

Oh I hate that... It happened to me last time too. Everything was covered with star-san, and I think my stopper was harder and a little more "smooth" than the one I usually use. I ended up using...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-02-2011, 08:50 PM
Replies: 1,399
Views: 361,286
Posted By Cranapple
I don't think it's necessarily underpowered, a...

I don't think it's necessarily underpowered, a ton of people here use 5V supplies (and the OP, Anthony Lopez, has said that's all anyone should really need.) Yours should probably be fine,...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-02-2011, 08:28 PM
Replies: 1,399
Views: 361,286
Posted By Cranapple
It's a little hard to tell from the pic, but it...

It's a little hard to tell from the pic, but it looks like your quick disconnects on the potentiometer might be touching each other. That would short the circuit around the pot, essentially making it...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-02-2011, 06:29 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 12,299
Posted By Cranapple
Hmmm... There are an awful lot of people in this...

Hmmm... There are an awful lot of people in this thread saying "I'm going to go try a garlic beer!" with zero results so far.

I strongly suspect that they are dead. Let this be a lesson to us...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-02-2011, 05:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 709
Posted By Cranapple
I had the same sort of situation you did for my...

I had the same sort of situation you did for my first batch, and I bought new hops and grains to brew with. The beer still didn't come out great, but it was beer, and I drank it all. I used it as a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-25-2011, 04:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 347
Posted By Cranapple
There seems to be a lot of ways of doing it. The...

There seems to be a lot of ways of doing it. The Homebrew Wiki site has a great writeup callee Fermenting Lagers (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/Fermenting_Lagers). It's by far the best...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-25-2011, 12:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,470
Posted By Cranapple
wat is this i don't even

wat is this i don't even
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-18-2011, 08:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 11,963
Posted By Cranapple
It seems far more plausible to me that the yeast...

It seems far more plausible to me that the yeast release CO2 directly into solution in the beer, and the waiting period is just the 3-4 weeks it takes to generate a sufficient volume of CO2 to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-18-2011, 06:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 11,963
Posted By Cranapple
I know this has been covered before multiple...

I know this has been covered before multiple times, but I can't resist...

CO2 does not "go into" the headspace and then "back into" the beer. The partial pressures of the CO2 in the beer and in...
Forum: DIY Projects 03-08-2011, 07:03 PM
Replies: 1,399
Views: 361,286
Posted By Cranapple
I'm not sure if this applies to you or not...

I'm not sure if this applies to you or not wegz15, but I had an issue with mine where I actually had my drive magnets TOO close to the top of the box. Mine worked with bolts/solid carbide cutting...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-07-2011, 05:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,417
Posted By Cranapple
Mine does, but it gives me the warm fuzzies to...

Mine does, but it gives me the warm fuzzies to know that my star-san solution is strong enough.

Plus you can make a star-san beard.
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