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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-02-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By m1k3
Another thing... low ABV and high attenuation is...

Another thing... low ABV and high attenuation is a bad combination.

Nottingham is a better choice with a higher starting gravity. If you really want a low ABV, then a change of yeast should...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-02-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 191
Posted By m1k3
Nottingham ferments very dry (and makes a thinner...

Nottingham ferments very dry (and makes a thinner stout). I have switched to S-04 in my stouts.

In my last stout, I did a side-by-side with the two. I prefer S-04.
I know you are shooting for a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-31-2014, 12:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 532
Posted By m1k3
What kind of brewer are you?

If you have been brewing for a while now you have probably started to figure out what you like to brew and what your all grain system is capable of producing. Yes, I know you can create ANY beer on...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-21-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,249
Posted By m1k3
Times up. How is it?

Times up.
How is it?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-21-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,291
Posted By m1k3
Why do people reply 'no'? I hate those...

Why do people reply 'no'?

I hate those replies, 'i've never tried that before...'
Then why did you reply?

And that phrase, 'I don't mean to hijack this thread...'
yes you did!

man, i sound...
Forum: DIY Projects 08-21-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 544
Posted By m1k3
This is the boil kettle? I've never taken a...

This is the boil kettle?

I've never taken a temp reading of my boil. Only my HLT and Mash.

Do you really need a thermometer? Are you steeping grains?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-21-2014, 12:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 238
Posted By m1k3
If the beer is fine your process is probably...

If the beer is fine your process is probably good.

I personality increase 1F per day after I see any indication that the fermentation is slowing. And then I never exceed some arbitrary maximum...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-17-2014, 02:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 834
Posted By m1k3
looks fine. did you brew yet? i usually...

looks fine. did you brew yet?

i usually just use the two packets of yeast, rounding up.
it would not be over pitching in my opinion.
just watch the ferm temp.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-14-2014, 01:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 257
Posted By m1k3
I use a random piece of stainless. I have a few...

I use a random piece of stainless. I have a few elbows and hose barbs. I just sanitize one of them and thrown them in the sack.

But I only do this when I dry hop in a keg. If I am dry hopping in...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-14-2014, 01:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 252
Posted By m1k3
Yes. More fermentables = more alcohol. ...

Yes. More fermentables = more alcohol.

Alternatively, you can also add dextrose (corn sugar) or table sugar... up to about 10%. It won't add any flavor but will thin the beer a bit. (by thin I...
Forum: DIY Projects 08-07-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 617
Posted By m1k3
I use tile under the burner and to protect the...

I use tile under the burner and to protect the cooler when heating sparge water.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-03-2014, 03:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 345
Posted By m1k3
I like the Can I Mash It calculator: ...

I like the Can I Mash It calculator:
http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml

I have a 70qt and I do 15 to 20 gallon batches of 'normal' gravities.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-01-2014, 05:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 880
Posted By m1k3
Ok, the warnings are to limit the liability of...

Ok, the warnings are to limit the liability of those who sell it.

I've got one more question... I know that propane is odorized for safety. But have you ever had that smell linger?

After the 3...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-31-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 880
Posted By m1k3
I cut the warning label shrink wrap off the...

I cut the warning label shrink wrap off the tanks. Doh!

I know I'm being paranoid... 3 tanks in the garage and a gas water heater pilot light. Does that void my homeowners insurance ;)
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-31-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 880
Posted By m1k3
Full Propane Tank in the Summer (garage)

Last year I filled my propane tanks in December. This year I filled them today (late July).

I know the pressure goes up when they get hot. The garage can get to 100F.

I know it is better to...
Forum: Soda Making 07-29-2014, 12:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 410
Posted By m1k3
I use the stainless version. I carb the 2L...

I use the stainless version. I carb the 2L bottle 80-90% full of water. In 30 seconds by shaking the bottle.

Make sure the water is cold first (below 40F). I've been using 35psi.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-23-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 616
Posted By m1k3
Brewing TV - Episode 53 Lager Workarounds ...

Brewing TV - Episode 53 Lager Workarounds
http://vimeo.com/34985835
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-23-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 616
Posted By m1k3
I've used Nottingham dry yeast to fake a lager. ...

I've used Nottingham dry yeast to fake a lager. It works at pretty cool temps. 54F

http://www.danstaryeast.com/products/nottingham-ale-beer-yeast
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-23-2014, 05:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Posted By m1k3
Yes. You will never be able to chill below the...

Yes. You will never be able to chill below the temp of you water supply.

Some people use a prechiller and ice.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-22-2014, 12:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 458
Posted By m1k3
Lagunitas mashes at 160F so that won't denature...

Lagunitas mashes at 160F so that won't denature the enzymes.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-20-2014, 11:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 172
Posted By m1k3
looks good to me, but I would not call it "not...

looks good to me, but I would not call it "not hoppy".

If you are really looking to brew for those kind of people (like my brother for instance), you could remove the 10 min or 5 min addition.
...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-20-2014, 11:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 481
Posted By m1k3
I've been drinking this APA on tap for a few...

I've been drinking this APA on tap for a few weeks now.
I prefer the WLP001 beer to the Nottingham dry yeast.
They both finished at 1.014 or within a point in the same amount of time.

As far as...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-20-2014, 10:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 326
Posted By m1k3
ok, i'll post some photos. you know the...

ok, i'll post some photos. you know the disclaimer. you fridge is probably different from mine. your fridge might be destroyed, and/or you may be electrocuted doing what i did.

First off I...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-20-2014, 03:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 326
Posted By m1k3
hole from freezer to fridge section

I have an Amana standard freezer on top fridge that I use as a ferm chamber with a Johnson A419 controller.

It takes a long time to cold crash and get the wort down those last few degrees to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-17-2014, 03:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,249
Posted By m1k3
wlp530 was a good choice..... maybe choice is a...

wlp530 was a good choice.....
maybe choice is a strong word

it will be a dubbel. too malty for style but it should be good... just not a digestible as a belgian should be.
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