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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-30-2010, 05:39 AM
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Posted By whatisitgoodfor
The 4.5 or 5.0 cubic foot chest freezers should...

The 4.5 or 5.0 cubic foot chest freezers should hold a single.

I got a 7 footer to hold two buckets with 2 1gallon fermenters on the hump.

Take some cardboard and make a cutout the same...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-30-2010, 05:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 529
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
From everything I know it generally tastes like a...

From everything I know it generally tastes like a dry white wine.

If you choose a variety of honey higher in maltose it will be more of an off-dry.

I'll know more in another 6 months or so when...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-28-2010, 02:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,684
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
Extract. It'll taste as good and you get to...

Extract.

It'll taste as good and you get to skip the first 2-4 hours of brewing and get to the fun stuff faster.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-28-2010, 02:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 613
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
Sounds like yeast rafts. Pretty much little...

Sounds like yeast rafts.

Pretty much little chunks of dead/sleeping yeast with some CO2 bubbles mixed in so they float.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-24-2010, 04:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 890
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
Sounds like you're running short on nutrient. ...

Sounds like you're running short on nutrient.

Add a couple of tablespoons of nutrient and see if the smell disappears. (I had a batch of rhino fart cider bubbling away a few months ago, after...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-22-2010, 07:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 642
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
1) sulfiting would be easiest. Pick up some...

1) sulfiting would be easiest. Pick up some Campden tablets from your LHBS and follow the instructions on the package. If you want to use heat, then just put the fruit in some water, heat it to 150*...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-22-2010, 06:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 806
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
Almost certainly. You can harvest fresh...

Almost certainly.

You can harvest fresh yeast every spring, and it gets below freezing most places. Some of the yeast will die, and the rest will go dormant, so it will probably take longer for...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-22-2010, 06:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,383
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
Bleach kills almost everything. The only problem...

Bleach kills almost everything. The only problem you might run into is if you have any scratches in the plastic that could harbor a biofilm or an air bubble in the bleach solution.

Heat, on the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-22-2010, 06:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,643
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
A Belgian Blonde sounds like a nice midpoint...

A Belgian Blonde sounds like a nice midpoint between a Hef and a Nut Brown.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-22-2010, 06:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 806
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
Did you check your gravity at 72 hours, or just...

Did you check your gravity at 72 hours, or just trust that bubbles would tell you if it was fermenting?

Having the second inoculation of yeast start up at 4 hours suggests to me that the first...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-03-2010, 06:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 414
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
Dunno. I experiment 5 gallons at a time. If the...

Dunno. I experiment 5 gallons at a time. If the batch is undrinkable I usually just invite "friends" over to help me drink it.

I have made a few 3 gallon batches (in a normal 5 gallon carboy) and...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-03-2010, 06:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 533
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
That recipe seems off. Almost two pounds of...

That recipe seems off.

Almost two pounds of crystal 80 is going to give you a color closer to a brown ale than to a pale ale.

You should also know that using a smaller mash tun you're going to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-03-2010, 05:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 763
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
Unless it took a drastically longer amount of...

Unless it took a drastically longer amount of time to reach a boil compared to your last batch, I'd be much more likely to guess you misread pre-boil volume.

To boil off 2 gallons, I've got the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-20-2010, 05:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 568
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
Grain in the boil can add some astingency. It...

Grain in the boil can add some astingency. It really depends on how much a lot is. If it's a small handful, I severely doubt you will notice.

Once the grain makes it to the fermenter it won't do...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-14-2010, 12:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,038
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
Something I've been thinking about a little bit...

Something I've been thinking about a little bit is making some mozzarella to separate out the whey from the fats and proteins.

Anyone know of a reason that using that whey wouldn't work? I don't...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-12-2010, 01:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 546
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
Best guess is that your hops were just from the...

Best guess is that your hops were just from the bottom of the bag, so they were a bit more dust than usual. A full boil or going AG shouldn't have any effect on the hops physically.

Even so,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-11-2010, 06:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,538
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
If the krausen formed at all, you're good. ...

If the krausen formed at all, you're good.

Sometimes the yeast just don't feel like piling up.

I've brewed the same brew two weeks in a row and the first one blew off like mad, the second made...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-11-2010, 06:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 626
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
Nope, you're good. The idea is to keep the...

Nope, you're good.

The idea is to keep the fermentation chamber completely O2 free after the first 24-48 hours anyway.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-11-2010, 06:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
You don't mention what mashing method you're...

You don't mention what mashing method you're using. BIAB can frequently hit 80% or better efficiency without any trouble.

Also, using approximate measurements of grain and trying to get an exact...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-11-2010, 06:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 741
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
Yeah, that kind of thing is pretty common when...

Yeah, that kind of thing is pretty common when you're starting to use a new piece of equipment.

1-1.5 gallons an hour is fairly normal if you've just barely got a rolling boil. If you've got a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-11-2010, 02:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 741
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
You said the gravity was adjusted. What...

You said the gravity was adjusted. What temperature was it when you took the gravity reading? The correction tables are notoriously inaccurate if you're above 100 degrees or so.

When you add the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-08-2010, 04:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 680
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
Personally, I'd go with WB-06, but I'm very far...

Personally, I'd go with WB-06, but I'm very far from an authority on wheat beers. From what I've tasted myself, WB-06 at 70 will give you a very rich banana taste, and I've read that the same yeast...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-08-2010, 04:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,239
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
The less stuff dissolved in the water during the...

The less stuff dissolved in the water during the boil, the better of a job it will do at dissolving more of the bittering compounds from the hops.

So 4 gallons of 1.020 wort will end up more...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-08-2010, 04:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 680
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
If you like it, then make a Blue Moon clone. ...

If you like it, then make a Blue Moon clone.

7-8 pounds of wheat malt extract, some Williamette for 15ish IBUs and some Coriander and orange peel for spicing.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-07-2010, 05:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,239
Posted By whatisitgoodfor
For any mashing, you'll want to control your mash...

For any mashing, you'll want to control your mash density so that the enzymes are at an appropriate concentration for good conversion.

Also, the more you boil, the higher your hop utilization.
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