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Forum: General Beer Discussion Yesterday, 10:22 PM
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Posted By JimRausch
I have a 5G round cooler with a braid that I do...

I have a 5G round cooler with a braid that I do most of my mashes in. But with grain bills over 12 lb or so, I've been using a rectangular cooler with 2 paint strainer bags in a modified BIAB. It...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum Yesterday, 08:50 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By JimRausch
Yeah, I've had several bottles over the past...

Yeah, I've had several bottles over the past couple years that the neck broke off when I opened them. They were poorly carbonated too. I figure that I stressed them and probably created a crack when...
Forum: General Beer Discussion Yesterday, 08:29 PM
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Starting back up again, after taking the summer...

Starting back up again, after taking the summer off. 1st batch back was a simple AG Irish Red. Have 8 more batches planned before New years. Should put me at 50 batches total by March 2015.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum Yesterday, 08:22 PM
Replies: 38
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Posted By JimRausch
Hi. When I have done it in the past, I would...

Hi. When I have done it in the past, I would prime the entire batch as usual, then pull off the 1st gallon and heat that to 170-180 and hold it for 1/2 hour. After cooling, I added back 1 tsp yeast...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 270
Posted By JimRausch
Yeah, but I'll bet you don't rack to a secondary...

Yeah, but I'll bet you don't rack to a secondary after 5 days. That's one place where most kit instructions screw things up for beginners.
By the way, I got a real kick out of your signature quote....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 07:50 PM
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Posted By JimRausch
Last night I opened a bomber of Special Bitter...

Last night I opened a bomber of Special Bitter that I brewed in 12/31/11 and bottled in Jan/2012. It was stored in an insulated box in my garage where the environmental temps range from subfreezing...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 07:06 PM
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Views: 270
Posted By JimRausch
With normal fermentation temperatures, a typical...

With normal fermentation temperatures, a typical ale strain with a good pitch, and normalish gravity OG, 3 weeks almost certainly will give you a stable complete FG. I usually do my 1st check at 2...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 06:30 PM
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Posted By JimRausch
Don't rely on the instructions- yeast don't read...

Don't rely on the instructions- yeast don't read and they are done when THEY say they are done. ;
The only true way to know if your brew is ready to be bottled is to take serial SG readings, and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By JimRausch
OP- I just noticed this was your 1st post....

OP- I just noticed this was your 1st post. Welcome to the forum!
I tend to use honey fairly often. I use it as you were thinking- to boost the ABV and/or to lighten the malt character of a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 06:06 PM
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Views: 145
Posted By JimRausch
With just one bucket and one carboy, anyway you...

With just one bucket and one carboy, anyway you look at it, you'll have to rack twice. Solution= spend a couple bucks and get a bottling bucket, and only rack once.
But to answer your question,if I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 325
Posted By JimRausch
My 1st thought is incomplete mixing of priming...

My 1st thought is incomplete mixing of priming solution in with the beer. But it doesn't quite fit. The one time I experienced that, the carbonation was random- some high, some low, a few perfect....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-27-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 425
Posted By JimRausch
Alas, I miss Revvy. Check out his older, now...

Alas, I miss Revvy.
Check out his older, now quite lengthy thread on "Never Dump Your Beer".
It'll give you hope.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-27-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 208
Posted By JimRausch
Posted before I saw your 2nd post. I know kits...

Posted before I saw your 2nd post. I know kits come with 5oz. of sugar, but that's almost always too much for a 5G batch. I generally use 4 to 4.5 oz., and always check it first with an on-line...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-27-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 208
Posted By JimRausch
Consistent bad results over 3 batches with...

Consistent bad results over 3 batches with overcarbonation, points toward an infection somewhere in your system. Look hard at your bottling/kegging system. That seems to be a fairly common location...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-21-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By JimRausch
Yep, I've had the bags float after adding a...

Yep, I've had the bags float after adding a couple of sanitized marbles. They did sink after a couple days though.
Leave in or take out doesn't matter too much, depending on the length of time you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-21-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 306
Posted By JimRausch
The apple juice concentrate at bottling time will...

The apple juice concentrate at bottling time will add apple flavor, but the sugars will be consumed by the yeast unless you stop them.
Potassium Sorbate plus Metabisulfate(Camden) will stop them...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-21-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 306
Posted By JimRausch
A lot of good info. in the cider section of the...

A lot of good info. in the cider section of the forum- check it out.
2 years ago I did a cider with 5G of fresh unpasteurized cider+2 lb honey. It fermented very dry. Bottled with 2 cans of frozen...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-21-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,468
Posted By JimRausch
Good Point. Condemning an entire countries beers...

Good Point. Condemning an entire countries beers based on a limited sample is kind of like saying " I don't like American beers because MHL tastes like mule pee". ;) I'll keep sampling and who knows,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-20-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 313
Posted By JimRausch
I don't remember who, but a couple years ago...

I don't remember who, but a couple years ago someone posted a little study on the forum where they checked the temp of the wort vs. temp listed on the fermometer on the plastic bucket. It was within...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-19-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 143
Posted By JimRausch
Yeah, that's been my experience with fruit...

Yeah, that's been my experience with fruit additions. Unless you have a very low attenuating yeast, or do something to stop fermentation, all the fructose/sucrose from the fruit ferments completely...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-19-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,468
Posted By JimRausch
I did find one of the style that I like-...

I did find one of the style that I like- Unibroue's La Fin du Monde.
It has a hint of the cloves flavor without the 'dead-mouse funk'.
I did a version of that last 12/31 using yeast that I cultured...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-19-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,468
Posted By JimRausch
Belgians-blech

I've tried, I really have, to learn to like Belgian styles.
I know I should love Allagash White(after all I'm from Maine) but I don't.
I can't seem to get over the flavor/funk from the Belgian...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-19-2014, 03:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 371
Posted By JimRausch
Keep it in the primary until you have a...

Keep it in the primary until you have a consistently stable SG, and then leave it for a couple more days- week to let it cleanup and settle. Then secondary or not, do as you wish. The...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-19-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 562
Posted By JimRausch
I agree with flars suggestion as well. Without...

I agree with flars suggestion as well. Without the 6 lbs of LME you'll be somewhere in the neighborhood of 24 points too light. Not even lawnmower beer. It'll be more like colored water. So, what the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-31-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 127
Posted By JimRausch
I'm pretty sure you will be safe. Even with the...

I'm pretty sure you will be safe. Even with the Biofine overdose, it's next to impossible to settle all the yeast.
But, to answer your question, I have read threads where people have uncapped, added...
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