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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-03-2013, 01:33 AM
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Posted By jcryan2
Which batch should be bottled?

I just racked to secondary two batches of an Octoberfest Marzen brewed three weeks go. Original gravity was 1.058 for both. One batch is now at 1.015, the low end of the 1.015 to 1.017 target...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-29-2013, 10:55 PM
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Posted By jcryan2
+1 to 860 Took me five years, guess I was...

+1 to 860

Took me five years, guess I was due.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-23-2011, 12:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,177
Posted By jcryan2
More trub than you probably want

I've brewed this recipe the past two years, it is top notch! If you use the pumpkin you will have a good two to three inches of trub in primary after a week. I personally like to get the brew off...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-22-2011, 01:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,689
Posted By jcryan2
Both of these recipes were primarily extract...

Both of these recipes were primarily extract based. The steeping was with a pound or so of 80L crystal malt and a bit of 120 for color. I've made both several times and the results are pretty...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-21-2011, 12:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,689
Posted By jcryan2
Cold start vs warm start when steeping grains

I've recently brewed a brown ale and a Christmas ale that both started steeping the grains in cold water and maintained the steep until 170*F was reached. What do you gain (or lose) by this method...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-14-2011, 01:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,296
Posted By jcryan2
+10 on the hurricane burners! Made the change a...

+10 on the hurricane burners! Made the change a year ago from the wok burners and it been far easier to brew. I use NG without any problems.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-05-2011, 03:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 961
Posted By jcryan2
It's a go then

I generally do decant the wort and pitch only a slurry. It's in the fridge chillin and brew day is tomorrow.

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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-05-2011, 12:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 961
Posted By jcryan2
It was too warm to begin with

The comment by Hang Glider on warm to the touch makes sense. I probably did toast the first batch of yeast. I got fermentation after adding the second vial of German Lager yeast although it never...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-04-2011, 12:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 961
Posted By jcryan2
No stopper, no krausen?

Think I figured this out -- Bought the wrong size stopper for the better bottle so I loosely covered the neck with a piece of foil. No pressure build up in the bottle therefore no krausen or activity...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-01-2011, 02:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 961
Posted By jcryan2
Repitched it tonight

Got home from work tonight and still absolutely nothing going on. I need the starter for this weekend so I pitched a fresh vial of White Labs in the bottle. Hope to have better luck with this batch.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-30-2011, 06:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 961
Posted By jcryan2
Visual check

Looking at the bottle visually. I'm used to seeing at least a little action in the bottle after 24 hours. The complete lack of anything made me think I'd toasted the yeast.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-30-2011, 04:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 961
Posted By jcryan2
Did I just cook my yeast?

I wasn't thinking and added yeast (Munich Lager) to my six liter starter wort when the wort was still warm to the touch. I'd guess about 80 degrees or so. After a day I have nothing going on, nada,...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-19-2010, 11:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 609
Posted By jcryan2
Is my corny key toast?

I think I just torched a corny keg. I had a batch of amber ale that was nothing but foam. After trying of bunch of things I decided to rack the ale over to another keg to see if it was the keg...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-24-2009, 03:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,691
Posted By jcryan2
I usually bring the output tubing down to the...

I usually bring the output tubing down to the level of the pump until the lines fill with wort then bring them up to the kettle and turn the pump on.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-28-2009, 11:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,309
Posted By jcryan2
For the spice tea I used the spices listed in...

For the spice tea I used the spices listed in the Thunderstruck AG recipe and made a tea. I used about 8 ounces of very hot water to seep it in. After an overnight soak I poured off the tea and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-27-2009, 11:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,309
Posted By jcryan2
I was very happy with my batch. First time I'd...

I was very happy with my batch. First time I'd brewed it. I kegged mine and let it sit for six weeks before drinking it. I'd planned on having it around for Halloween this week but the keg blew a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-22-2009, 10:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 664
Posted By jcryan2
Jamil discusses pitching the yeast to the wort at...

Jamil discusses pitching the yeast to the wort at 44 degrees and bringing it up to 50 degrees during primary. Would that not suggest the yeast starter should be in the same temperature range to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-22-2009, 09:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 664
Posted By jcryan2
Build a yeast starter all at once or in batches?

I am looking the the Bohemian Pilsener recipe in this month's BYO magazine. Jamil recommends a large nine liter yeast starter for this brew. Which would be a better approach to making this large of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-05-2009, 08:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 487
Posted By jcryan2
I used a yeast starter - Wyeast from the kit...

I used a yeast starter - Wyeast from the kit into a liter of wort the day before. Shaken several times then allowed to settle out for several hours. I read one post where he ran his yeast starter...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-05-2009, 11:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 487
Posted By jcryan2
Not as much as it should be I suspect. The keg...

Not as much as it should be I suspect. The keg has been at 15 pounds of pressure for a few weeks. A pint glass has less than a half inch of head on pouring but it's gone very quickly. There isn't...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-05-2009, 12:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 487
Posted By jcryan2
My lager looks/tastes/feels like an ale

First attempt at a lager... I used the Northern Brewer European Lager kit. Brewed June 21st. 6 gallon full boil with RO water, OG was 1.052 @ 67F. Primary at 48F until July 3rd. Decent krausen...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-01-2009, 11:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,335
Posted By jcryan2
I run cold water from the house supply through...

I run cold water from the house supply through for a minute or so then run the boiling wort through for the last 15 minutes of the boil. Then clean it out afterwards with two or three minutes of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-23-2009, 06:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 628
Posted By jcryan2
I started it when I used a hop bag and had the...

I started it when I used a hop bag and had the output flow against the hop bag. Sorta though it would increase the exposure of the wort to the hops by having a flow pass by the bag. Brewed a pale...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-23-2009, 06:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 628
Posted By jcryan2
Circulate the wort during a boil?

I am using a Brutus 10 for brewing. During the boil I have been keeping a slow circulation using one of the March pumps. Not aggressive enough to be inducing air into the wort but enough to keep it...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-09-2009, 07:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,142
Posted By jcryan2
Guess I should have asked how much of the...

Guess I should have asked how much of the maltodextrine you would add to the receipe and when should it be added to the boil.
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