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Forum: General Techniques 04-14-2014, 07:55 AM
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Posted By rjcortez
I've read similar approaches using the two pot...

I've read similar approaches using the two pot method. Do use any particular amount of water based on the amount of grain? Some I've read use what I think is a quite small amount like 1qt to 1lb. You...
Forum: General Techniques 04-14-2014, 07:35 AM
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Views: 187
Posted By rjcortez
Thanks again Yooper, I really appreciate it. ...

Thanks again Yooper, I really appreciate it. This is a learning exercise for me, and I value your thoughts. When I just do things the same way because thats the way I've always done it doesn't lead...
Forum: General Techniques 04-12-2014, 04:47 AM
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Posted By rjcortez
Good stuff, Thanks Yooper. I always include...

Good stuff, Thanks Yooper.

I always include some base malt in my grain bill. I think where I got the idea to bring the temperature up slowly was from reading things over my head in all grain...
Forum: General Techniques 04-12-2014, 01:49 AM
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Posted By rjcortez
Makes sense. That's a small, easy change to gain...

Makes sense. That's a small, easy change to gain better results. Thanks.
Forum: General Techniques 04-12-2014, 01:28 AM
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Posted By rjcortez
I don't remember when I started rinsing with cold...

I don't remember when I started rinsing with cold or why. Do you know the purpose of rinsing with 170? Thanks.
Forum: General Techniques 04-11-2014, 05:53 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By rjcortez
Critique my mini mash extract brew process - please.

I know everyone has there own ways of doing things when it comes to brewing. Over the years my process has changed as I've learned and with experience. Even though I enjoy my process and the product,...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-28-2013, 09:19 AM
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Posted By rjcortez
Bottle Box

I'm looking for some feedback on this. Something I'm building for myself, but interested in if there is a market for it. Not a very polished presentation.
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Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-09-2013, 01:21 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By rjcortez
That makes sense. Thanks. I can't find any...

That makes sense. Thanks. I can't find any regulations against it. Just pack it tight and maybe a ziplock bag in case
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-09-2013, 12:38 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By rjcortez
Flying with home brew.

Son is flying back to college. What's the best way for him to take a few bottles with him? Carry on or baggage?
Forum: Extract Brewing 11-17-2012, 07:01 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By rjcortez
I was thinking of trying this one for my next...

I was thinking of trying this one for my next lager.
http://store.homebrewheaven.com/articles/SamuelAdamsBostonLagerClone.htm
Forum: Extract Brewing 11-17-2012, 06:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 352
Posted By rjcortez
Thanks Seth, I was mainly worried about adding...

Thanks Seth, I was mainly worried about adding alcohol to the fermenter, if it would cause problems with the fermentation process. I'm making a wheat ale that I will be adding raspberry extract to...
Forum: Extract Brewing 11-16-2012, 08:04 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By rjcortez
Hard Cider In Beer

I made a batch of hard cider, it was a three gallon recipe that I made 5 gals of without adjusting ingredients. I bottled without adding sugar for carbonation. The result was a flat, thin, slightly...
Forum: Extract Brewing 11-16-2012, 07:54 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By rjcortez
It really depends on how much of a Raspberry...

It really depends on how much of a Raspberry flavor you want. If you want a mellow berry flavor add it to your primary. A little stronger put in your secondary. If you want a really pronounced flavor...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-11-2012, 11:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 250
Posted By rjcortez
LKABrewer I didn't make a starter, but did pitch...

LKABrewer I didn't make a starter, but did pitch when it was warmer 68f it cooled down overnight.

scurry64 Thanks for the resource. I have it bookmarked for the future.

Thank you both. I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-11-2012, 08:30 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By rjcortez
How cold is too cold?

First time for a Lager. Also first time using Wyeast smack pack. It's strain 2206 and temp on glass carboy fermenter is 56f. This is a 5 gal extract batch.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-07-2012, 07:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 318
Posted By rjcortez
Just for the record

In case this thread shows up in someone's search - I made a big starter (4 cups water & 1/2 cup DME) kept shaking it as often/much as I could. Pitched it about 12 hours later and it's bubbling away...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-05-2012, 04:10 AM
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Posted By rjcortez
That makes the most sense. All it's going to cost...

That makes the most sense. All it's going to cost me at this point is a little dme.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-05-2012, 04:05 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By rjcortez
What's the best way to tell for sure if their...

What's the best way to tell for sure if their dead or not? put an air lock on a 22oz and watch for activity?
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-05-2012, 01:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 475
Posted By rjcortez
Hadn't thought about the capper because I bought...

Hadn't thought about the capper because I bought a new one, just before I found my old one. I'm pretty sure I'm getting a good seal. I can hear a little bit of gas escape when I open them.
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-05-2012, 12:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 475
Posted By rjcortez
The beer does taste sweeter than I think it...

The beer does taste sweeter than I think it should. I use towels to shield light and I go by the temp tape on the fermenter. It can take up to 2 weeks or longer for it to completely flocculate. I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-05-2012, 12:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 318
Posted By rjcortez
Froze my WLP Yeast

It's been frozen for 24 hours. I was going to make a starter for tomorrow's brewing and discovered the yeast got put in freezer instead of refrigerator. My HBS is closed today. Should I go ahead and...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-05-2012, 12:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 475
Posted By rjcortez
I don't know, hadn't thought about it. Just...

I don't know, hadn't thought about it. Just finished off what I had on hand and started with new bag today.
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-05-2012, 12:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 475
Posted By rjcortez
Boil 3.5 gals wort. Cool to 80 degrees. Add to...

Boil 3.5 gals wort. Cool to 80 degrees. Add to carboy with 1.5 gals cold water. Pitch liquid yeast when wort is 70, cap and shake carboy vigorously. Put on airlock, kept in room at 70f, wrapped in...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-04-2012, 11:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 475
Posted By rjcortez
I've been using 3/4 cup of corn sugar but I'm not...

I've been using 3/4 cup of corn sugar but I'm not getting the carbonation I want even after a month in the bottles. So I'm hoping that a little brewers yeast with the corn sugar addition at bottling...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-04-2012, 10:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 475
Posted By rjcortez
Bottling with Brewers Yeast

Will using brewers yeast when bottling give any off flavors? Anyone tried it to get better carbonation?
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