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Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 09-18-2014, 12:15 PM
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Posted By el_caro
Yes that is what i will do. I intend to pick up...

Yes that is what i will do. I intend to pick up some red star champagne yeast which is good to 17%ABV. I will just inject some rehydrated yeast into a couple of bottles using a syringe and give it a...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 09-16-2014, 12:37 PM
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Posted By el_caro
Carbonation problem

Well i bottled this one 5 months ago and thought I would crack one to see how it was progressing.
VIrtually no carbonation.
Used 1762 belgian yeast and wonder if the ABV is too high for it to carb...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-27-2014, 05:45 AM
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Views: 208
Posted By el_caro
Thanks BHB - good info

Thanks BHB - good info
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-27-2014, 02:15 AM
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Views: 208
Posted By el_caro
Thanks Itchy. Sounds good. Any more thoughts...

Thanks Itchy. Sounds good.
Any more thoughts appreciated
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-27-2014, 01:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 208
Posted By el_caro
Lager - D Rest - WLP830

I have a Lager in the fridge at 9C (48.2F)
OG was 1.056
Expected FG is 1.014
Yeast is WLP 830
A hydrometer reading just taken shows 1.036 and it is going gang-busters.

Can some of you lager...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 04-21-2014, 03:17 AM
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Posted By el_caro
Thanks Hanso. If anyone has details of their...

Thanks Hanso.

If anyone has details of their method of decoction that got a great result please post.
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 04-18-2014, 12:48 AM
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Posted By el_caro
Thanks for the link it certainly helps get my...

Thanks for the link it certainly helps get my head around this just a little.
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 04-17-2014, 11:13 AM
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Posted By el_caro
Excuse me for asking basic question but I have...

Excuse me for asking basic question but I have never seen or done a Decoction Mash before.

I read the above instruction as follows;
Heat 32qts water to 137.5 F and mash in resulting in 132.0 F -...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-27-2013, 03:52 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,650
Posted By el_caro
I like virtually 99% of all Australian...

I like virtually 99% of all Australian homebrewers have never had access to pure o2 as the cheap equipment available to US brewers is not available here. I have been making beer for 35 years and...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-05-2013, 07:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 256
Posted By el_caro
I have only done a few lagers and just bottled...

I have only done a few lagers and just bottled another one using 2gms of CBC-1 yeast the same as the last time. It was only 5.5% ABV but the carbonation is just perfect. CBC-1 yeast would be fine for...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-29-2013, 07:33 AM
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Views: 669
Posted By el_caro
I usually start with 150ml starter then 500ml...

I usually start with 150ml starter then 500ml then 2L
Works well for me.
Forum: India Pale Ale 11-20-2013, 10:24 PM
Replies: 421
Views: 146,219
Posted By el_caro
Another silly question regarding adding hops at 0...

Another silly question regarding adding hops at 0 mins.
Do you guys just add at flame out and then remove them with the break material before going into the fermenter. In other words that addition...
Forum: India Pale Ale 11-09-2013, 08:50 AM
Replies: 421
Views: 146,219
Posted By el_caro
Silly question probably but is there much...

Silly question probably but is there much noticeable difference in flavour and aroma by adding a second lot of dry hopping rather than just adding the lot in one hit when fermentation is complete?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-06-2013, 04:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 166
Posted By el_caro
provided everything is sterile it will work but a...

provided everything is sterile it will work but a good stir plate is the best. One downside of continuous aeration could be evaporation.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-01-2013, 01:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 252
Posted By el_caro
It is unusual to make a starter with such a high...

It is unusual to make a starter with such a high OG. Stick to 100gms DME to 1000ml water which will yield a little under 1.040.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-09-2013, 05:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,531
Posted By el_caro
Estrella Grain Mill - Did I get sucked in?

I went to buy a cheap corona style Chinese grain mill ($18.95 + Tax) and was talked into buying a Mexican built grain mill ($29.95 + Tax) which I was told was much better quality.
...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-29-2013, 10:28 AM
Replies: 12
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Posted By el_caro
Another thing to remember is that with dry yeast...

Another thing to remember is that with dry yeast you do not need to aerate the wort.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-24-2013, 11:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 170
Posted By el_caro
Yes you can do it. Obviously there are a few...

Yes you can do it.
Obviously there are a few unknowns here for anyone advising you.

Have you determined how much yeast you need for the brew? Are you using a pitching rate calculator like...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-20-2013, 04:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 335
Posted By el_caro
As others have said go to Yeastcalc. The...

As others have said go to Yeastcalc.

The answer depends on information you have not provided like date on the vial and OG of the beer.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-19-2013, 08:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,115
Posted By el_caro
Definitely not a good idea to delay so long...

Definitely not a good idea to delay so long between mashing and boil. Even in such a short time it can result in souring of the beer.
There will surely be Lactobacillus on your grain which will...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-19-2013, 06:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 456
Posted By el_caro
I recommend you have a watch of this video...

I recommend you have a watch of this video presentation with Neva Parker of Whitelabs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vELwUsBmWQ

She discusses the generation question around about the 32.30...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-18-2013, 07:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 456
Posted By el_caro
There would be no logic in calling a starter step...

There would be no logic in calling a starter step a generation in the sense brewers think of their yeast as a 'generation'.
When we put viable cells into a volume of wort(lets call it a starter)...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-04-2013, 10:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 390
Posted By el_caro
It will be fine. No need to warm it up.

It will be fine. No need to warm it up.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-03-2013, 01:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 359
Posted By el_caro
I suggest you use Yeastcalc...

I suggest you use Yeastcalc (http://www.yeastcalc.com/) to assist you in determining how much yeast you need to pitch depending on the volume of your brew and the OG.

You can estimate the volume...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-02-2013, 01:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 272
Posted By el_caro
Not sure where you get the 260bn figure from on a...

Not sure where you get the 260bn figure from on a 6 month old pack of yeast into a 1.5L starter?

How big a batch are you making? Are you brewing an ale or a lager?

My advice is to just use the...
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