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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-23-2013, 08:50 PM
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Posted By McGarnigle
BYO's Pumpernickel Porter gives the option of...

BYO's Pumpernickel Porter gives the option of using bread yeast (traditional Kvass). I made it with beer yeast. if you use bread yeast, drink it quickly.

I don't think this link is to the BYO...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-23-2013, 06:37 PM
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Posted By McGarnigle
72-75 will carbonate more quickly than 65. It's...

72-75 will carbonate more quickly than 65. It's not like fermenting, where the higher temps can really affect the taste. Still, if you carbonate too warm, it might be detrimental, or you may even...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-20-2013, 04:33 PM
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Posted By McGarnigle
I think you could probably do both honey and...

I think you could probably do both honey and fruit together. I've never don both together because i don't really like fruit much. There's a recipe for honey-apricot in the forum below.
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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-19-2013, 09:18 PM
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Posted By McGarnigle
What *are* these electrolytes? Do you even know?

What *are* these electrolytes? Do you even know?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-19-2013, 09:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,924
Posted By McGarnigle
The instructions are to bring water to a boil and...

The instructions are to bring water to a boil and stir so the extract dissolves. This will also provide enough heat to pasteurize it. But long boiling will ruin any hop flavor subtleties.
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-18-2013, 06:21 PM
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Posted By McGarnigle
Whispering Wheat is a Mr Beer kit that is...

Whispering Wheat is a Mr Beer kit that is pre-hopped, so no need to hop it.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-16-2013, 05:16 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By McGarnigle
You can use an ale yeast to do this (won't be a...

You can use an ale yeast to do this (won't be a true pilsner). Some of the basic kits labeled pilsner do this. Nottingham is a good choice.

You could also try a Cali Common type yeast, although...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-15-2013, 08:25 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By McGarnigle
Typically it's lagers that need diacetyl rests. I...

Typically it's lagers that need diacetyl rests. I think a few other yeast strains may benefit from it. I'd be shocked if a yeast used in a basic canned kit would require one.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-15-2013, 05:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,677
Posted By McGarnigle
I've heard that the alcohol inhibits the...

I've heard that the alcohol inhibits the absorption of vitamins, so you're not really getting that much out of your homebrew.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-14-2013, 09:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 999
Posted By McGarnigle
You do have to be careful about oxygen. Most of...

You do have to be careful about oxygen. Most of us use a "beer thief" or turkey baster to gently remove some beer for a sample. Try not to knock around the fermenter and maybe even open the lid a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-14-2013, 08:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 999
Posted By McGarnigle
It should be two readings because it might have...

It should be two readings because it might have kept going lower than expected. That being said, 1.008 is pretty low so it may in fact have been done.



You'd need a fridge or something to keep...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-14-2013, 08:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 260
Posted By McGarnigle
basedDOGIE, You'd be over-pitching something...

basedDOGIE,

You'd be over-pitching something fierce, but people do it all the time. The non-yeast gunk shouldn't be a problem, although you'll have to make sure to leave it there when you rack to...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-14-2013, 08:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By McGarnigle
Given the caramel 60, I don't think you need...

Given the caramel 60, I don't think you need carapils. You'll get body and head from the caramel, plus head from the wheat.

I don't think 2 lbs wheat extract (which is ~50% wheat) will add...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-14-2013, 08:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 999
Posted By McGarnigle
You may get away with it, but you should have...

You may get away with it, but you should have waited (stupid instructions). I take it you didn't take hydro readings (two the same, a couple days apart). Even if you had, it would have been better to...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-08-2013, 07:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 236
Posted By McGarnigle
Crystal 10 will give you body too, although also...

Crystal 10 will give you body too, although also some flavor you won't get from the Carapils.

Carapils is pretty much a lighter version of Crystal 10.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-07-2013, 02:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 837
Posted By McGarnigle
Brew enhancer looks like it is 50% dextrose, 25%...

Brew enhancer looks like it is 50% dextrose, 25% maltodextrin and 25% pale DME. I believe Munton's Gold kits are no-sugar added kits (basically, two cans of hopped extract).

So you'd be adding...
Forum: General Techniques 08-07-2013, 02:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 890
Posted By McGarnigle
A few seconds? That would mean that every Corona...

A few seconds? That would mean that every Corona drunk from the bottle on a hot day would be skunked. In fact, it would also mean taking a glass of beer outside on a sunny day would result in...
Forum: General Techniques 08-05-2013, 03:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,172
Posted By McGarnigle
The yeast can also make a difference,...

The yeast can also make a difference, accentuating the malts. Safale 05 is the quintessential West Coast yeast. You could use S-04 (a British yeast) for East Coast, but I think White Labs makes an...
Forum: Extract Brewing 08-05-2013, 03:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By McGarnigle
Did you use maltodextrin? What was the recipe?...

Did you use maltodextrin? What was the recipe? Extra malt will give it more body, but it sounds like yours goes beyond that.
Forum: BIAB Brewing 08-05-2013, 03:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,773
Posted By McGarnigle
I don't know, but I think some of them (AHS,...

I don't know, but I think some of them (AHS, Northern Brewer) will do a fine crush upon request. You can enter a note in comments when you place your order. If no one else knows, you can probably...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-03-2013, 10:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 665
Posted By McGarnigle
My local supermarket has done this for a while...

My local supermarket has done this for a while and would often put expensive bottles in. However, I noticed one location started putting stickers on the caps.

This discourages customers from...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-02-2013, 09:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 639
Posted By McGarnigle
For John Cage's 4'33" I just hold an empty...

For John Cage's 4'33" I just hold an empty glass.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-02-2013, 09:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 238
Posted By McGarnigle
You could supplement with cane sugar to get to...

You could supplement with cane sugar to get to two pounds.
Forum: General Techniques 08-01-2013, 08:46 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,109
Posted By McGarnigle
If you want to not use Fermcap, fine. We all draw...

If you want to not use Fermcap, fine. We all draw the line someplace.

The push back you're getting originates from the original post, which made it seem like you just wanted information. It...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-01-2013, 08:21 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,934
Posted By McGarnigle
Regarding beer, my advice would be to treat it as...

Regarding beer, my advice would be to treat it as dessert (if you're drinking in the evening, especially). If I want to down a Russian Imperial Stout, I won't then have a slice of cheesecake.
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