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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-12-2013, 06:08 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Ricochetbrew
When I open the bottle, half the contents foam...

When I open the bottle, half the contents foam out. What I can get into the glass has a bitter after taste and has more sediment than what went into the bottle. The longer the time in the bottle,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-19-2013, 01:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 658
Posted By Ricochetbrew
Do not give up on this brew. Beer fermented at...

Do not give up on this brew. Beer fermented at higher temps can produce fusel alcohols. Fusel alcohol can give the beer a harsh solvent like flavor. However, do not fear. Aging your beer can mellow...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-16-2013, 01:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By Ricochetbrew
What do you mean by fermentable sugar at the end...

What do you mean by fermentable sugar at the end of the boil? Are you asking about adding sugar to the boil? If that the case then none. Your fermentables are the sugars converted from the grains...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-16-2013, 12:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,288
Posted By Ricochetbrew
I think I'm planning on naming my brewery the...

I think I'm planning on naming my brewery the splargery? Any thoughts?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-15-2013, 09:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,288
Posted By Ricochetbrew
ha. Yeah you are officially on blast. I thought...

ha. Yeah you are officially on blast. I thought about making a general post pleading for people to change the term completely to sparge. However, I didn't want to salt your wounds. Ha. All in good...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-15-2013, 07:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,288
Posted By Ricochetbrew
I would like to formally announce to the HBT...

I would like to formally announce to the HBT community that I will no longer be sparging when I brew. Instead I will be splarging. Based upon some very technical scientific research that is so top...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-15-2013, 01:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,983
Posted By Ricochetbrew
Haha. Also I heard if you don't have any foam a...

Haha. Also I heard if you don't have any foam a mini sea monster like creatures swims around in the fermenting beer and feeds on the yeast? True story.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-14-2013, 08:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,153
Posted By Ricochetbrew
In many cases fusel alcohol will esterify during...

In many cases fusel alcohol will esterify during secondary fermentation. There is a much higher likelihood that the beer will have a banana flavor to it over the solvent like fusel flavor (at least...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-14-2013, 08:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,983
Posted By Ricochetbrew
I agree. However it sounds like you tube gold!...

I agree. However it sounds like you tube gold! Hope he records it!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-13-2013, 09:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 767
Posted By Ricochetbrew
The gravity should be a 4 digit # like 1.012...

The gravity should be a 4 digit
# like 1.012 or something like that. Original gravities can be low like 1.035. Or higher than 1.100. Yours should be somewhere below 1.020. Check the hydrometer...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-13-2013, 12:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By Ricochetbrew
soap and detergents can have an effect on...

soap and detergents can have an effect on carbonation however this is typically only when barware is cleaned with them. Also the problem is usually not a lack of carbonation but a reduction in the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-13-2013, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 767
Posted By Ricochetbrew
Don't worry. It sounds like you racked the beer...

Don't worry. It sounds like you racked the beer properly so there shouldn't bee to much oxygen exposure. Additionally while rinsing off the sanitizer was a mistake it seems you did not get a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-12-2013, 11:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By Ricochetbrew
I agree completely. Detailed note taking is...

I agree completely. Detailed note taking is incredibly important. It helps your to replicate what you did right and avoid mistakes in future batches. I have two notebooks full of notes from every...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-12-2013, 09:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,400
Posted By Ricochetbrew
Haha. I can't disagree with you however be...

Haha. I can't disagree with you however be prepared to drink less than optimal beer.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-12-2013, 09:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By Ricochetbrew
Awesome! If your anything like most of us the...

Awesome! If your anything like most of us the first brew will bring a lot of questions. This forum is great for getting answers. Keep us updated!
Welcome and good luck.
Ryan
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-12-2013, 12:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 294
Posted By Ricochetbrew
Ah. I was not considering DME when he said...

Ah. I was not considering DME when he said barley. You are correct. This is probably what his friend is using. I would still use the sugar. That's just me.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-12-2013, 12:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 294
Posted By Ricochetbrew
Definitely use bottling sugar. It will not add...

Definitely use bottling sugar. It will not add any sweetness to your final product as long as you allow sufficient time for it to be consumed by the yeast and you use the prescribed amount. I have...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-11-2013, 10:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,400
Posted By Ricochetbrew
I have nothing Bad to say about recipes with...

I have nothing Bad to say about recipes with multiple grains or hop varietals. In fact I encourage new brewers to seek out these kits to learn about how different ingredients interact to create great...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-11-2013, 10:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,400
Posted By Ricochetbrew
Don't worry about the process. Focus on the...

Don't worry about the process. Focus on the basics and you will make great beer. Once u started taking detailed notes on all my brews each batch improved. I was able to figure out what I did right...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-05-2013, 09:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,400
Posted By Ricochetbrew
That's great always like hearing from a local...

That's great always like hearing from a local home brewer. I have been deployed for the last year so I have not been active in many clubs. However I will be home this month and will get right back...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-05-2013, 09:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,400
Posted By Ricochetbrew
I also like a higher alcohol beer so no problems...

I also like a higher alcohol beer so no problems with going that route as long as you are using quality ingredients to get there. If you bought a kit then your fine. I brewed dozens of kits before I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-05-2013, 09:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,400
Posted By Ricochetbrew
Sounds like your doing the right thing. Simple ...

Sounds like your doing the right thing. Simple
Adjunct additions are not the main culprit. Nothing wrong with high gravity or an additional flavor. My advice is just don't get so overly concerned...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-05-2013, 04:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,400
Posted By Ricochetbrew
The new brewer. A cautionary tale.

I am a fairly new member to HBT but am amazed by the beginning brewer forum. I wished I would have known about it when I started brewing 8 years ago. I truly enjoy reading the questions posted and...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 01-04-2013, 03:37 PM
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Posted By Ricochetbrew
Count me in please.

Count me in please.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-04-2013, 01:49 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,900
Posted By Ricochetbrew
Ok first off relax. Have a home brew, of craft...

Ok first off relax. Have a home brew, of craft brew since this is your first batch. I am assuming by reading this thread that you are fermenting in clear glass. Also that you are brewing a stout....
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