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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-30-2013, 11:29 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By mdgagne
Salt water and ice.

Salt water and ice.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-02-2013, 10:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 953
Posted By mdgagne
Cooling it down may have stalled the yeast. Take...

Cooling it down may have stalled the yeast. Take a gravity, if it hasn't reached FG, warm it up and swirl the bucket/carboy.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-11-2013, 11:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 145
Posted By mdgagne
The hops are certainly okay. Your yeast is...

The hops are certainly okay. Your yeast is probably fine too assuming it wasn't 90 degrees where you left it. Smack it, if it swells you will be fine.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-11-2013, 11:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 594
Posted By mdgagne
I think using estimated OG is more accurate than...

I think using estimated OG is more accurate than measured with partial boils. Its tough to get everything mixed, especially if you primary in a carboy.
Forum: Mead Forum 08-05-2013, 12:05 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,328
Posted By mdgagne
Just bought a 5 gallon pail (60 lbs) of locally...

Just bought a 5 gallon pail (60 lbs) of locally produced raw, filtered, WF honey here in Maine for $155. That's $2.60/lb. That beats any mail order pail I could find. I was very surprised, don't rule...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-28-2013, 05:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 361
Posted By mdgagne
No need to be embarrassed, show off your extract...

No need to be embarrassed, show off your extract skills!
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-28-2013, 01:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 361
Posted By mdgagne
I agree just use 2-row in place a extra light on...

I agree just use 2-row in place a extra light on extract, its not Pilsen. I guess I should have read your recipe more closely :drunk:
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-28-2013, 03:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 361
Posted By mdgagne
For simplicity figure pilsen lme and pilsen malt...

For simplicity figure pilsen lme and pilsen malt yield the same ppg, roughly 37 ppg. You just have to account for loss of efficiency so you scale up the pilsen malt by 30%. You need 5 * 70% or...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-10-2013, 03:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 375
Posted By mdgagne
You could also pitch a Brett. strain and make it...

You could also pitch a Brett. strain and make it funky. Brett'll eat anything :)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-09-2013, 11:06 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 14,339
Posted By mdgagne
They're not really meant to hold pressures needed...

They're not really meant to hold pressures needed to carb beer.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-09-2013, 10:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 375
Posted By mdgagne
Alpha Amylase should covert unfermentables...

Alpha Amylase should covert unfermentables without heat, AFAIK.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-09-2013, 10:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 255
Posted By mdgagne
Is your beer reaching FG before bottling? Any off...

Is your beer reaching FG before bottling? Any off flavors?
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-08-2013, 04:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 696
Posted By mdgagne
Did you do a partial boil? If so - maybe your top...

Did you do a partial boil? If so - maybe your top up water and wort weren't mixed thoroughly when you took your gravity reading.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-08-2013, 04:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,741
Posted By mdgagne
Goal on the input side is to have as little...

Goal on the input side is to have as little restriction as possible. Ideally, this means nothing less than 1/2 inch ID between the source vessel and pump input. I have this with my pump and when I...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-07-2013, 12:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,961
Posted By mdgagne
I set a 6 gallon better bottle or bucket inside a...

I set a 6 gallon better bottle or bucket inside a wine bucket, place a brew belt at the bottom of the out bucket, and wedge my stc probe between the buckets with foam insulation.

I have had no...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-07-2013, 12:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,968
Posted By mdgagne
I clean my posts/poppets between every beer, but...

I clean my posts/poppets between every beer, but I'm not convinced its necessary. I have never really seen any "gunk". Hop debris seems to be the most common buildup if you dry hop in the keg. I put...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-06-2013, 09:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 198
Posted By mdgagne
Technically you overpitched. Will you have any...

Technically you overpitched. Will you have any problems? Probably not. FWIW, starters with dry yeast is a waste of time. Dry yeast is ready to ferment (good cell count and nutrients) up to 1060,...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-06-2013, 08:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,151
Posted By mdgagne
Yes, its degassing. You should add nutrients...

Yes, its degassing. You should add nutrients again at 48 and 72 hours, stir to degass.
Forum: DIY Projects 07-05-2013, 11:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,090
Posted By mdgagne
Make sure the controller jumper is set to cool...

Make sure the controller jumper is set to cool mode. Usually they ship that way, but you never know. Do you hear the relay click at all when the temp crosses the set point ?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-11-2013, 06:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 894
Posted By mdgagne
Sorry, my statement was a little unclear. All I'm...

Sorry, my statement was a little unclear. All I'm suggesting is that when you pressurize a keg filled with liquid (soda, water, beer, etc) then you have a small amount of head space. When you let the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-11-2013, 02:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 894
Posted By mdgagne
Do you have soda in the keg? If so, then you may...

Do you have soda in the keg? If so, then you may not be losing pressure - your soda could just be absorbing the CO2 if its not at equilibrium. The only way to be sure this isn't happening is to fill...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-11-2013, 02:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,203
Posted By mdgagne
FWIW, I think what you're describing with your...

FWIW, I think what you're describing with your balloon example is the ideal gas law, pv=nrt. It applies here.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-10-2013, 11:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,210
Posted By mdgagne
Try switching beer out posts/poppets?

Try switching beer out posts/poppets?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-10-2013, 06:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 894
Posted By mdgagne
To me, the kegs are the most likely place to see...

To me, the kegs are the most likely place to see leaks. Some potential sources:
1. The lid, I usually pressurize my keg to 30psi to make sure I have a good seal then purge and pressurize to the PSI...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-10-2013, 05:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,613
Posted By mdgagne
Congrats on your plunge into homebrewing... who...

Congrats on your plunge into homebrewing... who says you have learn to walk before you can run? Anyway - I don't use US-05 often, but I do use WL001 (same strain). I always ramp up the temperatures...
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