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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-25-2012, 07:54 PM
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Posted By DanseMacabre
Usefulness of SG reading on first, second, third runnings in batch sparge

I now have 3 batch sparged all grain brews under my belt. All were for 5 gallons of beer. Here is brief summary of my methods:

-All calculations in Beersmith2
-Add strike water from HLT via...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-13-2012, 01:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 630
Posted By DanseMacabre
Replicating methode champenoise in keg

After reading through the ommegang website and various other sources, I wonder if it is possible to have the luscious, creamy, beer head of the bottle conditioned methode cahampenoise in a keg? Does...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-13-2012, 12:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 675
Posted By DanseMacabre
yeah I hear it. In the absence of cold temps...

yeah I hear it. In the absence of cold temps (which allow multiple options for dropping stuff out of suspension and clearing beer), the only option I know of is longer time on the primary. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-13-2012, 12:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 675
Posted By DanseMacabre
Ok, back to the original question/problem: Are...

Ok, back to the original question/problem: Are you seeing a visibly cloudy beer? If it is in a pale, I'm not sure how you can tell. Or are you just trying to cold crash because you think it is a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-13-2012, 12:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 675
Posted By DanseMacabre
Ok, well it seems to me your best option is to...

Ok, well it seems to me your best option is to not rush the bottling process. If you are fermenting in an ale pale, are you assuming a krausen layer or are you continually opening the lid to check...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-13-2012, 12:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 349
Posted By DanseMacabre
I am imagining this brew now and it sounds...

I am imagining this brew now and it sounds delicious:mug: Without any previous gravity readings, it seem difficult to comment. I'm not sure what additional passion fruit puree would add to gravity...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-12-2012, 11:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 675
Posted By DanseMacabre
Is this question pertaining to one brew in...

Is this question pertaining to one brew in particular, or all of your beers? The reason I ask is that I had one stubborn beer that the yeast would not drop out of suspension. I had to add gelatin...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-12-2012, 11:35 PM
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Views: 581
Posted By DanseMacabre
let's hope we get some hits:)

let's hope we get some hits:)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-12-2012, 11:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 581
Posted By DanseMacabre
Conditioning beer in primary or keg?

To date most of my brews (mostly various ales) follow this fermentation/carbonation schedule: primary for 4 weeks, transfer to keg, set and forget carb to desired level @44F in my keezer for 3 weeks,...
Forum: Extract Brewing 06-19-2012, 12:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 601
Posted By DanseMacabre
definitely have a homogenous mixture since I'm...

definitely have a homogenous mixture since I'm doing full boils (no water top off). My thermometer is the highly touted thermapen, and I've calibrated my 60 Degree hydrometer with distilled water. I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-18-2012, 08:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 409
Posted By DanseMacabre
I also agree that hydrometer readings are the...

I also agree that hydrometer readings are the only true indicator. Also, I very much agree with Golddiggie about letting yeast " clean up after itself." I leave all my ales in primary a minimum of 3...
Forum: Extract Brewing 06-18-2012, 06:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 601
Posted By DanseMacabre
All the est. OG above are from Beersmith2 and not...

All the est. OG above are from Beersmith2 and not the kit instructions.
Forum: Extract Brewing 06-18-2012, 06:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 601
Posted By DanseMacabre
Water Levels and Low OG

I've been an exclusive extract brewer for the last couple months, and I am consistently low on OG. I know, this has been a common lament, and I've tweaked some variables that have improved my OG...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-24-2012, 11:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 888
Posted By DanseMacabre
Fid, Thanks for the cold bottle advice. It...

Fid,

Thanks for the cold bottle advice. It makes sense, and I'll give it a try with the other suggestions
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-20-2012, 02:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 230
Posted By DanseMacabre
How much specialty grain to store

It seems to me that storing 50lb bags of base grains is a good idea and economical. My question is how much specialty grain should be stored in a homebrewers pantry? Obviously this will depend on...
Forum: General Techniques 04-19-2012, 05:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,069
Posted By DanseMacabre
Amandabab, Well what do you know, another...

Amandabab,

Well what do you know, another piece of equipment to purchase:) actually these look like a perfect solution, thanks so much:rockin:
Forum: General Techniques 04-18-2012, 05:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,069
Posted By DanseMacabre
Airlock during lagering, necessary?

I have a small chest freezer that I would like to start using as a lager fermentation chamber. I can fit one carboy on the floor, and one carboy on the freezer hump. The problem is the carboy on the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-18-2012, 01:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 888
Posted By DanseMacabre
Hex, A more thorough cleaning of the beer...

Hex,

A more thorough cleaning of the beer gun and bottles is definitely the best place to start. If I still have problems after being more vigilante about sanitation, maybe I'll start bottling a...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-16-2012, 11:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 888
Posted By DanseMacabre
Bad tasting beer after keg to bottle transfer

I've been extract brewing for a couple months now. Almost all of my beer goes into kegs, and so far I've been very happy with my results. I've found that when I transfer delicious beer from keg to...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-28-2012, 12:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,142
Posted By DanseMacabre
Zacc, I'm about to build a MLT and this...

Zacc,

I'm about to build a MLT and this design is great. thanks. One question about the pivot. Based on your first pic, it seems the pivot "T" freely rotates around a section of tubing that has...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-25-2012, 03:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,048
Posted By DanseMacabre
Thanks for the replies Yooper and Nordeast. Not...

Thanks for the replies Yooper and Nordeast. Not surprised to hear that time is the key. Seems to be the modus for home brewing. I will also do some more reading on this yeast strain. Unfortunately...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-25-2012, 02:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,048
Posted By DanseMacabre
Yeast Still Suspended after 1 week cold crash?

I brewed an amber ale extract kit from my LHBS on 1/28/12 and have a question concerning suspended yeast. Here is the recipe in case any of these variables will help a more experienced brewer answer...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-19-2012, 10:47 PM
Replies: 1,293
Views: 80,420
Posted By DanseMacabre
Biology faculy. Human anatomy and biomechanics...

Biology faculy. Human anatomy and biomechanics specialty
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-19-2012, 10:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 653
Posted By DanseMacabre
Thanks for the advice Bobby. I too have 4 keezer...

Thanks for the advice Bobby. I too have 4 keezer lines, so I may experiment with a shorter beer line for low carbonated beers.
Forum: Introductions 02-11-2012, 10:22 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 19
Posted By DanseMacabre
Hello from Virginia

This is actually my second post, as I did not catch the introduction thread until after I posted my first question in the kegging section. A little bit of my brewing history. I began kit brewing ...
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