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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-31-2012, 06:00 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By mbird
This can vary depending on several conditions,...

This can vary depending on several conditions, but the average primary fermentation is 5 to 7 days for ales. You should judge whether fermentation is complete by taking a sample after fermentation...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-30-2012, 04:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 512
Posted By mbird
I don't think the fermenting vessel has much to...

I don't think the fermenting vessel has much to do with it. The hot break is important for the quality and clarity of the final beer. It helps coagulate proteins and the vigorous boil drives off DMS....
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-23-2012, 02:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 217
Posted By mbird
Feliz Navidad

Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year with plenty of homebrewed beer. From San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and the smallest brewery in the world. Cheers!
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-21-2012, 01:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 358
Posted By mbird
I would invest in a large plate chiller. This...

I would invest in a large plate chiller. This will work on a gravity fed system and is very efficient in terms of cooling to waste water usage. Duda Diesel is probably the best value. When you order,...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-29-2012, 12:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,371
Posted By mbird
Oxyclean is a detergent not a sanitizer. It...

Oxyclean is a detergent not a sanitizer. It definately needs to be rinsed thoroughly and followed with star-san or Iodiphor sanitizer before racking the wort. Cheers!
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-20-2012, 08:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,066
Posted By mbird
I figure it like this: o.g. less f.g. devided...

I figure it like this:
o.g. less f.g. devided by o.g. or (.058 - .015 = .043)/(.058)
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-20-2012, 05:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,066
Posted By mbird
Sorry, just read the original post and saw that...

Sorry, just read the original post and saw that you got a 74% attenuation.
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-20-2012, 05:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,066
Posted By mbird
You should have some expectations of proper...

You should have some expectations of proper attenuation regarding final gravity. Wyeast will tell you what the attenuation should be for the type of yeast you used. Taking a sample and confirming...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-15-2012, 11:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 354
Posted By mbird
Used regs. are pretty common. I've purchased...

Used regs. are pretty common. I've purchased complete regulators ready to use for my tanks at a local used tools place and they only cost about $12-$16
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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-15-2012, 05:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 915
Posted By mbird
I regularly use Minute or instant rice directly...

I regularly use Minute or instant rice directly in the mash. No need for a cereal mash and this makes for great Am. lagers and cream ales. Cheers!
Here's the recipe:...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-21-2012, 08:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 815
Posted By mbird
I never use a seconday. I ferment in the primary...

I never use a seconday. I ferment in the primary until it's done and the krausen drops leaving the surface clear. I then rack to the kegs and do my best to minimize the transfer of yeast from the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-10-2012, 04:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 237
Posted By mbird
I'd be o.k. with 70% attenuation but I've also...

I'd be o.k. with 70% attenuation but I've also done this -
http://backyardbrewer.blogspot.com/2012/06/lowering-gravity-with-brett.html
as a way of being creative around under-attenuated beers....
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-10-2012, 04:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 220
Posted By mbird
I believe that whole hops are 2% less in terms of...

I believe that whole hops are 2% less in terms of hop utilization. I believe this is across the board regardless of boil time. So if you are assuming 27% utilization for pellets in a 60 minute boil...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-24-2012, 02:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 458
Posted By mbird
There are a few things to consider when force...

There are a few things to consider when force carbonating your beer. First is the amount or volume of co2 that you want and the temperature of the beer you want to carbonate. I've attached a video...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-22-2012, 12:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,756
Posted By mbird
I personally crush my grain far more than...

I personally crush my grain far more than pictured above. I'm not afraid of a stuck sparge and haven't had one yet dispite the severe crush I inflict on my grain. I would recommend further crushing...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-11-2012, 10:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By mbird
I don't lauter. But, when I sparge I use the same...

I don't lauter. But, when I sparge I use the same amount of time whether 5 or 10 gal. which is 40-45mins. There is no hard set rules on time for me just what is most efficient at the extraction and...
Forum: General Techniques 05-11-2012, 10:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,592
Posted By mbird
What were your hop additions? Qty's, AA%'s,...

What were your hop additions? Qty's, AA%'s, Utilization%'s ? This information will be helpful in figuring this out. Another thought - What temp was your fermentation?
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Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-03-2012, 02:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,379
Posted By mbird
Pabst Blue Ribbon Clone...

Pabst Blue Ribbon Clone http://backyardbrewer.blogspot.com/2010/12/brewing-lagers.html that I did a side by side comparison with and couldn't tell the difference. Secondly, my Dog Fish Head Midas...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-10-2012, 12:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,167
Posted By mbird
Zee, as I pointed out, allowing the beer to...

Zee,
as I pointed out, allowing the beer to finish fermenting is paramount. But, if the beer is finished fermenting and your attenuation is only 65%, there is a large % of sugar that is most likely...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-09-2012, 10:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,167
Posted By mbird
Hi zee, From your numbers, looks like you had a...

Hi zee,
From your numbers, looks like you had a 65% attenuation which tells me there was a lot of residual sugar in the beer when you bottled it. If you used the recommended amount of bottling sugar...
Forum: General Techniques 03-02-2012, 12:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 287
Posted By mbird
I've had good success in the past with dry...

I've had good success in the past with dry hopping as you described. I regularly dry hop in this way except I now use a large tea ball instead of the hop bag. In any case it works fine and just...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-13-2012, 10:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,198
Posted By mbird
I found that having my own mill and the ability...

I found that having my own mill and the ability to crush the grain myself was invaluable to producing better beer along with increased savings. I usually crush my grain much more than the homebrew...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-08-2012, 02:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,397
Posted By mbird
Hi Eric, The Red Lager all-grain kit has a...

Hi Eric,
The Red Lager all-grain kit has a little over 10lbs. of grain and with 100% efficiency would yield a gravity of about 1.067 in 5.5gals. of wort. If you got a reading of 1.032 then your...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-31-2012, 11:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By mbird
Jayhem, You can figure it out but you'll have...

Jayhem,
You can figure it out but you'll have to make an assumption about the gravity of the extract. If the extract is 1.045 you can subtract (45x3) 1.135 from the total volume of wort. In this...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-31-2012, 10:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,242
Posted By mbird
Yeah, it sounds like you have enough aeration...

Yeah, it sounds like you have enough aeration with that technique. I'd think about just substituting some sugar for some of the malt. If the recipe is 6lbs extract, pull out 1lb and add 1lb. sugar....
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