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Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-12-2014, 06:08 PM
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Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 08-09-2014, 12:16 PM
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I've always wanted one of these. Thanks ...

I've always wanted one of these. Thanks


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Forum: Sponsor Showcase 07-26-2014, 03:31 AM
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Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-26-2014, 03:30 AM
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Lovely the colors

Lovely the colors
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-25-2014, 12:00 PM
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The label is correct IF you have factory fresh...

The label is correct IF you have factory fresh yeast and wort under ~1050. If not 1 vial will still probably ferment out the beer but the yeast will not be happy. Unhappy yeast = off flavors.

I...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 07-15-2014, 09:07 PM
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Forum: Extract Brewing 07-15-2014, 02:59 PM
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Add DME to fermenter?

My mistake, I wasn't clear enough. You only need to add enough water to dissolve the DME.

Another poster pointed out that the PPG rate for DME can range from 40-46 so you may want a little less...
Forum: Extract Brewing 07-15-2014, 01:37 PM
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Sure can. DME will yield ~ 40 gravity points per...

Sure can. DME will yield ~ 40 gravity points per pound per gallon. So dissolve .7 pounds on DME in water. Boil for 10-15 minutes, cool it in a ice water bath and pour it in. Even if you beer is past...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-14-2014, 06:08 PM
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+1 - Glass carboys are not worth the danger. ...

+1 - Glass carboys are not worth the danger.

The concept of "secondary fermentation" is a hold over from the early days of home brewing when we were trying to reverse engineer what AB was doing....
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-06-2014, 03:57 AM
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-02-2014, 01:26 PM
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I've found that letting the mash go 75 minutes,...

I've found that letting the mash go 75 minutes, and then heating to 168 f for a few minutes gets me to the same point, extraction wise and it is easier. But I'm not chasing the last few points. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-01-2014, 09:34 PM
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Batch Sparge vs fly Sparge vs biab

I went the other way - from a three vessel batch sparge system to BIAB. Once I got things dialed in my efficiencies are comparable to what I got from batch sparging - ~80% mash efficiency, 72% system...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-18-2014, 12:36 AM
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I use a dowel. The only time I use it to measure...

I use a dowel. The only time I use it to measure the volume is before the boil to get mash efficiency. Once boil starts I monitor the SG during the boil. (I have a refractometer, but used a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-02-2014, 11:41 PM
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Like he said. It is important to understand...

Like he said.

It is important to understand that a hydrometer and refractometers measure different things. The hydrometer measures the density of a liquid as specific gravity or degrees Plato.The...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-20-2014, 02:48 PM
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In the process of fermentation a fair and not...

In the process of fermentation a fair and not easily predicable amount of the hop compounds fall out. I lot of the bitterness adhere to the yeast and flocs out.

RDWHAHB


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Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-16-2014, 01:44 AM
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And at that point you are not competing just with...

And at that point you are not competing just with the BALTIC Porters but with ALL three sub-cats of porters. It is a whole different ball game.


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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-07-2014, 04:20 AM
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The key word here is "IBU estimate." That is all...

The key word here is "IBU estimate." That is all ANY of the formulas can give you. An estimate. Pick one and RDWHAHB.



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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-03-2014, 01:34 PM
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When I got home from work last night - ~52 since...

When I got home from work last night - ~52 since pitching - I had signs of life. This morning active fermentation.

All is well

Thanks, all, for the reassurance


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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-02-2014, 01:07 PM
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Jumping in with similar issue

I'm having the same issue. Pitched 2.5 packets of Saflager W-34/70, carefully rehydrated and cooled. I aerated the wort.

It is now ~48 hours. no sign of krausen.

What I do notice is a nice...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-28-2014, 03:16 AM
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I always wait at least 2 weeks and sometimes more...

I always wait at least 2 weeks and sometimes more if I don't have time. The yeast needs the time to clean up after themselves. The few times I've rushed it I've had off flavors.

No problem using...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-14-2014, 01:31 PM
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Sure, why not. It will still be beer. Corn...

Sure, why not. It will still be beer.

Corn sugar brings no flavor to the party. LGS might bring some subtle flavors of its own.

My guess is the it would be roughly like the substation ratio of...
Forum: DIY Projects 03-14-2014, 01:19 PM
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I've had 2 explode / break dramatically in my 20+...

I've had 2 explode / break dramatically in my 20+ years of brewing. The second was from my being careless and letting it bang into something and it shattered. Not much danger but a huge mess. The...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-06-2014, 11:22 AM
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Very likely. The first wort on the kettle will be...

Very likely. The first wort on the kettle will be the heaviest and is likely to stratify. I stir and stir and then start taking samples until I get consistent readings. A refractometer helps this go...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-06-2014, 02:20 AM
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It is possible that you had a wort stratification...

It is possible that you had a wort stratification issue with the first sample. Was the wort very well stirred?


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Forum: General Chit Chat 02-28-2014, 03:31 AM
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If you are going to Stone Escondido your ~8...

If you are going to Stone Escondido your ~8 minutes from Lost Abbey. Don't miss it. Mother Earth is also close by.

The White Labs tasting room is terrific place for brewers. If you need to be...
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