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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-21-2014, 01:34 AM
Replies: 12
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Posted By curtw
Thanks all for the replies. I hadn't...

Thanks all for the replies.

I hadn't considered my thermometer being off -- it's a fairly cheap digital instant read, for home kitchen use. I wonder if I've just been mashing too darn hot all...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-17-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 530
Posted By curtw
Why is my attenuation so poor / variable?

I keep a spreadsheet of all my brews, and I just added a column for yeast attenuation, based on the http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/homebrew/beginners-attenuation-and-flocculation-definitions (formula...
Forum: General Techniques 01-08-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 678
Posted By curtw
I've only been brewing for a couple of years, but...

I've only been brewing for a couple of years, but I've found that racking to secondary means I get cleaner final beers. I know, I've read all the "it'll all clean up just fine in primary" posts, but...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 01-06-2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,153
Posted By curtw
Sorry if this is obvious, but the 85.6%...

Sorry if this is obvious, but the 85.6% efficiency -- what type of efficiency? Pre-boil? Total brewhouse?

I've always just calculated my total BH eff, and it's typically in the 60-65% range. I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-06-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 111
Posted By curtw
You should wait. The best advice I've gotten...

You should wait.

The best advice I've gotten on this forum is that patience is a virtue for a homebrewer.

Also FWIW, I typically get ZERO airlock activity in my fermentor (sometimes I'll get a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-18-2013, 06:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Posted By curtw
Thanks for the replies. More data: I mashed...

Thanks for the replies.

More data: I mashed at 151F for 75 min. Volume into fermenter: 3.2 gal. WLP300 yeast. Grain bill:

German pilsner: 2.5#
Wheat malt: 4#
Munich: 0.3#
Caramunich:...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-18-2013, 06:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Posted By curtw
Highish FG: Wait, or bottle?

I brewed up a Dunkelweizen 18 days ago, and the recipe data from brewersfriend lists an expected FG of 1.013. I'm at 1.021, which is where it's been for 11 days or so.

I would normally bottle...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-17-2013, 02:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 652
Posted By curtw
I'm doing 3 gal batches exclusively now. I'm...

I'm doing 3 gal batches exclusively now. I'm doing primary in normal 5+ gallon buckets, and secondary in a 3 gallon carboy.

I don't much like the head space in my primary bucket, but I really ...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-16-2013, 08:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,545
Posted By curtw
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Forum: General Techniques 12-13-2013, 03:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,214
Posted By curtw
Actually, I was assuming I'd remove the chiller...

Actually, I was assuming I'd remove the chiller in order to start a whirlpool effect. There's no way I could do so with my chiller and my BK.

Of course, it doesn't seem that a "hop stand"...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-13-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,902
Posted By curtw
I finally broke down and bought a stir plate...

I finally broke down and bought a stir plate (Hanna). It's pretty awesome, and, according to all the calculators, I should be ending up with at least 50-75% more yeast cells then I did by occasional...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-12-2013, 08:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,902
Posted By curtw
I found that my confidence in harvesting a yeast...

I found that my confidence in harvesting a yeast cake after fermentation is much lower than just doubling the yeast I've just bought.

So when I buy a vial of White Labs yeast, I make a 1.5L...
Forum: General Techniques 12-10-2013, 09:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,214
Posted By curtw
Hop stand / whirlpool / immersion cooling?

What's the best way of inducing a whirlpool vortex when using an immersion coil chiller?

I suppose if I'm doing a hop stand for 30 min, I'd do that first, then insert the chiller and start cooling...
Forum: General Techniques 12-05-2013, 05:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,056
Posted By curtw
Thanks. I probably should also have added in the...

Thanks. I probably should also have added in the OP:

- I've always used pellet, never fresh hops
- I've always used a mesh bag for the hops
- I've never weighted the hop bag while dry...
Forum: General Techniques 12-05-2013, 03:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,056
Posted By curtw
Thanks for the replies. I haven't used a...

Thanks for the replies.

I haven't used a strainer when racking, but my siphon has a racking cane tip that should be keeping out most of the crud. I might try a strainer on top of that as well.
...
Forum: General Techniques 12-04-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,056
Posted By curtw
Dry hopping: hop particles?

I've only dry-hopped a dozen or so brews, but I nearly always notice that I get some "hop particles" in my glass after bottling.

I always rack to secondary, dry hop in secondary.

I never dry...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-23-2013, 08:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 447
Posted By curtw
I am not an expert. But I have been doing ~3...

I am not an expert.

But I have been doing ~3 gal BIAB brews for a while now, fairly successfully.

I do primary in a standard 6 gal ferment bucket, so yes, there's lots of headspace. But I've...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-21-2013, 07:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By curtw
Thanks for the reply. I suppose you're right...

Thanks for the reply.

I suppose you're right about the FG; brewersfriend shows a predicted FG of 1.016 as well. I've thought about sucrose/honey to get a drier beer, but I figured that this was...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-21-2013, 06:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By curtw
What's my next step?

I decided to brew (BIAB) a series of IPAs, with only small changes from batch to batch, to try to increase my brew technique and understanding (see this thread...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-12-2013, 08:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,331
Posted By curtw
Any advice for when to FWH with a BIAB setup? I...

Any advice for when to FWH with a BIAB setup? I do no sparging. Should I add hops at the end of the mash?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-07-2013, 08:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 495
Posted By curtw
As you know, there are a lot of calculators for...

As you know, there are a lot of calculators for IBU given your hop schedule. It sounds like you're looking for a calculator for "non-bittering hoppiness." I've never seen anything like this.
...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-07-2013, 08:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 385
Posted By curtw
I am not an expert. But I'm at the point where I...

I am not an expert. But I'm at the point where I always make a starter now. And I would for harvested slurry too -- unless this is a really small batch with a low OG.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-04-2013, 09:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 301
Posted By curtw
Thanks for the feedback! I thought I'd try...

Thanks for the feedback!

I thought I'd try (initially at least) to keep the bittering hops the same, and so I chose what I thought would be a nice neutral one. So if the next brew session I...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-04-2013, 08:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,727
Posted By curtw
My only commercial experience with high IBU low...

My only commercial experience with high IBU low gravity beer is Drake's Alpha Session, which I hated. To me it's the poster child for "your malt bill should match your hops."
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-04-2013, 07:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 301
Posted By curtw
Recipe help: A "Basic" IPA

Hi:

I'm at the point in my brewing where I'm trying to learn from my sessions, not just brew stuff. I decided to start with a "basic" IPA, and tweak it on subsequent brew sessions:

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