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Forum: Extract Brewing 12-31-2013, 12:39 AM
Replies: 78
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Posted By jigidyjim
So I ended up adding water to get back to 28q...

So I ended up adding water to get back to 28q after adding the 60 min extract (I did all extract at 60). Ended up right around 5g in my carboy (my measurement is not precise).

Everything...
Forum: Extract Brewing 12-28-2013, 09:36 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 14,363
Posted By jigidyjim
After almost 2 years off from brewing (babies, 2...

After almost 2 years off from brewing (babies, 2 moves...), and doing all-grain for the last year before that, my dearest gave me this kit for my birthday, and I'm brewing it next week.

Did anyone...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-08-2012, 03:12 AM
Replies: 13
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Posted By jigidyjim
2 oz select @ 60, 1 oz hersbrucker @ 30. I...

2 oz select @ 60, 1 oz hersbrucker @ 30.

I was under the impression that no aroma was in-style based on what I read.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-07-2012, 09:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,795
Posted By jigidyjim
I ended up getting a 32 with this beer, which was...

I ended up getting a 32 with this beer, which was good enough for a 3rd place. Not too bad for brewing a beer based only on reading.

Among other things, I got marked down for not having any hop...
Forum: Porter 09-26-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 644
Views: 193,034
Posted By jigidyjim
I used .5 in a partial mash, and it was great. ...

I used .5 in a partial mash, and it was great.

Other people use 1.25... do what sounds better to you.
Forum: Porter 09-18-2012, 03:09 AM
Replies: 644
Views: 193,034
Posted By jigidyjim
There's no way you can be at 1.036 after 8lbs of...

There's no way you can be at 1.036 after 8lbs of extract in a 5g batch. You were around 1.057. When you added the sugar you added around .022, which is confirmed by your 1.080 measurement. So your...
Forum: Porter 09-17-2012, 04:37 PM
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Views: 193,034
Posted By jigidyjim
If your batch was 5 gallons your OG can't be that...

If your batch was 5 gallons your OG can't be that low with that recipe. You probably just got a bad reading. Did you measure after you topped off? If so, you probably got an unmixed sample.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-28-2012, 01:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 388
Posted By jigidyjim
+1, never pitched additional yeast at bottling...

+1, never pitched additional yeast at bottling time for a lager. I'm not claiming that you shouldn't but I haven't read anywhere of people needing to do this.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-27-2012, 04:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 432
Posted By jigidyjim
Regarding the fact you had to top off: your beer...

Regarding the fact you had to top off: your beer will taste different if you top off due to how hop utilization takes place. Its been a long time since I've done partial boils and read up on it, but...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-26-2012, 11:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 432
Posted By jigidyjim
I'll answer one of the questions - the sparge...

I'll answer one of the questions - the sparge water in that method is heated to 170 to act like a mash out. Basically at that temp it stops the extraction of sugars. My understanding is that this...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-26-2012, 10:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By jigidyjim
Yah I think you've already named the classics......

Yah I think you've already named the classics... have fun!
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-26-2012, 10:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,383
Posted By jigidyjim
37.5? Awesome! Never scored that high, though...

37.5? Awesome! Never scored that high, though I've placed with lower scores. Great job.
Forum: Porter 08-16-2012, 04:08 AM
Replies: 644
Views: 193,034
Posted By jigidyjim
I haven't read the part of this thread that says...

I haven't read the part of this thread that says this beer doesn't age well, but I thought mine still tasted great 6 months later. I brewed it as an Xmas ale on Oct 8 and it was fine for Xmas... if...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-28-2012, 10:57 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,200
Posted By jigidyjim
I've never had an infection so I'm curious - what...

I've never had an infection so I'm curious - what does "discover" and "eliminate" mean? I would have thought that if I had an infected batch, it would be isolated because when I boiled/sanitized the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-18-2012, 12:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 518
Posted By jigidyjim
A yeast starter isn't just so that you make sure...

A yeast starter isn't just so that you make sure you hit your FG - your pitch rate effects the taste of the beer. Specifically things like ester production.

Congrats on the brew, hope you enjoy it!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-15-2012, 02:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 239
Posted By jigidyjim
Yes, cooler temps will slow carbonation. 62 won't...

Yes, cooler temps will slow carbonation. 62 won't kill carbonation, but could slow it down. I wouldn't worry about it too much.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-15-2012, 02:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 524
Posted By jigidyjim
I agree. 1.011 should not taste sweet......

I agree. 1.011 should not taste sweet... especially if it is also hoppy. Maybe hoppy is aroma and not bitterness... which, if there is no bitterness, maybe explains sweet.

Regardless, hoppiness...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-14-2012, 10:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 349
Posted By jigidyjim
I'm doing an altbier right now too... First...

I'm doing an altbier right now too...

First off - an altbier is an ale. Most people "lager" them - meaning they store them at cold temperatures, in keeping with the traditional process. But it...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-08-2012, 12:02 AM
Replies: 236
Views: 12,990
Posted By jigidyjim
FWIW - I enjoy reading the beginner beer section,...

FWIW - I enjoy reading the beginner beer section, including the redundant questions, because it gives me something to read and learn more about beer. When I know what I want to learn about it's easy...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-07-2012, 09:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 457
Posted By jigidyjim
I agree with Designing Great Beers, and I use...

I agree with Designing Great Beers, and I use Beer Alchemy on the mac, not Beersmith. If you are into Belgians, Brew Like a Monk can be a source of recipe inspiration as well.

This works well for...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-07-2012, 09:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 524
Posted By jigidyjim
For future reference - if you pitch enough yeast,...

For future reference - if you pitch enough yeast, you don't need to start the fermentation in the high 60's - you can pitch at fermentation temp. At any rate, to answer your question, the advice from...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-07-2012, 05:16 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,323
Posted By jigidyjim
I'd love to hear more about this, if anyone can...

I'd love to hear more about this, if anyone can explain it. Before this thread, I actually assumed Pliny had more malt than it does. Maybe it has something to do with the weirdness around it's IBU's...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-07-2012, 02:45 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,323
Posted By jigidyjim
I prefer Gordon Strong's explanation of balance: ...

I prefer Gordon Strong's explanation of balance:

"... beer balance is the synergy of all the components that formulate an enjoyable tasting experience: aroma, flavor... bitterness, alcohol,...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-07-2012, 04:36 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,323
Posted By jigidyjim
I think that's fair. What I was thinking was that...

I think that's fair. What I was thinking was that if I order an IPA without knowing anything about it I wouldn't be expecting a 8%ABV beer. But I agree that it is an arbitrary line, and when...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-07-2012, 04:20 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,323
Posted By jigidyjim
You'll have to explain that one more - since...

You'll have to explain that one more - since balance to me is what makes a drink enjoyable.
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