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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-16-2014, 12:50 PM
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At least research a bit next time. Look over a...

At least research a bit next time. Look over a few recipes and see how your ideas compare. Taking a shot in the dark isn't creativity....
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-16-2014, 02:01 AM
Replies: 22
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Yea that's a pretty light hop bill for a 10...

Yea that's a pretty light hop bill for a 10 gallon batch. Where'd you get the recipe?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-15-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,256
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I live in Florida but you're on the right track....

I live in Florida but you're on the right track. Check for clubs in your area. I learned a bunch brewing with a guy from work a few years ago. I don't necessarily brew the same way he does, but did...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-19-2013, 10:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 193
Posted By Demus
They definitely mean the LAST 7 days before...

They definitely mean the LAST 7 days before bottling. Whether or not you use a secondary is entirely up to you. If you have a spare month or two you MIGHT be able to read all the debates on that...
Forum: Extract Brewing 12-19-2013, 07:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 276
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Sounds like maybe you just got some old, canned...

Sounds like maybe you just got some old, canned extract. Generally, if you use the lightest, freshest extract you can get and use fresh steeping grains (crystal and/or roasted) for flavor and color...
Forum: Extract Brewing 12-19-2013, 01:17 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Demus
How did you get the color in the darker recipes?

How did you get the color in the darker recipes?
Forum: Extract Brewing 12-19-2013, 04:23 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Demus
Were all your beers with the metallic taste ...

Were all your beers with the metallic taste non-RO water? Evaporation will dissipate chlorine, but not chloramine, which is a more common disinfectant of public water supplies...
Forum: Extract Brewing 12-19-2013, 02:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 276
Posted By Demus
Water chemistry is exponentially more important...

Water chemistry is exponentially more important to all grain brewing. If you even suspect your flavor issue to be water related, I'd get that figured out before trying an all grain batch. It's not...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-17-2013, 09:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 382
Posted By Demus
You can get your color exactly by using more or...

You can get your color exactly by using more or less of whichever crystal you have. The flavor on the other hand, will be different. How different depends on the recipe, but as crystal malts darken...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-13-2013, 03:19 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,293
Posted By Demus
I think a point we're all missing here is that a...

I think a point we're all missing here is that a beer is done when a beer is done; it is not some predetermined number of days. Sure it's affected by your process and the recipe, but no one can say...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-13-2013, 03:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,433
Posted By Demus
If your all pilsner malt beer is coming out the...

If your all pilsner malt beer is coming out the color of Sierra Nevada, either you're scorching it or you're not using the malt you think you're using. I've never heard of the color being affected...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-12-2013, 11:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,433
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Where are you getting your pilsner malt? Never...

Where are you getting your pilsner malt? Never know, it could have got mixed up with something darker. I've had it happen...
Forum: Sampling and Critiquing and Beer Swapping 12-11-2013, 01:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 596
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This is a strange statement; did you like it or...

This is a strange statement; did you like it or not? Style guidelines are great for categorizing but some beers simply don't fit. Age a 120 and the fresh, over the top hops will fade and you'll kind...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-11-2013, 12:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 413
Posted By Demus
Corn sugar is 100% fermentable, so it ONLY adds...

Corn sugar is 100% fermentable, so it ONLY adds alcohol. This tends thin the body, reduce residual sweetness and thus add by default add relative bitterness. As I said, this can be very useful in...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-11-2013, 11:48 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,293
Posted By Demus
A lower gravity farmhouse or saison is turbo fast...

A lower gravity farmhouse or saison is turbo fast with Wyeast 3711. Keep it cool for a day or two then let it rise to room temperature or beyond and that yeast will be done in 4 or 5 days... Super...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-11-2013, 11:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 413
Posted By Demus
13% sugar seems quite high for a 1.063 OG IPA....

13% sugar seems quite high for a 1.063 OG IPA. Personally, I don't think IPA's need any sugar at that strength. They can get a little too "chewy" at about 1.090 or so, but even then I wouldn't go...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-11-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 8
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I'd also ask why use crystal and carapils that...

I'd also ask why use crystal and carapils that add body, only to thin it back out with corn sugar. What's your goal for this IPA?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-08-2013, 01:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,045
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I use oxygen. I understand not wanting to buy...

I use oxygen. I understand not wanting to buy another gadget but for me it's about performance and convenience. If you use an air pump/stone setup there's still some cost, but not much increase in...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-08-2013, 12:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 571
Posted By Demus
Sounds good. What temp did you mash? How bout the...

Sounds good. What temp did you mash? How bout the ferment? If you keep it in the 60's for a few days and then let it warm into 70's that will enhance the Belgian character...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-06-2013, 07:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 375
Posted By Demus
What's the recipe? If you know the volume of...

What's the recipe? If you know the volume of water used you can estimate the OG pretty close, especially if it was an extract batch...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-06-2013, 12:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 571
Posted By Demus
2# sugar seems a bit high to me. That's about 13%...

2# sugar seems a bit high to me. That's about 13% of your recipe. All the clear sugar really does is add alcohol and thin the body/dry out the beer. If that's the goal, why not mash cooler, say 147...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-05-2013, 03:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,045
Posted By Demus
This could be part of the problem as well. A...

This could be part of the problem as well. A problem ferment could be many variables adding up to result in your issue, as opposed to one thing. Your aeration technique is not effective at getting 8...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-05-2013, 01:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 454
Posted By Demus
I'm not trying to discourage; quite the contrary....

I'm not trying to discourage; quite the contrary. Nothing is more encouraging than early success. After teaching several brewers in my garage now as well as instructing other things in my...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-05-2013, 05:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 454
Posted By Demus
Starters are not recommended with dry yeast...

Starters are not recommended with dry yeast because of the process used dehydrating them. For a brewer who doesn't know what rehydrating yeast is or how to do it a 9.1% abv beer is a poor choice....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-05-2013, 04:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,045
Posted By Demus
Temperature control is too critical to trust a...

Temperature control is too critical to trust a simple probe screwed into the side of your keggle. There are plenty of lab quality units out there for $50 or so. That said, it sounds like you didn't...
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