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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-21-2010, 03:25 PM
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Posted By knowltonm
What temp is it at? You could raise the temp a...

What temp is it at? You could raise the temp a little while it sits for a few more weeks/months. Pitching more yeast is an option but I'd stay away from beano. I've never used it but from what I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-03-2009, 04:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 335
Posted By knowltonm
Wait and see...what temp are you at? once...

Wait and see...what temp are you at? once fermentation slows you can raise the temp a little to help attenuation.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-16-2009, 02:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 727
Posted By knowltonm
It depends on how you're sparging. Batch...

It depends on how you're sparging. Batch sparging you just need some kind of filter before the spigot; fly sparging you want to minimize 'channeling' of water by creating a drain with multiple...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-18-2009, 02:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 989
Posted By knowltonm
Who's brewing?

What has everybody got in the works this weekend? I'm starting my RIS - 14lbs Maris otter, 6.25lbs specialty grains, 13.25oz hops for 115 IBUs and a 5.5 gal batch...just getting done with the...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-02-2009, 11:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,041
Posted By knowltonm
yeah, pretty close to that...mine doesn't seem to...

yeah, pretty close to that...mine doesn't seem to work very well though. It only got down to 57, about 10 degrees below room temp. I'm thinking about covering the insulation in the box with...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-30-2009, 10:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,041
Posted By knowltonm
Fermentation Chamber...maybe

So after I put all the money into building this thing I would have been better off buying a chest freezer, but here's what I've got.

Big insulated box
Mini fridge
1.5" PVC pipe insulated inside...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-29-2009, 04:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,173
Posted By knowltonm
Saved wort as priming sugar?

Has anybody tried saving an exact amount of wort on brew day to use as priming sugar when bottling instead of corn sugar or DME? Just seal it and throw it in the fridge? I haven't done the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-17-2009, 06:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 974
Posted By knowltonm
I've never made wine before, I don't think my...

I've never made wine before, I don't think my first try would be able to do a 21 year aging justice. I also thought about making a mead, but I'm not going to for the same reason.

As for the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-16-2009, 09:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 974
Posted By knowltonm
21st B-Day Brew

Sunday morning, my wife gave birth to our first baby, a 5lb 1oz boy. I had toyed with the idea and now I decided that I want to do it - I want to brew a Russian Imperial Stout to age until he turns...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-21-2009, 02:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,434
Posted By knowltonm
I agree that a protein rest for most malts will...

I agree that a protein rest for most malts will do more harm than good, but I routinely add boiling water to the mash to raise temp. The heat gets transferred around pretty quickly when you dump it...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-07-2009, 03:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 471
Posted By knowltonm
You're around 70% attenuation. Give it a little...

You're around 70% attenuation. Give it a little more time and recheck. Time heals all things...except my irish red that tastes like cough syrup...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-07-2009, 03:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 471
Posted By knowltonm
I've had suspected 'fermentation' continue for a...

I've had suspected 'fermentation' continue for a long time only to discover that it was probably only CO2 release from a compacting cake. If you only have 1 bubble every 2-3 minutes, you're almost...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-07-2009, 03:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 862
Posted By knowltonm
+1 vote for mash out. I finally started taking...

+1 vote for mash out. I finally started taking temp readings of the top of my grain bed before and after sparging; the closer the temp to 170F the better, my efficiency went from 75-80 to around...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-07-2009, 03:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 471
Posted By knowltonm
Have you taken gravity readings?

Have you taken gravity readings?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-18-2009, 01:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 693
Posted By knowltonm
It would be pulled off at vorlauf, but it...

It would be pulled off at vorlauf, but it wouldn't be available to the grain during conversion or available to decrease the mash thickness
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-18-2009, 02:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 693
Posted By knowltonm
Technically this wouldn't be called "deadspace"...

Technically this wouldn't be called "deadspace" as I understand the definition. I understood deadspace to mean the amount of liquid remaining after fully draining the tun. What JVD is describing is...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-24-2009, 02:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,399
Posted By knowltonm
I second the venison, a roll of venison sausage...

I second the venison, a roll of venison sausage with cheese and crackers makes brew day so much better!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-03-2008, 02:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 434
Posted By knowltonm
You shouldn't top off with water unless you're...

You shouldn't top off with water unless you're really worried about not having enough beer...just remember it will lower alcohol content and probably make it feel lighter and less flavorful,...
Forum: General Techniques 11-24-2008, 02:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,375
Posted By knowltonm
At less than ideal temps a saison can take a long...

At less than ideal temps a saison can take a long time depending on your yeast. My fermentation wasn't complete for at least 2-2 & 1/2 months. It will come down in time, just keep it as warm as you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-20-2008, 07:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 929
Posted By knowltonm
They help you keep from getting a stuck mash,...

They help you keep from getting a stuck mash, they should offer nothing else to the finished product. Just toss em in with your crushed grain (don't crush the rice hulls).
Forum: General Techniques 11-20-2008, 01:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,375
Posted By knowltonm
I started a Saison on 7/5 and was not able to...

I started a Saison on 7/5 and was not able to bottle until 10/11. OG of 1.068 and it finished at 1.006 using Wyeast 3724. I was forced to transfer to secondary after less than 2 weeks to free up...
Forum: General Techniques 11-20-2008, 01:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,367
Posted By knowltonm
fermcap drops are great for keeping the hops off...

fermcap drops are great for keeping the hops off the sides too. I started using 1 drop per gallon and I have no hop residue clinging to the sides...also helps with the hot break.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-16-2008, 12:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,786
Posted By knowltonm
On the rant of thermometers I don't have the...

On the rant of thermometers I don't have the luxury of several to choose from. I have one lab thermometer that I use and have calibrated with ice water. My question today, is why the hell it reads...
Forum: General Techniques 11-12-2008, 04:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 615
Posted By knowltonm
Yeah, i was a little vague there. I washed the...

Yeah, i was a little vague there. I washed the yeast and they have been sitting in the fridge for 7 days. I plan on aerating as much as possible and it'll be much easier with 3 gal vs. 5.5gal.
Forum: General Techniques 11-12-2008, 02:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 615
Posted By knowltonm
Big beer, yeast starter, and stepping it up

Saturday I intend to make my biggest beer ever, a Big Irish Red with a goal OG of 1.110 or so. I brewed an irish red that I harvested the yeast from, that OG was 1.071. To do a starter for my 3...
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