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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-27-2014, 02:23 AM
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Posted By aidan
Interesting that rehydration temp seems to be of...

Interesting that rehydration temp seems to be of low importance in terms of yeast viability. However I would suspect that rehydration temperature is still a factor in terms of compounds produced and...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-26-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By aidan
Rehydration of dried yeast - benefit VS risk

Sometimes I rehydrate, sometimes I just sprinkle the dried yeast directly on the wort. I've not noticed any obvious difference but then again I've never done a side by side experiment. When I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-22-2014, 01:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 490
Posted By aidan
Yes, just split between 2 pots to speed it up.

Yes, just split between 2 pots to speed it up.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-20-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,450
Posted By aidan
Here in New Zealand I pay NZ$75 (US$64) for a...

Here in New Zealand I pay NZ$75 (US$64) for a 25kg (55lbs) sack of premium imported malt such as Bairds Maris Otter or Weyermann Pilsner. Domestic ale malt usually sells for $60 (US$51.50) a 25kg...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-20-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 127,512
Posted By aidan
I etched my kettle last night with litre...

I etched my kettle last night with litre markings. Here's how I went about it:

http://beerandgarden.com/2014/05/etching-volume-markings-on-brew-kettle/

End result is not as pretty as some...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-19-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By aidan
A fridge with a temperature controller (e.g. STC...

A fridge with a temperature controller (e.g. STC 1000) will serve you best in the long run. You might be able to find a small cheap second-hand fridge that would make an ideal fermentation chamber....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-19-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 189
Posted By aidan
5oz of sugar would add about 3 points of gravity,...

5oz of sugar would add about 3 points of gravity, so your gravity before the sugar was probably around 1.017. That's only 3 points off your target. Extract brews tend to end up on the high side...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-14-2014, 12:00 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By aidan
That might work but it is not no-rinse. No rinse...

That might work but it is not no-rinse. No rinse is so much more convienient to work with and you don't risk re-contaminating with water. as LordUlrich mentioned, iodophor is commonly used in dairy...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-13-2014, 10:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,589
Posted By aidan
Sometimes the last bottle or 2 that I bottle are...

Sometimes the last bottle or 2 that I bottle are gushers. This is due to the greater amount of trub in the bottle. I did overcarbinate a batch once and most of the bottles tended to gush. I chilled...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-13-2014, 10:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,078
Posted By aidan
Welcome! I used a slightly longer length of 3/8"...

Welcome! I used a slightly longer length of 3/8" (I think) for mine - 20 meters. So due to the extra length I ended up making a double coil. It aint pretty because I had to hand roll it but works...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-13-2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,078
Posted By aidan
A 50' roll of 3/8" OD refrigeration copper will...

A 50' roll of 3/8" OD refrigeration copper will make a perfect chiller coil.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-13-2014, 09:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 588
Posted By aidan
It's a good idea to read up a bit on malts and...

It's a good idea to read up a bit on malts and also hops and yeast so you get familiar with the basic ingredients. I've started a page on my blog to compile info on the various grains from around the...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-13-2014, 09:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 226
Posted By aidan
A hair dryer works great.

A hair dryer works great.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-13-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 437
Posted By aidan
1. cleaning = getting rid of visual dirt,...

1. cleaning = getting rid of visual dirt, sanitising = getting rid of microbes. Sanitising without propper cleaning is no good.
2. oxygen based cleaner is good for cleaning organic matter. It does...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-13-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 779
Posted By aidan
My preference is no bag. In fact I seem to get...

My preference is no bag. In fact I seem to get most out of my hops when I let all the hop trub into the fermenter as well. It all settles out in the end so only slight downside is it takes up a small...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-24-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 502
Posted By aidan
Interesting. But mine is crystal clear. Yet it...

Interesting. But mine is crystal clear. Yet it may be something to do with the esters given off by the yeast. Anyone else have experience with Mangrove Jacks M27 Belgian Ale yeast?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-24-2014, 11:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 502
Posted By aidan
You might be on to something there Quaker. The...

You might be on to something there Quaker. The Waimea hops are a new NZ variety with a very high alpha - 17% - so I was cautious about over-bittering and went light on the 60 min addition. But...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-24-2014, 02:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 502
Posted By aidan
Thanks for your input supermoth. I carbonated in...

Thanks for your input supermoth. I carbonated in the bottle with bulk priming adding enough priming sugar to carbonate to around 2.5 volumes which is typically what I use for most of my beers. It's...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-23-2014, 11:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 502
Posted By aidan
Why does my Saison taste Sweet?

I've made my first Saison and I'm a bit baffled as to why it's tasting sweet given that my FG was a very low 1.002 (lowest FG I've ever got to). To be honest I'm not even quite sure what a Saison...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-02-2013, 07:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 243
Posted By aidan
Yes, I have it in secondary now, slowly dropping...

Yes, I have it in secondary now, slowly dropping temp to lagering temp.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-30-2013, 03:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 243
Posted By aidan
Does d-rest release CO2 from suspension?

I checked the SG of my fermenting pilsner yesterday and it was already down to 1.010 (from OG 1.050). I was a bit late for a d-rest but decided to go ahead and do a one anyway so I raised temp from...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-29-2013, 09:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 604
Posted By aidan
Ok, I drawn my own conclusions and have come to...

Ok, I drawn my own conclusions and have come to my own theory to explain this: I do not think it is due to any difference in the type of yeast or the drying process compared to other manufacturers. I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-28-2013, 09:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 604
Posted By aidan
Pitch temp 15C, ferment temp 13C. Attemperated...

Pitch temp 15C, ferment temp 13C. Attemperated yeast slury to 23C prior to pitching. Most instructions say it should be within 10C NOT 10F
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-28-2013, 01:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 604
Posted By aidan
Their 'dumbed down idiot proof' instructions on...

Their 'dumbed down idiot proof' instructions on the back of home brewer sized sachets are to sprinkle directly on wort. But their data sheet is aimed at the commercial brewer so I don't buy that it's...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-27-2013, 09:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 604
Posted By aidan
Ok, so what accounts for the massive difference...

Ok, so what accounts for the massive difference in what fermentis recommends, 73F, and what other sources (e.g. White and Zainasheff, 95-105F) recommend?
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