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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-20-2014, 12:27 PM
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Posted By freisste
I'm sure you are at 1.018 and not 1.18. Ale...

I'm sure you are at 1.018 and not 1.18.

Ale vs lager: likely you won't be as crisp as a lager would be and you will likely have some "extra" flavors as ale yeast is rarely as clean as lager...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-20-2014, 12:19 PM
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Posted By freisste
My thoughts exactly. Ten weeks is insane for an...

My thoughts exactly. Ten weeks is insane for an IPA, 10 days would be pretty standard IMO assuming one was to use secondary.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-19-2014, 03:24 PM
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Posted By freisste
Totally depends on the beer for me. I like stouts...

Totally depends on the beer for me. I like stouts to condition longer because I like them better that way (this is especially true if adding flavors like oak, vanilla, bourbon, etc...any thing where...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-18-2014, 01:42 AM
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Posted By freisste
It wasn't a mistake, but I don't think it will...

It wasn't a mistake, but I don't think it will help with a blowoff. Rig a blow off tube to avoid any potential issues with high krausen. Control fermentation temperature to control krausen. Also, if...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-12-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By freisste
Couple things: -The very bitter and the no...

Couple things:
-The very bitter and the no balanced sweetness are kind of what you get with an IPA. So let's ignore those "issues" for now. The bitterness will fade a little anyway.
-Grassy aroma...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-11-2014, 10:54 AM
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Posted By freisste
"Full boil" refers to volume. If all the water...

"Full boil" refers to volume. If all the water that ends up in your fermenter is in the boil kettle, that is a full boil. However, it is common (especially for new brewers who may not have all the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-11-2014, 03:44 AM
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Posted By freisste
I personally found this very interesting (not...

I personally found this very interesting (not sure if you are looking to get hoppier, but it is common for new homebrewers to fall short of their desired hoppiness):
...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-11-2014, 01:16 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By freisste
You'll need a deeper vessel so it doesn't touch...

You'll need a deeper vessel so it doesn't touch the bottom.

Unless the hydrometer is completely submerged. That should never happen with beer...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-11-2014, 01:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 209
Posted By freisste
FG doesn't matter when determining how much yeast...

FG doesn't matter when determining how much yeast to pitch. Volume and OG are required. Use an online calculator like mrmalty.com or yeastcalculator.com.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-11-2014, 12:13 AM
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Posted By freisste
Mashing too cool and too long increases...

Mashing too cool and too long increases fermentability, so likely you have nailed your issue on the head.

I would be terrified of adding 2lbs of maltodextrine. I think it is normally added about...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-08-2014, 01:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 287
Posted By freisste
That is a relatively high mash temp, so it will...

That is a relatively high mash temp, so it will result in less-fermentable wort. Plus you had a decent amount of crystal/roast, so that will add some unfermentables. I'm not sure your fermentation is...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-05-2014, 02:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 370
Posted By freisste
On that short of a timeline, I don't think it...

On that short of a timeline, I don't think it will matter whether refrigerated or not. But if it was me I would keep it cold and I would boil before making the starter. Your call, though.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-05-2014, 02:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By freisste
You are correct that adjuncts like rice add very...

You are correct that adjuncts like rice add very little flavor. I think your process sounds more or less accurate. One thing to consider though, is the balance of a beer. Generally speaking, three...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-05-2014, 02:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 370
Posted By freisste
I can't give a definitive yes or no, but my...

I can't give a definitive yes or no, but my thought is this: canning will not kill every single microbe. That's why canned foods still have a shelf life.

Do you need to refrigerate it? No. But it...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-01-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 150
Posted By freisste
Yeah, I've seen wiring diagrams and I'm not...

Yeah, I've seen wiring diagrams and I'm not worried about that. I was just worried about a bad connection. Someone on one thread (thread was dedicated to using too small of wire) mentioned that using...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-01-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 150
Posted By freisste
STC-1000 Quick Questions

Sorry, I know there are like a million and six threads about wiring.

1. Is there a limit to to gauge of the wire I can attach? I am a "bigger is better" type, and I have 12 gauge solid wire from...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-30-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 250
Posted By freisste
That's what you are looking for. Like I...

That's what you are looking for.

Like I said, if brewing extract, pretty much ignore it.

If mashing, concentrate mostly (if not all) on pH. You want that between 5.3 and 5.6, iirc.
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-30-2014, 12:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 250
Posted By freisste
Finally starting to brew - Is my water OK?

Not a particularly helpful report, IMO. It does say that you have chloramine in your water (common chemical used to reduce bacteria counts). You will have to add 1/4 tablet of campden per 5 gallons....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-28-2014, 01:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 153
Posted By freisste
What you are describing sounds like bits of yeast...

What you are describing sounds like bits of yeast being brought to the surface by CO2 bubbles. When the yeast reaches the top (and sometimes before) it releases from the CO2 and drops back to the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-27-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 293
Posted By freisste
Not a problem. A whole packet is probably a...

Not a problem. A whole packet is probably a little over-pitched anyway. Do it and don't worry.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-22-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 733
Posted By freisste
Temperature controller for a fermentation chamber

I did some more reading and found a post by IslandLizard where he stated that he took a controller apart and the relays were 10A at 220V or 15A at 110V.

My fears have been alleviated.

Post...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-22-2014, 02:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 733
Posted By freisste
I absolutely agree with your last sentence. For...

I absolutely agree with your last sentence. For the record, I'm no pro - I know just enough to make me dangerous. And thanks for the information. I just looked at my chest freezer owner's manual and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-21-2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 733
Posted By freisste
Just to point this out: the fridge or freezer...

Just to point this out: the fridge or freezer will run at relatively low amps, but you have to be really careful with startup amps. You will burn up your motor way faster if you do not have high...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-20-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 314
Posted By freisste
I would also be afraid of infecting the saved...

I would also be afraid of infecting the saved sample and getting an unrealistically low reading the second time.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-20-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 427
Posted By freisste
Looks like a flap to keep the valves in the posts...

Looks like a flap to keep the valves in the posts from being pushed in (probably for transportation?).

My kegs don't have pressure relief either. Never been a problem.
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