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Forum: Stout 11-02-2013, 01:33 AM
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Posted By michael.berta
Probably not. If you want a coffee flavor grind...

Probably not. If you want a coffee flavor grind some coffee (course like a french press to prevent oxidation) and "dry hop" in the keg or secondary.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-11-2013, 10:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 538
Posted By michael.berta
So I grabbed the carboy out of the fermentation...

So I grabbed the carboy out of the fermentation chamber just before making a starter and by the time I was finished with the starter there were obvious signs of fermentation. So I didn't pitch the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-11-2013, 03:10 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By michael.berta
yeah good point. it's now been 6 days since brew...

yeah good point. it's now been 6 days since brew day. I'm making a starter right now and am hoping to pitch it into the wort at high krausen. Not really left with any other options. Obviously pitch...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-08-2013, 07:52 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By michael.berta
WLP800 Pilsner Lager Slow Start

I brewed a lager (10 gallons) on tuesday evening and split into two yeasts. One fermenter got 3 vials of WLP830 and that started seeing some activity Friday morning a little over 48 hours after...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-06-2013, 05:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 538
Posted By michael.berta
How does the beer taste? Often people get too...

How does the beer taste? Often people get too caught up on numbers and don't bother to actually taste the beer. If it tastes good then it doesn't matter what the numbers say. Having said that you...
Forum: General Techniques 04-26-2013, 03:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By michael.berta
I have a fridge for temp control I just don't...

I have a fridge for temp control I just don't want to wait 5+ hours before pitching the yeast.
Forum: General Techniques 04-25-2013, 02:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By michael.berta
Thanks. I was hoping to not have to do that as...

Thanks. I was hoping to not have to do that as the preferable manner is to pitch the yeast right away but if that's the way it's gotta be then that's the way it's gotta be.
Forum: General Techniques 04-24-2013, 01:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By michael.berta
Pre-Chilling for Lager Brewing

I'm curious if anyone has had success with a pre-chiller. I live in the Seattle area and generally have no issues using a therminator. I can get 12 gallons of wort to pitching temp in about 15...
Forum: General Techniques 04-24-2013, 01:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 535
Posted By michael.berta
I keg my cider. I do about 1/2 gallon of fresh...

I keg my cider. I do about 1/2 gallon of fresh juice (high quality good stuff) mixed with 4.5 gallons of fermented apple juice. Works very well. I don't use potassium sorbet or campton tablets. It is...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-05-2012, 12:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 633
Posted By michael.berta
Tips for a no stress double batch brew day

I took advantage of the "extra hour" today and woke up early and brewed a double batch. The first kettle was fired up around 7:30am and I was done with clean up around 4:00pm. I do all grain 10...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-23-2012, 04:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 799
Posted By michael.berta
This yeast ferments very fast. I pitch at 65 and...

This yeast ferments very fast. I pitch at 65 and this ferments out in 3 or 4 days. Your higher temps would also make it ferment faster....
Forum: General Techniques 10-16-2012, 01:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 716
Posted By michael.berta
What Should I put in my Randall??

I have a Blichmann Hoprocket that works as a randall and an ESB on tap. I'm thinking maybe apples or cinnamon. What else in a Randall would go good with an ESB?
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-16-2012, 12:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 743
Posted By michael.berta
I ended up using some bravo for buttering. The...

I ended up using some bravo for buttering. The Amarillo smelled so good that I took out all of the cascade and did amarillo...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-15-2012, 05:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 743
Posted By michael.berta
Recipe Help: Late Hop Session Pale Ale

I'm looking to brew a 5% ABV "Pale Ale" that has the hop character of an IPA but lower alcohol and all IBUs from late additions. I'm planning on brewing this tomorrow.

I'm looking for feedback on...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-14-2012, 06:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 258
Posted By michael.berta
I've made a pumpkin ale with pumpkin & rice hulls...

I've made a pumpkin ale with pumpkin & rice hulls in the mash and made my numbers (70%). I suspect something else happened....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-14-2012, 12:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 478
Posted By michael.berta
I took a reading today and I am down from 1.070...

I took a reading today and I am down from 1.070 to 1.018 in 5 days. So sounds like I should RDWHHB
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-11-2012, 04:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 478
Posted By michael.berta
WLP001 No Krausen?

Hi everyone,

I brewed my Chocolate Stout (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f68/five-horizons-chocolate-stout-123660/) on Monday and checked the fermenter this evening. The airlock is bubbling like...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-07-2012, 05:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,981
Posted By michael.berta
Not to beat a dead horse here but you have to...

Not to beat a dead horse here but you have to physically use a hydrometer for FG readings. A refractomoter does not work in the presence of alcohol.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-07-2012, 05:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 571
Posted By michael.berta
After I started using pure O2 my attenuation when...

After I started using pure O2 my attenuation when up. I haven't had the 1.020 curse since....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-02-2012, 09:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 537
Posted By michael.berta
Pics or it didn't happen. :P

Pics or it didn't happen. :P
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-02-2012, 07:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 545
Posted By michael.berta
If the starter smells nasty then it's infected....

If the starter smells nasty then it's infected. Otherwise it's not and there's gotta be something else.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-30-2012, 05:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 523
Posted By michael.berta
This is almost always a cold side issue....

This is almost always a cold side issue. Fermentation temp/temp control, yeast pitching rates, O2, sanitation, etc
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-30-2012, 05:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 450
Posted By michael.berta
The fact that you haven't stated your...

The fact that you haven't stated your fermentation temperature leads me to believe that it was not measured (i.e. controlled). Going forward watch your fermentation temp as this is the leading cause...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-31-2012, 06:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 878
Posted By michael.berta
Looks really good! I've done IPAs with those two...

Looks really good! I've done IPAs with those two hops before and in my experience the Columbus tends to come through a lot stronger than Cascade. So if that's what you are looking for then that's...
Forum: India Pale Ale 07-10-2012, 01:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 16,053
Posted By michael.berta
Yeah. I've done it a few more times recently and...

Yeah. I've done it a few more times recently and just do all grain with a lower mash temp and leave out the table sugar.
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