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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-02-2012, 06:37 PM
Replies: 21
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Posted By funkswing
Awesome! Aging does wonders with some beers! ...

Awesome! Aging does wonders with some beers! It could have been a yeast bite from suspended yeast when you first kegged it. Also, if your not used to brewing dark beers your mash pH can get...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-02-2012, 06:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 828
Posted By funkswing
You could mash lower, 150 - 152 F with that huge...

You could mash lower, 150 - 152 F with that huge OG and still end up with a beer that finishes high >1.020. Mashing at 154 F may result in a cloyingly sweet beer. The 6 months of aging isn't...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-02-2012, 06:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,936
Posted By funkswing
CaraPils gets a bad wrap, but its a great malt. ...

CaraPils gets a bad wrap, but its a great malt. And its in a lot of IPAs that want to finish on the dryer side but still have a nice mouthfeel.

That Green Flash IPA is pretty amazing and its 8%...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-02-2012, 06:17 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By funkswing
Another thing, your IBUs for the beer are pretty...

Another thing, your IBUs for the beer are pretty high for a choco stout. I would move it to like 25 IBUs. The increased bitterness will take away from the maltiness you are wanting in the stout. ...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-02-2012, 06:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 784
Posted By funkswing
I don't think you should boil the cocoa powder. ...

I don't think you should boil the cocoa powder. I would just add it at flame out, let it steep for 5 - 10 min and then start cooling. Also, I would add the whirfloc later in boil, say the last 1...
Forum: Brew Science 02-28-2012, 01:49 PM
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Posted By funkswing
Gypsum is calcium sulfate

Gypsum is calcium sulfate
Forum: Brew Science 02-27-2012, 02:58 PM
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Posted By funkswing
I'm pretty sure the 5.2 - 5.4 pH is for a reading...

I'm pretty sure the 5.2 - 5.4 pH is for a reading taken at room temperature. Your pH probe should have a temperature probe too; therefore, it will correct the pH of the solution (in this case the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-17-2012, 05:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,975
Posted By funkswing
Well you have to sanitize your hydrometer. But...

Well you have to sanitize your hydrometer. But the biggest concern would be any kraeusen getting in the way of you reading the hydrometer. And you're exposing your fermenter to dust and whatnot. ...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-16-2012, 07:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,426
Posted By funkswing
Yeah, 1 lb is prolly way too much. I never use...

Yeah, 1 lb is prolly way too much. I never use rice hulls either, but I do tend to get a suction in the mash tun resulting in the grain bed compacting and ends up with a gap between the mash tun...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-16-2012, 04:22 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By funkswing
The high flocculation of that yeast is most...

The high flocculation of that yeast is most noticeable in the glass, i.e. clear beer without filtration (esp. compared to that yeast's brother 001/1056).

Other great things about the yeast is its...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-16-2012, 04:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,258
Posted By funkswing
1272 is more fruity. I'd try a London Ale or...

1272 is more fruity. I'd try a London Ale or other British yeast (unless you don't like that English yeast characteristic, but at those low temps you won't get much of it anyways). You can check...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-16-2012, 04:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,975
Posted By funkswing
You could also just take a short length of ~1/4...

You could also just take a short length of ~1/4 in ID vinyl tubing to get your sample. Plug one end with your thumb, stick the other end in the carboy, release your thumb to pull up the sample and...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-16-2012, 01:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,426
Posted By funkswing
I wouldn't worry about mash absorption. Mash a...

I wouldn't worry about mash absorption. Mash a bit thinner if you want and just sparge until you have your volume. The rice hulls will help you achieve a nice runoff during the sparge.

If you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-16-2012, 11:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,658
Posted By funkswing
You can always fish the dry hops out with a long...

You can always fish the dry hops out with a long metal/plastic sanitized spoon if you are worried about leaving them in the keg for too long. But you prolly shouldn't be saving hoppy beers for that...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-16-2012, 10:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 831
Posted By funkswing
This tends to happen more with higher gravity...

This tends to happen more with higher gravity beers and proper pitching rates. Next time use a blow off tube with recipe until after the kraeusen dies down and then put on the airlock.

Also make...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-16-2012, 02:41 AM
Replies: 7
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Posted By funkswing
True dat, but it's not necessary. Especially in...

True dat, but it's not necessary. Especially in a beer that's 11% alcohol!
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-16-2012, 02:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,426
Posted By funkswing
Use rice hulls! Half a pound to a pound should...

Use rice hulls! Half a pound to a pound should be fine.

This will help with a stuck sparge or suction in the mash (after sparge you notice the grain bed isnt touching the sides of the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-16-2012, 02:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,658
Posted By funkswing
If you are putting the dry hops in the keg then...

If you are putting the dry hops in the keg then wrap them up.

If in the fermenter might as well just throw them in naked. They will fall to the bottom after a week or so and you can rack off of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-16-2012, 02:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,565
Posted By funkswing
Don't worry about it. Wash your hands before...

Don't worry about it. Wash your hands before handling the beans. Also, split the vanilla beans length wise to expose the seeds to the beer. This will help with the vanilla flavor. Use the...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-16-2012, 02:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 831
Posted By funkswing
Just happened to me but I had to replace the...

Just happened to me but I had to replace the airlock 5 times before setting up the blow off tube! Beer taste great! It will be fine. Happens to all of us.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-16-2012, 02:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,726
Posted By funkswing
You can totally use 100% Munich malt. I've used...

You can totally use 100% Munich malt. I've used 100% of the 10 L Munich from weyermann.

You'll need a German lager yeast to help accentuate the maltiness you are looking for in an Oktoberfest...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-14-2012, 03:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 18,957
Posted By funkswing
Ha, I brewed almost this exact same recipe just a...

Ha, I brewed almost this exact same recipe just a few days after you:

http://jonflash.myweb.uga.edu/2012.html#apa2012

Just kegged it two days ago. Tastes pretty good, but like others have...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-08-2012, 08:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 976
Posted By funkswing
9 gal SS pot (36 qt) $58 - Who needs one?

Overstock.com has a stainless steel 9 gal pot for $58 that is perfect for 6 gal batches:

...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-07-2012, 08:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,601
Posted By funkswing
That size pot will work, but it will be cutting...

That size pot will work, but it will be cutting it close. I brew 6 gal batches (7.6 gal pre-boil for 90 min boils) to end up with 5 gal in the keg (or bottles).

Here is the pot I use, its on sale...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-07-2012, 05:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,999
Posted By funkswing
Ok, old thread, but might as well update for...

Ok, old thread, but might as well update for anyone who stumbles cross it:

You CAN steep CaraPils, as stated by Briess in this PDF (pg. 3 under "How do I use it?")
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