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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-26-2011, 07:54 PM
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Posted By downinit
The cheapest would be something like the Tap A...

The cheapest would be something like the Tap A Draft system, the easiest would be a simple soda keg setup. The TAD system will easily fit into a refrigerator, the soda keg requires a spare fridge.
Forum: Pilsner 04-01-2011, 01:22 AM
Replies: 32
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Posted By downinit
I steep the carapils for 15 minutes. I don't...

I steep the carapils for 15 minutes. I don't know about lagering with kolsch yeast, if I had the patience and the fridge for lagering I would use a bavarian lager yeast.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-25-2011, 04:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 323
Posted By downinit
If you use a smaller pot that gets at least half...

If you use a smaller pot that gets at least half full when mashing then you should be fine following deathbrewer's guide. I also put my pot in an oven that has been pre-heated to around 150 F to...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-17-2011, 02:43 AM
Replies: 3
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Posted By downinit
The yeast is in the outer pack, the inner pack is...

The yeast is in the outer pack, the inner pack is just sugar and water.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2011, 11:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 315
Posted By downinit
Sounds like it's doing great, but don't get...

Sounds like it's doing great, but don't get impatient and bottle too soon. Let the yeast clean itself up and for the beer to clarify some more even if the gravity reading is stable. I like to wait...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2011, 11:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 743
Posted By downinit
To keep things simple go with a dry yeast (either...

To keep things simple go with a dry yeast (either the Danstar Nottingham or Safale us-05), its easier to work with, just sprinkle it on the cooled wort. The yeast fuel and alcohol boost is not...
Forum: General Techniques 03-08-2011, 04:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 595
Posted By downinit
That's fine. CO2 won't affect the beer while...

That's fine. CO2 won't affect the beer while its aging.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2011, 04:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 306
Posted By downinit
Swamp cooler - a tub or basin filled with cold...

Swamp cooler - a tub or basin filled with cold water into which you place the fermentor. Replace bottles filled with ice daily or as needed.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2011, 04:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,548
Posted By downinit
If you have the means to calculate your target...

If you have the means to calculate your target original gravity and IBUs, you can use this chart http://www.brewsupplies.com/hops-gravity.htm to determine the balance between bitterness and maltyness...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2011, 03:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 305
Posted By downinit
I doubt the beer will have any noticeable off...

I doubt the beer will have any noticeable off flavors. I have started many beers off in the mid-70s before cooling them down once fermentation starts.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2011, 03:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 531
Posted By downinit
add the boiled and cooled priming sugar solution...

add the boiled and cooled priming sugar solution and gently stir with a sanitized spoon or paddle.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-07-2011, 08:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,733
Posted By downinit
I would suggest using about 3 pounds of DME in...

I would suggest using about 3 pounds of DME in 1.5 gallons, then reducing this till it gets thick. Then add this "caramel" to your boil. Plan on taking 2-3 hours to reduce to the proper thickness....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-01-2011, 05:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 619
Posted By downinit
What temperature are your hydrometer samples? ...

What temperature are your hydrometer samples? Readings will increase as the wort cools.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-01-2011, 05:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 619
Posted By downinit
You must have a magical 5 gallon carboy that can...

You must have a magical 5 gallon carboy that can fit 10 gallons. :D
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-01-2011, 04:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 619
Posted By downinit
With 8 lbs. of extract you should definitely have...

With 8 lbs. of extract you should definitely have better than 1.016 OG no matter how much water you add post boil (assuming you are doing 5 gallon batch). I would suspect a misread of the hydrometer...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-01-2011, 04:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 619
Posted By downinit
We will need the recipe details, especially how...

We will need the recipe details, especially how much extract and how much grains. Sounds like not enough extract.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-21-2011, 04:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 701
Posted By downinit
I would prepare the 3/4 cup sugar in 2 cups water...

I would prepare the 3/4 cup sugar in 2 cups water but add only 1.5 cups to the bottling bucket, add all the beer to the bucket and fill the pig from the bucket. Next add the remaining 1/2 cup (or...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-21-2011, 12:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By downinit
It doesn't have to be totally sealed.

It doesn't have to be totally sealed.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-20-2011, 11:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By downinit
I suppose you could even pitch the yeast into the...

I suppose you could even pitch the yeast into the brew pot if you have a lid for it, then rack it into a fermentor tomorrow.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-20-2011, 11:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By downinit
I agree with jonmohno, don't stop, and get a...

I agree with jonmohno, don't stop, and get a bucket tonight if possible and pitch the yeast.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-20-2011, 11:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By downinit
You can reboil the wort for 5 minutes tomorrow.

You can reboil the wort for 5 minutes tomorrow.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-20-2011, 07:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 325
Posted By downinit
Yes, maltodextrin adds to the FG because it is...

Yes, maltodextrin adds to the FG because it is not fermentable. One pound is a lot.
Forum: General Techniques 02-20-2011, 05:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 587
Posted By downinit
No Yes I do this all the time but my...

No

Yes

I do this all the time but my water is drinkable without filtering (It does have some chlorine in it) I treat the water the day before or at least 30 minutes before brewing. I store...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-19-2011, 05:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,144
Posted By downinit
http://www.beersmith.com/blog/2009/10/18/seasonal-...

http://www.beersmith.com/blog/2009/10/18/seasonal-beer-brewing/
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-18-2011, 09:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 339
Posted By downinit
There is also nothing wrong in starting out with...

There is also nothing wrong in starting out with a lidded bucket as your fermentor.

Until you start kegging you will need a bottling bucket and bottles or better yet look into the Tap-A-Draft...
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