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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-24-2012, 01:15 AM
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Posted By Duffman53
Mead & Yeast Questions

Hey, everyone. I looked on the forums but couldn't quite find the answers I was looking for... Sorry for the lengthy post I'm about to write.

I made a batch of sweet dessert mead pretty much...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-08-2011, 03:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,831
Posted By Duffman53
Just to post an update I've brewed another batch...

Just to post an update I've brewed another batch with the no chill method and so far I'm 2-0 against infections. However, I have also since decided to stop brewing this way. I figure the $3...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2011, 11:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 587
Posted By Duffman53
Yikes! That's crazy that they didn't include a...

Yikes! That's crazy that they didn't include a rubber stopper with your equipment. If you and your husband cooled the wort down to room temperature quickly you are in good shape and shouldn't get...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2011, 09:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 348
Posted By Duffman53
Thanks for the quick response. I added the yeast...

Thanks for the quick response. I added the yeast when wort had cooled down to seventy-six degrees. This was during a particularly hot spell in the midwest where we had 90+ for three straight weeks....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2011, 08:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 348
Posted By Duffman53
Banana Scent & Flavor in Irish Red

Howdy!

My buddy and I brewed a batch of Irish red with a touch of coffee to it a few weeks ago. I let it ferment for two full weeks and dry hopped it with a half ounce of cascade hops. I bottled...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-25-2011, 02:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,424
Posted By Duffman53
It sounds like the yeast is mingling very well...

It sounds like the yeast is mingling very well with the sugars. I'd keep an eye on your airlock and check the gravity in about three weeks when the yeast should be exhausted. A common practice for...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-17-2011, 02:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,346
Posted By Duffman53
Damn that looks tasty!!!!!!!

Damn that looks tasty!!!!!!!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-17-2011, 02:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 869
Posted By Duffman53
I would suggest leaving it in your primary for...

I would suggest leaving it in your primary for four to six weeks before transferring to a secondary.

Are you planning on pitching yeast a second time? If not I don't think letting it age in a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-12-2011, 02:35 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,305
Posted By Duffman53
Blueberry Ale - The Blueberry Screen of Death ...

Blueberry Ale - The Blueberry Screen of Death
IPA - I.P. A.ddress
Lager - Error Lager/Logger
Nut Brown Ale - Intranut Homepage

good stuff! good luck! What a clever idea!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-12-2011, 02:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 223
Posted By Duffman53
Suggestions/Advice for failed Blueberry Melomel

I enjoy reading the posts on here and I always value the advice. Normally my questions are "what if" scenarios but I am facing a situation and I'm unsure how to proceed.

I recently made a four...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-10-2011, 11:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,349
Posted By Duffman53
I have brewed a Tripel so I have some familiarity...

I have brewed a Tripel so I have some familiarity with the Belgian style ales. I would let it ferment for at least three weeks in your primary. After that you can take a gravity reading to see...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-10-2011, 11:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,338
Posted By Duffman53
From what I've seen, heard and read it is...

From what I've seen, heard and read it is preferred to have a stainless steel pot but I use an aluminum pot that came with my turkey fryer and it does the job. It does get scorched on the bottom but...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-10-2011, 11:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,691
Posted By Duffman53
One thing you can do to prevent this is to make...

One thing you can do to prevent this is to make sure you don't exceed your batch size when you top off. The cO2 was rising and ran out of headspace in your primary and topping off too much can...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-07-2011, 08:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,831
Posted By Duffman53
Letting Your Beer Cool On Its Own

Hey, everyone! It is my understanding that we want to cool our beer down as quickly as possible after brewing to avoid it getting any bacteria in it, correct?

Since I'm on a budget I decided to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-29-2011, 07:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,849
Posted By Duffman53
LOL! Thanks for the input. That sounds like a...

LOL! Thanks for the input. That sounds like a more subtle way of adding a lemony citrus character to it without ruining my entire batch. I'll look into those hops!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-29-2011, 06:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,849
Posted By Duffman53
Adding Lemon Juice/Lemon Concentrate

I plan on brewing an IPA soon and was thinking about adding some lemon juice or lemon juice concentrate to accent the bitterness. I'm not looking to make it too sour or tart but to make it...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-21-2011, 02:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 919
Posted By Duffman53
It's easy to not notice little things like that...

It's easy to not notice little things like that until you find yourself scratching your head and wondering what to do next. Let us know how your batch turns out. I'm sure it will be fine. Make...
Forum: Soda Making 04-19-2011, 02:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,439
Posted By Duffman53
Thanks for your input. I was hoping to use glass...

Thanks for your input. I was hoping to use glass bottles but that doesn't sound like a safe idea anymore.

I was hoping to use Charlie Papazian's recipe for MacJack root beer in the homebrewer's...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-18-2011, 03:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 526
Posted By Duffman53
I agree with the above statements. There's no...

I agree with the above statements. There's no need to rack it to a secondary unless you're freeing up your primary for another batch. From what I have seen it isn't recommended that you let your...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-18-2011, 01:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 373
Posted By Duffman53
Thanks for the input. Once I read "getting...

Thanks for the input. Once I read "getting decent head" I knew one of you would chime in with some witty banter. = )
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-18-2011, 12:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 373
Posted By Duffman53
Using Brewing Pot For Frying?

I have a 7.5 gallon aluminum pot that came with my turkey fryer. I've only used it for brewing. If I did use it to fry something would I be doing anything that would affect future batches of beer?...
Forum: Soda Making 04-17-2011, 11:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,439
Posted By Duffman53
Carbonating Root Beer Without A Keg

Howdy! I was thinking about making a batch of root beer but every recipe and thread has implied that it needs to be kegged to help the carbonation.

I only bottle my beers and don't have a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-09-2011, 10:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,202
Posted By Duffman53
Using the same equipment for beer and wine

I am thinking about making a batch of mead soon as well as some other wines.

Is there any potential issues if I used my brewing equipment to make wine? I am not so much concerned about bacteria...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-09-2011, 09:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,974
Posted By Duffman53
Nice post! I've used groupon several times and...

Nice post! I've used groupon several times and have always been satisfied.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-27-2011, 11:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,627
Posted By Duffman53
How Fast Do Wort Chillers Cool?

As always, thanks for your time and input. I looked on here but couldn't find a direct answer to how quickly wort chillers cool a five gallon batch of beer.

Can anyone with a wort chiller provide...
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