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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-25-2011, 03:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,084
Posted By kwantam
I used frozen whole raspberries from the store,...

I used frozen whole raspberries from the store, and did the freeze/thaw cycles by just taking the bags out of the freezer, letting them thaw for a while, then sticking them back in.

I guess I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-24-2011, 01:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,084
Posted By kwantam
In my experience, you'll lose a lot of the nice...

In my experience, you'll lose a lot of the nice fruit flavors if you add the fruit in the boil, and then even more during fermentation. I'd let the beer mostly ferment out, then add your fruit.

I...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-22-2010, 02:02 PM
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Views: 828
Posted By kwantam
I cracked open a bottle two nights ago. It's...

I cracked open a bottle two nights ago. It's fully carbed and very delicious. It has a nice malty aroma, good crispness, and it's easy drinking despite being ~6.25% alcohol. I'll definitely be...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-05-2010, 12:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,245
Posted By kwantam
I doubt 64f really counts as too cold for 1056;...

I doubt 64f really counts as too cold for 1056; I'm fairly certain there are people around here who run it at 60.

1056 is supposed to be better than some others (e.g., s-04) with regard to...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-04-2010, 07:49 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,751
Posted By kwantam
Lagunitas uses Wy1968 for their house strain and...

Lagunitas uses Wy1968 for their house strain and makes some fine IPAs, in my opinion.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-04-2010, 06:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 520
Posted By kwantam
I use Fermax in all of my starters. You can buy a...

I use Fermax in all of my starters. You can buy a half pound of it for $7ish, and you only need half a teaspoon in a starter and/or 1 tsp/gallon in your boil. The result is healthier yeast, so I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-01-2010, 10:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,985
Posted By kwantam
It's still very green, so it had some bite to it,...

It's still very green, so it had some bite to it, but was generally tasty.

I used cultured Delirium Tremens dregs, which (from what I've read) are approximately equivalent to WLP550+WLP570.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-01-2010, 02:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 537
Posted By kwantam
Mr. Malty's Pitching Rate Calculator...

Mr. Malty's Pitching Rate Calculator (http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html) will help you get your starter size figured out.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-30-2010, 10:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,583
Posted By kwantam
Frozen will work fine. In fact, I'd recommend...

Frozen will work fine. In fact, I'd recommend doing at least two freeze/thaw cycles to break up the cell walls and thus extract more flavor from the cranberries. Also consider pasteurizing the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-30-2010, 07:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 894
Posted By kwantam
What was the OG?

What was the OG?
Forum: General Techniques 09-30-2010, 05:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,142
Posted By kwantam
I've dry-hopped in primary in the past with...

I've dry-hopped in primary in the past with excellent results. If you cold crash before bottling it's not hard to avoid most of the hop sludge, but I'd go with a strainer bag anyway just to be safe.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-30-2010, 04:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,552
Posted By kwantam
Got mine from Amazon yesterday. Did a quick scan...

Got mine from Amazon yesterday. Did a quick scan over the book, and it looks like it has a good deal of useful information without being heavily technical.

(I was secretly hoping for something...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-29-2010, 06:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 356
Posted By kwantam
I'm with ian-atx. Either make a starter now if...

I'm with ian-atx. Either make a starter now if you have some malt extract handy, or just wait and make a starter from a reserved 1-2L of your wort. After the starter has gone for 24hrs, pitch it. ...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-29-2010, 06:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,985
Posted By kwantam
Take gravity readings on three successive days...

Take gravity readings on three successive days (or, if you can wait, wait an extra day between each reading) to be sure it's not moving. If it's still dropping, you risk bottle bombs.

It's very...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-28-2010, 08:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 970
Posted By kwantam
Sounds awesome. Sorry about the loss of beer to...

Sounds awesome. Sorry about the loss of beer to your explosion, but glad to hear that you have some happy yeast :)
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-28-2010, 08:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 840
Posted By kwantam
The only form of contamination you should worry...

The only form of contamination you should worry about is a fruit fly crawling into your starter. Contaminating microorganisms float around on the breeze, which means as long as you've got the mouth...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-28-2010, 04:28 PM
Replies: 2,002
Views: 154,818
Posted By kwantam
One of my most memorably bad micro brews was New...

One of my most memorably bad micro brews was New Belgium's 2 Degrees Below. It tasted like someone had taken a beer and added a scoop of potting soil to it.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-28-2010, 04:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 932
Posted By kwantam
You can prevent or retard mold growth by adding...

You can prevent or retard mold growth by adding bleach to your swamp chiller solution.

Of course, this just replaces the mold smell with a bleach smell :)
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-28-2010, 03:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 430
Posted By kwantam
There are still a few things to try: Warm it...

There are still a few things to try:

Warm it up. Most Belgian yeasts are happy at _warm_ temps (80+ F), and you're unlikely to get off flavors this far into fermentation.

Pitch a big starter...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-28-2010, 03:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 840
Posted By kwantam
Letting in oxygen encourages more yeast growth. ...

Letting in oxygen encourages more yeast growth. An airlock will prevent additional oxygen from entering the starter vessel and being absorbed by the wort, which will cause your final cell count to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-27-2010, 07:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,750
Posted By kwantam
Underpitching can lead to somewhat lower...

Underpitching can lead to somewhat lower attenuation, but can also give you more off flavors. It's also very hard to predict how much less attenuation you'll get.

You might consider stopping...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-21-2010, 05:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,232
Posted By kwantam
You don't have to bring them all the way to...

You don't have to bring them all the way to boiling; you can pasteurize at 160F for 10-30 minutes. That will kill most everything without driving off a lot of the aromatics that would otherwise end...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-20-2010, 06:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 828
Posted By kwantam
I bottled this yesterday after cold crashing for...

I bottled this yesterday after cold crashing for 48 hours. FG was 1.013. Smell was rich and malty, taste was great even though it was green and flat. I'll report back when it's carbed up and ready...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-16-2010, 01:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,847
Posted By kwantam
Two things happen: big proteins are broken down...

Two things happen: big proteins are broken down by protease, and the endosperm is softened, allowing more extraction of starch (which is later broken down during the saccharification rest). If the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-16-2010, 01:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,847
Posted By kwantam
Protein rest will substantially improve your...

Protein rest will substantially improve your efficiency. I could see it being pretty abysmal otherwise.

EDIT: hmm nope, thought about it again and realized that malted wheat should be pretty well...
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