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Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-12-2011, 12:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,076
Posted By vespoli
Apparent vs. real extract is another big player....

Apparent vs. real extract is another big player. Hydrometers are great tools, but they are not anything compared to a digital density meter, refractometer or GC.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-12-2011, 12:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,252
Posted By vespoli
Ditto. Use a forced-diacetyl test to see whether...

Ditto. Use a forced-diacetyl test to see whether you have precursors in your beer.

Take a sample of beer (w/ ales, before you crash them; lagers, use the earlier poster's goal of making sure you...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-12-2011, 12:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 337
Posted By vespoli
Yep, just pitch a ton of yeast, and don't plan on...

Yep, just pitch a ton of yeast, and don't plan on reusing the yeast after the fermentation is finished. High gravity beers stress yeast (high osmotic pressure as well as the additional alcohol...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-12-2011, 12:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,263
Posted By vespoli
This will only solve your issue if: 1. Your...

This will only solve your issue if:

1. Your yeast is dead (too high of a cool-in temp or was stressed out otherwise).
2. Your ABV is above the yeast's tolerance (unlikely).
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-05-2011, 02:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,494
Posted By vespoli
Just get a cheap thin tube. Graduated cylinders...

Just get a cheap thin tube. Graduated cylinders are better than beakers or flask for measuring volumes, but if you want to get accurate volumes, you need to be using volumetric flasks/pipets.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-05-2011, 02:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,265
Posted By vespoli
Short answer: lots and lots of sugar. Preferably...

Short answer: lots and lots of sugar. Preferably candi sugar. Basically, it's a much bigger (higher ABV) beer. Using sugar allows for an increase in alcohol without a huge increase in body. The sugar...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-20-2011, 02:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,723
Posted By vespoli
As IffyG says, if you're short bottles, it's a...

As IffyG says, if you're short bottles, it's a quick and cheap way to some -- and they are filled with average beer as an added bonus!
Forum: Cider Forum 03-16-2011, 05:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,369
Posted By vespoli
Yep. If the fermentation is finished (same...

Yep. If the fermentation is finished (same gravity three days in a row), you will need to add more fermentables to carb in bottles. You can play with the amount, but the general rule is 5 oz (~3/4...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-18-2011, 09:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,436
Posted By vespoli
Sean O'Keefe's class, eh? Good stuff.

Sean O'Keefe's class, eh?

Good stuff.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-12-2011, 01:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 574
Posted By vespoli
I'm going to go out on a limb and say it contains...

I'm going to go out on a limb and say it contains both hops and malted grain.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-05-2011, 10:46 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,648
Posted By vespoli
Erlenmeyers are made of borosilicate glass and...

Erlenmeyers are made of borosilicate glass and extremely resistant to temperature change. My concern would be how you are planning on distributing the heat throughout the flask -- stir bar?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-29-2011, 04:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,403
Posted By vespoli
I also find it too sweet. I live for Celebration.

I also find it too sweet. I live for Celebration.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-27-2011, 04:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 448
Posted By vespoli
What is your gravity right now? How does that...

What is your gravity right now? How does that compare to your OG? W/ sucrose (which you shouldn't have added, especially at 1 lb/gallon (holy cow!)) and that yeast, you should ferment out pretty dry....
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-27-2011, 03:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 776
Posted By vespoli
Probably no good (certainly there will no hop...

Probably no good (certainly there will no hop character left), but it shouldn't hurt you, so why not try a taste and see what you think?

A lot depends on the style of beer, ABV and storage...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-19-2011, 01:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 820
Posted By vespoli
not a bad idea, but also want to make sure your...

not a bad idea, but also want to make sure your temp correcting for the less dense hot liquid.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-19-2011, 01:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 842
Posted By vespoli
What about a hop bag or other small nylon netting?

What about a hop bag or other small nylon netting?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-18-2011, 11:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,327
Posted By vespoli
I would be very wary about temperature control,...

I would be very wary about temperature control, especially during protein rest and conversion.

Or are you speaking about extract brewing?
Forum: Extract Brewing 01-17-2011, 03:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 384
Posted By vespoli
Typically, if you're going AG, you need to keep...

Typically, if you're going AG, you need to keep an eye on water chemistry (Na+ and Ca++ concentrations), as those levels can affect efficiency and conversion in the mash, both at the protein rest...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-31-2010, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 709
Posted By vespoli
A week is not nearly, nearly long enough for...

A week is not nearly, nearly long enough for autolysis to start -- I doubt fermentation is even finished after a week. OP, what was your OG, and what's the current gravity? You can let it sit on the...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-22-2010, 04:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,762
Posted By vespoli
After a year, you might want to consider adding...

After a year, you might want to consider adding some yeast to your bottles, along with dextrose. Not saying they still won't carb naturally, but a year's a long time.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-18-2010, 10:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 357
Posted By vespoli
How long post-brew? Are you using a starter?...

How long post-brew? Are you using a starter? Adding yeast nutrient?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-15-2010, 05:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,316
Posted By vespoli
You'll be fine!

You'll be fine!
Forum: Cider Forum 12-08-2010, 02:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 948
Posted By vespoli
Malt is not composed of 100% fermentable sugars...

Malt is not composed of 100% fermentable sugars as dextrose is. That means it'll have a sweeter taste. What was your OG? With a Montrachet yeast, all the fermentable sugar will be eaten (higher...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-08-2010, 02:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 768
Posted By vespoli
You have a lot of headspace in there ... ...

You have a lot of headspace in there ...

Congrats on the first brew!
Forum: Cider Forum 12-08-2010, 02:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 397
Posted By vespoli
I'd warm it up, add some yeast nutrient (nitrogen...

I'd warm it up, add some yeast nutrient (nitrogen source, essentially). If you don't see increased activity, I'd then repitch.
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