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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-24-2010, 02:23 AM
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Ummmnnn....No. Cascades were developed in a cross...

Ummmnnn....No. Cascades were developed in a cross breeding program in the 80's (or maybe it was the 70's, but I'm pretty sure it was at oregon state), regardless, they are a relatively modern...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-20-2010, 07:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 342
Posted By rnrchemnerd
You're going to get a lot of conflicting...

You're going to get a lot of conflicting responses, but let me start it off. Putting fruit in the primary AFTER the initial fermentation is the best way to go. There's less risk of contamination,...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-20-2010, 07:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,424
Posted By rnrchemnerd
Somebody who does a lot of extract brewing needs...

Somebody who does a lot of extract brewing needs to chime in here, but from what I recall...Extracts tend to finish with a higher FG than if you were to mash the grain yourself. For a beer that big,...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-20-2010, 06:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 885
Posted By rnrchemnerd
Yeah, even though the "retailer" has a good...

Yeah, even though the "retailer" has a good reputation, the incident left me with a bad taste. I pretty much buy exclusively from Ed at BMW these days. He's got great prices, great service, and best...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-20-2010, 04:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 885
Posted By rnrchemnerd
FWIW...Be careful when posting about a retailer's...

FWIW...Be careful when posting about a retailer's crush. Some people are entirely too sensitive, and may take it the wrong way. I mentioned an issue I had with efficiency once, and everyone...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-20-2010, 08:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,591
Posted By rnrchemnerd
Ummnnn, I still think you need to bump up the...

Ummnnn, I still think you need to bump up the wheat. Maybe do 6-7 pounds of wheat and 4-5 pounds of pilsner. Also, for your first Hefe, you might want to go with WL300. I feel like that's the gold...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-13-2010, 07:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,015
Posted By rnrchemnerd
Ummnnn, that recipe calls for only a single 60...

Ummnnn, that recipe calls for only a single 60 minute hop addition (1/2 willamette, 1/2 crystal). No offense to BM, but you can use just about any mild flavored hop with the same effect. At 60...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-08-2010, 05:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 687
Posted By rnrchemnerd
It actually looks pretty close to perfect to me....

It actually looks pretty close to perfect to me. I've used the "mix it all up" method of hopping plenty of times with great results....I tend to like my IPA's drier, so I'd personally mash at around...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-18-2010, 05:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,086
Posted By rnrchemnerd
Can't you just dose it with some potassium...

Can't you just dose it with some potassium metabisulfite? Metabisulfites are used to prevent oxidation and spoilage in wine. Why not mead?
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-05-2010, 05:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,524
Posted By rnrchemnerd
You also have over two pounds of crystal malt....

You also have over two pounds of crystal malt. That's most likely your problem. :mug:
Forum: General Techniques 02-04-2010, 07:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 871
Posted By rnrchemnerd
Do you use iodophor to sanitize? I kept running...

Do you use iodophor to sanitize? I kept running into a band-aidish smell in a couple of my beers until I realized that I was using twice as much iodophor as recommended. Since then, no problems....
Forum: General Techniques 02-04-2010, 06:37 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 23,147
Posted By rnrchemnerd
My guess is Craig got drunk and forgot to pull...

My guess is Craig got drunk and forgot to pull out....:ban:
Forum: General Techniques 02-04-2010, 05:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 363
Posted By rnrchemnerd
DAP at bottling?

Has anyone ever added yeast energizer (DAP) to their priming sugar. I've thought about doing this to give the little guys a boost and speed up bottle conditioning. Does anyone have any experience...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-14-2010, 04:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,484
Posted By rnrchemnerd
Put your fermentor on top of your bathroom scale....

Put your fermentor on top of your bathroom scale. Scoop the honey out with a big measuring cup, ideally one with a pour spout. Simple enough...:mug:
Forum: Hops Growing 12-10-2009, 04:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,039
Posted By rnrchemnerd
I'm in Watertown. I planted mine facing the river...

I'm in Watertown. I planted mine facing the river so they get full sun. The Nugget and Cascade did fantastic (first year). My Goldings rhizome made up to about 8 feet then burnt to a crisp. I started...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-24-2009, 04:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 13,060
Posted By rnrchemnerd
I just bought a 5gal bucket of wildflower honey...

I just bought a 5gal bucket of wildflower honey from these guys: http://www.millershoney.com/category/five-gallon-buckets

Shipping was $50 dollars to Boston, so it ended up being $137 total for...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-16-2009, 02:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,337
Posted By rnrchemnerd
I'm in for at least 3 sacks if and when someone...

I'm in for at least 3 sacks if and when someone gets this started. I'm up in Boston, but have family in the New Haven area that can pick up for me. Lemme know! :D
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-11-2009, 08:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,789
Posted By rnrchemnerd
How much of each did you add?[/QUOTE] I used...

How much of each did you add?[/QUOTE]

I used 1 gallon of pomegranate concentrate, 0.5 gallons of cherry concentrate, 5lb table sugar and 5 gallons of water. The OG for this wine was 1.125 and...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-11-2009, 04:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,789
Posted By rnrchemnerd
I did a pomegranate/cherry wine using the 68Brix...

I did a pomegranate/cherry wine using the 68Brix concentrates, and it came out fine. I used this stuff http://www.brownwoodacres.com/cherry_juice_concentrate.php but you can use any stuff you can...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-11-2009, 02:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 920
Posted By rnrchemnerd
One more thing, with that high of an OG, you need...

One more thing, with that high of an OG, you need to think about step feeding your wort. That way the yeast won't crap out before finishing their meal. Let the fermentation go for about a week then...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-09-2009, 06:25 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,506
Posted By rnrchemnerd
Stovetop brewing is just as easy as brewing...

Stovetop brewing is just as easy as brewing outside, if not more so. I have a 10gal brewpot that fits easily over two burners on my stove. I actually mash on my stove in my brewpot (step mashes are a...
Forum: General Techniques 11-04-2009, 08:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,214
Posted By rnrchemnerd
I'm convinced that your "oxidation problem"...

I'm convinced that your "oxidation problem" problem isn't really a problem. The judges probably just didn't like your beer so their go-to answer is ding you for oxidation. I get dinged for oxidation...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-29-2009, 03:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 431
Posted By rnrchemnerd
If you're gonna add fruit to the secondary,...

If you're gonna add fruit to the secondary, you'll get a new fermentation and the resulting CO2 will scrub off some of the aroma compounds anyway. I say just toss it in the primary after the initial...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-28-2009, 04:57 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 223
Posted By rnrchemnerd
My Belgian CherryQuad

So i've been dreaming this one up for months now, and I finally got around to brewing it last weekend. It's been fermenting in my basement (~60F ambient temp) for 3 days now. Airlock activity has...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-14-2009, 03:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,887
Posted By rnrchemnerd
I made the Cellar Classics Chilean Malbec, and it...

I made the Cellar Classics Chilean Malbec, and it was fantastic! I haven't made any of the Selection wines though. I say go for it.
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