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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-17-2011, 05:04 PM
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Posted By WildKnight
I don't recall anyone addressing whether the...

I don't recall anyone addressing whether the primary yeast cake can tolerate near freezing temperatures if you decide to crash cool and want to reuse your yeast, which was my first question. Maybe...
Forum: General Techniques 01-17-2011, 02:54 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By WildKnight
Shaking your primary

When is it appropriate to shake your primary? What is the purpose (logic) behind doing this? Is more better? Is there a critical window? Point after which you never shake?

If you adopt the...
Forum: General Techniques 01-17-2011, 02:24 PM
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Views: 908
Posted By WildKnight
Preparing for a competition

What is the best way to carbonate your beer for a competition? Carbonate in a keg, then transfer to a few bottles. Or, bottle condition the ones you will be sending to competition? Do you risk...
Forum: General Techniques 01-17-2011, 01:58 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By WildKnight
Here are my thoughts on dry hopping. I want to...

Here are my thoughts on dry hopping. I want to wait to get the hops into the beer after there is sufficient alcohol to avoid problems with any contaminants from the hops (and bag). I also want to...
Forum: General Techniques 01-17-2011, 01:45 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By WildKnight
Dry Hopping

I've read a lot of methods for dry hopping, but not real explanation of why its done when its done. When is the best time to dry hop? What are the merits and flaws of the following times?

1)...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-16-2011, 10:17 PM
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Posted By WildKnight
I think we absolutely are still on topic. If we...

I think we absolutely are still on topic. If we are to accept the new paradigm of life without secondary fermenters, the there will inevitably be some questions in regards to "how do I accomplish...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-16-2011, 02:19 PM
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Posted By WildKnight
Also, if I choose to skip the secondary process,...

Also, if I choose to skip the secondary process, can I just dry-hop in the keg? If I use a sanitized tea ball, then how long can I leave it in the keg? Week? Month? Whole time there is beer in...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-16-2011, 02:09 PM
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Views: 216,486
Posted By WildKnight
If you do want to crash cool your beer to speed...

If you do want to crash cool your beer to speed up the process AND reuse your yeast, then is it better to transfer to a secondary first? I know yeast does fine at 40F in the fridge, but will the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-11-2011, 10:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,603
Posted By WildKnight
So, how do you accomplish getting fermentable...

So, how do you accomplish getting fermentable sugars, low final gravity and still having a beer with a little roundness to the body. Not wee heavy body, but a sufficient backbone.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-11-2011, 08:13 PM
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Posted By WildKnight
No and No. I'm thinking of trying the mash pH...

No and No. I'm thinking of trying the mash pH buffers available. We have fairly alkaline water in Louisville, but folks in my homebrew club don't seem to have a problem with pH.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-11-2011, 05:49 PM
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Posted By WildKnight
I just switch between stirring and recirculating...

I just switch between stirring and recirculating a pot at a time by hand for the 90 minutes. I only add heat for about 1 minute every 15 minutes of mash time.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-11-2011, 04:37 PM
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Posted By WildKnight
As far as thermometer calibration, is the theory...

As far as thermometer calibration, is the theory that I am mashing to hot due to an wrong thermometer reading?

I would imagine even if off by 2-3F, shooting for 148-150 leaves me at 145-153...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-11-2011, 04:34 PM
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Posted By WildKnight
66-68F 8 gallon stainless steel pot...

66-68F



8 gallon stainless steel pot with false bottom and ss ball valve. Thermometer reads 212F at boiling, mash at 150 is consistent with my cooking thermometer. Starters are made from...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-11-2011, 02:16 PM
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Posted By WildKnight
Fermenting low

I cannot seem to get my beers to ferment low in gravity.

I read articles about people who get their 8 and 9% big-bodied beer to ferment low. Triples that ferment down to 1.010 (or lower). I've...
Forum: Brewing Software 12-25-2010, 01:08 PM
Replies: 425
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Posted By WildKnight
First off, I love brew pal. Kudos! When I...

First off, I love brew pal. Kudos!

When I change the temperature of my mash, say from 154 to 148, I would expect the final gravity estimate to change as this mash schedule will produce more...
Forum: Brewing Software 12-25-2010, 12:56 PM
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Posted By WildKnight
I love brewpal. Wish I could get it for my...

I love brewpal. Wish I could get it for my laptop. It has a nice function, where once you dial in a recipe, it will tell you what BJCP style is matches. You can also use this function in reverse...
Forum: Brewing Software 12-25-2010, 12:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,510
Posted By WildKnight
Mac Software?

I have brewpal on my iPhone, and one of the features I like very much is the 'compare to BJCP style' to tell me exactly what style my recipe falls under. This way, I can dial in a recipe to fit a...
Forum: General Techniques 12-14-2010, 10:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,636
Posted By WildKnight
I use brewpal on my iPhone for recipe...

I use brewpal on my iPhone for recipe calculations. It allows me to calculate FWH IBU's and it uses the defined boil time for calculating how many IBU's will come from the FWH. Thus, the FWH should...
Forum: General Techniques 12-12-2010, 07:05 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 10,400
Posted By WildKnight
Just to bump a good thread.... I use brewpal...

Just to bump a good thread....

I use brewpal on my iPhone for recipe calculations. It allows me to calculate FWH IBU's and it uses the defined boil time for calculating how many IBU's will come...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-10-2010, 03:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,018
Posted By WildKnight
Bittering to aroma balance

It seems pretty easy to calculate total IBU's as well as malt to hop balance. But how do you calculate the appropriate ratio of bittering to flavor to aroma hop usage (for a specific style)?

For...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-05-2010, 03:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 316
Posted By WildKnight
First Wort Hopping

Anyone use this method? Do you really notice a difference?
Forum: General Techniques 12-05-2010, 03:05 PM
Replies: 21
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Posted By WildKnight
First Wort Hopping

Anyone use this method? Do you really notice a difference?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-29-2010, 04:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 562
Posted By WildKnight
Baffled flask

I just purchased a flask through my work for yeast and bacteria culture. It is a 1L flask that has glass baffles in the bottom, designed for increasing aeration while stirring. Anyone tried this...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-02-2010, 12:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 280
Posted By WildKnight
Columbus 14.4 Simco 12.2 Amarillo 8.9 ...

Columbus 14.4
Simco 12.2
Amarillo 8.9
Cascade 5.0
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-01-2010, 10:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 280
Posted By WildKnight
IPA Help

I am making an IPA and I am wondering how to add the hops. I have 3 oz Columbus, 2 oz Cascade, 1 oz Simco and 3 oz Amarillo. I am adding this against 9 lbs amber DME and 1 lb sugar plus Nottingham...
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