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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-23-2010, 05:25 PM
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Posted By OldSole
Almonds?

I'm thinking for my Christmas brew this year that I will try to use almonds or apricot kernels. What I'm going for is an Amaretto-like flavor in the beer.

I was wondering if anyone out there has...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-04-2010, 08:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,653
Posted By OldSole
Not an issue for primary fermentation due to CO2...

Not an issue for primary fermentation due to CO2 production. Don't even worry about secondary. Just primary for 3-4 wks then bottle/keg. I use 5 gal carboys as primaries for all of my 3 gal...
Forum: Porter 01-04-2010, 07:42 PM
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Posted By OldSole
I've been sampling this recipe here and there for...

I've been sampling this recipe here and there for over a month now, having just officially "Tapped" it right before Christmas. Such an interesting beer. Actually had a half-gal of beer that...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-04-2010, 07:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,653
Posted By OldSole
No reason you can't brew up a 5/6 gal batch and...

No reason you can't brew up a 5/6 gal batch and split that between two 5-gal carboys...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-20-2009, 08:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,265
Posted By OldSole
Wow, this looks phenomenal! I've never played DD...

Wow, this looks phenomenal! I've never played DD or anything of the like, and I'm still drooling over that thing. Excellent craftsmanship and a very creative idea all around!
Forum: Porter 10-20-2009, 02:30 PM
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Views: 208,700
Posted By OldSole
Use Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla beans. They have...

Use Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla beans. They have a very high vanillin (the main compound responsible for vanilla flavor) content, and are pretty much the classic vanilla ice cream flavor. Other...
Forum: Brew Science 10-13-2009, 03:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By OldSole
Others are right that you definitely want your...

Others are right that you definitely want your Ca++ and Mg++ concentrations. But, judging by your low sulfate, low alkalinity, and low chloride levels, I'll bet Ca and Mg concentrations are fairly...
Forum: General Techniques 10-07-2009, 09:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 601
Posted By OldSole
Well, I think it was just some unfamiliar hop...

Well, I think it was just some unfamiliar hop aromas and a stuffy nose playing tricks on me. It's now carbonated and it is delicious! Assertive, malty, and very bitter with just enough sweetness to...
Forum: General Techniques 10-01-2009, 07:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 601
Posted By OldSole
Sour milk aroma?

I just kegged a Red Rye that I brewed about a month ago and noticed what I thought was a sour milk aroma. Tasting my hydrometer sample didn't reveal any sourness, and I didn't notice any visible...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-29-2009, 03:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,115
Posted By OldSole
Are you positive the beer was finished at 1.010? ...

Are you positive the beer was finished at 1.010? Did it remain at that reading for 2-3 days? When you rack to secondary, there is still CO2 in solution that will continue gas out, creating bubbles...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-24-2009, 07:22 PM
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Views: 8,070
Posted By OldSole
A Belgian strain isn't going to make a "standard...

A Belgian strain isn't going to make a "standard pale ale." You'd be surprised how clean WLP001 or Wyeast1056 can be at those temps. I've used both strains in the upper 70's and they've done just...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-24-2009, 07:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,653
Posted By OldSole
I'm a big fan of WLP005. Gives a great malty...

I'm a big fan of WLP005. Gives a great malty character, but has the ability to ferment relatively dry for a Brit strain. It's actually my yeast of choice for east coast US style IPA's too.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-24-2009, 01:48 PM
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Views: 599
Posted By OldSole
High Pressure Lager Yeast (WLP925)

I searched the forums and couldn't find any info on this. Apparently, Midwest Supplies is carrying WLP925 - formerly a commercial-only strain - in homebrewer sized vials. Wanted to know if anyone...
Forum: Porter 09-23-2009, 05:34 PM
Replies: 661
Views: 208,700
Posted By OldSole
Hey everyone. I just brewed this recipe for the...

Hey everyone. I just brewed this recipe for the first time as a 3 gallon batch. Mashed at 156F for 60 min. I only hit around 1.072 OG because I cut my boil short by a half-gallon. D'OH!. ...
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-22-2009, 08:07 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 18,757
Posted By OldSole
FWIW, I did the AG kit this summer and it's quite...

FWIW, I did the AG kit this summer and it's quite good. Nice fruity notes from the yeast with a slightly biscuity finish. Very interesting beer indeed. Definitely give it a try.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-22-2009, 07:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,403
Posted By OldSole
pH is one of many concerns, but is really more an...

pH is one of many concerns, but is really more an issue for mashing than extract. Mash pH is a major player in extraction efficiency and enzymatic conversion. Outside of pH, minerals have big...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-22-2009, 04:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 361
Posted By OldSole
Depends how familiar you were with AG before your...

Depends how familiar you were with AG before your hiatus. I took a few month long break after my first two AG batches, and completely forgot about the vorlauf on the next one. Beer came out fine...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-22-2009, 04:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 777
Posted By OldSole
Most likely it's residual CO2 still coming out of...

Most likely it's residual CO2 still coming out of solution. Temperature fluctuations can also cause the airlock to bubble. When your fermentation vessel warms up, the pressure increases. Likewise,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-21-2009, 09:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,825
Posted By OldSole
How fast are you opening your outlet valve for...

How fast are you opening your outlet valve for vorlaufing? If you open the valve too quickly too soon, you can create a strong suction that compacts the grainbed too much.

Edit: Sorry, I missed...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-21-2009, 02:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,505
Posted By OldSole
I've use sulfites to disinfect fruit and I can...

I've use sulfites to disinfect fruit and I can tell you that it works well. Just add in the recommended ratio for wine must. A drawback you will have is that the sulfites can add a pretty harsh...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-18-2009, 08:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,500
Posted By OldSole
Nope. I usually don't have my primary available...

Nope. I usually don't have my primary available long enough to fully clear sediment before kegging. Cold crashing in secondary before kegging is even better.
Forum: Introductions 09-18-2009, 08:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 284
Posted By OldSole
Thanks for the welcoming everyone! Glad to see...

Thanks for the welcoming everyone! Glad to see there are plenty of homebrewers in this town...now we just need a decent LHBS.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-17-2009, 10:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 828
Posted By OldSole
In general, high gravity brews and clean profile...

In general, high gravity brews and clean profile beers (like lagers) ALWAYS require large starters. You're not just trying to get a short lag time, you're also trying to minimize off-flavors that...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-17-2009, 08:52 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,551
Posted By OldSole
Personally, I would never do it, especially from...

Personally, I would never do it, especially from an ice machine. It can definitely be a nice home for something like lactobacillus species to hang out.

On the other hand though, I know an extract...
Forum: Introductions 09-17-2009, 07:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 284
Posted By OldSole
Hello from State College

Hi everyone!

Wanted to introduce myself to the forum. I live in State College and work at PSU, and I have been a homebrewer for the past five years. Got started right after college and brewed...
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