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Forum: General Beer Discussion Yesterday, 07:22 PM
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Posted By progmac
1. If using LME, add 1/3 at 60 minutes and 2/3 at...

1. If using LME, add 1/3 at 60 minutes and 2/3 at 5 minutes or 0 minutes. This will help prevent fermentability problems with the LME.

2. This has more hop flavor than doppelbock. I don't use late...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-24-2014, 05:34 PM
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Posted By progmac
i agree. above i was just sharing my experience

i agree. above i was just sharing my experience
Forum: Mead Forum 08-24-2014, 04:55 PM
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Posted By progmac
i'm not sure, either, but i have seen some data...

i'm not sure, either, but i have seen some data that show honey (often, not always) has bacteria and even wild yeast (i think) but that it can't grow at all or contaminate the honey.
Forum: Mead Forum 08-24-2014, 12:08 PM
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Posted By progmac
i noticed my mead looked a little bit like that....

i noticed my mead looked a little bit like that. honey does have bacteria in it and we don't usually heat it. i racked my 5 gallons with a couple campden tabs when i moved it to the secondary and...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-22-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 28
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Posted By progmac
around $$40-50 a gallon from the beekeepers...

around $$40-50 a gallon from the beekeepers hereabouts.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-22-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 14
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Posted By progmac
Even if you had racked, it would have been fine....

Even if you had racked, it would have been fine. There are still tons of yeast in suspension to do the job.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-22-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By progmac
I would aerate again. I think some people don't...

I would aerate again. I think some people don't aerate with dry yeast, but I always have.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-22-2014, 01:01 PM
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Posted By progmac
my advice - just buy a packet of US-05 and...

my advice - just buy a packet of US-05 and rehydrate in tepid water
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-22-2014, 01:34 AM
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Posted By progmac
Holy moly. I would send your medical bill to...

Holy moly. I would send your medical bill to northern brewer. I'm glad the injury wasn't worse.
Forum: General Techniques 08-21-2014, 06:46 PM
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Posted By progmac
this is sort of paradoxical, but you might try...

this is sort of paradoxical, but you might try increasing the hops and then fining with gelatin to drop them out
Forum: Mead Forum 08-21-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 462
Posted By progmac
I am not at all familiar with that yeast. It...

I am not at all familiar with that yeast. It looks like a distiller's yeast, designed for making alcohol fast and maybe not so much for flavor retention.

I think most of the mazers here use all...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-21-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 462
Posted By progmac
i pay $3.40 for a pound of honey at my LHBS. So a...

i pay $3.40 for a pound of honey at my LHBS. So a batch ends up being about $50.

Don't forget your yeast nutrients (Fermaid K, DAP, & Go-Ferm if available)
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-20-2014, 01:06 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 8,082
Posted By progmac
I agree with you in the general sense, but in...

I agree with you in the general sense, but in this specific instance, the glass BMB is $38, whereas an italian glass carboy from the same vendor is $40. You might forgive the consumer who might think...
Forum: Soda Making 08-20-2014, 12:30 PM
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Posted By progmac
me too!

me too!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-18-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By progmac
1. Krausen varies enormously depending on yeast...

1. Krausen varies enormously depending on yeast strain and wort composition
2. I've experimented with twist off bottles once. With one bottle. It worked perfectly fine. I reused the bottle and the...
Forum: For Sale 08-18-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,080
Posted By progmac
i'm driving up there around September 14. If I...

i'm driving up there around September 14. If I pay in advance could you hold a bag for me? I could also possibly pick up bags for other cincinnatians.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-14-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 338
Posted By progmac
well i'm using a 25' stainless steel chiller...

well i'm using a 25' stainless steel chiller right now. it takes 20-30 minutes if i'm actively stirring the entire time. it's easily the most labor intensive part of brew day.

anything would be an...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-14-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By progmac
thanks for this. i'm hoping to upgrade to one of...

thanks for this. i'm hoping to upgrade to one of the jaded chillers soon
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-13-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,174
Posted By progmac
At the risk of being flamed, I find much of the...

At the risk of being flamed, I find much of the homebrew science and experimentation interesting, but fundamentally lacking. I think Braukaiser is the exception. Rather than rehash an old discussion,...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-13-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,174
Posted By progmac
I've always spun clockwise at a rate of about one...

I've always spun clockwise at a rate of about one rotation per 5 seconds. I'd be curious to know what others are doing as well.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-13-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,174
Posted By progmac
I used to spin around 4 times but now I spin...

I used to spin around 4 times but now I spin around 7 times, too. My fermentations are always vigorous now.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-13-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,174
Posted By progmac
I generally agree with the OP. Having listened to...

I generally agree with the OP. Having listened to homebrewers talk and talk and talk and talk and talk.....I think of the old grad school saying, "the plural of anecdote is not data." It's sort of...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-13-2014, 12:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 489
Posted By progmac
I usually pull a couple ounces in a large...

I usually pull a couple ounces in a large measuring cup and sprinkle the nutrients in that. i feel like with all the degassing i do they get pretty thoroughly mixed. they tend to cause some foaming...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-12-2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 489
Posted By progmac
Here are my notes on a 5 gallon batch of mead...

Here are my notes on a 5 gallon batch of mead with an OG of 1.105. I used two packs rehydrated S-05, which is quite a bit slower than the wine yeasts.

pitched yeast 2/16. pure o2
1/3 break...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-11-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 249
Posted By progmac
My advice: re-aerate (shake the hell out of it or...

My advice: re-aerate (shake the hell out of it or use o2), warm up to 68 until you see bubbles on the surface of the wort (should happen within 24 hours) and then cool down to lager temps.
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