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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast Yesterday, 08:25 PM
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If you're using a stir plate, you can do a 2.33...

If you're using a stir plate, you can do a 2.33 liter starter with 1 packet, which will likely save you some $$. But if you can only do a 1L starter, then you'd just put both smack packs into your...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients Yesterday, 03:32 PM
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Views: 271
Posted By QuercusMax
Rahr is based in Minnesota and Briess in...

Rahr is based in Minnesota and Briess in Wisconson. Neither one is a "continental" (referring to Continental Europe) malt.

I believe there are some differences between the two, but they both make...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging Yesterday, 03:21 AM
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Posted By QuercusMax
I may have increased my intake somewhat after...

I may have increased my intake somewhat after beginning Kegging. One difference is that I'm less concerned about maintaining my stock of a particular brew - and when a keg kicks it's a little...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast Yesterday, 01:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 245
Posted By QuercusMax
I made a 1.094 Dark Strong with WLP500 and it...

I made a 1.094 Dark Strong with WLP500 and it didn't explode. I didn't realize how explosive this yeast is.

I think with my Tripel I'm just going to leave the lid loosely on top for the first...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-21-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By QuercusMax
The beer appeared to be very clear when I...

The beer appeared to be very clear when I transferred it, with a nice compact yeast cake. I had an extra half gallon which I racked directly into some bottles (with priming sugar), and they looked...
Forum: Introductions 07-21-2014, 02:22 AM
Replies: 18
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Posted By QuercusMax
So how different are the systems you're brewing...

So how different are the systems you're brewing on between home and work? It sounds like they're both keggle-based systems, so I'm curious about the differences between your two brewing experiences.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-21-2014, 01:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 159
Posted By QuercusMax
Tiny flakes in my beer?

I'm getting close to the bottom of a keg of Honey Tangerine Golden Strong and in the last 2 half-pints I have poured tonight I have noticed tiny little translucent white flakes. They don't seem to...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-21-2014, 01:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 75
Posted By QuercusMax
I would leave it be. Fermentation makes all kinds...

I would leave it be. Fermentation makes all kinds of weird tastes and smells which often dissipate. It's part of the process.

Come back in 10 days and see.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-21-2014, 12:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 245
Posted By QuercusMax
WLP530 - What a crazy yeast!

A month ago, I brewed a Dubbel with an OG of 1.068. I made up a half gallon starter of WLP530 and pitched the entire starter at high krausen.

I put it in my basement (in the bathroom on a tile...
Forum: General Techniques 07-20-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 525
Posted By QuercusMax
On Friday I attempted to brew a Cream Ale, and my...

On Friday I attempted to brew a Cream Ale, and my chiller couldn't get it down below 80. I had to put it in the fridge for a few hours before it would chill down properly.

I attempted to find the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-20-2014, 01:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,498
Posted By QuercusMax
186 gallons this so far year. Last year I brewed...

186 gallons this so far year. Last year I brewed 199.98 gallons.
Forum: Electric Brewing 07-19-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 162
Posted By QuercusMax
You shouldn't need to heat the kettle much if at...

You shouldn't need to heat the kettle much if at all when mashing with BIAB, if you calculate your strike water temperature properly.

When doing BIAB, I prefer to do my mash without the bag at...
Forum: India Pale Ale 07-18-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 296
Posted By QuercusMax
Ooh, this sounds great! I really enjoyed...

Ooh, this sounds great! I really enjoyed Chillwave when it was available earlier this year. Now I just need to get my hands on some Mosaic hops... which may be the trickiest part of this!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-17-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 178
Posted By QuercusMax
You definitely should have gotten about...

You definitely should have gotten about 1.075-1.080 with those ingredients. If you did a partial boil and then topped it off with extra water, it's quite likely you didn't get an accurate...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-17-2014, 04:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 484
Posted By QuercusMax
I leave it on the burner, just try to keep my...

I leave it on the burner, just try to keep my hoses away from it. I have a pinhole leak in my chiller supply hose too, i just wrapped it in some duct tape for now, at some point I'll replace the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-17-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 727
Posted By QuercusMax
The smoked malts I've used have been about the...

The smoked malts I've used have been about the color of Vienna.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-17-2014, 01:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 727
Posted By QuercusMax
I wouldn't expect to get any "smoke" from that...

I wouldn't expect to get any "smoke" from that recipe at all.

Did you measure your own grains? Is it possible that some type of smoked malt could have been substituted somewhere along the line?...
Forum: General Techniques 07-17-2014, 01:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 490
Posted By QuercusMax
I've used Briess CaraBrown malt, which gives a...

I've used Briess CaraBrown malt, which gives a graham-crackery flavor (both according to their description and my experience). It's a seasonal malt, though, so you may not be able to find it. It...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-17-2014, 01:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 478
Posted By QuercusMax
I found a slug in my grain-mill catch-bucket...

I found a slug in my grain-mill catch-bucket after milling my grain. Batch ended up kinda crappy, but it wasn't the slug's fault. :D
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-16-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 270
Posted By QuercusMax
Don't want to start a flamewar in here about...

Don't want to start a flamewar in here about pitching rates, but Wyeast and White Labs have about the same number of cells in their packages.

Regardless, it's summertime, and shipping liquid yeast...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-16-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 270
Posted By QuercusMax
Looks like a good recipe, but you might want to...

Looks like a good recipe, but you might want to stick to a dry yeast for your first brew, instead of the liquid Irish Ale Yeast. S-04, Windsor, US-05, or Nottingham should do a fine job for a stout....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-16-2014, 02:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 270
Posted By QuercusMax
Well, the good news is that a nice medium gravity...

Well, the good news is that a nice medium gravity stout (4-6% ABV) is an excellent starting batch. If you have minor flaws, they won't be as noticeable as in something light, pale, and simple.
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Forum: Mead Forum 07-15-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 247
Posted By QuercusMax
I've used it to backsweeten a cider, and to put...

I've used it to backsweeten a cider, and to put into a honey-tangerine-coriander golden strong. Worked just fine, took an honorable mention for the cider and third-place in a club competition for the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-15-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 269
Posted By QuercusMax
They can lesson to some degree over time -...

They can lesson to some degree over time - alcohols (including fusels) can be converted to esters. But this may take a while.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-15-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 269
Posted By QuercusMax
If the room temp is 68-70, your fermenting wort...

If the room temp is 68-70, your fermenting wort temperature is probably 4-10 degrees higher. This will lead to stressed yeast and fusel alcohols which will lead to solventy or hot flavors.

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