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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-29-2012, 01:55 PM
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Posted By Maddoghoek
Just before you pitch. If you stir well (which I...

Just before you pitch. If you stir well (which I assume you do to aerate anyway) you should get a fairly accurate reading. If you're doing extract kits and it seems a few points off then don't worry.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-15-2012, 03:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 383
Posted By Maddoghoek
I'd let it do it's thing for longer. I'm a lazy...

I'd let it do it's thing for longer. I'm a lazy brewer and leave mine for a month. My last one ate 70 points of gravity in a week and landed another 5 points lower 4 weeks later.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-15-2012, 01:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 778
Posted By Maddoghoek
The basic difference? Dry usually have a higher...

The basic difference? Dry usually have a higher cell count, so all you need to do is re-hydrate and pitch. The varieties of dry yeast for beer are rather limited as far as styles. Liquid yeast has a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-15-2012, 01:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 383
Posted By Maddoghoek
How long has it been in primary? That's alot of...

How long has it been in primary? That's alot of sugars for it to chew on. If its only been a week or less, I'd leave it alone for a few more weeks. It takes big beers longer to finish because the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-10-2012, 04:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 792
Posted By Maddoghoek
The 200 is on sale for the same price as the 95....

The 200 is on sale for the same price as the 95. No brainier there. More flow=faster cooling.

As for efficiency, there's tons of debate but it's all about what you want. Lower flow will use less...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-09-2012, 06:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,137
Posted By Maddoghoek
For future reference, if you're doing the ice...

For future reference, if you're doing the ice bath method it is best to use just cold water to start and add the ice when you get down to say 100 or so.

Yeast should be ok if it's under 100. I'd...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-08-2012, 09:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,990
Posted By Maddoghoek
Yeah, Starsan is safe... Diluted. If I have to...

Yeah, Starsan is safe... Diluted. If I have to use an eye dropper to dilute it for a gallon jug I certainly don't want to touch it...

I used to work in a photo lab a long time ago, and we had to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-08-2012, 09:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 670
Posted By Maddoghoek
When you go to move it to the bottling bucket you...

When you go to move it to the bottling bucket you don't want to strain/filter on the bottling side. You risk oxidizing the heck out of it. Best thing to do is wait long enough for most of it to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-06-2012, 11:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 842
Posted By Maddoghoek
Not much need to use finnings in a stout. They're...

Not much need to use finnings in a stout. They're not really supposed to be clear.

For the oak chips, the best thing to do is taste it. With that much surface area hitting beer, it can get...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-01-2012, 06:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,406
Posted By Maddoghoek
What is your bottling process? Do you transfer to...

What is your bottling process? Do you transfer to a bottling bucket first, or do you bottle directly from your fermentation container?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-01-2012, 11:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,055
Posted By Maddoghoek
Boiling fruit will release pectin and make your...

Boiling fruit will release pectin and make your beer harder to clear. It will also drive off some of the aroma. You'll get a sort of haze. Of corse if it's a wheat beer (which are normally hazy...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-31-2012, 01:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,461
Posted By Maddoghoek
Kraussen=fermentation. Bask in the glory of the...

Kraussen=fermentation. Bask in the glory of the beasties, and drink beer to pass the time while you wait. :)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-31-2012, 09:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 466
Posted By Maddoghoek
^ This. Belgian candi syrup is different from the...

^ This. Belgian candi syrup is different from the crystallized "candi" sugar. The clear candi sugar most LHBS carry is just table sugar in bigger chunks. The dark crystals are slightly caramelized,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-24-2012, 08:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 227
Posted By Maddoghoek
At 1.084 OG the 2 vials would have likely been...

At 1.084 OG the 2 vials would have likely been enough without a starter. So I wouldn't be concerned about loss from krausen.
Forum: Mead Forum 07-21-2012, 11:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 415
Posted By Maddoghoek
Yup, that's the one. :) I handed my brother in...

Yup, that's the one. :) I handed my brother in law the tube from a gravity sample and he wouldn't give it back lol...

I didn't consider just doing a double transfer either. Hrm. Probably my best...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-21-2012, 10:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 415
Posted By Maddoghoek
Ok, I'll start with some geletin to clear. I...

Ok, I'll start with some geletin to clear. I haven't procured a second carboy yet (kinda expensive), and the only other container I have is my plastic 7 gal bucket. Won't go a long way in letting me...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-21-2012, 01:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 415
Posted By Maddoghoek
Huh... I hadn't actually considered sparkling. Do...

Huh... I hadn't actually considered sparkling. Do you think I'll be safe to bottle at that gravity and still end up with some decent carb? It has a slight fusel "bite" to it, but not really harsh or...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-20-2012, 10:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 415
Posted By Maddoghoek
New to mead, bottling question

So I have 5 gallons of light lemonade mead (only 5lbs of honey) that tastes just about where I want it. It's currently sitting at 1.004 SG, and I would like to bottle and put it in my basement it to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-20-2012, 11:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 457
Posted By Maddoghoek
I'd order up some extra extract, steep 1/2 those...

I'd order up some extra extract, steep 1/2 those grains, and see what you get. Mabye call it "One bag" ore something. Not sure what style you'd end up with, but it could be fun. ;)
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-20-2012, 10:46 AM
Replies: 571
Views: 155,169
Posted By Maddoghoek
I ended up with a little less then 6. I put 5 gal...

I ended up with a little less then 6. I put 5 gal in the bucket and had a decent pile of trub left over. OG was 1.092, FG was 1.017. Mid to high 60's for ferment temps.

On a side note, my 7.5...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-19-2012, 09:00 AM
Replies: 571
Views: 155,169
Posted By Maddoghoek
I followed the recipe as is and got 10.7%. I did...

I followed the recipe as is and got 10.7%. I did a full boil on the extract version. I'd be willing to bet folks that did AG got better efficiency and/or conversion and ended up with more...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-18-2012, 09:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 504
Posted By Maddoghoek
Tastybrew.com has a priming sugar calculator. It...

Tastybrew.com has a priming sugar calculator. It allows you to adjust based on current temp (for residual CO2) and lets you pick your style. Then you pick what type of sugar you're using and it will...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-16-2012, 06:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 541
Posted By Maddoghoek
What did you plan on for an OG? Your math sounds...

What did you plan on for an OG? Your math sounds right if that was your OG. A common issue is a false OG reading if you do an extract kit and a partial boil/top off. It's hard to mix 100% and you can...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-16-2012, 09:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 666
Posted By Maddoghoek
You're steeping grains, I assume? You want to get...

You're steeping grains, I assume? You want to get the water to 150, then steep the grains for 35 min. You may need to keep the heat on low for a few minutes when the bag hits the water, but after...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-28-2012, 04:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,302
Posted By Maddoghoek
At 8 days you will still have a ton of yeast in...

At 8 days you will still have a ton of yeast in suspension. Give it more time and a good cold crash a few days before bottling and it should clear up nicely.
I'm lazy and keep mine in primary at...
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