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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-20-2012, 03:10 AM
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Posted By DrawTap88
Yeah, fermenters do go bad...especialy the...

Yeah, fermenters do go bad...especialy the plastic ones. But that's a whole other subject, just like sour beers (you'll need a whole other set of equipment for the cold side of brewing).
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-19-2012, 04:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,241
Posted By DrawTap88
There's a couple reasons that this could be...

There's a couple reasons that this could be happening. The most likely culprit is stressed yeast. That can happen from not pitching enough yeast, pitching while the wort is still too warm, taking...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-06-2012, 03:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 272
Posted By DrawTap88
Yeast strains do help certain flavors stand out,...

Yeast strains do help certain flavors stand out, as you noticed in the the first W-34/70 batch and the first WY2206. Not to say that the manufacturer of your chocolate malts or degrees of roasting...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-06-2012, 03:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 580
Posted By DrawTap88
How long did you let the first beer stay in...

How long did you let the first beer stay in primary before harvesting the yeast? I ask because if it was anything less than 7 days, you probably harvested a lot of dead/unhealthy/quick-to-flocculate...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-06-2012, 03:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 558
Posted By DrawTap88
Doing a D rest never hurts. Your plan of action...

Doing a D rest never hurts. Your plan of action looks pretty easy and will work just fine. Let us know how it turns out.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-06-2012, 03:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,154
Posted By DrawTap88
I have not used the Brinkmann, but I own an SQ14....

I have not used the Brinkmann, but I own an SQ14. If the burner element in the Brinkmann is the same one as the SQ14 it will work just fine.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-06-2012, 03:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 549
Posted By DrawTap88
duboman nailed it. I second the practice of...

duboman nailed it. I second the practice of letting your beer stay in primary for two weeks. For me, a two week primary is a minimum requirement. After primary, you can rack to a secondary if you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-06-2012, 02:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 626
Posted By DrawTap88
It is normal for the yeast. Since you're at a...

It is normal for the yeast. Since you're at a lower temp it probably just took a little bit longer to show the signs of "normal" fermentation.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-06-2012, 02:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 625
Posted By DrawTap88
You can leave it as is. Take gravity readings...

You can leave it as is. Take gravity readings though, so you know if it's the yeast getting back to work or CO2 getting knocked out of solution from the cherries.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-05-2012, 04:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 625
Posted By DrawTap88
Answers are in bold. 1. Are the yeast all...

Answers are in bold.

1. Are the yeast all dead because the sugar has not decreased and there are no signs of fermentation. No. But the other poster is right. You took the beer away from the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-05-2012, 02:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 808
Posted By DrawTap88
Yeast Washing...

Yeast Washing (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/yeast-washing-illustrated-41768/). This is another was of harvesting yeast. Get 100 different brewers that wash yeast and you'll find 100 different...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-02-2012, 01:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,322
Posted By DrawTap88
Lager yeast takes a little bit longer to take...

Lager yeast takes a little bit longer to take off. Give it a couple more days to get going. Also, since it's a lager yeast it may give off sulfur and/or rotten egg scents. What lager yeast did...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-02-2012, 01:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 338
Posted By DrawTap88
Refractometers can't measure FG without doing a...

Refractometers can't measure FG without doing a conversion. I use Onebeer.net (http://onebeer.net/refractometer.shtml)so I don't have to do all of the math.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-02-2012, 01:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 808
Posted By DrawTap88
65-70 degrees. Since you're adding CO2 by...

65-70 degrees.

Since you're adding CO2 by force carbonating, and then releasing the pressure, the CO2 that is coming out of solution is going to carry with it some of the good and bad flavors with...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-02-2012, 02:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 460
Posted By DrawTap88
In normal rye, the starches haven't been...

In normal rye, the starches haven't been gelatinized which makes it harder to for the enzymes in the mash to convert the starches to sugars. In the flaked rye, those starches have been gelatinized...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-31-2012, 04:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 808
Posted By DrawTap88
Way too much up and down the temperature. ...

Way too much up and down the temperature. Another week or two at a warmer temp will probably solve your problem, since a lot of the sulfer smelling compounds are blown off with CO2. If that doesn't...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-31-2012, 04:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 380
Posted By DrawTap88
Eventually one of the strains is going to take...

Eventually one of the strains is going to take over. Keep an eye, or tastebud, on the beers that you repitch this blend into to see if one is taking over.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-31-2012, 04:03 AM
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Views: 233,660
Posted By DrawTap88
Drank my beer.

Drank my beer.
Forum: American Ale 08-31-2012, 03:55 AM
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Views: 144,721
Posted By DrawTap88
I don't know how many people in my homebrew club...

I don't know how many people in my homebrew club brewed this beer. It's always funny when they say it's a carmel amber ale and I ask if it's the same one from HBT. Thanks, King, for sharing a kick...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-31-2012, 03:51 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 68,227
Posted By DrawTap88
Quick questions for you. Did the TTB or local...

Quick questions for you. Did the TTB or local authority make you get six inch concrete slabs below your nano sized fermenters? What size floor drains did they make you put in? Thanks for the kick...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-31-2012, 03:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,855
Posted By DrawTap88
No. If the head space is already there, opening...

No. If the head space is already there, opening it again before making a starter will only risk more infection.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-31-2012, 03:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Posted By DrawTap88
I don't recommend that you use any additional...

I don't recommend that you use any additional yeast when bottling unless you're beer is above 1.070 and has sat for 2+months. Otherwise, there will be enough viable yeast still in suspension to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-31-2012, 03:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 671
Posted By DrawTap88
Start small, so one ounce for us DD coffee...

Start small, so one ounce for us DD coffee drinkers, but if you like coffee I'd say start at four ounces and find your way from there. Take that with a grain of salt, because I/we don't know what...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-31-2012, 03:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,514
Posted By DrawTap88
Cloudy star san is only bad if it has been...

Cloudy star san is only bad if it has been sitting out for a few days. My star san is also cloudy the minute I make it, so no worries. RDWAHAHB. Just make sure your airlocks are constantly full. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-31-2012, 03:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 199
Posted By DrawTap88
Slainte. That's pretty good time. Hope you're...

Slainte. That's pretty good time. Hope you're relaxing with a nice commercial craft brew now.
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