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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-11-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By JimRausch
With 40-50 batches under your belt, you know...

With 40-50 batches under your belt, you know about the 3 standard reasons for bottle bombs, and are hopefully working on these- 1. underattenuation before bottling, 2. too much priming substance, and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-11-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 4,606
Posted By JimRausch
Having just finished reading through the whole...

Having just finished reading through the whole thread, I think I would like to nominate 'Hello' for 'most helpful poster of the month'! Although 'uniondr' was as helpful as always and should get...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-10-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,396
Posted By JimRausch
The other thing I would mention, is (obsessively)...

The other thing I would mention, is (obsessively) plan out your brewing, and have all your equipment available. It's a pain in the butt to have to run into the house to get a 1/2 tsp. measurer...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-08-2014, 12:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 319
Posted By JimRausch
Checkout the 'wiki' area of this forum. There's...

Checkout the 'wiki' area of this forum. There's some of the info. you're looking for there.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-08-2014, 12:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 327
Posted By JimRausch
Yes, the downloadable recipes are the exact same...

Yes, the downloadable recipes are the exact same as the ones that come with the kits.
If you don't want to buy their kits, then yes you can take the recipe and source it locally.
It'll work...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-06-2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 420
Posted By JimRausch
First off, the term 'secondary fermentation'...

First off, the term 'secondary fermentation' should be retired as there generally is not much fermentation going unless you add more fermentables, or transferred way too early. I prefer 'cold...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-06-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 437
Posted By JimRausch
Pizza & Beer

OK, after putting aside my Belgian Triple to finish later because the sausage and mushroom pizza was overwhelming the flavor, I started wondering:
"What is your favorite pizza/beer style combo?"
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-06-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 228
Posted By JimRausch
If you bottle I'd say you could bulk age for 3...

If you bottle I'd say you could bulk age for 3 months or so, and bottle age for the rest. As you were thinking, I have at times in the past, added some fermentables to secondary to get a little...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-06-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 185
Posted By JimRausch
Leaves?? I hope you mean whole hops. Generally...

Leaves?? I hope you mean whole hops. Generally 1.2 oz. pellet= 1.0 oz. whole hops.
Seeing as it's dryhopping, I'd just toss in the whole oz.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-06-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 9,106
Posted By JimRausch
Dear Pet owner, When we say "bring in a urine...

Dear Pet owner,
When we say "bring in a urine sample" or "bring in a fecal sample" , we mean FROM THE ANIMAL, not you.
Sincerely, Your friendly Veterinarian and /or Vet. Technician
(seriously it...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-06-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 207
Posted By JimRausch
I think most people would agree that after 4 days...

I think most people would agree that after 4 days into fermentation it's too late to mess with it by adding either more yeast or more fermentables. If you take a SG, I'll bet you'll find it's at FG....
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-30-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 286
Posted By JimRausch
I have a 5G round cooler with a braid that I do...

I have a 5G round cooler with a braid that I do most of my mashes in. But with grain bills over 12 lb or so, I've been using a rectangular cooler with 2 paint strainer bags in a modified BIAB. It...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-30-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 680
Posted By JimRausch
Yeah, I've had several bottles over the past...

Yeah, I've had several bottles over the past couple years that the neck broke off when I opened them. They were poorly carbonated too. I figure that I stressed them and probably created a crack when...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-30-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 549,812
Posted By JimRausch
Starting back up again, after taking the summer...

Starting back up again, after taking the summer off. 1st batch back was a simple AG Irish Red. Have 8 more batches planned before New years. Should put me at 50 batches total by March 2015.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-30-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,017
Posted By JimRausch
Hi. When I have done it in the past, I would...

Hi. When I have done it in the past, I would prime the entire batch as usual, then pull off the 1st gallon and heat that to 170-180 and hold it for 1/2 hour. After cooling, I added back 1 tsp yeast...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 349
Posted By JimRausch
Yeah, but I'll bet you don't rack to a secondary...

Yeah, but I'll bet you don't rack to a secondary after 5 days. That's one place where most kit instructions screw things up for beginners.
By the way, I got a real kick out of your signature quote....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 405
Posted By JimRausch
Last night I opened a bomber of Special Bitter...

Last night I opened a bomber of Special Bitter that I brewed in 12/31/11 and bottled in Jan/2012. It was stored in an insulated box in my garage where the environmental temps range from subfreezing...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 349
Posted By JimRausch
With normal fermentation temperatures, a typical...

With normal fermentation temperatures, a typical ale strain with a good pitch, and normalish gravity OG, 3 weeks almost certainly will give you a stable complete FG. I usually do my 1st check at 2...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 349
Posted By JimRausch
Don't rely on the instructions- yeast don't read...

Don't rely on the instructions- yeast don't read and they are done when THEY say they are done. ;
The only true way to know if your brew is ready to be bottled is to take serial SG readings, and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 192
Posted By JimRausch
OP- I just noticed this was your 1st post....

OP- I just noticed this was your 1st post. Welcome to the forum!
I tend to use honey fairly often. I use it as you were thinking- to boost the ABV and/or to lighten the malt character of a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 192
Posted By JimRausch
With just one bucket and one carboy, anyway you...

With just one bucket and one carboy, anyway you look at it, you'll have to rack twice. Solution= spend a couple bucks and get a bottling bucket, and only rack once.
But to answer your question,if I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 405
Posted By JimRausch
My 1st thought is incomplete mixing of priming...

My 1st thought is incomplete mixing of priming solution in with the beer. But it doesn't quite fit. The one time I experienced that, the carbonation was random- some high, some low, a few perfect....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-27-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 488
Posted By JimRausch
Alas, I miss Revvy. Check out his older, now...

Alas, I miss Revvy.
Check out his older, now quite lengthy thread on "Never Dump Your Beer".
It'll give you hope.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-27-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 255
Posted By JimRausch
Posted before I saw your 2nd post. I know kits...

Posted before I saw your 2nd post. I know kits come with 5oz. of sugar, but that's almost always too much for a 5G batch. I generally use 4 to 4.5 oz., and always check it first with an on-line...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-27-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 255
Posted By JimRausch
Consistent bad results over 3 batches with...

Consistent bad results over 3 batches with overcarbonation, points toward an infection somewhere in your system. Look hard at your bottling/kegging system. That seems to be a fairly common location...
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