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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-06-2013, 02:38 PM
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Posted By VampireSix
Thanks Sweetcell. I'll try raising temperatures...

Thanks Sweetcell. I'll try raising temperatures earlier next time.

The yeast was probably a month old, and I made a starter according to yeastcalc.com. I'd heard about intentionally...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-02-2013, 02:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By VampireSix
Trappist High Gravity yeast for MWS Noble Trappist kit

I brewed Midwest Supplies Noble Trappist all-grain kit a week and a half ago, pitching a starter of Wyeast 3787 into oxygenated wort at 1.058 OG. Sample from yesterday showed SG at 1.012, within...
Forum: India Pale Ale 04-25-2013, 03:25 PM
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Posted By VampireSix
I'm not familiar with beersmith, but what is your...

I'm not familiar with beersmith, but what is your boil volume to top-off water volume?
Forum: General Techniques 04-23-2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 72,763
Posted By VampireSix
Thanks Homebrewhaha! I don't know how I missed...

Thanks Homebrewhaha! I don't know how I missed that post.

I'm guessing with Centennial hops, I'm focusing on Myrcene? So a hop stand at what, 140-145F?
Forum: General Techniques 04-23-2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 266
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Posted By VampireSix
Regarding time/temperature, I've done two Stone...

Regarding time/temperature, I've done two Stone Ruination clones so far, both utilizing a hop stand. On the first batch, I dropped the temp to 190F, then tossed in the 2oz of Centennial pellets, and...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-19-2013, 06:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By VampireSix
I was thinking the same thing. Any idea as to...

I was thinking the same thing. Any idea as to why they would use cascade for their kit?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-18-2013, 03:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By VampireSix
Midwest Honey Porter help!

I just bottled my 8th batch, the all-grain Honey Porter kit from MWS. I followed the direction precisely for mash temps and hop additions, which included 1oz of Kent Goldings at 60min and 1oz of...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-03-2013, 02:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,774
Posted By VampireSix
I've broken a few bottles while capping, using...

I've broken a few bottles while capping, using the 'black beauty' wing capper. The trick is to just be gentle, and don't force it. I usually have to rotate bottles once or twice to get the capper...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-11-2013, 03:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 652
Posted By VampireSix
You mention fermenting at room temp.... what is...

You mention fermenting at room temp.... what is that?

My first two batches were fermented at room temps (68-72) because I didn't know any better, and both were sub-par. My next two batches, after...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-09-2013, 01:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,554
Posted By VampireSix
A full boil will help yield higher IBUs, but not...

A full boil will help yield higher IBUs, but not because of wort gravity. We talked about that earlier in this thread.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-08-2013, 03:44 PM
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Posted By VampireSix
I did my 5th brew last night, first time...

I did my 5th brew last night, first time attempting a partial mash (previous batches were all extract/specialty grain). These instructions made it super easy, so a big thank you to DeathBrewer!

I...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-08-2013, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,671
Posted By VampireSix
I'm currently enjoying a Stone Ruination clone...

I'm currently enjoying a Stone Ruination clone (extract recipe from BYO) with an OG 1.072 that I brewed just under four weeks ago, and it's fantastic!

I used Wyeast 1968 (London ESB), which is a...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-07-2013, 02:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,073
Posted By VampireSix
Besides this? ...

Besides this?
http://www.dogfish.com/company/tangents/randall-the-enamel-animal.htm

Once it's brewed, there isn't much you can do. Dry hopping also suffers from diminishing returns. For a five...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-06-2013, 08:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 889
Posted By VampireSix
Good idea. If they are above 1.000 (closer to...

Good idea. If they are above 1.000 (closer to 1.010), then Revvy's post covers it. If it was in fact around 1.000, you've got potential problems.
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-06-2013, 07:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,110
Posted By VampireSix
Yeast (quality - no Munton's!) Yeast...

Yeast (quality - no Munton's!)
Yeast (fermentation temperature control)
Yeast (pitching rate)
Yeast (proper wort aeration/oxygenation)
Yeast.

Seriously. After my first batch using crap...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-06-2013, 07:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 349
Posted By VampireSix
+1 on what others have said, waiting until...

+1 on what others have said, waiting until hitting a stable final gravity before racking.

Also, as I just found out from Midwest's Grand Cru kit, honey takes a while to ferment out completely. ...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-06-2013, 07:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 889
Posted By VampireSix
FG was 1.000? Did your other batches ever finish...

FG was 1.000? Did your other batches ever finish this low?

I'll let the more experienced brewers chime in with their thoughts on this, but I'd guess a wild yeast contamination and/or infection. ...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-06-2013, 04:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,215
Posted By VampireSix
Alright, thank you GinSlinger! Your help is much...

Alright, thank you GinSlinger! Your help is much appreciated.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-06-2013, 03:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,215
Posted By VampireSix
Midwest's OG listing is incorrect on many (most?)...

Midwest's OG listing is incorrect on many (most?) of their kits, and even inconsistent between what the outside of the box says and the instructions within. While the instructions provided with the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-06-2013, 02:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,215
Posted By VampireSix
Wyeast 3944 Belgian Wit - Over attenuation?

Does anyone have any experience with Wyeast 3944 Belgian Wit attenuating way more than it is supposed to?

The Wyeast website says attenuation should be between 72-76%. However, a batch of Belgian...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-05-2013, 02:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,554
Posted By VampireSix
Sorry, it's Basic Brewing, not BYO. And March 4,...

Sorry, it's Basic Brewing, not BYO. And March 4, 2010.
http://www.basicbrewing.com/index.php?page=basic-brewing-radio-2010

The March 2008 one that I was thinking about is John Palmer talking...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-04-2013, 03:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,554
Posted By VampireSix
Dammit Yooper, I spent like 35 minutes working on...

Dammit Yooper, I spent like 35 minutes working on that post to find you beat me to it by 30 minutes. Ok, I made a pot of coffee during that time also.

:)
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-04-2013, 03:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,554
Posted By VampireSix
There is a BYO podcast from a few years ago (I...

There is a BYO podcast from a few years ago (I want to say March of '08, but can't remember for certain) where they do a test for hop utilization/flavor for a recipe made three different ways - full...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-01-2013, 08:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 696
Posted By VampireSix
I finally got a hold of the guy who has the all...

I finally got a hold of the guy who has the all grain kits. The grains are all mixed up, just like Face Eater said.

At least I'll get my BIAB all grain split-boil system down.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-01-2013, 03:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 696
Posted By VampireSix
I went back over my calculations, and I had been...

I went back over my calculations, and I had been calculating 5 gallons for boil, -2 gallons for sparge = 3 gallons for mashing. At 1.5 quarts per pound of grain, that comes out to 8 lbs of grain.
...
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