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Forum: General Beer Discussion Yesterday, 11:35 AM
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Posted By JonM
Most of the time yes, but when I have a batch...

Most of the time yes, but when I have a batch ready to put in the keg fridge, the keg that's almost empty seems to turn into some magical bottomless container that won't go empty. Every time, I...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-15-2014, 11:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 433
Posted By JonM
I made a mistake a while back and wound up with a...

I made a mistake a while back and wound up with a sub 4% beer that, whaddyaknow, was really good. I've been repeating that mistake ever since because I found that I love having one keg of something...
Forum: Brew Science 04-15-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 167
Posted By JonM
Good point.

Good point.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-15-2014, 02:50 PM
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Posted By JonM
Had a facepalm. I kegged an IPA and put it...

Had a facepalm.

I kegged an IPA and put it on gas over the weekend. I have a dual body regulator and have the IPA on one side and a cider on the other. I had used the gas from the cider side...
Forum: Brew Science 04-15-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 167
Posted By JonM
If you do decide to acidify, it only takes a...

If you do decide to acidify, it only takes a teeny tiny drop of 88% lactic acid to drop the pH of a couple gallons of sparge water.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-15-2014, 12:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 236
Posted By JonM
Here's the one I'm about to brew, but haven't...

Here's the one I'm about to brew, but haven't tried yet. I like it because Jamil Z. gives good guidance about ferm temps, starter size, etc. which I understand can be a little tricky with...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-15-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 75
Posted By JonM
Sure can. Use either of these calculator to...

Sure can. Use either of these calculator to figure out your starter size. I find the yeastcalc one to be especially helpful if you're doing a stepped starter (which you may need to do here,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-15-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 433
Posted By JonM
Sounds to me like you have a great session beer...

Sounds to me like you have a great session beer there and there's no need to fuss with it. 3.9 vs. 5.5 means you can have an extra glass when you sit down for a few. If it tastes good, I'd leave...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-15-2014, 02:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 136
Posted By JonM
The first chapter and the last couple chapters...

The first chapter and the last couple chapters are extraneous/over my head, but the meat of the book is really good. If you're like me and aren't a real science mind, just take your time, go over it...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-14-2014, 09:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 136
Posted By JonM
Here's a great place to start. ...

Here's a great place to start.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f128/brewing-water-chemistry-primer-198460/

Also Palmer's newest book, "Water," is a great read and will give you all you need to...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-14-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 127
Posted By JonM
Yes - in fact there was a thread not too long ago...

Yes - in fact there was a thread not too long ago where the OP really investigated thoroughly and finally found out that he had bad gas (stop snickering ;) ). But seriously, it can happen where...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-14-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 939
Posted By JonM
To answer your other question, I have the same...

To answer your other question, I have the same burner and I get at least six brewdays out of a 20 lb. tank, and probably more.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-13-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,097
Posted By JonM
Not a brewing injury, more of a grilling injury. ...

Not a brewing injury, more of a grilling injury. I dropped a simple table fork on my pinky toe last night. Didn't think anything of it because, heck, it's just a FORK. Then I looked down and saw...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-13-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 130
Posted By JonM
Agreed - Guinness has a deliberate sour flavor to...

Agreed - Guinness has a deliberate sour flavor to it and lots of folks don't like that. Something like Left hand Milk Stout is sweet and totally different. Man, do I love it when I find that on a...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-13-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,190
Posted By JonM
I've always said it as a thing I do rather than...

I've always said it as a thing I do rather than as an identity - "I brew beer" rather than "I'm a homebrewer."
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-13-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 130
Posted By JonM
Try some samples if you have a brewpub or craft...

Try some samples if you have a brewpub or craft beer bar near you. Guinness is quite good, but it's a dry Irish stout, which is pretty different from oatmeal stouts and the kind of stouts you get...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-13-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,048
Posted By JonM
I think your firefighter friend should be saying...

I think your firefighter friend should be saying "I know a homebrewer. How can I take advantage of this?"
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-13-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,536
Posted By JonM
And that Two-Hearted clone is awesome. I brewed...

And that Two-Hearted clone is awesome. I brewed a variation of it three weeks ago and kegged it yesterday. You'll really like it.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-12-2014, 03:23 PM
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Views: 195,732
Posted By JonM
Kegged my Simcoe/Centennial/Citra IPA using an...

Kegged my Simcoe/Centennial/Citra IPA using an orange carboy cap and racking cane, and I used CO2 to push the beer out. I had used that technique before, but this time I left the CO2 on even after...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-10-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,536
Posted By JonM
And hey, keep heart. We've all made...

And hey, keep heart. We've all made less-than-perfect or plain old bad batches while we're learning the ropes. I find that I learn far more from my bad batches than I do from my successes. So if...
Forum: California HomeBrew Forum 04-09-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 342
Posted By JonM
Are you testing for conversion? If you're...

Are you testing for conversion? If you're mashing at 145, but the temp fluctuates as much as 3 degrees, you could be mashing around 142 and I don't think you'll get conversion at that temp.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-08-2014, 12:30 AM
Replies: 6,477
Views: 195,732
Posted By JonM
Dry hopped my Simcoe/Centennial/Citra IPA. Can...

Dry hopped my Simcoe/Centennial/Citra IPA. Can hardly wait for this one to be ready.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-06-2014, 01:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 435
Posted By JonM
I throw in a handful in every 5 gallon batch, but...

I throw in a handful in every 5 gallon batch, but a little more in wheat beers and beers with sticky stuff like flaked oats and flaked barley.

I learned the hard way to mix them in with the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-05-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 203
Posted By JonM
Yep, here's a pic of an all-Maris Otter...

Yep, here's a pic of an all-Maris Otter barleywine I boiled for 3.5 hours. When I do an all MO beer with a 60 minute boil, it's almost as light in color as a BMC lager.

EDIT: AND the longer...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-05-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 110
Posted By JonM
Boy, that's a pickle - you've got a little too...

Boy, that's a pickle - you've got a little too warm vs. a little too cool. For the 1968, I'd err on a little too warm and put that one upstairs. I used 1968 a couple times last year in a similarly...
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