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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-31-2013, 10:12 PM
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Posted By BrewerDon
Thanks Red!

Thanks Red!
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-30-2013, 10:52 PM
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Posted By BrewerDon
Head space?

In the original post of this thread, a carbonation chart is referred to. If I use this chart and carbonate using method #1, set and forget, do I need to make any adjustments for head space? Asked...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-12-2013, 09:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,838
Posted By BrewerDon
Employees of local bars save the empty Grolsch...

Employees of local bars save the empty Grolsch (and Fischer) bottles, rinse them, and then sell them to my LHBS for 50 cents. The LHBS then re-sells them for $1.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-05-2013, 10:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,299
Posted By BrewerDon
Flathead Irsish Stout. Very funny! I did the...

Flathead Irsish Stout. Very funny!

I did the same thing except with a flashlight. Dropped it right in the mash. Whatcha gonna do? I got it out asap and just changed the name of the beer...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-19-2013, 02:41 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By BrewerDon
That was a very informative video but when she...

That was a very informative video but when she talked about "generations", she was referring to reusing yeast from a previous batch - harvested yeast.

I am considering stepping up the original...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-19-2013, 02:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 445
Posted By BrewerDon
My plan was to take the original stock, make a...

My plan was to take the original stock, make a large starter, and then save a portion of that as that master. Are you suggesting that it would be better to save some of the original before I make a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-18-2013, 03:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 445
Posted By BrewerDon
Thanks for all of the great insight! My question...

Thanks for all of the great insight! My question was based on my plan to start freezing yeast and starting a yeast library.

To build up my library, I plan to buy a vial of yeast (if that type is...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-17-2013, 04:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 445
Posted By BrewerDon
Yeast Generation Confusion

I have some confusion regarding what makes a yeast generation. I understand that if I buy a vial of yeast and use it to ferment a batch of beer, harvest this yeast, and then re-pitch it I am pitching...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-03-2013, 10:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By BrewerDon
Thanks beaksnbeer, I feel better already. I need...

Thanks beaksnbeer, I feel better already. I need one of those!
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-03-2013, 07:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By BrewerDon
Is there a problem here?

Is beer all you people talk about?

And come on, is it really normal to spend so much time thinking about making beer, talking about making beer, making beer, and oh yeah, drinking beer that you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-27-2013, 02:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 9,436
Posted By BrewerDon
Since I bottle condition, I have always let the...

Since I bottle condition, I have always let the beer clear first at a temperature under 50 degrees. Then, after the beer has cleared I raise the temperature, add priming sugar, and bottle the beer.
...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-22-2013, 06:33 PM
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Views: 9,436
Posted By BrewerDon
I bottle all of my beer. I've never had a problem...

I bottle all of my beer. I've never had a problem carbonating batches that I cleared with gelatin but I do allow 3 weeks for carbonation for beers with an original gravity in the 1.050s and lower. A...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-22-2013, 04:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 9,436
Posted By BrewerDon
You are welcome. I cleared my last 2 batches at...

You are welcome. I cleared my last 2 batches at the same temperature that you are currently at - 44 degrees F. After I stirred in the gelatin solution the beer got cloudier because I stirred up...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-22-2013, 03:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 9,436
Posted By BrewerDon
This is a copy and paste from a post that I made...

This is a copy and paste from a post that I made to a similar thread:

I keep seeing posts quoted in this thread where some are saying that you MUST add the gelatin at room temperature. This is not...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-20-2013, 08:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 271
Posted By BrewerDon
Neither post mentions the beer temperature at the...

Neither post mentions the beer temperature at the time that the bottles were filled. I think that is important information.
Forum: General Techniques 02-14-2013, 03:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 966
Posted By BrewerDon
Good point. I hadn't thought about that.

Good point. I hadn't thought about that.
Forum: General Techniques 02-14-2013, 03:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 966
Posted By BrewerDon
Yeah, and this is the area I was thinking that I...

Yeah, and this is the area I was thinking that I would hear about some bigger savings.

However, the consensus so far seems to indicate that one might be able to cut off only about 30 minutes from...
Forum: General Techniques 02-13-2013, 10:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 966
Posted By BrewerDon
How much faster?

I've heard of people doing smaller batches for many reasons. One reason that I heard about recently was so that this person could brew more batches without taking shortcuts on his process.

At...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-20-2012, 08:57 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,268
Posted By BrewerDon
I've always heard that the "teat wash" works best...

I've always heard that the "teat wash" works best if you're brewing a Milk Stout.

Sorry, I just needed to get that off of my chest.
Forum: General Techniques 12-17-2012, 02:43 PM
Replies: 363
Views: 205,083
Posted By BrewerDon
I keep seeing posts quoted in this thread where...

I keep seeing posts quoted in this thread where some are saying that you MUST add the gelatin at room temperature. This is not true. Adding at room temperature may work but you don't have to warm up...
Forum: Brew Science 07-27-2012, 02:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,187
Posted By BrewerDon
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Forum: General Techniques 06-26-2012, 11:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 14,373
Posted By BrewerDon
Wow! That's what I call putting the "counter"...

Wow! That's what I call putting the "counter" back into "counter flow chiller".
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-26-2012, 08:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,911
Posted By BrewerDon
I have a 10 gallon HD cooler and a friend has the...

I have a 10 gallon HD cooler and a friend has the 5 gallon version. The 5 gallon cooler seems to hold the heat a little better on similar size batches. I'm guessing it is because there is less air...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-25-2012, 07:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,043
Posted By BrewerDon
I forms for me. I did a 1500 ml starter in a 2000...

I forms for me. I did a 1500 ml starter in a 2000 ml flask with an ale yeast this week. It was the 2nd stage of my starter. I started it on the stir plate in the evening and by morning I had a mess....
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-22-2012, 10:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,742
Posted By BrewerDon
Since you're asking for opinions... It looks...

Since you're asking for opinions...
It looks way too hoppy for a Kolsch. 30 IBUs is generally the top end and you are at 35 IBUs. I suggest 25 IBUs and don't add any hops for the last 45 minutes. I...
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