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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 12-22-2013, 04:12 PM
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Posted By najel
Lager weird layer on top in secondary

Hey all!

I currently have my first lager brew in secondary in the fridge. Everything went according to plan/recipe. Now I noticed there is a weird layer floating on top of the beer. I saw some...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 11-21-2013, 03:31 PM
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Views: 85,723
Posted By najel
Coo, December 23 is my birthday! Maybe this will...

Coo, December 23 is my birthday! Maybe this will be my present.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-04-2013, 02:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 186
Posted By najel
Ok, should have mentioned that stuff earlier. ...

Ok, should have mentioned that stuff earlier.
All grain, no extract
OG was 1.054
Temp target was 154, I think it was maybe more like 160. I had some issues with my thermometer. Next time I will...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-03-2013, 10:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 186
Posted By najel
Stuck fermentation?

Hello all!

Sorry to ask this question, I know it gets asked a lot. But this has never happened to me and I am a little stuck.
I brewed a Hefeweizen and used Wyeast 3068 for the first time,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-29-2013, 12:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 646
Posted By najel
Wow, my cooler has about 3 quart deadspace, with...

Wow, my cooler has about 3 quart deadspace, with a SS braid.
I think it does not matter though, you just add that water like you guys said. In the end, it gets figured into your total brewhouse...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-26-2013, 02:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By najel
Thanks for the replies! I am pretty sure it...

Thanks for the replies!

I am pretty sure it is finished, been at 1.012 for a few days, and it's actually a little bit below what I had planned. I like to bottle my Hefeweizen after 10-14 days in...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-26-2013, 01:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By najel
Compensate for already dissolved CO2

Hey guys and gals!
Just a quick question. I am going to bottle a Hefeweizen this weekend. When I pulled gravity samples, I noticed that there were lots of little bubbles coming up in the sample...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-12-2013, 11:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,747
Posted By najel
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f128/brewing-water-che...

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

I have found this to be the easiest explanation, and seems to work well for many people judging by the comments.
Forum: Brew Science 01-10-2013, 03:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 398
Posted By najel
You can just buy an iodine solution at the...

You can just buy an iodine solution at the pharmacy. It is used to disinfect wounds.
If you really want to make your own, I think it is usually a 2% by weight solution (in water).
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-10-2013, 03:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,864
Posted By najel
So from the website of the company that seems...

So from the website of the company that seems associated with this yeast supplier, I read some stuff about genetic modification, DNA cloning, etc. This concerns me a bit, I know that the two big guys...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-03-2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,717
Posted By najel
Aside from the issue of getting through security...

Aside from the issue of getting through security if you take them carry-on, you will also need to deal with customs when you get off the plane.
I know that I have had to throw away all food that I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-29-2012, 06:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,002
Posted By najel
Well, my first partial boil extract batches I did...

Well, my first partial boil extract batches I did in the kitchen and I really did not have any huge issues. Obviously it got pretty humid in the house, but I would just open doors and windows every...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-26-2012, 12:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 299
Posted By najel
I've had bottles in the suitcase in an airplane...

I've had bottles in the suitcase in an airplane and they did not explode. However, some of them did leak some pressure and beer through the cap.
Forum: Brewing Software 12-20-2012, 10:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 836
Posted By najel
Pretty sure. My order e-mail says the activation...

Pretty sure. My order e-mail says the activation code is good for two computers. There is no option to choose between Mac or Win until you download the software. So I think it should work.
If you...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-20-2012, 04:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 305
Posted By najel
It seems the issue a lot of the time is that the...

It seems the issue a lot of the time is that the cooler is fairly well insulated at the bottom and sides, but not the top. This is fine if you are trying to keep stuff cold, but when trying to keep...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-11-2012, 11:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 323
Posted By najel
Where are you ordering from? beersmith.com? Or...

Where are you ordering from? beersmith.com? Or somewhere else? If directly from beersmith, that is where I bought mine from. Can't recall if they asked for phone number or not, but I have not had any...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-11-2012, 03:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 941
Posted By najel
I just use the scale I use to weigh out my...

I just use the scale I use to weigh out my grains. It goes up to 25 kg. My propane tank actually has the tare weight printer on it's label, too. And then you know how much propane you get with a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-07-2012, 02:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 880
Posted By najel
So at my Home Depot they only have orange 5 g...

So at my Home Depot they only have orange 5 g pales, are those the foodgrade ones? My lowes has specifically food grade ones but no lids for them.
I have had good luck asking at the grocery store...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-03-2012, 06:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,328
Posted By najel
I bought a piece of radiator hose from a parts...

I bought a piece of radiator hose from a parts store for the outgoing tubing on my chiller, no issues with that whatsoever, it's obviously made to withstand high temps.
Forum: General Techniques 11-30-2012, 01:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,774
Posted By najel
Well, they may cause some oxidation. In my case,...

Well, they may cause some oxidation. In my case, the big issue was that the bubbles eventuelly pretty much just stopped the siphon completely. And the siphon was also extremely slow.
For me, I...
Forum: Brew Science 11-29-2012, 08:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,101
Posted By najel
I read about drying sourdough starters once...

I read about drying sourdough starters once (which also contain wild yeast, along with other wild bacteria). The common procedure for that is simply making the starter quite runny by adding water,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-26-2012, 10:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 473
Posted By najel
You should also be able to smell and taste it and...

You should also be able to smell and taste it and tell if there is alcohol and if it tastes like wort or more like beer.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-20-2012, 11:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,241
Posted By najel
Cooling it quickly is also important after the...

Cooling it quickly is also important after the boil, as DMS keeps being produced while the wort is hot. So if you're not boiling, you're adding DMS (until you get below 100 F or something like that)
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-19-2012, 07:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 319
Posted By najel
I think that wort for yeast starters would be...

I think that wort for yeast starters would be better to be less then 1.040, I read that 1.030 is ideal. So depending on gravity, it might be good to keep it for starters. Otherwise you can always use...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-16-2012, 11:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 598
Posted By najel
I wouldn't use them. I think it's best to just...

I wouldn't use them. I think it's best to just get rid of them. In fact, I could properly recycle them for you if you want to send them to me ;)
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