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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-14-2014, 05:13 AM
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Posted By Culbetron
Don't think you guys read the last couple posts...

Don't think you guys read the last couple posts in the thread
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-13-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,067
Posted By Culbetron
I think I may have found the answer to my...

I think I may have found the answer to my problems. I only have acess to Dingeman's malt and certain Weyerman malts. The problem is that all the black malts I can get (Carafa III special, Roasted...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-02-2014, 04:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 322
Posted By Culbetron
It could be... I had no gravity change over a 3...

It could be... I had no gravity change over a 3 day period prior to bottling and I primed conservatively for 2.5 volumes of CO2.

I did notice a ring around the neck of the bottles. So I must have...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-01-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 322
Posted By Culbetron
I was really careful to not reuse any equipment...

I was really careful to not reuse any equipment from the sour mash. I used a disposable 9 liter water bottle for sour worting. I purposefully didn't use any of my regular brewing gear after the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-01-2014, 06:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,119
Posted By Culbetron
Priming with too much sugar for style doesn't...

Priming with too much sugar for style doesn't mean the bottles should be gushers. It just means the stout will be as fizzy as an APA. If priming with enough sugar for an APA produces bottle bombs,...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-01-2014, 06:06 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Culbetron
Sour mash Berliner - should have boiled longer

I did my first sour-worted Berliner Weiss a couple weeks ago. I soured for 3 days then boiled for 15 minutes and added some hops. I fermented for a week down to 1.004. After a week in the bottle...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-28-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 119
Posted By Culbetron
Depending on the strain it can add anything from...

Depending on the strain it can add anything from horseblanket, to ripe tropical fruit, to... all sorts of things. I think it's a good idea though. Just don't go crazy on the hops!

Maybe try...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-28-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,119
Posted By Culbetron
The fermentation might not have been done. (or)...

The fermentation might not have been done.
(or)
It was an infection
(or)
Perhaps the bottles got a lot warmer than the fermentation temp and the yeast did a little more work because of the higher...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-28-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 119
Posted By Culbetron
Adding brett shouldn't give you sourness.

Adding brett shouldn't give you sourness.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 07-28-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 18
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Posted By Culbetron
I just filled a 9 liter water bottle to the very...

I just filled a 9 liter water bottle to the very very top with wort, mixed in some grain, stuck an airlock on it and I didn't get any stink, just a good, clean sourness.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-14-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,067
Posted By Culbetron
Thanks everyone for the input. I'm living in...

Thanks everyone for the input. I'm living in Moscow Russia and so my water has been really suspect. I can't get an accurate water report either. Fortunately we just installed an RO filter last...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-13-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,067
Posted By Culbetron
The flavor does seem like it could use a bit more...

The flavor does seem like it could use a bit more roastiness. My thought is to just brew the next one with quite a bit more roasted malt OR steep the dark grains separately so that I can adjust the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-12-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 236
Posted By Culbetron
It was an infection =(

It was an infection =(
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-12-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 545
Posted By Culbetron
Both of these beers turned out well. The ale was...

Both of these beers turned out well. The ale was much more fruity and estery. The lager was way more malty and sweet.

It was a great experiement to understand the difference between ales and...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-12-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,067
Posted By Culbetron
Along with all the rest of the grains at the...

Along with all the rest of the grains at the beginning of the mash
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-12-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,067
Posted By Culbetron
I'm hitting all my numbers for gravity and...

I'm hitting all my numbers for gravity and volume.

I'm using Weyermann malt but made sure of the lovibond rating of each.

I should say that the one extract stout I made was great and very dark.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-12-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,067
Posted By Culbetron
Stouts and Porters are not dark enough

All of my stouts and porters that I have made have been brown. Not anything close to black. I used Jamil's recipes for sweet stout and his robust porter but they have been waaay lighter than they...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-24-2014, 05:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 540
Posted By Culbetron
It seems that sometimes German domestic beers...

It seems that sometimes German domestic beers have much higer carbonation rates than the export varieties. I accidentally carbonated my Oktoberfest to 3 volumes of CO2 (using table sugar) and the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-11-2014, 04:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By Culbetron
Yes, the thin mash could likely be your culprit. ...

Yes, the thin mash could likely be your culprit. If I were you I'd mash in a pot on the stove top if it's just a couple pounds of grain. That will solve your temp problem and your water to grist...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-08-2014, 06:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,083
Posted By Culbetron
Jamil talks about these two different options on...

Jamil talks about these two different options on his podcast about brewing tripels (or maybe it's Belgian golden strongs). But he doesn't have any objective comparison between the two.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-07-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 912
Posted By Culbetron
I prefer to think of myself as using sarcasm to...

I prefer to think of myself as using sarcasm to illustrate the idea that some people think that in order to be a "real" homebrewer you need to need to get a second degree in brewing.

Since it's a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-07-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,083
Posted By Culbetron
My Tripel used 2lbs of sugar in the fermenter,...

My Tripel used 2lbs of sugar in the fermenter, about 3 days after pitching the yeast. It attenuated really well with wy3787. I'll only be doing it that way from now on.

Also, plain white table...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-05-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 912
Posted By Culbetron
In order to brew all-grain you must have a...

In order to brew all-grain you must have a collection of petri dishes, beer agar, and sterile loops. You need to isolate your yeast cells, grow them, store them, and get them active again before...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-04-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 912
Posted By Culbetron
Here are a few reasons NOT to start brewing AG: ...

Here are a few reasons NOT to start brewing AG:

1. There are an infinite number of gadgets and pieces of equipment that you will be tempted to buy.
2. Brew days are often 5 or 6 hours long and...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-04-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 545
Posted By Culbetron
Ale vs Lager Oktoberfest

I decided to try an ale yeast and a lager yeast on the same batch so that I could better understand the different tastes contributed by the different yeasts and fermentation schedules.

So I...
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