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Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-31-2013, 05:13 AM
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Posted By Pilotpip
Usually a fan of New Belgium but I can't stand...

Usually a fan of New Belgium but I can't stand Shift. I dumped 2 of the 4 cans I had. I've never brewed a lager but this stuff had a horrible sulfur smell and aftertaste. This time of year I drink...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-19-2013, 02:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 363
Posted By Pilotpip
They will mellow out with time. If it's an...

They will mellow out with time. If it's an extract kit, most are made for partial boils. If you're doing a full boil you'll get much better hop utilization than planned and it will take some time...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-14-2013, 02:05 AM
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Views: 1,010
Posted By Pilotpip
With an ale, I wouldn't mess with it too much. ...

With an ale, I wouldn't mess with it too much. Worst case fermentation sticks a little. When the temperature rises your yeast will wake back up. I have a lot of trouble with this in the winter. ...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-18-2012, 04:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,373
Posted By Pilotpip
I saw a boxer in a couple pics. Great dogs! ...

I saw a boxer in a couple pics. Great dogs!

Good looking build too!
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-27-2012, 04:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,663
Posted By Pilotpip
I leave my beers untouched in the primary for a...

I leave my beers untouched in the primary for a minimum of 3 weeks before taking any samples. I have hit my numbers without problems. My first couple brews I was transferring to secondary after a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-27-2012, 03:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,431
Posted By Pilotpip
Dog treats. My boxer devours them.

Dog treats. My boxer devours them.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-05-2012, 03:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 609
Posted By Pilotpip
I have pitched US-05 straight in, and I've...

I have pitched US-05 straight in, and I've rehydrated. I prefer to rehydrate. The lag time of direct pitch is much higher for me and with my limited time at home I'd rather be around to make sure...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-04-2012, 04:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,584
Posted By Pilotpip
Cordless drills aren't a great option for mills. ...

Cordless drills aren't a great option for mills. I bet a corded drill from harbor freight would do the trick quite cheaply. I have seen a few set up on various mills and they do quite well. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-02-2012, 07:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 533
Posted By Pilotpip
"Joy of Homebrewing" by Papazian is a good...

"Joy of Homebrewing" by Papazian is a good starter book too. Maybe a little better for a total newbie because Palmer gets pretty scientific. Both are great books though and I reference both...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-02-2012, 07:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 947
Posted By Pilotpip
I was. However I wasn't accounting for the 1/2...

I was. However I wasn't accounting for the 1/2 gallon of LME that was no longer being added to the boil. Third batch was spot-on. :)

Thanks for the ideas.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-02-2012, 07:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 573
Posted By Pilotpip
After reading all the advice from the sages here...

After reading all the advice from the sages here I quit following the kit directions for fermentation times. Since I started leaving them in the primary for a minimum of 3 weeks my beers have been...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 08-29-2012, 05:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 608
Posted By Pilotpip
Heading east on 70 make a stop in Dillon and have...

Heading east on 70 make a stop in Dillon and have a meal at The Dillion Dam Brewery. One of only a few places I've found that does food and beer well. Great burgers.
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 08-29-2012, 05:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 832
Posted By Pilotpip
Schlafly in STL is a favorite of mine, but I have...

Schlafly in STL is a favorite of mine, but I have a strong bias since a couple friends/family who were "let go" during inbev's purchase of A-B are there now. Their oatmeal stout, heffe and dry...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-27-2012, 09:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 573
Posted By Pilotpip
Don't worry about the secondary. I've had a ton...

Don't worry about the secondary. I've had a ton of sediment in my beers a couple times but by the time they were poured ended up perfectly clear. Give the yeast some time to clean up and the trub...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-27-2012, 02:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 947
Posted By Pilotpip
I'm thinking 2 is the culprit. Most extract kits...

I'm thinking 2 is the culprit. Most extract kits that I did had 1/2 gallon lme in them.

Oh well, the next couple batches will only have about 40 bottles of good beer instead of 50 :)
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-23-2012, 03:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 947
Posted By Pilotpip
That's where I'm confused. I am measuring my...

That's where I'm confused. I am measuring my volume and starting with the exact same pre-boil volume as I was when doing extract. I guess I'll up my strike water to compensate. So far I'm getting...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-23-2012, 04:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 947
Posted By Pilotpip
Not enough in fermenter

Just switched to BIAB and on the last two brews I've managed to get only 4.5 gallons into the fermenter. I've been pretty close on my numbers and had good efficiency so I have good beer, just not as...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-23-2012, 04:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 965
Posted By Pilotpip
My last few have looked like garbage when they...

My last few have looked like garbage when they went in the fermenter. After a few weeks there and a few weeks in the bottle they have been clear and tasted great. Relax
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-03-2012, 11:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,472
Posted By Pilotpip
This. 2 yards of voile from the fabric store was...

This. 2 yards of voile from the fabric store was about $6. The drawstring was about $1.50. I have a double layered bag that held 12 pounds with no problem and enough leftover material for several hop...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-12-2012, 05:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 370
Posted By Pilotpip
Cool. Thanks. In my line of work I have to use...

Cool. Thanks. In my line of work I have to use degrees communist all the time. I'll look into that.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-12-2012, 05:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 370
Posted By Pilotpip
Temperature Control

I have recently aquired a nice old fridge that has more than enough room for a carboy (maybe 2) and decided it would be my fermentation fridge. I need a temperature controller for it but I'm trying...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-21-2012, 08:42 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,065
Posted By Pilotpip
It's funny that so many people bash on BMC. Yeah,...

It's funny that so many people bash on BMC. Yeah, they're big. Yeah, they're light American style lagers. Yeah, some people might like them. You know what? That's their prerogative. Why bash someone...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-16-2012, 11:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 209
Posted By Pilotpip
Airlock activity isn't a good indication of...

Airlock activity isn't a good indication of fermentation. As you brew you'll see that some yeast go nuts for days, some don't. Some work fast, some work slow.

Generally, you want to try to stay...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-14-2012, 04:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,027
Posted By Pilotpip
Don't dry hop while primary fermentation is going...

Don't dry hop while primary fermentation is going on. Rack the beer into a secondary then dry hop.

I sanitize the bag and marbles I place in the bag to keep them from floating on the top but not...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-05-2012, 05:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,616
Posted By Pilotpip
I made a chiller myself with copper from lowes....

I made a chiller myself with copper from lowes. It's about 44' of 3/8" and set me back about $50 with fittings. Works great. I put it in the kettle with about 15 mins left in the boil and let that...
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