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Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-26-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 47
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Posted By greatschmaltez
Yeah, I googled all the goofy holidays for today...

Yeah, I googled all the goofy holidays for today as well and got a chuckle. I'll holler at them tomorrow I guess.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-26-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,574
Posted By greatschmaltez
Austin Homebrew Closed?

I placed an order on Friday and these guys still haven't shipped. I tried to call them today and their phone says they are closed for the "holiday". Anyone live in Austin and know what is going on...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-09-2014, 02:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 323
Posted By greatschmaltez
Alcohol Taste in Hef

May be a pH issue in your mash. That would give a harshness taste similar to the alcohol taste you describe. Consider using phosphoric acid at least in your sparge water and possibly in your primary...
Forum: General Techniques 01-24-2014, 02:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 796
Posted By greatschmaltez
You guys are waaaaaaay to paranoid about using a...

You guys are waaaaaaay to paranoid about using a secondary. Use it when you need to, make sure once the beer is siphoning you get your hose submerged, and it's all good. I've secondary-ed many many...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-24-2014, 12:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 248
Posted By greatschmaltez
I'll ask the obvious question... How long did you...

I'll ask the obvious question... How long did you let it ferment in the first place? Also, what was the OG

My guess is it fully fermented. RIS is very strong and will have a higher FG than your...
Forum: General Techniques 01-23-2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 796
Posted By greatschmaltez
Yeah dude, you are way overthinking. To...

Yeah dude, you are way overthinking.

To answer your question, your beer is not ruined by racking to secondary.

For future, it is absolutely unnecessary to rack to secondary unless dry hopping...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-23-2014, 03:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 275
Posted By greatschmaltez
5 days is typical. Conditioning takes a couple...

5 days is typical. Conditioning takes a couple weeks at least. Go on taste, you may be able to bottle/keg early.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-23-2014, 03:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By greatschmaltez
1 starter. less stress on yeast Less...

1 starter.

less stress on yeast
Less chance of infection
Less hassle
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-23-2014, 03:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 232
Posted By greatschmaltez
If your starter is fermenting within 24 hours you...

If your starter is fermenting within 24 hours you should be fine. Typically when you wash yeast you get like 300-400 billion cells at least, so my guess is you got plenty. I will typically split my...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-23-2014, 02:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 380
Posted By greatschmaltez
Cold crash benefits are really only seen in...

Cold crash benefits are really only seen in kegging. The natural carbing will generate more sediment than what is in solution right now. If you want beer clarity (I'm talking super clear) and you are...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-23-2014, 02:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 713
Posted By greatschmaltez
You will aerate the beer too much if you leave...

You will aerate the beer too much if you leave the nylon bag above the surface. Instead, start siphoning the beer through the nylon bag and then still allow a portion of the nylon bag and the hose to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-21-2014, 10:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 247
Posted By greatschmaltez
For future reference, for standard American ales...

For future reference, for standard American ales with Cali or similar yeast that don't need dry hopping, you can get away with 2-2.5 weeks in the primary and bottle. The darker the ale, typically the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-21-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 223
Posted By greatschmaltez
Id recommend corn sugar (brewing sugar)

Id recommend corn sugar (brewing sugar)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-21-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 247
Posted By greatschmaltez
Don't worry be happy that you are almost to...

Don't worry be happy that you are almost to bottling. The oxygen in the headspace is negligible compared to the amount that you'll pick up in transferring (splashing)... Which is also very small. In...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-18-2013, 03:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 112
Posted By greatschmaltez
Not sure exactly what you are looking for to add...

Not sure exactly what you are looking for to add but consider a small amount of biscuit, may help fill it out a little.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-15-2013, 01:37 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,853
Posted By greatschmaltez
I am a big session guy... I think ultimately...

I am a big session guy... I think ultimately that's what most people want so long as flavors are preserved. I'd bet all my spent grain session IPAs will be the next craze
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-09-2013, 05:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 857
Posted By greatschmaltez
That's a big burner, mine is big too though just...

That's a big burner, mine is big too though just make sure you are doing full boils... You'll probably burn off at least 1-1.5 gallons if you are starting with 7 gallons or so.
Forum: Company Reviews 08-07-2013, 06:41 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,226
Posted By greatschmaltez
Defalco's is the LHBS, prepare to hear "we're out...

Defalco's is the LHBS, prepare to hear "we're out of that" a lot. Check out Petrol Station, best beer spot in the city.
Forum: Company Reviews 08-07-2013, 02:14 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,226
Posted By greatschmaltez
AHBS is awesome... Even when I move away from...

AHBS is awesome... Even when I move away from Houston (to Atlanta) I still get my stuff from them. Their customer service is a step above.
Forum: Light Lager 08-06-2013, 05:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,585
Posted By greatschmaltez
This was a finalist at the NHC for 2013 (Munich...

This was a finalist at the NHC for 2013 (Munich Helles style). Scored 39.

OG: 1.049
FG: 1.012
IBU: 18.8
SRM: 4.4
Boil Time: 90 minutes
Mash: step
Finished Volume: 6 gal
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-01-2013, 05:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,926
Posted By greatschmaltez
For all my comments, I was assuming leasing, you...

For all my comments, I was assuming leasing, you don't want to add a real estate loan to this chaos of starting up.

Government can be tough, we plan to get the local guys involved as early as...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-31-2013, 10:45 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,926
Posted By greatschmaltez
I cannot agree/promote the fundamental idea more...

I cannot agree/promote the fundamental idea more of getting your business plan and chronological cash flow model together as step 1. You will not be nearly as "frightened" once you see on paper how...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-30-2013, 08:49 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,926
Posted By greatschmaltez
Right now this is our plan to avoid the keg...

Right now this is our plan to avoid the keg headache altogether:

http://www.petainer.com/Large-Containers/Keg-Family.aspx

I saw one of these when I met with our distributor and I had a sigh of...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-29-2013, 11:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 430
Posted By greatschmaltez
Agree with above... How many ways can you make a...

Agree with above... How many ways can you make a Munich Helles. I think competitions are really a measure of how good of a brewer you are with respect to technique and process control. Most of my...
Forum: Georgia HomeBrew Forum 07-29-2013, 10:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 319
Posted By greatschmaltez
Turned out great. I had not seen sweetwaters most...

Turned out great. I had not seen sweetwaters most recent upgrades. The facility was very impressive as was the new beer tasting room.
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