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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation Yesterday, 07:53 PM
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Go to walmart or equivalent and buy a super cheap...

Go to walmart or equivalent and buy a super cheap hair dryer. It's a heater and fan all in one. I keep my lager fridge in the garage, and the hair dryer I "borrowed" from my daughter kept my lagers...
Forum: General Beer Discussion Yesterday, 12:55 PM
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Posted By QuercusMax
In like Flynn

In like Flynn
Forum: Mead Forum 07-07-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 9,866
Posted By QuercusMax
I've been adding sorbate when kegging, although I...

I've been adding sorbate when kegging, although I don't know if it does anything. I mostly do it so that if I bottle some up it's less likely to start fermenting again.
Forum: Mead Forum 07-07-2014, 03:02 AM
Replies: 67
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Posted By QuercusMax
Last batch I tried to rush and use top-cropped...

Last batch I tried to rush and use top-cropped S04 from a pale ale that was at high krausen. Only fermented down to 1.016, so I left out the honey. Was pretty nice.

Current batch I'm doing with...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-03-2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 483
Posted By QuercusMax
It's not clear if you're kegging or bottling. If...

It's not clear if you're kegging or bottling. If you keg, then you can just put the pellet hops inside a muslin bag and put it right in the keg - that works great.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-02-2014, 06:41 PM
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Posted By QuercusMax
Just out of curiosity, what are you trying to...

Just out of curiosity, what are you trying to accomplish with this vs traditional dry-hopping?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-01-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By QuercusMax
The recipe I found...

The recipe I found (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f69/darth-vader-black-ipa-218904/) says it's 1.066 OG and 66 IBU, which is a 1:1 BU:GU ratio, which will be quite firmly bitter.

Are you sure you...
Forum: Extract Brewing 06-30-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 280
Posted By QuercusMax
I know Cooper's is based in Aussie-land - that...

I know Cooper's is based in Aussie-land - that must explain it. :ban:
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-24-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 795
Posted By QuercusMax
I recently milled a batch of grain for a Kolsch...

I recently milled a batch of grain for a Kolsch straight onto my driveway because I forgot my catch-bucket. Scraped it all up and brewed with it. It's still lagering, but everything tasted fine in...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-24-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 806
Posted By QuercusMax
I have a 5 gallon canning pot I use as my HLT....

I have a 5 gallon canning pot I use as my HLT. You can also heat water in your brew kettle and put it in a bucket before you run out your first batch. If you're batch sparging you don't need a fancy...
Forum: Gluten Free Brewing 06-24-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 353
Posted By QuercusMax
By "other grains" I mean to add back to your main...

By "other grains" I mean to add back to your main mash, since when you decoct you only pull out part of the mash and boil it. I've done some malted millet & buckwheat GF beers, and was able to get...
Forum: Gluten Free Brewing 06-23-2014, 05:28 PM
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Posted By QuercusMax
First off: is this malted buckwheat? If so, you...

First off: is this malted buckwheat? If so, you don't want to cereal mash it, as that will destroy the enzymes. You probably want to do a decoction mash instead, or a combination cereal+decoction.
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Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-22-2014, 05:29 PM
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Posted By QuercusMax
Woke up at 5:30 unexpectedly. Had everything...

Woke up at 5:30 unexpectedly. Had everything prepped last night, so I started brewing. Kids didn't wake up till 8, wife is out of town - wonderful peace and quiet.

I made a Westmalle Dubbel...
Forum: General Techniques 06-13-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By QuercusMax
You can also do a hybrid method, which I did a...

You can also do a hybrid method, which I did a few times with good success before I got set up to keg:

Bulk-lager around freezing for 2 weeks, which will drop out most of the yeast and clarify it...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-12-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 143
Posted By QuercusMax
If you're only doing a 2.5 gallon batch, you...

If you're only doing a 2.5 gallon batch, you probably don't *really* need a starter for a batch of that gravity, even using liquid yeast. MrMalty.com says you need 1.2 vials/smack packs, so you...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-12-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,007
Posted By QuercusMax
Temp control doesn't *have* to be with a fridge...

Temp control doesn't *have* to be with a fridge and digital thermostat thingy. It can be as simple as putting your bucket/carboy in a water bath, maybe with some frozen water bottles to keep it...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-12-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 263
Posted By QuercusMax
You might also try SF lager ("steam beer") yeast....

You might also try SF lager ("steam beer") yeast. At that temperature it should stay pretty clean, and cali common dunkel sounds pretty tasty to me.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-12-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 347
Posted By QuercusMax
Whenever I go a lager I almost always do a...

Whenever I go a lager I almost always do a mash-out decoction. I just run out the whole first runnings (no vorlauf), boil for 10 minutes, and dump back into the mash tun along. If I'm mashing at 148,...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-12-2014, 03:40 PM
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Views: 9,135
Posted By QuercusMax
I'll be brewing a dry stout ala Michael Dawson's...

I'll be brewing a dry stout ala Michael Dawson's Beamishish. May also be making Alt/Marzen.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-11-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 269
Posted By QuercusMax
One point off on OG and FG is about as spot on as...

One point off on OG and FG is about as spot on as you can expect! I've done over 100 batches and I still do the happy dance if I come that close.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-11-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,449
Posted By QuercusMax
I suppose one other cause might be that I'm...

I suppose one other cause might be that I'm unconsciously comparing to the previous batch at its peak, possibly consumed under particular circumstances (I'm thinking especially of the Oktoberfest I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-11-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,449
Posted By QuercusMax
If you use somebody else's recipe to make a...

If you use somebody else's recipe to make a fantastic beer, I don't think that takes anything away from your own accomplishment. There are some styles, e.g. German Pilsner, where every recipe is...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-11-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 182
Posted By QuercusMax
I'd use 50% Carafa I and 50% midnight wheat. But...

I'd use 50% Carafa I and 50% midnight wheat. But that's just me. :D
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-11-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 269
Posted By QuercusMax
Have you calibrated your hydrometer? Make sure it...

Have you calibrated your hydrometer? Make sure it reads 1.000 in room temperature water (really should used distilled, but tap water is close enough). My hydrometer reads 4 points high, so I just...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-11-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,776
Posted By QuercusMax
Did I just get trolled by ajdelange? I've never...

Did I just get trolled by ajdelange? I've never heard of BJCP judges busting out a gas chromatograph at the judging table, but I suppose it's not *completely* impossible.

Perhaps I should say that...
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