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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-03-2013, 04:21 AM
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The yeast may or may not be dead, but the sugar...

The yeast may or may not be dead, but the sugar should still have stayed in solution unless your FG was ridiculously high.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-03-2013, 04:13 AM
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I'd think it would be something other than the...

I'd think it would be something other than the sugars, yeah. Dextrose is really soluble - did you mix it in boiling water before adding? If not, maybe I could see it falling out of solution.
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-03-2013, 04:03 AM
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Since this thread started, I've learned that time...

Since this thread started, I've learned that time = clarity. A couple of extra weeks in bottles produces very clear beer other than a slight chill haze, and two weeks in the fridge gives absolutely...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-03-2013, 03:59 AM
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Oh wow, I've never heard of that happening. I...

Oh wow, I've never heard of that happening. I didn't know that sugar could re-crystalize after a boil unless it was super-concentrated. Maybe it's other stuff - how long has it been sitting after...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-03-2013, 03:35 AM
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What do you mean you see a lot of residual...

What do you mean you see a lot of residual sugars? Barleywines are supposed to be big malt bombs with a lot of sweetness.

10.5% is pushing it for a lot of yeast, meaning they can barely work at...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-03-2013, 03:32 AM
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No real point in secondary for this beer. If you...

No real point in secondary for this beer. If you really want a clearer wheat, just wait longer in primary and make sure to cold crash for a few days, or alternatively sit the bottles in the fridge...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-03-2013, 03:31 AM
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Make sure to give a long 90 minute boil with all...

Make sure to give a long 90 minute boil with all that pilsner. No big deal working at 5 gallons instead of 5.5, it will just have a bit higher ABV. You'll do well to have a yeast starter at that...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-03-2013, 03:27 AM
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Posted By gelatin
It all depends on how long you had it fermenting...

It all depends on how long you had it fermenting before you moved it down there. If more than 3-5 days, primary fermentation could have been just about done. Often, the primary fermentation will go...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-08-2013, 07:12 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,136
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That actually looks pretty similar to mine, which...

That actually looks pretty similar to mine, which I consider cloudy. For example you can't see the countertop pattern through it except a little at the very bottom where the liquid is thin.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-07-2013, 06:30 PM
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http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/city/en/depts...

http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/city/en/depts/water/supp_info/water_quality_resultsandreports/comprehensive_chemicalanalysis.html

I was going off 2011 report, looks like the 2012 is out now. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-07-2013, 01:17 PM
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I had hoped that getting a wort chiller would...

I had hoped that getting a wort chiller would help, I picked one up after my first three batches and now cool the wort from boiling within 15 minutes very reliably (sometimes in 5 minutes with the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-07-2013, 05:50 AM
Replies: 9
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What yeast was it? Not tasting alcohol in...

What yeast was it?

Not tasting alcohol in your beer isn't necessarily a bad thing; most good beer shouldn't have any alcoholic bite.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-07-2013, 03:35 AM
Replies: 43
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Posted By gelatin
Not being able to produce a clear beer means to...

Not being able to produce a clear beer means to me that there's something attainable and desirable but not understood. I don't mind an unintentionally cloudy beer that tastes great, but I would have...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-07-2013, 03:25 AM
Replies: 43
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Yeast wise, I'm solely a dry yeast user so far. ...

Yeast wise, I'm solely a dry yeast user so far. I use one pack on 2.5 gallon and 5 gallon batches and don't notice a difference there so I doubt it's under-pitching as a primary issue. My most used...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-07-2013, 03:22 AM
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Posted By gelatin
Starsan works as an excellent anxiolytic on...

Starsan works as an excellent anxiolytic on germophobe wives.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-07-2013, 03:19 AM
Replies: 43
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Posted By gelatin
I have trouble keeping bottles in the fridge for...

I have trouble keeping bottles in the fridge for more than a few days. For some unknown reason they disappear after that, so I'll try longer fridge times on some of my current batches and also look...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-07-2013, 03:11 AM
Replies: 43
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Posted By gelatin
I'm brewing with Chicago city water. I'll add...

I'm brewing with Chicago city water. I'll add some CaCl usually, gypsum occasionally, and lactic acid if the water calc says I need it. I only have PH test strips but things seem to be in the right...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-07-2013, 03:07 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By gelatin
Doesn't sound like you made any mistakes so much...

Doesn't sound like you made any mistakes so much as did things a little less efficiently than you could have.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-07-2013, 03:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 198
Posted By gelatin
Rouse the yeast in the bottles by turning them...

Rouse the yeast in the bottles by turning them upside down and very gently shaking them. Do this every day or two for a couple of weeks, if you still have viable yeast they'll carb up. I've had...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-07-2013, 02:59 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,136
Posted By gelatin
Brilliant clarity without cold crashing

I'm 14 batches in and I have yet to be able to produce a beer with perfect clarity. I use whirlfloc and primary for 3-4 weeks. I've tried adding gelatin and waiting a week with only minor effect. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-30-2013, 12:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 527
Posted By gelatin
I agree with Topher on the sub 2-week primary and...

I agree with Topher on the sub 2-week primary and then straight to bottle. I'd also add that weizens seem to carbonate much faster too, possibly because of more yeast in suspension. I've had...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-22-2013, 02:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 784
Posted By gelatin
He has a point. Even a super cheap all-grain...

He has a point. Even a super cheap all-grain batch of fairly light beer is going to run $20 for 5 gallons if you're not buying bulk or reusing yeast/growing hops.

He can save money buying paint...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-21-2013, 01:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 257
Posted By gelatin
Yes, exactly. You might be able to rig some sort...

Yes, exactly. You might be able to rig some sort of setup if you sanitize the ice tray, the water used for ice, and some saran wrap/aluminum foil.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-21-2013, 01:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 369
Posted By gelatin
Did you add a pound of sugar and then boil the...

Did you add a pound of sugar and then boil the beer right before bottling? That would make it sweet.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-21-2013, 01:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 257
Posted By gelatin
Your yeast should be fine. Clean ice would...

Your yeast should be fine.

Clean ice would be fine. How clean is your ice though? Distilled or boiled water in the freezer is not clean, neither is store bought ice. I suppose if you had boiled...
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