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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast Yesterday, 04:51 PM
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Yup! When I plug in the numbers with the 1.08 OG,...

Yup! When I plug in the numbers with the 1.08 OG, the optimum pitch rate is 302 billion cells, and a 1.5L 1.036 OG starter will fully attenuate out to 316 billion cells at 100% viability, which is...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast Yesterday, 02:33 PM
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Posted By TopherM
Using the Brewer's Friend yeast propagation...

Using the Brewer's Friend yeast propagation calculator, it looks like the ideal pitch rate for this beer would be around 266 billion cells (I guessed on OG, and put in 1.07). Assuming a 1.036 OG 1.5L...
Forum: General Beer Discussion Yesterday, 02:24 PM
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Posted By TopherM
If the fermentation fridge is empty, I'm planning...

If the fermentation fridge is empty, I'm planning my next brew! I don't always get to them as quickly as I'd like, but I have my next recipe figured out like clockwork the week the fermentation...
Forum: General Beer Discussion Yesterday, 02:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 284
Posted By TopherM
In the last major competition I judged, we had a...

In the last major competition I judged, we had a Baltic Porter that ended up in a cider flight. We stopped and did the due diligence to figure out if the brewer made the error in his submission, or...
Forum: General Beer Discussion Yesterday, 02:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 284
Posted By TopherM
It is EXTREMELY difficult to make beer judging...

It is EXTREMELY difficult to make beer judging objective. The BJCP represents a very imperfect system, but is about as good as we're going to get. As such, any realistic person has to expect a...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-09-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 147
Posted By TopherM
A concentration of 2.4% alcohol kills most known...

A concentration of 2.4% alcohol kills most known human pathogens, and if you have something like ebola flying around your house, you have bigger problems than your beer.

Also, most of the wild...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-09-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 155
Posted By TopherM
It's more about the chemical processes that take...

It's more about the chemical processes that take place within your wort during the boil. Not only are you sanitizing the wort during the boil (you don't really want to add unsanatized water...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-09-2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 147
Posted By TopherM
Remember, bacteria are living organisms, just...

Remember, bacteria are living organisms, just like a fly or a elephant. In order to infect your beer through even an empty airlock, there is nothing magical going on. They literally have to land on...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 07-09-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 234
Posted By TopherM
WHOA! That is correct for traditional brewing,...

WHOA! That is correct for traditional brewing, but not for BIAB!

With BIAB, you start with the ENTIRE starting water volume. So, you have to calculate everywhere you lose volume, and work...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-09-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 367
Posted By TopherM
Without the diacetyl rest, you might actually get...

Without the diacetyl rest, you might actually get some diacetyl, but more likely, you'll end up with a sweet, underattenuated beer that is also very difficult to get lager character from.

The...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-09-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 257
Posted By TopherM
If your process in consistent, your efficiency...

If your process in consistent, your efficiency will be consistent, so you're are changing some variable to jump around from 45% to 70%.

The main culprits would be crush size, mash temps, and...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-08-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 201
Posted By TopherM
I use Florida tap water filtered through an RV...

I use Florida tap water filtered through an RV cartridge filter, and have never had any problems. The only real drawbacks to Florida water is the high cloramine content, which is easily filtered out,...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-08-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 372
Posted By TopherM
Maybe look into a Peltier/thermoelectric cooler....

Maybe look into a Peltier/thermoelectric cooler. A glycol pump is going to cost a pretty penny. You could cool the inside of this thing with a Peltier unit and some improvised engineering for...
Forum: Electric Brewing 07-08-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 361
Posted By TopherM
I don't think he's saying it is a 110v 4500 watt...

I don't think he's saying it is a 110v 4500 watt element, it's just wired for a 110v plug. So it's a 4500 watt, 240v element wired for 110v that is now putting out 1125 watts at 110v.

It...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-08-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 128
Posted By TopherM
Do your best to minimize sloshing, but the effect...

Do your best to minimize sloshing, but the effect will be minimal if there's already a good CO2 layer in the headspace to prevent oxygenation. Your trub will probably get stirred up a bit, so just...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-08-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 367
Posted By TopherM
You definitely underpitched, and the lag time is...

You definitely underpitched, and the lag time is to be expected. Even when the fermentation does get moving, don't expect much activity. The whole point of the low fermentation temps is a slow, clean...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-08-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 257
Posted By TopherM
+1. Attenuation is what it is. Adding more of the...

+1. Attenuation is what it is. Adding more of the same yeast isn't going to do anything.

What was your recipe's intended OG? Your main concern here should be figuring out what went wrong on that...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-08-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 128
Posted By TopherM
Did you check the batteries? You're going to need...

Did you check the batteries? You're going to need more plutonium.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/97/Doc_Brown.JPG
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-08-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 100
Posted By TopherM
Is there any frost/ice buildup on the compressor?...

Is there any frost/ice buildup on the compressor? These units are generally not auto-defrost, so you generally need to auto-defrost about every 3-4 months or the temps won't get low.

Otherwise,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-08-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 59
Posted By TopherM
Any high ABV beer is going to benefit from aging....

Any high ABV beer is going to benefit from aging. It will mellow out the fusels and make it much smoother. However, there's no point in dry hopping THEN aging for a couple months. The benefits of the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-08-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 635
Posted By TopherM
I don't see stainless steel on the Hallmark list...

I don't see stainless steel on the Hallmark list of traditional wedding anniversary gifts. I think you're probably in line for something wool or tin. I'll let your wife know.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 07-07-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 407
Views: 45,232
Posted By TopherM
Check out my post #389 in this thread. I summed...

Check out my post #389 in this thread. I summed up the whole thread into one procedure that works with any brew setup:
...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 06-20-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 407
Views: 45,232
Posted By TopherM
You are going to need more than 1 packet of S05....

You are going to need more than 1 packet of S05. You really should have made a big starter. Sacromycese yeast strains HATE the acidity you are about to pitch them in, and they will lag or not work at...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-18-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 256
Posted By TopherM
You can insulate anything and make it a...

You can insulate anything and make it a fermentation chamber, as long as the dimensions are adequate. Plenty of people on this board that have turned console TVs, old amoires, and even old console...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-18-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 479
Posted By TopherM
This guy sells 70 qt rectangular cooler bags: ...

This guy sells 70 qt rectangular cooler bags:

http://www.biab-brewing.com/?page_id=11
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