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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-08-2014, 12:23 PM
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Posted By JakeFegely
I would not worry about that last tiny bit of...

I would not worry about that last tiny bit of attenuation. If you are within .001 of target that seems great to me. I would not mess with adding more yeast and then having to bring the temp back up...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-23-2012, 04:44 PM
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Posted By JakeFegely
I've had efficiency problems with high OG mashes...

I've had efficiency problems with high OG mashes as well. I've read about at least 2 causes. The first is that as you increase the amount of grain (while keeping your boil volume the same), your...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-02-2012, 10:55 AM
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Views: 222,508
Posted By JakeFegely
It does make sense. What you found when you...

It does make sense. What you found when you over-sparged (and your end-running gravity was 30), was that you still had a lot of sugar left in the mash tun by the time you achieved your pre-boil...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-28-2012, 04:49 PM
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Posted By JakeFegely
Paper strips are generally not very accurate. If...

Paper strips are generally not very accurate. If the strip is indicating somewhere around 5, I'd leave it alone. You want to be in the 5 to 5.5 area.

Have you ever done this recipe before? With...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-12-2012, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 732
Posted By JakeFegely
To know what to add you should know what you are...

To know what to add you should know what you are starting with. Ward labs (www.wardlab.com) will do a water analysis for $16.50. (their W-6 analysis). Then read John Palmer's "How to Brew" section...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-12-2012, 04:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 390
Posted By JakeFegely
Yeast do strange things sometimes. I've seen the...

Yeast do strange things sometimes. I've seen the kreusen drop and yet the fermentation continued normally (it just didn't look "normal"). Visual indicators like kreusen, air-lock and yeast movement...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-12-2012, 04:42 PM
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Posted By JakeFegely
It is definitely preferable to start at a lower...

It is definitely preferable to start at a lower temp and allow the temp to rise slowly if needed. Chilling could cause the fermentation to slow down or stop. I've fermented with this yeast at 57...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-11-2012, 04:11 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By JakeFegely
Has the gravity stopped dropping or is it still...

Has the gravity stopped dropping or is it still moving slowly? What temp are you fermenting at?

What grains did you use and what was your mash temp(s)? That will impact whether 1.022 is a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-11-2012, 04:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 560
Posted By JakeFegely
+1 on the Thermopen. It was $95.00, but it's...

+1 on the Thermopen. It was $95.00, but it's accurate to plus/minus .7 F and it stabilizes within 3-4 seconds. I can get multiple readings around my mash tun in 30 seconds.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-07-2012, 04:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 477
Posted By JakeFegely
Kaiser has some good videos on decoction mashing...

Kaiser has some good videos on decoction mashing that are very helpful. I think they are in the sticky at the top of this section.

One thing I notice is that Kaiser (and others I've read)...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-07-2012, 04:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 716
Posted By JakeFegely
There is a good sticky at the top of this section...

There is a good sticky at the top of this section about maximizing efficiency when batch sparging. The sparge /lauter process can have a big impact on efficiency.

The mash process can also affect...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-07-2012, 04:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,977
Posted By JakeFegely
I just did my first oaked bourbon beer ( a wee...

I just did my first oaked bourbon beer ( a wee heavy). I read a number of different approaches. In my case I let it get through primary,then racked to secondary on top of oak chips (that had been...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-06-2012, 05:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 715
Posted By JakeFegely
disney7 - regarding mash temp drops, someone on...

disney7 - regarding mash temp drops, someone on here pointed out that coolers are built to keep things cool, not hot. Consequently the lids are not insulated (doesn't matter if you want to keep...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-06-2012, 04:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,166
Posted By JakeFegely
Pilsner should work fine for pale ales and IPA's....

Pilsner should work fine for pale ales and IPA's. If you are familiar with Troegs Brewery (Harrisburg/Hershey, PA), they use Pils as the base malt for many of their beers, including IPA's.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-06-2012, 04:35 PM
Replies: 329
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Posted By JakeFegely
If I recall Kaiser's information, the sparge...

If I recall Kaiser's information, the sparge efficiency is pretty good (similar) over a range that might be from 40 to 60% (guessing) of preboil volume. At some point it starts to see significant...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-01-2012, 05:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 436
Posted By JakeFegely
My experience with pilsner malt in the US is that...

My experience with pilsner malt in the US is that it is typically not quite fully modified. I therefore always do a step mash if I have much pilsner. If I don't - I lose efficiency. For your first...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-01-2012, 04:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 578
Posted By JakeFegely
You are making you own recipe, so there is no...

You are making you own recipe, so there is no "correct" amount. As you change pils malt to vienna or munich you change the flavor and the color. I'm not a Kolsch expert but that is a pretty light...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-01-2012, 04:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 217
Posted By JakeFegely
You are right with the carapils. Another way is...

You are right with the carapils. Another way is to heat the water and carapils to 150-155, and hold that temp for 20 to 30 minutes. Either way works, but the way you described is usually easier.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-30-2012, 04:46 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 222,508
Posted By JakeFegely
axeman9182 - the reason to aim for 1/2 of the...

axeman9182 - the reason to aim for 1/2 of the boil volume as your sparge volume is that volume provides plenty of water to wash the sugars out of the mash. If the sparge volume gets to be too small...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-16-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 361
Posted By JakeFegely
Since your hydrometer broke and you are using a...

Since your hydrometer broke and you are using a refractometer, my first question is to make sure that you are adjusting the refractometer reading for the alcohol. Refrac's can be read directly...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-16-2012, 04:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 461
Posted By JakeFegely
+1 to g-star. Wee Heavy's can easily be aged 3...

+1 to g-star. Wee Heavy's can easily be aged 3 to 6 months or more. Be patient, it's only getting better.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-03-2012, 04:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 416
Posted By JakeFegely
There are a number of priming sugar calculators...

There are a number of priming sugar calculators available on line. They will base the amount of sugar on style, volume and fermentation temperature. They are also built into most home brew software...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-29-2012, 04:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,666
Posted By JakeFegely
I have used the dregs of Ommegang Witte, as has...

I have used the dregs of Ommegang Witte, as has another poster on this thread. Hennepin is about 7.7% ABV - if I recall. Witte is a good bit less. Because of the higher alcohol in Hennepin, the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-20-2012, 04:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 937
Posted By JakeFegely
+1 to changing the 20L to 40L or 60L. The...

+1 to changing the 20L to 40L or 60L. The current SRM of 5.7 is pretty light - probably a yellowish IPA. Changing to 40 or 60 would increase the SRM and probably get the color moving towards a...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-17-2012, 02:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By JakeFegely
I've used a white pvc coupler and SS threaded rod...

I've used a white pvc coupler and SS threaded rod for over 20 boils. It works great - no problem. The pvc sits above the boiling wort and does not see 212 F.
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