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Forum: BIAB Brewing 05-03-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By chitowngator
My first thought was water profile. The first...

My first thought was water profile. The first couple batches of BIAB I did had a grainy taste to them that went away once I started adjusting my water profile and mashing pH. It looks like New...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-28-2013, 01:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,473
Posted By chitowngator
I did a bunch of reading on water pH and...

I did a bunch of reading on water pH and adjustments about a year ago. If I had to cliff note them for you, you add either to bring up your calcium level if it's low to give the beer "crispness." ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-05-2013, 12:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 770
Posted By chitowngator
Looks like the Munich Helles I brewed last month...

Looks like the Munich Helles I brewed last month on WLP860. I pulled a sample five days in and it had only dropped from 1.052 to 1.038. It had a big thick krausen on top.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-06-2013, 12:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,806
Posted By chitowngator
Wow! I'm glad I'm not the only one who enjoys...

Wow! I'm glad I'm not the only one who enjoys the brewing more than the drinking. Although there's nothing quite like opening up that first bottle of a recent batch to see how it turned out, but...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-16-2013, 12:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,579
Posted By chitowngator
Similar problem here in Chicago and got worse...

Similar problem here in Chicago and got worse once I moved from extract to all grain (BIAB). Stouts were fine, but pale beers had a weird twang or grainy taste. Once I started treating my water the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-22-2013, 08:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,954
Posted By chitowngator
Getting trub into your bottling bucket is not a...

Getting trub into your bottling bucket is not a problem, just makes for a beer with a little more sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Just don't be greedy and siphon off the top of the fermenter...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-05-2013, 03:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 308
Posted By chitowngator
If you make a starter with the WLP630 it will get...

If you make a starter with the WLP630 it will get the sacch going and dominate the lacto once you pitch it in the Berliner. If you want your Berliner to be tart you need to let the lacto get a head...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-27-2013, 11:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,006
Posted By chitowngator
I typically get 80-85% efficiency with BIAB and...

I typically get 80-85% efficiency with BIAB and I've done several batches where the bag didn't fit over the pot. I just hung the top over the side and put the top on the pot to keep if from falling...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 01-15-2013, 10:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 645
Posted By chitowngator
I couldn't find much info searching threads on...

I couldn't find much info searching threads on lacto fermentation, but one suggested that lacto has the same gravity as sugars from wort. If that's true the gravity should not change.

Since the...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 01-15-2013, 01:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 645
Posted By chitowngator
I think I have an infection

from Saccharomyces. Sorry couldn't resist :smack:

I did a 7 day, 1/2 gallon crock pot sour mash (with raw pilsner) then pitched it into 2 gallons of low gravity, low hopped wort (Berliner). I...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-06-2013, 02:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 430
Posted By chitowngator
Using a stir plate for the starter? Otherwise it...

Using a stir plate for the starter? Otherwise it looks good to me, but I'm still a novice with lagers. Smoked Helles in bottles, and a Maibock currently lagering.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 12-27-2012, 04:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,479
Posted By chitowngator
Just bottled my berliner that was made in May....

Just bottled my berliner that was made in May. The gravity sample was tart at room temp, but less so coming out of the fridge. While this one carbs up I was thinking of doing another 2.5 gallon...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-16-2012, 02:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 683
Posted By chitowngator
That recipe looks OK for an American Pale Ale,...

That recipe looks OK for an American Pale Ale, 30-45 IBU per Beersmith. The crystal malt (60?) may be a little high and not give you a dry beer which you indicate you are looking for. I'm...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-16-2012, 04:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 588
Posted By chitowngator
I've only had one problem with Norther Brewer...

I've only had one problem with Norther Brewer where they sent my shipment to someone else, otherwise they've been fantastic. Once I inquired about my shipment, they quickly realized their error and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-28-2012, 01:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 592
Posted By chitowngator
I don't think you need to do a 90 min boil with...

I don't think you need to do a 90 min boil with DME/LME. Is there a reason behind it?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-22-2012, 05:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 682
Posted By chitowngator
I'm currently stepping up a starter of WLP860...

I'm currently stepping up a starter of WLP860 with a 4/4/11 date on it. There was no activity for 2.5 days then it took off. I would give it another day or two before you throw in the towel.
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-21-2012, 07:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,991
Posted By chitowngator
Your not the only one. I have irritated dry skin...

Your not the only one. I have irritated dry skin for 2-3 days after fishing bottles out of a bucket of starsan when I bottle. I should start wearing gloves.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-14-2012, 06:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,035
Posted By chitowngator
Congratulations on your first All-Grain brew! ...

Congratulations on your first All-Grain brew! Why not boil up some DME rather than sugar or just leave it as is? There is nothing wrong with a 5.6% beer.

I've used sugar in Saison's to create a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-30-2012, 07:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 323
Posted By chitowngator
You will likely have a lot of unfermentable...

You will likely have a lot of unfermentable sugars and the beer will finish high. How confident are you in your thermometer?

I made a 2 gal BIAB Irish Stout a few weeks back and mashed in around...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-22-2012, 12:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 367
Posted By chitowngator
Too much volume in the fermenter, or too little...

Too much volume in the fermenter, or too little entered into Beersmith?
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 09-11-2012, 01:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,479
Posted By chitowngator
Thanks for posting sheepdawgg, it gave me the...

Thanks for posting sheepdawgg, it gave me the courage to pull out my old crockpot and try a sour mash last night and experiment. I have a 0.5 gal growler bubbling away today. I found that putting a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-26-2012, 07:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,706
Posted By chitowngator
Me three! :mug: Got 82% on my BIAB Dry...

Me three! :mug:

Got 82% on my BIAB Dry Stout yesterday with my first time use MM 2.0. Had similar efficiency when I used NB crushed grains.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-10-2012, 04:03 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,293
Posted By chitowngator
Great Thread! Its nice to know that I'm not the...

Great Thread! Its nice to know that I'm not the only one content with my 3 gallon setup. I did half a dozen Mr. Beer kits then switched to 3 gallon BIAB earlier this year and love designing and...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-27-2012, 02:20 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,586
Posted By chitowngator
Voted for MGD as I normally pick up a 12 pack or...

Voted for MGD as I normally pick up a 12 pack or two during the summer. Just as I submitted my vote I remembered Bells Oarsman. The slight sourness of this beer makes it go down oh so easy after...
Forum: Introductions 05-12-2012, 02:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 16
Posted By chitowngator
Greetings from Chicago

After using this site to troubleshoot why my beers didn't finish the way I expected, and to learn new techniques I've decided it was time to create an account. I'll probably be spending more time...
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