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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-09-2013, 11:27 PM
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Posted By VTBrewer
At 72 degrees, 280g of sugar will give 5.625...

At 72 degrees, 280g of sugar will give 5.625 gallons (45 pints) a CO2 volume of 4.0. Thats getting up there....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-30-2011, 09:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 430
Posted By VTBrewer
You're best off adding the proper amount of sugar...

You're best off adding the proper amount of sugar to your bottling bucket (after boiling in 2 cups of water for 5 minutes then cooling) then racking your beer on top of it. You can very gently stir...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-26-2011, 07:16 PM
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Posted By VTBrewer
You don't typically use dry yeast to make a...

You don't typically use dry yeast to make a starter, that's why it says you need two packets of it. You can make a starter with your one tube of liquid yeast that will create the proper amount that...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-19-2011, 07:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 767
Posted By VTBrewer
I'm not a huge fan of a test bottle, as its...

I'm not a huge fan of a test bottle, as its really not the same as testing your actual beer. With proper sanitation you're not in any danger of infecting your beer. So....

1. I'd let it sit at...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-19-2011, 06:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 358
Posted By VTBrewer
www.kegconnection.com seemed to be the lowest i...

www.kegconnection.com seemed to be the lowest i could find when i took the plunge.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-19-2011, 06:02 PM
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Posted By VTBrewer
what were your carbing procedures?

what were your carbing procedures?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-19-2011, 05:43 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By VTBrewer
What yeast did you use. A quick google search...

What yeast did you use. A quick google search turned this up, which is an excellent pic of yeast rafts:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=21192&title=1469-yeast-raft&cat=500
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-15-2011, 08:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,518
Posted By VTBrewer
I think the x131 is the more commonly used one. ...

I think the x131 is the more commonly used one. It's in Papizan's book. I'm guessing howerever that all are well with in the margin of error of a calibrated hydorometer and the human eye.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-15-2011, 02:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 315
Posted By VTBrewer
Ah. gotcha. I check my numbers pre boil. ...

Ah. gotcha.

I check my numbers pre boil. You can find a calculator for brewhouse efficiency (theres one in my signature) and figure out if you're going to hit your gravity. Basically a 70-75%...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-15-2011, 02:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 315
Posted By VTBrewer
Can you explain the process you used? I'm not...

Can you explain the process you used? I'm not sure i'm interpreting strike water the way you're intending it.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-13-2011, 01:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 809
Posted By VTBrewer
Yeah, i kinda missed the bubbles on top. That's...

Yeah, i kinda missed the bubbles on top. That's activity and its def fermenting, and probably just fine.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-13-2011, 01:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 809
Posted By VTBrewer
Hmm, IMHO 3-4 days is fair. If its at the same...

Hmm, IMHO 3-4 days is fair. If its at the same exact gravity reading on day 4 as it was on brew day, I'm not sure that waiting 2 weeks gains much of anything....but that's the beauty of this forum. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-13-2011, 12:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 809
Posted By VTBrewer
At three days take a gravity reading and see how...

At three days take a gravity reading and see how it compares to your OG.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-13-2011, 12:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 294
Posted By VTBrewer
While Barleywine is an exmaple of an extreme,...

While Barleywine is an exmaple of an extreme, this is still entirely style specific. Belgians and IPA's are good after a few week, stouts usually at least 2 months for me, other styles it really...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-11-2011, 08:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 535
Posted By VTBrewer
I usually go with 1 oucnce orage (sometimes a mix...

I usually go with 1 oucnce orage (sometimes a mix of bitter and sweet) at about 10 mins. The corriander I crush like crazy and add at 5 mins, but you might want a coarser crush until you get the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-11-2011, 07:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 535
Posted By VTBrewer
Either is fine. I use a fine strainer so that...

Either is fine. I use a fine strainer so that doesn't even get them in primary, but you'll seill rack off them later.

It did tell you to crush the corriander some, right?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-03-2011, 01:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 811
Posted By VTBrewer
Yeah. Search counter pressure filler or beer...

Yeah. Search counter pressure filler or beer gun. There's a post in the DIY section on how to make one yourself that seems fairly popular.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-01-2011, 03:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 598
Posted By VTBrewer
I add honey at flameout. Boiling honey isn't...

I add honey at flameout. Boiling honey isn't particularly conducive to adding honey flavor. I used to do it at 10 mins, but saw a thread on here suggesting flameout and I can get the same amount...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-01-2011, 03:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,078
Posted By VTBrewer
I got mine 3 years ago for $60 on ebay. I just...

I got mine 3 years ago for $60 on ebay. I just searched it and here's the exact pot (obviously not the same 3 year old acution i won).
...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-28-2011, 10:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 404
Posted By VTBrewer
Turns out gauges were broken and what i thought...

Turns out gauges were broken and what i thought was a leak was just me turning the screw about 5 more times after the needle got stuck at 20. backed it off to zero, up to 20 again then a little...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-28-2011, 01:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 404
Posted By VTBrewer
Fail. Everything hooks up fine, but when i...

Fail.

Everything hooks up fine, but when i start to allow air flow there is massive leak between the two bodies. Came preassembled and I don't have a wrench to fit in there and see if its...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-28-2011, 12:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 404
Posted By VTBrewer
Thanks all, there was a washer in the beat up...

Thanks all, there was a washer in the beat up unusable regulator I inherited that i pried out. Thought I'd gotten jipped. Thanks for pointing out where the are. duh.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-28-2011, 12:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 404
Posted By VTBrewer
Thanks guys. And yes, my check valves are...

Thanks guys. And yes, my check valves are swingers and go both ways. So no need to do anything with the center screw before starting air flow? I suppose it doesn't matter with the check valve...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-28-2011, 12:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 404
Posted By VTBrewer
about to keg and confused

I've read as much as I can about this on here but am very confused on the regulator and check valve. I'm attaching a picture.

I have two kegs filled with starsan right now (pin lock cornys). ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-24-2011, 03:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 289
Posted By VTBrewer
I just racked two brews from primary to kegs that...

I just racked two brews from primary to kegs that have been in primary for 10 weeks. I couldn't afford a kegging system, i'm lazy, finally got here last friday, and both beers taste fantastic off my...
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