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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-10-2013, 02:24 PM
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Posted By Biggles
Yep, that was it, 1.0005. Thanks guys, I now have...

Yep, that was it, 1.0005. Thanks guys, I now have a much better understanding of the refractometer, and how it works.
I love making beer, every batch I learn something new to use on the next one,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-10-2013, 04:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 466
Posted By Biggles
It's good. Alcohol is less dense than water, so...

It's good. Alcohol is less dense than water, so it makes sense. FG is actually 1.001 when the temp was normalised
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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-10-2013, 12:21 AM
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Posted By Biggles
Update. I took a hydrometer reading. 1.000!!!!! ...

Update. I took a hydrometer reading. 1.000!!!!!
Why is there such a discrepency between hydrometer and refractometer?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-09-2013, 10:10 PM
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Posted By Biggles
I have it sitting at 88 right now, and it seems...

I have it sitting at 88 right now, and it seems to have stopped. I added in some dextrose in solution and the yeast ate it right up, so I'm guessing that fermentation is just done.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-09-2013, 05:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 299
Posted By Biggles
All grain recipe...

All grain recipe (http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/farmhouse-saison-9)
I used Belgian yeast, not French.

Mash was done at 151F.
I'll pull a sample and see how it tastes. I've been using a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-09-2013, 05:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 299
Posted By Biggles
Dealing with a stuck fermentation. What's next?

Oh brew wizards, I have a problem.
I have brewed a Belgian Saison using the Wyeast 3724 on July 21st (which is notoriously sticky), and my gravity stuck at 1.025. I know what I did wrong, and what I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-22-2013, 05:36 PM
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Posted By Biggles
I did that, and it's helped a little (1.025 down...

I did that, and it's helped a little (1.025 down to 1.020). I think I may need to warm up the carboys to get it going.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-22-2013, 04:29 PM
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Posted By Biggles
Two batches, two stuck fermentations.

I'm brewing a Hefe and a Saison right now, the Saison is using the Wyeast Belgian Saison (3724) and the hefe is using the Weihenstephan Weizen (3068).
I pitched the saison on July 21st, and the Hefe...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-22-2013, 07:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 128
Posted By Biggles
I've had that happen before. Give it another...

I've had that happen before. Give it another week. the fermentation is probably just trickling along nice and slow right now.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-22-2013, 06:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By Biggles
the 1L swingtop bottles seem to be able to take...

the 1L swingtop bottles seem to be able to take the pressure, the rest (a mix of 330mL and 650mL bottles) seem stable now. The belgian (Duvel/Draak) style bottles are all intact, thicker glass I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-22-2013, 05:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By Biggles
Wyeast 3711 - stuck fermentation and bottle bombs.

So I have a bit of a problem. I was a couple degrees shy of the ideal fermentation temperature for the saison I brewed, and after 14 days, the gravity was totally stable at 1.017, which is 5 points...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-14-2013, 10:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 25,861
Posted By Biggles
How much of a difference does the double enhanced...

How much of a difference does the double enhanced decoction make to the beer over a simple batch sparge?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-31-2013, 10:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,966
Posted By Biggles
I've been thinking about my low efficiency...

I've been thinking about my low efficiency problems and what I can change, and the last couple of batches have used the dough in procedure you outline, and I have realised a potential pitfall of that...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-29-2012, 11:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,001
Posted By Biggles
Humidity is a concern, I live in Vancouver BC,...

Humidity is a concern, I live in Vancouver BC, and it's wet here, so adding more isn't desirable. It looks like it's going to be nice the next few days, so outdoors is good.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-29-2012, 06:39 AM
Replies: 11
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Posted By Biggles
Well, looks like I will continue to brew outdoors...

Well, looks like I will continue to brew outdoors then. Thanks all
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-29-2012, 05:12 AM
Replies: 11
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Posted By Biggles
Managing steam and boil off.

So this is a totally odd question, but when you lot are brewing indoors, are you using fans or anything to control the steam and boil off (~1G) during a brew?
I've been brewing outdoor on my back...
Forum: Stout 12-26-2012, 11:47 PM
Replies: 45
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Posted By Biggles
I just racked this to secondary and split it to...

I just racked this to secondary and split it to make one half an espresso stout. It was really thin tasting at this point, hopefully that changes.
Forum: India Pale Ale 12-11-2012, 05:22 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 584
Posted By Biggles
Cascadian Dark Ale: Trail Builder Fuel

This is my first recipe post.

11lb Gambrinus Pale Malt (ESB Pale or MO would be good too)
1lb Pale malt toasted at 275F for 40mins.
14oz Chocolate Malt
10oz Crystal 120L
1oz Centennial @60...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-10-2012, 09:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 534
Posted By Biggles
That's what I figured. I Know what the difference...

That's what I figured. I Know what the difference between the two grains is like, and if I had to guess, then the pale will lead to a drier beer that's not quite as full. Since half the batch is...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-10-2012, 09:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 534
Posted By Biggles
Using pale malt instead of MO.

My local brew store uses Gambrinus malts and does actually carry Marriss Otter, but has an ESB Pale Malt, which is really similar. I just picked up the grains for my oatmeal stout, and when I got...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-23-2012, 04:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,945
Posted By Biggles
I wish my CDA was nutty, maybe once it's...

I wish my CDA was nutty, maybe once it's conditioned it will be, fruit is distractingly prominent.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-22-2012, 04:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,945
Posted By Biggles
I made my first CDA, and what I was aiming for...

I made my first CDA, and what I was aiming for was something that would highlight the pine flavours in the chinook hops I was using, and at the same time, really bring out the malt. I also hadn't...
Forum: General Techniques 11-13-2012, 10:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 358
Posted By Biggles
Dropping the AA on the centennials and chinook to...

Dropping the AA on the centennials and chinook to normal low (8/11% respectively) still keeps my IBU at 50, so maybe it's just the residual sweetness of the darker grains dominating. I'll report back...
Forum: General Techniques 11-13-2012, 10:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 358
Posted By Biggles
The chinook was from my homebrew store, and were...

The chinook was from my homebrew store, and were freeze dried. The centennials I dried and froze myself about 6 weeks ago, and I was going off a median value from what centennials seem to be around...
Forum: General Techniques 11-13-2012, 09:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 358
Posted By Biggles
I lowered to hops to correct the BU:GU. Here's my...

I lowered to hops to correct the BU:GU. Here's my recipe:
http://hopville.com/recipe/1657675

It may just be that I wasn't really tasting it because it's just come out of primary. It did taste...
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