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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-11-2013, 02:53 PM
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Posted By Davida
Dead Yeast?

I brewed a batch of brown ale yesterday using White Labs WL002. I made a starter the day before as always but did not see any activity in the starter after 6 hours. I thought temp might be a problem...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-08-2013, 12:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 436
Posted By Davida
I am happy (and relieved) to report that I awoke...

I am happy (and relieved) to report that I awoke yesterday to my airlock happily bubbling away. 48 hrs in IT IS ALIVE!
Now the waiting game begins. 2 weeks primary - 3 weeks secondary...
Thanks...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-05-2013, 02:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 436
Posted By Davida
Thanks for all the great feedback! One thing...

Thanks for all the great feedback!
One thing I've learned brewing is that you can't rush.
Most threads I saw on HBT had fermentation being slow but working. I didn't see a thread that actually...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-05-2013, 11:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 436
Posted By Davida
No Activity at 24 hrs

I brewed up a batch of pale ale using Safale S-05.
I always make a quick starter when rehydrating dry yeast; 1 cup of tepid water with 2 tablespoons of honey. I pitch the yeast into the starter...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-05-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 491
Views: 25,743
Posted By Davida
Dave A A very cool app! Tie it in with...

Dave A

A very cool app!
Tie it in with foursquare and twitter!
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-30-2013, 01:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By Davida
Late DME Addition

I'm brewing up a batch of Mango Pale Ale this weekend.
In the base recipe, I use a late malt addition of LME at flame out.
However, I have some extra DME on hand.
Can you do a late malt addition...
Forum: Stout 01-13-2013, 11:51 AM
Replies: 1,072
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Posted By Davida
I am enjoying a batch of this now bottled 5 weeks...

I am enjoying a batch of this now bottled 5 weeks ago. I added 4oz of bakers chocolate at flame out. It tastes outstandingly similar to Youngs Double Chocolate. Enjoy!
Forum: Stout 12-11-2012, 01:03 PM
Replies: 1,072
Views: 214,829
Posted By Davida
Cracked a bottle last night to celebrate the PATS...

Cracked a bottle last night to celebrate the PATS dismantling the Texans. 2 weeks bottle conditioning and it tastes awesome!
I added some bakers chocolate at flame out to get more chocolate finish...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-26-2012, 12:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,009
Posted By Davida
I should have said "sometimes" tweak the recipes....

I should have said "sometimes" tweak the recipes. The first time I try them, I do follow them to the letter, and still notice variances in OG.
The tweaks are nothing radical like adding pounds of...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-25-2012, 11:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,009
Posted By Davida
I work from recipes, most right here at HBT. I do...

I work from recipes, most right here at HBT. I do tweak them a bit here and there. But nothing that should affect the gravity so radically.
I didn't think about calibration of the scale. I will...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-24-2012, 07:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,009
Posted By Davida
Thanks for the reply. I have checked the...

Thanks for the reply.
I have checked the calibration of the hydrometer. It's right on.
When I combine the wort with the water I use a whip and stir it vigorously.
I also pass all brews through a...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-24-2012, 05:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,009
Posted By Davida
OG Consistently Low

I have been home brewing for a couple years now and have turned out some pretty awesome brews (thanks HBT!).
I am an extract brewer and always do partial boils (2 - 2.5 Gal).
Almost every brew the...
Forum: Stout 10-07-2012, 01:41 PM
Replies: 1,072
Views: 214,829
Posted By Davida
I steep my grains at 150 - 160 for 30 min.

I steep my grains at 150 - 160 for 30 min.
Forum: Stout 10-05-2012, 01:31 PM
Replies: 1,072
Views: 214,829
Posted By Davida
Going to brew this for the second time next week....

Going to brew this for the second time next week.
First time was awesome but I am looking for a bit more chocolate.
Has anyone tried adding cocoa power at flame out?
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-07-2012, 02:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,018
Posted By Davida
I brewed my pumpkin ale yesterday using 4 large...

I brewed my pumpkin ale yesterday using 4 large cans of Libby's Pumpkin for the 5 gallon batch.
I spread it on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with pumpkin spice and drizzle with molasses then caramelize...
Forum: Extract Brewing 01-27-2012, 05:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 355
Posted By Davida
Thanks for the reply. A few brown recipes...

Thanks for the reply.

A few brown recipes had gypsum added so I thought I would try it out. I am not sure about my water chemistry. I usually use bottled water (Poland Springs).
Since I mixed...
Forum: Extract Brewing 01-18-2012, 03:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 355
Posted By Davida
Bitter Brown

I just sampled an English brown ale I brewed two weeks ago. It seems quite bitter at this point.

Simpsons Medium Crystal Malt Lb
Briess Carapils Malt Lb
English Chocolate Malt Lb...
Forum: Stout 12-27-2011, 03:15 PM
Replies: 1,072
Views: 214,829
Posted By Davida
Mine does not head well either but will likely...

Mine does not head well either but will likely get better with time.
I brewed the extract version on 05-Nov. Primary for 30 days, Secondary for 1-week @ 50 degrees, primed with corn sugar and...
Forum: Stout 11-06-2011, 11:16 AM
Replies: 1,072
Views: 214,829
Posted By Davida
Brew day went well except my OG was off the...

Brew day went well except my OG was off the charts at 1070!
Glad I went with the blow-off.
Forum: Stout 11-05-2011, 11:26 AM
Replies: 1,072
Views: 214,829
Posted By Davida
Trying the extract version of this today. I'm...

Trying the extract version of this today. I'm stuck doing a partial boil at ~ 2.5 gallons. Should I adjust the lactose?

Thanks for the tip on the blow-off tube. I usually just use an air-lock but...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-27-2011, 07:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,314
Posted By Davida
Today I racked from the primary to glass...

Today I racked from the primary to glass secondary leaving most of the trub behind. The trub did mostly settle out and the beer looks great but there is not as much spice taste as expected. The...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-16-2011, 03:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,314
Posted By Davida
I was mostly concerned about any off flavors from...

I was mostly concerned about any off flavors from leaving the beer in with the trub during complete primary fermentation.
Based on all the replies, I will let it go for the full 14 days in the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-15-2011, 12:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,314
Posted By Davida
Pumpkin Ale - Excessive Trub

I brewed a Pumpkin Ale yesterday. I usually let my wort settle out in a settling tank before racking to the fermenter to eliminate the trub. This brew had excessive trub and would not settle out. I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-08-2011, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 668
Posted By Davida
Thanks for the quick response. If I am still...

Thanks for the quick response.

If I am still seeing activity, can I bottle or is it best to wait until there is no activity?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-08-2011, 01:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 668
Posted By Davida
Secondary Still Active?

I have been home brewing for almost a year now with good results. Nothing too complex but real yummy. Extract brewing with some grain adjuncts.

Right now I have an Oktoberfest / Marzen (can't...
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