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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-17-2013, 09:19 PM
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Posted By jwplessner
Did you try to lower serving pressure and purge...

Did you try to lower serving pressure and purge before pouring?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-02-2013, 03:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,159
Posted By jwplessner
You can still do a few things to help. You can...

You can still do a few things to help. You can slow down aging processes, including production of oxidative off flavors, by keeping the beer at steady temperatures, the colder the better in this...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-06-2013, 06:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 483
Posted By jwplessner
A full wort boil is great, even for extract only...

A full wort boil is great, even for extract only recipes. Just remember to check that you're controlling appropriately for things like different hop utilization when you change the process portion...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-15-2013, 03:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 261
Posted By jwplessner
Sulfur compounds are common during fermentation...

Sulfur compounds are common during fermentation but they tend to blow off quickly with age. The off-flavor skunk is usually reserved for UV exposure but maybe what you're getting is more like the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-12-2013, 09:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 549
Posted By jwplessner
Your problem is common with new brewers and the...

Your problem is common with new brewers and the advice above is sound. This is all just to say that you need to limit the possibilities of off-flavor as much as possible and see if you still have...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-04-2012, 02:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 726
Posted By jwplessner
Did your apple juice have ascorbic acid?

Did your apple juice have ascorbic acid?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-01-2012, 05:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 384
Posted By jwplessner
I think it's great that you're going heavy on the...

I think it's great that you're going heavy on the spices since most of the local witbiers are pretty muted. Last time I made a wit it was for the summer and I went heavy on orange zest; your spices...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-08-2012, 04:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,845
Posted By jwplessner
A note on this recipe for future brewers. The...

A note on this recipe for future brewers. The carafa III used in this recipe is the Carafa III SPECIAL, which is made from dehusked grain.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-25-2012, 03:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 908
Posted By jwplessner
I resolved this problem by following advice I...

I resolved this problem by following advice I found in another thread; thanks to day_trippr. The trick was getting the QDs seated onto the post; they just weren't going on until I lifted up the QD...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-19-2012, 03:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 908
Posted By jwplessner
Thanks guys, I cleaned and replaced the o rings...

Thanks guys, I cleaned and replaced the o rings first thing. Thought we were talking about opening up the qd fitting attached to the hose. I checked and switched out the poppets and posts in the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-18-2012, 11:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 908
Posted By jwplessner
Thanks, pics attached. Is there a way to...

Thanks, pics attached.

Is there a way to test a QD without a working system? I'm not so sure I'd be successful taking one of these apart.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-18-2012, 11:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 908
Posted By jwplessner
Opening up the out valve manually results in...

Opening up the out valve manually results in water spraying out with lots of pressure, not just a trickle. I tried multiple QDs to make sure there wasn't a clog there and checked the hose for clogs;...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-18-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 908
Posted By jwplessner
Kegging - used kegs, cobra tap not dispensig

I hope someone can help--going through a lot to figure out this problem.

I purchased four used kegs locally, non-reconditioned but with a perlick serving tube with cobra tap. I filled each keg...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-24-2012, 01:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 853
Posted By jwplessner
If you are subbing for Maris Otter, consider...

If you are subbing for Maris Otter, consider going with the briess pale ale malt vs. briess 2-row brewers malt--they have some similar characteristics. Keep in mind that even more than color,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-23-2012, 04:29 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,844
Posted By jwplessner
Depending on your system you could use S-04. I...

Depending on your system you could use S-04. I would use it if I wanted a less dry american ale, but only with a big pitch, plenty of oxygen, and cold, slowly rising fermentation temps. Even then...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-18-2012, 05:29 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,874
Posted By jwplessner
OP if you want to diagnose excess co2 as the...

OP if you want to diagnose excess co2 as the reason for your off flavor, simply do a side by side comparison of a degassed sample and a fully carbonated sample.

Pour 3 oz into two separate...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-16-2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 994
Posted By jwplessner
With a strongly hopped beer the flavor dropoff...

With a strongly hopped beer the flavor dropoff can be very steep early in the beer's aging process. You can take steps post-fermentation to slow aging. Keeping the beer cold and limiting oxygen...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-11-2012, 05:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,096
Posted By jwplessner
OP, why did you mash again for the partigyle? 90...

OP, why did you mash again for the partigyle? 90 minutes seems like lots of time for conversion. Weird liquor:grist ratio in the original mash?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-09-2012, 04:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 573
Posted By jwplessner
Avoid the rice hulls with the BIAB, especially...

Avoid the rice hulls with the BIAB, especially since this is a proportionally small amount of rice. Instead, just make sure all that gummy stuff is well distributed in the mash.

Out of curiosity,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-27-2012, 06:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,388
Posted By jwplessner
Yep, Philly tap water gets too hot in July-August...

Yep, Philly tap water gets too hot in July-August for immersion chiller only. I started to use a pond pump plus ice water to lose those last 10-15 degrees. I disconnect the immersion chiller from...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-22-2012, 03:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 502
Posted By jwplessner
There's no definitive answer to this one. You...

There's no definitive answer to this one. You could find the recipe for a beer whose coffee flavor matches what you're going for, but even then you're trying to match volume added, strength of the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-20-2012, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,151
Posted By jwplessner
I haven't had a problem with zest gumming up the...

I haven't had a problem with zest gumming up the works or staying in suspension.

Zesting is a lot of work; to get the most out of it, I would add the zest at flameout to keep the aroma and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-19-2012, 04:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 651
Posted By jwplessner
You sure it wasn't dextrose (corn sugar), maybe...

You sure it wasn't dextrose (corn sugar), maybe 4-4.5 oz? If so, I wouldn't worry about it, not that much in the scheme of things.

You won't know whether you need to make a change till you taste...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-19-2012, 12:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 502
Posted By jwplessner
Best thing you can do is provide an optimal...

Best thing you can do is provide an optimal environment for the yeast. If you can control temp, slowly raise the temp throughout the ferment. If you can't do that, try to insulate to avoid temp...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-10-2012, 09:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,366
Posted By jwplessner
If you have any local breweries, visit and order...

If you have any local breweries, visit and order flights. Don't be embarassed to ask questions. People who love beer usually love to talk about it, too.
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