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Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-04-2014, 09:34 PM
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6 gallons of Dortmunder and 6 gallons of Ol'...

6 gallons of Dortmunder and 6 gallons of Ol' McSquizzy's 80/-
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-11-2014, 05:17 PM
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5gallons of Snaggletooth English IPA

5gallons of Snaggletooth English IPA
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-16-2013, 02:05 PM
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Posted By bmac
The strip thermometers actually give the temp of...

The strip thermometers actually give the temp of the liquid inside the fermenter.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-16-2013, 01:40 PM
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6 gallons of "Monk Punch", Belgian Dark Strong...

6 gallons of "Monk Punch", Belgian Dark Strong with an OG of 1.095:rockin:
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-16-2013, 01:25 PM
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The only thing I would add is to get an adhesive...

The only thing I would add is to get an adhesive strip thermometer for your fermenter so you will know the temp of your fermenting beer.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-16-2013, 07:03 PM
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Posted By bmac
Did you check the calibration of the...

Did you check the calibration of the refractometer with distilled water?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-27-2013, 11:48 PM
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Posted By bmac
I store mine in the freezer after vacuum sealing...

I store mine in the freezer after vacuum sealing them in foodsaver bags. I've used some of them after having them stored like this for just over a year and have not noticed any issues.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-27-2013, 12:32 PM
Replies: 30
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What wad the OG of the beer? Did you aerate the...

What wad the OG of the beer? Did you aerate the wort before you pitched? What was the date on the vial? If your OG was around 1.040, you aerated the wort and the vial was fresh you will be fine. Even...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-10-2013, 09:35 PM
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I put my racking cane into a carboy cap and force...

I put my racking cane into a carboy cap and force co2 into the other hole in the carboy cap and then force the beer into a purged keg going thru the liquid in. You could do the same thing with an...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-08-2013, 02:51 AM
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Definitely get a couple sets of o-rings, a couple...

Definitely get a couple sets of o-rings, a couple universal poppets and some keg lube. I also have an extra gas qc and liquid qc that i use for transferring from my fermenter straight to my purged...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-08-2013, 02:28 AM
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Posted By bmac
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+1
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-08-2013, 02:17 AM
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Posted By bmac
The best way to know when it's done is by...

The best way to know when it's done is by verifying a constant gravity over a couple day period. Also remember, just because you don't see bubbles in the airlock doesn't mean fermentation is done,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-30-2013, 11:20 PM
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Posted By bmac
Have you taken any gravity readings to see where...

Have you taken any gravity readings to see where the beer is at as far as fermentation?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-30-2013, 11:17 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By bmac
A refractometer would work great for that...

A refractometer would work great for that purpose. The reason the readings are skewed after fermentation is because of the presence of alcohol, the reading will be stable just not accurate and thats...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-30-2013, 02:54 AM
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Posted By bmac
I've saved rinsed yeast in wl vials and repitched...

I've saved rinsed yeast in wl vials and repitched them into starters weeks later without any issues so you should be fine.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-30-2013, 02:46 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By bmac
I'm guessing your hydrometer readings are off. As...

I'm guessing your hydrometer readings are off. As long as you have enough wort/beer in your jar to float your hydrometer you are fine. I'm kind of confused on the mash temp question, if you are doing...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-23-2013, 09:03 PM
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Posted By bmac
I cool my lagers to 44* before pitching then let...

I cool my lagers to 44* before pitching then let them rise to 50* for the remainder of fermentation, so you should have no issues provided you have lots of healthy yeast to pitch.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-23-2013, 04:02 PM
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When i rinse harvested yeast i usually use triple...

When i rinse harvested yeast i usually use triple the amount of water to whatever amount of yeast/trub i collected, this way you can really get it all to break up and the trub should settle to the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-23-2013, 03:51 PM
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Posted By bmac
If you still have no activity after a couple days...

If you still have no activity after a couple days i would suggest a yeast starter from a new smack pack and pitch that at high krausen, around 12-18hrs. Let us know how it turns out as far as getting...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-22-2013, 11:41 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By bmac
The main reason you should add more water is...

The main reason you should add more water is because it makes it easier to separate the yeast from the junk you want to leave behind. If you try to separate with equal parts water to yeast/trub the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-22-2013, 09:11 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By bmac
For yeast rinsing you want to boil your water for...

For yeast rinsing you want to boil your water for a few minutes to kill anything that may be in it that could infect your stored yeast. My guess on pouring tap water directly into a fermenter would...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-22-2013, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 486
Posted By bmac
It depends on the OG of the beer and if you are...

It depends on the OG of the beer and if you are brewing a lager or an ale. If you can brew extract you can make a starter, it's not as complicated as you might think. Boil 2 qts of water with 1/2 cup...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-21-2013, 09:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 486
Posted By bmac
I always start my lagers in the low 40's and let...

I always start my lagers in the low 40's and let them come up to 50 and then hold it there until fermentation is complete.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-21-2013, 03:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 318
Posted By bmac
I'm assuming same mash temp on both batches? I...

I'm assuming same mash temp on both batches? I had an issue with low FG on a couple batches, problem ended up being my thermometer was off 5 degrees. Not sure what happened to the thermometer but...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-20-2013, 01:33 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By bmac
I agree with bettersense 100%. I just finished my...

I agree with bettersense 100%. I just finished my first batch in a converted keg and it was so much easier than constantly screwing with the regulator trying to keep boilovers to a minimum in my old...
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