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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-25-2014, 03:21 AM
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What do you do with the rest? Sent from...

What do you do with the rest?


Sent from my Better Bottle
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-25-2014, 02:37 AM
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Posted By Soviet
Um, Anyone?

Um, Anyone?
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-24-2014, 02:10 AM
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Posted By Soviet
Solvent flavors from bottle-conditioning yeast

Guys, I'm looking for input from anyone that has used dry yeast to add at bottling time. I haven't bottled for years as I've been kegging, but decided to go back and bottle condition some beers for...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-22-2014, 06:54 PM
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Posted By Soviet
Read carefully before making snide remarks. I...

Read carefully before making snide remarks. I wasn't making the argument you're disputing. Of course the mash loses buffering power! That's precisely the reason professional brewers acidify their...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-21-2014, 07:32 PM
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Posted By Soviet
I don't see how this should necessarily affect...

I don't see how this should necessarily affect the volume of your finished beer. I just top up with whatever volume of water I need to achieve my target pre-boil volume, and I don't have to process...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-20-2014, 02:17 PM
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Posted By Soviet
You've got the right idea. Your mash volume is...

You've got the right idea. Your mash volume is somewhat fixed if you're targeting a certain water/grist ratio like the classic 1.25qt/lb given in most literature. The amount of water you use to...
Forum: Introductions 05-20-2014, 01:50 PM
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Posted By Soviet
Yeast is pretty stable. Breweries try to hurry up...

Yeast is pretty stable. Breweries try to hurry up fermentation for the sake of production, but a month-2months in the carboy won't have much if any more flavor impact in my experience. Instead of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-19-2014, 03:33 PM
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Posted By Soviet
Again, there's flavor impact, and then there's...

Again, there's flavor impact, and then there's alkalinity impact. You may very well be right about that quantity. But if you want to be a great brewer, never assume or speculate. Measure.

I have...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-19-2014, 03:23 PM
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Posted By Soviet
I posted this in the other forum, but I thought...

I posted this in the other forum, but I thought I'd start a quick discussion. Let's call it Sparging is for Suckers:

5 Reasons you shouldn't sparge:

1. You have $3000 (more if you modified)...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-19-2014, 03:12 PM
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Posted By Soviet
Do you see a fundamental problem here? Bru'n...

Do you see a fundamental problem here? Bru'n Water is a spreadsheet that's designed to get you in the ballpark (nothing is ever right on in terms of ions), but you don't know where you started and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-19-2014, 02:45 PM
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Posted By Soviet
Yeah, but there's a difference is perceived...

Yeah, but there's a difference is perceived citrus flavor from hops and an acidic sourness from too much acid.

You didn't answer my question directly, but your response suggested you measured the...
Forum: Introductions 05-19-2014, 02:42 PM
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Posted By Soviet
What kind of a vessel is it in? A glass carboy? A...

What kind of a vessel is it in? A glass carboy? A plastic primary food-grade bucket? Darkening can sometimes be attributed to oxidation, although in my experience, as yeast drops out and the beer...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-19-2014, 02:31 PM
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Posted By Soviet
Hops definitely taste and smell citrusy,...

Hops definitely taste and smell citrusy, depending on the variety. I'm a little concerned about the citric acid usage—have you ever acidified your water before? Do you have a pH meter or strips?

I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-15-2014, 09:12 PM
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Posted By Soviet
You're not giving us much to work with here......

You're not giving us much to work with here... can you describe what you do smell? What does it taste like? Are you getting any off flavors or aroma?

Also, why didn't you dry hop it? In my...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-15-2014, 05:22 PM
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Posted By Soviet
To be blunt—it doesn't matter what an excel...

To be blunt—it doesn't matter what an excel spreadsheet tells you, because the math is only intended to get you in the right range from a specific point of reference. The problem is that you don't...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-15-2014, 04:39 PM
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Posted By Soviet
I use store-bought RO water as well, and it takes...

I use store-bought RO water as well, and it takes me 3-4 tbsp of 10% phosphoric acid to bring 15 gallons of mash water + grain down my into the PH sweetspot of 5.25-5.5 with both light and dark...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-15-2014, 03:36 PM
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Posted By Soviet
Just wanted to point out that "dryness" in both...

Just wanted to point out that "dryness" in both beer and wine means the opposite of sweetness. So in effect what you're asking is, "Will lack of sweetness mellow?" The answer is no.

Bottle...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-15-2014, 03:28 PM
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Posted By Soviet
Since you have a ph meter, what was your measured...

Since you have a ph meter, what was your measured PH for this mash? Do you adjust your sparge water with acid also? What is the PH of your tapwater?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-15-2014, 03:17 PM
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Posted By Soviet
Let's put it this way. If you were running a...

Let's put it this way. If you were running a commercial brewery and worried about quality issues, what is the order in which you'd investigate flavor issues? Trub in my fermenter would probably be...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-04-2013, 12:00 AM
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Posted By Soviet
Yes, liquid form. It comes in single dose packets...

Yes, liquid form. It comes in single dose packets for a 5 gallon batch. They cost about $1.50 american at my local shop.



Bach, I certainly don't think you are worrying too much. This is our...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-30-2013, 08:06 PM
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Views: 1,411
Posted By Soviet
Progress update on my clarity problems: this was...

Progress update on my clarity problems: this was a simple yeast in suspension problem. Protein rests didn't seem to help. I went through just about every fining agent (polyclar/diverganF, gelatin,...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-30-2013, 07:33 PM
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Posted By Soviet
Progress update on my clarity problems: this was...

Progress update on my clarity problems: this was a simple yeast in suspension problem. Protein rests didn't seem to help. I went through just about every fining agent (polyclar/diverganF, gelatin,...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-15-2013, 02:58 AM
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Posted By Soviet
I've been brewing on my system for a while, and...

I've been brewing on my system for a while, and I'm still noticing some DMS off flavor issues in my pilsner-base malt beers. I do a 90 minute boil standard, and chill below 100F withing 15 minutes....
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-14-2013, 01:54 AM
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Posted By Soviet
thanks for the kind words. it's a bit of a...

thanks for the kind words. it's a bit of a hassle lift the mash pipe for about 10 seconds because of the suction. but the ability to double your production and split batches, trying out different...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-08-2013, 03:49 PM
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Posted By Soviet
beware of starch

Just brewed a pumpkin ale today. Put about half the grain in the mash pipe, let it settle, put in 2 lbs of canned pumpkin, let it settle, and followed by adding the remainder of the grain. I had no...
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