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Old 05-05-2007, 02:12 AM   #21
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My guess is the thermometers/hyrometers. How has the taste been? Have they tasted dry, or is it just the math that's coming out that way?

Beyond that you may be right with the infection.

If not I'll go along with the high mash temp/ carapils solution.

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Old 05-05-2007, 04:24 AM   #22
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It's funny. I've been going for lower gravities, and been getting finals in the mid teens. I'll have to try these yeasts you folks are talking about...

Y.C., I haven't read the whole thread carefully, but I generally put half a pound to a pound of cara-pils in per five gallons.... It's habit, I guess, and I'm trying to cut back. -p

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Old 05-05-2007, 06:08 AM   #23
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Man..nottingham is crazy. I pitched it dry..and not 4 hours later it was bubbling away like mad. It droped 30 points overnight. I will be using it a lot more often. Pacman is the same way.

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Old 05-05-2007, 12:29 PM   #24
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Well, the taste is ok. Actually, the DFH clone was fantastic. But I think the dryhopping enhanced it so much, that it was my best beer ever. BP's 777 tastes fine, but maybe the rye and dryhopping cover any dryness. The FT clone was just bottled the other day- so out of the secondary it tasted like it should have, except a bit dry. I think the Lil Bastard is a bit too dry and the centenniel hops prodominate so much because if it. I told the_bird that it tastes like flowers. It's getting better, but the floral-ness is definitely there and I think it's because there isn't any residual sweetness to balance it out. No gushers or any problems, though. And once it hits the f.g out of the primary, it doesn't drop any more. I left a couple of them in secondary for 2-3 weeks, and the f.g. was the same. The beers are clear with nice head and open with a nice pffft. The DFH clone lasted about 2- 2 1/2 months before I drank it all, and it was still the same at the end.

Again, thanks so much. I'll see what happens next week when I make Orfy's Hobgoblin clone.
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Old 05-05-2007, 05:07 PM   #25
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I had a problem with mash temps and had a longish post regarding it with my solution.


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Old 05-05-2007, 05:55 PM   #26
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depending on your type of thermometer you can adjust them after checking for accuracy.

I have a couple like this and I check them from time to time

Determine your boiling point for your altitude here

Then test your thermometer in boiling water.

Next also test it in ice water. Crush some ice and place it in a glass with some water and leave it for a few minutes.

If you have this same style of thermometer adjusting it is done by turning the nut under the dial face until the needle points to the correct temp (either freezing or boiling)


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