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  1. MSKBeerfan

    Termination of Fermentation Early

    How often (If at all or all the time) are you terminating fermentation prior to completion? I have had a number of brews where the Yeasties each so much of the sugar the final product is actually dry... While I love High ABV, but the goal is to achieve an equal balance of flavor, sweetness...
  2. MSKBeerfan

    Pre boil - Post Boil OG

    Just curious to see who is taking pre-boil SG readings along with Post-Boil SG readings (which I believe are OG Readings) and what the difference should be for boil off?
  3. MSKBeerfan

    Poor post boil yeild need advice

    Okay so need some advice before I attempt another brewing session. I have not yet checked on Beer Smith to see what adjustments may be needed. I calculated a 6 gallon batch on Beer Smith of a mildly hoppy IPA. Collected 8 gallons of Wort. My issue is rapid boiling... In the 55 minutes...
  4. MSKBeerfan

    Keg Beer Storage without refrigeration

    So I have what i think is a small problem and certainly can't be the first... I am providing beer for a friends wedding and will have about 6 Sixtels when I am done. I kegged two Sixtels of a bourbon stout that I make, carbonated it and left it sit in the corner of my basement. It's been their...
  5. MSKBeerfan

    Yeast dropped out overnight

    I brewed a 5 gallon batch (Stout) yesterday afternoon and used a package of Danstar Windsor Ale Yeast. I hydraded the yeast and did a starter at the beginning of the brew day and left it on the stir plate while brewing. cooled the wort, oxygenated the wort and pitched my yeast starter which...
  6. MSKBeerfan

    I can't Serve This...

    I purchased and brewed a Northern Brewer all grain kit, Kiwi Express and they descibe it as totally "Unique" I think it's totally Awful... I need to hid some of the "Unique" flavors that this beer has... Citrus is there but also a bit of a vegetable taste that leaves for a lasting unplesent...
  7. MSKBeerfan

    Hydrometer reading vs Refractometer

    I was reading some posts about stuck fermentation and it referecned something about prefered measures with Hydrometers vs. Refracometers. Can somone explain if there is a prefered method and why one may be more reliablie than the other? I have both and have been leaning toward using my...
  8. MSKBeerfan

    Why a 60 minute boil?

    Why do we generally do a 60 minute boil of the wort? what would be the positive / negative effects if we did a 45 minute boil? my my mindset, the SG would be higher, you may have a thinner beer... but would that still not be long enough to kill off any bacteria? just curious, your thoughts?
  9. MSKBeerfan

    3 weeks til I need to deliver beer for a wedding

    I have a friend that has asked me to make a beer for his daughters wedding. Due to lifes schedule I am really late in getting this started. He wanted a Lager but that is not going to happen. I need something similar without any hops and something that can be pushed along and still deliver a...
  10. MSKBeerfan

    Cold Break & Plate Chillers

    I love a crystal clean looking beer and have invested in a Super Jet filter to remove all remaining yeast before I keg, but I find I am still getting a lot of Chill Haze in my beer. I utilize a plate chiller so I have no real way of getting rid of cold break? Does this make sense to you and or...
  11. MSKBeerfan

    WLP550 Belgin ale yeast

    I pitched a dual starter of WL550 Belgin Ale yeast (I love this stuff) to a 10 Gallon batch of an Imperial 1.078 IPA on Sunday and wow did this take off, Blew the bung out of the top of the Conicial Fermenter and the temps rose to 96 degrees for about 8 hours... I managed to get the temp...
  12. MSKBeerfan

    Dry Hopping is chaning the taste of my beer

    I have been all grain brewing for several years now (3) and I recently started to dry hop after primary fermentation is completed. I have a temp controlled stainless fermenter so I just drop the yeast cake out over the course of fermentation and add a "Sanitized" bag of pellet hops for 7 to 14...
  13. MSKBeerfan

    Conical Fermenter

    Who on the forum is using a conical fermenter for primary? I picked up a temp controlled conical used, manufactured by MoreBeer. I love this thing but have a heck of a time trying to rack off the yeast using the 1 1/2 inch drain on the bottom. I was thinking of adding a port to the top to...
  14. MSKBeerfan

    Stainless Braided Hose in Boil Kettle?

    I know a lot of all grain brewers using Igloo coolers are using Braided Stainless Hoses for filters in the bottom of there Mash tanks. Has anyone out there tried this same idea for the boil kettle? I am using an all electric set up with a Hop Stopper and once the top of the stopper is exposed...
  15. MSKBeerfan

    12 days and still going...

    I brewed a Beet IPA back on September 4th, 12 days ago and it's still fermenting. Not like others I have brewed, this one has and still has a nice layer of Krauten on the top but not a lot of activity in the air lock. The activity has decreased but still there. I don't have a thermal way of...
  16. MSKBeerfan

    Plate chiller and cold break

    I purchased and used for the first time last weekend a 30 plate chiller on a Rye IPA that I brewed on Sunday. It is great and reduces temp faster than I could imagine. But, my beer has never been more cloudy in the primary. I am using a CA Ale Yeast WP5001 which I have used before. The receipt...
  17. MSKBeerfan

    Trying to Salvage my Wort

    I brewed on Sunday with a new system and way under estimated the boil off and ended up with less than 4 gallons of wort. My SF gravity was over 1.060 and much higher than anticipated... I tasted the wort after chilling and it has a very strong grain flavor. I pitched my starter in and within...
  18. MSKBeerfan

    Expired Yeast WLP001

    I had planned on brewing today but yesterday when I built my starter I noticed both of my yeasts were out of date. I had a one that was best by Nov. 2010 and one that was best by March 2011. Its been twenty-four hours and there not doing anything. Worse yet, the yeast looks brown on. The...
  19. MSKBeerfan

    Keggle with extras

    Moving to an all electric set up and selling my Keggle, comes with a weldless therometer, hop screen (Home made with pick up tube) Insulated lid and volume gauge. Very good condition, no dents or damage, needs a good cleaning and with some elbow work, would shine like chrome. $150.00 picked...
  20. MSKBeerfan

    Alternative heating element?

    I am looking for a suitable alternative or a source for the heating elements Kal calls for in his "Electric Brewery" I have searched high and low and can't find the camco #02963 5500W 240VAC - 4500W seems to be available but would take more time to heat which I would like to avoid. Any...
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