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  1. steelerguy

    Cane sugar in starter

    I need to make a starter and find myself without much DME. I want to make a large 1 gal. 2 step starter for a Belgian Dark Strong. Was thinking about doing a mini mash with 1 lb. of grain I have sitting around and adding about 5 oz. of cane sugar with a good amount of yeast nutrient (and one...
  2. steelerguy

    New single tap to triple tap, what do I need?

    I have been doing some reading on what I will need, but wanted to get it verified and see if the more knowledgable and any tips or hints. I just purchase a single tap kegerator, but want to convert it to a triple tap (it does have room). I was going to buy a triple tap upgraded perlick...
  3. steelerguy

    Making starter from stalled yeast and repitching

    My saison decided it was done at 1.030, that was 3 weeks in primary ramped up to 90 degrees. It just wasn't going to go any further, no change over the last week. I was racking the beer off the cake and going to pitch champagne yeast to dry it out. Then I decided why not take the yeast from...
  4. steelerguy

    Krausens gone bad...

    I brewed an IPA this weekend and pitched yeast on Sunday night. The next day the krausen went nuts and some exited the blow off tube on my 6.5 gal carboy. It calmed down a bit and all looked normal, then last night the krausen made a second charge into the blow off tube and it is getting even...
  5. steelerguy

    Starter took forever to start, still good?

    Looking for some opinions on this situation. I got a vial of White Laps WLP001 for a 1.067 OG IPA. I made a starter at 1.037 and put it on my stir plate. About 10 hours later there was no activity and the gravity was still the same. Looked at it again at about 12 hours and still no visible...
  6. steelerguy

    IPA hopping schedule

    I ordered the ingredients to brew this: Batch size: 6.0 gallons OG 1.067 FG 1.017 Color 6° SRM Mash Efficiency 75% 12.5 lbs. American Two-row 1.5 lbs. American Munich 1.5 lbs. American Crystal 10L .5 lbs American Crystal 40L 1.5 oz. Chinook 13.6 60 mins 1.0 oz. Centennial...
  7. steelerguy

    Saison Troubadour (first Saison)

    Just got this in the fermenter and pitched the Wyeast 3724 tonight. Batch size: 6 gallons 10 lbs. Belgian Pils 1 lb. Flaked Wheat 1 lb. Munich Malt 1 lb. Cane Sugar 2 oz. Caramunich III Total - 12 lbs. 2 oz. grain, 1 lb. sugar 60 mins 1.0 oz. Perle 8.0 1 min 0.5 oz...
  8. steelerguy

    Long diacetyl rest

    I am in the process of fermenting my first lager and had a question about using the diacetyl rest as an excuse for finishing the fermentation. :) The beer is a doppelbock and had an OG of 1.083. After 3 weeks at 50 degrees the fermentation had really slowed down, krausen dropped, yeast...
  9. steelerguy

    Hydrometer correction factor

    I didn't know you needed to figure a correction factor for your hydrometer until after doing some reading here. Have done this for a couple batches now and mine seems to be about 93%. Meaning, whatever I read on the hydrometer, after I let it sit for a few mins to cool, I multiple by .93 to...
  10. steelerguy

    Big lager yeast starter

    I am going to be brewing a doppelbock next weekend and I need to start thinking about the starter. I have one smack pack of Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager. I am going to be shooting for around 1.085 for the OG and will need about 600 billion little yeasties working for me. Using the Wyeast...
  11. steelerguy

    Help with doppelbock

    Want to brew my first lager and would like to start with a doppelbock. What do you people think about this: Malt 59% 11 0 Munich Malt 32% 6 0 German Vienna 3% 0 8 Weyermann Caramunich I 3% 0 8 Weyermann Caramunich II 3% 0 8 Weyermann Caramunich III 1% 0 4 Weyermann...
  12. steelerguy

    Captain Lawrence Brewing Company

    Went to a beer dinner tonight and had the opportunity to try some of their beers. I doubt you can get it in many places, but they have some awesome brews. I had 5 total: Liquid Gold - Belgian Pale Brown Bird Brown Ale - English Brown Ale Nor' Easter Winter Warmer - Belgian Specialty Ale...
  13. steelerguy

    Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA

    Is it sacrilegious to think Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA isn't that good? From a lot of the talk on here I was thinking it was the holy grail of American craft beer. I bought a $10 bottle and thought it was a sweet mess! Okay, it wasn't bad, but it was certainly an over sweet barely wine to my...
  14. steelerguy

    Epic 8s

    Going to brew my Stony 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale tomorrow. Here is the recipe I worked up: Recipe: Epic 8s Brewer: steelerguy Style: Belgian Specialty Ale TYPE: All Grain Recipe Specifications -------------------------- Batch Size: 5.50 gal Boil Size: 7.60 gal Estimated OG...
  15. steelerguy

    Wyeast 1388 - Belgian Strong Ale

    I have noticed something strange about this yeast and wonder if it possibly contains two different strains. The first time I used it, I made a starter and then cooled it so I could decant. A lot of the yeast dropped out quickly but even after 12 hours a lot was still in solution. Since I had...
  16. steelerguy

    My Belgian Strong Ale (Wyeast 1388) yeast starter

    Making an AG version of my Belgian Hose Water recipe. (so named because my chiller leaked putting water straight from the hose into my cooling wort) Decided to take some pictures of the starter as it progresses...so why not share? Here is the starter (1/3 gallon 1.3 cups DME) with my...
  17. steelerguy

    Low alpha hops from store

    So I just purchased all the ingredients from NB for a Belgian Strong Ale I am going to be doing. I purchased 3 oz. of Saaz thinking that should be enough to hit my IBU target of 35. They list the average alpha as being 3.0-4.5%. I got 3 ounces of 2.5%. I also ordered an ounce of Styrian...
  18. steelerguy

    Opps...cooked the yeast!

    So I was getting ready to brew my Porter recipe this past Saturday and while I was working on my brew day schedule (yes I make notes for myself so I don't forget anything) I took my yeast out and smacked the pack. I had the brilliant idea of placing it on my external HD to get it warmed up a...
  19. steelerguy

    Any other Crossfitters out there?

    Was thinking about today's workout and was just wondering if there are any other home brewing, beer swilling, Crossfitters out there?
  20. steelerguy

    Clearing beer before bottling

    I forgot to add Whirfloc to my an AG APA I made about a month ago. It sat in the primary for a little over a week and then I moved it to the secondary. It has now been sitting in there for about 3 weeks and although there is a good deal of yeast on the bottom the beer is still completely...
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