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  1. kscarrington

    Using two yeasts

    Although you have a lower OG batch (NB website says 1.045 OG), using 2 packets of yeast, or a starter, isn't uncommon. With it kicking off that fast, I am curious what temperature the wort was when you pitched the yeast? Since both are an English-style yeast, the flavor differences imparted...
  2. kscarrington

    Cloudy cream ale...

    Several factors can influence clarity. I've found using Irish moss during the boil and an extended primary (3 weeks) results in a crystal clear beer, whether it be in the keg or the bottle. Give it time in the fermenter, and during conditioning, and you will probably see similar results. Good...
  3. kscarrington

    Question about water quantities

    The grain absorbs approximately .1 gallon per pound of grain.
  4. kscarrington

    adding fruit to beer

    About a year ago I made an amber ale, and ended up putting a couple pounds of apples into secondary after I sliced them up and roasted them in the oven. After letting them sit for about a week I bottled it. It had a great flavor, akin to apple pie. I wouldn't worry about the additional sugars...
  5. kscarrington

    Smallest pot for 5 gallons BIAB

    So it looks like I fibbed a little bit (had to blow the digital dust off of my brew log). I had a couple of batches that were 15.5 pounds of grain that I mashed in a 10-gallon pot for BIAB. The porter I brewed had an OG of 1.060. I found I could usually start with about 8-8.5 gallons of...
  6. kscarrington

    Smallest pot for 5 gallons BIAB

    I used a 10-gallon pot for no-sparge BIAB for about 9 months. I think the most amount of grain I was able to mash was about 18 pounds for a 5-gallon batch. You'll be limited on the OG you can squeak out, but you'll still be able to make great beer!
  7. kscarrington

    Lagering

    Just for clarification, a lager is typically fermented at low[er] temperatures (50°-ish depending on the yeast strain), possibly given a directly rest ( depending on the yeast strain, pitching rates, etc.), then dropped down to near freezing conditions for the lagering phase. Once the lagering...
  8. kscarrington

    help with an IPA

    They are relatively fragile - pick up 2!
  9. kscarrington

    How long shall I resist???

    75°C is 167°F - if that's the case, your bottle conditioning should take about 4 days, and your 1 year old has bigger issues than climbing on your boxes! Looks like it's a relatively small beer ABV-wise - give it a week, try one, then try one in another week. Sample as you go, you'll learn a...
  10. kscarrington

    Brewing all grain with Glacier drinking water

    I fixed the he's to she's on your behalf to help reduce the chances of your account being blocked. :)
  11. kscarrington

    Need lager temp for newbie advice

    Awesome, sounds like you're making steady progress! I had to spend some time adjusting my stirplate too, and now it runs like a champ. My second lager was an Oktoberfest. Just pulled it out of the fermentation freezer for a week of a diacetyl rest before lagering. Definitely keep us posted!
  12. kscarrington

    Need lager temp for newbie advice

    And.......updates? Have you brewed your first lager yet? What was it? How did it turn out? Inquiring minds want to know!!!!!!
  13. kscarrington

    1st BIAB help needed!

    The OP is doing BIAB, which is commonly no sparge. I've never done an overnight mash, but when I was doing BIAB, I was starting with 8-8.5 pounds of water at the start of the mash. What benefits does an overnight mash accomplish over a 1-hour mash?
  14. kscarrington

    Priming sugar

    Yes, that's why it's important to try to add your priming sugar based on weight and not volume. That helps to ensure you are carbing to style, without over carbonating or risking bottle bombs.
  15. kscarrington

    Wyeast 1028 fermentation temp question?

    Personally I say wait. At 64° mine had slow yet steady fermentation. Don't pay attention to the airlock activity, watch the krausen and watch what the beer is doing. In a week mine went from 1.065 to about 1.025, which was when I pulled it from the fermentation chamber. If you're not sure, take...
  16. kscarrington

    Wyeast 1028 fermentation temp question?

    You usually want the yeast to still be active, maybe about 80% of your expected FG. Monitor it, and right about the time the krausen starts to fall is usually a good visual indicator. Try to keep it in the upper 60s, and somewhere where you won't get extreme temperature fluctuations.
  17. kscarrington

    Wyeast 1028 fermentation temp question?

    I've used this strain twice in the last couple months. For my most recent Irish red I fermented it at 64° for a week, and then pulled it out of the freezer and put it at room temperature for two more weeks. Just kegged it today, flavors and aromas were spot on for what I was looking for, and it...
  18. kscarrington

    long story.. I'll take your suggestions

    The saison I brewed last fall stalled out around 1.030. I ended up pitching some 05 onto it, which brought it down around 1.014. It can't hurt to try another pith and see what happens. Good luck!
  19. kscarrington

    Crazy fermentation

    Initial fermentation can be quite vigorous, especially when exposed to warmer temperatures. There won't be anything you can do now other than wait it out. I would recommend doing an extended primary to try to let the beer clean itself up, however there's no guarantee. What size of fermenter are...
  20. kscarrington

    Crazy fermentation

    Wide open I can cool my wort down to 54°, even in the summer. One of the benefits of living in Alaska!
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