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  1. hufcat05

    Sour Flavor/Cloudy Beer in last two batches - Help!

    Also I should say, I do a full soap and water clean with the soft side of a sponge after every fermentation, figured that would be enough.
  2. hufcat05

    Sour Flavor/Cloudy Beer in last two batches - Help!

    I'll pull the whole thing apart I guess and give it a super clean with pbw, it's just a pain with the plumbers tape, took me forever to stop up all the leaks in this thing...
  3. hufcat05

    Sour Flavor/Cloudy Beer in last two batches - Help!

    I agree, I'm just trying to find the source of my infection because this last batch I went full paranoid and cleaned everything using Iodophor. My typical fermentation process for my Ales is 2 weeks at 65-58 degrees, 1 week at 72 degrees, then keg and slow carb over 1 week. My typical...
  4. hufcat05

    Sour Flavor/Cloudy Beer in last two batches - Help!

    Hello everyone! I'm pretty new to all grain brewing, but I just kegged my 4th full all grain batch today, tasted it, and darnit it was sour again! I'd like to ask everyone what I could possibly be doing wrong and perhaps get a sanity check on what I think the problem is. I think the problem...
  5. hufcat05

    Need help with AG Smithwick's Clone

    Hello everyone, I'm fairly new to all grain brewing, though I do have a fair bit of experience in partial mashes. I'd like to try to make a Smithwick's clone and I found a thread on here that looks absolutely perfect: https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/smithwicks-clone.594395/ My issue...
  6. hufcat05

    Brewed a smokey lager and the smoke flavor disappeared?!

    So I decided to experiment with a smokey lager. Started with a Munich Helles and tossed in some peated malts for the smoke flavor. About 5 days into carbonation phase (12 days into lager rest) I lost patience and tapped it. It had a distinct smoke flavor to it that was very pleasant. It's now 4...
  7. hufcat05

    New Brewer -- What if I don't actually Lager my Lager?

    Just wanted to let everyone know what happened with this beer. I was reading that originally lagers were done in caves at ~50 degrees before modern refrigeration. With that said, I ended up doing a diacetyl rest, bottled everything, waited 2 weeks at room temperature for conditioning and then...
  8. hufcat05

    I think my beer got too warm during a diacetyl rest. How bad is it?

    If this is the best beer I've ever made, I'm going to write a book on "Hot Crashing" your beer, lol
  9. hufcat05

    I think my beer got too warm during a diacetyl rest. How bad is it?

    So... I got home and the beer was at 95 degrees. Still ok? Or is this completely destroyed?
  10. hufcat05

    I think my beer got too warm during a diacetyl rest. How bad is it?

    Good to know. I've done a 72 degree diacetyl rest on every single one of my ales thus far. 2 weeks at yeast optimal temp, 1 week at 72 degrees, bottle.
  11. hufcat05

    I think my beer got too warm during a diacetyl rest. How bad is it?

    So, uh... I sort of built this automatic heating rig using a tilt bluetooth thermometer/hydrometer, google app script and IFTTT connected to a Wink smart power strip which has a 40W heating element plugged in. Basically, I do an internet and it automatically turns the heater on an off to...
  12. hufcat05

    Would love some help saving this beer

    Alright, well I'll give it a shot. Will update in a few days. Someone else suggested I stir up the trub when it gets up to temperature to release some of the dormant yeast, so I'll try that as well
  13. hufcat05

    Would love some help saving this beer

    Glass Hydrometer read 1.020 which is within the margin of error for the digital one. It's a Spotted Cow clone (Cream Ale). The recipe is based on this one https://www.homebrewtalk.com/showpost.php?p=4055670&postcount=275 I converted some of the pale grain to extract because I can only mash...
  14. hufcat05

    Would love some help saving this beer

    This is a lower temperature yeast. I've been trying to keep the temp in the low 60's. Everything I've read thus far says that it can handle this temperature range just fine.
  15. hufcat05

    Would love some help saving this beer

    Hello everyone, I'm on my third batch and this thing is incredibly problematic. First things first, I tried new equipment (installed a brew thermometer in my kettle and added a spigot, bazooka screen for straining after mash). That said, I measured 78% efficiency using the process in my...
  16. hufcat05

    When do I call this fermentation stuck?

    I'm doing an ale. The yeast performs best between 18-20C. I don't know much about how it performs over time, first time using White Labs. I'm just not sure why it would speed up and slow down so early. It's still dropping maybe 1 point every 26 hours or so. Maybe that's what the rest of the...
  17. hufcat05

    When do I call this fermentation stuck?

    Yea, I'm too impatient I suppose, I just don't like the way that curve is trending, but I've only used this for one batch so far so it's not like I know all the kinds of curves I'll see with different kinds of yeasts. The tilt is actually pretty darn accurate, I wouldn't use it to measure OG...
  18. hufcat05

    When do I call this fermentation stuck?

    It's a bluetooth hydrometer that floats in the fermenter that sends a temperature and gravity reading every 15 minutes. I have it set up so that it posts to Google Sheets so I can monitor the fermentation in real time. If you click the link you'll see the graph of the fermentation. It's been...
  19. hufcat05

    What temp does beer freeze?

    The answer is: Lambeau Field in January
  20. hufcat05

    When do I call this fermentation stuck?

    Hey all, This is my third batch ever and my second batch using the Tilt Hydrometer (meaning I can post a live graph of the beer for you to look at below). It's been 36 hours without a change in gravity and I'm starting to wonder if my fermentation is stuck. Here's a link to the live graph...
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