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  1. JesseL

    SRM mystery

    Here's a picture. I'm holding this in front of my stove light.
  2. JesseL

    SRM mystery

    The SRM of 2 comes from brewtoad.com, which actually just folded, so I can't point you to the recipe on their site. I've had some issues with their site before, so it's possible their SRM calculator was wonky. Anyway, I think I've got this one figured out, after going over my notes and...
  3. JesseL

    SRM mystery

    High mash pH probably isn't the culprit, since I keep a close eye on the gravity during the sparge, and it never got below 1.020. Overboiling is definitely a possibility. I'm starting the boil with 6.5 gallons in the pot, and ending with 5.5, which is a 16% boil off . . . and that's too high...
  4. JesseL

    SRM mystery

    Not sure what you mean by direct-fired. Mash was 154 deg F for one hour, fly sparge at 170 deg F. 60 minute boil. Fermentation at 68 deg F, in primary for 2 weeks, dry hop for another two weeks. Bottle condition for three weeks at 68 deg F.
  5. JesseL

    SRM mystery

    I've been working on a single-hop citra IPA recipe, and something really strange happened with my latest iteration. I'm aiming for a lovely pale straw color, and my brewing software said that the SRM for this last batch should be 2. Somehow, it has come out much, much darker; between 8 and 9. My...
  6. JesseL

    Appropriate amount of time for pellicle formation?

    It's only been in the secondary for three months, so it's early for tasting yet. I'm glad to know that some of yours never formed a pellicle; I always figured that the pellicle was a necessary side-effect of the souring process.
  7. JesseL

    Appropriate amount of time for pellicle formation?

    I started a Flanders red back in December (2017). After primary fermentation was done, I racked it to a bucket and added my additional yeast and bugs (Wyeast 3763 Roeselare Belgian sour blend). As of this week, there's what looks like the beginning of a pellicle; an oily sheen with some...
  8. JesseL

    Mysterious black stuff in fermenter!

    Nope, this was Safale US-05.
  9. JesseL

    Mysterious black stuff in fermenter!

    Thanks everyone. I've gone ahead and bottled it. My fermenter is about to get the s**t cleaned out of it.
  10. JesseL

    Mysterious black stuff in fermenter!

    Tastes fine, really. The SG has been stable for a while (this beer has been dry hopped).
  11. JesseL

    Mysterious black stuff in fermenter!

    Hey everyone, I just hauled my fermenter out of the closet for bottling day, and there's something I've never seen before. Check out the black stuff in picture. It doesn't seem to be getting down into the beer, but I don't know what it is. Has anyone seen anything like this? Is it mold? Is it a...
  12. JesseL

    Loosen stuck fittings?

    Is that right? Good to know. I will definitely replace this with a stainless steel coupler. Thanks!
  13. JesseL

    Loosen stuck fittings?

    Thanks! More WD40 (a LOT more) and patience was the key. I sprayed it again (and again and again) and left it overnight. Tried again this morning, and it the fittings separated with a little elbow grease.
  14. JesseL

    Will my freakishly clear beer carbonate?

    Reviving this old post for a moment: the beer carbonated just fine. I did my usual 4 oz corn sugar in boiled in 2 cups water, added to the bottling bucket before racking the beer into it, let the bottles condition for three weeks. All good!
  15. JesseL

    Loosen stuck fittings?

    I need to get the bottom one out of the top one. WD-40 hasn't worked so far. Any suggestions?
  16. JesseL

    Will my freakishly clear beer carbonate?

    I just bottled an IPA that spent about four weeks in the secondary (dry hopping the last two). It was, by far, the clearest beer that I ever put into bottles. I'm trying to RDWHAHB, but I'm worried that the clarity means there isn't enough suspended yeast to carbonate the beer (I used my usual 4...
  17. JesseL

    Primary fermentation going on too long?

    This past Sunday I started an IPA with an OG of 1.068. The wort temperature was 70 degrees and I pitched my yeast around 1:00 p.m. Three hours later I had about a 3/4-inch krausen, which was an extremely short lag time for me. The next morning I had krausen coming out of the airlock, so I...
  18. JesseL

    Air pressure drop! Beer in the airlock!

    We just had a massive storm move in, and I have some beer dry hopping in a secondary fermenter with very little head space. This morning I noticed some beer in the airlock, thanks to the air pressure drop. I'm tempted to just leave it, but is that a mistake? Everything is sanitized, and there...
  19. JesseL

    Fly Sparging With a Small Grain Bill

    So are you saying that the amount of water you're topping off with is half to one-quarter of your pre-boil volume?
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