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  1. Washington_Brewologist

    Finally got a chest freezer need advice on most effective way to set up temp control

    Hey guys! So I finally found a chest freezer that was big enough for my two fermenters and also has room in case I decide to brew bigger batches. I used my Ink-Bird temp controller on my kegerator for the last batch of beer I brewed so I have a decent idea of how it works. For the kegerator, I...
  2. Washington_Brewologist

    Do flip-top bottles work for bottle conditioning?

    I have read all over the place that flip-tops are an awesome and convenient way to bottle your beer. I went out today and picked up a case and have been filling up my latest Pale Ale's. I noticed as I was filling that the flipping mechanism goes into a couple holes on the side of the neck(you...
  3. Washington_Brewologist

    Brewing a robust porter this weekend and need some advice!

    According to beersmith, for the 13.81 Lbs of grain I need for my recipe, I would need 10.13 gallons of available space in my Kettle/Mashtun. I'm currently brewing with a 10-gallon kettle so I know that something needs to be adjusted. Also should mention that this is the first recipe I'm doing...
  4. Washington_Brewologist

    Brewing a robust porter and need some advise on kettle top up water...BIAB

    According to beersmith, for the 13.81 Lbs of grain I need for my recipe, I would need 10.13 gallons of available space in my Kettle/Mashtun. I'm currently brewing with a 10-gallon kettle so I know that something needs to be adjusted. Also should mention that this is the first recipe I'm doing...
  5. Washington_Brewologist

    Got a new burner (Bayou Classic) need some advice on boiling wort!

    Hello fellow brew nerds. I recently upgraded my propane burner from a Walmart turkey fryer(With a god awful cooking timer which required bypassing) to a Bayou Classic burner. With my last burner, I had to struggle just to keep the damn thing from shutting off during the boil and had no issue...
  6. Washington_Brewologist

    Missed my target final volume into carboy...

    Hey guys! I just got done brewing a hoppy APA and seemed to have missed my target final volume of 5.5 by quite a bit. It looks like I have about 4.75 gallons in the fermenter. I believe I found the error in my planning but whats strange is I seemed to hit my target OG of 1.052 right on the...
  7. Washington_Brewologist

    Missed my target final volume into carboy...

    Hey guys! I just got done brewing a hoppy IPA and seemed to have missed my target final volume of 5.5 by quite a bit. It looks like I have about 4.75 gallons in the fermenter. I believe I found the error in my planning but whats strange is I seemed to hit my target OG of 1.052 right on the...
  8. Washington_Brewologist

    Mash PH question.

    I'm getting ready to brew a really hoppy pale ale today and have a few questions about my mash PH. In beersmith, after all of my mineral additions, it says that my est. Mash PH will be 5.53. I know that the recommended range is 5.2-5.6. Will my mash PH be increasing over the duration of the...
  9. Washington_Brewologist

    I'm using EZ water and have a question about mash PH.

    So I'm trying to start using brewing salts on brew day and started using the EZ water spreadsheet alongside beersmith to help guide me. I seem to have everything worked out in terms of which salts to add and their quantities. I'm wondering if you guys agree with the dude at my LHBS when he said...
  10. Washington_Brewologist

    A couple of options... Need some advice. Pictures included!

    I want to start by saying that I'm in the process of getting a fridge big enough so that I can get on board with this whole temperature controlled fermentation thing. My last 4 or 5 beers have been good, but I feel like the subtle off flavors that I pick up can only be due to my: Set it in the...
  11. Washington_Brewologist

    Add gelatin to keg or to cold crashed fermenter?

    Hey guys! I have an Irish Red that has been cold crashing for over 48 hours. This is my first attempt at cold crashing and I'm curious if you guys add gelatin to your fermenters or to your keg after racking? Also, I couldn't help wondering if making the gelatin solution and adding it to the keg...
  12. Washington_Brewologist

    Batch #10 Pale Ale... I need some input on my recipe choices!

    This will be my 10th batch and I'm trying to brew up a really tasty hop bursted APA. I also took my first stab at creating a recipe based on all of the stuff I've learned over the last 3 or 4 months. I'm wondering if you guys think Simcoe would work as a good bittering hop in this recipe? If you...
  13. Washington_Brewologist

    OK. I'm done letting my beer sit in the garage while praying to the temperature gods for mercy.

    I'm ready to make a solid purchase that I know will pay for itself in no time. I'm looking at all of my options over these different sites and need some help on making the right decision for my set up. I'm brewing 5 or 6-gallon batches on a regular basis and have two fermenters always filled...
  14. Washington_Brewologist

    I'm not used to my beer finishing this quickly... Need some advice. (Pics Included)

    Hey guys! So I just got done checking up on the beer I brewed on July 2nd(8 days ago) and have a few questions about my findings. The recipe was the Raging Irish Red Ale recipe gifted to us by user Mysticmead back in 2011. To make sure I wasn't just replicating the same recipe I substituted the...
  15. Washington_Brewologist

    I need a good recipe for these 4oz of Denali hops a friend just gave me...

    I'm a 5-6 gallon BIAB fiend. I was just gifted 4 oz of some Denali hops from a buddy and would love to know what you guys think I should pair them with.
  16. Washington_Brewologist

    Should I harvest the entire yeast cake?

    Sorry if this is a dumb question. I've just kegged an IPA that has been sitting in the primary for 2 1/2 weeks and I'd like to try and save some money by harvesting the yeast. At the moment I've got about 1 or 2 inches of green beer sitting on top of about 5 fingers worth of trub in a 6-gallon...
  17. Washington_Brewologist

    Yeast starter seems to have finished the fermentation way quicker than anticipated...

    So I'm new to using yeast starters and I pitched my first one into an Irish Red that I brewed on Monday 7/2. I was pleasantly surprised to see how vigorous the fermentation was @ 7 hours into it and by 20 there was about a 4-inch krausen. Now on day 4, there is barely any activity coming from...
  18. Washington_Brewologist

    Stay with BIAB... Or move on to "Regular" all grain brewing?

    Due to space and inexperience, I quickly gravitated towards the BIAB method and grabbed myself a 10-gallon kettle and a bayou classic burner. I have about 10 brew days with the BIAB system under my belt and can't complain about the results. My question is one that most homebrewers probably go...
  19. Washington_Brewologist

    Is it ok to let fermentation temperature drop a bit after primary has completed?

    I have an IPA that I have been fermenting in my garage for the last week. Temp during primary was hovering around 68-70 no problem there, I then wrapped it in a blanket and stuck it in a dark corner of my garage. When I checked on it today I noticed the temp had dropped to 64 degrees... Do you...
  20. Washington_Brewologist

    Safe to use a carboy with visible scratches on the inside?

    I picked up a used carboy for really cheap at a garage sale yesterday and due to the lovely price, I guess I missed spotting the scratches on the inside of the fermenter. I remember reading somewhere that scratches can harbor old bacteria or yeast from previous batches. I'm wondering what you...
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