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  1. EtchyLives

    WLP 037 Yorkshire Square Yeast Results

    So, I finally got around to using this yeast in my ESB. I've been anticipating doing this beer since I got this yeast almost a year ago, since it's my house beer, and it's a yeast I've been waiting a long time to use. I really, REALLY, wanted to like this yeast. I wanted to fanboy all over the...
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    Campden after the mash?

    Doing up my Norwegian wheat and during the batch sparge I smelled something I haven't before... Oops I forgot to add a campden tablet to the sparge water. So I quick crushed one up into the wort. Will this work? No scent of chlorine coming from the wort. Also, this confirms for me that our...
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    Gambrinus ESB Pale Malt... The smells!!

    I used GEPM awhile back but moved to more readily available Maris Otter for the last couple years. Got another couple sacks of GEPM to mix things up after a hiatus and made a wort with 94% base Malt. The grain smell was unbelievably good. All the scents normally attributed to MO in spades with...
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    Hydrated dry yeast pitching

    So I've been brewing for quite awhile, many times with dry yeast. I've started following the instructions from the manufacturer for hydrating and always had good yeast action. Today I had a first. I mixed up a 2-pack hydrated batch of S-04 and followed the instructions. 15 minute soak, then...
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    What the what?!?! A tasty extract brew

    OK, full disclosure: ever since I switched to All-Grain a few years ago I've been had a snobbish mindset about it. Although I would never, EVER, talk down to a fellow brewer about their choice of process for making beer, in the back of my head I've consistently thought of extract brews as...
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    How has brewing changed you in other aspects of life?

    I've been brewing for eight years now and the attention to detail, measuring, and desire for a little bit superior product or process has seeped into a couple of other parts of my life. Coffee. I started doing pour over coffee and the next thing I know I'm on YouTube looking up process videos...
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    Happy Snow Time in the Mid-Atlantic

    These people... I grew up in rural Minnesota. Other than blizzard-like conditions or more than a foot of snow or that one time in 1996 when it got down to -60F the show went on. School might be an hour or two late, or stores might close a little early if there was more than 6"of snow. Now I...
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    Best Practices for Sanitizing Fermentation Chamber

    Just kegged my tripel and need to clean out my fermentation chamber something fierce. What are your best recommendations to get any residual unwanted beasties out of my ferm chamber (converted freezer with heating pad controlled by a STC-1000+)? Due to warmer temps (68°-76°F), high gravity...
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    Invert Sugar Recipe

    Trying out a new science experiment today. I need invert sugar for my beer recipe (since invert sugar supposedly converts to alcohol easier for the yeasties). Usually I buy the 1 pound bags of the stuff from my brew store but that costs about $8. So this time I looked up some info on the...
  10. EtchyLives

    Tripel Recipe (BLaM Inspired)

    Just got back from a year hiatus from brewing and ready to kick off the season with a Belgian Tripel. I just finished up Brew Like a Monk and am taking a shot at my own Tripel recipe, inspired from my reading. The idea behind this is to use three grains, three sugars, and three yeasts, and three...
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    What to expect from 65 minute steep

    I wasn't able to run my immersion chiller for over an hour after flame out so my 5-minute hop addition (1 oz Fuggles) sat in near-boiling temp wort with the lid on for 65 minutes. What can I expect? I was brewing last night and due to a series of stuck sparges it took longer than expected. So...
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    Dry hopping and barrel aging

    I've got my barleywine fermented out and it's decision time. The recipe calls for dry hopping for a few days but I'm also planning on leaving it on bourbon dishes oak cubes. What order do you all recommend? 1. Dry hop as scheduled then leave it on oak for a month or so. Then keg and let it age...
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    Wort dropped to 36°F with yeast

    Please allay my fears: Will my yeast still be viable once the temperature of my wort warms back up? This morning it was at 36°F. I reprogrammed and it's warming back up, I just need to know if I should plan to re-pitch some yeast or not. Last night I finished up brewing a Centennial Blonde; I...
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    UPS for Fermentation Chamber

    What size/brand UPS should I use for my fermentation chamber? It appears that the power to my fermentation chamber is tripping slightly. When this happens it resets my STC-1000 back to the beginning of the cycle. Since I set my temp for primary fermentation it's not really a concern of bad...
  15. EtchyLives

    Specialty IPA: Belgian IPA Texan Punk Monk

    This was originally posted by Brew Dog as part of their tranche of recipes they released in 2016. Due to a lack of Ahtanum hops at my LHBS I subbed out for Amarillo. It worked really well. Malt: 12 Lbs Pale Malt (L.D. Carlson German Pale Ale Malt in my case) Hops: 0.62 Amarillo @ 60min 0.50...
  16. EtchyLives

    I got better at this

    I started homebrewing back in 2010 when a friend introduced me to it. At the time I thought it was the coolest thing ever to brew my own beer, and it was easy enough to do, even in my apartment. My first couple beers were classic homebrew made with extract with all the typical mistakes. I did...
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    Fruit punch keg

    I picked up a keg from my lhbs and noticed right away that it smelled of fruit punch. I cleaned it out with oxyclean and filled it up with my terrapin rye. Apparently not well enough and my beer just got dumped because rye flavored fruit punch is gross. I haven't given up on the keg but need to...
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    Need to increase AG capacity and need sugggestions

    Short story: I need to increase my ability to mash and boil from 5 gallons to 10 gallons/day. Looking at a small grain bill of 18 pounds of grain per batch. Current equipment: 15g Kettle 10g Cooler Mash tun 1 Burner Proposed equipment upgrades 15g brew kettle +1 Burner +1 This way I can start...
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    Maryland Compact 25' immersion chiller

    I am selling a copper 25' compact immersion chiller that is perfect for partial boil and also usable for full boil. $40 It is completely copper and has the hose fittings. It has never leaked on me and works well. The only reason I'm selling is that it is a bit too small for my new 16gal...
  20. EtchyLives

    Christmas Beer Thoughts

    I'm thinking about changing out the yeast on a proven recipe and would like your thoughts. Yes, changing things to suit our needs/desires is what we do here but I'm looking for feedback on my thought process. Background: My LHBS has a recipe called "Your Christmas Goose is Cooked" which I...
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