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  1. FSBrewer

    First time kegging -- need instant gratification

    Pardon my newness to this but what should I purge? Let the pressure down to serving pressure?
  2. FSBrewer

    First time kegging -- need instant gratification

    I just racked my IPA to my first ever keg. It's probably at around 75 degrees I would guess. I didn't add priming sugar, just want to artificially carbonate this time. I initially put 15 psi on it. Is there any way to get *just some* carbonation within a few hours? Beer time is in about 6...
  3. FSBrewer

    Bottle Conditioning Temperature -- 70 or 80?

    Just thought of this, though it seems obvious now -- I think I will do half upstairs and half down, and then compare the results!
  4. FSBrewer

    Bottle Conditioning Temperature -- 70 or 80?

    I just bottled a Brewer's Best Kölsch kit last night (bought this one at a local HB supply store while waiting impatiently for my AHS kits to arrive!). I fermented it in the basement which is in the 70-74 degree range. I'm wondering if I should keep the bottles down there for conditioning at...
  5. FSBrewer

    first time using secondary

    Here I am eight years and 20 batches later, still posting in the beginner's forum! :) I only have one 6.5 gal carboy and wanted to start a second batch one week after the previous, so I figured I'd free up my 6.5 gal by racking that first batch to secondary (in my 5 gal carboy), which I have...
  6. FSBrewer

    Try my cure calculator app!

    Been making bacon and small hams for a few years now. Needed something to go with my beer. :) I made this app for iPhone and iPad for my own use when mixing my cure. I started with dry cure, which is what I mostly do, but plan to add brine curing in there soon when I have a little time...
  7. FSBrewer

    Question about a very small Mini Mash

    The Mr. Beer thread currently has about 5600 replies in it. Has anyone managed to find the mini all-grain post within? I should have saved it when I first saw it about... 4 or 5 years ago, but alas... I've never done all grain but was hoping to find that post to get started. I'm trying to...
  8. FSBrewer

    220v Temperature Controller

    danimal2, Were you ever able to use this successfully at 220V? I am also looking for a 220v temp controller, although I have to admit at this juncture it's not for fermenting beer but for fermenting sausages (latest hobby I'm getting started on). Anyhow, if you were successful, I will...
  9. FSBrewer

    specific gravity after bottling

    I'll try that. Perhaps my memory is corrupt, but I feel the carbonated version is distinctly sweeter tasting than the pre-carbonated. On this next batch I'll fill a bottle and cap it before adding the priming sugar so that I can have a side-by-side comparison down the road. Should be a good...
  10. FSBrewer

    1/2 batch all grain brewing (Mr. Beer?)

    sorry for the double post. Can't find a way to delete...
  11. FSBrewer

    1/2 batch all grain brewing (Mr. Beer?)

    Guys, There used to be a posting on here a couple of years ago (wait, what year is it? Maybe 3 years ago) about how to do an all grain 1/2 batch of beer. It utilized a picnic-type of insulated lemonade dispenser type of thing, and I thought it also used the little Mr. Beer fermenter. I...
  12. FSBrewer

    1/2 batch all grain brewing (Mr. Beer?)

    Guys, There used to be a posting on here a couple of years ago (wait, what year is it? Maybe 3 years ago) about how to do an all grain 1/2 batch of beer. It utilized a picnic-type of insulated lemonade dispenser type of thing, and I thought it also used the little Mr. Beer fermenter. I...
  13. FSBrewer

    specific gravity after bottling

    I took readings before and after on my last brew. Before bottling it tasted very dry, which was great. After adding the priming sugar, bottling, and letting it stay in the bottle for over 3 months, the final product still tastes too sweet, as though all the priming sugar was not utilized...
  14. FSBrewer

    re-newb-ed: extract boiling time?

    This is a dead thread now, but I was just reviewing it and I should post the follow up I promised: This brew came out very clean and smooth, but indeed without much noticeable hop taste. It is a fairly mild tasting beer, but it's definitely very drinkable. It did not come out sweet at all...
  15. FSBrewer

    seeking advice on how to add DME

    The foam (which I skimmed off) doesn't amount to much volume, so I wonder how much impact skimming it off could actually have, unless somehow its content is radically different from the rest of the wort. At any rate, it would be easy enough to add it back later after it's settled down a bit. I...
  16. FSBrewer

    seeking advice on how to add DME

    It sounds like things went very smoothly with my large dry bowl. It clumped in the pot, of course, but the clumps went away soon enough. After I skimmed the foam off (into my conveniently available large empty bowl) it was no different than if I had used LME. Using DME doesn't seem to be...
  17. FSBrewer

    ideal ale fermentation temp?

    I'm a little rusty. Last night I pitched my Munton's gold yeast into a 1.073 gravity ale wort. I cranked the AC in the little storage room I'm using and it got down to about 58F. Is that too cold? I seem to remember "the colder the better" to some extent. What is the ideal temp for an ale...
  18. FSBrewer

    Muntons yeast OK?

    Would there be any harm in my adding some Fermentis yeast in there now? My OG came out too high (unless I measured wrong) 1.073 instead of the target 1.062. I fear I might not have added enough water somehow because it looks rather low in my 6.5 gal carboy. It's been almost a year since my...
  19. FSBrewer

    seeking advice on how to add DME

    Thanks to all who replied. I staged the DME in a big bowl and I feel this was helpful. I used a big flour scoop to help transfer it to the hot water, and this was easy to get any excess DME stuck on it off by stirring it in the wort for a minute. There was quite a bit of foam on top...
  20. FSBrewer

    Muntons yeast OK?

    Last night I made the English Honey Bitter extract kit from AHS. It came with Muntons yeast. I can't remember exactly which one, I've thrown the package out already, but I think it was "gold" or something that made it sound "special." Before pitching I hesitated, because I thought I might...
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