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  1. ByramMike

    Dry hopping with a lot of headspace?

    Chances are you will not oxidize the wort when adding the hops. During fermentation, as you've stated, CO2 stays on the surface of the beer... as long as you are not stirring or splashing the hops in, you'll be fine. Cover when you are done and let the pressure build back up and start pushing...
  2. ByramMike

    Safale S04 Yeast Newb Question

    theseeker4 is correct, but recall that the fermentation process also yields carbon dioxide, and that stays as a layer over the top of the fermenting beer. You don't want to mess with it, as theseeker 4 says, but as long as you don't start stirring the beer up or gaze lovingly for too long at the...
  3. ByramMike

    Bucket fermentation time & bottling sugar amount

    Another option is carbonation tabs, or Cooper's carbonation drops. You will not always get the spot on carbonation the style calls for, but it beats measuring out sugar bottle by bottle. Just let the fermenter warm to about 60*, maybe a bit more, and start your bottling process... put a carb...
  4. ByramMike

    Cleaning with OxiClean

    I've used oxyclean for 4 years now... I use it to clean everything. I don't soak anything in it for more than 15 minutes as it does leave residue - and I rinse everything that's come in contact with it. For kettles, I put a gallon in one vessel, scrub like heck and clean it up, and dump it into...
  5. ByramMike

    Convert Doppelbock to an Ale - Please Help

    If you end up brewing both, put the Doppelbock in the chamber (assuming it's refrigerated and can maintain temps between 45*f and 55*f), and leave the trappist to ferment in a room 65*f to 75*f. If you can rig up a swamp cooler (a bucket with water and ice, and a towel to cover the fermenter) to...
  6. ByramMike

    Gravity readings and losing CO2?

    I've never worried about oxidation during gravity tests, and for a couple of reasons. First, there is CO2 present in the beer as a result of fermentation... it rises and maintains a layer over the beer. CO2 is heavier than O2 so it stays low. Second, I do not stir the beer (or wort) to allow...
  7. ByramMike

    BeerSmith Software

    It's an uber light version of the PC version. I bought it, played with it a bit, then deleted it. I used it to record some recipe ideas I sometimes get drinking beer in airports... I don't recall if it had a the notes section like the PC version does.
  8. ByramMike

    Hydro reading

    You'll need to plug your recipe into a calculator to make that determination. If you are not using a software, like BeerSmith, look at John Palmer's book, "How to Brew". He includes the efficiency calculations... you can try to build it. However... I recommend a recipe software that will...
  9. ByramMike

    So I sampled before bottling and....

    IPA's get some interesting flavors, unless it's a hop bomb, and then it's just that. The flavors are coming from the hops and yeast... influenced by the temperature the wort was fermented. ChemErik hit it on the head, the flavors and bitterness change over time, especially lighter beers. Don't...
  10. ByramMike

    Newbie Question on stout recipe design

    I agree with ChemErik... too much on the roasted malt. The 1# is too much for me, but hey, this is your brew... give it a go and if you don't like it, drink up this batch, and adjust on the next one. Home brew experiments are delicious!
  11. ByramMike

    FG off (what am I doing wrong?)

    Give it a week to finish up.
  12. ByramMike

    A Multi-Rest Mash Somewhat Pointless?

    I had a similar experience with my multi-rest experiments. The higher multi-step mash rests are good... the 143*f - 145*f as JimRausch says are worthwhile for dryer beers. I'll do a 10 minute rest at 122*f with some wheat beers.
  13. ByramMike

    Learning to brew: extract SMASH or kits

    I've just started SMaSH brewing... but I've been brewing for 5 years, developing my own recipes for 4. I've moved from infusion mash to temperature mashing, and I've done 1, 2, 2.5, 3.5 and 5 gallon size brews. And I love small batch BIAB as it give me a chance to experiement. As DromJohn said...
  14. ByramMike

    FG off (what am I doing wrong?)

    So what I think you're saying is, the measured Original Gravity of your IPA was 1.070, and the measured final gravity after two weeks is 1.030. The bulk of your sugars came from the LME and DME... the steeping grains are more for color and flavor, very little sugar is contributed. I don't see...
  15. ByramMike

    Newbie Question on stout recipe design

    Overthinking it is half the fun! I recommend having a look at a few existing recipes for ingredients, percentages, yeasts, etc. Sampling some commercial or other homebrew versions can give you a sense of what you like... or maybe you already know! Then put something together that makes sense to...
  16. ByramMike

    What hops should I get?

    Falconer's Flight is a nice one... there's a version called Falconer's 7C's... also interesting. Mosaic, Herkules are great as well. Good luck!
  17. ByramMike

    Heavy airlock again after 5 weeks in Primary

    Just curious... what was the gravity reading when primary seemed to end? Did it change when the second fermentation ended?
  18. ByramMike

    Bitter/sour Hefe question

    That happens with my Belgian Trippel, and it's the yeast... until I purchased my fermentation fridge, I just let the batch sit in secondary for another 3 weeks. I don't keg, but I'd think that keeping it cold and on gas would clear it. As for the taste... wheat will give a sweet/tart taste...
  19. ByramMike

    American Brown Ale Laid Back Brown Ale - American Brown Ale

    I will be dialing back the hops a bit the next time I brew it. Good luck and enjoy your brew day!
  20. ByramMike

    American Brown Ale Laid Back Brown Ale - American Brown Ale

    Bryan... thanks for the comment. This one came out better than I had thought it would... a bit hoppier than I planned (you can reduce the amount of first boil hops), but it's all good. See below for the weights on this 3.5 gallon batch. If you use BeerSmith, I can send an export to you. Let me...
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