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  1. Garrett_McT

    Pellicle Photo Collection

    Ok my beer loving friends. I am new to kettle souring and had a rocky start, thought everything was working great then this. I acidified the 1.33 gal of wort post mash with 8 oz Acidulated Malt (about 4% acid) resulting in pH =4.8 and held at 112 to 90 degrees for about 12 hours. After 12 hours...
  2. Garrett_McT

    Yeast Starter: How Much Stirring is Too Much Stirring

    I am simply taking in info on this post, but foe the record @Holden Caulfield nice name, hopefully home brewing keeps you young. Never grow up my friend
  3. Garrett_McT

    Yeast Starters: Fermented Wort

    I was just drinking mine, which was fridge temp. And it sort of matches what you both are saying. And I can't believe I forgot about the no hop aspect. mine was just wheat DME and water, thats probably why it tastes weird, amongst many other things
  4. Garrett_McT

    You know you're a home brewer when?

    OH MY GOSH! Things are making so much sense right now!
  5. Garrett_McT

    Yeast Starters: Fermented Wort

    So I am new to the yeast propagation and repitching game. I have successfully repitched yeast slurry from an Marzen to a Baltic Porter and am currently mashing to use a propagated WLP320 culture. I was curious, is it copacetic to drink the fermented wort that comes to the top? My method is to...
  6. Garrett_McT

    Yeast Starter: How Much Stirring is Too Much Stirring

    I am making a 2.5 gal batch of a 1.048 OG Hefeweizen. I am under pitching at like 60% of what BeerSmiths calculator calls for. If things go well maybe I could use the slurry for a second batch for my Oktoberfest party on Oct 2
  7. Garrett_McT

    Yeast Starter: How Much Stirring is Too Much Stirring

    I am doing my first yeast starter with 280 mL of approx. 1.036 gravity wort and WLP320 pure pitch yeast at approx. 33% viability. It is in a 2000 mL Erlenmeyer flask and on astir plate. How much stirring is too much stirring?
  8. Garrett_McT

    Lager Fermentation Gravity Reading Anomaly

    In my experiment with my latest mash I did use the same sample. But like I said above, some refractometer readings were close to the coupled hydrometer reading but some were off. And those that were off had large variances and did not seem to have a consistent error to take into account when...
  9. Garrett_McT

    Lager Fermentation Gravity Reading Anomaly

    I am trying to avoid taking hydrometer samples in order to limit the amount of beer taken from my batch. I guess I don't quite know what striation is. What is that? I am not recirculating my mash, I am taking these samples from my fermentor. If I take samples from my mash I have absolutely no...
  10. Garrett_McT

    Home Depot really wants me to drink bottled beer while I'm painting

    Gotcha After a quick google search, it seems as though any average Joe can go out and buy pure sodium. This seems awfully crazy to me. Part of me wants to go out and buy some so I can amaze people that water can cause flames and explosions
  11. Garrett_McT

    Lager Fermentation Gravity Reading Anomaly

    I figured I would give an update. I just brewed on Sunday and conducted numerous side by side hydrometer and refractometer readings throughout the mashing process and for the OG. A few people have mentioned it, that the refractometer samples, due to their size, rapidly cools to near room...
  12. Garrett_McT

    Home Depot really wants me to drink bottled beer while I'm painting

    Where the f are you getting pure non-denatured sodium from!
  13. Garrett_McT

    Home Depot really wants me to drink bottled beer while I'm painting

    Lmao! Who would ever think Home Depot would cater so well to beer
  14. Garrett_McT

    BeerSmith new version

    Oh the things Brad Smith does for us. I am eternally grateful!
  15. Garrett_McT

    Home Depot really wants me to drink bottled beer while I'm painting

    My cousin showed me that when I was newly 21 and frantically looking for a bottle opener for my beer. I do it all the time now, if of course I don’t have my keychain bottle opener. People tend to be amazed at simple mechanics. Good party trick
  16. Garrett_McT

    Master Brewers Association of the Americas

    Thats what I figured it was. Like the best of the industry kind of thing. I realized especially after looking who was on their board and contributors.
  17. Garrett_McT

    Master Brewers Association of the Americas

    Is there anyone out there that are members of this Association? I purchased the time tested Practical Brewer a while back, I think tenth reprint of the second edition and only just now realized they are still active, have a podcast, and an instagram...And the new MBAA National Convention is...
  18. Garrett_McT

    How does diactel rest work when fermentation was hot

    Thanks for the suggestion. Honestly I thought the last time I checked I had to buy it from a seller which none were around me. I could have been confused with something else, but I just found some on eBay! Here we go!
  19. Garrett_McT

    Opinions Needed - Propagation and Repitching Yeast

    I figured I would send out an update. I siphoned the Marzen off the yeast cake and bottled it on Saturday August 7 and saved the whole yeast cake amounting to about 0.46 gal and split it almost evenly in three quart mason jars. I repitched one whole jar, about 15.75 oz into my Baltic Porter of...
  20. Garrett_McT

    Home Depot really wants me to drink bottled beer while I'm painting

    oh my gosh! News to me my friend. But great beer! Meet on the level
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