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  1. M

    Clumpy Yeast???

    Nope, it's WLP004, the Irish Ale Yeast
  2. M

    First Batch O.G question..

    Are you sure you have five gallons and aren't a little short? It's normal to lose 1-2 gallons to evaporation during the boiling process. Just having five gallons of water prior to brewing will not be enough. Also, did you stir up your wort before you took your sample? If it settled and you...
  3. M

    Clumpy Yeast???

    I was thinking of doing a starter just to make sure. Here's another question. Can I brew up my wort today along with my starter and then add my starter in a couple days when it's ready? Is it ill advised to let the wort sit for a couple days before pitching?
  4. M

    Clumpy Yeast???

    I've had a White Labs vile of yeast in my fridge for a couple weeks and today when I went to start my brew, I noticed the yeast was seperated and kind of clumpy. I shook it up a little which helped but it still has a couple clumps in it. I gues they may go away with more agitation but I haven't...
  5. M

    Step by Step Pumpkin Spice

    I have this kit brewing right now from More Beer. I can't wait for it to be ready.... http://morebeer.com/view_product/18411/
  6. M

    Fruit Beer Question....

    The berries were picked fresh, washed and then frozen. Thanks for the advice, I think I will do as you said and go for it. I'll post the results in a couple weeks.
  7. M

    Fruit Beer Question....

    The berries were picked fresh, washed and then frozen. Thanks for the advice, I think I will do as you said and go for it. I'll post the results in a couple weeks.
  8. M

    Fruit Beer Question....

    I'm making a blackberry wheat and have completed the primary fermentation. I have heard two schools of thought when it comes to adding fruit to your beer. First, to sterilize it by steeping the berries in 150 deg. water for fifteen minutes before introducing it to the secondary. But my local...
  9. M

    Temp Control Question

    My fridge will be in my garage too. Does anyone have any experience with the Thermowell system? It looks pretty nice but kinda expensive.
  10. M

    Temp Control Question

    I recently picked up a used full size fridge that I want to convert into my fermenting space and make it temp controlled. I see there are a few different ways to do this, morebeer has the thermowell system that works with the thermowrap and I've also heard of people using heating lamps. I'm sure...
  11. M

    Blackberry Hefe...

    I'm sorry, I'm very new to this. What is steeping? Do you actually put them in the 160F water?
  12. M

    Blackberry Hefe...

    I want to do a blackberry hefe but I've never put fruit in any of my beers before. I've got a ton of blackberry bushes around my house so I'm thinking I'll give it a go. I've read on here that they should be pasturized. Can someone explain to me how to do that? Is it just a low boil? Also at...
  13. M

    High gravity Hefe

    what was the temp of your sample when you read it? If it was 76 degrees that would be a problem. Most hydrometers are calibrated to read correctly at 60 degrees.
  14. M

    2nd Batch, Hop Pellets, all that trub

    Try using a grain bag for your bittering hops. I do this all the time and have had good success. You should increase your boiling time 10% if you do this though to achieve the same amount of hopy goodness.
  15. M

    Kit or a la carte

    Check Craigslist. A lot of people get rid of kits there cheap.
  16. M

    Fast and Furious

    Well my OG was 1.045 and the pitching temp was 70 and actually climbed to 75 overnight.
  17. M

    Fast and Furious

    Well I cooked up a batch of Weissbier on Saturday. By Sunday morning I had beer all over my floor because I didn't hook up a blow off tube, I just put an airlock on it thinking it wouldn't start overflowing for at least 48 hours. But by Monday morning I have hardly any activity, maybe 1 bubble...
  18. M

    I Think I just Screwed up....

    Ahhh. Thanks for that. If you are ever in the Bay Area of CA I'd be more than happy to share some of my brew. I'm only about 6 batches into this great new hobby and every time I learn something new. I panic easily though after spending four hours making the brew and then when it comes down to...
  19. M

    I Think I just Screwed up....

    What does RDWHAHB mean?
  20. M

    I Think I just Screwed up....

    Would adding more yeast help? If so how much and would I need to add more malt?
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