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  1. Dale Owen

    Stout with lager yeast?

    I'm wanting to brew a stout. I'm imagining one with a Mexican chocolate/coffee flavor profile. That includes cinnamon and some type of chilies, and, not to leave out any other part of the kitchen sink, mezcal or tequila soaked oak. Among the other thousand questions this raises is the one of...
  2. Dale Owen

    Fruit addition

    I have a beer fermenting on wild yeast. I intend to add mango puree and a habanero. I've brewed with this yeast before. It is a very slow and steady yeast. Its been two weeks since I pitched and it's still showing signs of activity. Planning on measuring gravity. If everything suggests its still...
  3. Dale Owen

    Creating extract kits?

    I have a lot of small batch experiments I'd like to work on and am not ready to go all grain just yet. I would like to make up my own extract recipes. Is this something that software like BeerSmith would help me figure out? I'd like to be able to create kits, so to speak, where I have more...
  4. Dale Owen

    Wild or just crazy?

    I have a yeast I harvested from a bottle. The label claimed they harvested the yeast from sealing wax from an antique piece of furniture. I was successful, as far as I know, meaning I enjoyed the flavor of the beer and didn't get a tummy ache. Am I correct to assume its likely the yeast is...
  5. Dale Owen

    Beer, cider or wine?

    I've posted this to the general brewing forum, but also think its appropriate here... I have sweet cherry trees. They are ripening now and I need to decide what to do with them. I also have crab apple trees that produce a tart fruit, but not to the point of being unpalatable. I really want to...
  6. Dale Owen

    Beer, cider or wine?

    Not sure which forum to post this to, but I figure most of the people with good advice probably brew all of the above. I have sweet cherry trees. They are ripening now and I need to decide what to do with them. I also have crab apple trees that produce a tart fruit, but not to the point of...
  7. Dale Owen

    Hops in a bag?

    Trying to decide whether to put hop additions in a cloth. I'm hoping to cut back on trub, as I don't rack to a secondary and am ending up with a lot of sediment when bottling. If I use a bag, should the bag go with the wort into the primary? Are there cons to using a bag in the first place...
  8. Dale Owen

    Reliable Hydrometer

    I just bought a new hydrometer, because I realized my last one was giving me false readings (I tested it in water and realized it was off). The one I just bought to replace it is also off. In tap water at 60 degrees it reads 1.006. I live in a city where, although our water is from wells, it is...
  9. Dale Owen

    Too soon to bottle?

    For obvious reasons, I'm hoping to have this beer ready to drink sooner rather than later. I brewed 5 gallons from extract. 6.30 lbs pilsen and 1 lb candy sugar. The yeast I used is something I harvested from a bottle of beer I liked a lot. I've kept the temperature at 80 degrees (I like...
  10. Dale Owen

    Am I wild or crazy?

    I saw this video where these fellas fermented a beer with a log. So, I'm a total yeast guy when it comes to brewing and I check it out. That seemed interesting enough, but looking around on the interweb I came across information on wild yeast on certain fruits and then I came across kveik and...
  11. Dale Owen

    Priming sugar for multiple batch sizes

    I brewed a five gallon Belgian blond from extract. I'm experimenting with yeasts I harvested. I made a 3 gallon batch using the yeast that came with the kit and two 1 gallon batches using the yeasts I harvested. I'm getting ready to bottle. Regarding priming sugar, I have two dilemmas. First...
  12. Dale Owen

    How do I know when I have enough yeast to pitch?

    I decided to mess around and harvest yeast from a bottle. I've been feeding it Fast Pitch, building it up in steps. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the wort I had made started fermenting too. Obviously I didn't sanitize the growler I stored the wort in well enough. Now I have two...
  13. Dale Owen

    Adventures in yeast harvesting?

    So. I made a batch of Fast Pitch to feed some yeast I harvested from a bottle. Today I took a sip from the starter, just cuz I'm learning. I then went to taste the Fast Pitch, again, cuz I'm learning. I had stored that in a growler I sanitized with starsan. When I opened it, it fizzed like a...
  14. Dale Owen

    Harvesting from a bottle

    I've harvested some yeast from a bottle. I took it from a farmhouse ale I liked. The label says the brewery isolated the yeast from a 17th century piece of furniture. Anyway, I have the yeast working on a Fast Pitch wort, about 1 liter. It was slow to get started. Its been chugging along for...
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