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  1. redwing_al

    No Chillers + Adjustments

    Hi, I am going to experiment with the No Chill method soon. I have heard to move the hop additions out 20 minutes for each addition, but I'm wondering what other no-chill brewers do in the hop schedule. Also I see Beersmith has a setting in the equipment profile called "steep hop...
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    How much water to get to 68 degrees?

    Hi everyone, I'm going to be soon faced with a dilemma where I brew.. We are moving and the only brew-space I could use lacks drains and a water source.. That means I need to bring water in and dispose of it somehow.. Anyway, I'm wondering how many gallons of water it takes to bring wort...
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    Hops sealed not in 'fridge.. How long will they last?

    A friend gave to me a bag of a variety of hops. He had them sealed in air-tight baggies, and were kept frozen.. I kept them in a keezer until I needed to make room and then I realized that I didn't return them to the keezer.. Well, most of the winter they were in the garage and I just...
  4. redwing_al

    My yeast starter...

    Hi, on my last brew, I wanted to do a starter or rehydrate my yeast.. But I forgot... So.. during the mash BOIL, I pulled 1L of 1.040 wort into my sanitized flask, dumped my yeast and put it on the stir plate. After finishing the mash, boil and chill, I chilled the flask and aded to a aerated...
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    day 2 Boil??

    I sometimes find it hard to carve away 5 -6 consecutive hours to brew. Has anyone used day 1 to make wort, let it sit overnight and then start the boil and finish on day 2? just wondering if there is any real concern here of why it wouldnt; be a problem? ...and I dont mean an overnight mash...
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    HBT Hacked?

    No sure what this is, but I would not click on any links folks - until they get this figure out...
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    Hydrometers: How it's made?

    That's my question, how are they made? You can't just turn one out that's off or wrong? How do they get the perfect weight at the bottom? How do they get the paper situated just right? The mystery of brewing I suppose...
  8. redwing_al

    Pilsner stuck on 1.030

    Brewed my first pilsner using Wyeast Czech pilser #2278 - I used a 2l starter.. Although I recall that the OG of the starter was higher than 1.040.. I think it was 1.060... OG of the wort was 1.051 and I seem to be stuck on 1.030. It was 2 weeks fermenting at mid to low 50 temps. Any ideas...
  9. redwing_al

    quick question about Pilsner Yeast

    Hi, I am hoping to brew a pilsner today and I have an elementary quesion.. I want to use WL800 Pilsner yeast, but the Beersmith says: Yeast Cells Needed : 400 Billion Yeast Cells without Starter: 96 Billiion does this mean I need 4 vials of WL800 or 1? WL800 has 96Billion viable...
  10. redwing_al

    Using Acidulated Malt (Acid Malt)

    I have a PH in my home of 7.5 and I am wondering how much acidulated malt I could add to the grain bill to lower my PH to the preferred 5.2 ? I am reading around 2% to 3% could help without adding a twang. In any case, help me understand this variable. I would like to try it out on my next...
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    gelatin in stout question

    Hi, I recently brewed a stout with coffee, chocolate.. It has a very heavy coffee flavor which isn't bad, but I was wondering if adding gelatin to the keg if it might help draw down some of the intense favor. Could there be some things in the beer which the gelatin could leech to and mellow...
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    Should I trust the wort?

    I brewed what I thought was going to be a sweet, coffee, vanilla stout. I may have over done it on the coffee, but whatever. Some beers are heavier on the coffee than others, so I'll go with it. tonight I took a wort sample to taste. It had a very bitter back-end. More like a coffee bitter...
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    used Lactose for first time

    I brewed a stout where I used Coffee, Cocoa and Lactose. I've never used lactose and I'm wondering if I will get sweetness out of 1lb. tasting the wort, it seemed a little too coffee-like, but I'll wait until fermentation is complete before jumping to conclusions. However, with 1lb of...
  14. redwing_al

    Suggestions on amount to add.. Italian Stout

    I'm developing what I will call an Italian sweet stout. I have the flavor of a cannoli in mind, a find Italian dessert. Three of the ingredients are likely going to be Coffee, pure almond extract and pure vanilla extract In order to get these flavors to come out, I am wondering how much...
  15. redwing_al

    Vent hood help

    Hi, I brew in my basement, but there isn't anywhere I can vent outside and the steam/humidity are somewhat annoying. I'm afraid of building up mold too... Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas to control the humidity and moisture? I am interested in your thoughts and suggestions. Thank...
  16. redwing_al

    what propane adapter do I need for this hose?

    I have this hose.. one, end goes into my burner, but the other end looks like this: [/url][/IMG] What kind of adapter do I need so that I can screw into a propane tank? It's not clear.. I think this is a 3/8" end.. thanks
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    Know anything about trucks? Mechanics?

    I will be in the market for a good used truck.. I will have a $20,000 budget in cash. What am i buying? I need 4x4, I would like a V-8, Don't need 4dr, but could used room behind cab. I currently have a 2003 F150, but after 2 rear-ends in it, I'm leary about Ford - however, motor is...
  18. redwing_al

    Why 'orange' flavor??

    I brew this beer that I call a "hoppy wheat" that I generally like.. but it has a very fruity finish, almost like an orange juice - or an orangy-fruity finish. It's not bad, in fact it's good, but I don't prefer such a fruity finish and I'm wondering how I can tweak it. Can someone please...
  19. redwing_al

    Sanitizing Hoses, etc..

    Hi, I am going to be kegging two beers today and I have a question about sanitizing the transfer hoses. Because I can't get in there and scrub this is my practice: Rinse hose with hot water, then rinse with PBW and rinse with hot water again... than I submerge and rinse in Starsan. For...
  20. redwing_al

    Critique my PB&J Velvet Stout please

    Working on a PB&J milk stout. Wondering what some of you beer designers and Breaking Bad cooks think of what I worked up. Welcome any recommendations or critique. Style: Sweet Stout TYPE: All Grain Taste: (30.0) Recipe Specifications -------------------------- Boil Size: 26.42 l...
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