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  1. kenmcchord

    Another bad brew job, think I've learned my lesson...

    Apparently I have to learn all my lessons the hard way... Recently I brewed a double IPA on my new electric brewery, a system that outputs 10-12 gallon batches. I used the yeast calculator over at Brewers Friend to work up the appropriate starter for this batch, and I selected Wyeast London...
  2. kenmcchord

    Mash tun size...

    Not sure if this should be posted to either the all grain sub or general brewing questions, but I'm at the final stages of having my electric brewery operational and I have a bit of a dilemma. Apologies if this is too long, but a bit of background is in order. A few years ago I was sourcing...
  3. kenmcchord

    Another slow lager start story...

    Seems there's lots of these stories on this site, but this one is mine. Brewed a Minnesota Common from the book Mashmaker by Michael Dawson last Tuesday. Followed the recipe as close as I could, substituting Hallertau Magnum for the local Minnesota Magnum that Michael uses (I'm in FL)...
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    Adding strawberry to a blonde ale

    Hey, I'm brewing a Centennial blonde ale that I found in the recipes here and wanted to add strawberries in the secondary for flavor. It's a 5.5 gallon batch, just started fermenting today and I was going to rack to secondary towards the end of fermentation, maybe a few points above what I'm...
  5. kenmcchord

    Possible Stuck Fermentation???

    Hey Everybody, I've got a question about my current fermentation, specifically if it's possibly stuck or if my FG expectation is incorrect. Just a quick background, I started brewing around 2013 and I've had some luck brewing but this is the first time a fermentation seemed to stall for me...
  6. kenmcchord

    Question about cold crashing and bottling

    I've just begun using a glycol chiller and I'm looking to cold crash my batches before packaging. Question I have is if I cold crash a batch does the yeast completely drop out? If so, and I want to bottle some of this latest batch I have, will there be enough yeast remaining in suspension to...
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    Possible problem with my starter?

    I'll start of by saying I've been brewing starters for years, since maybe 2013. I did take a few years away from brewing when we made our move from NJ to FL, but I am back and I'm now preparing for a kolsch brew sometime this week. I brewed up a starter with 1600ml water and 170 grams dme...
  8. kenmcchord

    Returning to brewing, heating water and check to see it all works...

    Hey there, Took three years away as I was moving and getting set up in our new digs. I have plans for a full electric brewery, but as I prepare the garage I decided to get back to brewing right away, so here's my temporary brew cart. Found a cool design here on a pump and chiller stand alone...
  9. kenmcchord

    A re-introduction of sorts...

    Hey Everyone, I've been on this site for years, but the last three I've been away from brewing. Very quickly, I moved from Southern NJ to Florida in 2017 (way more involved than expected). Once I got here I brewed a few batches with my brother in my cooler/blichmann kettle/bucket fermenter...
  10. kenmcchord

    Yeast genetics article

    Here's an article my wife found. Pretty interesting story about yeast genetics and DNA sequencing of brewing yeast. It stated in the article that GMO yeast strains are not currently viable due to consumer disdain for anything genetically modified. Made me wonder what the potential is for...
  11. kenmcchord

    Does anyone not use a blow off tube?

    Last night I brewed an imperial red rye IPA, cooled it to pitching temp and pitched the white labs wlp090 San Diego super. I did brew a yeast starter one day prior, used yeast nutrient in both the starter and the full batch and I use O2 for oxygenation. I normally use a blow off tube but for...
  12. kenmcchord

    What gap do you set your barley crusher to?

    Just got a barley crusher and I'll be crushing my own grain from now on. What does everyone use for a setting? I've seen a video where the recommended space is .38 while using a feeler gauge, does that sound about right? Just cooked up a starter for the weekend brew, using the Yeast Bay...
  13. kenmcchord

    Quick question about sanitation and March pumps

    Hi, I've been spending the better part of the last few months assembling parts and building a brew stand. It's a 3 tier gravity system with a nice blichmann boil kettle. I added a pump and therminator along with an outflow temp probe at the back of the chiller, and finally I also installed a...
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