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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Amount priming sugar to use
« on: March 27, 2010, 10:55:29 AM »
What I'm wondering is if I need to cut the amount of priming sugar solution I would use in half
since I have half of what the normal batch should be.  Wouldn't this help prevent exploding
bottles?  I figured if I used the amount of priming sugar for a 5  gallon batch it would be too much.

Thanks,

You're correct...use 1/2 as much sugar for a 1/2 size batch.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Gonna try a Dubbel....
« on: March 27, 2010, 10:15:21 AM »
I don't know why it wouldn't be OK.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pre-boil gravity calculations.
« on: March 27, 2010, 10:02:30 AM »
(SG*boil volume)/final volume=OG

Thank Denny, this is what I thought, but my math is really not working...I must be stu, stu, stupid today

So in my case I have:
(SG 1.040 * BV 6.5)/FV 5.5 = OG 1.229
This isn't right.

I shoud have been more specific...you leave off the "1", so it's really ((SG-1)*BV)/FV.  In your case it would be (40*6.5)/5.5=47.27

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Beer Recipes / Re: Gonna try a Dubbel....
« on: March 27, 2010, 09:44:16 AM »
The weight seems about right. 16oz=1.5lbs. Right?

Yep, you're right...I was reading it as 1.9 lb., not 1 lb. 9 oz.  Including the bottle weight, that's right on.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pre-boil gravity calculations.
« on: March 27, 2010, 09:42:41 AM »
(SG*boil volume)/final volume=OG

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Beer Recipes / Re: Gonna try a Dubbel....
« on: March 27, 2010, 08:43:21 AM »
That's the right stuff.  Don't know why your weight's so high, though.

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Ingredients / Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« on: March 27, 2010, 08:42:02 AM »
I dig a hole (not as big as a 5 gal. bucket, though!), add compost, and stick 'em in the ground.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: VERY BITTER FLAVOR
« on: March 27, 2010, 08:37:02 AM »
Piching rates...smack pack, sometimes a starter if it is high gravity.  What exactly do they mean when your starter should be 2 liters?  Is that before decanting or do you pitch 2 liters?  I'm reading this from Homebrewers-Bible.  Very frustrated ready to quit...6 batch ruined since January...can't solve!

If that's the book I think it is, get rid of it.  The absolute best book out there is John Palmer's "How to Brew".    Also, I make a starter for every beer....my experience is that every beer I make a starter for has been better than any beer I haven't.  I make 2-3 qt. starters and decant before pitching.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: VERY BITTER FLAVOR
« on: March 27, 2010, 08:34:58 AM »
One of the things I read before I started my first brew is that hard water is better for flavor. Would any of the more experienced guys agree with this or disagree? Would that even be relavent to the bitter taste?

Not always, but on some styles.  If your water has high levels of sulfate, it will accentuate the hop bitterness.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Badly stuck Mash - why this time?
« on: March 26, 2010, 01:24:55 PM »
I've always batch sparged and have had 3 different coolers for mash tuns.  Each one was setup different than any other and I've never been able to open the valve all the way without causing problems for myself.  I always read Denny's instructions as "open the valve up as far as you can and let it run off".  In my case that's between 50% and 75% open.

What I do is just barely crack the valve for the qt. or 2 it takes me to vorlauf.  That sets the grain bed nicely.  After I return the vorlauf portion to the tun, I let 'er rip!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: VERY BITTER FLAVOR
« on: March 26, 2010, 10:50:54 AM »
There is no reason I can think of that overcrushing grain would cause this.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: VERY BITTER FLAVOR
« on: March 26, 2010, 10:50:11 AM »
HELP PLEASE My brew from the primary and secondary are fine, when bottled after two weeks a very bitter/harsh alcohol flavor develops and gets worse with time.  The gravity final gravity doesn't change during the process.  All other flavors disappear.  No rings in bottle necks, no gushers, and no exploding bottles.  Equipment has been either replaced or boiled for sterilization with no change.  Is it possible over crushing of grains can cause this?

I can't think of any reason that overcrushing grain would cause that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew - It all tastes the same
« on: March 26, 2010, 10:49:28 AM »
It is rarely the extract most homebrew shops go through extract fast enough and the packaging is usually quite good. One of the things you are probably looking at is like denny said you are using tap water. The rule that if your tap water tastes fine is not really all that useful. Chlorine and chloramine have very mild tastes when used at home but can make horrific beer.
I am also not a fan of the brewers best kits personally. I don't carry them in my store because the grain is pre-crushed and can sit for months. Cracked grain is really only good for about 4 weeks before it goes stale.
You should try going with a homebrew shop that makes its own recipes. I do for all of my beers I sell and I have brewed every beer kit so that I know what they should taste like.  Ask your LHBS to make you up a recipe of something they have their. Or you could buy from me www.diybrewing.com. Sorry for the shameless plug but sometimes you have to plug yourself.

If the grain is siting in the kit for months, wouldn't the extract also?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Gonna try a Dubbel....
« on: March 26, 2010, 10:28:27 AM »
The bottles I've gotten in the past (and still have) weigh 25 oz.  Accounting for the liquid, that's equivalent of 1 lb. of sugar in terms of gravity points.  So, if the new packs weigh 1 lb., you're getting fewer gravity points from them.

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The Pub / Re: Where's Denny?
« on: March 26, 2010, 09:24:49 AM »
So the pitching rate samples will totally obliterate your savings... yeah, I feel great now.

Damn...thanks for the reminder!

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