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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Carastan vs. Caramalt
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:08:36 PM »
I just bought some grain for an extract I'm brewing.  The recipe called for caramalt (37 L).  The store didn't have it so I went with carastan 30 - 37.  What can I expect the difference to be? 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Total Boil
« on: October 22, 2013, 01:44:45 PM »
Thanks for the response.  I have a 10 gal boil kettle so boiling 6 gallons is not an issue.  I guess I will go with the smaller volume boil and add the extra water in the primary.

General Homebrew Discussion / Total Boil
« on: October 22, 2013, 02:14:03 AM »
I'm going to be brewing an extract kit brew and was wondering when it comes time for the boil, can I just put in the extra water to boil say 5.5 gallons instead of boiling with 3 and then adding water after the boil to bring it to a resulting 5 gallons?  Does it make a difference?

Beer Recipes / Re: Temperature for Conditioning
« on: October 22, 2013, 02:09:46 AM »
Thanks for the responses.

Beer Recipes / Re: Temperature for Conditioning
« on: October 21, 2013, 02:51:29 PM »
The recipe is an Everett clone (Hill Farmstead) that was in BYO.  The yeast is Wyeast 1028 or White Labs WLP013 or Lallemand Nottingham yeast.  I will probably use the Wyeast 1028.  And, yes, it states to ferment at 68.0 F until final gravity is reached and then one week at 52.0 F.

Beer Recipes / Temperature for Conditioning
« on: October 21, 2013, 01:30:48 PM »
I want to try a recipe but it calls for 1 week of conditioning after fermentation at 52.0 F.  I can't hit that number.  The coldest spot in the house is about 68.0 F.  I'm going to check the garage as the temperatures overnight are dropping but I'm afraid there will be lows and highs if I use that location.  So I guess the question is, what will happen if I choose to stay at 68.0 F for the week of conditioning before bottling?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Priming Sugar or DME
« on: May 31, 2013, 10:45:24 AM »
It's fine to use. I used it for years. Not that regular sugar is bad, either is fine. I expect you're not making many starters yet.

Actually I have made starters for my last 2 batches and plan to do so for most if not all in the future. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Priming Sugar or DME
« on: May 31, 2013, 01:57:28 AM »
I just bought a kit and it came with 1 1/4 cups Muntons extra light dry malt extract to be used as a carbonation primer before bottling.  I only have 5 batches under my belt and in all of them I have used priming sugar.  Is it common to use DME?

All Grain Brewing / Crushed Grains Life
« on: May 30, 2013, 01:28:34 PM »
How long do I have to use my grains once they have been crushed? 

Events / Re: AHA Rally at Back East Brewing Company- May 19th
« on: May 21, 2013, 05:06:51 PM »
Great event at Back East Brewery.  Thanks Matt and props to Tony, Ed and Mike for hosting and providing some excellent brews.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Room Temperature after Bottling
« on: May 08, 2013, 08:19:09 PM »
Thanks for the replies everyone.  Looks like I should be OK....  Once carbonated, half gets moved to my cellar and/or fridge with the other half going to my son's cellar and/or fridge.

General Homebrew Discussion / Room Temperature after Bottling
« on: May 08, 2013, 12:46:45 PM »
Throughout January - March, I had no problem placing my bottles in a room that was about 65.0 F -68.0 F and letting them sit there until ready for consumption.  The weather has now changed and I'm struggling with where to put my bottles where I can have a consistent temperature that is not too high or too low.  So I have to ask you all, does it really matter if my bottles are sitting in a room that is 60.0 F - 64.0 F or a room that is 65.0 F - 75.0 F?  Basically my basement or a room/closet on the main/upper floors of the house.  How will it impact my beer?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Finding the right place....
« on: May 01, 2013, 03:19:41 PM »
Thanks for the replies.  It's sitting at 68.0 F right now. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Finding the right place....
« on: May 01, 2013, 01:16:27 AM »
So, we bottled up a Pliny clone on Friday and I put everything in the basement as I wanted them to sit at 65.0 F.  I found out today that the temp in the basement is really more like 60.0 F.  So I started moving an inside thermometer to various parts of the house and found a location that was at 68.0 F.  The question is, which location is the right place for this brew?  60.0 F or 68.0 F?  It was fermented at 68.0 F.  It will now sit in the bottle for 30 days. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Primary without an airlock
« on: April 23, 2013, 12:38:24 PM »
The primary reason for an airlock or blow-off tube is to prevent contamination.  Not sure how you do that without using one or the other.

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