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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bread Yeast for FFT?
« on: Today at 07:33:24 AM »
Checked my fermenter this morning because I heard it bubbling while I was doing laundry.

The warm water bath woke up the yeast and it's back at work with no need for the two liters of starter I've got upstairs.

FFT came down 20 points.  I'd like to get it a little lower, but this is a relatively big beer so it won't be the end of the world.  The bread yeast may have still been working, too.  It hadn't settled out clear yet.

Now the question is what to do with the starters?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bread Yeast for FFT?
« on: February 25, 2017, 12:52:54 PM »
Here's hoping.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bread Yeast for FFT?
« on: February 25, 2017, 12:07:02 PM »
Fermenting like mad in the FFT.  Stalled at 1.040 in the fermenter.  Apparently the bread yeast works just fine.

Weather's been so crazy here lately I must have had a temp drop in the basement that stalled it out.  All I can figure.

I've got the fermenter in a warm water bath, but no movement.  Active starter going in later today.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bread Yeast for FFT?
« on: February 25, 2017, 11:25:23 AM »
Fast Fermentation Test.  Or something similar.

To check for fermentability of your wort with a small sample and ton of yeast.

Yeast and Fermentation / Bread Yeast for FFT?
« on: February 25, 2017, 10:48:54 AM »
Can I use regular old Red Star brewers yeast for a FFT?

Is there any reason that wouldn't work?

I'm growing up a big starter to pitch into a stalled fermentation and want to run a FFT to see what I might expect.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: February 24, 2017, 08:26:22 PM »
On sale for $27.  $34 at full price is too much.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: February 24, 2017, 04:01:26 PM »
I didn't even look at the price on the EW.  Their black label is so putrid I can't bring myself to make that leap yet.  Maybe another time.  I'll probably try JTS Brown bonded beforehand, though.

Instead, I picked up some Elijah Craig on sale.  Haven't had it in years and recall being unimpressed.  But it was a good sale so I'll give 'er a whirl.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: February 24, 2017, 03:17:49 PM »
Willet is good stuff.  Just made a run to Binny's and they're shelves were pretty full.  No OG 114 though.  And prices seem to keep creeping up.

I noticed they're stocking more and more of the craft/small distilleries (which are largely MGP juice) at the expense of some of the lower-end Kentucky products (VOB, Heaven Hill, etc.).  Was thinking of picking up a bottled-in-bond offering, but all they had was Evan Williams and Old Grandad (at $1 more than Whole Foods go figure).

Kegging and Bottling / Re: 3 tap kegerator
« on: February 24, 2017, 01:47:12 PM »
No way you'll get three kegs in without modification of the door.

If you want to keep the existing door interior (shelves, etc.) you'll need a collar.

In the event you're using pin-locks or converted pin-locks three kegs may not be possible without a collar.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: portable oxygen cylinder
« on: February 23, 2017, 09:23:04 AM »
Plus, you can hit your ppm target a lot faster than with an air pump.

This is true.  What I meant by benefits, though, was that I can't be sure that using the O2 cylinder has improved my fermentation and/or beer.    Maybe it has, but it wasn't a game-changer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First HomeBrew at Day 11
« on: February 22, 2017, 07:39:35 PM »
21 days would be just fine.  You can certainly go sooner if you want, but be sure the gravity is stable.

The tangy flavor could be yeast and could be extract.  LME or DME?  What yeast?  Some throw tangy/tart flavors.  I get tart from Nottingham.  Not everyone does.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: portable oxygen cylinder
« on: February 22, 2017, 07:25:44 PM »
Gotta be honest. I'm not sure I've truly seen a benefit over an aquarium pump and sintered stone.

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Beer Recipes / Re: CAP recipe
« on: February 22, 2017, 10:41:09 AM »
Is this a beer style that people actually like? I've never made one, but it just doesn't sound like an interesting beer to drink.

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They can be really good. I brew them about once a year. If you like a crisp refreshing Lager in the summertime, this is a good one to brew.

Agreed.  I like to brew one for summer parties.  They're also good for crowds that aren't necessarily into IPAs, etc.  If it's well done, it's a brew pretty much everyone can enjoy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Finally got a brew day in
« on: February 20, 2017, 06:20:30 PM »
60 degrees out today.  Or more.

10 gallons fermenting.  Stogie. Fire pit. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« on: February 20, 2017, 06:19:45 PM »
Took me around 7 hours today.  Two batches, 90 minute boil, pre-boiled the water.

Everything went smooth.  Much smoother than two weeks ago.

One batch, low OG low volume.  Other batch, low OG and 1.5 gallons extra...

Oh well.

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