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General Homebrew Discussion / Octoberfest
« on: July 22, 2011, 04:14:26 PM »
Is it too late to do an Octoberfest style beer for the second weekend in October?
If it's not, any recipe ideas would be great! Thanks in advance!

Equipment and Software / Re: Wort Chillers
« on: April 13, 2011, 07:22:49 PM »
I have an immersion chiller 50' of 3/8 copper, but I live in the NW and have a well. Works good for me!

Beer Recipes / Re: Yeast for Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale/etc.
« on: April 08, 2011, 12:24:44 PM »
I've used both wyeast's American Ale yeast and NW style yeast and if given a choice go with the NW style, given that the NW has taken credit for the style. Or use your favorite.


Grrr. Really? I didn't know that. So... Learning experience. You can't use the refractometer to read your final gravity you must use the hydrometer to take the reading because 1.040 is not accurate due to the presence of alcohol.

Damn. Now I have oxidized beer for no reason at all. Is it to late to change my headline to "dumbest things that I've done brewing"?

Thanks again hokerer!

I have calibrated my refractometer like a crazy man thinking that something was wrong. Both of the thermometers that I use are very close to each other, maybe a degree or so off. The beer temp now is cycling between 69-71 degrees currently. Two days before I brewed I followed Mr. Palmer's yeast starter procedure. I don't have the book handy to give the specifics, sorry.

The beer tasted... Really good. But I'm not a judge.

I really appreciate everyone's help. Thank you.

22# pale 2 row
3# brown malt
1# crystal 40
5# Munich malt (durst)
2# crystal 120
2.5# chocolate Malt

70 min boil

1.30 oz. Magnum @ 60 min
1 oz. Goldings @10 min

I divided the batch in two and provided two different yeast strains both with starters and they were in the primary for a week.
I heard from a professional brewer that if my current gravity reading was less than fifty percent finished oxidation may not be an issue. Let me know

I mashed in at 155 degrees and lost about 6 degrees. I verified conversion with an iodine test in a white saucer after 60 min. I followed the recipe that Denny provided to the "t" with the exception of equipment and batch size. If I'm leaving anything else out let me know.

General Homebrew Discussion / The not so popular stuck fermentation?
« on: March 28, 2011, 04:51:43 PM »
Alright I'm at a loss here.
My first 10 gal all grain batch was  Denny's Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter from the AHA site with my OG being 1.071 (target 1.086). I divided the batch in two then I pitched at 70 degrees and I think my temp dropped below 65 degrees and the yeast went dormant. When I racked to the secondary to and the fun stuff I took my reading after the fact and it was at 1.040. So, I rehydrated some dry yeast with a good expiration date and poured it in. No activity. After two weeks in the secondary same result 1.040. I racked back into a bucket and let it splash for about half of the transfer thinking that it needed O2, trying not to cause oxidation issues, And pitched a new packet of liquid yeast. I then put it in a temperature controlled environment. After four days nothing so I hit it with the drill style paddle. Still no activity. 1.040 of unfermentable sugar? Any ideas would be great. Thanks in advance.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Temp. Control with a heat lamp?
« on: March 14, 2011, 07:07:22 AM »
I didn't know there was such a thing. Is there any chance there is a part # for that "Bulb" I'm having a tough time finding it in the extremely large Granger catalog.

Thanks again

General Homebrew Discussion / Temp. Control with a heat lamp?
« on: March 13, 2011, 08:57:45 PM »
I know the people in cold weather climates have thought of this already but was wondering if the light it's self will cause problems? Am I still stuck putting a towel over the carboy to keep out the potential light pollution even though it's not a fluorescent bulb?


The Pub / Re: I simply ask for a raised pint for Thomas D.
« on: February 04, 2011, 08:26:41 AM »
here's to Thomas.

Pimp My System / Re: Kegerator Showcase
« on: January 04, 2011, 10:16:52 AM »
I'm not sure how this works in your neighborhood, but Yahoo has a section called "free cycle". You will need to create a Yahoo e-mail account if you don't have one but I just picked up two great refrigerators for FREE (Lagering fridge, and kegerator). Also, see if you can barter with other brewers someone is always looking to trade something.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: "Black I.P.A" recipe
« on: August 25, 2010, 09:32:51 PM »
Ouch. I'm so close to the all grain system. This is most likely the last batch and then on my way to malt freedom!

Not to be a "Debbie downer", but Rogue justed posted on Facebook that they had a dismal year due to the wet summer. I'm not trying to discourage but if your strapped for time, you might want to check out other places.


Beer Travel / Re: Boston
« on: August 25, 2010, 07:34:34 PM »
I will second Harpoon! Take there tour. I heard they have a new 100 barel system.There is also Beerworks across from Fenway and don't miss the Boston Beer Co.

Have a great time Boston is a great city!

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