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All Grain Brewing / mash calculator
« on: March 30, 2011, 01:01:32 PM »
Hi all!
I recently brewed a few batches using an excel worksheet, a "mash calculator" if you will.
only need to enter the data concerning batch size, temperatures of grain, desired mash temp, etc. It calculates the water usage and loss from evaporation and tubing loss, also calculate adjuncts and step mash, etc.
In a word: an incredible tool!
one drawback: the one I have isn't accurate!!!
Any of you have an accurate and reliable worksheet download link?

Yeast and Fermentation / stuck fermentation ;(
« on: March 28, 2011, 03:41:10 AM »
Hi all!
I recently brewed a cocoa stout. problem is attenuation is too low : 55%
any insights? here are the specs:
OG: 1.062
FG: 1.028
1st fermentation : 2 weeks at 70F, 2nd : 1 week at 70F. attenuation didn't change from racking.
yeast used : WLP036 dusseldorf (altbier) close to the expiring date, though well kept in fridge.
2 litres starter 18 hours prior to pitching for a 40L batch, which perhaps wasn't vigorous enough - though the actual fermentation seemed to be quick and sufficiently vigorous.
oxygenation of the wort was just as usual.
mash procedures: too hot at first (80 celcius) and brought back to 67 celcius with the addition of cold water after 15 minutes. perhaps denatured too many enzymes (to break down long chain sugars), thus not enough fermentables and too many unfermentables in the wort? though the conversion with the iodine test was OK after 90 minutes of mashing...
Thanks ahead!

Beer Recipes / IPA "Anchory stylery Liberty Ale"
« on: January 17, 2011, 01:53:23 AM »
Hi all!
anybody has some good cues for a great all-grainy recipe, somewhere close to a Liberty Ale?
thanks ahead!

Kegging and Bottling / beer label...stuck!
« on: December 08, 2010, 01:48:30 PM »
Hi everyone!
Anybody has some good cues in removing old label from bottles?
Rather kegging, but christmas is coming and bubbling gifts are always much appreciated!

Kegging and Bottling / carbonation for dunkelweizen
« on: November 29, 2010, 02:11:14 AM »
Hi all!
Dunkelweizen ready to bubblely!
I've took a look at
and it recommends about 28 PSI for this style (at 40F). Isn't it gonna be too fizzy in the glassy?

Kegging and Bottling / relief valve problem!
« on: November 25, 2010, 03:11:12 AM »
Hi all!
today is kegging again! beautiful dunkelweizen which seems very promising...if I can get it to the end line!
after testing the seal on the kegs I realized that there is a leak on one of the keg's safety valve... anybody knows if it is OK to let it stand like that for about a week in a fridge before I can get replacement parts and fix the problem?

Kegging and Bottling / regulators
« on: November 22, 2010, 02:44:36 AM »
HI all!
Anybody knows the difference between a CO2 and a nitrogen regulator? I actually realized that mine is a nitro one but I'm using it with CO2 gas. Could that explain a carbonation problem? (see post entitled "fizz problem")

Kegging and Bottling / fizz problem...
« on: November 07, 2010, 01:08:53 AM »
Hi all! I'm new to this site and I recently brewed an all-grain english pale ale. Everything went cool and tasted good but the beer has been sitting in the corny's for 2 weeks with 13PSI marked on the CO2 gage and the brew is still flat...
Can't satisfy my urge before figuring out what's happening with thy bubbles! Help!!! ???

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