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All Grain Brewing / Allagash Tripple
« on: February 18, 2017, 02:51:45 PM »
Just had one of these brews side by side to my Tripple Belian. Almost exact except that Allagash had a bit more of a yeasty flavor. What do I need to do to achieve that. Not that I think Allagash is the best Belgian out there, just that i enjoyed it a bit more.

All Grain Brewing / What flavor should I expect
« on: January 17, 2017, 03:09:34 PM »
Using 7 lbs Vienna 3 lbs Pilsner malt.  What will the Vienna impart with that percentage of the total grain bill?

Yeast and Fermentation / Mold?
« on: January 05, 2017, 08:24:11 AM »
Small white dots on the surface of primary. Beer has been in carboy 27 days.  Tell me it's not mold.  Beer seems to smell alright.

Yeast and Fermentation / Swirling a carboy
« on: December 14, 2016, 11:35:49 AM »
There seem to be some opinions out there that rousing the yeast in primary is not advisable. Comments?

Yeast and Fermentation / In primary
« on: December 09, 2016, 05:47:01 AM »
How long can I leave the beer on the yeast before ill effects will set in.


General Homebrew Discussion / Carboy headspace
« on: November 30, 2016, 10:20:10 PM »
I recently racked 5 gallons of an American ale into a six gallon carboy.  Because it is not totally full, will the air space affect the beer?



All Grain Brewing / Pumpkin Ale
« on: November 15, 2016, 02:30:05 PM »
Cracked open the first Pumpkin Ale just in time for Thanksgiving.  It is outstanding.  Not because I brewed it but it is the best that I have had all season.  Was very disappointed with all the commercial brands I've tried.  Happy to post the recipe should anyone want to see it.


Equipment and Software / pH monitor
« on: November 07, 2016, 02:11:38 PM »
Been looking on Amazon for a reasonably priced pH monitor.  There are so many and at such varying prices.  Any recommendations out there?


General Homebrew Discussion / Water hardness
« on: November 06, 2016, 06:50:27 AM »
I have read so much about StarSan losing effectiveness in hard water.  I have my municipality water report and the range of hardness is between 61-101 (as CaC03) ppm.  The NJ upper limit is 250.
iron ND-192 (upper limit 300)
aluminum ppb ND-172 (upper limit 200)
ph units 6.4-7.4 (upper limit 6.5-8.5)
silver ppb ND-9.7 (upper limit 100)
sodium ppb 22-27 (upper limit 50)
sulfate ppb 12-14 (upper limit 250)
zinc ppb ND-0.03 (upper limit 5)
Total dissolved solids 76-318 (upper limit 500) 

I have been using StarSan for years with no apparent ill effects.  Should I be concerned especially with making yeast starters?


General Homebrew Discussion / StarSan
« on: November 04, 2016, 08:07:46 AM »
I read someplace once that when StarSan get's cloudy it is loosing it's effectiveness.  Any truth to that?  Mine turns cloudy almost immediately.

Ingredients / Caramelized figs
« on: October 27, 2016, 08:13:51 AM »

Does dumping the caramelized figs directly into secondary create a mess racking out at bottling time.  Do they float or sink.  I have put them in shear hose and hung them in secondary.  Perhaps I'm not getting full utilization that way.

General Homebrew Discussion / Making a no rinse sterilizer
« on: October 26, 2016, 08:56:22 AM »
Is it possible to make a no rinse sterilizing solution using bleach and water if the proper percentages are mixed?  If so, what are they?


Yeast and Fermentation / Pitch in wort or empty fermenter
« on: October 23, 2016, 08:25:46 AM »
From time to time I use C-Brite to sanitize.  There are always a few teaspoons left in the bottom of the carboy after dumping the solution despite trying to get it all out.  Today there were only a few minutes left to cool my wort completely.  In that down time, I pitched the yeast into the fermentor.  As I looked at it, I wondered if that little bit of solution would have an effect on the yeast being in direct contact.  The yeast was out of the package no starter solution to dilute the yeast. 

For the most part I pitch into the wort.  Was trying to maximize time I guess.  Any harm done?

Yeast and Fermentation / White Labs yeast
« on: October 21, 2016, 03:03:54 PM »
I have always made a starter with White Labs stepping it up at least twice.  I have a small brew window and need to brew this Sunday. What are your thoughts on a direct pitch from the package into a wort with a gravity of 1.045 - 1.050?  If that's not advisable i would have time to put it on a stir plate for about 20 hours and pitching even if it is at high krausen. Thoughts?

Yeast and Fermentation / would you use it
« on: October 16, 2016, 10:56:32 AM »
Bought a package of WLP 011 about two weeks ago.  Went to put it in a starter today and as I squeezed the package up and down to mix it, it started to squirt out of the package.  Upon closer examination, I saw that the top of the package was split open.  Safe to use, or toss it?

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