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General Homebrew Discussion / Used Bru'n Water For the First Time
« on: April 06, 2017, 06:08:51 AM »
I cleared up my blonde ale and carbed it up. It is a very clean but kind of bland. My water profile was " yellow balanced ". I want more flavour. Do I just use more hops and some specialty malts, or try another water profile. I am new to this, so I don't know what any other water profile to choose. I am going to make a Pilsner soon and want to to be hoppy and malty. Other than this very minor problem, Bru'n Water is a great program and I should of used it a long time ago. Thanks Martin.



Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Infection in 5 Years
« on: March 22, 2017, 03:49:20 AM »
My ESB went south last December. I really wanted it for Christmas. My last one was back in 2012. Stunk my basement up when I dumped it for hours. Whew!! I seem to get a bad one every 5 years or so.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Disasters
« on: February 09, 2017, 05:55:49 AM »
I boiled my yeast starter in my 1 L flask on my stove many years ago. I didn't let it cool down enough before I added it to the sink with ice cubes. It cracked in the sink and that was the end of that flask and the yeast. I only boil in ss pots now.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carbonation for nitro
« on: January 29, 2017, 06:31:05 AM »
I carb with CO2 @ 5 psi for a few days and then push with Nitro at around 22 - 25 psi. I used to just use Nitro for a few days @ 30 psi but the nitro tank emptied too fast. This seems to work out okay.

I don't like sour or brett beers at all. I am still an old school brewer ( since 1979 ). I only brew stouts, porters, bitters, etc. I live in Canada and 12 packs of Craft beer are around $26.00. Six packs are around $14.00. That is the #1 reason I homebrew. #2 is I love to brew beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Expiration Date Dry Yeast
« on: December 21, 2016, 05:16:37 AM »
I have an un-opened 500 g brick of Maruibrew 514, best before says June 2014. I plan on doing some higher gravity one gallon brews after Christmas. Kind of nervous about using it, I got it for free though. I am thinking on using double the amount I would normally use for a 1.080 triple. Should I rehydrate it first?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Brew Years Resolution
« on: December 19, 2016, 06:12:26 AM »
My resolution is to make as much beer as I can during the winter and summer months due to a very busy summer coming up.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lallemand London ESB Premium Yeast
« on: November 26, 2016, 04:17:48 AM »
What if I used some Amylase Enzyme to get it to attenuate further?

Equipment and Software / Re: Electric Brewing
« on: November 03, 2016, 03:46:24 PM »
I use Barkeepers Friend and either a white or blue scrubbie on my elements and that seems to work fine. However, clean it on brew day, not a week later like I did, way more scrubbing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Old brewing magazines
« on: October 24, 2016, 04:59:01 AM »
I have a box of 15 year old BYO magazines. I will probably give them away to a new homebrewer. Even though they are a bit dated, the recipes are still sound in my opinion. In fact, I still brew the same recipes. I guess I am old school/stubborn old fart.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: October 01, 2016, 05:00:11 AM »
I live in Canada and I think it is just the opposite. Our economy isn't that great at the moment and everything is expensive, especially beer. Good craft beer goes for around $14.00 a six pack, mega s*** for around $11. I brew to save money and the savings are incredible compared to store bought. There is so much beginner equipment out there to get you started, so what's stopping you? Even if you happen to have a job and are busy working, you can make great beer on a simple system which I bought in 1980 and still use in my kitchen occasionally.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: August 01, 2016, 08:10:42 AM »
I have always wondered about oxidation when adding gelatin to my kegs, but I just add it as slowly as I can. I purge it right away with C02 though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: You might just be a homebrewer if...
« on: April 21, 2016, 04:28:56 AM »
When you walk around Home Depot, most of the things you see may be handy in the brewery.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: March 26, 2016, 04:40:21 AM »
Must be nice to get fresh yeast. I can only buy yeast online and the freshest one I ever got was 3 weeks old. That was once in 10 years. The average time is at least 60 days and I received one that was over 90 days old. I guess living in Canada is the reason. White Labs should build a lab in Toronto.

I set my alarm at 4 am. I try to get the mash going before my wife gets up at 5:30 to go to work. After that, time means nothing. Never brew on a weekend though.

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