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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry Wine Yeast in Mead
« on: April 29, 2011, 06:15:43 AM »
I make mostly sweet meads, but I usually put 10g (2 packs) dry yeast in a 5 gallon batch.

All Grain Brewing / Re: I'm going to do a decoction, damm!t...
« on: April 29, 2011, 06:06:45 AM »
Like infusion amounts for a step mash, I haven't yet found any calculations that are accurate for pull amounts for decoctions in a cooler.  I pull a lot more than Promash recommends just to be on the safe side.

it's easier to heat more than you need and cool it down before you add it, than it is to dump your whole decoction in the mash, miss your temp, say "oh crap" and scramble to heat up water.

That sounds familiar.  My first decoction I blindly followed the amounts that Promash suggested and my temps were off...still made tasty beer though. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can a brother get a BJCP exam?
« on: April 20, 2011, 06:00:15 AM »
I am in the same boat, although I am trying to take it again to get a national rank.  As a club we finally decided to hold our own exam to try and increase the number of judges in the club.  I just have to wait until March 2012 to take it.

Brewing a Munich dunkel with the Hellabock yeast and bottling entries for the NHC.

Brewing up an Am. Barleywine, if my hops get here by Saturday and bottling up entries for the NHC.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Temperature control
« on: March 05, 2011, 04:00:48 PM »
I have used both the Ranco and the Johnson digital and both work well.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Temperature control
« on: March 04, 2011, 06:44:46 AM »
I tend to keep my house cool during the winter so my SOP is to use the fermwrap, a glass carboy, carboy cap with a thermowell and a digital temp controller.  It works great!

The Pub / Re: Here's to Nelson
« on: February 28, 2011, 12:48:52 PM »
Sorry to hear that Marc, I'll raise a pint or two in memory of Nelson tonight. 


Other Fermentables / Re: Fermentation Temperature for Mead
« on: February 23, 2011, 07:08:58 AM »
I've only used the sweet mead yeast on ciders.  From what I have heard this yeast is finicky and doesn't always produce consistent results. 

The Pub / Re: N-Pee-OK
« on: February 21, 2011, 07:25:10 AM »
When I lived on a farm I always took a trip out to the compost bins to pee.  Now that I live in town, I don't think my neighbors would appreciate it. 

My spent grains always go into the compost bin.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: keg cleaning
« on: February 21, 2011, 07:02:57 AM »
I usually wait until I have a few kegs and clean/sanitize them all at the same time with hot PBW and star san.  I may not be necessary, but I break down a keg after each use.  I would be pissed if I had an infected beer that could have been prevented by with a throrough cleaning.   

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Summertime Lagers
« on: February 15, 2011, 01:16:24 PM »
I have a german pilsner and light american lager lagering now and will probably brew a dortmunder and helles for late summer.

With a forecast high of 50 degrees on Sunday you bet I'm APA.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nice Compliment on my Beer!
« on: February 10, 2011, 06:28:55 AM »
Boy , I must have done something wrong...when I made that recipe I didn't think it tasted anything like Bitburger.

I agree, it makes a nice pilsner, but not like Bitburger.  I've switched up the hops and adjusted sulfate levels and the last one is closer.

Equipment and Software / Re: Building a new mashtun!
« on: February 09, 2011, 06:45:45 AM »
I've got a 36 and a 54 qt CE, both have performed exceptionally.

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