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I used the "Pale Ale" profile for a few batches of APA and found it to be to "minerally" for my taste.
I switched to the "yellow bitter" profile and like it much better.

Didn't notice the OP was doing an extract/mini-mash beer, my experience is doing all grain.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Re-using yeast
« on: July 19, 2015, 04:13:43 AM »
I've never noticed any flavors when reusing yeast and going from a dark beer to a light one.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kegged lager too soon?
« on: July 16, 2015, 09:14:23 AM »
Did you make the correction to your refractometer reading?
After fermentation a refractometer will read high.
Check out for a refractometer FG calculator

All Grain Brewing / Re: Another efficiency thread
« on: July 10, 2015, 03:53:03 AM »
I find that when I do beers above 70 points that my mash efficiency drops by a few points and when I do small beers, ~40 points, my efficiency goes up by a few points. But since I know it, I can adjust for it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Another efficiency thread
« on: July 09, 2015, 09:32:15 AM »
I don't get the kind of mash efficiencies that I see mentioned in some of the posts on the forum. I also don't care. My interest is in getting the same efficiency each time.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling from keg: headspace and foam
« on: July 07, 2015, 05:56:28 PM »
Using my Beer Gun to bottle, what works best for me is to get the bottles down to the same temp as the beer. Turn off the gas to the keg and pull the PRV to vent the head space on the keg. Turn the CO2 regulator down to around 2-3 PSI (just enough to get the beer moving). Place bottle caps into a small pan/dish with Starsan in it. Fill the bottle with CO2, then beer. Fill the bottle up to within an inch or so from the top. Cap on foam. I cap each bottle as I fill it. A little tedious but no issues with carbonation or oxidation.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How much is too much yeast?
« on: May 21, 2015, 03:24:38 AM »
At 75% system efficiency, the OG will be around 1.065. I don't know how fermentable the chocolate is.
But I think that one 11 gr packet of US05 will be plenty of yeast.

I aerate before pitching, but I doubt if it makes any difference.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« on: April 28, 2015, 03:42:39 AM »
Like Denny, I've been dumping yeast, sanitizer, etc. in my septic system for over 13 years with no issues.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Length and diameter of beer/gas lines
« on: April 26, 2015, 05:19:44 PM »
The gas line diameter or length does not matter.
As far as the beer line goes, when I had a cobra faucet that was inside my beer fridge, I used 3/16" ID and ~5' long. This was at a serving pressure of ~10 pounds at ~40 degrees. Worked fine.

Sometimes a vial of yeast is getting a little long in the tooth before it gets from CA to ME after being shipped in who knows what conditions. So, I started making starters mostly to proof the yeast. The upside was more consistent results in the end. Is the beer better, I think so, but there's a lot of personal bias going on in that evaluation.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydrometer Reading
« on: April 22, 2015, 03:20:13 AM »
I've been brewing for a little over 13 years. In the first couple of years, I used to fuss over, among other things, how to read the hydrometer. I finally came to the conclusion that it didn't really matter as long as I read it the same way each time.

The Pub / Re: Modern work ethic
« on: April 10, 2015, 03:29:24 AM »
It's good to see there are a few other guys on here that have seven day weekends like I do!

Equipment and Software / Re: immersion chiller hose adapters
« on: April 09, 2015, 03:37:24 AM »
After messing around with clamping various pieces of tubing/hoses to the copper tubing on my IC, I was rummaging around the plumbing dept at Home Depot and found some adapters for washing machines. They have compression fittings for 3/8" tubing on one end and 3/4" hose threads on the other end. Work perfectly. Sorry don't have a better description of the part.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hop and grain bags cleaning
« on: April 07, 2015, 03:40:57 AM »
I just empty the bags into the trash, then rinse out the bags with plain water.
No issues after 13 years.

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