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Kegging and Bottling / Re: cold crashing and bottle carbonation?
« on: January 23, 2016, 05:12:31 AM »
Just prime and bottle as you would if you didn't cold crash.
Obviously, store the bottles where it is ~70 degrees until they are carbonated.
Carbonation might take a couple of extra days since the beer is starting off pretty cold.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch sparge sparging question
« on: January 16, 2016, 04:23:37 AM »
After you add the sparge water, stir the mash, vorlauf and drain.
Run off speed doesn't matter, at least on my system.

All Grain Brewing / Re: repitching lager yeast slurry
« on: January 14, 2016, 02:35:09 PM »
I've not gone beyond 5 re-pitches but have not had any issues with that number.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low pH with Best Pils Malt?
« on: January 06, 2016, 10:19:08 AM »
The last 2 German Pilsner batches using Best Pils were lower than expected by .2-.3 pH (actual vs calculated by Brunwater).
I'm always within +/- .05.
Haven't seen the larger variance on my Canada Malting 2 row or TF Maris Otter, yet anyway.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: saFale us-05
« on: January 03, 2016, 07:14:03 PM »
Better to over pitch than under pitch.
You won't have more esters and, unless, you're fermenting with too little head space in your fermenter, you won't have a krausen volcano.

All Grain Brewing / Re: FG is finishing way too low, is it an infection?
« on: January 03, 2016, 06:54:45 PM »
Since you've eliminated ferment temp and instrument calibration, I'm guessing the rubbing alcohol is due to bacterial contamination, likely pediococcus. That will create a solvent like flavor. It also will create a lot of diacelyl (butter/butterscotch or a slick feeling on the palate). Edit to add that a bacterial contamination will also result in the over attenuation that you noted.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Crashing Time
« on: January 03, 2016, 10:56:58 AM »
Doesn't matter, cold crashing results in clear beer, longer cold crashing results in clearer beer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Phosphoric acid to adjust pH
« on: December 28, 2015, 02:28:46 PM »
Looking at your grist and based on my experience with Brunwater, I'd say that 46 mL of 10% phosphoric acid sounds about right.

Other Fermentables / Re: Yeast Nutrient and Cider
« on: December 24, 2015, 05:08:22 AM »
Takes at least 2 months or maybe 3.  I keep wondering if I should bottle mine from October -- I probably could but I am also lazy and it is likely still fermenting anyway.  A couple of my 4 batches are definitely still slightly active yet.  Guess I should check on all 4 again and see where they are at.

I also find it easy to forget my ciders. I've been trying to find a way to leave more of the fresh cider taste in my fermented cider without having to back sweeten.

Other Fermentables / Re: Yeast Nutrient and Cider
« on: December 23, 2015, 04:47:51 AM »
Dave, I saw in another thread that you like Cote des Blancs and US-05 as cider yeast. I didn't realize these yeast varieties would like 45-50 degree temps. How long does it take for the cider to fully ferment?

Other Fermentables / Re: Yeast Nutrient and Cider
« on: December 22, 2015, 04:25:00 AM »
Mine at colder temps since mid-October are just about done now. 

What do you consider "colder temps"?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Krausen after 2 weeks
« on: December 21, 2015, 05:39:36 PM »
I have experienced the same with WLP001, 1056 and US05. It is random, sometimes the krausen will last for 2 weeks. Doesn't seem to affect the beer quality in any way I can taste/smell.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Way too high final beer ph
« on: December 21, 2015, 05:37:03 PM »
You don't mention it, but I'm assuming that you "degass" the beer samples prior to measuring the pH.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: TGIF and 1st time kegging by this Saturday
« on: December 14, 2015, 10:25:14 AM »
All other things being equal, your two beers should be mostly if not fully carbed within a week if you leave them at serving pressure.
That is my procedure (set it and forget it). Works every time.

The Pub / Re: Woodchucks
« on: December 03, 2015, 05:41:36 PM »
At my house, he'd die of lead poisoning before he got very much wood chucked.

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