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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop substitutions
« on: February 18, 2011, 12:26:57 PM »
Perfect.  I have an ounce of chinook from a recent batch left over.  I will opt to use that.  I appreciate the help.

General Homebrew Discussion / Hop substitutions
« on: February 18, 2011, 12:09:51 PM »
Getting ready to brew a dry stout.  The recipe called for about 0.7 oz of target hops for 60 min (11% AA).  These were unavailable at LHBS so owner suggested goldings as a replacement, but only at 3.7% AA.  I plugged this into a hop conversion app and it calls for 2.1oz of the goldings as a replacement.  If this is purely for bitterring purposes should it work out?  I've never had to substitute hops before (this is only batch 8 or so for me).  Open to any and all advice.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: 1st batch partial mash and headaches
« on: February 15, 2011, 04:02:50 PM »
What they ^ said.  :D
That's pretty darn good temp control. Beer temps 6-8 degrees above ambient are not uncommon. Shoot for controlled temps in the low to mid 60's for most ale yeasts(there are exceptions) and you'll be golden. Good luck.

Thanks for all the pointers. Is that advice meant to disregard "ideal temps" posted on yeast packages?  The last time I had temps go a little low (unintentional) down to the low 60s I ended up with banana beer (damn near undrinkable).  Not sure if that relates to the low temp or not but some said it could have been.  My brief research has suggested otherwise, in that more banana-like tones will be more common at HIGHER temps.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: 1st batch partial mash and headaches
« on: February 15, 2011, 12:46:50 PM »
68 was the reading on the fermometer (my best estimate of whats actually going on inside).  Any hope of this tempering with time?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: 1st batch partial mash and headaches
« on: February 15, 2011, 12:34:32 PM »
What temp did you ferment at?

68-70.  Pitched at 68.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / 1st batch partial mash and headaches
« on: February 15, 2011, 12:25:32 PM »
I just sampled the finished product from my first attempted partial mash recipe- overall tastes pretty good but it left me a bad headache the next day (after drinking only 2) and the phenomena repeated itself the following day after just one.  It was an IPA recipe, alcohol content ~5.5%.  Any ideas what could be causing this?  Tannins?

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewstand
« on: December 21, 2010, 06:17:24 PM »
Appreciate all the suggestions.  Any thoughts on planning for a setup with a mash tun for single step infusion mashing (the cooler type) vs a multi step infusion mashing vessel (with a burner)? I haven't tried either and definitely appreciate the advice about getting a few all grain batches down prior to building anything.  Thought I'd take a consensus though- are there particular advantages or drawbacks to either setup? 

Equipment and Software / Brewstand
« on: December 20, 2010, 11:14:37 AM »
Fairly new to home brewing but now that I've got a few extract brews under my belt I was going to try my hand at a partial mash recipe.  I was contemplating building a VERY basic 2 or 3 tier brew stand and was curious if anyone had some general recs or blueprints.  Or even just things I should consider prior to just jumping in and building something.  It will need to be mostly wood as I don't know how to weld.  Also cost will need to be controlled.  I have looked around at other threads and while the majority of the brew stands posted are impressive they are a bit more advanced than what I was looking for.  Thanks

Equipment and Software / Re: concerns about copper tubing
« on: December 19, 2010, 12:05:38 PM »
Small design flaw now that I think of it but the copper tubing is coiled and cemented inside a PVC pipe that conducts the cold counterflow water.  Probably should have avoided the cement as a hot oven would be the preferred sanitation method- maybe next time.

Equipment and Software / concerns about copper tubing
« on: December 19, 2010, 11:22:48 AM »
I just made a counterflow wort chiller with some copper tubing that the wort will flow through.  In terms of sanitation should I be concerned about the potential corrosive effects of sanitation solution on the interior of the piping?  Will my usual routine of a weak chlorine bleach solution do?  If this is a concern how should I be sanitizing the piping prior to my next batch?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Banana Taste
« on: December 11, 2010, 08:27:04 PM »
It's probably me but what color on the fermometer is the actual temp- I get shades of brown, green, and blue spanning about 6 degrees (that's what I meant by lacking accuracy). I've always gone with the middle one but that's a guess

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Banana Taste
« on: December 11, 2010, 08:21:52 PM »
So I'm a little new to this (this is batch #5)- when fresh yeast slurry is mentioned is that the equivalent of me picking up a new package of yeast and activating it in a little sterilized warm water and adding it in or am I way off here?  Help me save my beer!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Banana Taste
« on: December 11, 2010, 08:12:20 PM »
Transferred into the secondary after 5 days.  The fermentation activity had significantly dropped off it seemed but that may have been due to the low temps now that i think of it.  Anyhow I've given it a good stir in the secondary and got it warmed up and there appears to be signs of some fermentation activity again, albeit slow.  Gonna just watch it for now and see what happens.  Lessons learned I guess.  Does anyone have good recs on a thermometer for the primary carboy?  I'm a little untrusting of the fermometer as it seems to lack accuracy

Equipment and Software / Counterflow chiller
« on: December 11, 2010, 08:04:40 PM »
Looking to build a counterflow chiller.  I like the idea of a cylinder model with PVC piping as the cylinder and copper tubing inside.  Does anyone have any basic blueprints for an easy to build model or other recommendations.  Looking forward to a fun project.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Banana Taste
« on: December 09, 2010, 04:41:39 PM »
Initial gravity was 1.071 and dropped to about 1.036.  Any use in adding fresh yeast.

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