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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: stuck fermentation
« on: May 23, 2014, 07:42:56 PM »
I have a ferm chamber and use a 95 watt bulb in a coffee can hooked up to a controller, easily heats and holds up to 95oF.

The aquarium heater in water works well too but into the low 80's is my experience in the past. Heating pads and reptile heaters can also be used as well as ferm wraps and brew belts but all those will require a temp controller

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: stuck fermentation
« on: May 21, 2014, 06:06:54 PM »
What strain? Some saison strains need it hot and others really just chug along, like up to 4 weeks ever so slowly.

I think if you can get it into the 80's the yeast will wake up and get going for you:)


I see two possible issues. Sanitation and DME clumps.
i agree, it will certainly clump up big time, I'd boil it up in the smallest amount of water possible, cool and add it

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2 gallon brew overflowing
« on: May 18, 2014, 05:25:43 AM »
The pressure will go down but maybe not before the cap or lid blows off, hook up a blow off tube.

Take a piece of tubing and connect it to the top and run it into a jug with star San mix.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2014 Brewing
« on: May 17, 2014, 12:08:29 PM »
Finally got around to my Hibiscus Gose, wort souring with lacto at 95 right now and mashing in another batch of hard root beer, nice to be brewing again after a lot chaos in my world

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Did I kill my San Diego Super yeast?
« on: May 12, 2014, 05:06:44 PM »
Leaving it out didn't kill it but total viability may have gone down a tad. Without making a starter most likely you under pitched the beer as well.

The fact that the temp has gone up and air lock activity is present with slight pressure means things are moving in the right direction and active fermentation is getting underway.

You really so want to consider getting the temp lower-swamp cooler.

Get a big tub, put vessel in it, fill with cold water and drop some frozen water bottles in it. You can also put a wet t-shirt over it and run a fan, this will drop the temp. You can then swap frozen bottles to maintain the temp.

Keep in mind that the drop in temp will shock the yeast and slow things down again until the yeast acclimated to the lower temp but it will ward off any off flavors from too high a temp but do this sooner rather than later or those esters will have already formed and not go away.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How was the weekend?!
« on: May 04, 2014, 04:01:05 PM »
Construction at the house is finally done except for blowing some insulation into the attic tomorrow, spent the entire weekend juggling travel soccer games and finally putting my house back together. I'm exhausted!

Now I can finally get back to scheduling some brewing and getting the pipeline going again:)

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: May 04, 2014, 06:09:14 AM »
50 here with a high of 55, sure not feeling very May-like :( the leaves on the trees here are just starting to come out of their slumber...

Pimp My System / Re: My basement electric brewery
« on: May 03, 2014, 03:29:42 PM »
That looks really nice, well planned out and efficient use of space, jealous as well:)

General Homebrew Discussion / How was the weekend?!
« on: April 28, 2014, 10:41:06 AM »
Got a chance to finally brew a Quad, helped a neighbor bottle her first batch of beer where all the water was actually birch sap and got some of the brewery straightened up.

Strung up my hops which are finally starting to grow after this miserable cold spring weather.

Capped off the weekend chowing down some tasty pulled pork and baby backs!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Talking with a brewer
« on: April 25, 2014, 06:16:06 AM »
Sounds like a great time! Love the name of the beer too. I always try to seek out the brewers when I visit tap rooms and such, especially if they are brewing great beer!

It's always nice to here a pro's take on things and swap stories and ideas for beer, recipes and ingredients to use.

One of the things I really enjoy about this hobby is the open sharing of pretty much everything and anything associated with brewing, it really is all about the beer:)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Hop sediment
« on: April 24, 2014, 06:13:26 AM »
Next time you go to rack into your bottling bucket you can place a piece of sanitized nylons around the end of the racking cane, it works as a great filter medium as they are very fine.

Since I just toss my hops in for dry hopping I use a nylon like this and it not only filters out all the hops but does a great job on the yeast as well without effecting the ability to properly carbonate.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 22, 2014, 03:31:18 PM »
Amanda, I think you missed your true calling! Tap room designer would be a good second job!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 22, 2014, 03:29:11 PM »

Vienna Pale ale dry hopped with liberty and simcoe. A bit too malty for a pale ale but delicious nonetheless.
that really looks tasty!

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio - Gus Addkison
« on: April 22, 2014, 10:31:26 AM »
Howdy! My sister in law lives in Brandon, live the southern food!

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