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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Slowed Fermentation
« on: December 18, 2012, 01:43:22 PM »
Don't stir!  What temperature at you fermenting at and what yeast are you using?  Let's start there.  Also what type of beer is it and extract or all-grain?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hops
« on: December 18, 2012, 10:03:12 AM »
+1 to everything above.  I find whole hops to be easier to clean up.  I use muslin sacks and just toss in, drain and throw out when done.  Straining to primary is much easier and my wort is very clean.  I make a lot of light lagers and reuse my yeast so this is important to me, not necessarily the brewing process itself.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: copper v.s. stainless steele
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:58:34 AM »
Price is about the only one I can think of....

Beer Recipes / Re: Did I Overdo It?
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:46:49 AM »
Holy crap, Dave!  Let us know how it turns out.  I'll bet it's pretty darn hoppy! :o

Hey Red!  I just remembered that I let it sit overnight as well to get it down to pitching temp.  I racked it and pitched the next morning at 48F.  You should have seen the glob of hop mass in the bottom! 

I'm starting to get a hoppy bad feeling about this!   ::)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1.072 to 1.050
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:17:15 AM »
I'm on the fence about the starter as well.  Not a bad idea about pulling some wort and pitching that at high Krausen.  I saved the entire cake from the Stout so I was thinking of pitching half of that volume.  Probably about 12oz.  I have to ponder all of this..... :o

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1.072 to 1.050
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:04:32 AM »
You could use some of it to make a starter.

It's for Friday's "Man-Day" brew with my buddies.  I guess if I made the starter today, I would be in good shape. 

Now that's another question though.  How much slurry in how big a starter for 5G?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1.072 to 1.050
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:02:24 AM »
I wouldnt worry.  I dont think you need to pitch the whole thing though.

I was thinking half?

Yeast and Fermentation / 1.072 to 1.050
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:45:42 AM »
I have some 1084 slurry that came from a 1.072 Stout that I want to use in a 1.050 Irish Ale.  It's about a month old.  What could possibly go wrong?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Steeping Dark Grains
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:33:38 AM »
Yep, another interested party here.  I have not had problems with harshness in my stouts, but I have thought about trying the process.


Beer Recipes / Re: spring style
« on: December 17, 2012, 01:11:15 PM »
How about a Kolsch?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dishwasher Sanitize vs. Jet Bottle Washer
« on: December 17, 2012, 09:29:21 AM »
I have killer hard water as well.  Use rinse aid but have not seen any issues.  I only bottle high gravity beer though.  I keg everything else.


Equipment and Software / Re: Johnson Temp Controller
« on: December 17, 2012, 09:03:55 AM »
Looks like you might be ready for a two stage controller (Ranco). I've been using one with a reptile heat lamp in my chest freezer this fall and it's been working great.

Yea, that would be good!  Or the temp could stay cold for me outside!

I take it controls 2 devices so you have a freezer of some sort and a heater attached?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Introduction
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:19:09 AM »
I would say there is definitely a certain camaraderie between homebrewers.  There is so much to know and you can learn something new every day.  That is why I like the forum so much.  You can share and gain knowledge. 

Most guys like beer, so it's not hard to strike up a conversation.  I find at parties and social events, at least part of the conversation is about the latest beer I have made and the process itself.

For me, homebrewing is a hobby with almost no limits.  You are always chasing that perfect pint.  As soon as you reach it, or something really darn close, there is another style to try and master.  And then you realize something you could try to add to the last perfect pint to make it a lillte better. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Engine Rebuild Complete
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:11:46 AM »
That looks great!  On my bucket list....


Equipment and Software / Re: Johnson Temp Controller
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:09:59 AM »
This backfired on me a little.  Temperature got up to 50F here and with 3-5g fermenters in high Krausen, the chest freezer got up to 57F.  I just opened the lid to let some cooler air in.  Still in range but I like fermenting my lagers around 50F.  Gotta roll with the punches of a new process!


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