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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is My Wheat Ale Stuck?
« on: July 26, 2012, 05:20:58 PM »
The recipe is pretty basic:

3 pounds wheat extract
3 pounds briess malt extract
1 OZ German Hersbrucker Hops

And I made a starter from the yeast sediment in an Ommagang Wheat Ale bottle.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is My Wheat Ale Stuck?
« on: July 26, 2012, 04:37:47 PM »

The OG was 1.070 and has gone down to 1.050.  I was reading one of Greg Noonan's books last night and he mentioned the abreviation sp gr to be the correct way to abbreviate specific gravity when it is written with a decimal.

About how long should I let a beer ferment if I started at 1.070?

Again, thank you for your help!

Yeast and Fermentation / Is My Wheat Ale Stuck?
« on: July 26, 2012, 03:33:20 PM »
Hi all,

I started brewing a Wheat Ale Sunday and checked the sp gr last night.  It was still at 1.050.  Is that normal after only a couple of days of frementation?  Also the air lock is no longer bubbling and Krausen has occured and the yeast has flockulated and settled out.

Thank's for your help!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Used Brewing Equipment
« on: July 12, 2012, 07:02:32 PM »
I am looking for equipment to make a brew sculpture (or two), along with wort chillers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Used Brewing Equipment
« on: July 12, 2012, 03:54:22 PM »
Hi all,

Do any of you guys have used brewing equipment you you are looking to get rid of (for some money of course!)? Just wondering...

Ingredients / Re: Brewing water adjustment - Chicago water
« on: May 11, 2012, 08:39:31 PM »
Hi Garndt,

If I were you, I would not worry about the water at all.  I also live in Chicago and asked at the local homebrew store about making adjustments to the water chemistry and the guy helping me asked if the "water was good enough for Goose Island, why did I think it was not good enough for me". 

I have noticed that a change in fermentation temp can make a huge difference in the finished product.  If you want to start adding more controls to your process I would start there and get the most bang for your buck as they say.

Hi all, forgot my recipe and need some quick help.  How much corn sugar should I add to prime condition the bock?

Beer Travel / Round Barn Winery and Brewery in Union Pier, Michigan
« on: April 24, 2012, 02:58:35 PM »
Hi all,

Anyone tried any of the beers and/or wines made at the Round Barn Winery and Brewery recently.  I am planning a trip to Michigan and wondering if it is worth thr drive.

Thanks for your help!

Zymurgy / Denny's Article in the Current Zymergy
« on: April 24, 2012, 02:26:59 PM »
Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know that Denny wrote a great article about creating homebrew recipies in the latest Zymergy.  Thank you Denny!!!  I enjoyed reading it and learned a lot.  I am deffinently going to start making teas out of grain and hops after this weeks trip to the LHBS.

I do have one question out there for all of you guys.  Denny was writing about a particular Porter he made and stated that the pH was low.  Does anyone know what the "notmal" pH range for beer is?

Again thank you Denny!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Okay Princess Bride fans...
« on: April 06, 2012, 03:30:50 PM »
If someone wanted to brew for their wedding, they could call it "Mawage Ale"

"Mawage Ale.  Mawage Ale is wot bwings us togeder tooday."

I am brewing an ale for my brother-in-law's wedding in August, you jsut named it!!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Store In Evanston IL
« on: March 30, 2012, 08:43:05 PM »
Thanks all, I too am a little concerned about the competition.

I am considering a spot that is close to the Howard St station (where the purple, red and yellow lines meet). 

Phil, I will let you know if and when I get this thing open...

General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrew Store In Evanston IL
« on: March 29, 2012, 06:49:33 PM »
I am interested in opening a homebrew supply shop in Evanston IL, or the very northern part of Chicago.  Do any of you guys in the area ever find yourself wishing there was a homebrew supply shop close by?

Anyone interested in starting a homebrew club in the Rodgers Park/Evanston IL area?

General Homebrew Discussion / Book Idea for Homebrewers
« on: March 25, 2012, 10:00:36 PM »
Hi all,

I have been looking for a book that describes the steps needed to make the same batch of beer that tastes the same each time.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks for your help!

Beer Recipes / Re: skull splitter
« on: February 29, 2012, 04:32:31 PM »
Hi all,

Thank you so much for the recipe's!  And yes it lived up to its name...

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