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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Times
« on: August 15, 2014, 01:12:51 PM »
I shoul have read this before i posted about Oktoberfest Sacc. temps. So what happens if you mash at a high temp for a LONG time? Or the opposite, a short Beta, and long Alpha?

All Grain Brewing / Decoction sacc. temp for Oktoberfest.
« on: August 15, 2014, 12:34:44 PM »
2 Questions actually. Im using Weyermann malts 75% Munich2 and 25% Vienna. Doing an acid rest to dial in mash PH.
1) Is a protein rest desirable for these malts and style or can I skip? and
2) what should my saccrification temp be for an Oktoberfest?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation temp question
« on: June 24, 2014, 05:31:29 AM »
I tape my probe to the side of the vessel and insulate it from ambient in my freezer so the controller kicks things on or off depending on the temp of the probe. This allows me to keep the beer +/- 1oF from my set point.
What +/- range do you use on your controller(assuming you can adjust)? I have a range of 7° Right now. When you put foam insulation over the probe does that change the variation of when the controller kicks on or off?

Yeast and Fermentation / Fermentation temp question
« on: June 23, 2014, 01:50:17 PM »
Got an APA doing quite nicely in a fridge set at 66*, but the temp strip on the carboy is like 72. I understand fermenting wort will raise things a few degrees, but my question is do i keep the temp of the wort at the suggested 68* or air in the fridge at 68?

From what the guy was drinking and what he currently is drinking... I made 2 assumptions.  A) He doesn't like/want beer with lots of flavor and B) He doesn't like 'sweet' beer.  Most of the NA beers (including St Paulie Girl N/A) have this unfermented wort sweet flavor... That is their main downfall.
You are spot on. He is not much of a craft beer guy. I saw this
I'm gonna do a Boh Pils and pull some off to experiment with.

About 25 Years ago my mom gave me a brew in a bag kit. It should've been called "brew in the basement" 'cause the bag exploded all over the place! I thought: "there's got to be a better way". I picked up Pappazian's book and haven't stopped brewing since!

General Homebrew Discussion / How do I make a super low alcohol beer?
« on: June 23, 2014, 05:37:08 AM »
I have a friend with Liver problems He drinks St Paulie Girl N/A and doesnt care for it very much. I would like to brew something for him maybe in the 1-2%ABV range. he is/was a big fan of Yenguling.
Can i just brew a AM light lager and water it down? any recipes you would suggest?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: did I just cook my starter?
« on: June 19, 2014, 08:50:56 AM »
Thanks for allaying my fears!

Yeast and Fermentation / did I just cook my starter?
« on: June 19, 2014, 08:39:36 AM »
Had an old smack pack of Wyast Urquell yeast, and after about a week it swelled. So i made .5l of 1.020 wort and as i pitched, i realized i had not cooled it very much. I put it on a stir plate; the pack was at about 76, but pitched into 92. Think I killed it?

Yeast and Fermentation / starter using old yeast
« on: June 13, 2014, 06:29:29 AM »
I have a smack pack of (Wyeast) 2001 Urquell lager with a mfg. date of 7/17/13. Mr malty says to use something like 12 to make a starter. I smacked it yesterday; not even sure it's gonna kick off. but if it does should i do a 2 step starter, or get some fresh yeast and buid from there? I would think if it's still viable i could build a healthy starter but not sure.

Yeast and Fermentation / is my starter too old?
« on: May 12, 2014, 01:08:22 PM »
I made a 3.5l starter of some wlp001 a week ago. its been at 67* for the whole time. do you think its ok to decant and pitch in my RIS im brewing today?

Kegging and Bottling / Fining/cold crash question
« on: May 05, 2014, 06:28:40 AM »
Got a pale ale i want to fine. Should I cold crash before or after i fine with gelatin?

All Things Food / Re: Spent grain energy bars
« on: May 01, 2014, 09:45:06 AM »
Just saw this. Other than the novelty of eating spent grain is there any nutritional value? Just curious.

All Things Food / Grapefruit soda recipe
« on: May 01, 2014, 09:31:35 AM »
Dont know if i'm in the right category, but does anyone know a good recipe? i'll probably FC, just dont know if there's an extract like the root beer or if i can just carbonate the juice.

Equipment and Software / Re: GIve Up on ProMash??
« on: May 01, 2014, 09:28:16 AM »
I guess i am talking about the graph, cant manipulate the decoction steps

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