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Equipment and Software / Re: Measuring vial?
« on: January 07, 2014, 04:43:54 PM »
I'm a little too lazy to be that precise. I convert ml to tsp and use my measuring spoons to approximate. PH seems to be on target that way.

Denny's syringe idea seems like a better option. I'll see if any smack addicts in my neighborhood can lend me a syringe.

Or just buy one in the pet section  of a grocery store....

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast options
« on: January 07, 2014, 04:42:46 PM »
I know a guy who went all grain before buying a stir plate and flask. Oh, wait... I am a guy who went all grain before buying a stir plate and flask. I do that different if I had a time machine

Bah, I still don't have a stir plate and my flask just sits in the cupboard. Half gallon mason jars and regular swirling works for me. I'll save the stir plate money for ingredients

I'm with you.  The only reason I use a stir plate is because someone gave me one.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast options
« on: January 07, 2014, 04:40:20 PM »
Denny,
Would you consider this beer a high gravity beer that even needs a starter? The recipe lists the following gravity ranges;
SG- 1.064-1.068
FG- 1.012-1.018

Yep.  My experience is that anything over 1.040 OG needs a starter.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Measuring vial?
« on: January 07, 2014, 04:39:23 PM »
I just use a syringe marked in ml.  Too easy?

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Ingredients / Re: Dry hopping an Old Ale
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:19:59 PM »
I wouldn't dry hop an old ale at all.

I'm hoping to mask the Nottingham.  Maybe age will do that?

Any other suggestions?

FWIW, I'm splitting five gallons and will put oak chips in one half.  Was thinking of dry hopping the other.

For my tastes, I'd just age it.  But I haven't tasted YOUR old ale...maybe dry hops would work in it.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast options
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:17:49 PM »

Activator is simply the form of packaging.  I missed that you had listed 1335 above.  Keep in mind that the OG of this beer is high enough that if you use a liquid yeast you'll need to make a starter with it.

Denny,
Can you elaborate on what a starter is, or point me in the direction for good instructions? Thanks!
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Take a look at mrmalty.com for some great info.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Infrared temp. guns
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:16:38 PM »
I'm considering picking up an IR temp gun to monitor temps while fermenting in a carboy. Previously, I've used the stick-on thermometers which I assume isn't the best bet.
Anyone use IR guns? Thoughts?

Actually, the stick on fermometer strips are remarkably accurate.  I'd say save your money.

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Ingredients / Re: Dry hopping an Old Ale
« on: January 06, 2014, 06:27:28 PM »
I wouldn't dry hop an old ale at all.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« on: January 03, 2014, 07:50:47 PM »
maybe its just my senses, but i think the citra hop is all grapefruit. i recently used it in a belgium wit and at the end of a pale ale. its distinctly grapefruit to me. in fact i just had a bottle of thirsty dog's citra dog IPA...whooee is it grapefruit city.

I wish I got grapefruit from Citra.  Maybe then I'd like it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low OG
« on: January 03, 2014, 04:59:03 PM »
Using Palmer 's 'How to Brew' recipes and techniques. Mash hour, sparge, let sparge rest 15 minutes. Went through my limited notes (damn rookie) and appears don't have important water numbers. Example: last brewed IPA, started with 5-gallon mash, finished with 6.5 gallons of wort, but don't have how much added or preboil volume - believe sparge with 4 gallons. OG was 1.042, FG 1.01

Try this instead...www.dennybrew.com

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General Homebrew Discussion / Recipe book giveaway
« on: January 03, 2014, 04:49:32 PM »
I just heard from my publisher that they're giving away a few copies of "Craft Beer for the Homebrewer".  If you're interested, go to https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/72825-craft-beer-for-the-homebrewer-recipes-from-america-s-top-brewmasters

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The Pub / Re: The importance of commas
« on: January 02, 2014, 09:10:34 PM »


Graphic proof!  Now if I could just get that image out of my mind....

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This will date me.....but I would have to say the Phil's sparge arm.  Kept losing the little stoppers in the ends, the holes would plug up with hard water deposits, the water temperature in the plastic bucket would drop too quickly before fly sparging was done, etc.  Thank God for batch sparging.

At least Dan admitted how worthless those arms were!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast starter
« on: January 02, 2014, 07:49:00 PM »
This was my second all grain batch. I made an English Brown a week ago and this IPA. It looks like the wort has a lot more sediment in it vs an extract batch. Is this normal??

Completely normal.  That stuff is removed from extract when it's produced.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: balancing higher gravity beers
« on: January 02, 2014, 06:53:57 PM »
Seems like a good guess.  You won't really know what you like til you brew it.  It may take a couple times to get it right.

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