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Beer Recipes / Re: Full Sail Wassail clone Hops IBU question
« on: October 06, 2012, 11:34:16 AM »
What software are you using and what formula is it using for hops?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Tips for the beginner
« on: October 06, 2012, 09:38:21 AM »
Boy, for your first batch it sounds like you did pretty much everything right!  I have 3 tips for you....most of the time you'll need to make a starter if you use liquid yeast, so stick to dry yeast until you feel like you're ready for that.  A "second stage" fermentation is almost never necessary.  It's an old idea that most us us avoid most of the time.  And temperature control during fermentation is about the biggest part of making great beer.  Find a way to keep the beer temp (not the room temp) in the mid 60 to 70F range and your beer and you will both be a lot happier!

Questions about the forum? / Re: AHA Site Not Letting Me Log In
« on: October 06, 2012, 09:28:42 AM »
I'll contact the IT dept. but there won't be anybody there til Mon.

Ingredients / Re: Dry hop help
« on: October 06, 2012, 09:21:52 AM »
Many ppl, including Denny, say u can skip the weights.  While it might make us feel better, I don't know that it increases the amount of aroma they impart.

Yeah, I've tried with and without and it just didn't seem like the weights really made any difference.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Last three batches terrible
« on: October 05, 2012, 09:15:47 AM »
I just hose mine off, then into the kettle for 10-15 min. before the end of the boil.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sourdough brew experiment
« on: October 04, 2012, 01:50:03 PM »
I'm curious. can't wait to here how it turns out.

Me, too.  I've got a lot of sourdough starter and it would be great to have something else to do with it.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wee heavy help!
« on: October 04, 2012, 01:49:02 PM »
I'm afraid what you're going to get isn't going to be much like a wee heavy.  I just hope that at that temp you end up with some kind of decent beer.  Take a good look at the recipe from skotrat and give it a go sometime in the future.  I've made that recipe many times and it's incredibly good.  Especially if you can figure out some way to ferment it in the mid 50s.

All Grain Brewing / Re: your experiences in moving to 10g?
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:18:55 AM »
Disassemble - thanks Euge! My 14 year old was not around to help me with spelling this am. :P

My iPhone spellchecks posts. 

Does Tapa Talk spellcheck?

Think so, but I'd have to check to be sure.

Ingredients / Re: Acid rinse cloudy
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:18:26 AM »
I use well water, too, and my StarSan mixture gets cloudy within a few minutes.  The pH remains below 3, though, so I'm pretty confident that it's OK to use.  Checking the pH is the only way to know what's really happening.

Yeast and Fermentation / Fusel alcohols
« on: October 03, 2012, 07:47:23 AM »
An excess of FAN will cause fusel alcohols—low molecular-weight proteins are also foam-negative. Might be something to look into if you're seeing low head and hot alcohol.

Good info...thanks.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / DFH b****es Brew
« on: October 03, 2012, 07:44:28 AM »

Or I am just getting old and picky?  :o

Yes, and no more than ever!  :)

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Equipment and Software / Better Bottles or Glass Carboys?
« on: October 03, 2012, 07:39:09 AM »
I've never had anything grow in my BB ( had a mouse fall in once ).  An extended soak with Oxiclean/PBW and they are clean.  Even the dried on krausen comes right off after the soak.
What concentration of Oxyclean do you use?(tablespoons/gallon)
Some in a bunch of water  ;D  I know, not very scientific.  If I had to guess, maybe 2 scoops in the 6 gallons and fill it right to the top.

I use 1-2 Tbsp. per 6 gal.  Use a LOT less than they recommend!

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Ask the Experts / Ask the Experts: Mitch Steele on IPA
« on: October 02, 2012, 12:41:41 PM »
The next guest in the Ask the Experts series will be Mitch Steele, author of the new book "IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale".  Mitch will be taking questions about IPA (believe it or not!) the week of Oct. 22-29.  Answers will be posted on Nov. 12.  Unlike previous Ask the Experts sessions, this one will be conducted here on the forum and open to everyone, not just AHA members.  Please do not post questions before Oct. 22.  I wanted to give everyone a heads up to start thinking about what you might like to ask.  I'll post more as we get closer to 10/22 to remind everyone and let you know when the question period is open.  Please keep questions related to IPA, but any aspect of IPA or anything you read in the book is fair game.

This looks like it will be a really interesting and informative experience, so start thinking up those questions!

Beer Recipes / Re: Drying out an APA
« on: October 02, 2012, 12:23:35 PM »
If even a little crystal malt is making your beer too sweet, you're not using enough hops!  I really like the flavor I get from using crystal in APA/AIPA.  I just add more hops to balance it out.

Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottles or Glass Carboys?
« on: October 02, 2012, 12:21:34 PM »
Other than unbreakabiltiy, I think it's a toss up.  Yeah, I know you didn't ask, but I prefer buckets.  Easier to use and clean because of the larger opening and they take less room to store since you can stack them.

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