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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottles aren't carbonating.
« on: January 31, 2012, 03:38:19 PM »
There's an old trick that Jeff Renner used to post that describes filling a plastic bottle at bottling time, squeezing the air out and screwing the top back on.  As the beer carbonates the bottle will expand and get more firm so you can observe the level of carbonation taking place.
Also, if you mark the fill level on a few of your bottles with a sharpie, you can actually witness the level of liquid increase as the beer carbonates.
But I haven't bottle-conditioned beer much in years.....

Kegging and Bottling / Re: gelatin fining in keg
« on: January 30, 2012, 02:57:05 AM »
I used a full packet of knox gelatin for years until somebody on this forum said to use less.  My experience is that a full packet clears the beer faster and more thoroughly.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Can sunlight affect wort?
« on: January 30, 2012, 02:07:49 AM »
I've had a pint of IPA start to smell bad within minutes of taking it out into bright sunlight.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: gelatin fining in keg
« on: January 30, 2012, 01:51:33 AM »
I don't think you want to boil it, just pasteurize it.  I heat my mixed solution to about 160 and add it to the cold beer in the keg.  It will clear in the time it takes for the hot liquid on top to reach the same temp as the cold beer and then settle to the bottom.  I usually get a glass of gummy stuff and then nice, clear beer.  I don't transfer to another keg unless I need to move it or take it to an event.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Can sunlight affect wort?
« on: January 29, 2012, 11:02:29 PM »
I've been searching the interweb for the actual article by Ray Daniels and can't find it, but memory tells me that beer needs to be fermented and contain riboflavin in order for skunking to take affect.  Unfermented wort is safe.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry pasteurizing sugar?
« on: January 28, 2012, 01:57:11 AM »
I made a very nice triple that way last year.  No worries.

The Pub / Re: slightly disturbing statistics
« on: January 28, 2012, 12:51:23 AM »
Wow.  31 days in two years.  I must leave the computer on, get interrupted and walk away….yeah, I'm sticking to that.

The Pub / Re: #58 - Not too shabby!
« on: January 27, 2012, 10:36:24 PM »
They should call it "RateImperialStout" instead of "RateBeer"
It is a nice list though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry pasteurizing sugar?
« on: January 26, 2012, 05:43:11 PM »
you need to get the sugar into a liquid state before adding to the fermenter. heating it dry to melting will just give you caramelized sugar.

as for water needs, you should be able to dissolve a 1.5 of sugar in about a cup of water. if you don't want more water, pull some beer from the fermenter and use it to dissolve

Drew's correct.  If you add dry sugar to your fermenter it will likely just sink to the bottom.  Without a lot of stirring you will never get it into suspension.


I have poured store-bought granulated sugar directly into a fermenter at high kreusen and it successfully fermented it all.  I did not have equal success with liquid sugar as there was some dark sweet liquid left on the bottom after transfer.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Ruthless Rye IPA
« on: January 24, 2012, 01:21:36 AM »
. It could use more hop flavor to help balance the bitterness IMO but I like it.

Yeah, I agree, or a little less bitterness.  But that's something that I commonly think with SN beers.  My east coast brain would like them to dial it down a bit  ;)

wow and here I thought the bitterness is pretty moderate. seriously - will have to recheck this thought on Friday  ;D

I'm with blatz in thinking it was less than IPA-level bitter.  Kind of a slick mouthfeel, too.  Not my favorite.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cheapest/best wort chilling device.
« on: January 23, 2012, 10:23:46 PM »
I have an extra pump in my system now, so after running hose water through the chiller until I get about 85F, I pump ice water through it to get down lower.  I recirculate back to the kettle with a whirlpool until the whole mass is the proper temperature.

Before I had this system, I used to pump wort out of the kettle, into a counter flow chiller (garden hose attached), into 20 feet of copper tubing in an ice bath, then into fermenters.  This worked fine, even in Florida.  It works best if you move the copper tubing around in the ice bath or stir the ice-water.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Measuring mash pH
« on: January 23, 2012, 10:11:49 PM »
So what chemicals do you guys have at hand to adjust the water?  Or does a "pH stabilizer" like this from Morebeer work just as well?

As discussed in several other threads, the 52 stabilizer doesn't seem to do much.
I keep Gypsum, Calcium Chloride, Calcium Sulphate and Magnesium Sulphate on hand, but I use lactic acid to acidify the mash in pale colored beers for the most part.

It's a beautiful day here, sunny with temps in the 70's, and I'm 40 minutes into the boil of a Milk Stout.
It seems too quiet around here.  Usually I have beer to rack or beer to keg or stuff to clean or bottle or something, but not today.  Just enjoying a relaxing afternoon.

I am wondering if the wort has been fermented or if it got hot so suddenly that the yeast was killed first.  Have you taken a gravity reading?  If it is low (finished) then more yeast will not help.
Does it taste hot?  Fusel alcohols burn.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction Trouble
« on: January 20, 2012, 10:40:42 PM »
Thanks guys, I think next time I do a decoction mash out ill take a really thin portion to boil. I feel like that was my biggest problem. Though I was wondering if any grain husks get into the thin decoction boil would that leech out tannins? This is one question that is bugging me seeing as this is the main reason why we lauter, to keep out grain husks from the boil. Any input on that?
The difference in tannin extraction relies on pH.  As you lauter, the pH will rise to a point that you want to stop, but during the mash the pH will deter tannin extraction.

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