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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carbonation
« on: March 19, 2013, 08:12:53 PM »
The sugar was put in the racking bucket and then the beer was added.  I didn't stir for fear of oxidation but will try your method next time.  Thanks.
I used to have carbonation problems (some under, some over) until I started stirring the sugar and beer together. Just use a long spoon and stir gently but thoroughly. Adding yeast for a big beer is good insurance too. Beer always carbonates quickly that way. You don't need much, 1/4 packet rehydrated is plenty.

Any special yeast?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boil Question
« on: March 19, 2013, 08:10:56 PM »
I don't know anything about it, and there aren't any customer reviews, but I saw this on the NB website the other day. Cheap...dunno about quality.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/the-dark-star-burner.html

I looked at that one also along with the Bayou KAB4 AND KAB6.  After reading the reviews and getting an offer from NorthernBrewer.com for a free Porter extract kit with the purchase of $125 or more, I decided to go with the Blichmann burner.  A little over my budget but it should last me a good long time.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carbonation
« on: March 19, 2013, 07:07:18 PM »
On high gravity and especially high gravity heavy hopped beers you are always better off adding half a packet of dried yeast just to be sure. The yeast will not always respond as well on a natural conditioned beer after a high gravity ferment.

If you still don't get any carb in the next few days you can rehydrate a pack, take an eye dropper and crack open each one, add a little yeast and reseal. You should get carbonation then assuming you mixed the priming sugar up well.

Does the beer taste kind of sweetl? if so +1 to Majors advice. if it doesn't I would lean towards the lack of mixing argument. check some more bottles and see if they have more pfft

Next brew day is the 29th so I'm going to be patient and not open another bottle until then.  Hopefully there will be plenty of pfft when I flip the cap and a wonderful creamy head on top of that DIPA. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc
« on: March 19, 2013, 07:03:17 PM »
I used a whole whirlfloc tab in my last 5 gal batch and ended up with about 2 inches of trub.  I think 1/2 tab for the next batch.  Thanks sort-h.o.g. for that info.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boil Question
« on: March 19, 2013, 07:00:22 PM »
Thanks all for the suggestions.  A Blichmann looks pretty nice, especially with the leg extensions that are available.  BUT, it might be a little over my budget right now.  I do see where I can pick up a Bayou Classic KAB4 High Pressure Banjo Cooker for $87.49 on Amazon.  I might have to go that route.  So, now that I've decided to move the process to the garage, I guess I need to get water out there so I can chill the wort.  Always something to think about.  Thanks again everyone.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash-out
« on: March 19, 2013, 06:48:55 PM »
A lot of purist will resist this comment but you can absolutely skip the mash out step. It may slightly increase your overall efficiency and lower the lag time on the boil slightly but you aren't going to get much else benefit from it.

I think I read in John Palmer's book that he does not do a mash-out either.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash-out
« on: March 19, 2013, 06:47:48 PM »
Are you fly or batch sparging? You can add water - and yes you'd subtract that from your sparge water. If you are batch sparging, just drain and add hot batch sparge water.

Yes, fly sparging.  Thanks for the info.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boil Question
« on: March 19, 2013, 05:55:13 AM »
Unless you have one serious home stove, you will need a burner.  My Bayou Classic has treated me well.

Dave

I was afraid that was going to be the answer.  I was hoping not to spend the night in the garage but I guess there is no escaping it....  Looks like we'll be drinking a stout during this brewing.  Thanks Dave.

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All Grain Brewing / Mash-out
« on: March 19, 2013, 05:52:45 AM »
Doing my first all-grain and was wondering how to to the mash-out step.  I'll be mashing in a 10 gal. cooler so in order to bring the temperature back up to @168 degrees should I add water to the wort or take some of the wort out and bring that up to a higher temp and add it back in to bring the total wort temp up?  Second, if the answer is to add water, then I would assume I subtract that from my sparge water? 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Boil Question
« on: March 19, 2013, 05:25:15 AM »
I just bought a 10 gallon Blichmann boil kettle so I could boil volumes of about 8.5 gallons.  My question is, will I be able to do that on my stove top or do I need to move to a propane burner? 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc
« on: March 19, 2013, 05:22:59 AM »
Thanks for the quick response HoosierBrew, davidzach and majorvices...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc
« on: March 19, 2013, 04:16:05 AM »
Do you experienced brewers have a preference for one over the other?  Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carbonation
« on: March 17, 2013, 01:03:01 PM »
Thanks Malzig. 

The next recipe I'm making doesn't list the amount of sugar to add at bottling time.  I entered the recipe into BeerSmith and it calculated 3.61 oz.  As with the last bottling, I boiled 4 oz. corn sugar into 2 cups water for 5 minutes.  I watched a video that showed boiling water for 10 minutes and then adding the sugar to dissolve.  Curious to know what others are doing to prepare for bottling.  Thanks.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carbonation
« on: March 17, 2013, 07:07:46 AM »
10 days is just not enough time especially for higher alcohol beers, my guess is 2-3 weeks.

I've got a 9% beer sitting at 8 weeks and its almost ready:)

I'm so hoping it will turn out OK and will be patient and wait.  Thanks.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carbonation
« on: March 17, 2013, 07:06:48 AM »
I bottled a DIPA (extract recipe) 10 days ago.  Last night I opened one and there was little to none carbonation.  When I prepared the 4 oz. of corn sugar I did so by boiling it with 2 cups of water for 5 minutes.  I let it cool and then put it in the racking bucket along with the beer.  The bottles have been sitting at room temperature @ 70 degrees.

So, did I lose this batch or should I just wait another week or two to see if the carbonation happens?

I would say that you should have some carbonation at this point, but be patient. It should carbonate in a week or so. One thing to consider is did you stir the sugar in with the beer? I like to give it a very SLOW and easy stir, to avoid oxidation, with a sanitized spoon about every sixth beer poured. This will keep the sugar suspended more evenly throughout the beer.

The sugar was put in the racking bucket and then the beer was added.  I didn't stir for fear of oxidation but will try your method next time.  Thanks.

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