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So, I've got a tripel in the fermenter where I overshot my OG a bit.  I've changed up my process a bit (new grain mill and mash tun) so I'm still dialing it in.

Anyway, my OG was 1.1.  It's sitting in the fermenter now at 1.014.  I was hoping for something lower, but I'm not sure if that's unreasonable.

It tastes good.  Maybe a bit sweet, but maybe I'm fooling myself.

Ardennes yeast.

I have no worries about being patient and giving it time, but it seems a little unreasonable to expect it to drop much lower.  Any thoughts?

Kegging and Bottling / Universal Poppet O-ring
« on: April 20, 2015, 03:49:56 PM »
I had one of these tear recently.  They are theoretically replaceable.

Anyone know where to get them in bulk?  I've seen a couple on-line vendors selling them individually for $0.10 or $0.15, but I don't want to place an order for less than $1.

Anyone know a McMaster Carr part #?

Equipment and Software / Aquarium Heaters for Temp Control
« on: February 18, 2015, 08:26:16 PM »
Anyone use one?  I have a saison going and I'd like to raise the temp as it ferments.

My thought was to put it in a tub of water with an aquarium heater.

I tried this before with a small heater that did nothing, so I'm looking for recommendations on one that would work.

I'm not looking to put the fermenter in a box or fridge with a brew belt, heating pad, or light bulb.

Equipment and Software / Weldless valve for kettle
« on: November 08, 2014, 08:22:32 PM »
I'm ready to drill out my kettle and add a weldless valve.

But I have to ask, will that silicone o-ring really not melt?  If I read the directions right, it goes on the outside.

I'm sure it works, since so many others have done it.  I'm just leery and need convincing.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Breiss Bavarian Wheat Extract
« on: July 16, 2014, 03:24:05 AM »
Just curious if anyone has used this.  I usually use Munton's.

USed the Breiss and my wheat came out pretty dark.  And insipid.

I'm thinking maybe I mashed the wrong grains because its so dark.  But I'm pretty sure I used Pils.

Rallies / Revolution Brewing AHA Rally
« on: June 25, 2014, 09:17:02 PM »
Anyone going?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / IBU Calculation
« on: May 29, 2014, 05:41:01 PM »
Another post related to my Old Rasputin "clone."

I followed the recipe since I've never brewed this one before. Zymurgy, July/August 2007.

The recipe says 92 IBUs, but Beersmith calcs something like 28.  The warm and uncarbonated sample I had last night did not taste nearly hoppy enough to be close to Old Rasputin.

The recipe calls for 2 oz of Cluster for 60 minutes, 1 oz of Northern Brewer at 2 minutes, and 1 oz of Centennial at 2 minutes.  I've seen a couple other recipes (BYO) that take the Cluster up to nearly 4 oz, but even then I'm not getting 92 IBUs.

I've never been a numbers guy so I don't usually pay all that much attention to IBUs. And I know Beersmith is only a tool.  But what am I missing here?

Is there anything you can do to increase body/mouthfeel after the beer is fermented?

I did a "clone" of Old Rasputin following an old Zymurgy recipe and it came out pretty thin.  It finished 10 points lower than the expected FG from the recipe and the hydrometer sample leaves me feeling that it just won't have the body I had hoped for.

Equipment and Software / window AC for cold room
« on: May 25, 2014, 06:41:17 PM »
Got a new (to me) AC for my cold room today.  The old one was just too small, I think.

Anyway, tore the new one open and it has two temp sensors.  One in the duct for the cold air (to the room) and one attached to the coils.

I don't recall a two sensor thermostat on the other ACs I've opened.

I'm going to go ahead and put the cold air thermostat into the can with the light bulb to make it think the room is warmer, but curious about the other stat.

It is, of course, a unit with digital controls unlike my old unit.

Anyone familiar with AC units?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Low mash pH
« on: May 18, 2014, 04:29:09 AM »
I finally bought pH strips to check my mash pH.

Today, one batch was right on and one appeared to be low.  The batch that was right on was a stout, the low batch was an IPA.

What would be the impact of low pH in the mash?

I've had comments on score sheets that my beers need more body.  Would pH affect body?  Of course, those comments have been on everything from a light saison to an imperial stout.

My last batch came in low.  It's sitting in the fermenter right now.

I know I can add sugar to bring the gravity up to where I want it.

Can I add DME to the fermenter?

I've added sugar straight in and am thinking of doing the same with DME.


Kegging and Bottling / Pin lock to ball lock conversion
« on: May 13, 2014, 04:34:03 PM »
Just bought four pin-locks.  Looking for opinions as I can't decide.

Is it worth converting the posts? has conversion kits for like $11. 

Otherwise, I just buy a couple disconnects and go to town.  Those will run me under $20 all in.  So half price, or thereabouts, vs. the conversion.

PRVs are for a different day.

Ingredients / Brown Malt
« on: May 13, 2014, 04:02:20 PM »
Planning to brew the Old Rasputin recipe from July/August 2007 Zymurgy.

It calls for 0.5lb Brown Malt.  I've never used brown malt that I can recall and the LHBS does not list it on their website.

I understand brown malt can impart roast flavors.

What could/should I sub?

It's a relatively small amount of grain in a strong dark beer, so I'm assuming there's a lot of latitude.  But not knowing what brown malt brings to the party I'm not sure.

Yeast will be a neutral ale yeast, probably US-05.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Hop Extract
« on: May 07, 2014, 05:58:51 PM »
I need to brew an IPA for an upcoming celebration.  I don't typically brew IPAs, but I've been asked for one.

I thought I might do a Pliny clone, but some of the recipes I've seen call for hop extract which I've never used.

For those of you who have, is it necessary?  Can I brew something close without it?

I may go with something a bit smaller than Pliny or I may do two batches.  Not sure.  Still thinking.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Victory Swing - Session Saison
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:13:51 PM »
Ew.  I really wanted this to be good.  It is not.

Almost no aroma.  Almost no flavor other than "soapy" followed by a lingering hop bitterness.

If I brewed this, I would be disappointed.  And it actually reminds me of a light lager that I brewed a number of years ago that I dumped.

I gave the glass to my wife, she said "it tastes like soap."  I poured it out. I have five in the fridge for anyone who wants them.

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