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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Help with a wee heavy
« on: July 25, 2017, 06:27:08 AM »
Sounds like you're pretty much there. Maybe use some table sugar in place of base grains in the future. That should help you get better attenuation, too.


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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: July 21, 2017, 07:01:12 PM »
Finished up my bottle of Wildcatter 8 Yr tonight. A darn nice glass as all the Frank-lin products tend to be. This one says Elite Brands, At 90 proof I found at best with a cube. I think the price point was something like $35.

Working on a binnys barrel select knob creek single barrel. It's tasty but at 120 proof it's warm. Rocks and water and there's still some heat and a ton of flavor.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: She's Stuck!
« on: July 21, 2017, 08:50:01 AM »
I wouldn't necessarily rely on the software, but your past experience is a solid indicator.

Your original post says you dropped the temp.  That won't help the yeast finish and will actually do the opposite by dropping them out.

Before you do anything else, I would rouse the yeast (swirl to fermenter or stir with a sanitized spoon) and raise the temp of the beer to something close to 70.  You can also do a fast fermentation test to see if there's anything left to ferment out.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lager Won't Clear
« on: July 21, 2017, 08:46:53 AM »
Sounds the gelatin didn't work.  It should clear in 30 days without.

Did you chill it?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: She's Stuck!
« on: July 21, 2017, 08:13:18 AM »
"Should" doesn't mean much.  How do you know it should?  It' might be done.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Help with a wee heavy
« on: July 20, 2017, 02:40:54 PM »
If you have bread yeast, it's much cheeper than beer yeast...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Help with a wee heavy
« on: July 20, 2017, 01:54:26 PM »
Nope.  Just sprinkle it in.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Help with a wee heavy
« on: July 20, 2017, 01:06:11 PM »
Pull a sample and do a fast fermentation test.  Add a ton of yeast to it and see what it ferments out to.  That will let you know if you have anywhere left to go.

I've done this with bread yeast.  Some recommend using the same yeast you are fermenting with.

If you just want to know if there's more to go, any yeast will work.  If you want to know with more accuracy where you're likely to end up with a given yeast, it might be best to use that yeast.  Or it might not. I don't know.

I've had big beers take a long time to finish on occasion.  You might also try rousing the yeast and heating up the beer into the 70s if you can.  Especially if the FFT tells you there's more sugars to ferment.

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There are paintball get ups you can use, also.  Bulkier than the keg charger, but they have a regulator and a 20 oz. tank.

I bought something called a Jak Pak.  It's intended for portable pneumatic tools (roofing, etc.).

https://www.stapleheadquarters.com/ItemForm.aspx?Item=J-6901-91

I think I got mine for around $40 but it was years ago.  Works fine, but I've only used it a couple of times.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Attenuation question
« on: July 14, 2017, 01:55:17 PM »
Are you using dark malt extract?  That could be an issue.

When I use extract, I use Breiss Pilsen DME.  It's the lightest and most fermentable extract I have encountered.  To make a stout, I simply use all the dark grains you would normally use to get the color I want.

I've had no issues with attenuation with Breiss Pilsen DME.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stuck Fermentation
« on: July 14, 2017, 09:08:03 AM »
Pull a sample and do a FFT to see what happens.  It is helpful.

If there's further to ferment based on the FFT, rouse the yeast.  Warm it up.  Give it some time.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Final Gravity?
« on: July 13, 2017, 11:04:20 AM »
I use Better Bottles (plastic carboys) all the way through.  I've tried buckets, but never really liked them.  Nothing against them, I just always had ones with spigots which skeeve me out as they seem impossible to clean.

I ditched glass years ago due to safety concerns.

Go with what you like and don't be afraid to leave the beer in one vessel until completion.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: What's in your beer fridge?
« on: July 12, 2017, 12:40:44 PM »
I'm coming to visit.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: What's in your beer fridge?
« on: July 12, 2017, 11:47:37 AM »
North Coast Stock Ale is some good stuff.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: What's in your beer fridge?
« on: July 12, 2017, 11:34:21 AM »
My beer fridge is sadly low on stock.  I've got kegs of homebrew, a few bottles of Bell's Consecrator Dopplebock, some N/A Beck's, and a six of New Glarus Moon Man.  Not much else.  Maybe a bomber of one of the GoT beers by Unibroue.

Wish I could get some Extra Gold.  Haven't had that since college.  Been enjoying Hamm's as my low brow macro these days.

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