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Homebrewer Bios / Re: StarRaptor aka Scott Bennett
« on: July 16, 2011, 10:21:55 AM »
Nice work on the keezer and the labels.  Welcome to the forum!

Happy Brewing,

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bottle conditioned ales
« on: July 15, 2011, 08:06:01 PM »
I definitely prefer to keg my beers.  However, this year I have been making a lot of belgian styles. I love the finished look of a beer in a belgian bottle with a cork and wire and labeled!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OK, so when I croak.........
« on: July 04, 2011, 05:26:56 AM »
That's awesome!  Where did you find that?

All Grain Brewing / Re: First All Grain Batch
« on: July 02, 2011, 05:44:49 AM »
If you want to use an even 4 gal. of strike water you can change the amount in the mash profile in your recipe. You will have to change from qts/lb to the amount you want to use.  Beersmith will then adjust the temp you need to use.

I will be brewing up a batch of popcorn ale.  My wife & I make it every year for a party we have at our place.  It will be one of 8 different homebrews we will be serving!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hello all!
« on: July 01, 2011, 04:19:22 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Jeff.  There is so much to learn from the wealth of knowledge on this forum.

Happy Brewing,

Congratulations on your score!  Something, definitely, to be proud of.  Welcome to the world of judging.   :)

All Grain Brewing / Re: First All Grain Batch
« on: July 01, 2011, 04:11:13 PM »
It looks like your water to grain ratio is set incorrectly.  4.16 qts of strike water is way too low.  I usually set my water to grain ratio to 1.3 qts/lb.  You should check the mash profile for the water to grain ratio and correct it if necessary.  Hope this helps.

Happy Brewing,

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stiring the wort while it chills???
« on: July 01, 2011, 03:36:04 PM »
I use an immersion chiller for chilling.  I gently stir the wort to speed the chilling process.  By gently stirring I am trying to minimize the effects of oxidation to the wort, especially at hot temps.  Thus, I think you will be fine.

Events / Re: NHC Winners
« on: June 19, 2011, 11:01:29 AM »
Congratulations to all the NHC winners!

Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith 2.0 reviews
« on: June 13, 2011, 10:28:30 AM »
I started using it this weekend. It took me a bit to find some of the features. Other than that I really like the new version. The tabs make it easier to go between a recipe and conversion tables, etc.

My wife & I brewed up a wit and a belgian blonde.  All went well other than being rather disorganized today.  Now to wait for the tripel (brewed last weekend) to be done fermenting & conditioning so I can bottle it.  I was also going to bottle a belgian dark strong this weekend but that didn't happen.  Will have to get that done this week.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My First First Place (Brag Warning)
« on: June 05, 2011, 09:38:39 PM »
Congratulations. The prizes were a bonus on top of the 1st place.  I bet you were/are on top of the world!   :)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stuck old ale?
« on: June 05, 2011, 08:37:00 PM »
My last old ale that I made started at 1.080.  I also used the Wyeast Old Ale Blend.  I racked it to secondary after 2 month then let it sit another 2 months.  It dropped to 1.013 when I finally decided to bottle it.  I don't remember. What the S.G. was after a couple of weeks in the primary.  It may have been 1.020???  I did ferment warmer than you though.  My ferment temp was 68 deg.F.  I'm not sure if that would make a difference.  I usually make a starter but since I did not write it down I'm not sure if I did this time or not.  I guess all - in - all I would let it sit longer.  As others have said... "Brett takes a long time to work"

Happy Brewing,

Ever since I was told about using vodka in the airlock that is all I use.  Works great and no worries about tainting the flavor of your beer.

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