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That is awesome! Congrats!

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Kegging and Bottling / Do I need to add more yeast?
« on: July 18, 2012, 08:33:04 AM »
Greetings.  I have an American Brown Ale that has been in the primary for 2 months.  Will there still be plenty of yeast in suspension to facilitate bottle conditioning?  Or, should I add some dry yeast at bottling time?


Pimp My System / Re: My home bar build
« on: June 28, 2012, 10:31:10 AM »
Wow, that is awesome!

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Beer Recipes / Re: How do you step up an IPA to Double IPA?
« on: June 25, 2012, 04:35:30 AM »
In addition to the excellent suggestions so far... I will also add that you should lower your mash temp to 149 deg. F to help with the attenuation.  This, in addition to the addition of sugar, will help ensure your IIPA ferments out properly.


Pimp My System / Re: Geek: linksys stir plate
« on: June 15, 2012, 09:26:23 PM »
what a great way to reuse a piece of tech...  :)

Beer Recipes / Re: Scaling up a stout to an imperial stout
« on: May 31, 2012, 09:52:38 PM »
I think the recipe sounds good.  In my experience with a beer that big my efficiency usually drops.  I usually calculate 60% efficiency with a beer that big.  Also, I'm assuming you will be making a starter.  Even 2 vials of yeast will not be enough for this beer.  Other than that I say "go for it"!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Enjoying a Cigar on Brew Day
« on: May 08, 2012, 10:43:41 PM »
Although I don't generally smoke a cigar while I am brewing I do enjoy a good cigar occasionally.  Depending on my mood it could be a beer, scotch, bourbon, or even coffee to go with the cigar.  It really depends on the type of cigar I intend on smoking.  Just another finer moment in life.  :-)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Scorched my starter wort
« on: April 30, 2012, 01:35:44 PM »
Thanks everybody for the replies. I hate to throw out yeast but I would do it if I had to. I will definitely chill & decant.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Scorched my starter wort
« on: April 30, 2012, 06:48:01 AM »
I would say about a quarter, or less, of the bottom of the Erlenmeyer flask has black stuff on it.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Scorched my starter wort
« on: April 30, 2012, 06:20:41 AM »
Yesterday I made a small yeast starter for a kolsch.  I didn't realize I scorched it before I added the yeast to it.  In my hopes to salvage it I still put it on the stir plate and continued like it was still ok.  I would normally chill and decant most of the wort.  I know that a kolsch is a very delicate beer and any strong flavors would come through.  Do you think I could get away with using this yeast starter or should I make a new one?


Zymurgy / Re: Why should I renew my subscription?
« on: April 30, 2012, 06:15:46 AM »
I definitely agree with being an AHA member for the work the AHA does in changing homebrewing laws.  I live in Wisconsin and our laws have recently been changed so we will be able to legally take homebrew outside of our homes.  Zymurgy & the pub discounts are an added bonus.  Yes, the articles do get a bit monotonous after a few years but I think that can happen with any hobby mag.  My dollars also help support this awesome forum!

Brandon Kolbe

Congratulations Guys!

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Equipment and Software / Re: BetterBottle transport
« on: March 22, 2012, 07:05:02 PM »
I use the carboy straps with my better bottles.  They work like a champ!

"If god wanted us to filter our beer, he wouldn't have given us livers." - Bell's Brewing

Love the quote!  I only use whirlfloc and have never had the itch to use a filter.  Just my personal preference though.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: lagers; to rack or not to rack?
« on: March 22, 2012, 06:57:32 PM »
As others have chimed in I agree.  After the diacetyl rest rack to another fermentor for lagering.

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