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by akueck
Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:01 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Ale Pail Problems
Replies: 42
Views: 70185

I've heard that a month in plastic is ok as far as O2 goes. Past that, think about glass or steel. Most normal gravity ales will be fine in the bucket.
by akueck
Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Filtering
Replies: 11
Views: 14591

hansolo wrote:WOW! I never thought to use a hop bag. Is that coarse enough to let the yeast through?
Yup. Yeast won't get filtered out until something like 0.5 micron mesh size. They're tiny! Even optically brilliant beer has a lot of yeast in suspesion that you can't see.
by akueck
Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: light agave nectar
Replies: 14
Views: 64449

I haven't tried it but from what I hear it ferments out pretty light and dry. You might not notice it except for the additional dryness it will add. One day I'm going to try to make pre-tequilla by fermenting just some agave syrup & water. Might be good if I can get it to freeze and then use it in b...
by akueck
Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:57 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: losing carbination
Replies: 6
Views: 11522

Ah, I've had that experience. Very clear beer, takes forever to carbonate. But fear not, it will eventually come around, just not in 2 weeks. Give it a month and check again. For myself, in the future when I have very clear beer I'm thinking of stirring up the very top layer of lees while racking be...
by akueck
Sat Feb 02, 2008 7:17 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: losing carbination
Replies: 6
Views: 11522

lost carbonation?

I'm also a little confused about the word "lost". Before 2 weeks, the bottles were carbonated, and then afterwards they were not? As for the iodophor, I have used that many times. Lately I'll mix up a fairly concentrated solution (probably 5 times label strength) and squirt it into the bottles (inst...
by akueck
Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:03 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: ENGLISH BITTER RECIPE REVEIW
Replies: 3
Views: 22701

I second the motion for English 2-row and EKG hops. I recently made a bitter which was basically Marris Otter plus a little crystal and EKG and it's very good.
by akueck
Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:21 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Maple Brown Problem - bottline tonight
Replies: 6
Views: 10372

If you're doing any sort of mash (partial or all-grain), you can turn up the temp to give your beer more body but less fermentable sugars.

Instead of changing the mash temp, you can add maltodextrine to boost the body without adding sweetness. To add sweetness and body, try some crystal malts.
by akueck
Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: Fruit Lambic... What about in the US?
Replies: 7
Views: 12077

No, it was not that sweet, nor was it full. It didn't turn out sour either, but it was very light in body due to the fruit and in general lacking in beer-ness (vs fruit-ness). Still a nice beer and very refreshing. Someday I'll make it again and "fix" it, probably with a little crystal and/or a high...
by akueck
Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:49 pm
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: beer tools calculations
Replies: 5
Views: 15569

In Windows I use the Alt key plus the sequence 0 1 8 6 (on the numpad in case it matters) to produce
by akueck
Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:45 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: non alcoholic brews
Replies: 4
Views: 6124

Out of curiousity, would making a very low gravity wort (say 1.020) which is fairly unfermentable also work? If it starts at 1.020 and ends at 1.010, there would only be ~1% alcohol. Is that close enough to be "non-alcoholic"? Would it taste any good?
by akueck
Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fruit Lambic... What about in the US?
Replies: 7
Views: 12077

I made a blackberry amber that turned out wonderfully.
by akueck
Sat Oct 27, 2007 2:45 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Airlock not filled with water and mold present, help!
Replies: 2
Views: 6010

How does it taste? I'd hazard a guess that you might be ok, as there should be a CO2 layer above the beer with or without an airlock present.

If it tastes ok go ahead and keep it, bottle it, and see how it goes.
by akueck
Sat Oct 27, 2007 2:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: Beer storage
Replies: 15
Views: 20253

I agree, it's over-hyped. "Energy efficient"--wow, it's a thermostat, of course it runs on not much power. The A/C you buy separately is going to kill your electricity bill though. Also, I make a point of not buying things from people who can't spell. That many typos is beyond accident or coincidence.
by akueck
Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:08 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: First time Kegger, but low on budget...
Replies: 4
Views: 10218

I've never kegged, but....

When priming in the keg, use less sugar. I think you only need 1/3 the amount you'd add if you were bottling. There's less headspace in the keg so you don't need to generate as much pressure.
by akueck
Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:24 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Orange Peel
Replies: 7
Views: 21188

I've only used the bitter peel. It doesn't add that much orange flavor, since the pith (the white stuff under the peel) contributes most of the flavor, which is bitter. I've heard suggestions for just zesting an orange or two into the pot during the last 5 minutes. Should add fresh orange flavors. I...