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by jayhawk
Fri Jun 10, 2005 10:50 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Is my starter ok?
Replies: 4
Views: 8853

My Wyeast experience

The only way to play Wyeast is to use fresh cultures. By fresh I mean ones packages within 2-3months. I have simply experienced too much inconsistency in packages over 3 months to recommend using them. I find that fresh packs will swell to full size within 3 hrs, while older packs will often not swe...
by jayhawk
Mon Apr 25, 2005 6:54 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: GRUIT
Replies: 8
Views: 11282

Grow yer own

Now is a good of year to plant, or at least plan, a herb garden. The obvious drawback to this idea is the time and effort of maintaining a garden.
by jayhawk
Sat Jan 22, 2005 8:33 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Film on surface of bottled beer
Replies: 5
Views: 9646

Stopped d/wash too

Billy's right. In fact, I used to use the dishwasher for my bottles too. Come to think of it, that was back when I would run in to a little film in the bottle. Now I just do the starsan dip on organic-crud-free bottles and have not had any issues.
by jayhawk
Thu Jan 20, 2005 10:58 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Film on surface of bottled beer
Replies: 5
Views: 9646

Well budstevens, would like to congratulate you on joining the world of all grain home brewing. It is too bad you have had to chuck out some of your beer, but hang in there...you will be rewarded! I have had batches with a slight film in the bottle. The were not the best batches, but were not highly...
by jayhawk
Tue Jan 18, 2005 11:19 am
Forum: BeerTools.com Online Tools
Topic: BeerTools Ingredient Database ... is it missing anything?
Replies: 62
Views: 216547

I stole your idea

A very good idea it is. Thanks for suggesting it. Hopefully we will see a response soon from lathe or jeff.
by jayhawk
Mon Jan 17, 2005 7:48 pm
Forum: BeerTools.com Online Tools
Topic: BeerTools Ingredient Database ... is it missing anything?
Replies: 62
Views: 216547

Point...counterpoint

geiss - I appreciate having this discussion with you. This forum taught me a lot about brewing, and I care about it. I haven't had a good "give n take" thread with another member for awhile, so welcome - I hope you are finding the site useful. For your info, I am an all grainer, heavily into the hob...
by jayhawk
Sun Jan 16, 2005 1:43 am
Forum: BeerTools.com Online Tools
Topic: BeerTools Ingredient Database ... is it missing anything?
Replies: 62
Views: 216547

Find substitutes

I don't really see the necessity behind adding every maltsters entire product list to the ingredient database. I have been using this site's tools for a number of years now and have been more than content with the ingredient list. Surely we can all find substitutions for certain specialty malts shou...
by jayhawk
Thu Jan 06, 2005 7:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Happened????
Replies: 3
Views: 5692

Hello froach

I agree with you. See my previous post from October. < http://www.beertools.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1393 > The classic forum was much easier to scan. Too bad it is gone. I have also noticed a changing of the guard here as the gang that was around when I first joined has thinned considerably. Thril...
by jayhawk
Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:42 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Coffee Stout?
Replies: 3
Views: 5545

Head retainers

Gypsum will not aid in head retention, and I don't believe lactose would either. Malto-dextrin will add body, so it may add some head retention. However, my advice would be to add in a little wheat and dextrine (aka carapils) malt to the grist. If you are doing extract brewing, you can simply steep ...
by jayhawk
Thu Dec 30, 2004 11:50 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: contamination problems
Replies: 3
Views: 7370

Likely not the immersion chiller

I remember having a similar problem when I was at your stage of brewing. I was so pumped about making beer that I got over my head with too many batches going at once and ended up cutting corners and losing a few batches. I feel your pain :wink: Since you are boiling the chiller I would rule that ou...
by jayhawk
Fri Dec 24, 2004 1:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: How do I dealcoholize my beer?
Replies: 5
Views: 8440

Restore hop aroma...

After heating to 170F you could cool it and dry hop to add back some of the lost hop aroma.
by jayhawk
Wed Dec 15, 2004 12:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: How do I dealcoholize my beer?
Replies: 5
Views: 8440

Reverse osomosis?

I think I have heard that reverse osmosis can be used as a method to dealcoholize beer. I would expect that you would lose quite a bit of body and flavour though with this method.
by jayhawk
Sun Dec 05, 2004 8:19 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Need beer recipe with alot of flavor without alchohol taste
Replies: 3
Views: 5919

Try this too

Use a high mash temp so that the wort will not ferment as much, leaving more body and less alcohol. Also, try using less fermentable malts like carapils (for body) and crystal and chocolate (for flavour).
by jayhawk
Fri Nov 19, 2004 12:26 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Honey Wheat tastes mediciney
Replies: 6
Views: 10444

Chlorine

I guess I was mistaken about the chloride vs chlorine deal. The thing with chlorine though is that since it is "free" and not bound with anyting, would it be driven off and/or dissipate during the boil? I question how much really gets through to the fermenter. Seems to me one would have to be in a d...
by jayhawk
Wed Nov 17, 2004 1:05 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Honey Wheat tastes mediciney
Replies: 6
Views: 10444

Chlorine works for me

The following is from "How To Brew" by John Palmer http://www.howtobrew.com/section3/chapter15-1.html : Chloride (Cl-1) Atomic Weight = 35.4 Equivalent Weight = 35.4 Brewing Range = 0-250 ppm. [/b] "The chloride ion also accentuates the flavor and fullness of beer. Concentrations above 300 ppm (from...