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by fitz
Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:59 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Superior Lager Yeast
Replies: 4
Views: 8059

Superior is a good dry yeast

If you use dry yeast, I many of times do, because of convenience. I have used superior on many occasions. I have also mixed superior lager with Nottingham ale, just experimenting. They worked together fine, although I am not sure which of them did the most fermenting. I wanted to lager the beer afte...
by fitz
Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:31 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: What to do with this barleywine?
Replies: 4
Views: 8437

Unfermentables

There ia an enzyme called Amalayze Enzyme that can convert some of you unfermentables to fermentables. Usually this is done prior to initiating fermentation, however, since you are having such a problem with them, it is worth a try. This is usually used to reduce chill haze, however chillhaze is a r...
by fitz
Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your input is needed... Brewpub Survey
Replies: 18
Views: 26255

LIKES DISLIKES Good beer authentic style advertised as style, not even close Menu variety Bar food-classy only upscale menu good waitress, who knows beer Airhead servers relaxed pub feel Stiff shirts culture or history oriented Commercial beer oriented Brewmaster on hand to talk shop We ship the bee...
by fitz
Fri May 05, 2006 10:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Chill Haze
Replies: 3
Views: 6033

Amylase enzyme will convert some of the non fermentable to fermentables.
You don't notice "unclear beer" as much with the darks, but the lights make it noticeable.
Don't get too caught up in the clear beer debate, and loose sight of what is truely important. TASTE, and also having fun making it.
by fitz
Mon Nov 07, 2005 10:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: I didn't die... I just have moved A LOT recently!
Replies: 6
Views: 8054

I am still alive too!

Hey guys I am still alive too. Last Sept. I had a flood that wiped out my personal bridge to my house. I have been working on replacing it and finishing the house in my spare time. Like there is any of that. I am ashamed to say that I have not been able to brew for about a year now. My wife wonders ...
by fitz
Tue Jul 27, 2004 10:01 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: honey
Replies: 7
Views: 20819

Unpasturized is better

Unpasterized is better, if you have a local bee hive is wonderful, but I have used store bought before. The type of honey depends on what you want it to do. Sage honey has a drier finish clover is a little sweeter, and wildflower honey is a little stronger flavor.
by fitz
Mon Jul 26, 2004 3:05 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: honey
Replies: 7
Views: 20819

Too much of a good thing

I would only use a 1.5 lbs honey with 6.5 lbs of malt extract.
Try to keep the honey to 15% of the total "sugar". Honey does take a little longer, and the flavor is better after it ages a month.
Good luck.
by fitz
Mon Jul 19, 2004 8:20 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Settlement
Replies: 2
Views: 4237

The Sediment is

The sediment you are seeing is the yeast coming out of suspension. It is very normal, and with out the yeast, you wouldn't have beer or carbonation. If the sediment bothers you, decant you beer into a glass slowly, and stop when the yeast starts to come out of the bottle. It is actually good for you...
by fitz
Tue Jul 13, 2004 10:16 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: How do you get ABV with a fruit beer?!
Replies: 4
Views: 5734

Clear as mud

You can take an educated guess by doing a reading for OG then two readings at secondary before and after the addition of the fruit, and then one at the end. Do the calculations for the ABV on both the secondary before the addition, and at the end and combine for the abv it isn't exact, but should ge...
by fitz
Fri Jul 09, 2004 8:44 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: yeast prob.
Replies: 4
Views: 8443

It may be no advantage, but it makes me feel good

I have been using the low end of the ale temp range. Even at a higher temp than suggested for lagers, the lager yeast still remains clean. I do this sometimes, because I will be naturally carbonating at the lower lager temps, and I want to make sure it carbonates, or I don't have bottle bombs, or gu...
by fitz
Thu Jul 08, 2004 9:59 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to brew with...
Replies: 12
Views: 23491

Similar problem

I have a similar problem in that I have some minerals, or salts in my water that makes it not good brewing water. I have been told that if I use the RO and Greensand softener on my water, that I'll strip any character that my brew would have. It has been suggested to use a mineral water, since disti...
by fitz
Tue Jul 06, 2004 9:13 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: yeast prob.
Replies: 4
Views: 8443

We must have been drinking

You will get some good advice here beertime. Sometimes, during a weekend, or a holiday, you may have to wait a few days to get a reply. We were all out drinking for the 4th of July. Liquid yeast takes 24 to 72 hours to swell, and be pitchable. You could have used the muntons also. sometimes I pitch ...
by fitz
Thu Jul 01, 2004 9:24 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: newbie: jockey-co2 pressure
Replies: 1
Views: 3395

Only pushing

If you are using the jockey box, the beer should already be carbonated. The only thing you should be doing is pushing the beer out with 4 to 8 lbs pressure (judging how much your gauges are off, and the individual beer style)
Charts are normally for carbonating, not dispensing.
by fitz
Wed Jun 30, 2004 2:03 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Newbie Question
Replies: 6
Views: 7803

beer vs wine

Beer is different than wine in the aspect of hops, do not do well with light. The Skunky smell from a clear or green bottle, comes from UV light contacting hop oils, and thus creating the almost identical compound that a skunk shoots when mad. I know this helps clear bottle sale soar right! Anyway, ...
by fitz
Wed Jun 30, 2004 9:06 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Newbie Question
Replies: 6
Views: 7803

I would opt for the plastic

I would opt for the plastic pail if I were you. Get one with a spigot, and you can use it for your priming/bottling bucket. In a 5 gallon carboy, you should only make 3 to 3.5 gallons of beer, to leave room for the fermentation. Then you would still need the bottling bucket. Get a plastic pail prima...