Search found 17 matches

by brewdude
Tue Sep 24, 2002 6:40 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: What lager yeast should I use?
Replies: 2
Views: 4911

What lager yeast should I use?

I'm getting ready for another brew season and would like to know what lager yeast to use. I'll be culturing a whole seasons-worth of yeast from this starter so I want to be a little choosy. If I had to pick a commercial lager beer I'd like to get the yeast from it would probably be Fosters. Or maybe...
by brewdude
Tue Sep 24, 2002 6:29 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Barley malting-pt.1- We have a kiln
Replies: 5
Views: 5039

Here's my 2 cents worth

A couple of years ago I got interested in malting. I copied some info from a web site. I'd have to dig deep to find it. It explained the malting process. My plan was to try some of our local farm grown barley, it's six row and see how it worked. I tried once (only 2 pounds or so) and got it to germi...
by brewdude
Tue Feb 05, 2002 1:53 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Yeast Cultures
Replies: 3
Views: 4442

Try this web address....

By 'yeast cultures' I'll assume you mean how to propogate yeast, as opposed to a book descibing the different yeast varieties. Go to this web site: http://realbeer.com/spencer/yeast-culturing.html Some guy (I'm assuming from Australia) wrote out a few pages on how to make yeast slants. Wanting to cu...
by brewdude
Tue Jan 15, 2002 5:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What should I give as a gift????
Replies: 7
Views: 7171

Amazing college classes

My kid graduated from RIT with a bio-tech degree. One of her classes was centered around brewing. She figured the prof just needed an excuse to make his own brew. Anyway.... I now have a resident micro tech that has helped me culture my own yeast slants (it's really quite easy, if your a clean freak...
by brewdude
Tue Jan 15, 2002 5:13 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Dark beer without choc. malt?
Replies: 5
Views: 12376

Thanks

Wow, I cna understand the stuff your talking about . Is it easily available? Never heard of dehusked grains. The batch I made with 4# 120L crystal is in the fermenter and is looking good, nice color too. When I tasted the wort I might've gone a bit lite on the hops, considering all that caramel flav...
by brewdude
Sun Jan 13, 2002 5:00 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Dark beer without choc. malt?
Replies: 5
Views: 12376

FYI- Billy

I made my St. Pat's Day brew. Followed one of your formulas. Used 7# 2-row, 4# 120L crystal, myh homebrew Wyeast 1056. The color looks great! Nice and dark, the wort had a pretty strong caramel flavor like you predicted. OG was 1.044, higher than I was expecting but I did use a different mill for th...
by brewdude
Sun Jan 13, 2002 4:51 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Back to flavor problems
Replies: 7
Views: 6514

Great Idea!

Never thought about filtering the wort before putting it into the primary. That seems like it would take care of a lot of the trub I'm getting. It is another step though but I can see how it would aid in clarification. It might also help with any off flavors. I've filtered going into my secondary. T...
by brewdude
Sun Dec 30, 2001 6:20 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Dark beer without choc. malt?
Replies: 5
Views: 12376

Thanks

Thanks for the reply. Just like your formulas indicated, it would take a very high amount of dark crystal. This would be good for me. It's the 'burnt' flavor of choc. malt that I really don't care for. I've never used patent malt but I would assume it has the same type of flavor as choc. I really ap...
by brewdude
Fri Dec 28, 2001 7:35 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Dark beer without choc. malt?
Replies: 5
Views: 12376

Dark beer without choc. malt?

Does anyone know if it is possible to make a beer that is as dark as stout but not use choc. malt to achieve the dark color? I'd like to make a dark beer for St. Pat's Day but I don't like the choc. malt that is required for stouts. I do like bocks but so far the color I've gotten with them hasn't b...
by brewdude
Thu Dec 13, 2001 4:45 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Cap sanitizing?
Replies: 3
Views: 4084

Cap sanitizing?

I'm sure this subject has been given attention but I'd like to hear some comments on it. What do you guys do to sanitize your bottle caps? I've done both boiling and chemical sanitizing to doing nothing. I've never really felt that my caps contributed to any off flavors no matter what I've done to t...
by brewdude
Thu Oct 18, 2001 7:12 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Harvesting Yeast
Replies: 4
Views: 5512

Yeast Ranching

I too was trying to reduce the cost of my brew. A couple of years ago I started a few fuggles plants and now grow all my own hops. I also located a website that explained in great detail how to make yeast "slants". It is a way to take yeast (primarily from a good source, ie. Wyeast) and grow it in c...
by brewdude
Sun May 27, 2001 5:14 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Anybody ever try malting?
Replies: 1
Views: 3290

Anybody ever try malting?

Our fields are getting ready to change into amber waves and I was just wondering..... Did you ever try taking barley from the farm and malting it? The stuff grown in our area is all 6 row grown for animal feed. I bet it would be relatively cheap to get,say, 100#. I downloaded directions one time tha...
by brewdude
Sun May 27, 2001 5:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best way to store grains?
Replies: 3
Views: 5225

Watch out for humidity...

A couple of years ago I kept about 5 lbs. from a 50 lb. bag of malt over the summer. I also had a pound or 2 of crystal. When I started brewing again in the fall it was kinda tough milling the grains. I'm gussing moisture (humidity) in my basement/brewhouse was on the high side during hte summer and...
by brewdude
Sun Apr 22, 2001 1:46 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Adding fresh wort?
Replies: 2
Views: 5016

Maybe and maybe not...

I remember trying this to a batch I made. The OG was not very high so I thought I could just add some more fermentables while still in the primary. I boiled about 1 and 1/2 lb. extract with a quart of water. Cooled it and added it to the primary. My OG was up to an acceptable level then. I racked in...
by brewdude
Wed Apr 11, 2001 5:15 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: More yeast questions!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 3850

my yeast happenings

I'm currently experimenting with yeast culturing too. I bought a pack of liquid lager yeast and followed directions on dividing the culture into 3 or 4 divisions. I started with 3. After brewing 2 batches I took the remaining starter and divided to one more bottle. I'm using 16 oz. beer bottles to c...