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by scorriga
Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:31 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Sterilizing After Finding Mildew in Bottling Bucket
Replies: 2
Views: 5013

Sterilizing After Finding Mildew in Bottling Bucket

I just pulled my bottling bucket out of storage, and it appears it still had some moisture in it when I put it away after the last use--I found some mildew growing in the bottom. I normally use an iodophor sanitizer, but figured I should mix up a bleach solution this time to ensure the mildew is kil...
by scorriga
Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:01 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Dimensions of a 5 Gallon Glass Carboy
Replies: 1
Views: 13225

Dimensions of a 5 Gallon Glass Carboy

I'm scoping out a Sanyo 4.9 cubic foot refrigerator to do some temperature controlled fermenting and lagering in. I do my primary fermentation in a food grade plastic bucket, which should fit with no problems. Can anyone tell me the typical circumference and height of a 5 gallon glass carboy (I'm ho...
by scorriga
Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:37 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Recommendations for Liquid Malt Extract Sources
Replies: 8
Views: 29883

LME vs. DME

Thanks, James. I can get LME in bulk for $2.29/lb, while DME goes for about $3.95/lb. So, for a batch using the typical 6.6 lbs of LME I'd spend $15.11 whereas if I used DME I would need 5.9 lbs and spend $23.31. Unless I'm missing something, it seems to me that for the same gravity, LME is cheaper ...
by scorriga
Tue Jan 31, 2006 9:49 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Recommendations for Liquid Malt Extract Sources
Replies: 8
Views: 29883

Thanks for the Tip

Thanks for the tip. By "XL" do you mean "extra light" dry malt extract? If so, what would be the reason for using extra light DME even in cases where the recipe calls for amber or dark, for example? Wouldn't that affect the final product? Finally, how does one know how much DME to use as a substitut...
by scorriga
Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:37 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Recommendations for Liquid Malt Extract Sources
Replies: 8
Views: 29883

Recommendations for Liquid Malt Extract Sources

All, My friend and I are mid-way through our fourth batch of beer (all with good results, I'm happy to say), but we're trying to find a good source for liquid malt extract besides the major/imported brands carried by our local homebrew supplier. We've used Munton and Fison for all four of our batche...
by scorriga
Tue Nov 22, 2005 12:07 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Temperature Control During Fermentation
Replies: 3
Views: 9267

Re: Temperature Control During Fermentation

Thanks for the input. I was actually leaning towards a small fridge so I could use it to serve from someday. My only reservation is it seems that a freezer of comparable volume has a bit more height for an airlock/blow-off tube. It may be tight to get a fermenter with either of those two items stick...
by scorriga
Mon Nov 21, 2005 12:23 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Temperature Control During Fermentation
Replies: 3
Views: 9267

Temperature Control During Fermentation

Hi all, I've been debating what the best way would be to gain some more control over the temperatures at which I ferment my beers. I live in a condo, so the fermenter is pretty much at whatever the temperature is in the living spaces. This is usually fine (if not on the high end of the range) for Al...
by scorriga
Tue Oct 18, 2005 10:52 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Possible Un-invited Guests in Brown Ale
Replies: 2
Views: 6312

Possible Un-invited Guests

Thanks for the reply. I have since opened and drank several bottles from this batch (including those that had these little "clumps" in the headspace) and noticed no odd tastes or odors. The batch is really quite good. I suppose the most likely explanation is that relating to a small yeast colony hav...
by scorriga
Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:14 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Possible Un-invited Guests in Brown Ale
Replies: 2
Views: 6312

Possible Un-invited Guests in Brown Ale

My friend and I have a batch of Brown Ale that's about 2 days away from the end of it's bottle conditioning. In about 8 or 10 of the bottles, I have noticed some little clumps of material that are stuck to the inside of the bottle neck in the headspace above the beer. I almost might think it was yea...
by scorriga
Wed Sep 07, 2005 10:58 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Low Initial SG, Weird Fermentation Progress
Replies: 7
Views: 11732

That's What I Thought

That's what I thought. Is there any real concern that our yeast will be too tired to carbonate during bottle conditioning?
by scorriga
Tue Sep 06, 2005 10:26 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Low Initial SG, Weird Fermentation Progress
Replies: 7
Views: 11732

Update...

Over the past 3 days, there has been no change in the SG (still at 1.016). At this point, we have transferred to our secondary vessel with the intent of letting it bulk age for 1-2 weeks. Having come up a bit short on the final SG, is there anything to be done for this batch or is the safest thing t...
by scorriga
Sat Sep 03, 2005 10:01 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Low Initial SG, Weird Fermentation Progress
Replies: 7
Views: 11732

Thanks for the suggestions--rousing the yeast got the airlock bubbling slowly again, so I'll let it go and check it in another day or two. I'll also calibrate my instruments to make sure they aren't the culprits!
by scorriga
Fri Sep 02, 2005 11:34 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Low Initial SG, Weird Fermentation Progress
Replies: 7
Views: 11732

Low Initial SG, Weird Fermentation Progress

My friend and I have our second-ever batch in the primary fermenter, and have witnessed what we think are some unusual circumstances.

First, we brewed a batch of Brown Ale from Charles Papazian's book (don't remember the name he gave it) as follows:

Crushed UK Crystal Malt
by scorriga
Mon Aug 29, 2005 10:55 pm
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Questions Regarding Yeast Pitching and Boil Duration
Replies: 8
Views: 16966

Adjusting Specific Gravity After Adding Make-Up Water

I sorted this one out on my own, so I thought I'd post the answer. Per the above response, it's often best to measure SG after completing the boil but prior to adding make-up water to ensure that the results aren't skewed by stratification of the water and boiled wort. So, using an expansion of "mas...
by scorriga
Sun Aug 21, 2005 7:54 pm
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Questions Regarding Yeast Pitching and Boil Duration
Replies: 8
Views: 16966

Thanks for the help. I would guess that to adjust the SG to allow for the added top-off water, one would just multiply the weight percent of the concentrated wort (relative to the final 5 gallon mixture) by the SG of the concentrated wort, then add the weight percent of the top off water (multiplied...