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by chils
Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:14 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: An idea to possibly improve my lautering.
Replies: 2
Views: 4796

Sludge

I recently brewed a wit with 1lb. oats and flaked wheat & wheat malt and my 1st. runoff had this grey sludge on top of it.I just skimmed it off and kept lautering although I did add 1/2 bag of rice hulls just before my sparge.Does your sludge float on the wort before runoff?I didn't notice it on min...
by chils
Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:12 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Schmindling MaltMills assembly and customer service is BAD!!
Replies: 26
Views: 56555

Maltmill customer service

I kinda got the same impression when I ordered from them.I was leery of ordering thru paypal rather than directly from a company and then never recieved an order confirmation from Schmidling.Only paypal.So I e-mailed JSP after about 2 1/2 weeks asking when I was likely to recieve my mill.Never got a...
by chils
Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fermentation Didnt Start
Replies: 2
Views: 4321

start fermentation

You can try to warm it up to about 75F, and swirl it to rouse the yeast.I had one do that and all it took was moving it from my garage fridge to my house.Just the movement started it up.
by chils
Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:04 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Fermentation Issues
Replies: 2
Views: 5683

fermentation woes

Could just be dissolved c02 from fermentation.I've bottled completely fermented beer that was slightly carbonated straight from the fermenter.You can't do anything if it is infected now so I would wait until bottling/kegging day(when the gravity stabilized) and taste it.If it don't taste crappy you ...
by chils
Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: wow, Wyeast 1010 is a gusher
Replies: 8
Views: 11476

Re: Wheat beer gushers

Wheat beers are traditionally brewed cooler than a lot of homebrewers tend to ferment. Close to 60-62°F works well for me. You may find this reduces the frequency of gushing fermentations and improves the flavor. Is that 60F room temp. or the temp you get the wort down to?Say 52F in a temp controll...
by chils
Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:03 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: wow, Wyeast 1010 is a gusher
Replies: 8
Views: 11476

Re: It's the wheat

I have made several wheat beers now and always plan on a very active fermentation. (Thumper tube required). Like you, I lost a little efficiency and should plan for that in the future batches. I use WLP300 as it always produces a great wiezen. Malted wheat ferments differently than barley. Even wit...
by chils
Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:18 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Honey Do's and Dont's How to Use
Replies: 5
Views: 9049

Honey de-bugging

I add at flameout also.I believe any temp. over 170F is fine.Thats how everyone pasturizes their fruit so as not to cause pectin haze issues in the finished beer.Just keep in mind that honey doesn't always give much of a honey flavor in the finished beer.I've added up to 2lbs. and all it did for me ...
by chils
Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:00 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Starter Equipment Kits
Replies: 9
Views: 10865

Re: Starter Equipment Kits

Is it necessary for a first time brewer to get a starter kit w/ glass carboys instead of the basic kit w/ the 'ale pales'? Does the glass make any difference in the beer quality? Ahhhhhhhh, the age old question, plastic bucket or glass carboy?:roll: There's really nothing wrong with either one. It ...
by chils
Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:42 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Raw or Kit
Replies: 3
Views: 5071

Re: Somtimes it's not what you buy but where you buy

My LHBS charges a small fortune because they are the only ones in town. With that said, I do a lot of on-line mail ordering. I am an All Grainer and have found places that have flat rate shipping or FREE shipping. You just have to know what is a fair price is for grains, hops and yeast. That is so ...
by chils
Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:01 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Lyle's Golden Syrup
Replies: 2
Views: 4586

Dead lions or cane syrup

According to this http://www.geocities.com/captain_stable ... olden.html it is made of dead lions.
Or it might be made of cane syrup. You be the judge. :lol:
by chils
Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:52 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: No bubbles on my red ale.
Replies: 5
Views: 8538

Not sure which brand of lids you have available to you but I have had great luck w/ Ropak brand lids.I got 1 from my LHBS-The home brewery and the other from midwest supplies. Both will seal on any of 3 different buckets I have. Several being cheap 5gals. from the mega-mart.The 1st. time I used them...
by chils
Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:07 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Cranberry Wheat Recipe ? ?
Replies: 2
Views: 5146

Cranbeery Ale Recipe

I have a recipe in an older book (Homebrew Favorites) for Cranbeery Ale that goes like this. 3.75lbs. coopers light malt extract 3.3lbs. M&F amber malt extract 4lbs split cranberries 1.5oz. fuggles 60min. .5oz. fuggles 10min. 2tsp. yeast nutrient 1tsp pectin enzyme M&F dry yeast I has you adding the...
by chils
Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:11 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Overnight cooling
Replies: 11
Views: 11556

Good for you!!I definitely plan on buying a wort chiller but for now finances dictate ingredients over equipment so I'm stuck w/ the ice bath.Let me know how fast that bad boy cools off your next batch.
by chils
Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:01 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Overnight cooling
Replies: 11
Views: 11556

I'm too much of a cheapo.I can brew 12gals. beer w/ that 50bucks.I was also speaking of an alternative to letting your poor beer sit out all night.As hot rodders say "Run what ya brung"
by chils
Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:55 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Overnight cooling
Replies: 11
Views: 11556

I cool wort by putting my brew kettle in a rubbermaid tub and dumping ice and water around it followed by gentle stirring of the wort.Every so often I will pick up and down on the kettle to circulate the water in the tub.I can usually cool a 6gal batch in this manner in 30mins or less with only 1 wa...