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by Brewer2001
Wed Nov 13, 2002 9:21 pm
Forum: News, Events & Announcements
Topic: Topics Wanted.....
Replies: 13
Views: 17160

Here is a good place to start.

Stump, Malt specifications is one subject home brewers and some craft brewers take for granted. Here is the web address for the American Malting Barley accociation (www.ambainc.org). This site has information for the professional growers and maltsters. It also includes the spec sheet by variety/year...
by Brewer2001
Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:49 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Irish Ale
Replies: 17
Views: 15978

I think you could....

Hardcore, I understand. I think you could become a craft brewer. Some of the oldest breweries still bottle condition their ales. Some of the guys in my class were trying to work up a business plan to make Belgian Abby ales and make money doing it (monks work cheep and have low overhead). I want to b...
by Brewer2001
Tue Nov 12, 2002 10:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: To ABG or not to ABG, that is the question!
Replies: 4
Views: 5339

I am a Guildo...don't laugh.

Kate, I graduated from the Guild class of summer 2000. I enjoyed the experience. We had a mixed class two pros, three almost pros and fifteen cross over types with varied backgrounds. Here is how it goes: You check the Guild web site for the class you would like to 'attend'. Steve Parkes requests a ...
by Brewer2001
Mon Nov 11, 2002 10:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Stumpwater, please send hop information
Replies: 1
Views: 3198

Stumpwater, please send hop information

What type of climate are you in? Which types do you grow? Where can I get root stock?

I have been thinking of this for a while. I have the land but I am not sure about the climate.

Thanks for the info,

Tom
by Brewer2001
Mon Nov 11, 2002 10:07 pm
Forum: News, Events & Announcements
Topic: Topics Wanted.....
Replies: 13
Views: 17160

Things to think about.

Jim, Have you ever cleaned a grundy tank? They are cute little tanks but have some interesting charateristics. There are two types of cover designs for these tanks, screw knob or clamp type hold downs. The safer of the two types are the ones with the screw down covers. I have read two articles and l...
by Brewer2001
Mon Nov 11, 2002 2:07 pm
Forum: News, Events & Announcements
Topic: Topics Wanted.....
Replies: 13
Views: 17160

"The Evil Grundy tanks"

Eric, A pain in the @#$ to clean and the clamp type are outright dangerous! A photo tour and discription of the equipment would be helpfull to the brewers that have not been able to tour a working brewery. I think that style histories would help the brewers understand how the styles evolved. Great i...
by Brewer2001
Mon Nov 11, 2002 1:55 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Newbie Question
Replies: 3
Views: 11980

Your on the right track.

Brian, You are right about the ratios. I also agree with Chris about kits. I made my first four batches using hopped kits without the aid of a hydrometer(that would have helped, as I will explain). I switch to unhopped bulk extract doubled the amount of extract and added a pound of DME. The kit ales...
by Brewer2001
Thu Nov 07, 2002 6:23 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: High Finishing Gravities
Replies: 5
Views: 6753

Suggestions

Lets address both of your posts. Jim hit it spot on. It sounds like you 'under pitched' your yeast. Pitch rate includes volume and viability. The volume is easy to measure, the viability is harder. Of the two viability is much more important, you need to pitch the right quantity of live yeast cells....
by Brewer2001
Thu Nov 07, 2002 4:27 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Secondary Q's
Replies: 10
Views: 8602

Third time.....

Chris, I won't tell you why this is the third attempt,but here goes. I worked for Nortel Network (a name you should know) until April 1,2001 (I had hoped my notice was a joke....but no). In 1999 while working in Austin, Tx. (good ale town) I decided that I needed a change. So I applied to the Americ...
by Brewer2001
Wed Nov 06, 2002 9:15 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Not Much Activity
Replies: 11
Views: 8904

StarSan

Bobby, I had posted this info a while back, but I could not find it. Here it is again. The manufacturer is : Five Star Chemical Co. Denver Colorado (303) 287-0186 www.fivestarechemicals.com This company is making a line of cleaning chemicals that are good substututes for stronger less environmentall...
by Brewer2001
Wed Nov 06, 2002 8:49 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Secondary Q's
Replies: 10
Views: 8602

This is a cheap way of "testing".

Chris, This mainly is a function of the brewing trade. The real way to determine if the beer/ale that leaves the brewery is biologically stable is to run lab tests (CO2 levels, oxidation, bacterial infection). However beer/ale that is sent out to the trade encounters all kinds of abuse. Storing a sa...
by Brewer2001
Wed Nov 06, 2002 8:01 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Secondary Q's
Replies: 10
Views: 8602

Start cooling now.

Blur, I would start cooling your secondary now. The cooler temperature will speed up the clearing of the your ale. I bottle 'cold' on as much foam as possable using a bottle filler with a spring loaded tip. I then warm the ale up to room temperature (60-70F) for three or four days. This should get t...
by Brewer2001
Wed Nov 06, 2002 7:37 pm
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Attenuating circumstances
Replies: 3
Views: 6580

Here's the scoop.

Chris, Your thermometer is probably correct. Your mash temperature of 67C is the key to your lower attenuation. (I posted a message concerning this a while back.) The "brewers window" for infusion mashing is 63C to 70C and you are mashing at the lower end. Temperature and mash thickness (L/G ratio) ...
by Brewer2001
Sun Nov 03, 2002 9:47 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Not Much Activity
Replies: 11
Views: 8904

Some helpfull ideas.

Bobby, I would put a couple small pin holes in the cover. True the liquid forms the air lock but the cover holds down the plastic 'float'. If it blows out your fermentation will be open to the air. I have started using a 3 inch piece of plastic tubing, 18 inches of hose and a jar as a replacement fo...
by Brewer2001
Sun Nov 03, 2002 9:08 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: All Grain F.G.
Replies: 3
Views: 4145

Things to record during the brew.

Jay, You need to check several things. Mash: Determine your L/G ratio. 2/1 is 1 qrt H2O to 1lb. of malt. (2/1 is a good mid range) Calculate the correct strike temperature to get the required mash temperature. (I mash in at 170-180F to get a mash temperature between 148-154F). Maintain the correct t...