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by Brewer2001
Sun Nov 03, 2002 8:17 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Conditioning
Replies: 5
Views: 5492

Speed conditioning, no. Why?

Jay, Different styles of beer and ale condition/mature at different intervals. English cask conditioned ale is at its peak within two weeks after brewing (this is why so many brewpubs brew ales). Lagers require at least 28 days in the secondary tanks before bottling (many of the good lagers take muc...
by Brewer2001
Sat Nov 02, 2002 4:39 pm
Forum: News, Events & Announcements
Topic: My First Batch
Replies: 5
Views: 7982

Good going......

Blur, Irish Red Ale is my signature ale. We will have to compare notes. I have a few suggestions. If you are using a carboy as a primary fermenter you may need to use a 'blow-off' tube until the yeast settles down (not required during the secondary). ALWAYS COVER YOUR CARBOY TO PROTECT THE BEER FROM...
by Brewer2001
Wed Oct 16, 2002 10:33 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: why does my beer taste like lemonade?
Replies: 10
Views: 15516

Fermentation temperature and high final gravity.

Hobbes, I can see two problems right away. Pilsner and Dunkel are both in the lager catagory and require longer colder fermentation than ales. Primary fermentation temperatures should be about 45-50 F and held for 14 days or until final gravity has been reached. Your gravity of 1020 is borderline an...
by Brewer2001
Wed Oct 16, 2002 9:26 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: A few questions.....
Replies: 5
Views: 6111

Carboy cleaning.

Fraoch, I would buy the two 5 gallon carboys. They are easier to handle and you can have two batches in the secondary at one time. Cleaning is easy if you perform it right after it is emptied. You should get a long brush, a bottle & carboy washer($10.00 US) and adaptor to fit ($2.95 US)your faucet a...
by Brewer2001
Tue Oct 08, 2002 8:17 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: how to lift carboys
Replies: 2
Views: 4503

Lifting carboys.

If you are able to lift 50 Lbs. here are two inexpensive ways to lift carboys. Most brew supply houses carry a carboy handle that cost about $5.50. This works well but you should not lift the weight of a filled carboy by its neck without supporting the bottom. A second method is to 'find' an old mil...
by Brewer2001
Mon Sep 30, 2002 8:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ages..
Replies: 15
Views: 12382

I feel old...

I'm waiting for the new body parts.....I think the 'mind' is the first to go. I'm 45 and like Azorean wish I had a 25 year old body. I am from Brooklyn N.Y. and do remember the glory days of F& M Schaffer, Rhinegold and Ballentine ale. Rolling Rock was also a good beer until they tried to push the p...
by Brewer2001
Thu Sep 26, 2002 9:51 pm
Forum: Tasting & Experiencing
Topic: Bad Bottle Flavor?
Replies: 2
Views: 12765

Why baking?

You need to clean, rinse and disinfect the bottles. Cleaning to remove the yeast caked on the glass. I suspect that the Grolsch bottles contained more yeast residue than the NB. I have stopped using bleach! I bought a container of 5 Star PBW for cleaning and use Star San for disinfecting. You can le...
by Brewer2001
Mon Sep 16, 2002 11:20 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Fermenting with yeast in the secondary
Replies: 9
Views: 6745

Pro method.

This is exactly how small breweries pitch most of their beers. However there is a slight difference in their equipment, Unitanks. They do a transfer known as 'cone to cone' pitching. This, if performed correctly collects the most viable yeast in prime condition if the following procedures are follow...
by Brewer2001
Fri Sep 13, 2002 12:30 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Working out the kinks
Replies: 4
Views: 5012

Let's try this again.

Chris, I had a nice post,modem timed out and lost it all. I will try and recap. I took a pro brewing course and apprenticed with Dick Cantwell at his brewery here in Seattle. Pro brewers reley on 'setting up' the mash perameters before the mash rather than trying to control it after the fact. Infusi...
by Brewer2001
Fri Sep 13, 2002 10:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: bottle colours ?
Replies: 10
Views: 17432

The problem with twist offs.

Twist off bottles require a different type of capper that homebrewers do not own. You can't get a tight enough seal using hand cappers. As Stefan stated in his post you will have a large number of bottles that become oxidized or flat. It is not worth the risk. Small resturants that serve bottled bee...
by Brewer2001
Thu Sep 12, 2002 2:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: bottle colours ?
Replies: 10
Views: 17432

Here is the scoop.

Brown glass returnable or recycle capped bottles are what you want. If you collect bottles make sure that you clean and sterilize them before you use them (this is the practice for every use but especially this time) to remove any yeast residue. I like the 21/22 Oz. Sapporo or Kirin bottles my self ...
by Brewer2001
Tue Sep 10, 2002 2:02 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Imperial Stout S.G. question
Replies: 4
Views: 4807

Underpitched new yeast.

Mike, This has happend to me with a Stout. It was the first generation of Wyeast 1084 Irish Ale. The body and head was good initially but the batch did not age well (off flavors due to diacetyl conversion). This yeast is on its 9th generation and still going strong. Assuming that your yeast was not ...
by Brewer2001
Wed Aug 28, 2002 9:32 pm
Forum: News, Events & Announcements
Topic: Anybody Know A Pro Brewer In Search of a Job ?
Replies: 6
Views: 9692

I would love too,but......

Eric, I don't think I can get the family to move back east. They like Seattle (now). You may want to send your requirements to the ABG. We have a job board. I will send you their contact information. Thank you for the information that you emailed to me. I like to gather as much as I can, always lear...
by Brewer2001
Wed Aug 28, 2002 9:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Some good reading.
Replies: 0
Views: 2460

Some good reading.

To all brewers, My wife bought me a recent copy of Brew Your Own mag (Sept 2002). It features two good articles one on diagnosing Brewing Problems by Marty Nachel and second on Brewer's Yeast by Steve Parkes (he was my brewing instructor at the ABG). Steve has published most of the material that he ...
by Brewer2001
Wed Aug 28, 2002 9:10 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Can someone help a brother out?
Replies: 5
Views: 6426

A safer way.

Newguy, When making additions it is best done in the kettle if that will give you the desired results. The boil sterilizes the additions. An alternate method for secondary additions is to steep the added ingredients (hop tea, etc). This will also sterilize the additives. Lastly you could soak the ad...