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by Brewer2001
Fri Jun 04, 2004 11:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Styles of beer
Replies: 6
Views: 7052

Did you do your homework?

Fitz, You guessed it! I was trained by Steve Parks, apprenticed under Dick Cantwell and worked with Charlie McElevy. Here is the importance Steve Parks ownes the American Brewers Guild brewing school and has gone back to brewing in Vermont,he also writes for BYO. Dick Cantwell brews here in Seattle,...
by Brewer2001
Thu Jun 03, 2004 2:34 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Need Help! Left out the dried malt!
Replies: 3
Views: 6446

You could do any one of these things.

Otis, All is not lost. You could just let it finish and bottle. (your starting gravity was not so bad.) You could use 3/4 cup of the malt as priming before bottling (this would give you a maltier flavor) You could boil the malt in a 'mini' batch and add this in a secondary fermentation vessel to the...
by Brewer2001
Wed Jun 02, 2004 7:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Styles of beer
Replies: 6
Views: 7052

Full discription go to....

Andy, The beer festival guidelines were posted at www.beertown.org and click on GABF. These are the Craft Brewer (Pubs and Micro) guidelines for the 2004 compitition. This will give you a good starting point for your understanding of beer styles (with out spending money on books). I do have a commen...
by Brewer2001
Wed Jun 02, 2004 6:55 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Is my batch ruined?
Replies: 1
Views: 4418

Slime?

Andy, Wheat ales and Hefeweissens are by nature cloudy and will take time to settle, if they do at all. The also have a distinct phenolic (medicinal or bannana) aroma. This is a character of the yeast. I have a couple of suggestions for your future batches. First make some 'simple' ales. Homebrewers...
by Brewer2001
Thu Apr 15, 2004 2:09 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: new brewer
Replies: 10
Views: 10154

Good to hear!

B, I used, and still do, use that book. It is a good quick reference to use before, during and after your brew sessions. Your beer should only 'sit' on the yeast for two days after fermentation has stopped. Your gravity reading should stabilize for two days. This period will help reduce the diacetyl...
by Brewer2001
Tue Apr 06, 2004 7:05 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Adjunct?
Replies: 3
Views: 4816

What are you trying to make?

Dano, You can add adjuncts to any brew that you make. Some will fit the style or brand better than others. I recently made an ale version of the old Schafer that I added rye to the grist. I also add a 'small' (small is the operative word) of wheat to most of my ales for better head retention. When y...
by Brewer2001
Tue Mar 16, 2004 4:06 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: 10 Gallon batch question
Replies: 3
Views: 5254

A question with a question.........?

Joe, You are the brewer, what do you want to acheve? Your idea about keeping the trub out of the kegs is a must but after that you are on your own. I would syphon from the middle of your 'dirty' carboy working down to the bottom and stopping just short of the trub. Here are some things to think abou...
by Brewer2001
Tue Mar 02, 2004 3:03 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: False Bottom Question
Replies: 1
Views: 5017

All water additions should be counted.

jr, That could be part of your problem. Your L/G ratio is thinner so your gravity readings are lower. I would calculate the original gravity that you expect, then choose a L/G and mash with that amount of water. You may be adding make up water to fill the kettle to compensate for the loss in the mas...
by Brewer2001
Fri Feb 20, 2004 5:04 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Another Mash Equipment Question
Replies: 3
Views: 8137

Some other thoughts..

In my homebrew setup I also use a six gallon bucket and most of my batches, with the exception of some pale low gravity ales take it to the limit. I would check all of your current recipies to determine your grain bill, gravity and mash volume. The buckets are less expensive than the cooler setup. H...
by Brewer2001
Wed Feb 11, 2004 1:44 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Aluminum Pots?
Replies: 11
Views: 21290

Just checked

Aluminum reacts with caustic and gives of hydrogen gas as a byproduct. The caustic dissolves the surface of the metal and causes pitting. Although most of you don't use castic at home bleach will also react (too a lesser degree) with aluminum.

FYI

Tom F.
by Brewer2001
Wed Feb 11, 2004 1:37 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Aluminum Pots?
Replies: 11
Views: 21290

All different grades of SS.

All posts, I would, if money permits stay away from aluminum. It reacts with the wort and low pH (acidic) sparge water. They tend not to hold up if you brew a lot. SS also comes in different grades. A cheap SS pot could be as problematic as a cheap aluminum one. Commercial equipment (and restaurant ...
by Brewer2001
Wed Feb 11, 2004 12:56 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: A bunch of questions
Replies: 6
Views: 11734

You are on the right track.

Jim, The main thing in brewing is to make a good product. If your methods are sound and repeatable all is good. If things happen as you intend or the results are 'better' than expected all is better! I agree with Fitz, each fermentation (from the same batch) may be a little different. But think of t...
by Brewer2001
Tue Feb 10, 2004 4:15 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: A bunch of questions
Replies: 6
Views: 11734

You are moving fast......

Jim, Are you planning to move to an all grain mash? I would make sure that the fryer has a SS pot. Most are aluminum, which gets you a large pot for water but not the best for a kettle. The burner should work fine. I assume that you are working on a stove in the kitchen. This will get you outside......
by Brewer2001
Mon Feb 09, 2004 1:57 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Mesa do you know where...?
Replies: 1
Views: 4732

Mesa do you know where...?

Chris,

Do you know where I can get lager keys for Golden Gate kegs cheap. I also need tank valves, 1" on 1 1/2" TC fittings and beer hose and ends.

Thanks,

Tom F.
by Brewer2001
Sun Feb 01, 2004 12:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: Brooklyn....It is a small world!
Replies: 1
Views: 3749

Brooklyn....It is a small world!

B, I grew up on Stuart Street between Ave U and V. I don't tell anyone about Gerritsen Beach, too much explaining. I worked on both boats in the Elsie-K 'fleet' during the late 70's. I liked Capt. Joe. I was back in 1997, things have changed. If you have any questions for me email me at tjflanagan@c...