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by fitz
Thu Jan 16, 2003 4:25 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Dumb Question #83
Replies: 8
Views: 53072

Don't worry

Don't get too hung up on styles. ESB is the same as a Pale ale. Bitters although they sound hars are a less hoppy, less strong(alcohol), version of the pale ale. Pale ale is the standard light version of beer there. The session beer(BS session) Was the Bitter, since you could drink more before falli...
by fitz
Wed Jan 15, 2003 4:58 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Another question--This time, All Grain
Replies: 7
Views: 8281

All things considered

Stainless is the way to go if you can afford it. That is not to say you can't make good or even great beer in aluminum. Some aluminum pots leach taste worse than others. Your best bet is to try it and see if it works for you. You can always upgrade as you are able. All grain brewing takes more time....
by fitz
Wed Jan 15, 2003 2:36 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: DME Priming
Replies: 3
Views: 6139

Agree, and

You should notice better head formation and retention with the DME. Depending on the type you use(light, amber, etc.) You'll notice a difference in carbonation as well.
by fitz
Mon Jan 13, 2003 4:29 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Cold yeast?
Replies: 8
Views: 8658

water bath

If you have the room, you can run a tub of water, and let it get to the desired temp and place the fermenter in the water. Place a couple towels over the top and down into the water. The water will insulate the fermenter so the temp doesn't flucuate. It will slow the rise of the temp in the fermente...
by fitz
Mon Jan 13, 2003 4:22 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Sanitizing using Well Water
Replies: 4
Views: 6358

Well Water

I have well water also. It has just a tinge of sulphur in it, but not iron. If you let the water sit overnight, the sulphur disipates, but I would think the iron would still be there. I use one step, a no rinse sanitizer and it works well for me. I couls see where the iron could be a problem for you...
by fitz
Fri Jan 10, 2003 9:37 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: store question
Replies: 9
Views: 10857

The life

I can't believe what a brewing waste land I live in. If I had the money, I would set up a shop of my own. We could sure use one around here. I may try to get a brew club started around here so we could at least start buying somethings in bulk. I have plenty of people asking me questions about brewin...
by fitz
Fri Jan 10, 2003 8:31 am
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Frozen grain=amazing mash efficiency?
Replies: 20
Views: 66360

Freezing

The freezing is expanding and contracting the grains, so it is breaking them down more(microscopically) I found it works in wine making too. If you freeze the fruit, it ferments better.
by fitz
Fri Jan 10, 2003 7:51 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Question about yeast and fermentation
Replies: 9
Views: 10858

Bad to the taste

The bads we talk about refer to something that will affect the taste. Like I said before it took centuries for people to figure out that yeast is the fourth ingredient in beer. Wild yeast will make the beer taste yeasty, like bread yeast. It won't hurt you, but you may not like the flavor. If it was...
by fitz
Fri Jan 10, 2003 7:43 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: store question
Replies: 9
Views: 10857

air

Air and light are the real enemies, I don't know why you couldn't buy in bulk and vacumn pack them in baggies and keep them covered. If you fill the bags with CO2 before you put them in and then vacumned all of the air out prior to sealing they should last a good 6 mo. How is everyones dream job goi...
by fitz
Thu Jan 09, 2003 10:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: looking to go to next level
Replies: 7
Views: 7870

Good Point

Definitely go with a big pot.
I have a 6 gallon pot that I use for extract brewing. To get a good volume for all grain, I got an old 16 gallon keg that we had at our club which couldn't be turned in. (It was a Lowenbrau keg, and no one handles them around here) Don't know how we ended up with it.
by fitz
Thu Jan 09, 2003 10:35 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: What Style is...
Replies: 7
Views: 8297

Can't blame you

Can't blame you, I'm a bubble sniffer too.
If you can't taste it, at least you can smell it while it brews. I test mine at bottling time too. If it taste good flat and warm, it is a heck of a lot better than any commercial beer I have drank.
Cheers
by fitz
Thu Jan 09, 2003 6:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: looking to go to next level
Replies: 7
Views: 7870

Home Brewery

There are many homebrewery kits out there. Many start out with 6 - 7 gallon plastic food grade buckets, so you can make a 5 gallon batch of beer (48-50 bottles of beer) Most come with a capper and tubes, brushes, Hydrometer, thermometer, etc. I started with one from brewers best. Williams brewing ha...
by fitz
Wed Jan 08, 2003 3:24 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Fallstaff Mini-keg
Replies: 0
Views: 2817

Fallstaff Mini-keg

A friend of mine brought me 2 OLD Fallstaff minikegs. He said they were at least 25 years old. They were pressurized with a co2 tank inside. Does anyone remember those or do you know if they make a repressurizing kit or parts to convert these kegs. They are well built. I think they would make great ...
by fitz
Wed Jan 08, 2003 3:13 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: question about gravity readings
Replies: 5
Views: 6226

Final Gravities

Posted final gravities are only suggested. If your FG's are close, but not exact, it may just be the difference in the non fermentable sugars in your wort. If the vary widely, the yeast start is probably the culprit. A little yeast enigizer in high gravity worts used in conjuction with the starter h...
by fitz
Wed Jan 08, 2003 3:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Wheat Beer Fermentation...
Replies: 2
Views: 4422

Agree on both points

I agree with Chris on both points. Also, aeration of the wort and a difference in all yeasts could be the culprit. Temp plays a lot too. You may want to take a couple readings with a hydrometer too. I have been told there are batches that continue to bubble after all the fermentables are gone. I hav...