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by brewmeisterintng
Sun Jun 04, 2006 9:44 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Bottle Conditioning Lagers
Replies: 2
Views: 4777

Bottle Conditioning Lagers

I was noticing that my lager in its cold status (40 degrees) had a lot of carbonation. Is it possible that I could bottle it without priming sugars as it seemed to the correct level as I drank it from the hydrometer tube? I did let it warm up and added 1/2 cup priming sugar before bottling but had a...
by brewmeisterintng
Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:16 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Cooling beer while fermenting tips?
Replies: 3
Views: 5911

The No Hassle Method

Nothing comes without cost. The setup runs around 200 bucks but I never have to mess with it and I have a temperature controlled environment that maintains a constant temp. Yes, I bought a chest freezer with a temperature control unit from Northern Brewer. Lagers or Ales... it don't matter, I just d...
by brewmeisterintng
Fri May 19, 2006 7:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: THANKS; now I'm planning to plant my hops
Replies: 7
Views: 14615

Trellis

Your trellis is only limited by your imangine. I have tried PVC and found it to be too flexable so this year I am using a treated 4X4X6. Two feet of which is in the ground and using 10 foot conduit with hangers. I will still require a ladder but I have the ability to loosen the hangers and slide the...
by brewmeisterintng
Thu May 18, 2006 7:38 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Still bubbling
Replies: 1
Views: 4864

Stop Worrying

No two fermentations are exactly alike. As long as you had proper sanitization procedures, pitched enough viable yeast, in a temperature suited for the yeast you should have nothing to worry about. Too many times brewers don't take the time to make a yeast starter resulting in under pitching which r...
by brewmeisterintng
Mon May 15, 2006 10:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Brewing newbie, got a question
Replies: 4
Views: 8087

Don't get too technical

Brewing is as much an art as a science. Read all you can and note the common practices amongst all brewers. Yes, most prefer glass 6 to 6.5 gallon carboys as they last forever with proper care and they allow for crousen. I have been brewing with an aluminum turkey deep fryer for a few years now with...
by brewmeisterintng
Wed Apr 26, 2006 6:20 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Carbonation
Replies: 4
Views: 7830

Yeast Activity

When you chill your homebrew and it isn't fully conditioned you are stalling out the yeast activity. If you take it back out of the fridg it should finish the job. It make take a little longer to start back up but you should be fine.
by brewmeisterintng
Sat Apr 15, 2006 7:59 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Boil Timer - What do you use?
Replies: 3
Views: 8323

Kitchen timer works for me

I'm guessing that there is a good price tag associated with you linked timer. I borrow my wife's timer that has a clock and two additional timers built in that she got from Walmart. I usually only use one of the timers and reset it for the next step in the process. Not a big deal for me as I have my...
by brewmeisterintng
Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:50 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: First Time Lagering
Replies: 13
Views: 19601

Your call

If it were me I would wait till I knew that the yeast / krousen was going good before lowering the temp back down. When you start dropping the temp don't crash drop or you will end up stalling out again. I am guessing you are around 60-70 degrees. I would try to drop 5 a day till I get back down to ...
by brewmeisterintng
Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:33 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: First Time Lagering
Replies: 13
Views: 19601

While your there

Ypu might want to pick up some dry yeast packet to keep in frig as a backup. I have been in your shoes but was fortunate to have a buddy that had a packet that he could spare. I recommend SAFLAGER S-23 and Coopers for ales. Both ferment clean.
-James-
by brewmeisterintng
Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:20 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: First Time Lagering
Replies: 13
Views: 19601

Helps on the way.

Let the temp raise until you get activity and then start lowering the tem back down. You could try pitching more yeast but at this point you really don't want to airate the wort again. How high was your starting gravity? No matter what you do at this point you are going to end up with some off flavo...
by brewmeisterintng
Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:14 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: First Time Lagering
Replies: 13
Views: 19601

One more thing

I almost for the most important thing. When brewing lagers you should double the quantity of yeast also. I always make a yeast starter two days prior to brew day so that I always have a good quantity of active yeast ready for their job of turning my wort into BEER. There are plenty of sites out ther...
by brewmeisterintng
Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:51 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: First Time Lagering
Replies: 13
Views: 19601

To Lager or not to Lager

That is the question all of us ale brewers have asked ourselves but once you have gone lager and actually tasted what you have been missing, you will wonder why you didn't try it before. I actually bought a freezer and a temp control unit to control the temp for both ales and lagers as I live in Ten...
by brewmeisterintng
Fri Apr 07, 2006 7:13 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: mashing wheat
Replies: 7
Views: 33872

Thanks for the advice

They say that hind sight is 20/20 and you learn from your mistakes. I have learned a lot. Thanks for the responses and I will follow the guidance in search of that perfect wheat brew. Right now I have 5 gallons of wimpy wheat to consume.

James
by brewmeisterintng
Sun Apr 02, 2006 9:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: Lagers
Replies: 1
Views: 3756

Lagers

For those of us that brew there is a natural progression. We start from extract kits, move to creating our own extract recipes adding specialty grains, and then we discover all grain brewing. Just when you would think things couldn't get much better than this... you buy a chest freezer and a temp co...
by brewmeisterintng
Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:31 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Low OG Question
Replies: 1
Views: 4824

Simular Problem

I too had a simular problem. I have been brewing all grain for aprox a year and when I attempted a wheat beer my gravitiy was way low. The responces were that: 1. I should have done a step infusion how ever not required with simple 2-row. 2. My water chem might be off. 3. THe grains might not have b...