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by brewmeisterintng
Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Excessive carbonation??
Replies: 6
Views: 9729

Getting a FG

Use a sanitized wine thief to sample your brews gravity. Also most ale brewers ferment a week in the primary, two weeks in the secondary and three weeks in the bottle. Barring bad yeast and poor fermentation temperatures your beer should be fermented out. Another thing I have started doing is making...
by brewmeisterintng
Thu Mar 16, 2006 6:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Excessive carbonation??
Replies: 6
Views: 9729

Possible Solutions

I by no means am an expert but those of us with a few batches under our belt have gone through some of the same pains/ experiences. Two reasons why beer bottles explode/ gush: 1. The beer was not done fermenting when you bottled and when you primed it; it not only consumed your honey but finished fe...
by brewmeisterintng
Sun Mar 05, 2006 9:15 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Mash Techniques
Replies: 2
Views: 9443

Step Infusion

Used when brewing with low- to moderately-modified malts
What makes a multiple-step infusion mash different from a singe-step infusion mash is the inclusion of a protein rest of 20-30 minutes at or near 122
by brewmeisterintng
Sun Mar 05, 2006 8:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Problem during transfer to secondary fermentor
Replies: 1
Views: 4050

Dear Worrywert

Your beer is not ruined. Every transfer involves slight ariation of the beer. We, the brewers, try to limit that as much as possible as it will shorten the life of the beer in the bottle and may produce slight off flavors.

James
by brewmeisterintng
Mon Feb 27, 2006 7:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: How long will crushed grains stay fresh?
Replies: 3
Views: 5838

Stale Ale

Is the container air tight? Cracked grains can absorb moisture as well as off flavors. I too have heard the two week time line and have never challenged it. My brother and I bought a mill so we crack only what we need the night before brew day. I know I am not much help in the matter but know that y...
by brewmeisterintng
Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: Recipe Formulation Help Needed
Replies: 1
Views: 4115

Formula

LME to DME * 0.89
DME to LME * 1.10

is the simple formulas that I use to convert between the two.
If you look in the front of your clone brews book they will start with the gravity of the wort and work backwards.

Regards

James
by brewmeisterintng
Sun Feb 12, 2006 10:27 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: mashing wheat
Replies: 7
Views: 33872

I will try again

Yes, I have made pale batches before with no problem so I don't think that my water is an issue. I have even mashed pils malt and got a great conversion. My second attempt will include:
(1) Cracking the wheat separately
(2) Step infusion mashing
Thanks for the help.
-James-
by brewmeisterintng
Sat Feb 11, 2006 10:54 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: mashing wheat
Replies: 7
Views: 33872

Water and Wheat?

I don't have a chemical breakdown of my water but I double charcoal filter my water and have never had a problem in the past with conversion.
-James-
by brewmeisterintng
Sat Feb 11, 2006 7:38 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: mashing wheat
Replies: 7
Views: 33872

mashing wheat

My brother brewed a batch of wheat beer two weeks ago and got a low OG. I brewed the same recipe today with the same results. We both shop at the same HBS hence the same wheat. It's a simple recipe: 3.5lbs Maris Otter 5.5lbs German Wheat .5lbs Rice Hulls 1st mash at 153 degrees for 90 minutes 2nd ma...
by brewmeisterintng
Tue Feb 07, 2006 8:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Crush Those Hop Pellets?
Replies: 2
Views: 4606

Hop bags

It is advisable to use a hop bag for both whole and pellets. It is easier to remove them when the time comes. They come in both disposable and resuable types. I prefer the reusable secured with a small zip tie. There is enough junk left by the hot and cold breaks without having to worry about hops d...
by brewmeisterintng
Sun Feb 05, 2006 7:14 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: The SG didn't drop!!
Replies: 3
Views: 7626

Will try to help

I have never brewed a beer with this high of an OG so I had to do a little research. Dave Miller's book stated that higher gravity wert 1.100 and higher tend to have fermentation difficulties and the finished beers are usually dominated be ethyl acetate and other esters. Yours is not quite there but...
by brewmeisterintng
Thu Feb 02, 2006 6:53 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Recommendations for Liquid Malt Extract Sources
Replies: 8
Views: 29294

Try this supply store

Try this place. They offer free shipping on your first order and the prices are pretty good. I have ordered from them twice and with the exception of their yeast was really satisified. They list a telephone number so I would call them to verify they are still in business. It has been a while sence I...
by brewmeisterintng
Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your input is needed... Brewpub Survey
Replies: 18
Views: 29302

Likes/ Dislikes

Likes/ Dislikes Glassed in viewable brewery/ Servers with facial piercings Grain bags stacked neatly / Running out of advertised brews Mug club memberships / Limited food menus Downhome family/historical feeling / Outragous pricing It's not 10 each but it's a start -James-
by brewmeisterintng
Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:43 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Recommendations for Liquid Malt Extract Sources
Replies: 8
Views: 29294

Conversion

LME to DME * 0.89
DME to LME * 1.10

And for those that want to convert to an all grain:
1lb Base grain = 0.67lb DME = 0.75lb LME

Hope that helps.

-James-
by brewmeisterintng
Fri Jan 27, 2006 7:31 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: How Much Corn Sugar Needed During Cooking?
Replies: 4
Views: 7952

Go Slow Young Brewmaster

I know that it is a very exciting hobby and that you are biting at the bit to create your own recipe. Even though beer tools is a great tool to help you do that, you are better off honing/ practicing your brewing skills with the tried and true recopies. Keep them simple I might add until you have a ...