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Home brewer for several years


Sep
4
reviewed No Action Needed Bottling Hard Cider - can I prime with sweet cider?
Sep
4
comment Should I pitch a second round of yeast?
What was your anticipated FG? It may be that it is still silently fermenting. You'll probably want to wait a week and then take daily gravity readings. Once it goes for three days without changing gravity, it's safe to go to bottling.
Sep
4
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
4
comment Belgian golden strong
Please elaborate on why "it's good to get the beer off the sediment to reduce off flavors and have an ooportunity to taste the beer and take hydrometer readings". Can you cite/verify what off flavors you have received from leaving it on the yeast cake? Why wouldn't using a wine thief to extract beer for sample work? Recent semi-scientific experiments have shown no benefit what so ever to racking to a secondary
Sep
3
comment Should I pitch a second round of yeast?
You're correct. Sanitize the hydrometer (I use a spray bottle of Star San or dunk it for 30 seconds in a bucket filled with it). There aren't any negative consequences to re-pitching yeast at this point (other than potentially wasting money/yeast). The bulk of consequences associated with under-pitching develop within the first 3-5 days of fermentation. Pitching more yeast at this point without a gravity reading is likely a waste of yeast. I would not recommend it. At this point your best bet is to ride it out and take hydrometer readings to determine if it has completed.
Sep
2
answered Should I pitch a second round of yeast?
Sep
2
comment Should I pitch a second round of yeast?
Along with Gerry's question about (expected) OG, how many liters was your starter and how much yeast did you pitch into it?
Aug
31
revised Belgian golden strong
Formatting.
Aug
28
revised Salvaging this Sorachi Ace IPA
added 321 characters in body
Aug
28
comment Salvaging this Sorachi Ace IPA
You're definitely going to taste the hops when it's that dry. If you dry hop it as per Denny's recommendation, go big. Real big.
Aug
28
answered Salvaging this Sorachi Ace IPA
Aug
28
comment Salvaging this Sorachi Ace IPA
What FG did it land at?
Aug
25
comment First time brewing lager, no fermentation
According to Mr. Malty, you'll want to pitch more yeast than just one vial (2.6 vials or round to three). Go get another two or three vials from your LHBS. If they don't have any more of WLP800, get WLP830 or WLP840. This is assuming you're OG is 1.036 at a 5 gallon batch size as you described on your reddit post.
Aug
22
comment Pediococcus Infection--Will brett get rid of the ropiness?
Recently read Michael Tonsmeire's book on sour beers. Influenced me to wax poetic about the wonders of sour beer brewing.
Aug
20
answered Pediococcus Infection--Will brett get rid of the ropiness?
Aug
20
comment Pediococcus Infection--Will brett get rid of the ropiness?
A photo would help. Do you taste buttery/butterscotch? That's a dead-ringer that it's Pediococcus. Lactobacillus won't produce as much of that flavor. Pedio also may make beer sick/viscous/snotty in consistency. Got any of that?
Aug
14
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
30
comment Should dry hopped beer be lightly stirred prior to bottling?
You're welcome.
Jul
30
comment Should dry hopped beer be lightly stirred prior to bottling?
For what it's worth, hops inhibit the growth of lactobacillus and pediococcus, two of the most common contaminants that will spoil your beer. By that logic, IPAs are going to theoretically be pretty safe from contamination. You seem like you're pretty conscious about sanitation, I'd be surprised if you ran into problems in this regard.
Jul
30
answered Should dry hopped beer be lightly stirred prior to bottling?