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Beginning Homebrewer

One extract brew completed (not so great).
One all-grain Blonde Ale completed (overshot on the gravity, thought it tasted like sanitizer, but I gave it 3 months and it tasted excellent!).
One all-grain Cherry Stout (switched to all-glass fermentation)

Jul
2
comment Does aging the beer make a huge difference?
The gravity on my Blonde Ale was really high accidentally. It started around 1.08 or something crazy like that. The final ABV was 8.14%. So that definitely could have been a big factor.
Jun
29
comment Low Cost Conical Fermenter
I have to say I learned something from this answer... But it wasn't exactly helpful. If someone was wanting to switch to a 6.5 gallon conical for a reasonable price, what would you recommend? Paying $200 for something that will only last me 2-3 years, or possibly less considering your fittings findings, what would you ultimately suggest? Or would you suggest just paying more for a long term solution?
May
9
comment Is there a more durable alternative to a plastic auto-siphon?
I may start doing it the old fashioned way again, and pay more attention to it and do it the right way. We'll see how long I can stand it :)
May
9
comment Is there a more durable alternative to a plastic auto-siphon?
I understand all of that, I've done it with and without the auto siphon. But wouldn't that method require an initial sanitizer "suck start". I would like to try to avoid that, plus the auto siphon is really handy if something goes wrong and you need to start the siphoning over again quickly, easily, and sanitary. I'm pretty sure I'm done doing it the hard way.
May
8
comment How do I batch sparge?
I went from all extract to all-grain and won't ever look back. But I suppose it's not all that different.
May
7
comment Determining the potential gravity of non-grain additions
I agree with brewchez. I think the fruit and adjunct potential gravity questions are two totally different questions.
May
7
comment How do I batch sparge?
I up-voted. Very helpful!
May
7
comment Beer tastes like sanitizer
Thanks for the answers. I think you are both right. I think I will just switch to using all glass fermentation to be on the safe side. Being able to check on the beer's fermentation and clearing visually is handy and fun too.
May
7
comment Cherry Stout advice
So for a base stout for the beer, what would you recommend for ingredients? I'd like it to be a somewhat malty and smooth stout, a little chocolaty. I was thinking .25lbs Black Patent, .5lbs CaraPils, .75lbs American Chocolate, .5lbs American Crystal 80L, .75lbs Roasted Barley, 1.0lbs Flaked Barley, 7.0lbs American Two-row Pale. Based on this recipe: tastybrew.com/newrcp/detail/203 Using the tasty brew calculator, that should leave my beer with 56.2 gravity points. Will that recipe work? Will it give it enough color/flavor?
Apr
1
comment Dry Hopping without a bag
@Dean Brundage Yes, the volume is 5 gallons. @brewchez I also added some hops at late boil for aroma, but I've never done dry hopping, so I wanted to try it out for fun. I think I am going to try it without a bag this time, and then do it with a bag next time and maybe I'll notice a difference.
Feb
5
comment Using Grolsch “Premium Lager” bottles for bottling
@JackSmith If my brew turned out well (which it didn't), I would drink it out of the glass. But I've tried it out of a glass (the better ones that didn't skunk a bit in the Grolsch bottles) and out of the bottle and it doesn't make much difference because the beer isn't good. Once I make a good brew, I will drink only out of the glass. @PJ I thought I would kill two birds with one stone. Drink beer and get good bottles. Fail on both accounts. @Dean Brundage The skunkiness would have come prior to putting my beer in it. My beer was never exposed to light (besides the fridge light).
Feb
5
comment Using Grolsch “Premium Lager” bottles for bottling
I had no idea you were supposed to boil the caps and gaskets. I just set them in a bowl of sanitizer.
Feb
3
comment Brew Fail Diagnosis Help
We did add the extra sugar required. I'm not ruling out an infection, but I didn't really taste any sour or vinegar flavor. I still need to take a reading of the final gravity and post it. I just keep forgetting to do it when I am around the beer.
Feb
1
comment Dual Faucet Kegerator and kegs
Do you happen to know of a really good site or video tutorial to learn how to do this? I am not handy in the slightest bit, and will need ridiculous amounts of instruction to take this on as a DIY project.
Feb
1
comment Brew Fail Diagnosis Help
The extract canister says the the original gravity should be between 1040 and 1044. So I estimate with a made up attenuation of 75% that the final gravity of the beer should be around 1010 and 1011. Not very useful since all of that is horrible estimation. I will take a final gravity reading and post it here later.
Feb
1
comment Brew Fail Diagnosis Help
@Arlo427 @Dean Brundage @Tetragrammaton I figured out I used Munton's Liquid Wheat Beer extract. It's supposed to make 23 litres. I didn't add any hops. I used a dry yeast that comes in the Munton's extract canister. I think I would consider it pre-packaged. @JackSmith I'm sure there is always fermentation going on, but I think moving caused the aggressive fermentation that was going on in the bucket to slow down tremendously once it was moved to the carboy.