Shrike

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  1. Shrike liked a post in a topic by Nickfixit in Purified Water VS Tap Water   
    The beer books say - if you are using extract and your water tastes good to you   - use it.
    However if you are making a different style than the HME was intended for and the water of the target style location is much harder for instance, than the HME would suggest, I would think you might get some flavor differences from adding minerals.
    Or you can also add distilled to reduce the mineral taste.
    I did put some gypsum in my Irish red, but only because Dublin water is very hard and this was made from CAL which I assumed had a low to middling mineral level, and my home water is middling. I did not add any with the one I made from Can Blonde. I have no idea what Canadian water is like.
     
    This gives a summary of Ca, Na and MG for various places around North America and also in a range of bottled waters (might be handy :-))
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1525-1497.2001.04189.x/full
  2. Shrike liked a post in a topic by SilverBrewerWI in This kit   
     
    Whatever it is, it has been a month.  I wonder if he sat there staring at the message board going, answer me, answer me, answer meeeeeeee.......no, probably not, but I do wonder what he brewed or didn't.  
  3. epete28 liked a post in a topic by Shrike in Whispering Wheat   
    I've got 2.5 weeks until mine hits minimum conditioning time.  I'm looking forward to trying it.
  4. Shrike liked a post in a topic by epete28 in Whispering Wheat   
    Sooo, I'm drinking the last beer from this batch right now, which was bottled on 9/17/17. It's been in the fridge 2 weeks maybe, and I'm just blown away by it. I'm drinking it super slow because I don't want it to end. I wish I would've had the patience to save more than one.
  5. Shrike liked a post in a topic by Lorenzai in Slow Ferment?   
    Understood on that. I wanted to change the character of it anyway, I was just thinking of the HME can as base malt more or less. The economy thing is ok since I don't much care for light American beer anyway, so I might as well use the fermentables in the can and make something I like. My plan was something like this..
    1.5lb Amber DME
    1.0oz Cascade
    1 can American Light.
     
    Boil the usual amount of water (or double, haven't decided yet) for the Mr. Beer instructions. Once boiling, add a couple ounces of DME for hop utilization + 0.5oz Cascades. Boil for roughly 40 mins. At 40 min mark add remaining 0.5oz Cascades. Continue boil for 10 mins. At 50 mins add remainder of DME and bring back to a boil. I assume bringing back to a boil may take as long as 10 mins. Then once the DME is thoroughly mixed into solution turn the stove off and move the pot. From there add the can of HME to the mix and follow the Mr. Beer instructions for the remainder of the procedure.
    I'm still playing with different beer calculators trying to get the final numbers I'm looking for nailed down, but you get the jist of what I'm trying to do at least.
    Edit: OR I could try turning it into a cream ale perhaps. Something like Gennessee.
  6. Shrike liked a post in a topic by Brewsus Yeast in FastFerment 3G - Initial Thoughts   
    Finally got around to bottling today. Because of the holidays and a generally busy schedule, it sat in the fermenter for about 4 weeks.  All told, I emptied the yeast jar twice.  The first time it was mostly Whirlfloc, and the second time was full-on yeast.  In the end, the jar had less than a quarter inch of yeast, and I used most of the beer in the jar for my FG measurement.  I ended up with 23 bottles, and not a single sacrificial "trub" bottle.  The beer was clear from top to bottom. Very nice.  As I anticipated, a slightly longer hose would have been helpful, but I managed just fine with an attached bottling wand.
     
    It was pretty easy to clean out, plus I could easily drain it into the sink by putting the whole contraption in the sink and opening the union valve.  It flushes out pretty fast.
     
    So four weeks later... not a single leak...never opened the top...dumping the yeast jar is simple and non-messy.  Thumbs up, so far.
     
    Now, that old HME...that might be another matter...  I'll check back in a few weeks.
  7. Shrike liked a post in a topic by KaijuBrew in Is this batch infected?   
    Okay - It has been a few months and I am back to report!  Having drank a few of the Helles I can say it was not infected and is delicious!
     
    I believe the yeast was still active because I did have one bottle rupture.  Luckily it was in a cooler during conditioning and just left a quarter inch of beer to clean up.
     
    I refrigerated the rest of the bottles after they had conditioned in case the yeast needs to be slowed down to avoid another rupture.  The bottles are all very firm.
  8. Shrike liked a post in a topic by BDawg62 in Cloning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale   
    @MiniYoda Ask and you shall receive.
  9. SilverBrewerWI liked a post in a topic by Shrike in Bottling time?????   
    I don't cold crash either, but only because I can't fit an LBK into my fridge.  So I say bottle it. 
     
    You're going to get a little bit of trub when you first open the spigot, that's not unusual at all.  What I do is pour that first bit into a glass and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours.  The trub will settle to the bottom leaving you a tasty glass of virgin, flat beer to drink later.
     
    Your very last bottle will likely also have a bit of trub in it.  What I do with this last bottle is put a piece of masking tape on it with "trub" written on it.  This is the bottle that I'll drink at the minimum recommended conditioning time in order to gauge if the batch is ready to drink or if it needs to rest longer.
     
  10. SilverBrewerWI liked a post in a topic by Shrike in Bottling time?????   
    I don't cold crash either, but only because I can't fit an LBK into my fridge.  So I say bottle it. 
     
    You're going to get a little bit of trub when you first open the spigot, that's not unusual at all.  What I do is pour that first bit into a glass and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours.  The trub will settle to the bottom leaving you a tasty glass of virgin, flat beer to drink later.
     
    Your very last bottle will likely also have a bit of trub in it.  What I do with this last bottle is put a piece of masking tape on it with "trub" written on it.  This is the bottle that I'll drink at the minimum recommended conditioning time in order to gauge if the batch is ready to drink or if it needs to rest longer.
     
  11. SilverBrewerWI liked a post in a topic by Shrike in Bottling time?????   
    I don't cold crash either, but only because I can't fit an LBK into my fridge.  So I say bottle it. 
     
    You're going to get a little bit of trub when you first open the spigot, that's not unusual at all.  What I do is pour that first bit into a glass and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours.  The trub will settle to the bottom leaving you a tasty glass of virgin, flat beer to drink later.
     
    Your very last bottle will likely also have a bit of trub in it.  What I do with this last bottle is put a piece of masking tape on it with "trub" written on it.  This is the bottle that I'll drink at the minimum recommended conditioning time in order to gauge if the batch is ready to drink or if it needs to rest longer.
     
  12. Shrike liked a post in a topic by Brian N. in Bottling time?????   
    Ryan - three weeks is usually enough time to fully ferment and the yeast to "do a little clean-up".  If it tastes like flat beer, you should be good to go. I usually do not cold crash, but many do. Also - I find that 3/4 teaspoon produces too much carbonation for my taste. But, try it and adjust next time.
  13. kedogn liked a post in a topic by Shrike in Alcohol Free   
    Here's a link:
     
  14. Marius liked a post in a topic by Shrike in Long Play IPA kit   
     
    Yep.  I'm not by nature a patient person but this is a hobby that demands it.  And the good thing about it is that your patience is rewarded.
  15. Marius liked a post in a topic by Shrike in Long Play IPA kit   
     
    Yep.  I'm not by nature a patient person but this is a hobby that demands it.  And the good thing about it is that your patience is rewarded.
  16. Shrike liked a post in a topic by Marius in Long Play IPA kit   
    Thanks guys for keeping me grounded.. I've read that a bunch of times here, but have been reading and watching videos elsewhere that led me astray. Patience!!!!!
  17. Shrike liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in how to handle a true lager?   
    I knew that spelling didn't look right.  FINALLY the beer is kicking in
     
    and for those who were wondering what this old fat drunk was TRYING to say, it's Diacetyl rest
  18. Shrike liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in how to handle a true lager?   
    I refrigerate bottled lagers for keeping following a 3-4 week carbonation period at room temperature.  I will be the first to admit that I have much to learn before brewing the perfect lager, but I do know that trying to carbonate beer in bottles at 40 F does not work very well.
  19. Shrike liked a post in a topic by MRB Josh R in Poor Customer Service   
    Unfortunately, our hands are tied when it comes to shipping costs from our warehouse to individual customers in Canada when buying from our website. We do not set the prices, the carriers do. However, when we sell wholesale, it's much cheaper for us to ship large pallets than individual kits/refills. With that said, we do not determine what inventory goes into the retail stores. This is determined by the stores themselves. While we do encourage them to also purchase refills from us, some of them will only purchase the kits.
     
    I would like to apologize for the customer service delays. January is, by far, our busiest month of the year, and with only 2 customer service reps on staff going through hundreds of emails, answering phones, and online chats, we do get a bit overwhelmed at times so waiting periods on replies may be longer than normal.
     
    I recommend purchasing our refills on Amazon since they do carry a large volume of our products and shipping should be a bit cheaper for you.
     
    We are currently looking into more affordable ways to make our products more accessible to our Canadian customers. This is one of our priorities for 2018.
  20. RickBeer liked a post in a topic by Shrike in Long Play IPA kit   
     
    Give it a full three weeks.  Just because you can't see activity doesn't mean nothing's going on.  High krausen is over, but the yeast are still at work "cleaning up" your beer.
  21. RickBeer liked a post in a topic by Shrike in Long Play IPA kit   
     
    Give it a full three weeks.  Just because you can't see activity doesn't mean nothing's going on.  High krausen is over, but the yeast are still at work "cleaning up" your beer.
  22. Shrike liked a post in a topic by scouterbill in New Brewer and Member Here   
     
    Just to clarify, you're referring to the Mr. Beer kit and not your girlfriend? 
     
    Welcome to the Cult of Brewing and your new obsession. Your girlfriend has no idea what she's done to herself!
  23. Shrike liked a post in a topic by scouterbill in How Off is the Stick On Temperature Strip   
    The stick on thermometers are fairly accurate (within a degree or so). For the batch you have going 60 is at the low end, however, fermentation is definitely taking place. The bigger consideration would be wide temperature swings. As long as you can keep the temp within a 2-3 degree band in the low 60's you're golden (60-63 for example). 
  24. Shrike liked a post in a topic by DrMJG in New Brewer and Member Here   
    Welcome tom the hobby and this forum.  Believe me, every one of us has some less than perfect brews in our history.  But, even they are drinkable! Take your time.  Start with following the base instructions.  Additions and adjustments are things to do down the line.. I also stress writing a diary for my beers to help develop better brews.  Enjoy! Pros't!
     
     

  25. Shrike liked a post in a topic by Marius in New Brewer and Member Here   
    Your story is nearly identical to mine, but I started my batch a week after yours. So I will be curious to hear how your beer comes out. It is very true how much you can learn here. I've been quite obsessed. Funny that I didn't even know what words like trub and cold crash meant two weeks ago and now my family thinks that I talk crazy. I guess we are the new freshman class. Cheers!