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Beer Making, Part 2: The Sparge

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Beer Making Part 1 – The Mash

I know I’ve been reneging on my promise to bring you quality YouTube videos about homebrewing!! Mostly this is because 99.99% of the stuff there is pure crap. But once in a while you come across something good. This here … Continue reading

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Yeast Washing

So the club mild ale is now kegged. I did it last night. Using the Beano method I actually got it to drop down to 1.012, which is about 70% attenuation. I probably could have kept it going for a … Continue reading

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Update on the mild ale

Well, it looks like the Beano thing may actually be working. My “KMS Dark Mild” recipe stopped fermenting at an SG of only 1.018, leaving me with about 50% attenuation. I’m happy to report that the SG is now down … Continue reading

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Trouble with the club Mild Ale

About 3 weeks ago, I made a mild ale that my local homebrew club is doing as a group brew. After I made the whole batch and was waiting for fermentation to start, I discovered that my thermometer was not properly … Continue reading

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ProMash tutorial from Youtube

This is a tutorial on mash temps, using ProMash. With my recent problems, or more precisely inattention to detail, I should pay close attention to this one!!

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Yeast starter

OK. Here is how I make my yeast starter. Take 750 ml of water and bring to a boil in a saucepan. The add 1/2 cup of dried malt extract (DME) and stir well. Bring back to a boil, but … Continue reading

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Freezing Yeast

I know this is pretty high-tech beer geeky stuff, but apparently some advanced homebrewers freeze yeast in glycerine in order to store the samples long term. This is also referred to as making yeast slants. I don’t have any test tubes … Continue reading

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What was I thinking??

Last Saturday, when I was making my Belgian dubbel, I had the bright idea to use some of the low gravity wort (from the end of the runoff) to make a yeast starter. Sounds good in theory. I opened a … Continue reading

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