June 20, 2007

FG update

Category: Bitter 4 — Josh @ 7:13 pm

FG is 1.007 @ 69F. 1.008 Corrected. The beer has a slight taste of honey. ABV 4.8.

Starting to bottle

Category: Bitter 4 — Josh @ 6:15 pm

I just started getting things together to start bottling. I realized that I do not have any corn sugar that I normally use for priming, so I am using 5.5 ounces of cane sugar. To be technically correct, I am using brown sugar. It will work just the same, or close to it.

byo.com priming chart

June 14, 2007

Still going

Category: Bitter 4 — Josh @ 6:16 am

There is still some fermentation activity. One bubble about every 20-30 seconds. I should be good to bottle this brew on the 18th or 19th.

June 12, 2007

wrt54gl update

Category: Linux — Josh @ 11:19 am

I installed x-wrt extensions on the router this morning. It is pretty neat. I also setup the QOS scripts so that I can priortize data packets. This should help with game play while miftik is streaming TVU, or downloading something.

June 9, 2007

SG update

Category: Bitter 4 — Josh @ 10:21 pm

I installed the airlock and took a SG measurement. The sulfur smell has faded quite a bit. It should be completely gone once I bottle. The SG is 1.009 @ 74F. The Corrected SG is 1.010

June 8, 2007

Fermentation very slow

Category: Bitter 4 — Josh @ 9:35 pm

Well the fermentation on this batch has slowed down quite a bit and the foam has all fallen. There is no foam left on the top of the beer. I need to install an airlock on top of the carboy. I will try to remember to do it tomorrow. I still smell a strong sulfur odor.

June 6, 2007

Fermentation update

Category: Bitter 4 — Josh @ 10:09 pm

The freezer temp is hovering between 63F and 66F Which seems correct with the thermostat controller that I have.

Fermentation seems to have slowed down a bit. I did get some some foam through the blow off tube, but it seems less than usual (Lower Temp maybe?) I definately smell sulfur which I noticed on previous batches of bitter. This yeast (Wyeast 1028) did not produce this odor on Bitter 3, but did produce this scent on Bitter 2. I think it is a result of using Maris Otter malt. I am not worried though. The sulfur odor should fade in 2 weeks and will be gone once I bottle. Fermentation was rolling all day yesterday, but has slowed down enough now that I think I can put the airlock on the carboy tomorrow.

Linux on wrt54gl

Category: Linux — Josh @ 8:59 pm

I installed OpenWrt on my linksys wireless router today. The install is wicked easy. It has a basic iptables ruleset, and with the processor in my router it should be able to handle a much more complex ruleset. We will see once I start setting up the ruleset. So far, I have setup ntpclient package and set it up to sync with my linux server on my local lan. I am looking into setting up QOS so that Miftik can pull down newsgroup feeds and I can still play battlefield without getting lag. Another interesting thing is the combined dhcp/dns daemon package. I think the capabilities of the daemon are really cool.

I have not really had the patience today to work on doing much else with it. My thoughts have been wandering a lot, and I can’t seem to concentrate on anything, so I have just been playing Battlefield 2142

June 5, 2007

Fermentation update

Category: Bitter 4 — Josh @ 10:53 pm

I turned the thermostat on my converted freezer to 64 F. The beer temp is reading 66F according to the stick on aquarium thermometer stuck on the side of the carboy. BTW… Yeast is going nuts, and fermentation is really rolling.

Getting better

Category: Strong Bitter — Josh @ 10:50 pm

This one still tastes a little cidery, but is starting to mellow. It still needs to age some more.