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##### Ingredients / Re: Time to mix up my hops
« on: Today at 08:56:36 AM »
Ultra?  High alpha cross of Hallertau & Saaz.  I am thinking about growing it next year but I haven't tried it out yet.

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##### Ingredients / Re: Gypsum post fermentation
« on: December 03, 2013, 04:07:03 PM »
Check to see if your scale is accurate at low weights by weighing one and two nickels.  They should weigh 5 and 10 g.

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##### Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling question
« on: December 03, 2013, 02:13:28 PM »
I use the vodka for this purpose primarily because it doesn't lose potency sitting in a squirt bottle.

I use Starsan most of the time though.
Starsan doesn't lose potency sitting in a squirt bottle.

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##### Ingredients / Re: Gypsum post fermentation
« on: December 03, 2013, 02:06:32 PM »
I think you'll want your standard solution to be 1 L or bigger so you can accurately and precisely measure the gypsum on your scale.  Lets say you want your 2 oz to have 50 ppm of gypsum by adding 1 ml of solution.  To have 50 ppm in 2 oz you would have to add ~3 mg of gypsum to your sample and ~0.3 g of gypsum to your 100 ml of standard solution. Your scale can't measure anything precisely (2 sig figs) until you get to 10 g.  So in my scenario you would need to make a 4 L solution containing 12 g of gypsum.

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##### Ingredients / Re: Gypsum post fermentation
« on: December 03, 2013, 01:50:27 PM »
The math looks fine assuming you are not adding a lot of gypsum solution to your 2 oz of beer.  If you add 6 ml of solution to your 2 oz (~60 ml) sample, the equation will be off by ~10%.

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##### Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dedicated tap / lines for sours?
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:37:35 AM »
If your lines are refrigerated I wouldn't worry about it provided you have good cleaning practices.

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##### Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling question
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:32:41 AM »
Yep. I put starsan in a bowl and put caps in it while bottling.

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I do this.  I used to boil them.   This is so much easier.
+1

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##### General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dishwashing detergent
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:30:08 AM »
I use regular Cascade powder, also available at Costco.  I haven't noticed any head suppression with the powder but I'll pay more careful attention from now on.

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##### General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thermometers?
« on: December 02, 2013, 03:50:25 PM »
To me the real value of a Thermapen in mashing is to figure out if you got a robust procedure for mixing your grains and water as evidenced by a fairly uniform temp distribution at the start of the mash (and a lack of malt/grain balls).  Now that I've figured out what works for me, I could get by with almost any accurate thermometer.

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##### General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Poor efficiency/very soft water
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:13:59 PM »
For those specific grains, there isn't any benefit to mashing.  There would be a benefit to steeping (1) in more water (2) for a longer time  (3) at a hotter temperature (4) with a finer grind.  I don't think changing your water chemistry will have much effect on your efficiency since there is little to no starch to convert into sugar.

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##### General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher from the bottle. Why?
« on: December 02, 2013, 10:19:04 AM »

Bottled: 2 Cup priming sugar for 10 gallons.
Fermentation: 5-7 days @ 162-164, Rack to secondary & increase to 168-170 for 7-10 days, cold starge @ 134 for 1-3 month's.

2 cups of priming sugar for 10 gallons is a lot of sugar.  I think you would be better off using less priming sugar and making sure that the priming sugar is adequately mixed.

I'm no lager expert but racking to secondary after 5-7 days seems premature

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##### Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry Yeast for English Style Barleywine?
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:35:15 AM »
While I have no specific experience with this yeast, WLP007 dry is a good candidate as it is a more attenuative English yeast.

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##### General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Poor efficiency/very soft water
« on: November 30, 2013, 07:02:18 AM »
DW, now we need the details of what you did.  How long did you steep/mash?  In how much water?  At what temperature?  Was there a sparge or subsequent rinse?  The lack of a sparge or subsequent rinse will cost you some efficiency.

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##### General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: November 29, 2013, 04:16:30 PM »
I try to trade stuff with them.  I got a neighbor who is always smoking meats so we like to exchange beer for meat.

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##### Ingredients / Schaumburg water report
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:44:18 AM »
I've never seen a Chicago water report like 10/2010 and I have seen reports every few years going back about 20 years.  The 10/2013 report seems to be pretty typical.  I suppose the 10/2010 water could have been affected by a heavy rain.

Here are some links to Chicago's analysis: http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/water/WaterQltyResultsNRpts/ccReports/cca12a.pdf
http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/water/WaterQltyResultsNRpts/ccReports/cca11a.pdf

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