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The Pub / Re: Stupid musing
« on: January 15, 2019, 04:20:53 PM »
   I did have black eyed peas, but no egg rolls - maybe I'll only be halfway unlucky this year?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stuck Fermentation
« on: January 15, 2019, 04:17:17 PM »
   I recently ruined the third batch of beer with Czech Saaz, twice dry hopped and most recently with a WP addition, all 3 ended up tasting like grass clipping tea. The first 2 times I attributed it to possible old stale hops, the most recent time was an ESB with new hops. I'll never have Czech Saaz hops in my house again.

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The Pub / Re: Beer insults
« on: January 10, 2019, 05:46:00 PM »
I LOVED that show! How do you keep a Baptist from drinking all your beer?

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   Only drink with two or more. Around here the subject faith is LDS, and the joke involves fishing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: January 01, 2019, 04:55:06 PM »
What did you smoke them with? And what kind of malt did you smoke? We need details (wo)man!

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Avangard Pils malt was cold smoked with Beechwood. Will use some Munich, caramunich, and then midnight wheat for color.
   I have a probably stupid question, how did you cold smoke it? What's your set-up?
Nice.
The Avangard was what I had. I recently got a bag of Weyermann Barke Pils. Damn that stuff smells great.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: best yeast for 44f
« on: December 29, 2018, 11:45:57 PM »
All I have on hand is S-189, but I think I've figured out how to get to the upper 40s.

   Good ol' '05, it's hard to imagine a more versatile beer yeast. I've never used it below 50, but I have no problem believing it would do it's normal no-fail job in the low 40's.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: best yeast for 44f
« on: December 28, 2018, 03:42:35 PM »
I won't suggest that it's the best, but I have a Marzen in the lager fridge that's been chugging merrily along at 44* on Mangrove Jack's M-76 Bavarian for 6 days now. I've also had good results with 34/70 at in that temperature range.

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Zymurgy / Re: Brut IPA
« on: December 25, 2018, 04:10:15 PM »
Just for gits and shiggles I added some to a Blonde after it settled at 1.008, even at only 10% of the recommended dosage rate the AMG took the beer down to 1.002, O.G. was 1.049. FWIW.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Warm BMC
« on: December 14, 2018, 05:09:03 PM »
   I have read several places, I don't recall where, that the majors have significantly reduced hopping rates on their lagers over the past 4 decades, and this didn't come from conspiracy theorists but rather from people within the companies - Bud and Coors IIRC. The hopping rates have been falling in response to evolving tastes of their customers, not just to save on production costs. I'm not defending the big bad boys, just relaying what I have read.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tapping a Keg Of Guinness
« on: December 11, 2018, 04:36:19 PM »
I have seen different mix ratios, kind of depends on why you're using beer gas, and the length of your lines - I think.

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   Alas, kegging all my beer isn't an option, I normally have a dozen or more batches on hand, about half of which are dry hopped. I'm not sure if even a 20 cu.ft. keezer could accommodate that many kegs. Even if finances weren't an issue space constraints don't allow me that luxury so I bottle and use every tweak I can think of to keep my hoppy stuff as fresh as possible as long as possible.

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I've had my best results dry hopping after cold crashing, but even then after a couple weeks beers with heavy late hopping are just a shadow of what they were when fresh. I'm sure there must be a way to keep those flavors and aromas longer, but I haven't found it [yet].

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Or perhaps texting is just training us to lower our standard of expectation of what really qualifies as "communication".

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Question about nutrients in starter
« on: December 02, 2018, 05:21:00 PM »
   At risk of veering slightly off course, I've always added nutrients to the kettle near the end of the boil. Reading the usage instructions of Fermaid K and other nutrients yesterday I discovered that they all recommend making two additions, both to the FV. Have I been wasting my time and nutrient by adding it to the boil?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Conical
« on: November 19, 2018, 04:47:02 PM »
   I have 4 of the fast ferments and have done more than 80 batches of beer in them. After using my 1st one for a while I realized I needed more FV's and looked long and hard at the other options before adding to my stable. I brew upstairs and have to carry the FV downstairs where the fermenting and bottling take place, the extra weight of stainless FV's, when added to the weight of 7 gallons of beer is far too much for this old man to carry down a steep staircase with a 180* turn midway. Of the plastic options the Fermentasarurs appears to be too top heavy, and some of the reviews I read indicated that they are pretty flimsy. I really like the Catalyst's larger diameter bottom opening and the ability to use mason jars, but it also looks to be difficult to pack down stairs, and there are a number of negative reviews that seemed pertinent to me. I have some complaints about the design of the FF's, the thermowell is poorly located and the thermometers are wildly inaccurate, I eventually removed the wells on all of my FV's and plugged the openings, fermometers are inexpensive and more accurate the stock FF thermos. I wish the Fast Ferments had a larger diameter opening at the base as sometimes sediment will adhere to the base of the cone instead of making it's way into the sediment ball. I have built wooden support stands and portable bases for all of mine, using the wall mounting brackets. The support stands were specifically designed to facilitate carrying the FV's down stairs. I really need at least one larger fermenter, if the Fast Ferment 14 gallon ones were designed for use with the wall brackets I'd buy one, alas they aren't compatible. I'll keep looking for a viable alternative.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop storage fresheness
« on: November 11, 2018, 04:56:25 PM »
  Is your freezer frost-free or manual defrost, upright or chest? The "shelf life" of anything stored in an upright frost-free freezer is only a fraction of that of stuff stored in a manual defrost chest freezer. The defrost cycle is not conducive to long term storage, even if the manufacturers vehemently deny that it has any effect. Chest freezers have an inherent advantage over uprights with regards to long term effects of storage because there is much less exchange of warm ambient air with the cold air in the freezer each time the door is opened, open the door on an upright and cold air immediately starts spilling out on the floor and is replaced by warm air. Continual thawing and refreezing of the freezer's contents, whether from the defrost cycle or air change from opening the door is the major cause of degradation of a freezer's contents.

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