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Beer Recipes / Re: Quest for the Ultimate Traditional Weizen Recipe
« on: June 30, 2018, 03:51:51 PM »
You brilliant SOBs!  Will be enjoying this keg. 
Looks beautiful! 

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Equipment and Software / HERMS Upgrade
« on: June 22, 2018, 01:54:33 AM »
Hi all,

I am wanting to upgrade to a HERMS in the near future.  I've done some research but I want to hear what you guys have to say.  Where would you start with your purchases?  What would you do differently if you did it over again?  Should I just go for the 10 gallon system right off the bat? What controller should I get?  I have some experience with Arduino coding and I own an Arduino Romeo board... Can I use that somehow?

Just putting my feelers out there to get an idea of how I should go.  For reference I currently have a 5 gallon system of SS Brewtech MT and BK.  I have a chugger pump and a diedra plate chiller.

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Pimp My System / Re: Project keezer
« on: June 22, 2018, 01:48:07 AM »
I would suggest buying premium quality products right off the bat, as I went cheap at first and am now regretting it and wishing I had some nice perlick taps.  Also, last month there was a great article on how to get the perfect pour Everytime that has to deal with tap lines and how much tubing you need in Zymurgy.  I recommend looking that up. I have a tower coming right out the top of mine.  Someday I'm going to enclose mine with cupboards on either side for additional storage.  Wheels are a must!  You have to get it away from the wall in order to open it to get your kegs in and out. (The downside of having towers out the top). 

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Beer Recipes / Re: Newbie needs and advice PLEAAAASE!!
« on: June 21, 2018, 12:08:20 PM »
Woah!  Congrats on the brewery!  There's a lot of things you can brew with that!  It's quite the selection.  I just brewed an American blonde with lemondrop and 2row.  It's a perfect summertime lawn mowing beer.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Lagunitas 12 of never ale clone receipt
« on: June 21, 2018, 12:06:04 PM »
You could always try calling them or emailing them.  I've had some decent luck with that in the past. Many brew masters are happy to help home brewers out when they can.  That is of course, so long as they don't give away trade secrets. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Solvent Odor in Fermentation
« on: June 17, 2018, 01:33:21 AM »
Looks like mold....gotta watch those things.
Right, well you can't tell when you put it in.
 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Solvent Odor in Fermentation
« on: June 16, 2018, 10:51:24 PM »
So I just dumped it.  But this is what it looked like.... Definitely some infection of sorts I'd say.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Solvent Odor in Fermentation
« on: June 13, 2018, 05:13:36 PM »
When I think of solvent odor, I think of hot fermentation byproduct.  How warm did your fermenter get during this phase?

Never got above 68*F.

The beer itself?
Correct, the beer itself. Thermo well with a temp controller.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Solvent Odor in Fermentation
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:40:11 PM »
Don't get hung up on thinking the fruit is the problem to the point where you might overlook other possible causes.  FWIW, I've put unwashed, unsanitized mushrooms into secondary many times without problems.  So, while you shouldn't rule out the fruit, neither should you be certain it's the cause.
The only reason I've gone straight to that line of thinking is because the fruit is the only variable I've changed with this recipe which I've brewed several times before.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Solvent Odor in Fermentation
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:30:40 PM »
When I think of solvent odor, I think of hot fermentation byproduct.  How warm did your fermenter get during this phase?

Never got above 68*F.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Solvent Odor in Fermentation
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:02:12 PM »
Hi all,

I recently brewed a batch of Hefewezien to which I added 5 lbs of apricots during secondary.  I made a "must" as you would in wine making by mashing my apricots and adding a little (ro) water and then crushing a couple campden tablets up and mixing those in.  I was very careful about sanitation but from what I can find, it seems as though this odor is caused by a bacterial infection (?).  If this is the case, how do you guys make your fruit beers safely?

edit:  It should also be noted that I did open fermentation, so perhaps that is my problem.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Judges?
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:35:19 PM »
Thanks!

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General Homebrew Discussion / BJCP Judges?
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:41:44 AM »
I'm trying to figure our if there are any actual BJCP Judges near me.  I understand that they probably don't post contact info or anything like that on such a public forum, but if anyone knows of someone near me (Salt Lake City, UT) that wouldn't mind getting in touch with me, I'd greatly appreciate it. 

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Beer Recipes / Re: Quest for the Ultimate Traditional Weizen Recipe
« on: June 12, 2018, 08:45:50 PM »
Wow, Thank you! But I thought your previous admissions were already magnanimous and the case was closed.

There are more ways to achieve similar results in the world of brewing. I wasn't saying that you were wrong, only that I hadn't done it that way. Keep striving for your definition of perfection, regardless of what others say. (of course we all have to recognize that we will still be criticized or extolled based on everyone else's perception).
I made admissions, but never said the words of apology.  Guilt can be a powerful motivator. 

I am extremely happy with the direction this thread has gone and continues to go. I hope it is a home for great education on such a complex and wonderful style.

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Hello All!

I hope this finds everyone in good spirits. 

There comes a time in everyone's life (sometimes many times) when they need to eat a little crow.  This is one of those times for me.  I started this post as a boisterous assumption of my success.  I don't think I truly understood what it was to be an AHA member and part of a learning community.  I instead treated this forum as a place I could boast about minor level of success I've had in homebrewing.  I feel the need to correct myself and eat some crow.

First off, I must extend some apologies to those I may have offended and or outright disregarded. Martin, for one, is one of the most intelligent men I've had the pleasure of reading about regarding brewing water.  His reputation was unknown to me until I did some continued research.  This community, being graced by his presence, is truly better off with him.  I hope he accepts my most sincere apology for my unwarranted aggression and child-like behavior when he was offering his cherished and useful advice.  I would also like to apologize to TheBeerery (of whom I do not know his real name), for the same reasons I apologized to Martin.  I made a critical error in believing I knew everything there was to know about a style many others are far more experts in than myself.  I hope both gentlemen know that I wish to eat my words and hope to remain a member of this community so that I may become further educated.

Addressing the progress of this particular thread, I am amazed at how much attention this got.  While I should have expected as much with such a bold statement as a title, I never thought I'd get so many excellent and intelligent conversations out of this.  It is because of Martin's comment about not leading someone astray with the title of this thread that I'd like to modify the title to something more fitting.  I will be renaming this thread "Quest for the Ultimate Traditional Weizen Recipe".  I feel that with the direction this thread has taken, that is a more appropriate name.  I certainly didn't have the ultimate traditional weizen recipe, and I certainly didn't figure it out.  Though, through your combined efforts, we are certainly closer as a community to coming up with great weizen recipes!  It is due to that and the nature of this forum that I am happy to admit I am not the end all be all of weizens, not even by a long shot. 

I will be updating the OP with the name change, a more appropriate water profile (as suggested by Martin), and a brief paragraph explaining such changes.  I am happy to be a part of this community and hope to meet you all in person and discuss this very topic over some very nice weizens  ;D .  Thank you all for everything you've contributed to this post and I hope everyone has learned something from it, I know I certainly have!

Very Respectfully,

Jared

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