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Beer Recipes / Re: Biere de Garde recipe critique
« on: September 18, 2018, 04:42:21 PM »
I just brewed a BdG myself last week!  Looks similar.  I used an already yeast and a lager yeast and incorperated some brown sugar to boost gravity and add a je ne sais quoi to it lol.  I'm fermenting at the low end of the ale yeast and the upper end of the lager yeast, right on that sweet spot of 60 degrees for 3 weeks, then packaging and aging/lagering at 38* for another 3 weeks.

I boiled for 90 mins because I didn't read this post first.  My line of thinking was to make those malliard reactions happen to give it that beautiful copper color, which it did nicely!  Didn't know the trick about a covered simmer as per Martin, will have to try that sometime too.

Good luck, yours looks good! Can't wait to see the finished product!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Quest for the Ultimate Traditional Weizen Recipe
« on: August 19, 2018, 04:25:50 PM »
Congrats!!!  That's what I'm talking about!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Live Stream Brewing? - Yes
« on: July 23, 2018, 08:46:51 PM »
Hi All!

I have recently been invited to do a show on my sister and brother-in-laws twitch channel.  For those of you that don't know, Twitch is a website used for streaming live video games for the most part, but they do have a creativity section as well.  I will be brewing on Saturdays from 2pm est until completion ~5hours.  I don't claim to know everything, I certainly don't at that!  I'm just trying to bring attention to homebrewing and get people excited about it and into it and answer any questions beginners might have.  I am looking at this as a learning opportunity, not only for my viewers, but also (and especially) myself.  I hope to be challenged by questions that will force me to look things up. 

If this sounds like something you might enjoy, I invite you to follow me at twitch.com/geeksofglory on Saturday's beginning at 2pm EST.  I'm also on Twitter @hoptopicsbrew and Instagram @hoptopics.  I hope to see you there, I think this will be a lot of fun!

Jared

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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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