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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Belgium/West Coast beer swap
« on: August 29, 2015, 04:48:28 AM »
If you're interested in sours, Crooked Stave and Trinity are available. 

Beer Travel / Re: Latest can't miss suggestions for Portland please
« on: June 10, 2015, 08:20:29 PM »
Breakside,  base camp

I have to second Breakside. They are making some very good beers.  The India Golden double IPA is fantastic.
The pub near Dekum Ave is a bit outside of town but it's a cool area and the food is good, worth the trip.

Ingredients / Re: which hops to buy?
« on: May 30, 2015, 10:15:07 PM »
Homoeccentricus, I sent you a PM.
I'll be heading through Brussels this summer. I'd be happy to bring you some hops.
(I have an empty suitcase for returning with beer, may as well fill it with hops on the way there  :))
Local shops here will carry pretty much anything you'd want to try, in 2oz packs so you can try a few.
Let me know if you're interested.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbing multiple kegs without a manifold
« on: June 13, 2014, 07:09:27 PM »
I have not had success doing this.  Here is what happens with me: I put 20+ lbs of CO2 pressure in the corny, the beer absorbs it, the head pressure drops, the seal on the lid fails just enough for the CO2 to escape and I come back to flat beer and have to start over again.

I've tried it a couple of times.  One either has to keep constant pressure on it or hit it with CO2 multiple times a day.

Use keg lube? My kegs hold for months. In fact ive bought used ones that were last used God knows when, and they have a quart of pepsi and plenty of co2 pressure still in them.

quart of carbed pepsi in a pressurized corny = tons of pressurized head space and nowhere for the CO2 to go, so it stays pressurized.  They're talking about the opposite: keg full of uncarbed beer with tiny headspace. You put some 20lbs on that 2-3 inches of headspace, it absorbs quickly and pressure drops as they said.

To erock, if you have some time before you go, you might pick up some extra gas line, some barbed Ts, hose clamps and QDs. You can put in 3 Ts, have 4 lines. It's the cheapo manifold and works great.

Beer Travel / Re: Phoenix / Glendale / Peoria, AZ?
« on: June 02, 2014, 07:48:03 PM »
If you're interested in a taproom, Papago is great, with a nice bottle selection as well.

All Grain Brewing / Re: What is going on with my Kolsch??
« on: May 06, 2014, 11:11:40 PM »
Alright I got home and checked my notes. Turns out on the 1st, so 4 days ago, my SG was 1.017, so an attenuation of 50%. I just checked it again a little while ago, same SG, 1.017. How am I only getting an attenuation of 50%? Any advice where to go from here?
Any chance you are using a refractometer to check your FG?  Refractometer needs a correction when measuring fermented beer. Try the hydrometer if so.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Rye Water Adsorption
« on: February 17, 2014, 06:00:04 PM »
rapurcell85, my recent experience is like yours. I brewed a 60% rye roggenbier a few weeks ago and came up about 1/2-3/4 gal short (7 gal recipe).  I also attributed it to rye absorption as there were no other differences in my process. I batch sparge.

On the other hand, when I brew Rye IPA with closer to 15-20% rye, I don't notice a volume difference, but perhaps at that lower precentage the volume difference is in the noise.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Best yeast for a RIS
« on: January 10, 2014, 11:22:54 PM »
I recommend WLP007.

I've only made one RIS so I can't say this is the best yeast choice, but it came out really good. Took a 1.104 OG down to low 20s.  no solventy flavors, the right amount of alcohol warmth.  Followed a recipe for Courage RIS from this thread


Zymurgy / Re: Pliny the Elder: Worth the 45 minute drive?
« on: December 16, 2013, 06:08:05 AM »
What part of town are you in and where do you have to drive to find it?

If you're close-in, it's on tap pretty often at County Cork, and now and then at Saraveza.
(They're just as likely to be pouring Blind Pig which is also worth it)

Equipment and Software / Re: Pump disconnects
« on: August 02, 2013, 09:22:31 PM »
I started with polysulfone, the ones with the springy-things in them to seal off when you disconnect so nothing spills out.  At first I loved them, but soon found that the springy things just serve to clog up with hop (even when using a false bottom) during whirlpooling. Major PITA.  Eventually I drilled out the springy things so it's a straight shot through, and this solved the clogging problem. But then the liquid will spill everywhere when you disconnect; to solve this I put a quarter-turn stopcock just upstream of the disconnect. It works great now. A little wonky with the stopcocks in there, but it works.  There's probably a better solution for disconnecting and stopping flow so I'm hoping to see other responses here. But overall the polysulfone are just fine. Just keep some keg lube handy for the O-rings.

Ingredients / Re: Male hop plant
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:42:52 PM »
I've grown many different varieties and my Zeus is a hermaphrodite, none of the others.

I have had some Tett that were male, never could figure that one out; the Tetts right next to it and from the same rootstock were female.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carbonation
« on: July 16, 2013, 06:14:25 AM »

We have found that after our beer has been bottled for several months that it has a very large head on it when we pour. It doesn't matter how slow we pour or how angled the glass is - it foams up like crazy. Are we doing something wrong or does this happen often with natural carbonation?
One common source of gushing that is often ignored is calcium oxalate, or beer stone.  If Calcium is low in your brewing process, beer stone can form in the bottle, instead of the tun and kettle, and lead to gushing.

Interesting, do you have a reference or can you explain, never heard of this...
Here's a quick one everyone should be able to access.

Thanks for that link and info. Where I live, the water has <2ppm Ca. When I first started brewing here I had beerstone like crazy on my bottles, and if cellared a long time they were often gushers. I attributed the gushing to infection, and the beerstone was a mystery.   But they didn't always taste infected so I just scratched my head.  Now in the last 4 years or so I've been treating my water to always have >50ppm Ca; since then the beerstone and gushing are greatly reduced, maybe even gone.   I need to go back and try some cellared beers but I'm guessing the beerstone was from low Ca.  (of course I mostly keg now so will be hard to know for sure.)

Beer Travel / Re: Portland
« on: July 11, 2013, 06:04:16 AM »
Depends on what you're looking for, and what part of town you're in.

If you're downtown, the above recs are great. Might also check out Upright for farmhouse styles; Base camp for lagers, Commons for Belgians.
Taprooms close-in: Apex, Bailey's

In Southeast check out Gigantic, or Hopworks
In Northeast Laurelwood is good
In Southwest try Sasquatch
In North try Amnesia or Hopworks (Sareveza or Bridgetown are good beer bars here)
In St Johns try Occidental for German styles
In Hillsboro try Vertigo

There's tons more but these are what I'd hit with limited time.


Ingredients / Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« on: June 30, 2013, 03:52:19 PM »
I guess what I'm looking for is something similar to Green Flash West Coast IPA.  I like the grapefuity taste of that.  Mostly just want to try something different, but I don't want to use clashing flavors, or something that would be completely inappropriate.

there is a greenflash recipe in the latest issue of zymurgy that uses simcoe and columbus for most of the bittering and flavor additions until the very end.  It then calls for a large late addition of cascade and uses centennial, simcoe, columbus, amarillo and cascade to dry hop.  i have made this before and it is very good.  on my latest attempt of this beer i substituted the cascade additions with citra and it turned out awesome.  there is a huge grapefruit character that you may be looking for

Thanks for the citra tip. I also have made that recipe many time and it's great, making it Monday but looking to change it up a bit.  did you sub out all the cascade for citra? ounce for ounce?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wort stability test
« on: June 28, 2013, 03:03:40 AM »
What is a wort stability test?

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