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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Drop hopping and fermentation temp
« on: February 15, 2014, 08:45:03 AM »
Hey get off my post! Lol.

I'm in no rush, so I think cold crashing, then warming back up, then dry hopping is the way to go.  At that point I'll be around 20 days of fermentation. Given there's 10.5 oz of hops in the carboy, I think that's enough time to obtain good flavors and a nice clean IPA without any grassiness appearing. Appreciate the tips.

Yeast and Fermentation / Drop hopping and fermentation temp
« on: February 14, 2014, 05:02:34 PM »
What's the concensus for dry hopping and raising fermentation temperature once fermentation is complete? I pitched at 64 10 days ago and my gravity  has stabilized for a few days now. I want to raise the temp to about 70 to hopefully drop a few more points but I also want to dry hop for a week before kegging. Should I raise the temp and dry hop at the same time, or dry hop for a week then raise the temp? Or, does the relationship between the two not matter?

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentor/temp control equip
« on: February 12, 2014, 09:41:12 AM »

I can fit a 6 gallon Better Bottle + blowoff tube with room to spare.  Just be careful bending the freezer plate on the top... you don't want to puncture it (as I might have done once), resulting in the sad sound of the coolant leaking, rendering the fridge useless. 

You can find the fridge on sale, so all-in it may be the best $250 you can spend for maintaining consistent fermentation temps.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: First Kegging Attempt - Pressures?
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:28:08 AM »
I recently kegged my first brew after a dozen or so tedious batches of bottling and found this thread to be very helpful:

Equipment and Software / Re: Plate Chiller and Hops
« on: January 10, 2014, 07:46:33 AM »
I'm in the same boat as you - I picked up a Therminator for Christmas after using an IC for about 3 years/15 brews.  Given I don't plan on going back to an IC any time soon since I just dropped a lot of coin, I ended up using hops bags from Northern Brewer for my first brew and had no issues with clogging whatsoever.  In fact, I overchilled my wort to about 57 degrees in 5 minutes.  You can also wrap a small screen/filter around the valve inside the kettle to catch any additional floaters. 


Equipment and Software / Re: good place to buy perlick faucets?
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:25:34 AM »
I've had great customer service with Williams Brewing lately. 

Not that you'd expect to have any issues with anything from Perlick, but if you do, their exchange policy is great. 

Classifieds / Re: Free 6.5 Gallon Glass Carboy
« on: December 31, 2013, 09:27:23 AM »
I just laughed coffee onto my monitor. 

Classifieds / Re: Free 6.5 Gallon Glass Carboy
« on: December 31, 2013, 08:20:46 AM »
I live in a condo and don't have the space, and the Board only allows for storage of bikes and strollers in the storage room. 

My wife let me build a kegerator so I could keep my beer corner nice and tidy, so she'd most likely give me the look of death if I wanted to keep a glass carboy lying around... not that she'd ever put away her own laundry after sitting in a pile for 2 weeks.

Classifieds / Free 6.5 Gallon Glass Carboy
« on: December 30, 2013, 11:39:38 AM »
I purchased the carboy off Northern Brewer, did two brews with it, but it's too much of a pain for me to clean in my small sink... darn condo living.  If you live near Hoboken, NJ, feel free to take this off my hands.  It's a monster, no blow-off tubing required.

Equipment and Software / Re: Gravity-fed Therminator duration-to-pitch
« on: December 23, 2013, 07:54:39 AM »
Update:  Wow.  A single pass to empty the BK took about 5 minutes and the temp went dropped to 55!  I put the chiller on a small ladder a few inches below the valve on the kettle (on a stove), then it was probably the same drop from chiller to carboy.  This thing is awesome.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter life span.
« on: December 18, 2013, 08:14:01 AM »
Yup, I can make two 750mL starters.  As always, thanks for the tip.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter life span.
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:20:32 PM »
My LHBS is awful, and I don't feel like ordering more yeast from Northern Brewer unless I want to tap into my kid's college fund to pay for express shipping.

With a 1.4L / 2 vial starter, would you suggest I decant, add 500 mL of fresh worth into the slurry, then put that on a stir-plate for a few hours the morning of the brew-day?

*** sorry for hijacking the post and making it all about me  :P***

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter life span.
« on: December 17, 2013, 12:21:07 PM »
Would two weeks in the fridge, covered in foil with a rubber band around it, be pushing it?  My brew-day last Saturday turned into a snow day with the kiddo.   

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: White Labs vials?
« on: December 16, 2013, 11:00:54 AM »
Christmas lights.  And also as my first tap handle. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Gravity-fed Therminator duration-to-pitch
« on: December 11, 2013, 10:16:25 AM »
Gotcha.  A bit longer than I thought, but I'll take it.  I suppose I can start cleaning up during the downtime. 

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