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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: When to dry hop
« on: January 14, 2018, 01:50:20 PM »
Of course, the flavor you get from biotransformation is different also.
More so than I thought. The hydrometer samples from the two carboys were totally different beers. My wife and I both agreed that we preferred the one with biotransformation. Both were good, but the hop character on the active dry hopped beer was not only more intense, but also took on a richer flavor. It seemed to bring out the maltyness.

The experiment is not over. Both were dry hopped in their kegs. In hindsight I should have pulled some of the active dry hopped beer before kegging with hops. There would have been value in comparing the two finished beers with dry hopping to one with only biotranformation.


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: When to dry hop
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:59:14 PM »
Kegging a 10 gallon batch today. 5 gallons got the active fermentation biotransformation dry hop, the other didn't. I'll be dry hopping both in kegs. Never did the biotransformation thing before, so looking forward to the side by side results. Let you know my impressions.

All Grain Brewing / Re: kettle souring
« on: November 12, 2017, 05:43:22 PM »
I have the cart before the horse situation here. Did minimal research and started brewing. Did more research during the mash and now I'm waiting for the wort to come to a boil while looking for more information. My worse offense seems to be not making a starter with the Omega OLY-605. Although this may make the delay in the second boil less of an issue? I did prepare a water bath with a fish tank heater to keep the temperature from dropping. Given the longer lacto ferment and lack of starter, what sounds like a good temperature to hold? I've read numbers from 75 to 100 degrees. The plan is to transfer to a carboy and purge the head space with CO2. Should that be enough top prevent contamination / oxygenation?


All Grain Brewing / Re: kettle souring
« on: November 12, 2017, 02:30:49 PM »
This is an old thread, but found it researching kettle souring. I get tracking the pH, but can it go too far. What if I don't get the chance to do the second boil for, say a week? Would a lower pH ruin the beer?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What temperature to use?
« on: August 04, 2017, 06:03:49 PM »
I think it's peak temperature after fermentation has stopped.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Great find!
« on: July 30, 2017, 10:56:18 PM »
.... everything from fill vessels, preboiling, cooling, moving strike, doughing in, step mashing, moving wort to the bk, boiling. Cooling and everything is done while I am away.  Elements, flow sensors, pressure sensors, 3 pumps, 2 chillers, and 16 electric ball valves do all the work on brewday ...... this is what makes brewing fun for me.

If you're not home while you're homebrewing, is it homebrewing?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: March 30, 2017, 10:36:55 AM »
Scores from Seattle not bad, but nothing going thru.  :(

American Porter 30/29
English Barleywine 34/35
Barrel Aged Barleywine 40/42
Wheatwine 36/36
Bière de Garde 43/44

The Porter was brewed big to go into a whiskey barrel (still in the barrel). This was bottled from what wouldn't fit. I'm still optimistic about barrel version. Maybe next year.  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: March 25, 2017, 03:46:11 PM »
Interest is up.

Interest may be up, but excitement appears to be down.

Indianapolis last week and a several more judging this weekend, but none of the anxious, impatient posts from years past.

Guess we're mellowing with age.  :P 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Top 3 - Bottom 3
« on: March 10, 2017, 06:18:16 PM »
SO.... I gather I shouldn't go out and buy a bunch of 5.2 PH stabilizer????  :)
I'll give you the container I bought over 10 years ago. Still full.  :D

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What to do with a spare 1/2 gallon?
« on: February 15, 2017, 06:35:05 PM »
Some growlers are not safe to carbonate in. Do a search for carbonator caps.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: February 15, 2017, 06:31:26 PM »
Never received a reply, check spam folder but no luck.  Received an email yesterday (2/14) morning saying that the payment deadline had been extended and would I like to pay.  Heck yeah!  So I'm in for Philly.
So, Philly's my first choice, NY second. Threw in Seattle as a last chance hail Mary. Got my acceptance to Seattle last week and paid.

Got to wonder how you got into Philly this week after thinking it was full. How many entries?

edit to say, not complaining, happy that I got in.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: February 10, 2017, 10:23:55 AM »
I also have two entered. Luckily enough I was given the Seattle region, no mail necessary!

Live in NJ. Submitted to PA and NY with Seattle as a safety back-up because they filled slow last year.

Guess where my beers are going?  :P

My unpopular view of competitions is that they are a fun fund raiser for brewing clubs.
I think "fun" is the key word here.

If you're entering for ribbons or feedback, it can be a crap-shoot.

If you're entering for a fun evening of hanging with homebrewers and cheering on your club, you'll never be disappointed.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Oxygen scavenging caps
« on: November 05, 2016, 05:09:20 PM »
"James on Basic Brewing contacted the manufacturer to ask this very question to him. He said that sanitizing is absolutely no problem, because while the caps do absorb oxygen and are activated as soon as they get moist, it takes the caps several days to do their job, so a few minutes before getting crimped is OK."

All Grain Brewing / Re: Resume boil a week later
« on: October 16, 2016, 06:30:04 PM »
So, I've had this beer on tap for a while now. Thought it was a decent beer. Not the best thing I've made, but good. Took a bottle to a homebrew club meeting. Same reaction, even after being told about the one week delay in the boil. Still not convinced that it wasn't me in denial of my "ugly baby", I entered it into a local competition to get an unbiased view. Saw the results on-line today. Third place in American Pale Ale. Haven't seen the score sheet, but that's about what I expected. Not a great, over the top beer, but no where near a dumper either.

Oh, and most of it is gone. As far as I know, nobody has died yet.  ;)

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