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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager yeast
« on: November 30, 2015, 06:46:39 AM »
The standard answer is going to be a California Common yeast- Wyeast 2112

Even that one should be fermented in the low 60's F.

Might have better luck using a clean ale yeast- US05/1056/001

General Homebrew Discussion / Malt by the ounce
« on: November 21, 2015, 08:08:40 AM »
I'm sure this has probably been addressed but my search skills are failing me.  Several online retailers used to allow you to custom build a grain bill- purchase grains by the ounce or pound.  In the past I've used Brewmasters Warehouse (out of business I believe) and Austin Homebrew.  Pretty good selection and the ability to custom build a grain bill.  Austin Homebrew has gone to 4 ounce increments.  I realize this is petty on my part but are there any retailers that still do the custom grain bills?

Thanks in advance

PS- "local" homebrew shop is 3+ hours driving time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competing in the Heartland and Research
« on: October 10, 2015, 04:11:49 AM »
Thanks for coming.  It was well-run and enjoyable.  Great experience for me personally as I got paired with Michael Wilcox- received an education in Oktoberfest.

All Grain Brewing / Infection
« on: October 08, 2015, 03:45:16 AM »
Ok, the background information.  2 weeks ago I brewed a sweet stout.  It was based off Gordon Strong's recipe and I've done it before with great results.  Pretty standard brew day- I did cold steep the dark grains.  I had a 1 1/2 liter stirplate starter (002) built.  Now I had previously planned to brew the weekend before so that starter had been sitting in the fridge for about a week.  I brewed as usual and pitched the yeast.  Checked on it the next day- no signs of fermentation.  I waited another day- no signs of fermentation.  I pitched my yeast bank (I always oversize my starters by 1/2 liter and save it in a pint jar) 002 on the third day.  Slow signs of fermentation ensued so I left it alone for 1 1/2 weeks.  Took a gravity sample yesterday before racking as I was concerned about an incomplete fermentation.  1.022 and a strong taste of acetic acid.

So I'll dump the batch but I want to make sure that nothing survives in that glass carboy.  The plan is to clean the carboy as usual and then fill it with chlorine bleach solution for a day, clean it again, and sanitize as usual (StarSan or SaniClean).  Will this be sufficient?

Thanks in advance

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water additions
« on: October 08, 2015, 03:36:42 AM »
Might be about to reveal some of my own ignorance. . .

I don't think that gypsum or calcium chloride will acidify your sparge water.  They lower pH in the mash by reacting with the grist- by the time you sparge that part is over.  Acid additions will lower your sparge pH.


The Pub / Re: Pepper Plants
« on: August 31, 2015, 02:47:34 PM »
I feel somehow vulnerable to that. ;)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Recommendations for Oktoberfest yeast?
« on: August 31, 2015, 02:42:45 PM »
833.  Not sure I'll ever go back to any of the others

Beer Recipes / Re: Blond Ale Recipe Critique and Suggestions
« on: August 17, 2015, 04:29:25 PM »
It will still have bittering but that bettering may be perceived as smoother.  Blonde ale isn't really bitter- dropping the 20 minute addition on option 3 and upping the other additions might be the way to go.  Keep in mind you snot need to please some random guy (me) on the forum.  FWIW I like all late (less than ten minutes) hops in a blonde ale but YMMV

Beer Recipes / Re: Blond Ale Recipe Critique and Suggestions
« on: August 17, 2015, 01:59:29 PM »
Maybe eliminate the Magnum and go all late hops

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Non BJCP Judging
« on: August 16, 2015, 07:24:34 AM »
Last one I judged I was the only BJCP judge there but I'm pretty sure the professional brewer was the better judge that day.  Not having taken the taste exam doesn't mean someone is unqualified.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Habaneros in keg
« on: August 10, 2015, 06:39:38 PM »
Tap it and see

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Habaneros in keg
« on: August 10, 2015, 06:32:11 PM »
I guess I'd have concerns but I'd be more worried about heat than vegetal.  Habaneros and I have a checkered past

All Grain Brewing / Re: Another efficiency thread
« on: July 12, 2015, 05:34:48 AM »
Sharper people than I have already replied so take this with a grain of salt.

In addition to crush (already mentioned) anecdotally pH and grist ratio seem to affect my efficiency.  For me getting my pH under control helped.  In addition a water to grist ratio around 1.75 qts/ lb seems to be a sweet spot.

In the past if I get efficiency numbers that are out of whack, I first check my measurements.

This is all in a 48 qt cooler using a toilet braid and batch sparging

Equipment and Software / Re: Hard Plumbing LPG. Part Names?
« on: June 18, 2015, 05:30:12 AM »
I assume what you're calling flex line is sold as Gastite here.  It's corrugated stainless with a yellow neoprene (?) sleeve over it.  It is not allowed in some areas here after a lightning strike/explosion.

You wouldn't need to solder the soft copper- use flare fittings.  Soft copper is bendable, it's not the rigid tubes used to run water lines.

Not trying to question anyone's abilities but please test and be careful

Equipment and Software / Re: Hard Plumbing LPG. Part Names?
« on: June 17, 2015, 07:07:25 PM »
First, if you're not sure what you're doing, gas pipe may not be a good diy project.

Second, you're not limited to black iron.  Schedule M soft copper with flare fittings is code in many areas and is easier to work with- I'd be reluctant to use it over black iron in this application.

Third- air test whatever you do

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