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The best way to know fermentation is complete is to take specific gravity readings several days a part. Fermentation is complete if the SG does not change in that time and you are with a couple of gravity points of the recipe's predicted finish gravity.

That being said its a good idea not to rush. I usually wait 2 weeks before kegging.  With experience many brewers will go faster. They have a feel for when a beer is truly done fermenting and cleaning up afterwards.

Thank you! This will be a helpful guideline to determine when to bottle; this leads me to wonder though, once bottled, what would you say is a sufficient length of time to bottle condition?
I figure 3 weeks minimum for bottle conditioning. You'll probably get some carbonation before that, but 3 weeks seems to be when the flavors come together. It will be hard to wait, since it's your first batch. The trick is to start another one right away!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop addiction
« on: November 25, 2015, 07:39:29 PM »
Any enablers out there with experience with Pilgrim hops? You get a free pound with any order during the Hops Direct sale.

Yes, I also have a problem.

Equipment and Software / Re: label making software
« on: November 24, 2015, 03:08:42 PM »
I use GIMP, but the learning curve is pretty steep. I mostly print labels for my storage boxes and use Avery stickers on the caps. I didn't know about their software, I'll have to check that out.

The Pub / Re: Constellation Brands Buys Ballast Point
« on: November 17, 2015, 05:52:09 AM »
Quote from: Bloomberg
Constellation Chief Executive Officer Rob Sands said in an interview that Ballast Point’s value comes in its fast-paced growth and high prices.
So they paid that much because they think they can keep up the growth and pricing. It's interesting to me given how they had structured their IPO to ensure the founders kept full control. Hard to turn down a pile of cash that size!

Why am I hearing the Life of Brian debate in my head? Whether or not Roger has a right to Want to be pregnant, even though he hasn't a womb for the fetus to gestate...

Judean People's Front?
People's Front of Judea

I thought we were the Homebrewers Association of America.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: November 06, 2015, 11:21:49 AM »
Celebration is the seasonal I look forward to the most and I think this year's is solid. The helpful stocker at my grocery store put it underneath a stack of Torpedo and SNPA, so maybe it tastes better because I had to work for it  ;)

Beer Recipes / Re: 100% Golden Promise
« on: October 24, 2015, 12:19:15 PM »
Looks nice, I'd probably use 1469. It's pretty close to a Timothy Taylor recipe I've brewed with that yeast.

The Pub / Re: Ballast Point files for IPO
« on: October 22, 2015, 08:29:36 AM »
I think he meant he doesn't like sculpin.  Me on the other hand see it as a top 5 favorite

I was thinking more of how Sculpin goes for $15 a six pack, vs $8 or $9 for Samuel Adams or Sierra Nevada. I love it, but I don't buy it all that often.

The Pub / Ballast Point files for IPO
« on: October 19, 2015, 01:42:33 PM »
Interesting to see this:

What was more interesting was their filing, which says 53% of the sales are from Sculpin and Grapefruit Sculpin. That wouldn't bode well for me as an investor.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Hop You Hate
« on: October 15, 2015, 07:05:05 PM »
Once all the craft newbies get finished with the newer ipa's, things are likely to come full circle back to Centennial and Cascade. They have really fallen by the wayside the last few years.

SN's Celebration will be out soon! (although I'm sure they changed the recipe this year ;D )

I don't hate any hops, but I won't use Belma or Calypso again. Calypso had a strange bitterness to it and Belma didn't seem to have any flavor.

The Pub / Re: Critical Drinking - What Beer Costs
« on: October 11, 2015, 09:25:32 AM »
Jeff Alworth has an interesting reaction to this piece here

Kiser seems to assume consumers aren't sensitive to price and will gladly pay whatever a brewer charges, simply because it's that brewer. My anecdotal evidence would say that's not the case -- I'd never pay that much!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Lagunitas Pils
« on: October 09, 2015, 07:40:37 PM »

Beer advocate lists it as an American strong. I guess that fits as it's not malty enough to be an American Barleywine. It's  pretty hoppy and fairly dry considering the amount of crystal used, so that's why I thought Double Brown IPA.

I get what Paul was saying about their information on web... Not very clear.

From what I've read, the only thing on a label that has to be accurate according to TTC rules is ABV. Most of their gravity numbers make no sense.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 09/21/2015
« on: September 17, 2015, 01:43:47 PM »
I'm brewing something on Sunday, but I haven't figured out what yet, other than 1272 for the yeast. Maybe a Citra APA.  I love buying grain and hops in bulk.

The Pub / Lagunitas sells 50% stake to Heineken
« on: September 08, 2015, 10:06:52 AM »

"A profound victory for American craft", according to Tony Magee. I'd heard rumors something was in the offing for them.

Beer Recipes / Re: Imperial Stout Recipe
« on: September 06, 2015, 07:42:05 AM »
I don't get much chocolate out of Carafa. Have you tried chocolate malts from an English maltser? I think Thomas Fawcett chocolate malt adds a very nice amount of chocolatey flavor. I also find their black malt doesn't have the acrid notes some US maltsters have. I use a bunch of both in my RIS, in addition to their roasted barley.

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