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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Challenging brew days
« on: May 18, 2015, 02:16:52 PM »
I've gotten a rock in a sack of Best pilsner malt along with other brands.  I'm sure every brand has a rock every once in a while. 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Coming....Now What?
« on: April 25, 2015, 01:24:49 PM »
I have a spray bottle that I have filled with Starsan solution made with distilled water.  I spray the picnic tap to clear out residual beer.  It helps keep it clean between servings.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bugging me
« on: March 28, 2015, 05:09:05 AM »
I know I'm a heretic, but I mostly cover my brew pot with the lid.  I've never had a problem in over ten years with DMS. Even with only a 60 minute boil and a Pilsner malt base.  You could try partially covering your pot with the lid and see what you think. Don't put the lid 100% on as that will just cause boil overs.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Tun Problem
« on: March 10, 2015, 12:46:26 PM »

Is there a possible fix for it or should I purchase an Igloo brand? 

I had this problem several years ago.  It took me a long time to figure out what it was.  In my case the bulge only clogged the false bottom while it was hot, but worked fine at cool temps.  Anyway the way I fixed it was to pull the white inner lining away from the outer orange layer and shove my mash paddle down inbetween.  The air in the bottom burped out.  The white lining is more flexible while it is at mash temps. And the weight of the mash pushed out the air.  It's still a risk, it might crack.  After doing this many times, my cooler bottom warped back and I don't have that problem anymore (knock on wood.)

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Ingredients / Re: Peppercorns of different varieties
« on: February 13, 2015, 03:15:19 PM »
I'll throw this out there. The people who run the Spice House in Chicago and Milwaukee once told me that there is no difference between Black, Green, Pink, and White peppercorns. They gave a talk on the history of the spice trade that involved people who made more money off the ones that looked different than black, but said that they are not actually different. The only one that tastes and is different is Szechuan.

From my understanding pink peppercorns are from a differently species.  And Black, green and white peppercorns are from the same plant, but are different in the maturity and/or processing.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oud Bruin - First Adventure into Sour Beers
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:53:49 PM »
I had a better experience with the two beers I brewed with the Oud Bruin blend.  I'm starting to drink them at eight weeks and they have a pronounced, but not overwhelming sourness.  It tastes to me like lactic acid and not vinegar/acetic acid.  I do not detect any funk.  They were fermented at 76 with no temperature control, and went higher during active fermentation.  I did not do any microaeration. Overall a very drinkable sour beer.

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Equipment and Software / Re: 6 gallon better bottle fermentation capacity
« on: September 10, 2014, 10:25:21 AM »
A number 10 drilled stopper will work for a blow off too. The 3/8" tube will sometimes get clogged like Steve said.  A few years ago I bought a drilled No. 10 with a 1/2" hole which works better.  Northern Brewer sells it as a Blowoff Assembly for PET  Fermenters.  If you use StarSan as a sanitizer, the stopper gets a little slick and likes to pop out until it dries.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mangrove Jack's Dry Yeast
« on: May 03, 2014, 08:02:20 AM »
I've only done one batch with the M44 West Coast yeast on an APA with an OG of 1.051.  Just sprinkling and mixing in the wort, the fermentation started within 24 hours and the final gravity was 1.010, 80% attenuation.  The beer is good and I'd use the yeast again.

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Ingredients / Re: Undermodified pils malt?
« on: April 06, 2012, 05:36:43 AM »
Austin Homebrew Supply has the Briess undermodified Pils on sale for $0.99/lb.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/product_info.php?products_id=12808

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Rye Schwarzbier and trying Herkules hops for the first time.

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I'm going to try a low-gravity Munich Dunkel and see how it turns out.  It'll be the first time for me using a no sparge.

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Ingredients / Re: Best Pils Malt Questions
« on: December 22, 2011, 01:44:31 PM »
I seem to get better clarity with Best Pils malt if I do a short rest (10 minutes) in the low 140s before I step mash into the 150s.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Storing Bulk Grain
« on: December 13, 2011, 06:51:28 AM »
A year ago I bought a 50lb Vittles Vault.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002DJOOI/ref=oh_o00_s01_i00_details
It holds a 55# sack of malt and I've had no problems with it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewer's Gloves?
« on: October 09, 2011, 10:23:42 AM »
One more benefit of the Blichmann gloves are that my hands fit easily into the large ones.  Every other XL rubber glove I've tried barely fits and I have to tug at them to remove.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottle Condition Before Lagering?
« on: September 20, 2011, 10:42:44 AM »
I've done it a couple of times and have had no problems with lagering in the bottle after carbonating.

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