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Homebrew Clubs / Homebrew club competition
« on: January 09, 2019, 10:42:39 PM »
Our club is having a bjcp sanctioned competition next month. I would like to invite people on the forum to check it out.

https://www.mountaintopmashers.net/competition/

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General Homebrew Discussion / Sterilization and carboys
« on: December 12, 2018, 12:38:19 AM »
I have a few carboys that I used some bugs in. Is it bad practice to boil a gallon of water in a carboy? The beer I bottled from the carboy came out pretty funky and enteric. I don’t want that to spread to other batches.
Usually I soak in iodophor before star San and haven’t had problems with contamination.

Just trying to play it safe. But also not trying to destroy a carboy.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Bootleg biology.
« on: November 14, 2018, 08:24:43 PM »
Anyone have any experience with their strains? I just bought 3 funk weapons



My plan is to make 3 beers with the same grain build and hop additions in mid December and then bottle said beers.

Looking for feedback on strains. Or a grain build. Probably going simple 50/50 pils/wheat. 6%ish. Mittelfrüh to reach around 20ibu.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Rotten eggs/sulfur
« on: October 31, 2018, 05:35:11 PM »
This was part of my particular experience. Everything went well. But. The beer smells like rotten eggs.
I’m wondering if it will gas out? The beer is still young. And taste fine.
Where does this off flavor/smell come from? What can I do about it?

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General Homebrew Discussion / New Zealand pils with Loki
« on: October 24, 2018, 09:07:30 PM »
My boil day went well. Pitched Loki at 68*.  Yesterday I ramped up to 72*, today 77*.
After yesterday’s change in temp the beer seem to be nearly finished. Tomorrow I will ramp up to 85* for a few days and then I will allow the temp to fall back down into the mid 65s.

Tasting notes later.


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Equipment and Software / Cleaning a ball valve.
« on: October 22, 2018, 11:20:27 PM »
I’ve never cleaned mine before in the maybe 3-4 years I’ve owned the kettle, never had a problem with off flavors or anything either. Occasionally I will use a thin brush, but discovered that won’t do justice in the long term.
Today I was brewing and when I got the kettle going some sludge leaked out near the top. During clean up I disassembled the valve only to realize how disgusting it was in there. I broke the valve down as much as I could and now it’s sitting in a mason jar of hot pbw.
Are here other ways I can clean this valve? Should I rethread everything after I getting shining again?
How regularly do you break yours down and give it a deep clean?

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Beer Recipes / New Zealand Pilsner
« on: October 21, 2018, 09:13:09 PM »
Any body tried to make one to style yet? Ima give it a go. Mainly Pilsner 1# wheat. Looking for recommendations on specialty malt. Was thinking a bit of 2 row, but a pretty basic grain build.
All New Zealand hops, of course.
Anyone have a yeast recommendation? Looking for neutral ale. US05 perhaps.
I read the guidelines.
Cheers.

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Ingredients / Mittelfrüh
« on: October 21, 2018, 08:34:19 PM »
Every time I buy a bag the AA is lower than the previous bag. What do? Personally I don’t care, it like the hop. But is there an explanation for this? Just curious.
AA went 4.1, 3.9, 3.7. I buy a # at a time.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Cider Harvest
« on: October 12, 2018, 07:08:39 AM »
How did you do this year? We had a killer harvest where I live. Hopefully we can get some more. Still trees to be had.





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Kegging and Bottling / Am I ok?
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:01:38 PM »
I bottled a beer yesterday, final gravity was below 1.000 and the beer sat for 2-3 months in a single carboy. Brett is in there. So I used carbonation drops as always and open a package of bottle conditioning yeast. I sprinkled some new yeast in each bottle, just a little.

I’ve read on posts about doing this to get healthy fresh yeast in bottles, since the yeast that was likely in the carboy would have been stressed out, and probably wouldn’t have been the best. But then again, the Brett.

So now I wait. And hopefully no bombs.
Anyone have experience with really low gravity bottling? Or repitching yeast the way I did?

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All Grain Brewing / First runnings mash
« on: October 05, 2018, 05:53:20 PM »
I am doing a partygyle today and had a water question. I do not want to sparge at all. Just pull the first runnings and boil. I need about 6.5 gallons of wort because I expect a loss of about 1.5g during boil. How much strike  water do I need? And is there a calculator online? (Couldn’t find one) I have 13.5 gallons grain and am using table sugar to bring up my gravity. Normally I would mash in with 4.5 gallons for this amount of grain.
Thanks for the help.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Imperial Loki
« on: October 04, 2018, 10:35:53 PM »
Does anyone have experience with this strain? I plan to pick some up, hopefully Friday for a brew next week. I am wondering about the 35* temp range the fermentation of the beer has.
Imperial says “A traditional Norwegian strain that has an extremely wide fermentation temperature range. This strain has been traditionally used in farmhouse style beers however, due to it’s fermentation temp range can be used in a variety of beers from pseudo lagers, Belgian inspired and hop forward beers. On the cool end of the range Loki is super clean; producing little to no esters and phenols. As things warm up, it tends to produce a huge fruit ester profile.
Temp: 65-100F, 16-37C // Flocculation: Med-High // Attenuation: 75-85%”
Personally I am probably more into the funky aspect than the pseudo lager. Also if anyone has a grain build to share I could use some considerations. I was thinking just Pilsner and wheat. But who knows.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Layoffs.
« on: October 03, 2018, 10:51:37 PM »
https://www.brewbound.com/news/2018/lagunitas-layoffs-hit-100-workers-as-heineken-owned-company-cuts-12-percent-of-workforce?utm_source=Brewbound&utm_campaign=11cb15501d-mailchimp&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6026cb3473-11cb15501d-169468101

What you think about this? Personally every time I hear about a brewery going under the wing of a bigger brewery, I stop buying from them entirely.

I also think that the BA should not allow breweries like this to claim small local and independent. (Not sure how that works)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Been busy.
« on: October 02, 2018, 02:12:21 AM »
I’ve been working an environmental science camp and haven’t had time to do anything beer related, besides xferring a carboy to keg in a few months.

What I miss? I need to jump back in and brew something (hopefully Friday) but this hurricane Rosa on the west coast was supposed to precipitate 3 days.

In other news. The beer I did xfer is a west coast IPA at around 8.3% mashed low, super dank with 2ml of hop oils.
I think those oils affect the beer in some way, such as on the overall palletability. Beer is not as dry as I would have thought. Mashed around 147*

Anyways. Looking to turn into a monk and brew a monastery beer Friday if the beer gods allow.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Fall and winter beers
« on: September 09, 2018, 07:27:09 PM »
What-cha like? I just made a stout as temperatures start to dip here and summer ends. Now I want to plan for fall and winter.
What do you like to make? I never made a barley wine, maybe I’ll do that.

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