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General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrew Con 2019
« on: March 17, 2019, 06:35:53 PM »
So who's going?

I was pretty bummed that I had to miss last year, but I'll be back for this one.

Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from LAX to Providence, which makes taking the redeye even more painful, but I'm doing it anyway.

It looks like the AHA forum meetup is scheduled for Thursday at 12:30, and I look forward to seeing you all there...

Equipment and Software / Unibrau
« on: February 18, 2019, 07:08:06 PM »
After literally years of contemplating setting up some sort of a RIMS/HERMS system, I finally bought a Unibrau v3 a few weeks ago. 

I'm pretty much running it stock, though I did add a sight glass from SS Brew Tech, and I'll be using my usual fabric filter bag.  Also, I don't plan on boiling in it but rather will pump over to my existing kettle.

I did a test run the other day with a few gallons of water, and everything seems to be working properly.  The Auber EZ Boil controller seems pretty straightforward once you mess around with it a bit and figure out the various menu options.

Planning to brew a Saison recipe I've brewed many times as the inaugural batch this Friday

Commercial Beer Reviews / Sierra Nevada Brut IPA
« on: January 27, 2019, 04:33:59 PM »
I didn't know this existed, but I saw it at Trader Joe's yesterday and had to pick some up.  I've only ever tried one other example of the style before so I don't have much to compare it to, but I really like it.

According to the website, the specs are:

OG: 12.5° P
FG: 0.5° P
ABV: 6.2%
IBU: 25

It's just Pils malt with an experimental bittering hop and Comet and Crystal for finishing hops.  Now I kind of want to try brewing one myself.

Classifieds / Intertap Stainless Flow Control Faucet
« on: January 12, 2019, 07:57:55 PM »
I have an Intertap stainless, flow control faucet that I would like to sell.  It's been used exactly twice and is basically in new condition.

New on Amazon, they go for $58.99.

I'd like to get $40 for it, which includes shipping.

Classifieds / Milwaukee MW 101 pH Meter
« on: January 12, 2019, 07:54:42 PM »
I have a Milwaukee MW 101 pH meter I am looking to sell.  New on Amazon, they are $90.83 and come with a probe.  Mine does not have a probe; I believe they run around $35.

I'd like $30 for it, which includes shipping.

General Homebrew Discussion / Entering an APA as a Tripel
« on: December 20, 2018, 08:52:17 PM »
So I recently entered an APA and a Tripel into a competition.  I was very careful to keep the bottles separate, but I guess I wasn't as careful with the labels because I accidentally labeled one of the bottles of APA as a Tripel.

Surprisingly, they still scored it as a 24 (which was way overgenerous).  Awesomely, the judges realized what happened and scored my second bottle as well, even though it didn't count for the comp. 

The actual bottle of Tripel scored a 39.5, so I'm really kicking myself for this one.

I thought it was cool of them to score my second bottle anyway, and one of the judges even emailed me prior to posting the scoresheets to let me know what happened, which I really appreciated.

Ingredients / Mecca Grade Estate Malts at NB
« on: December 03, 2018, 10:13:25 PM »
I know people are conflicted about shopping at Northern Brewer, but I noticed they've recently starting selling Mecca Grade malts by the pound (for anyone, like me, who has been interested in trying them but didn't want to commit to a full 50 lb. sack).

All Things Food / Instant Pot
« on: November 26, 2018, 09:11:31 PM »
I now have a 6 quart Instant Pot.  Does anyone have any good recipes?

Last night, I used it to make quinoa which came out near perfectly. 

I also tried the lemon pea and asparagus recipe from the book.  The peas were ok, but the asparagus was pretty mushy.  I don't know that steaming veggies is really a good idea; I much prefer sauteing or roasting.

Beer Recipes / Leftover Hops APA
« on: October 19, 2018, 08:39:44 PM »
Trying to use up some hops to make room for some fresher ones...

APA - 6 gal. batch

94% Rahr 2-row
6% Bairds Crystal 50/60L

.75 oz. Centennial 60 min.
.5 oz. Centennial 30 min.
.5 oz. each of Columbus/Vic Secret/Citra at 10 min.
1 oz. each of Columbus/Vic Secret/Citra at 2 min.
1 oz. each of Columbus/Vic Secret/Citra dry hops

WLP007 (Dry English Ale) - 2 pouches

I'll spare you the water chemistry details.

I'm familiar with Centennial and Citra.  I've brewed an all Vic Secret APA before, but it was a while ago and I can't really remember it (pine and fruit?).  Columbus I've used several times but I don't have a good concept of what it brings.

Think they'll work well together? 

Beer Recipes / Tripel with Barke Pils
« on: September 21, 2018, 08:01:22 PM »
I finally got some Weyermann Barke Pilsner malt to try out and picked up a couple of packets of 3864 while it's still in season.

This is what I'm planning on brewing Sunday:

12 lbs. Barke Pils
1.5 lbs. Torrified wheat
1.25 oz. Acid malt
2.25 lbs. Cane sugar

1 oz. Sterling @ 60 min
2 oz. SG @ 10 min
1 oz. EKG @ 2 min

OG should be around 1.080

WY 3864 (Canadian/Belgian)

Water is close to yellow balanced in BN

Calcium: 62
Sodium: 5
Sulfate: 76
Chloride: 62

It's been a long time since I've brewed with 3864, and I'm looking forward to it.

The Pub / New Realm Brewing
« on: August 07, 2018, 08:01:26 PM »
I was in Atlanta last weekend and stopped by New Realm Brewing, which is Mitch Steele's new venture.  The beer was good.

I didn't take a tour but got this picture through the glass.  Any idea what that rig on the left is?

Yeast and Fermentation / Oxygen Ingress
« on: July 27, 2018, 04:22:03 PM »
I want to preface this post by saying I think it has zero practical relevance to homebrewing.  It's just a thought experiment, or maybe knowledge for the sake of knowledge.

I have heard many different people say that oxygen will not enter the headspace of a flask of starter wort that is actively fermenting because it's under positive pressure from the CO2 outgassing.

However, we know from Kunze (page 611-612 in the 5th edition of TB&M) that oxygen can diffuse through a crown capped bottle of carbonated beer: "Even with the crown cork, however, oxygen uptake through the compound can generally be expected, just as surrounding smells can be imparted with time into the beer flavour during storage of bottled beer - despite the difference in pressure between bottle interior and surrounding air."

If oxygen can enter a capped bottle of beer under positive CO2 pressure, wouldn't it also flow into the headspace of a flask of starter wort that is covered with a piece of aluminum foil, even if the starter is actively outgassing CO2?

The Pub / Duvel - Single Fermented (and in 500 ml cans)
« on: July 20, 2018, 03:24:34 AM »
This caught my eye at the store today; I'd never seen it before.

The label says it is single fermented, 6.8% abv, and dry hopped with Citra.

From their website, it sounds like this is brewed in the same way as the classic Duvel, but it's cold filtered and packaged rather than re-fermented in the bottle (and somewhere along the way it's also dry hopped with Citra).

Ingredients / Null-lox Malts from Morebeer
« on: July 12, 2018, 07:01:20 PM »
I notice that Morebeer has recently started carrying Viking Malts (38 varieties), including no-lox versions of pilsner and pale malt. I've never heard of Viking before, but apparently they are a pretty large maltster in Europe.

Here's a blurb from the website:

Viking Malt is also known for growing the malt varietal Charles, a null-lox malt. Null-lox malts do not contain the enzyme lipoxygenase (lox) which leads to trans-2-nonenal in aged beer. Trans-2-nonenal is responsible for beer staling and the associated flavors of cardboard and paper. Normally the null-lox varietals are sold at a premium in Europe, but our initial shipments of base malts will all be crafted from the Charles null-lox varietal at no extra cost.

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