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Yeast and Fermentation / Lager starters
« on: January 28, 2016, 09:27:32 PM »
What's the consensus on making starters for lagers? My ales always get thrown on the stir plate at room temp. I toss all the beer away and just pitch the yeast cake. I got to thinking, would it be a mistake to ferment lager starters at room temp? Rigging a stir plate in a temp controlled environment would be a bit of a pain for me.
Certainly I could put it in the coolest place in the house. How important do you think it is to actually grow the starters in the low 50 degree range?

We started a small focus group in our club to gain mastery of brewing German and Czech Pils and of course i want to make the best beer possible for the ultimate tasting meeting. I will have temp control for the primary fermentation and lagering phases. I just wonder how important that would be for the starter.

Beer Travel / Latest can't miss suggestions for Portland please
« on: June 06, 2015, 04:13:17 PM »
I've got 2 days in Portland coming up the end of the month strictly for fun. Any suggestions for hidden gems there? Maybe some smaller breweries or brew pubs doing some really solid beers but not yet known outside the area? Any and all can't miss suggestions cheerfully accepted.

General Homebrew Discussion / What happens when.....
« on: March 15, 2015, 04:22:26 PM »
So, I'm brewing with a friend the other day. We both brewed the same recipe. We used some suspect malt that was given to us (I figured it was old as I came up short a few points whenever I used this stuff) Anyway, wort into the kettle and we were both 4 OG points low. I added some hot water and just sparged some more then boiled down the wort for about 45 minutes and got to my desired OG, then began my hops additions and timing my 60 min. boil. When I had finished boiling and started chilling, my friend was still boiling and I remarked about how I got ahead of him when he started first. He informed me that he was concentrating his wort to bring up the gravity. The thing is, he had already done all his hopping. Now, he did pull his hops before doing this boil, but my question is, what happens to all those late addition hops that were added for flavor and aroma? Obviously concentrating the wort is also going to concentrate the bitterness, but by continuing to boil, even after pulling the actual hops, wouldn't you continue to isomerize the hop oils even though the actual hops were not in there?
I haven't tasted the beer yet, it's still fermenting, but I'm expecting it to be pretty bitter.

Ingredients / Belgian yeast
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:08:10 PM »
It has taken me a l-o-o-ng time to appreciate most Belgian styles of beer. The early years of tasting home brew, and now, the clubs noobs looking for advice, have made me shun the idea that I actually wanted to taste  phenolics and esters. For a long time I have associated most of these flavors with bad beer and wanted nothing to do with them.

Recently I am finding that when "restrained" or perhaps just "trained" these components add a great deal of complexity to a well made beer.  Anyway, I've had some really nice Belgian styles that I've enjoyed and would like to experiment with some Belgian yeasts.

I know fermentation temp is critical here and that higher temps will increase these flavor compounds, but what I'd like to know is what are some of the most neutral of the Belgian strains that I can start playing with.
I'm planning to start with a pale ale recipe to really assess what the yeast in contributing with various fermentation profiles.

Any suggestions?

Wood/Casks / Carbonation for barrel aged beer
« on: May 04, 2014, 04:50:20 PM »
We've got a Wee Heavy that's been in a bourbon barrel for a year. It tastes wonderful sampled out of the barrel.
We like where it's at, so are ready to rack to kegs. What do you experienced barrel users feel would be a good level of carbonation on this beer?

General Homebrew Discussion / whitty and clever minds wanted
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:17:22 PM »
I knew that header would include just about everyone on this forum. I've been asked to submit a monthly column to our local paper about our club and brewing. I see it to encompass the whole beer culture in our stuff, pub stuff, suppliers, how to's and lot's of brewers wisdom and humor.

I'm looking for some suggestions for the column header.
We are in Roseburg, Oregon. The paper serves Douglas County. The Club is the Umpqua Valley Brewers Guild.
We already have a blog called...."Brewburg"...Where beer lives, written by one of our members who is helping with the writing/editing of the column.

I love the Brewburg name a lot and may try to key off that somehow...

Brewburg Babbler
Brewburg Bulletin
Dear Alewyfe

Let me know if you have any ideas that might be fun and cheeky.

The Pub / 2nd Gourmets & Growlers pairing event
« on: May 20, 2013, 06:08:15 PM »
Our club just did their second food and beer pairing event Sunday. It was a great time. One of our local micro brewers has a small tap house "Draper's Tap House" and as he's closed on Sunday's, he let our club use his place for the dinner. We had 36 people with all the food and most of the beers prepared by club members. Everybody pitched in with decorating, serving and clean up and it went really well.

The planning committee chose an Italian theme. Here's our menu:

Assaggio di estate Bruschetta  (Hearth baked baguette toasts with a topping of fresh tomatoes, olives, onion, capers, garlic)
choice of beer from Tap House selection

Insalata di fagiolo con Feta & Peperoncini (White bean salad with red and green peppers, onion, Feta cheese and a honey, balsamic, sun dried tomato vinegarette on baby greens)
paired with Blanche de Bruxelles

Risotto di Funghi Selvatici (Wild mushroom risotto topped with fresh roast asparagus spears)
paired with White Truffle infused Porter

Crab Ravioli con Salsa di Burro Salvia Marrone (Crab stuffed ravioli topped with Sage brown butter sauce)
paired with Vienna Lager

Stufato di Manza ala Romano con Polenta formaggio (Rich Roman style beef stew topped with Gremolata served with Parmesan/Asiago Polenta and sauted Fennel)
paired with American Amber

Torta Dolce con Frutta (Individual cakes filled with custard and topped with fresh strawberries)
paired with choice of Chocolate Stout, Lambic Framboise or a blend

We're in the middle of a good and growing wine appellation here and we hard core beer enthusiasts refuse to be upstaged. Pretty good for a motley rural brew club don't you think?

Be a S.N.O.B. ...Support Native Oregon Beer!

Equipment and Software / Something to help with lifting
« on: April 07, 2013, 06:15:19 PM »
Any clever ideas of ways to minimize lifting stuff when brewing? I have a pump and use that for liquid transfer, but there are still kettles, fermenters, full cornies, buckets of water and other stuff that is repeatedly shlepped about. I've recently damaged my shoulder, and I refuse to give up brewing while stuff mends.
My water is about 75' from where I brew. My chest freezers are in two different buildings, but both accessible without having to go up and down stairs.  If everything were inside in one place, a hoist would be the obvious choice, but of course that's not, nor ever going to be the case.

All brilliant and/or hair brained ideas will be considered. 

All Grain Brewing / What is an adequate wort boil time
« on: January 30, 2013, 10:22:14 PM »
I've been adding an extra gallon of water or so to my tun near the end of my sparge, and just let it gravity run off while I'm finishing up the rest of my brew day. I end up with a gallon or more which I can just boil up and use for my next starter.

I trust I don't need to boil it all that long as most of it will be decanted off the yeast. I've been going with 15-20 minutes, or enough to evaporate it to around 1.026-30 gravity. Then I either can it, if I have a goodly amount, or refrigerate or freeze.

Any problems with this procedure?

Ingredients / Dry Hopping research - Interesting
« on: December 04, 2012, 06:45:36 AM »
Anybody read this thesis? Any thoughts? I noticed the author is scheduled to present this data at the World Brewing Congress Portland 2013. Ran across the info while I was perusing Indie Hops' blog.

All Grain Brewing / Mash pH and water adjustments
« on: September 17, 2012, 03:52:56 PM »
I have an ESB recipe. Using Bru'n water to calculate the Ca additions and Cl:SO ratio I want, I get a mash pH of 5.4.
When I toggle between the Adjusted water and the Existing water on tab 4, line 24 I get a mash pH of 5.4 on the existing water.

Am I correct that as i have an acceptable pH with no mash adjustments, I can add all my salts (both mash and sparge) straight to the kettle, then just go ahead and acidify my sparge water as necessary? I do need the water additions as my water has very low mineral content.

General Homebrew Discussion / Style Guidelines and Judging
« on: August 26, 2012, 02:17:49 AM » I'm going through Zmag and looking for some recipe ideas to put my own spin on for the next brew session. I'm looking at the Cat. 10 winner, an American Amber. Based on the recipe submitted, this one is certainly pretty far outside the style guidelines for an Amber. 66 IBU's and nearly 7%ABV. That looks a lot more like an IPA to me.

I like to push the style guidelines to make my beer stand out a bit for competitions, but I'm always being dinged about stuff being a bit high alcohol for style.

Any thoughts on this from the judges out there? Just kind of surprised me that it would go gold at national level being that far out of style.

Beer Recipes / Recipe help please
« on: July 19, 2012, 04:35:53 PM »
I will be brewing 25 gals of beer for an event. Ingredients provided are Gambrinus Pale malt, whatever specialty ingredients I want in reasonable quantities, and the following hops...Kent Golding, Summit and Glacier. American Ale Yeast or London Ale Yeast.

Another person has already committed to brewing an English style bitter for this event, so it needs to be different.

I have never used Summit hops. I've read a lot of negative comments from folks about them. The person providing the ingredients uses a fair amount of Summit and I'm not in love with many of his beers.

I'd love some thoughts on what some of you would brew constrained to these two yeasts and 3 hops varieties...


Questions about the forum? / Can't log on
« on: June 03, 2012, 12:13:55 AM »
Wanted to download some previous NHC seminar notes, and can't log on. My info is set up the same for the Forum and for the main site, but can't get into main site. Get page of error messages..Soap Error?

Wuz up?

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