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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Generation Count from a Starter
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:30:47 AM »
So I've been busy this year and haven't brewed at all most of the year and started back up brewing in September.  I'm now back to brewing 3-4 times a month and it's good to be back on the horse!

Anyways, I've been making my starters 500ml larger than what is required and saving that extra 500ml.  For the next brew I take that extra 500ml and make another starter which is 500ml larger and save that extra 500ml for a starter for the following brew.

My question is, with each new starter I do, is that considered a new generation of yeast?  If so, about how many generations (or cycles?) can I do this, considering my sanitation is good?

So far, I've done this for 5 brews and so far no issues (I've got a 6th brew fermenting and haven't tried it yet).  Basically my process is after the starter is complete, I take it right off the stir plate and fill up a sanitized mason jar (which is about 500ml) and put the mason jar in the fridge.  When it's time to make a new starter for the next brew, I just decant, swirl around and pitch into the starter wort. 

I brew 3-4 times a month so it doesn't stay in the fridge more than 2 weeks before going into the next starter.

Thanks in advance for any input and/or advice!

Events / 2 Thursday Night GABF Tickets
« on: September 30, 2014, 07:44:17 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I had two friends who can't go to the Thursday night session so we have two extra tickets.  Asking face value of $80/each.  A few of us are still going Thursday night, so we can meet at the event, you can swing by my house in SE Centennial or meet up anywhere in the Denver metro area.


Equipment and Software / Bru Gear - New Kettle/ Conical Manufacturer
« on: February 04, 2014, 06:04:13 PM »
I just stumbled upon this Kickstarter project from Bru Gear.  Their kettles and fermenters look good and seem to be at reasonable pricing.  I haven't done so yet, but I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on one of the kettles.  According to Homebrew Finds, sounds like delivery of the kettles is estimated for June.

Homebrewer Bios / Brewer Bio - Jeremy Baker
« on: December 18, 2013, 10:32:35 PM »
I've been a on this board and an AHA member for 2 1/2 years and I'm finally getting around to posting my bio. 

Who Are You: Jeremy Baker

(please include a picture):

Home Town (City, State): Centennial, CO

Homebrew Club:  Not part of one yet.  Recently discovered a few people in my neighborhood brew and we are talking about putting our own neighborhood club together and recruit more neighbors. 

I've been a homebrewer since: October 2011

Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share? Haven't had any major disasters yet (and watch, I'll probably have one my next brew session!), but I have had a few "what was I thinking moments" such as not paying close attention to my sparge water amount and ended up with about 3/4 gallon more wort than I intended.  I didn't discover this mistake until the wort was in the fermenter.  It was an amber that eventually fermented out to be quite sessionable.

What is your favorite style(s) to brew?  I guess I would say Pale Ales and IPAs as I always try to keep at least one of these on taps.  I have a nitro set up so I brew a few different Milk Stouts such as a Coconut Milk Stout, Gingerbread Milk Stouts and planning to brew up a Chai Milk Stout.

What style(s) will you never brew?  Not sure if there is a style that I will never brew.  If you asked me this questions last year, I would have said Sours, but I'm starting to really like sour beers and my curiosity to brew sours is growing by the day.

What was the first beer you ever brewed?  How did it turn out?  My first beer was a Brown extract kit from my LHBS (The Brew Hut) and it turned out bad.  The main reason was I really didn't pay too close attention to the fermentation temps, which reached 80 degrees using Windsor yeast.  It was after that first taste that I found the AHA website and forum and started doing my research.  I couldn't wait to start my next batch and with advise from AHA forum members, my next beer turned out great!

Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great?  Unfortunately, no.  I've made a few mistakes and the results were OK but definitely not great.  One of my Pineapple Wheat beers just had too much pineapple and the beer was really tart (hey, maybe this was my first sour :D).  Everyone else seemed to like it, but I'm my biggest critic and it definitely got a failing grade.

What is your favorite beer recipe?  Not sure if I have a favorite, as I'm always tinkering with my recipes and I don't think I've brewed the same recipe twice. 

Are you a BJCP Judge? If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging?  Not a judge yet, but starting to look into it.  It would be great to help out in local competitions and I'm sure it would help me become an overall better brewer.

Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc: It's by no means fancy, but my favorite gadget would be my "Hoppa," which is similar to a hop spider but instead of using "legs" to keep it in the middle of the kettle, it hangs on the side and allows me to still use my immersion chiller without having to remove the hops strainer.  It's basically a regular hop spider but with a 2-pronged towel hook instead of the carraige bolt "legs"

Describe your brew system:  My system is a basic cooler (Blue!) mash tun system.  I use a 48qt Coleman cooler with stainless steel braid connected to a ball valve.  I use a Blichmann floor burner w/ leg extensions and an 8 gallon.  With my kettle, I removed the thermometer and installed another ball valve that I use as the return for my whirlpool.  For the whirlpool, I have a chugger pump with the stainless head.  I mainly brew 3 gallon systems, so if it's cold outside, then I can easily brew inside on the kitchen stove.

How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)?  What I love about brewing 3 gallon batches is that I get to brew and experiment more often.  I brew 2-4 times a month. 

What is your favorite malt? 2-Row and Maris Otter.  I recently changed most of my all 2-row bases to a 50/50 split of 2-row and Maris Otter and really like the results. 

What is your favorite hop? Why?  I would say Cascade since I use it in a lot of my beers.  Anytime I've taken a recipe that I have Cascade in it and change it to a different variety, I always seem to end up coming back to Cascade.  I also really like Chinook and have really liked using them as first wort hops in my IPAs and Pale Ales.

Do you have a favorite or house yeast? What qualities do you like about that yeast?  US-05 and Wyeast 1056.  I always have a few packets of US-05 on hand and I've always got some 1056 in the fridge.  I recently started making 1056 starters that were 500ml larger than what is required and saving that extra 500ml for the next brew.  When it comes time to brew again, I take that saved 500ml and make another starter that's 500ml more than I need.  Save the 500ml and the cycle continues.  I've done this for about 7 brews now and have yet to notice any difference from that first 1056 starter.  I really like how consistent and clean the fermentations are with US-05 and 1056.

Do you have a good homebrew club story you'd like to share? Not yet.

What haven't we asked that you would really like to answer?  Probably "What have you gained from the AHA and the AHA Forum?" would be a good question.  The answer would be an easy one.  I've learned so much from the AHA website, the Zymurgy publication and of course the awesome brewers that post on the forum.  My passion for homebrewing continues to grow and it's your fault!

If you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him?  I would say comedian Mitch Hedberg.  When I first met my wife, one of our first dates was to a comedy show that had Dave Attell, Louis Black and Mitch Hedberg.  Mitch was by far the funniest comedian on stage that night and he instantly became our favorite comedian.  Unfortunately, he passed away a few years ago, but he would definitely be a great person to share a few beers with!

What's the most unusual ingredient you've ever used in a brew?  Nothing too crazy yet.

Do you have any pets or kids named after beer styles or ingredients?  No, but as a fan of Avery beers, if my wife and I have another girl then I just may push to name her Avery...or at least name the next dog Avery.

How many medals have you won from homebrew competitions? I've only entered one competition and that was with the 3rd beer I ever brewed.  It was an American Pale Ale that won 3rd place in what was called the "Yellow Category" which included Pilsners, Pale Ales, Steams, etc... My goal is to enter more competitions next year to get more feedback on my beers.
Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with?  I mostly brew alone, but every now and then my wife and 4-yr-old daughter will help out.

Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer? Outdoors when the weather is nice and indoors when it's too cold outside.

List some of the names you've given your beers. Which is your favorite?  I'm a big Alabama football fan, so when Bama beat LSU in the 2012 National Championship game, I named my next beer "21 - Zereaux Pale Ale" which happened to be the beer I entered into my LHBS competition mentioned above!  Even my LSU friends like this beer...the taste not the name!

The Pub / Japanese Tire Commercial Everyone Needs to See
« on: December 02, 2013, 09:17:30 PM »
Especially those of us that live in areas where it snows.

Ingredients / First Attempt At Water Chemistry w/ RO
« on: November 23, 2013, 06:37:06 PM »
Hi everyone.  Making my first leap into water chemistry after reading the new "Water" book and Martin's Bru'n Water site.  I'm still waiting for the results of my water report for my home source (Centennial, CO), so I'm going to use RO water for a 3 gal batch of an IPA.  Using Bru'n Water spreadsheet (which is great, expect a donation for the upgraded version soon Martin!) here's what I've come up with:

3 gallon batch w/ 3 gallon mash water and 2 gallon sparge water for total of 4 gal wort.

Add to RO Water (gram/gal):
Gypsum - 1.7
Epsom - .30
Baking Soda - .35
CaCl2 - .3

I get:
Ca - 127
Mg - 8
Na - 33
SO4 - 283
Cl - 42
Bicarbonate - 83
Est. Mash PH - 5.4
RA - (27)
SO4/CL Ratio - 6.69 (I really didn't pay much attention to this, just was trying to get close to "pale ale" profile #'s)

Since this is my fist time messing w/ water chemistry, I want to make sure I'm not over doing anything or not enough of something.  Can't thank you enough for any input!

Commercial Beer Reviews / What Commercial Beers Do You Have Aging?
« on: November 17, 2013, 04:38:15 AM »
I love this time of year when breweries release some great beers to age.  Last year I started buying and aging some commercial beers.  Here's what I've got aging so far:

Avery Czar 2012 and 2013
Firestone Walker Anniversary XVI and XVII
Dry Dock Bligh's Barley Wine 2012
Deschutes Abyss 2012
Stone's 2012 Vertical Epic
Great Divide 2012 Barrel Aged Hibernation
Great Divide 2012 Hibernation
Odell 2013 Woodcut 7 RIS

I'm attempting to get a series of some beers through 5 years and do some verticals at the house w/ some friends.  So what does everyone else have aging?  Any beers that you aged that were just awesome after a year or two? 

The Pub / Funny Bud Light Commercial.
« on: October 31, 2013, 02:48:26 PM »
This is hilarious!  If I worked in an office, I would do the same thing...just not w/ Bud Lt.  Actually, maybe I'll do it at home.  After all, it is football season so I should end up w/ a basement full of Great Divide Yeti!

The Pub / Great Halftime Show!
« on: October 27, 2013, 02:05:54 PM »
I can't stand ohio st (Roll Tide!), but this is perhaps the most impressive half time show I've seen.

Equipment and Software / Custom Glassware
« on: August 08, 2013, 10:20:44 PM »
My wife and I are looking to get some custom beer glasses and other barware for our home brewery.  Nothing fancy, just some items to put our logo on.  Does anyone have a company they would recommend?

General Homebrew Discussion / Primary - Aging Question
« on: August 05, 2013, 03:09:00 AM »
I've only done one beer (last year's winter warmer) which I transferred to a secondary fermenter and let sit for for an extended period of time (6 mos).  I'm currently fermenting a Belgian Dubbel and planning to leave it in the fermenter for 2-3 months before kegging.  My question is, would it be OK to just leave it in the primary fermenter for 2-3 months or should I transfer to a secondary fermenter after a month and let sit another 1-2 months?  I'm not adding anything to the beer post fermentation if that makes any difference.  Thanks!

Events / GABF and Craigslist
« on: July 30, 2013, 05:01:42 PM »
Wow, that didn't take long for GABF tickets to show up on CL.  I got the tickets I needed, but was just curious to see if they made their way to CL and sure enough, they are there and marked up price wise.

All Grain Brewing / Collecting Cooling Water for Future Brews
« on: May 19, 2013, 03:32:05 AM »
Does anyone collect and save the water they use to cool their worts and use that water for the mash and/or sparge for future brews?  If so, how do you collect and save your water?  Is there any negatives in doing this? 

I currently don't do an treatments to my water and just use the good ole' tap water here in Aurora, CO.  One day I'll get around to getting my water analyzed and adjusting my water where needed. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Aging Commercial Beer
« on: December 16, 2012, 03:29:29 AM »
So I'm taking a few bottles of some commercial winter warmers and barley wines and going to age them a year. So far I've got two bottles left from a 6-pack of Great Divide Hibernation and a couple of Avery Old Jubilation, a special whisky barrel aged barley wine release from Dry Dock and Stone's Vertical Epic 12.12.12.  What's the best way to store these till next year.  My basement is 60-63 and will get to 70 or so in the Summer.  Right now I've got them in the fridge.  Should I move them in the basement or keep them in the fridge?  Thanks!

The Pub / Connecticut Elementary School Shooting
« on: December 14, 2012, 06:24:24 PM »
I'm not sure if I should post this and please delete if needed.  Sitting here playing w/ my 3-yr-old daughter and news of the Conn. elementary school shooting is running across the TV.  Reports of 26 dead including 18 children.  Very, very heavy heart today and prayers go out to all those families and that community.  I just can't imagine...

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