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Beer Recipes / Carbonation for Lagers
« on: Today at 01:07:31 PM »
I noticed the 2016 Ninkasi winner, Derrick Flippin, carbonated his gold medal light lager to 3 volumes of CO2.

How much do you carbonate your light lagers? I have been shooting for 2.4-2.5 volumes of CO2.

Would higher enhance crispness? I am thinking of trying 3.0 with my next Helles.

Kegging and Bottling / Cleaning my Perlick's
« on: June 26, 2016, 03:03:05 PM »
My draft system is very simple. I have Perlick 650SS connected to a liquid QD via an adapter.  See below.

I found an easy way to clean these taps with my Mark II Keg and Carboy washer. I am using a stainless carbonation cap connected to the pump pump the Mark II.

So the question is: what solution should I use for cleaning?  I started with PBW. I do have some BLC. But, I actually don't have any beer lines :) I am thinking maybe I should use BLC occasionally to work on beer stone but that PBW is good for more regular cleaning. Frankly, I am only cleaning now because the faucet is spitting when I first open and I think there might be a piece of hops stuck inside. This started after serving a hoppy wheat.

The Pub / Biergarten at the US Space and Rocket Center
« on: June 09, 2016, 06:06:45 PM »
I have to brag. I just came from the Biergarten at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. What a great time! German bier, brats, schnitzel, potatoes, and kegged German bier under a Saturn 5 rocket!  So good!

The Pub / AB is making a Kölsch?!
« on: May 22, 2016, 05:10:56 PM »
I didn't have the guts to buy it.

Kegging and Bottling / The Taprite Beer Carbonation Tester
« on: May 02, 2016, 05:23:14 PM »
For the brewer who has everything.

The Taprite Beer Carbonation Tester $289

All Grain Brewing / Using wort chiller to reduce mash temp
« on: May 01, 2016, 10:56:16 AM »
Today I was 10F over my mash temp due to user error. It took 12 minutes of stirring to get it down to the right temp.

Has anyone every used a copper cool wort chiller to cool a mash? It seems like it would work pretty fast.

Any drawbacks?

I hope to not make the same bonehead mistake again, but, since this is not the first time I assume it won't be the last.

Equipment and Software / My kegerator
« on: April 20, 2016, 04:55:15 PM »
I am loving my kegerator setup. I just added a second tap so I am feeling my wheaties.

2x 2.5G corny kegs with Perlick flow control faucets mounted directly on the kegs.  In the fridge. Open the door and serve.

The flow control is awesome. I can directly fill bottles. No beer gun. No growler filler adapter. Just dial down the flow and go.  I love being able to dial in the amount of foam when pouring a pint also.

Grab my mini keg charger and I can hit the road.

Here is a closer look.

I know this setup is too small for a lot of folks but it's great for me.

The secret is a little (expensive) adapter from Chi Company. Regular QD to Faucet adapters won't fit on the Perlick faucets.

Beer Recipes / Hoppy American Wheat recipe help
« on: April 11, 2016, 09:39:49 AM »
I am designing a hoppy American wheat beer. Here is my plan:

3G - OG 1051
50% White Wheat
50% 2-row
40 IBU Warrior @ 60
0.5 oz Cascade steep 20 min @ 175
0.5 oz Amarillo steep 20 min @ 175
0.5 oz Cascade Dry Hop 7d
0.5 oz Amarillo Dry Hop 7d
WY 1010 American Wheat


1. Water profile: yellow dry?
2. Mash Ph target: 5.3?
3. I have thought about dumping the warrior and switching to first wort hopping with cascade or Amarillo.
4. Grain bill look ok? Lots of people add Munich or caramel.

The Pub / Jim Koch Interview
« on: April 01, 2016, 01:11:50 PM »
I enjoyed this interview from Marketplace with Jim Koch of Boston Beer Company.

The Pub / Yellowhammer to go!
« on: March 24, 2016, 12:34:54 PM »
The Alabama just signed a bill allowing breweries in Alabama to sell beer to go! We can't get our growlers filled until June 1 but I am looking forward to filling a growler at Yellowhammer.

The bill also allows brewpubs in non historic buildings. That should open up the brewpub seen a bit.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Schlafly Summer Lager
« on: March 21, 2016, 03:07:29 PM »
There is a lot of conversation on this forum about Helles style beers. I am wondering if any of you have had Schafly Summer Lager and if so do you think it hits the style.

I haven't had too many Helles so I can't really judge. The beer is delicious. I can see why so many brewers here like this style.

PS. Schafly's whole summer mix pack is really good. It's not summer yet, but, I can forgive that especially since I am drinking at the beach this week

General Homebrew Discussion / Christmas gifts - aging beer
« on: March 05, 2016, 01:38:39 PM »
I am planning to brew a batch and bottle in nice flip top bottles for Christmas gifts.

I was planning a Russian Imperial Stout. I was going to brew an Old Rasputin clone recipe from the AHA website.

How long should I age the beer? In other words should I hurry up and brew or wait a while?

Edit: actual the article says age only a month or so due to lots of late hops. I missed that before.

Yeast and Fermentation / Crazy fermenter pic
« on: January 31, 2016, 10:51:54 AM »
This morning I woke up to a double layer of bubbles in the fermenter (krausen and another layer sever inches above).

The picture above was taken 17 hours after pitching yeast slurry.  I believe the layer up top is a fine layer bubbles created by a long mix stir session. When fermentation started CO2 must have pushed those white bubbles up and suspended them several inches above the krausen. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Not clear beer
« on: January 26, 2016, 04:52:49 PM »
It sucks when you go out to the kegerator in your mind your thinking I can't wait for a glass of...

And the keg kicks!

It looks nasty. But you bet your A$& I'm drinking it.

General Homebrew Discussion / NHC Coming Fast
« on: January 24, 2016, 12:00:36 PM »
The NHC application window starts in 8 days (February 1 - 7) and beers must be shipped to judging cites in 45 days (must arrive by March 9).

Only a couple more weeks to get those beers brewed and ready to ship.

So, any prospective NHC beers being brewed this weekend? Or next?

I am brewing a Blonde Ale next weekend. I bottled a Best Bitter yesterday.

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