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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

http://www.homebrewing.org/The-Taprite-Beer-Carbonation-Tester_p_6422.html?AffId=160

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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.


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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.

http://www.chicompany.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3343

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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

Questions:

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.

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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.

http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/30/business/corner-office-marketplace/full-interview-jim-koch-founder-sam-adams

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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.

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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

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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. http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/homebrew-recipe/north-coast-old-rasputin-clone/

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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Kegging and Bottling / Perlick Flow Control to QD Adapter
« on: January 21, 2016, 05:05:28 PM »
I just bought an adapter to connect a Perlick flow control faucet to a liquid quick disconnect (MFL).  It works great.

Here is a photo.


Here is a beer 2-3 seconds after serving. Very nice for no lines to provide restriction. The serving pressure is 11 PSI.



The adapter is very expensive. $30! But we only live once.

http://www.chicompany.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3343

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The Pub / Mystery Beer
« on: January 15, 2016, 07:48:44 PM »
Tonight I went to dinner with my wife to a restaurant with a fairly good beer selection. The waitress offered me a mystery beer for $1. Since they had like 10-15 taps with a lot of craft beer I rolled the dice.  I know it would be beer they wanted to get rid of. I got a holiday spiced ale. It was a little odd to be drinking a spiced beer on a warm night but it was not bad. I decided to roll the dice a second time. I got a light lager.

That's the first time I have ever experienced mystery beer.  I didn't get the best beers but I don't regret spending the $2 either.

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Yeast and Fermentation / 79% AA with WLP002
« on: January 09, 2016, 07:29:44 PM »
I was surprised when I got 79% apparent attenuation on my most recent batch (English Pale) with WLP002 yeast. The beer was mashed at 150F. It was pretty cold out on that brew day (mash tun was cold from being stored in garage) and the mash temp settled a couple of degrees lower than planned, but, I figured 150F was fine and therefore left it alone rather than trying to increase the temp.

For what it's worth, the beer is off the hook good, so, all's well that ends well.

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General Homebrew Discussion / 2.5G batches
« on: January 08, 2016, 06:21:52 PM »
I recently (6 mos ago) switched to 2.5G batches. One of the nice side effects I didn't expect is fast carbonation time (w/ kegs). My beers regularly seemed fully carbed after just 1 week at serving pressure.

To me, 1 week is perfect. In my experience, the beer needs that much time to condition anyway.

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