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Yeast and Fermentation / Wyeast
« on: April 20, 2017, 07:13:16 PM »
Why doesn't Wyeast offer any contact information?  It is odd to me they now want you to ask your local distributor. The local would know zero about getting this yeast or when it's available. I thought 3864 was available every year. I wish I had known that, I would have kept that yeast around. I would love to have some of that strain. I've tried to culture from Uni bottles and it doesn't act/taste the same. Maybe they use a different bottle yeast, which I doubt. I can't believe I didn't harvest some.

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All Grain Brewing / Light Struck
« on: April 18, 2017, 06:57:38 PM »
Comments from NHC judges regarding my Kolsch. Both stated it to have a light struck aroma that dissipated as it warmed. Is this yeast related?  I know I've been having oxidation issues. I believe I have this issue figured out. I wondered because it didn't see any type of light. Pitched plenty of healthy Giga021 yeast.  Controlled the temps, and all aspects I thought. Scored 37.5, 36 and 39. Just wondering.....

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General Homebrew Discussion / Hope Your RIght on HSA
« on: November 07, 2015, 05:05:11 PM »
While brewing a big batch of Kolsch Thursday, a rubber piece fell off a clamp.  It sunk and stuck under my dip tube.  I had to drain 24 gallons right before it came to boil.  I hope hot side aeration is a myth.  I have an 1 1/2" drain valve and drained it into my 25g HLT.  Had to use a pot to dump it back into my BK until I could pick it up and dump it back in. I tried to cause as little aeration as possible. I guess I'm about to find out if it actually is a myth.   

General Homebrew Discussion / Keg Dryhopping a 2nd Time
« on: October 27, 2015, 01:10:46 AM »
I brewed my IPA and used one of the Stainless Brewing dry hoppers. The dry hops settled and compacted in the bottom of the tube. It didn't get the aroma like when I dry hop in secondary.  I used 4 oz of pellets in the dry hopper.  When those of you dry hop in the keg do you have this problem using a bag?  I wonder if whole cones would work better?  Now that it is carbonated and cold, do I just finish an IPA w/o aroma?  Those dry hoppers would be great for fruit and coffee, not sure they work for pellet hops in the keg.  I did like not having to syphon with all the hop matter, even after cold crashing.     

Yeast and Fermentation / Repitching Lager Yeast
« on: March 30, 2015, 02:21:36 PM »
I brewed 13 gallons of lager 2 weeks ago.  I split it between WY2000 and WLP802.  I plan on doing a double this weekend and using the yeasts for 2 different beers.  I've never re-pitched yeast.  I've always grown new yeast for every batch.  I was going to transfer to kegs after crashing.  Should I harvest after transfer and before dropping the yeast? I could put it in a jar until this weekend?  Can I harvest after dropping the yeast?  I planned on brewing, doing the transfer and using a portion of the cake on the same day.  I got thinking about what the cold 33 degrees might do to the yeast.  Not that it matters, but doing Bo Pils and Maibock this weekend.  Thanks 

I finally mounted my antique 1/2" drill to my mill and made a stand for it.  I bought a $20 router speed controller at H Freight to control the speed.  My drill was not variable speed, and was too fast at 400RPM.  I could not believe how much better the crush looked.  I'm guessing I was running around 200RPM.  I fly sparge and had fought too much flour in the mash, even though I pulsed the trigger to slow it down. The speed controller worked great.  The drill didn't struggle at the lower speed.  Super nice to not have to hold the drill and dump grain in at the same time.  I also jumped to 83% efficiency, from my normal 77%.  Great option for those using drills w/o variable speed. 

All Grain Brewing / Anyone Else Forget Their Kettle Addition
« on: March 19, 2015, 11:32:01 AM »
I brewed 13 gallons of American Pils on Monday.  Mash PH was 5.3 with my strips.  That includes adding the .3 low factor.  PH meter would not calibrate, so that's my guess.  Strip actually read 5.0.  I sparged with straight RO water.  I was teaching a new brewer and forgot my minerals for the kettle.  I wonder what my kettle PH will be?  Is there a way to figure this?  It was 27lbs of straight Pils malt if that makes a difference.

General Homebrew Discussion / Why Am I Doing This?
« on: February 11, 2015, 08:23:48 PM »
Today I was transferring 30 gallons of brew.  I was purging my carboys, as I'm out of kegs, and began to think why am I doing this?  When your careful to not splash the beer, is it necessary?  Necessary may not be to correct word, maybe beneficial is correct.  I've never had oxidation problems.  You can purge for long storage with kegs, but with carboys you can really limit the head space to almost zero.   I would think the displaced O2 when filling to the top of the carboy that entrained CO2 would fill the head space.  You usually get a little ferment from rousing a little yeast.  The more I thought about it, I felt like it was just a waste of CO2.  The Imp Stout will set for a few month on the oak.  The IPA will only be in the carboy for 7 days of dry hops.  Not going to waste the CO2 next time.  Not that I use secondary much anymore.  Guess I need more kegs.

All Grain Brewing / 3 Hour Mash What Happens
« on: January 02, 2015, 03:59:06 PM »
So on New Years eve I was going to brew 12.5 gallons of an Imp stout 1.105.  I mashed in at 150.  30 minutes in,  my 7 year old wakes up and is covered in hives head to toe.  I turn off the burners and head to the Dr. 2.5 hrs later, I am back, no heated sparge water, nada.  I turn the burners on high and start heating the sparge water.  The mash temp was at 148.  By the time I got the water heated the mash was like 3.5 hrs long.  I skipped the MO to save time and started the sparge with 180 water.  My daughter had more problems. I left with 20 gallons of fly sparge water going.  When I made it back another 2hrs had elapsed. I had 20 gallons in the kettle.  Post 120 min boil I had 17 gallons @ 1.087.  I pitched a huge starter WY1450 that I had stepped 3 times with a total of 8 liters.  Long and short, will it be too thin for an Imp Stout?  Is body going to be my only issue?  The gravity sample tasted great.  Not sure if I over pitched.  I had planned on the higher gravity at 12.5 gallons, not 17 gallons of 1.087.  Craziest brew day I've ever had!  Daughter is fine, determined she has developed a peanut allergy. Thanks 

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