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Equipment and Software / BrewEasy
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:25:08 PM »

Kegging and Bottling / Hop sediment
« on: April 20, 2014, 03:11:21 PM »
What are the effects of hop sediment in beer? Picked up more than I wanted today into the bottles.

Yeast and Fermentation / Back from the dead
« on: April 20, 2014, 07:14:22 AM »
I attempted to cold crash a couple batches yesterday (normally use the refrigerator, but ended up adding ice to a bucket and placing the one gallon carboy in there). Overnight, the ice melted and the temp got back into the low 60's in the water. This morning I saw some small bubbles and was curious if this was yeast waking back up.

I've since stuck it in the refrigerator but I'm curious if I need to still ferment out for a while.

Ingredients / Dry Hops question
« on: April 19, 2014, 05:56:01 AM »
I dry hopped (pellets) a couple batches last week and was planning on bottling this weekend. There is still a large mass of dissolved hops on the top of the beer at this point that I assumed the whirlfloc would have taken care of (maybe that doesn't affect hops).
I suppose I could get around this since I'm racking from the bottom anyways, should I bother cold crashing to get this stuff to drop first?

Equipment and Software / Speidel Fermenter
« on: April 18, 2014, 02:23:09 PM »
I just received the ~8 gallon Speidel Fermenter and I'm curious if anyone else has given this a shot? Today also marks the day that my large glass carboys get repurposed somehow!

Hop Growing / Organic Rhizomes vs. Non Organic
« on: April 16, 2014, 04:56:05 PM »
I've ordered Cascade rhizomes from an organic supplier and one that wasn't organic. Any thoughts preferences? I've heard that the non-organic can not grow as well. Also, how bad can non-organic rhizomes be for you (surely this won't spark a debate)?

Hop Growing / Hop Growth question
« on: April 16, 2014, 04:43:44 PM »
Just potted a cascade rhizome this evening (pumped) and I have a question about the growth cycles. From what I gather the summer and fall months are heavy growing months, but what happens during winter? Does the entire vine go dormant and grow tall again in the spring?

Ingredients / Whole hops
« on: April 15, 2014, 04:47:45 PM »
Can anyone share a link to where I could order a few whole hops? They would need to be "wet" as in just picked off the vine. Everything online is dried and split apart. I'm not using these to brew with, they are for some pictures. Any ideas?

Yeast and Fermentation / Fermentation Timing
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:45:47 AM »
The more often I brew, the more frequently I've seen my fermentation ending in just over a week (too small of batch to test by hydro). Of course I'm just going on what it looks like, but I'm curious how many others have < 2 weeks primary fermentation regularly.

Ingredients / Dry hops Prior to Finished Fermentation
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:26:38 AM »
What's the risk of adding dry hops before a beer is completely done w primary ferm?

Going Pro / Biggest barrier?
« on: April 11, 2014, 08:51:11 AM »
What have you all seen as the biggest roadblock in going commercial? Capital? Can't raise capital? Bad marketing?
How many folks here have tried and failed?

Yeast and Fermentation / Reusing yeast
« on: April 11, 2014, 08:31:48 AM »
I'm considering trying this for the first time with some WLP001 I've just recently pitched. How hard is this? How long can I store the yeast?

Ingredients / First Time Hop Grower
« on: April 10, 2014, 03:13:07 PM »
I bought a couple of Cascade rhizomes today and I've done a little snooping around online as to what to do next. I'm planning on planting in a (large) pot and growing them up something like this. Thoughts? I'd like to take up as little space as possible as to not upset the S.O.

Beer Recipes / Secondary hops question
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:11:59 AM »
I brewed this 2 gallon extract today, inspired by a 3F Gumballhead clone...

5.3 oz    Caravienne Malt (22.0 SRM)    Grain    1    8.2 %
1.00 oz    Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - First Wort 20.0 min    Hop    2    27.8 IBUs
2 lbs    Wheat Dry Extract (8.0 SRM)    Dry Extract    3    50.0 %
1 lbs 10.7 oz    Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM)    Dry Extract    4    41.8 %
1.00 oz    Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min    Hop    5    0.0 IBUs
0.4 pkg    California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [35.49 ml]    Yeast    6    -

I plan on adding another ounce of Amarillo as secondary hops, but I kept way too much (what I thought was grub) and ended up only pouring about 1.5 gallons into the fermenter. Should I still stick to the 1 ounce or scale it back because I'll have 1.5 gallons of beer now?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / DME + LME
« on: April 06, 2014, 04:20:24 PM »
Why would a recipe, call for both DME and LME of the same extract? Wouldn't converting one to another allow for the same exact effect while only using one?

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