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General Homebrew Discussion / Commercial examples of 60 shilling?
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:57:52 PM »
This has probably become my favorite beer style after brewing only one batch of it. I'd like to find a couple good commercial versions of it. I tried scouring Beer Advocate but the results were pretty scarce.

Can anyone make a recommendation of one I can find on the shelf?

General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing other's recipes for competitions?
« on: February 28, 2014, 09:23:47 PM »
What's the stance on this? Is it frowned upon to brew someone else's recipe for a competition? I'm trying to focus on simple recipes that are tried and true. Most of them are turning out ok but a couple are really turning out nice. I'd like to enter a competition just to get some feedback to help me isolate issues in my process.

All Grain Brewing / Thanks for turning me on to 60 Shilling!
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:32:18 AM »
I had a thread a while back asking how to harvest enough yeast for a wee heavy. The general consensus was to brew a session beer in preparation. So, I did. Turns out this is probably my favorite beer so far. It's got a nice body but I can drink 3 and still function. It's nice and crisp. Really turned out great. This is the first beer I've felt confident enough to enter into a competition. I'm pretty stoked about this beer, I'd even serve it to you guys!

This is the recipe I used:

I opted for the reduction instead of Crystal. I feel it really makes a difference.

Yeast and Fermentation / Is the light colored stuff the yeast?
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:58:11 PM »
2,000ml flask. I'm guessing the lighter colored stuff on the top is all yeast and the bottom darker layer is all trub. Is this correct?

I can appreciate a nice clear beer's appearance but I have to admit clarity is something I'm not really concerned with so far. To me, a bit of fog sometimes goes hand in hand with a particular beer. Heady Topper is ranked very highly and it's cloudy as hell, so it's got me thinking. I'm more concerned with fermentation/mash temps and how the final product tastes. For a crisp lager I can understand the strive for clarity through lengthy cold crashes etc, but I'm talking ales.

Any of you more experienced brewers agree with me? Or is clarity just a more advanced crossroad that I haven't come to yet?

Yeast and Fermentation / Wyeast 1450 holding at 1.017 after 4wks
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:09:14 PM »
Made DC's Rye IPA and fermented a 10g batch with a 1g starter of 1450. Fermented at 65* for three weeks and it didn't appear to be moving from 1.017. So, I warmed it up to 70* a few days ago and it still isn't budging. I'm guessing it's done, but when I cold crash the hydrometer sample there's a lot of yeast that falls out of suspension. If I were kegging I wouldn't bat an eye, but I'm bottling this batch so I'm a bit gun shy of bottling too early.

I'm thinking it's time to dry hop, give it 7 days, then bottle.

Any advice?

Before you ask, I have no idea what OG was because I forgot to take a hydrometer reading but the runoff was pretty tasty  :P

Gearing up for a 12g batch of this beer. The original recipe calls for a 1/2g starter at high Krausen with Wyeast 1728. I made a 1g starter the old fashioned way (not stirred) that just finished. It's going to be a week before I brew this beer so I have some time. I'm thinking about decanting and doing another gallon starter.

Alternatively, I have an IPA finishing up on Wyeast 1450 so I'll have a cake available to pitch on but I'm not convinced this strain would be a good fit for a wee heavy.

Would appreciate any comments/suggestions.

I boil in a converted sanke and filter with a bazooka t screen placed firmly against the bottom the kettle. It filters great but even with it tight on the bottom of the kettle I still lose at least a half gallon of pure gold when the siphon breaks. I see Denny is using a copper tube with holes drilled in the bottom and I imagine this drains the kettle pretty thoroughly. I'm thinking about making something similar but with larger diameter tubing (1/2 or 3/4). Also considering a couple el cheapo stainless braids. I use a lot of pellet hops in a 5g paint strainer bag. The SS false bottoms look nice but it seems like they could lift or become dislodged during the boil because it looks there's nothing holding them down.  Would love to hear what some of the folks around here are using.

All Grain Brewing / All grain brewing - pump or no pump?
« on: December 12, 2013, 08:55:18 PM »
Sorry if this is a redundant subject. I started out brewing using gravity, then switched to a pump. I'm switching back to gravity because I just find it easier and the pump noise drove me mad.

Just curious to see the feedback from both sides.

Yeast and Fermentation / 1g starter - decant or pitch the lot?
« on: December 12, 2013, 04:29:52 PM »
I'm making 10g of Denny's Rye tomorrow morning. I started a 1g starter one week ago and it's just about done. Most of the Krausen has fallen and I've got a good amount of yeast on the bottom of the jug. Yeast is Denny's fav 50.

Should I toss the starter in the fridge tonight and then decant in the morning? Or try to decant without chilling? Or, just toss the lot into the fermenter?

BTW, I'm thinking about using a plastic paint mixer in a drill motor to aerate the chilled wort. Anyone done this before? I plan on putting a plastic bag around the drill motor so no foreign matter drops in the bucket.

Yeast and Fermentation / Another thread about plastic buckets (sorry)
« on: December 03, 2013, 06:06:29 PM »
I'm getting back into the hobby after a 10yr hiatus. I sold off all my carboys years ago so I need to build a vessel collection and I'm looking at buckets this time. I've done a fair share of research about the pros and cons of plastic and I'm comfortable with it.

My question is about the volume of buckets. I'm looking at the 5g food grade Lowes buckets. I see people say over and over and over that a 5g bucket is too small for a 5g batch, and that (2) 5g buckets are too small for a 10g batch. I'm going to make 10g batches and have to ask the obvious: why can't I just use (3) 5g buckets? That would leave plenty of head space for krausen.

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