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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Imperial L17 Harvest
« on: September 20, 2018, 05:15:53 AM »
I have used the harvest yeast before and the beer came out really clean. I made a Munich helles and fermented low. The malt came through and the beer was crisp as well with nice body.

Give it a shot. I think with imperial saying bock pils helles dunkles, for the yeast, Vienna should be fine.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Recipe Books
« on: September 19, 2018, 04:33:50 AM »
If you’re a member, the beer guru app or the aha website has tons of recipes. That’s where I’ve been going. Then I tweak them. Some are easy. Some are hard to make, most are award winning though.

Ingredients / Re: Can I use Munich/Pilsen LME as a base malt?
« on: September 14, 2018, 12:44:12 AM »
I think you could make a few things like, Munich Dunkel, Dunkel weissen, maybe a doppelbock. All of those are pretty malty beers. I’m not exactly sure what you have or how much of what you have but you could also probably make a barley wine with it. I’d just play around with it.
A brewery by me once had bags of Munich get recalled and I ended up with 200lbs of Munich. I still have about 70 after a year so. You can always add a few in every batch.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Opinions for a Brett fermentation
« on: September 11, 2018, 06:14:05 PM »
I would rack into the glass and then pitch the Brett because if you pitch the Brett into the plastic bucket, it is likely to remain in there forever. Any tiny scrapes and scratches the Brett will hide in, whereas with glass it would be easier to safely clean it out. With 1.008 fg it will take a few months for the Brett to develop character. But you will be able to see the pellicle much easier in glass, obv.

You won’t have to worry about autolysis either way, but you can also use your bucket again and in short turn around without th risk of Brett hiding.

If I had Brett b and wood chips, I would use both, because Brett b to me, gives a nice woody funk anyways, so the brett might stand out more after chewing on wood and those really long sugars. I’d also sanitize my wood chips, but that’s just me.

Cold crash! Cold crash! Cold crash! I agree. It’s probably done. See if the Krausen sinks when you cold crash. If not, do what was mentioned and rack below the krausen.

I have a beer with small bubbles in it right now, about a month old, but I think that’s the Brett. Gravity on that is .995.

What are you fermenting in? it sounds like glass because you say it’s clearning up. If you can’t read gravity you’re probably fine anyways, but I would still raise the temp for a day or two.

You pitched kinda at a high temp. But overall I think you’re fine. Us-05 tends to rip through my beers

Raise the temp, then cold crash. That’s what I would do.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: intertap/perlick
« on: September 11, 2018, 03:56:41 AM »
I have my stout spout on for an oatmeal stout and it is fuggin on point. Creamy as can be, makes it seem like I have a nitro faucet.
I recently bought the ball lock connector so I am waiting to try and hook up a beer gun to the faucet. I will probably never buy another tap beside intertap.
Again, love them. Love the stout spout, the growler filler, etc.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What is Canned Wort? And How is it used?
« on: September 10, 2018, 06:30:33 PM »
What are the pros and cons of canned wort? I’ve never bought it to try because I just make my starters. But I guess the big pro would be cool temperature. And obv less work.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fall and winter beers
« on: September 10, 2018, 04:00:12 PM »
I live on the "dark side" year round.  All I brew is brown ales, porters, stouts, and one dark saison.

I'll go to monthly brew club meetings and sample the lighter end of the spectrum, but other than an occasional saison, I don't find much there that I like enough to make 5 gallons of.

I actually wish my tastes were broader, but they are not.  Right now I have a brown ale I'm cold crashing and will bottle Wednesday.

Cheers to all.

Ohh, I have a dark Belgium that’s aging right now, one of my friends said it tasted like a porter, but I disagree. Has some phenols.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Good before bottling, bad after...
« on: September 10, 2018, 03:58:29 PM »
Obv you don’t know this yet, but, do all the bottles taste the same? Maybe you drank a dirty bottle? Just putting that out there. It still seems like the beer is pretty fresh so perhaps some contamination hasn’t produced some sour or infected off flavors.

When i use an auto siphon it’s attached to a 5’ tubing so it goes into the bottom of my bottling bucket or keg and then fills from the bottom. I used to have a small siphon with less tube and I would aim to have the liquid go against the side. My siphon also has a giant crack on it, but hat doesn’t seem to be a problem. I draw a fair a,pint of liquid into the siphon and then plunge it down creating the flow.

I have also recently moved to the priming tablets and I love them, if the beer is fresh enough you can add them when you transfer into a bottling bucket and just place them in your bottles. I use 750s with 2 tabs. I also don’t think transferring into a bottle bucket is that dangerous. I’d be more worried about bottling from the big mouth because of the Trub at the bottom, but I’ve never done it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fall and winter beers
« on: September 09, 2018, 09:42:36 PM »
Janet’s Brown is always great in the fall and winter, as are rich porters, but I may make a doppelbock this year for winter.

Great to have a break in the heat here in the Midwest.  Cheers and enjoy whatever you brew!
I have 3 bottles of my doppelbock left. 9.4% taste amazing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Fall and winter beers
« on: September 09, 2018, 07:27:09 PM »
What-cha like? I just made a stout as temperatures start to dip here and summer ends. Now I want to plan for fall and winter.
What do you like to make? I never made a barley wine, maybe I’ll do that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Good before bottling, bad after...
« on: September 09, 2018, 07:11:32 PM »
When you say it taste worst, do you think something other than oxygen was present? I do not fully dry my bottles out and have never had an issue. Right now I use a wand and am left with very little head space after filling. I don’t have oxygen problems when I use my bottling bucket.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oktoberfest recipe
« on: September 08, 2018, 04:14:48 PM »
I am in the middle of this do what you want talk. Part of me says, it’s your beer. Do what you want. If you want a pound use a pound. Also, part of me says heed the warning, 1/4# is not that much so if you want some, start small before going big. I know in my experience I usually go big and then I’m like, chit, over did it and now I have to deal with this. So I’m startin to learn that I can start small and do the opposite. Chit, I under did it, next time I’ll use a little more.

I think the Pilsner and Vienna is a good combo, it’s taste will be there but I personally would only be adding Munich for color and a little flavor (same with Cara) , I might scale that back if it were my beer and raise the pils Vienna ratio equally.

You may not have the ability to lager but can keep your beer cool with other methods, wet T-shirt for example, or in a tub of water. 

I come to the forum to have it help me make up my own mind. Sometimes people say do this, and I’m like nah, and post my results later and share. Sometimes people say do that, and I had never thought of that before.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to dipose of the red oxygen tanks?
« on: September 06, 2018, 04:58:32 AM »
Used to compost my grains and hop cones when I still had the old family property in the country.  Grew hops there, and mulched them with the compost.  Thought that was poetic.  Since I had to sell that property, and I just live in a little place in the city, I have to put that stuff in the trash too.  My only other option is to dry some of the grain and make Treberbrot, but how much can I eat?!  I do feel bad throwing it out.

I spread my spent grains and hops on my yard.  At the end of my brew day I put all the grains and hops in a bucket and mix them so the hops aren't in clumps.  Then I just take my big spoon and broadcast them across the grass.  As long as they don't up in piles there's no odor issues.

Not quite compost but not trash either.


I used to compost that stuff until my compost turned into a bunch of grain, not as many hops. I also tried making dog treats but I only used like two cups of grain which is maybe a half pound of spent grain.

I’ve been meaning to try and trade eggs from my neighbor who has chickens.

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