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This was a fantastic episode.

I'm definitely reading Jeff's new book.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen
« on: Today at 10:47:02 AM »
I bought a bottle at TJs last year (or maybe the year before), and it had the strongest off flavor and scent of any beer I have ever tasted. 

Not sure what happened to that one...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water treatment
« on: November 16, 2017, 11:53:16 AM »
Maybe someone has some good references for this topic?

You should download a copy of Bru'n Water, read the water knowledge tab, and play around with it.

For example, I know that for my 20 l brew I need 30 l of water and to put 10 g of gypsum into the water, how should I do it if I am using grainfather and i am firstly pouring 19 l for mashing and after 11 addition for sparging?

Should I put 10g into the mashing water or divide it for mash and sparge water by proportion?

It really depends on your water and what you are brewing, but you can do it either way.

If you add all the gypsum to your strike water rather than dividing it between the strike and sparge water, you will have more calcium in the mash.  This will lower the pH more as the calcium interacts with the malt phosphate.  That may or may not be desirable for you.

Since I brew mostly pale beers with distilled water, I add all my salts to the strike water.  This helps pull the pH down to the acceptable range and reduces the amount of additional acidity I would otherwise have to add.  I then use distilled water with no salts for my second infusion (I haven't been sparging recently but rather using a second infusion of boiling water to step mash) which actually pushes the pH back up a bit. 

If I was brewing a darker beer and didn't need as much calcium in the mash, I'd hold some of the salts back and add them to either the second infusion water or to the kettle during the boil.

You have a wide range of options.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Been gone for about 10 years...
« on: November 14, 2017, 11:42:50 PM »
Whatever happened to the Bama brewer, can't remember his name either but he started a brewery in Alabama last I knew... YellowHammer beer was one of his brews.  Good guy, helped me make my first Kolsch, turned out great.


He's still around; he's actually a mod here.

Beer Travel / Re: Where am I?
« on: November 14, 2017, 12:59:19 PM »
In De Verzekering Tegen De Grote Dorst

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:10:58 PM »
I've got a saison planned for this weekend.  I'm going to pitch a blend of 3711 and 3724.

If you have time, try 3711 and Dupont dregs.  The dregs don't even need to be stepped up and you get to drink a bottle of Dupont which contains 3724 and more strains.  The result is good.  No stalls.  3724 flavor with 3711 dryness.

I pitched the 3724 since I had already purchased it, but that sounds like an interesting idea.  It could also be fun to try growing up some dregs. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Vessi vs New Unitank and Penguin Glycol Cooler
« on: November 13, 2017, 11:32:37 AM »
There was a thread going for a while with a couple of Vessi owners, though I think in the end they migrated to a Facebook page.  If I recall correctly, people were having issues keeping the beer as cold as they wanted it to be when serving.  I'd reach out to them on FB.

Personally, I would go conical in an upright fridge.

Equipment and Software / Re: Acid cleaning draft lines
« on: November 10, 2017, 03:15:39 PM »
For example, the homebrewer now has antimicrobial beer lines available to him (though some say it is a waste of money and prefer to simply swap out lines more frequently at around 1/3 of the cost or to stay on top of the cleaning process keg to keg - either way works, if you are happy with the results).

That's what I'm running now and have been pretty happy with it.

That bit about Brewery Igniter was really interesting.  I had never heard of that before, but it makes total sense. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pH meters
« on: November 09, 2017, 10:21:14 AM »

Equipment and Software / Re: Acid cleaning draft lines
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:32:33 PM »
I really don't like using BLC or any similar products for my draft system.  I just run Iodophor through the lines between kegs.  In 9 years, I've never had any issues.  However, I endeavor to change my lines once a year (though it often ends up being 18 months).

On a side note, what is a safe way to dispose of BLC and undiluted Star San?  Is it ok to pour down the drain or do I need to take it to a S.A.F.E. center?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: November 08, 2017, 02:00:05 PM »
I've got a saison planned for this weekend.  I'm going to pitch a blend of 3711 and 3724.

Equipment and Software / Re: Clear Beer Draught System - Questions
« on: November 05, 2017, 10:58:02 AM »
Luckily there's an easy fix - when you've drained out all the sanitizer you can, simply invert the keg over your sink for a few seconds to let the sanitizer run down to the lid. Then just open the prv and let the pressure blow the sanitizer out.

I used my float for the first time yesterday, and this method worked well (it's what I usually do anyway).

The Pub / Re: Checking In
« on: November 03, 2017, 09:31:43 AM »
How much are tickets usually?

Last year it was $275 for the full conference and $225 for the social package (basically the conference minus the educational sessions).

It's a blast.

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