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Commercial Beer Reviews / Boulevard Deschutes Conflux
« on: December 23, 2011, 08:23:43 AM »
Anybody try the new Wit-IPA put out by Deschutes and Boulevard as a joint project?
I just had it on tap at my LHBS.  Good stuff.  Anyone know some details about it?  Like what kind of yeast?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2206 Attenuation
« on: December 23, 2011, 08:18:51 AM »
155 degrees may be the reason.  That's above the beta and into the alpha enzyme range.

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Ingredients / Hopping to Taste - Revisited
« on: December 15, 2011, 04:09:56 PM »
Awhile back I posted on hopping to taste - particularly in the finish.  I tried it out, and even posted that I thought it worked out well (and I was probably a little proud of myself).
But as it turned out, what tasted about right at the end of the boil, turned out to be "not enough" after conditioning.  
And further, a previously brewed beer (lager) that seemed over-hopped after 2 months (possibly initiating my hypothesis) became awesome at 5 months.
So, I've been thinking that I should share (confess) that I didn't know didly-squat, and that "hopping to taste" is way more difficult than I foresaw, and I've since abandoned it.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: forgot to aerate
« on: December 11, 2011, 01:11:45 PM »
Thanks guys.  Since I had the choice, I thought it wiser to oxygenate rather than aerate, so instead of of ripping it with the drill and stirring rod, I used my diffusion stone and half empty bottle of oxygen. Makes for a good reason to always have a bottle of oxygen on hand.  At any rate, I feel better now.

Amazing, at 7 A.M. on a Sunday morning I post a question, and within 3 hours I get input from some of the top brewers in the country.  Good reason to be a member.

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Yeast and Fermentation / forgot to aerate
« on: December 11, 2011, 08:21:10 AM »
I forgot to aerate prior to pitching.  When is it too late to aerate? 

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Equipment and Software / Re: PH meter
« on: December 09, 2011, 08:55:06 AM »
Let me explain a little further on how I knew it was bad.  When you calibrate, you poor the 4.0 and 7.0 calibration liquids into separate containers, just enough for the meter probe to immerse.  The meter has an electronic calibration system in that first it calls for 7.0 juice, you put it in, wait, then it calls for 4.0 juice, you transfer it over, wait, and then it's done.  My meter began displaying "error" when inserted into the 4.0.  I tried new solutions, cleaning, soaking, but nothing worked.  And, my readings would drift upward.  The longer I let it sit, the higher it would drift,  I don't know if it was drifting "toward" or "away" from a true reading, but it was unusable.

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Equipment and Software / Re: PH meter
« on: December 09, 2011, 08:40:07 AM »

The probe went bad on my old meter and it costs 70 bucks to replace, no thanks, and honestly, I don't know why a homebrewer would need a meter to read two decimal (.01) accuracy.
How'd you know the probe went bad?

It quit calibrating with the 4.0 juice, just wouldn't accept it.  And, the readings were drifting all over the place.

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Equipment and Software / Re: march pump stuck
« on: December 08, 2011, 05:44:12 PM »
Thank you guys so much for your responses.  That is why this forum is awesome!
I took it apart and didn't find anything really, but started oiling, then found the two holes that you pictured in the photograph.  Wow, how do you do that (in less than a day :))?
Anyhow, it's working great, and now I know a lot more about how they work.  I had no idea.
Thanks again.

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Equipment and Software / march pump stuck
« on: December 08, 2011, 11:07:37 AM »
My march pump quit working.  When I plug it in, the aluminum prop (maybe that's the impellor, I don't know) visible on the back side grabs, looks like it's engaging, but doesn't spin.  Any ideas?

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Equipment and Software / Re: PH meter
« on: December 08, 2011, 10:58:08 AM »
I just bought the Milwaukee PH600 for 22 bucks and am tickled with it.  It has all the accuracy I need (.1), is stable (meaning no long wait for it to show an accurate reading), simple manual calibration (using only 7.0 solution), and no PH storage solution needed (you store it in water). 

The probe went bad on my old meter and it costs 70 bucks to replace, no thanks, and honestly, I don't know why a homebrewer would need a meter to read two decimal (.01) accuracy.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Leaky Better Bottles
« on: November 03, 2011, 08:05:10 AM »
PBW, among others, but sparingly.  And, pre-mix it before pouring it in. 
here's their link...
http://www.better-bottle.com/technical.html
Sounds like they want us to share the work with the cleaner (shaking, scrubbing), rather than letting the cleaner do all the work.
Glass is sounding better all the time.
Actually, reverting back to buckets is sounding better all the time.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Leaky Better Bottles
« on: November 03, 2011, 07:49:25 AM »
Update:  Another one started leaking.  That's 3 out of 4.  Cracks on the bottom.  Number 4 has cracks developing.
I wrote Better Bottle.  Their website is BetterBottle.com.
They responded.  Caustic cleaners degrade the plastic
I use PBW, and sometimes let it sit in there for hours, if not days.  They recommend not doing that.  Also, it's not good to pour the PBW in first and then put water on top of it.  They recommend using it sparingly, and rinsing it out as soon as possible.
I responded that they should get the word out, that this was new information to me, and that the forum didn't know about it either.

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or maybe I'm thinking of a Pilsner Urquell.  I think I am.  Not really sure what the difference is between a Czech Pilsner and a Pilsner Urquell.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Sam Adams Boston Lager -- as a Czech Pilsner
« on: October 04, 2011, 07:54:40 PM »
Enjoying a Boston Lager for the first time in a long while, and to me it sure is similar in flavor and color to some Czech Pilsners I've had lately.  The malt build is probably very similar and easy to predict.  The yeast may be the key.  I don't know what they use.  The hops may not be Saaz, and may be more up front than Saaz, but still in the same ball park.  Any thoughts?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: "Defusion" mash
« on: September 26, 2011, 06:07:52 PM »
I take responsibility for that.  When I first looked at the OP, I thought I saw no replies.  Then when I posted, surprise, I was #14.  And, I was sober, I think.

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