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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Old brewing magazines
« on: Today at 08:50:01 AM »
I just don't have the space to store them.  Much of the info is outdated now, and what isn't outdated is now available online.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Old brewing magazines
« on: October 22, 2016, 10:48:10 AM »
I have 20 years worth of Zymurgy, BYO, Brewing Techniques and several others headed for recycling.  No one wants them.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 22, 2016, 10:30:21 AM »
My tinfoil hat reaction is that AB plans to buy up as much homebrew material as possible to choke hold small home brew stores. Maybe it's not that easy.  When I worked in transportation engineering I knew of one contractor in the area that would rent as much equipment as possible for as long as possible.  It forced other contractors to use them as a subcontractor if they needed certain equipment.

I'm pretty sure that's not gonna be possible.  And what good would it do them if they did?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mt. Rainier hops discontinued?
« on: October 21, 2016, 01:16:35 PM »
I used them in a porter and I definitely got some spicy licorice aroma from them, but yeah I suppose they weren't as pungent or in your face as a lot of the newer hop varieties coming out nowadays.

It's like you answered your own question...  The reviews I saw look pretty good too.

Interesting.  I've had an all Ella beer and brewed a couple with them.  Never gotten the anise character.  Maybe the way they were used.

Beer Recipes / Re: Bohemian ale? Does this sound like a good idea?
« on: October 21, 2016, 10:40:18 AM »
Never found crystal to be catty.  And I'd leave out the carafoam.

Well D I never secondary anymore. But I add my dry hops at krausen drop but it is probably still fermenting a bit. As far as weather the O2 in the hops or the nucliation is causing the increased activity I do not know but I feel better that the head space is being purged either way.

That's certainly one way you can do it.  I prefer to wait til fermentation is done, get the beer off the yeast, and then dry hop.  Both methods work, it's just a question of the result you want.

Here is what John Palmer says about racking when still actively bubbling

John has changed his opinion since that was written.

An excerpt...."Therefore I, and Jamil and White Labs and Wyeast Labs, do not recommend racking to a secondary fermenter for ANY ale, except when conducting an actual second fermentation, such as adding fruit or souring. Racking to prevent autolysis is not necessary, and therefore the risk of oxidation is completely avoidable. Even lagers do not require racking to a second fermenter before lagering. With the right pitching rate, using fresh healthy yeast, and proper aeration of the wort prior to pitching, the fermentation of the beer will be complete within 3-8 days (bigger = longer). This time period includes the secondary or conditioning phase of fermentation when the yeast clean up acetaldehyde and diacetyl. The real purpose of lagering a beer is to use the colder temperatures to encourage the yeast to flocculate and promote the precipitation and sedimentation of microparticles and haze."

Fermentation won't stall. Under aerated beer will stall. Ever add dry hops after 5 days? It starts fermenting again from the oxygen that gets in with the hops. The risk of oxidation comes after fermentation is complete. At least that's what I believe. But like I said if you're worried just toss it in the primary.

Have you checked to see if it's actually fermentation?  Often it's just CO2 coming out of solution due to the hops providing nucleation sites.  If the gravity actually drops, then it is continued fermentation.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cold crashing with Ss Brew Bucket?
« on: October 20, 2016, 12:18:31 PM »
I decided to email support at SSBrewtech and this was their response.


This happens with all air tight fermenters, as the liquid cools it contracts, so it can draw in outside air or in this case sanitizer.  I would recommend going to an airlock or bubbler during crash cooling, that way just air and not sanitizer get drawn into your Bucket.

No need to worry about oxidation, there is still the protective blanket of CO2 on top of the beer.  Thanks!



So basically what he is suggesting is to use the typical three piece air-lock with no liquid inside.  I will try this with my next batch and see how it goes.  I typically use a blow-off tube for the first three days and then move to the airlock after the first big push.

YIKES, I would ask him for his DO reading to confirm that! You won't catch me doing that!

Yes, thinking that there will be a layer of CO2 protecting the beer is silly and unscientific.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mt. Rainier hops discontinued?
« on: October 20, 2016, 12:17:07 PM »
Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone here has used Mt. Rainier hops?  I was thinking with the licorice descriptor that they would work well in a Black IPA, but it took me forever and a day to find a shop that still had them in stock.

I then contacted YCH Hops to check about this variety's availability, and found out that the variety has been discontinued.

I'm kind of sad.  I always feel alone as a lover of all things licorice, so I suppose it doesn't surprise me that a licorice-y hop like that wouldn't exactly be a top seller, but I was still looking forward to using it.

Was anyone else a fan?  I don't know how much of a voice we homebrewers have in the matter, but I'd sure like to see Mt. Rainier come back...

Hop growing is a business, not a public service.  If the hop growers can't make money on a hop, they won't grow it.  Obviously there wasn't enough demand to make it worth their effort.  I'm afraid that even if all the homebrewers wanted it back (and most don't care) that still wouldn't be enough to make it a viable crop.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 20, 2016, 09:42:23 AM »
I'm surprised no one has stated the obvious yet: Who cares?

This obsession people have to rail against macro brewing is monotonous and boring.

I think you're missing the pint many people have.  It's not a "purist" thing.  Personally I couldn't care less what what people drink or who makes it.  The real issue is control of the distribution chain, which is the problem that has started surfacing with AB buying up breweries.

Events / Re: Denny & Drew After Dark
« on: October 19, 2016, 10:11:37 AM »
2:38pm and a little over four hours which gives me just enough time to take a power nap, have supper and head over to Kiggins.  :)

Great to see you last night, Steve!

Events / Re: Denny & Drew After Dark
« on: October 18, 2016, 10:37:31 AM »

I use Stars an for yeast washing and the yeast works fine afterwards, so clearly it doesn't kill yeast very effectively.
As was pointed out by Mark, a search on the Internet shows that many do this.

My own experience was that a couple kegs would go to Brett flavor and aroma after a while. Using Iodophor rather than SS to sanitize fixed that.

I've gone back to using Iodophor 90% of the time.

Events / Re: Denny & Drew After Dark
« on: October 16, 2016, 10:40:03 AM »
Hope to see ya!

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