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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Ladies Club
« on: April 26, 2015, 03:37:31 PM »
Very cool!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Belgian ale carbonation issues
« on: April 25, 2015, 12:15:17 PM »
At what temp are the bottles sitting? 70+ is ideal and a big beer like that will most likely take longer than the average 10-14 days.

I never used them but the Coopers drops have been known at times to not work so well I've heard.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Crashing
« on: April 25, 2015, 11:22:55 AM »
I just use cheap vodka in my airlocks, doesn't freeze:)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Crashing
« on: April 24, 2015, 08:23:51 PM »
+2
2-3 days at 32 and keg

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Equipment and Software / Re: 6" or 12" kettle screen?
« on: April 24, 2015, 05:49:03 PM »
Yup, if you can fit the 12" go with that, more surface area to drain and less apt to get plugged up

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP001 fermented at lager temps?
« on: April 24, 2015, 02:22:57 PM »
I just added dry hops to my IPA that I ferment with 05, it sat at 60 and took 8 days to finish, no off flavors or fruit flavors at all, no diacetyl, very clean and finished where I wanted it, just slower than had it been a bit warmer. My only concern in your situation is the fluctuation of temps, that could cause issues.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Blowout
« on: April 24, 2015, 02:17:09 PM »
Thanks for the info. Think my biggest before this one was 1.057 at the same temps and yeast with no problem, didn't think a .01 change would be that big. Guess I'll look into a blowoff tube for big beers or find a bigger fermentation vessel.

Once is all it takes, just use a blow off tube every time and you no longer need to worry about it regardless of the size of the beer or yeast or any other factors, simple peace of mind:)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Stopped Working
« on: April 24, 2015, 02:13:18 PM »
So, it sounds like a number of things. You regulator is off and probably your lines are either not long enough or  the ID is too large diameter.

I have a few regulators whose gauges are wonky. All it takes is one tip over. Some have come from the manufacturer screwy. What ID is you line? How long a line are you using?

I was going to ask the same thing but also I didn't see if the OP checked the Qd's (Disconnects). I just went through something similar (air in line) and found a bad QD was the culprit, perhaps the disconnect is faulty or partially plugged up. It could also be that the small pin inside is damaged and not fully depressing the poppit.

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Nice job! Mine is on casters as well, it allows me to roll the whole unit outside for BBQs, etc as well as move around the house for cleaning.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: beating a herd of dead dry-hops
« on: April 24, 2015, 02:06:06 PM »
Since I use cheap 05 for most of my clean hoppy American styles I don't worry about saving the cake so I simply wait for fermentation to complete, dry hop in primary, cold crash for a few days after and keg. Works well with no discernible loss of aroma.

In certain cases or just for the hell of it I will also dry hop in the keg but not very often. I've also found that using a lot of late addition and steeping hops really helps retain a lot of the hop aroma profile and have actually been able to reduce some of the dry hop quantity as a result. For example, I have found in my IPA I like 2oz at flame out with a 20 minute whirlpool/steep and 3oz of dry hop vs the 5oz of dry hop I used to do for 5 days in a 5 gallon batch. YMMV :)

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I'm getting ready to brew my American Peach Wheat with Peach puree. (like Wheach)  I have always waited for fermentation to complete and then rack to secondary onto the fruit. I experience a bit of secondary fermentation form the puree and once it's complete I crash and package. I'm sure you can do this in primary once fermentation has finished but I don't personally know anyone that does it that way

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Going Pro / Re: Well, this happened.....
« on: April 22, 2015, 03:58:19 PM »
Congratulations Denny! Sounds like a fun way to spend some time!

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Beer Recipes / Re: ESB thoughts
« on: April 22, 2015, 03:56:17 PM »
Finally got around to finding my thread on this: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=21670.0

My recipe and adjustments are in here and in comp the beer went to mini BOS, didn't medal but scored a 38, I was really pleased! Thanks to all that provided input!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: stupid fermentation time question
« on: April 22, 2015, 03:49:35 PM »
Totally possible, just wait a week and take a reading as Justin suggested, you don't have to take readings every day or that frequently, it only invites greater possibility of infection

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Low OG, First brew
« on: April 22, 2015, 03:47:26 PM »
I have the same question as John, if he wort sample wasn't cooled then the og reading will be way low, that could be the issue with the crazy low of.

To ensure your hydrometer is accurate take a reading of plain or distilled water at 60oF, it should read 1.000

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