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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Switch fermentation temp?
« on: October 01, 2015, 07:56:34 PM »
That is a pretty insignificant drop, but I agree that typically, I seek to go up in temp at the tail end of primary, then drop it by crashing ales and lowering lagers per Brulosopher method.  A few degrees like that probably makes little or no difference now.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: October 01, 2015, 07:29:33 PM »
Good to hear on the technique - I had a high psi and had some backwash into the CO2 line when rocking at 30 psi.  It makes sense to hit it then shake it with the CO2 disconnected....

Just bumping this thread to advise that the addition of the tart cherry wine base to the Flanders Solera went from good to great after another year and a half.  The Brett gnawed away at the fermentables and left the tart side of the cherry wine base intact; perhaps the pedio had something to do with the lactic pick up in this batch, also.  What was a decent young Flanders has really nice complexity now. 

Just brewed another for blending again in 6-8 months.  Those guys who encouraged a foray into the wild side really knew what they were talking about.  If this ain't heaven, it's close enough for me!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW Alternative?
« on: October 01, 2015, 07:12:14 PM »
Thanks Steve - what I was hoping to hear.  FWIW - I think the safer practice is to always get a fair amount of water in the container before adding the chemical agent.  I do that with every cleaner or sanitizer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW Alternative?
« on: October 01, 2015, 02:32:09 PM »
Going to clean some Big Mouth Bubbler and Better Bottle PET fermenters this weekend and was wondering about Craftmeister tabs and that type of plastic?  Anyone have any experience on that?  I know that I have been hesitant to use PBW on the PET types in the past (something about micro cracking)...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Share Your 2015 Brew Season Stock Up
« on: September 30, 2015, 03:56:13 AM »
My LHBS loads it up in my wife's SUV and I take it out.  So my wife obliges me by driving there and back while in the vicinity...:)
Not that she couldn't literally pick it up if pressed into service - she is pretty strong and moves a lot of garden materials around.

My stock up should last me quite a while for the base grains.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The way you use your yeast...
« on: September 29, 2015, 07:15:02 PM »
I use both, but any more I use PBW for a reasonable soak for most of my vessels (not aluminum) then rinse well and immediately use alternating batches of Iodophor and Star San (not both on one sanitizing pass) to try to stay a step ahead of any bugs.  I have become much more conscious about covering "sanitized" vessels with lids, caps, or even a paper towel, foil or plastic wrap while waiting to rack or while racking.  The alternating approach seems to give exposure to the simplest, yet widest reach of commercially available, "just add to water" sanitizers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Share Your 2015 Brew Season Stock Up
« on: September 29, 2015, 06:27:40 PM »
I had the wife pick up my latest order - 55 pounds of Vienna, 55 of 2 row, 55 of Maris Otter; that couples with about 40 pounds on hand of Avengard Pilsner, 10 pounds of Munich and a bunch of other crystal malts, roast malts and adjuncts (flaked maize, rye, flaked wheat, wheat malt and flaked Barley).  Hops are all over the place - pound (or what's left of a pound) of Magnum, EKG, Fuggles, Hallertauer, Tettnanger, Saaz and Willamette.  Should be able to do something with that and supplement it with specialty malts and hops.  Likely going to go with some of the Pure Pitch strains as they come out.

Agreed - smarter guys here who really aren't out to prove their worth - just to advance the discussion a few points and to ultimately say "try it for yourself and see what works best".  The key is that each of them is brewing and not just spewing!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Speed Pils
« on: September 28, 2015, 04:25:20 PM »
I see Denny's point now about the dextrins being in there because of a failed conversion, but that is kinda the point here - maybe it will counteract the dilution from the shorter boil... Or not!  All I know is that it was a lower OG than expected and it is fermenting vigorously at 51F.  If it is watery, I can blend it with some light ale or another Pilsner.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: September 27, 2015, 06:28:08 PM »
Definitely good with me.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Speed Pils
« on: September 26, 2015, 01:32:57 PM »
Yea, I upped the bittering charge by a third, boiled the snot out of it for 45, and speed chilled with a Hydra Chiller.  Didn't think about dextrins from a longer lower mash - this will be a pretty light beer, so maybe it will be watery...I will report back when it is done!

All Grain Brewing / Speed Pils
« on: September 26, 2015, 08:08:41 AM »
Trying a 45 minute mash 45 minute boil then Brulosopher lager regimen on a German Northern Pilsto see how this speed approach will work Gotta run - this was a quick brew day before an Okto party today.

I consider myself extremely lucky to be homebrewing at a time where brewers like Denny and Marshall (as well as their experiments) are so accessible to the community. It certainly encourages me to do my fair share of experimentation, and I'm a better brewer for it, too.

Same here.

I would add a "+1" except I don't want to be accused of confirmation bias....just kidding!  Great stuff, guys.

Hey Marshall - there are those who still profess to makes their lager beer by starting warm and cooling slowly once fermentation starts in earnest...and these guys have won awards.  I am at odds with them using your stepped up approach, but we agree to disagree on what works best for us, respectively.  But I would love for you to do an Exbeermt on that issue some time! 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW Alternative?
« on: September 23, 2015, 12:25:41 PM »
Good to hear, Denny. - sounds  like I might switch when my current keg of PBW runs out.

How are the Craftmeister tabs?  I'm all for easy, peasy stuff - heck I carb growlers of extra beer in batches using the sugar drops....

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