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Ingredients / Re: Briess Brewers Malt vs. Pale Malt
« on: January 18, 2016, 09:12:18 AM »
I just noticed there is a 2-Row Brewers malt available...anyone using this? What's the difference outside of being a little cheaper.

Not much. Standard "go to" malt for pretty much anything.  I'm sure the malt guys can give you more specifics.

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second batch
« on: January 16, 2016, 11:19:58 AM »
It's kicking!  Looks healthy to me.  Put a blow off tube on there though.....

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second batch
« on: January 16, 2016, 11:02:32 AM »
What type of beer and what yeast?  Looks great!  RDWHAHB!

EDIT:  Can't tell but you may want to put a blow off tube on there if you have an airlock currently.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottling day on first batch
« on: January 16, 2016, 06:26:55 AM »
Congrats on your first brew!  Enjoy the beer and the hobby!

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This has come up before so you're not the only one.

I'd be more concerned about the nasty blow off water than the star San. Especially after a week or so sitting in a blow off bucket.


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This is what I was trying to say.  The StarSan is inactive at this point and week old blow off water will have some bacteria for sure. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st AG brew questions
« on: January 16, 2016, 06:22:18 AM »
From negative personal experience, I'd do a 90 minute boil to help burn off some of the DMS produced in the Pilsner malt. Had a whole batch taste like creamed corn (it's real).

Agreed on the 90 minute boil.  No matter how aggressive your boil, you still may end up with some DMS with 60 minutes, but why take the chance.  Much depends on the brand of malt but I boil all my lagers for 90 minutes.  Had a cabbage Kolsch once.....once.  And that is all it takes to convince you to boil Pils malt 90 mins.  Also, the lighter and less hoppy your beer is, the less you can hide anything that's not 100%.  Then there is taste.  Like diacetyl which I can pick out at the lowest of levels, I didn't really notice the DMS in the Kolsch.  A homebrew buddy almost gagged....

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All Grain Brewing / Re: repitching lager yeast slurry
« on: January 15, 2016, 03:37:31 PM »
Denny, Mr. Semantics.  I find I get pretty good separation and it's become part of my process which works quite well.  I'm happy with the results so if it ain't broke....

Oh, I understand that!  But laziness always drives me to understand if something is really necessary and really produces better results.

Laziness is a virtue when used correctly Denny!


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Can I get an AMEN!

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Probably.  But I've also had some that were just fine.  Did you change the solution for cold crash or use the same solution that was used for fermentation blow-off? If the former you have a chance if the latter you are probably screwed.....sorry.

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Re: repitching lager yeast slurry
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:09:41 AM »
I've re-pitched up to 7 times with no ill effects.  I try to perform a good wash to minimize the trub and dead cells.  If it's been longer than a couple of months, I'll build a hefty starter and then transfer it at high Krausen to a new vessel to finish out.

Have you tried not "washing"? (What you're probably doing is "rinsing").  I have found no advantage to it at all and have stopped doing it.

Denny, Mr. Semantics.  I find I get pretty good separation and it's become part of my process which works quite well.  I'm happy with the results so if it ain't broke....

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All Grain Brewing / Re: repitching lager yeast slurry
« on: January 15, 2016, 09:58:46 AM »
I've re-pitched up to 7 times with no ill effects.  I try to perform a good wash to minimize the trub and dead cells.  If it's been longer than a couple of months, I'll build a hefty starter and then transfer it at high Krausen to a new vessel to finish out.   

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Ingredients / Re: Czech malt
« on: January 15, 2016, 07:56:51 AM »
Sorry to bring back an old thread but how were peoples experiences with this malt?  I am thinking of picking up a sack of the pilsner.  I haven't been able to find much information on it.

It's great.  I've ordered several sacks from my alternative LHBS that only puts a 30% markup on it.  The larger one by me puts closer to 100% so I will not buy grain from them anymore.

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Me vs Octoberfest
« on: December 21, 2015, 07:25:35 AM »
Truth be told, I went upstairs and started chatting about the party with my wife and got re-energized.  Went downstairs to fill back up and it was the last pull!  So in the end, I won and felt good the next day for the big brew.  We hopped 1oz every 5 minutes on a 90 minute boil and I topped that off with a 7oz whirlpool addition until the wort cooled to 180F.  Came in at 150 IBUs.....

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Me vs Octoberfest
« on: December 17, 2015, 08:03:27 PM »
Keg wins.  Can't not be 100% tomorrow for the big brew.  As a wise man once said, "a man's got to know his limitations......"

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Me vs Octoberfest
« on: December 17, 2015, 07:01:54 PM »
Cut me Mick! 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Me vs Octoberfest
« on: December 17, 2015, 06:03:22 PM »
Good luck. Dont forget to hydrate, we dont want you cramping up.

Excellent point.....training 101.

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