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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 28, 2016, 04:04:18 PM »
Great looking foam!  I hope to have foam like that on the O-fest I'm brewing Sunday.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 100% base malt for APA
« on: June 28, 2016, 02:48:53 PM »
Couple quick comments.....

unless you start with green, unkilned malt, you're not really making crystal malt at home.

For my own tastes, a 100% base malt APA, no matter what kind of malt, turns out kinda boring.  I prefer the depth of flavor from a blend of malts.  If you're concerned about crystal hiding too much flavor, try the new Great Western Sacchra malts.  Kinda like a cross between crystal and Munich.



Those sound like nice malts. I'll be looking for them.

https://shop.brewcraftusa.com/en/new-from-great-western-malting/great-western-sacchra-50-carmel-malt-50l-50lb-bag-gw-sacchra



Thanks, Denny!  This sounds like it could be a good one.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How quick to cold-crash?
« on: June 28, 2016, 02:38:54 PM »
I cold crash both ales and lagers.  I just wait til after fermentation is finished so there's no danger of "yeast shock".  I do exactly what you say you've done....set the fermentation chamber to 33F, put the fermenter in, and leave it.

Exactly what I do too. No bother with dropping temps slowly. Same for both ales and lagers providing no diacetyl or other fermentation off-products are noticeable.


Same here. I think the people who report off flavors/aromas from crashing may be pushing the envelope timewise with their crashing. I don't crash ales until I'm at least a couple days past verified FG, lagers also get an extended d-rest before crashing. So by the time I crash, the yeast have basically done their job, cleaned up their mess,  and hit the time clock. No off flavors/aromas for me.


Edit - I don't doubt that there could be some strains more prone to causing issues when quick crashed. Just none of the ones I've used were.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Whirlpool Brown
« on: June 28, 2016, 11:53:56 AM »
+1 to Noti Brown Ale. My wife loves hoppy beer and really appreciates when I make Noti. She normally hates brown ales.

Great recipe

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: June 28, 2016, 09:55:33 AM »
Holy Crud do I feel like a *&#% Heal....Coolman26 has been in the hospital for 20 days...hence no communication...I will crawl back in my hole now...
Sorry to hear that I hope he is better. And we all have put our foot in our mouth before.


Yep. Feel better coolman26.

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The Pub / Re: Baseball 2016
« on: June 28, 2016, 09:40:04 AM »
Arrieta is a headcase and he's going to implode in the post season.

/Or, I can at least tell myself that to feel better.


As a Cubs fan, I sure hope not. Hoping he can right the ship.

And Jesse, Bryant was just unbelievable in that game - first ever to 3 homers and 2 doubles in a game. I just wish Schwarber was out there mashing with him. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 100% base malt for APA
« on: June 28, 2016, 09:31:52 AM »
Couple quick comments.....

unless you start with green, unkilned malt, you're not really making crystal malt at home.

For my own tastes, a 100% base malt APA, no matter what kind of malt, turns out kinda boring.  I prefer the depth of flavor from a blend of malts.  If you're concerned about crystal hiding too much flavor, try the new Great Western Sacchra malts.  Kinda like a cross between crystal and Munich.


Those sound like nice malts. I'll be looking for them.

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The Pub / Re: Mission Accomplished!
« on: June 27, 2016, 05:56:21 PM »
Congrats! Gotta be a good feeling.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Whirlpool Brown
« on: June 27, 2016, 05:53:59 PM »
Glad to hear it - makes a nice beer!  Sounds like more or less an American Brown ale to me. As for the saison, it all depends on what you like. I don't normally whirlpool hop them, but when I do it's with a lighter hand because I don't like to cover up the saison yeast character. But there are no rules unless we impose them on ourselves. If it sounds good, go for it! Sorachi and Lemon Drop are nice in saison, but Drew's 3711 saison with a light does of Citra is really nice, too. Go with what sounds good to you.

Big Kisses brother...  I feel like my beers have evolved to the next level. I guess im just on a journey at the moment to see what if not all styles can benefit from some whirlpool love...


My rule (at the moment) is to whirlpool beers where I want a moderate to high hop flavor. Beers with light hop flavor normally get late boil additions. No reason at all not to experiment, if nothing else just to find out what you like and don't .

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Whirlpool Brown
« on: June 27, 2016, 05:37:50 PM »
Glad to hear it - makes a nice beer!  Sounds like more or less an American Brown ale to me. As for the saison, it all depends on what you like. I don't normally whirlpool hop them, but when I do it's with a lighter hand because I don't like to cover up the saison yeast character. But there are no rules unless we impose them on ourselves. If it sounds good, go for it! Sorachi and Lemon Drop are nice in saison, but Drew's 3711 saison with a light does of Citra is really nice, too. Go with what sounds good to you.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 100% base malt for APA
« on: June 27, 2016, 02:19:26 PM »
Cool. And even though it'd be a lot more in the British bitter camp, an all Maris Otter beer has great toasty malt character.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best way to store empty kegs?
« on: June 27, 2016, 02:12:29 PM »
Clean. Sanitize. Push the sanitizer out with CO2. Prairie it to some level, say 10 to 20 PSI. You then have a sanitized, O2 free keg ready to fill. If it does not hiss when you pull the PRV before filling, you have a leak to find and fix.

I do this as well.



Same here.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 100% base malt for APA
« on: June 27, 2016, 02:09:19 PM »
I vote Vienna or Golden Promise @ 100%. Either would be excellent.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 26, 2016, 03:23:55 PM »
Beautiful pics. The oils from the orange peel probably are the culprit with the foam. Looks good anyway.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Possible Infection?
« on: June 26, 2016, 03:22:01 PM »
Another 'no worries' here. It'll be good.

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