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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Al's East Coast Yeast
« on: September 19, 2017, 07:40:46 AM »
Before he started taking commercial orders there would be waves of homebrew pitches on a fairly frequent basis. They were small and hard to come by because at the time it was just him, Wyeast and White Labs for liquid yeasts. But they were more frequent than what we see now.

Now he does a lot of commercial pitches and releases out the leftovers as homebrew pitches. I doubt many commercial breweries order his sacc-only pitches which is why it's mostly sour and brett releases these days.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pumpkin Lager Questions
« on: September 19, 2017, 07:34:39 AM »
Adding smoked pumpkin might be one of the few ways to get noticeable flavor from the pumpkin into the beer.

I'm not would roast/smoke grain on the pumpkin. Pumpkin has a fair amount of moisture in it which will cook out and keep the grain from drying out during roasting. That might work to an advantage with smoking but I'm not sure if the pumpkin would add anything just by having the grain smoked on it.

Of the handful of beers I've had with pumpkin where I felt like I truly tasted pumpkin they have had a lot of pumpkin and it's really more that squash-like flavor than the pie spices people associate with pumpkin beers.

Equipment and Software / Re: Genesis Fermenter
« on: September 18, 2017, 07:26:08 AM »
This looks like a piece of equipment designed for every short term homebrewer who brewed a couple batches, hated all the cleaning and immediately departed from the hobby. The problem with that concept is that there's still every other piece of equipment to clean and a bucket is probably the single easiest piece to clean.

Ingredients / Re: Fishy Hops?
« on: September 18, 2017, 07:10:17 AM »
Seaweed sounds like the hops might not have completely dried and have some mold or mildew growth.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Multi step infusion mash
« on: September 12, 2017, 07:50:29 AM »
Definitely a weird way to work out an infusion mash.

I don't consider a step mash indispensable for a wit (although I would probably do one) but if you want to do one an easy way to work this out is with beersmith. It has profiles for equipment and mash schedules that will adjust to the recipe to help target volumes and water temperatures. It will take a few brews to dial in but if you're a math adverse brewer like myself it's a big help.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wet Hops for Homebrewers?
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:21:28 AM »
I didn't look this year but I thought over the past few years I've seen some of the homebrew shops or hop sellers pre-selling wet hops for delivery immediately after harvest. I know breweries are starting to get their wet hop harvests in right now. Maybe contact local breweries you know do wet hopped beers and see if they will have any excess or can get a little more for you.

If you are a fan of wet hopped beers then that's a pretty good reason to grow your own hops if you have the space and climate. You won't have access to the newer proprietary varieties but some of the newer public domain hops should start to become available soon.

The Pub / Re: Thank God it wasn't homebrew
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:15:08 AM »
HOAs can come up with some pretty weird rules. I could understand banning the propane burners on homes that are close together and all outdoor cooking is banned.

Maybe the community hated seeing people hanging out in their garages or pulling brewing equipment into the driveway. I know our HOA has some limits on what you can do in your driveway but mostly we just limit people from working on their cars in the driveway. (So you do it in your garage.)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvest this yeast cake for reuse or no?
« on: September 09, 2017, 08:34:47 AM »
For the volume you used I would not be worried about carryover. I've reused several times after adding spices.

Hops are technically a spice and most people have no problem reusing yeast after adding hops to the boil/after boil/dry hop and use way more hops than you have other spices.

Beer Travel / Re: Where am I?
« on: September 08, 2017, 07:45:08 AM »

I don't believe that is a real word

Equipment and Software / Re: 2 gallon igloo cooler question
« on: September 07, 2017, 07:52:05 AM »
I have a two gallon cooler and see a fair amount of heat loss if it sits on the counter. I think the problem is the lack of insulation in the lid. I set the oven to it's lowest setting at 170F and once it hits temperature I put the cooler in the oven and cut the heat. With that process I get very little temperature loss.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cane sugar added incorrectly
« on: September 06, 2017, 06:53:04 AM »
(un)clumped DME

What is this wizardry of which you speak?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cane sugar added incorrectly
« on: September 05, 2017, 08:30:43 AM »
It will be completely fine

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Historical Brewing Records
« on: September 03, 2017, 08:44:23 AM »
If there are large, centralized repositories for old brewing records they are likely in the possession of the large, industrial brewers who obtained records by acquiring the former breweries.

I would be surprised if you can get them to give you access to those records. As ABI now owns one of the largest (the largest?) homebrew shops in the US I'd also be surprised if they don't start releasing homebrewing books with some of those recipes themselves.

Beer Travel / Re: San Diego-Pacific Beach
« on: September 02, 2017, 07:25:56 AM »
Alesmith is definitely one to check out. The new taproom is really nice.

Green Flash's brewery has a nice taproom as well with a good range of beers beyond their normal distribution.

One of the Pizza Ports would be a good choice, unless you're heading north in which case you should hit the Port/Lost Abbey location and Stone in Escondido.

I guess I'm saying things everybody else has already said...

There are so many breweries in SD that you could pick a part of town and just roam the breweries in that area rather than stare at a lot of traffic.

Ingredients / Re: cinnamon sticks vs. ground cinnamon
« on: September 02, 2017, 07:17:41 AM »
A little less than what you normally use of ceylon. Since you're adding spices to the boil you can always add, taste and add more before chilling if you need to.

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