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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Purge keg with Iodophor
« on: July 21, 2017, 04:59:46 PM »
I guess I am late to the party. It looks like purging kegs with Iodophor is pretty common.

Thanks!

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Cold crashing is optional, but, if you have the means it is quite helpful to clarify your beer.

A cold crash is act of dropping the beer temp to around 32F. This encourages the yeast to flocculate (fall to bottom of the fermenter.) Other things floating in the beer (proteins) also drop out easier with lower temps. Leave the beer at 32F for 2-3 days then keg or bottle.

PS. All questions are legit.

Does this still work after beer is transferred to keg, carbonated, and chilled?
Yes. It's nice to cold crash a few days before kegging to clear most yeast and big particulates before packaging, but, it's not necessary. If you skip the cold crash before kegging, the yeast and other particulates will drop to the bottom of the keg. Your first glass or two will be cloudy. After that there is no difference.

When kegging the cold  crash process never stops. You beer will continue to get more and more clear. If you are patient you may allow a few weeks of cold storage (aka lagering) before drinking. In this case, your beer may be bright for the entire time it's on draft. If you are impatient, you might start with cloudy beer and then achieve brightness by the last pint served. I am somewhere in the middle.

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Cold crashing is optional, but, if you have the means it is quite helpful to clarify your beer.

A cold crash is act of dropping the beer temp to around 32F. This encourages the yeast to flocculate (fall to bottom of the fermenter.) Other things floating in the beer (proteins) also drop out easier with lower temps. Leave the beer at 32F for 2-3 days then keg or bottle.

PS. All questions are legit.

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The Pub / Re: Best beer themed songs
« on: July 16, 2017, 05:41:24 PM »
I am gonna have to name my next beer Charlie Mopps...

https://youtu.be/mYFQ25ZxnVI

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Purge keg with Iodophor
« on: July 16, 2017, 12:20:41 PM »
Thanks, everyone. The other reason I want to use Iodophor is it doesn't leach calcium out of my water. I use starsan now but the solution turns white pretty fast.  I don't like the idea of leaving calcium participate behind Though I have never tasted anything related to that.

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Kegging and Bottling / Purge keg with Iodophor
« on: July 16, 2017, 10:28:20 AM »
Is it okay to purge a keg with BTF Iodophor? I know it is a no rinse sanitizer at 12.5 ppm, but, I still wonder if people have any experience using it to purge a keg. The BTF Iodophor instructions say to let the sanitized item air dry. That is not be possible when purging a keg. So, there would be some small amount of BTF Iodophor left in the keg when filling with beer.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Robo brew.
« on: July 12, 2017, 05:43:30 PM »
Can you set it on a table to raise the controls?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Examining Oxygen Ingress: Should I Pre-boil?
« on: July 11, 2017, 02:01:35 PM »
None and none. The point though is that if you have greater than 1 ppm on the hot side, you've negated the effort.

This is the reason that I believe many brewers that have attempted low-oxygen brewing, see no improvement. If your processes and methods are not effective enough to avoid too much oxygen contact at ANY point in the process...the entire result is compromised. You just negated any opportunity to produce a low-oxygen result. For many brewers, that is too steep a penalty and they rightfully and accurately report that the goal is not achieved.

I'm continuing on my quest for low-oxygen results and I believe that my beers have improved. The most important point I'm trying to convey, is that a failure in oxygen control at any point in the process means that no improvements will be achieved. Understanding all the sources for oxygen contact have to be taken for the brewer to make the incremental process improvements that can improve beer.
On of the stated benefits is hops flavors and aromas staying prominent longer. The hops generally don't get added until the boil. So, hopefully you still get that benefit even if the mash got too much oxygen.

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General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: July 09, 2017, 02:58:47 PM »
German Pilsner loosely inspired by Sierra Nevada Summerfest.

3 gallons - 1051 OG
45.5% Barke Pils
45.5% Rahr 2-row
9% Bohemian Dark (Munich)
28 IBU Magnum @ 60
0.25 oz Tettnang @ 1
0.25 oz Hallertau Mitt @ 1
0.25 oz Tettnang @ 0
0.25 oz Hallertau Mitt @ 0
M76 Bavarian Lager Slurry

This is my second low oxygen batch. Things went a little easier today. I went with 27ppm SMB + Brewtan-B this time.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: What's your favorite type of beer?
« on: July 08, 2017, 07:38:58 AM »
My favorite beer to brew is quaffable, clear, 4-6% alcohol, low to medium bitterness, aromatic, and usually yellow to amber in color. I rotate through lots of styles that fit this description.

I like to drink IPA's when out. I don't usually brew those.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Dry yeast for Oktoberfest/Marzen?
« on: July 06, 2017, 06:47:17 PM »
I think the M76 would work well. It's Bavarian, though, not Bohemian. Just sayin' :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 05, 2017, 06:09:03 PM »
That's some serious calories. Looks good.

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I can't believe it takes a video to open and pour White Labs Pure Pitch.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: July 03, 2017, 04:48:11 PM »
I haven't used that strain since switching over. I'm betting at that rate that you're good. Curious to see what you think!
My water comes out to
22 Ca
6 Mg
31 Na
14 Cl
87 SO4

That's a big SO4-to-Cl ratio but 87 ppm SO4 seems fine. I should have added some CaCl. I am thinking of adding that to the wort to shore things up.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: July 03, 2017, 04:04:59 PM »
Just pitched yeast on a hoppy blonde (little APA).

This was my first time trying low oxygen brewing methods. I preboiled,  added SMB plus Brewtan-B to no sparge mash, used a mash cap, tried to be gentle. A few notes. (1) I followed old instructions and added 55ppm SMB. (2) My grain was chewy/moist. Stored in paper bag in humid basement for a month. I'm guessing that is not a plus for LO brewing.

I also tried out my new Brewhardware.com heat stick for the first time today. Very nice. My old heat stick finally gave up the ghost. This one is worth the extra money.

I am fermenting in a pin lock keg I picked up for $40 shipped. I plan to spund.

Recipe: 3 gallons
100% Golden Promise
24 IBU Magnum @ 60
5 IBU Galaxy @ 5
0.75 oz Galaxy @ 0
0.25 oz CTZ keg dry hop



Cool! What strain, Tommy?
WLP029

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