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The Pub / Re: Mission Accomplished!
« on: June 28, 2016, 05:37:57 AM »
Can't wait to get there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 26, 2016, 04:58:04 PM »
My first real attempt at a lager. A simple Pilsner. Not much head to it. It deflates pretty fast. I photographed it warm to prevent all the condensation business. It's hot and humid here.

It is quite refreshing and light, but wasn't as clean as I hoped. Overall though I'm real happy with the results. 

9.5 lb Pilsner Malt
1 lb Carapils
.4 oz Challenger (8.1%a @ 60 min)
2 oz Hallertauer (4%a @ 45 min)
.75 oz Orange peel @ 15 min
Cry Havoc WLP862

Looks great. I like the Cry Havoc yeast. It can have a nice cherry ester when fermented warm.

Kegging and Bottling / Cleaning my Perlick's
« on: June 26, 2016, 03:03:05 PM »
My draft system is very simple. I have Perlick 650SS connected to a liquid QD via an adapter.  See below.

I found an easy way to clean these taps with my Mark II Keg and Carboy washer. I am using a stainless carbonation cap connected to the pump pump the Mark II.

So the question is: what solution should I use for cleaning?  I started with PBW. I do have some BLC. But, I actually don't have any beer lines :) I am thinking maybe I should use BLC occasionally to work on beer stone but that PBW is good for more regular cleaning. Frankly, I am only cleaning now because the faucet is spitting when I first open and I think there might be a piece of hops stuck inside. This started after serving a hoppy wheat.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 26, 2016, 02:45:01 PM »
Pretty much a Helles. I have had very few actual German Helles. I have found a few. But this certainly tastes in the ball park of Helles beers from stateside breweries. I need to go try Keith's unfiltered Helles for more research  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 26, 2016, 02:05:01 PM »

3G 1049 OG 1007 FG
100% Weyermann Pils
18IBU Liberty @ 60

I ran out of Whirlfloc before this batch and was a little worried. I used Gelatin in the keg and the beer was brilliant after 1 week in the keg. It's very humid here and difficult to get a pic before the condensation forms on the glass.

Ingredients / Weyrman floor malted Pilsner
« on: June 25, 2016, 05:17:30 PM »
I have a Helles on tap at Yellowhammer made with this malt that is getting rave reviews if anyone local wants to try it. Made with 95% floor malted pils and 5% floor malted Munich.
I assume this is the Helles Bock? Just bought a Crowler.


All Grain Brewing / Re: First all grain brew day
« on: June 25, 2016, 08:42:04 AM »
That wasn't so bad after all.  After mashing for 60 min, the temp of the mash was 151F.  Cracked open the valve, and nothing came out.  Blew in the hose a couple of times, and got the flow started, recirculated to get as clear as possible, drained, added sparge water and repeated with no stuck sparge.  I collected 7 gal wort with a pre-boil gravity of 1.043 (Beer Smith said 7 gal at 1.041), so I got 75.8% mash efficiency instead of the 72% BeerSmith estimated.  I think I done good for my first time there.  I got it chilled as much as I could with my chiller, and it is in the chest freezer now cooling down to pitching temp.

I don't know why I was so freaked out about doing this.  It wasn't that difficult, and it was an enjoyable morning outside with my dog before it got too hot.  I can't wait to do it again.  Now for another cup of coffee before I make some lunch and have a well earned beer or two.
That sounds great. Good job.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Perlick 650SS (Flow Control) Binding Up
« on: June 24, 2016, 08:01:18 PM »
Something is off. Are you certain you out the proper oring at the bottom of the lever ball?

I didn't pull any of the o-rings. Just too them apart and gave everything a light cleaning, then rinsed everything and put it all back together.

EDIT: Took it all apart again and put it back together, and now it's fine...not sure why. I was putting it back together and working the tap to try and see if any one part was putting pressure on the control stalk. I'll keep an eye on it.

That being said, it it normal for the range of motion of the flow control lever to be a lot less when the faucet is attached to the tower? Uninstalled there's about 225o of motion, install about a third of that.
My 650SS range of motion is similar to what you describe.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Perlick 650SS (Flow Control) Binding Up
« on: June 24, 2016, 06:19:10 PM »
So, I finally sprung to refurb my kegerator with Perlicks and barrier tubing. I've got a 3-faucet setup, and one of my Perlicks is kinda binding up. Opening and closing the faucet has a metal-on-metal crunchy feel to it. Took it apart, and sure enough the "upper" ball on the control stalk (the pivot ball, not the closure one) has a scuff mark on the side where it's wearing against the main part of the faucet. Lots of swarf too, really don't want metal bits in my beer.

So, is this something that needs to be returned? Or did I goon something up when I put the faucets back together after their initial cleaning? The other two work just fine.
Initial cleaning? I just rinsed and used. I was in a hurry. I would definitely contact Perlick or the retailer.

PS. American Wheat And British Golden Ale both allow more late hop additions. I think.

Your is probably not a Wheat but you might consider the British Golden Ale cat. I have thought about that for my Blonde Ale. But I haven't brewed it in a long time.

Hi all, thinking about entering my blonde ale in a competition in late August. I have brewed it once before and it's quite delicious. I am worried that even though it's pretty good, it will get dinged on style guidelines, here is the recipe:

Would like to enter in 6B Blonde Ale:

OG: 1.048
FG: 1.009
IBU: 27
Color: 4.5

53% American 2 row
34% Weyerman Pilsner malt
7.7% White Wheat malt
1.9% both carapils/crystal 20

10 IBU cascade @ 60 min
13 total IBU of cascade/willamette @ 20 min
4 total IBU of cascade/willamette @ 5 min

White labs 029 German Kolsch

It's a great beer and super refreshing, but here are my worries:

1. Will I get dinged for the Kolsch yeast for clarity reasons?I plan on brewing it this week so I can get some extended lagering time in for added crispness and clarity. American Blonde is described as "Clear to brilliant"

2. Will I get dinged for it being too hoppy? I can always back down the IBUs a bit. Cascade/Will combo is a wonderful combo for blondes in my opinion and I don't want to lose anything if the judges begin to perceive it as a session pale or just an American pale ale.

3. Is the half pound of dextrin malt out of place for this style?

Thanks for any help. I hate when you enter a beer and even though it's great, it gets dinged because it should be in another category. Cheers!
Most of the times I have entered a hoppy blonde it has been dinged for that. Even though the style guileless lines state "Regional variations exist (many US West Coast brewpub examples are more assertive, like pale ales)", mine have always been dinged when they have what I would consider low/medium hop bursted flavor (less than a APA).

Mine have always been brilliant so I can't speak to the cloudiness. You could use Gelatin to clear it up.

1.9% Dextrin seems fine.

Ingredients / Re: Weyrman floor malted Pilsner
« on: June 23, 2016, 06:02:54 AM »
I have a Helles on tap at Yellowhammer made with this malt that is getting rave reviews if anyone local wants to try it. Made with 95% floor malted pils and 5% floor malted Munich.
Thanks for letting us know. Will it last until the weekend?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Intertap Faucets
« on: June 21, 2016, 07:13:53 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: RO water
« on: June 20, 2016, 07:01:19 PM »
I live in a third floor walk-up, so carrying 20 gallons water up two flights is obviously not my favorite chore, but I do it for the planet.
Thanks! How much waste do Primo and Glacier make? I may not want to know the answer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP830 slow start?
« on: June 20, 2016, 08:21:58 AM »
350 ml seems like a small pitch for 10 gallons. I think you may need to give the yeast extra time because of that.

Mr. Malty says you need 750 ml of its default slurry for 10 gallons of 1050 beer. I am not sure of your gravity so I guessed 1050.

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