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Ingredients / Re: Hop specific IBU Injectors
« on: January 22, 2017, 09:41:43 AM »
I wonder if these can be used for speed dry hopping.

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All Grain Brewing / Boil temps - do they matter?
« on: January 21, 2017, 07:39:09 PM »
I honestly believe most of the Low Oxygen stuff is legit. I have worked some of it into my process, but I have too many other limitations to adopt it and test fully. For some the change in process may not be worth it, but that doesn't mean it's bunk.

Is there empirical evidence that showing that it doesn't matter at the homebrew scale? Sure lots of preferential and anecdotal evidence, but I haven't seen numbers against it.


Yeah. I get that things like autolysis aren't as big an issue as quickly at home because we only have a small fraction of the pressure on our yeast as Keith does at Yellowhammer. But as for oxidation, how could it not be a legit concern at home? The same oxidating air exists in the home as well as at a brewery. I've done a few batches now, and IMO oxidation/lodo is absolutely legit. I have 2 young Dunkels at just over 3 weeks now and the difference is stark. In a couple weeks when the beers are crystal clear, I'll do the triangle to see what others say.
I don't doubt that low dissolved oxygen brewing is generally a good thing. But, I would like to see a triangle test to see if the average drinker can taste the difference between brewer with a low dissolved oxygen process  and home brewed beer with a more typical amount of dissolved oxygen during brewing.

I brew 3 gallon batches that last 3-5 weeks in the keg. If the primary benefit of a low dissolved oxygen process is shelf life then maybe I don't need to bother.

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Ingredients / Re: whats up with Niko brew?
« on: January 21, 2017, 11:34:54 AM »
That sucks.

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Equipment and Software / Re: IBU Experimental Brewing Podcast
« on: January 20, 2017, 10:19:20 AM »
My biggest take away is that the shape of the curves predicted by Tinseth are correct. The actual predicted IBU may not be correct.

To me that means Tinseth is still very useful. In your brewery, overtime, you learn to correlate what Tinseth predicts with the bitterness you experience and then you can use Tinseth to guide recipe design with respect to bitterness.

Where things get difficult is trying to understand bitterness from brewery to brewery since Tinseth may predict the same number for two breweries but actual bitterness, according to the Igor results, can vary significantly.

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Beer Recipes / Re: blonde ale
« on: January 19, 2017, 07:22:05 PM »
I don't like English yeasts in a Blonde Ale. I think all the ones I have tried added an unwelcome complexity from the esters.

My 2 cents. YMMV.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small Batch Brewers - Let's Talk!
« on: January 18, 2017, 08:45:39 PM »
1. What's your usual batch size?
3 gallons

2. Why do you brew small batches?
I get to brew more often.
More variety.
I don't share as much as some.
Smaller equipment is easier to handle.

3. Do you brew, extract, partial mash, all grain?
All grain

4. What's your basic process?  I.E., BIAB, tiny cooler (), just stir in the extract, etc.
Batch sparge in 5 gallon Igloo. Nothing special. Basic equipment.

5. Do you have a favorite piece of equipment that you like to use especially for small batches?
My 1500W heat stick is perfect for small batches.

6. If you've brewed larger batches how would you comapre the two in terms of effort?  Time?  Equipment needs?  Recipe consistency?
I brewed 5-6 gallons batches for about 5 years. 3 gallon saves maybe 30 minutes. Otherwise everything is basically the same.

7. What am I missing that should be known about small batch brewing?
It's just as fun as any other batch size.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging at room temperature?
« on: January 15, 2017, 06:12:04 PM »
Priming sugar works fine in kegs but the amount used is much less. I can't tell you exactly how much to use. Someone else here can.

Force carbing with co2 also works at room temp.

Not sure about trying to fill a growler at room temp. CO2 wants to escape the beer at room temp. So filling a growler would be problematic.

You should get a mini fridge for the keg.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I offer this for open ridicule ....
« on: January 15, 2017, 08:33:29 AM »
I enjoy brewing as a hobby not just as a means to make the beer I drink.

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General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: January 14, 2017, 12:07:16 PM »
Helles
96% Barke Pils
4% Carahell
19 IBU

Mill drove me crazy this morning. Would not turn. Emptied and cleared rollers like 6 times. Loosened gap and redid that. Nothing was working. Finally, worked after so many tries.

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Pumpkin beer is good.

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I like my big mouth bubblers except the lids (both types) don't seal.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 09, 2017, 08:39:39 PM »
A flight of three of my most recent beers on draft... Only one missing is my RIS not shown!

L to R:  NE Pale, Bitter and Schwarzbier.


Looks like a mimosa on the left.

Nice beers.

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Ingredients / Re: Name your hop source!
« on: January 09, 2017, 08:28:19 PM »
I spent 15 minutes the other day looking for a Hop Heaven website after seeing it mentioned a few times on other threads and came to the conclusion he only sells via Ebay.  Is this right? 

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Yep. Only eBay.

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