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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Temperature for priming sugar solution?
« on: June 23, 2015, 05:49:56 AM »
I would say 75 degrees give or take. Adding it too warm may have some negative impacts on the yeast in suspension.  Granted, you are adding a small amount to what I assume is 5 gallons of cooler beer so, there is some wiggle room in my opinion.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo hoo!
« on: June 22, 2015, 07:08:52 PM »
Congrats!  Might have to look into brewing that recipe. 


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: April 06, 2015, 06:29:28 PM »
Good job Mort and ram5ey!

Beer Travel / Re: New Orleans Beer Spots?
« on: March 26, 2015, 07:42:05 PM »
Awesome!  Thanks so much for the suggestions.  Were able to hit a few places.  Thanks again!  Cheers.

Beer Travel / New Orleans Beer Spots?
« on: March 21, 2015, 12:14:38 PM »
Besides NOLA brewing, anyone have any suggestions for places to go for quality beer?


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Liquid vs dry yeast?
« on: March 16, 2015, 07:51:30 PM »
I like others use dry for IPAs and Pales and liquid with a starter for others.  US-05 is a great go-to and just recently picked up BRY-97 to try.  And I will confess....sometimes I don't even re-hydrate dry yeast....just sprinkle it in.  Easy as pie.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Berliner Weisse Question - Blend +Lacto?
« on: February 26, 2015, 07:42:15 PM »
I have considered the syrups.  I also have 20 pounds of tart cherries that I want to use.  Thinking of maybe racking onto cherries.  I will just let the spirit move me.  ha. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Berliner Weisse Question - Blend +Lacto?
« on: February 26, 2015, 03:29:05 PM »
Awesome! Thanks for the suggestions.  I am going 65% pils and 35% wheat.  150 single infusion mash with no decoction and 2-3 IBU.  1 minute boil.  Preparing to brew this one is so strange for me as it is significantly different than my normal brew days....not to mention I am somewhat new to sours. 


All Grain Brewing / Berliner Weisse Question - Blend +Lacto?
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:39:09 PM »
So I am going to take a stab at brewing a Berliner Weisse.  I have never brewed this style before and decided to go with White Labs 630 to get it started.  The 630 is a blend of weizen yeast and lacto.  From what I have read, the Lacto can be slow to grab and the blends may not sour to a high level.  My question, is adding a vial of lacto in addition the blend a solid option?  Or should I just let the blend do its thing? 

If adding both the lacto and blend, I was thinking of adding the lacto for 2-3 prior to the yeast.  Sour/infected beers are a new frontier for me but I am excited to get started. 


Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 06:15:49 AM »
Very cool.  Thanks for sharing the experience Denny.  I know you were making an IPA and indicated in the video that the hop additions were added to those little mesh pockets in the back.  I only saw 3 pockets.  Does that mean only 3 additions can be added? 


Would love to have a sour section. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to the hobby
« on: February 24, 2015, 08:07:57 PM »
First, welcome!  Welcome to this great community and hobby.  I know I am not the only one that will tell you that this "hobby" will quickly turn into a passion and even obsession.   8)

In regards to starting, I think there is a benefit to starting with extract just to get the process down, specifically the sanitation process.  Although, I do think if you are in it for the long haul you can jump straight into all-grain.  Know that there is a learning curve and some more equipment will be necessary unless you are doing BIAB. 

If you have a local hombrew store, give them a visit.  If not, lots of the big online stores (i.e. midwest, northern, etc.) sometimes have sales which might save you some on your first set up.  Cheers and welcome!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 24, 2015, 08:04:08 PM »
Thanks all!  Cheers!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 23, 2015, 08:34:31 PM »
Thanks all!  jeffjm, I took the tasting exam in mid September 2014.  Received the results a few days ago. 

General Homebrew Discussion / BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 23, 2015, 08:12:06 PM »
Well...results are in and I passed the tasting exam. Scored an 80 which I feel good about.  Only a recognized judge as I only have 1 experience point.  Need to get some more experience points.  Anyways, just wanted to share the good news and say thank you, as being part of this forum helped my knowledge base.  Cheers! 

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