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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Staling and oxidation
« on: April 30, 2018, 12:44:12 AM »
Other thing I thought might be the culprit is my capper.  It is the original that came my first beginners kit over 10 years ago.  Maybe it’s not making a good deal.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Staling and oxidation
« on: April 29, 2018, 03:13:30 PM »
I recently entered an American blonde ale in a local home brew competition and in addition entered into NHC.  The local competition was about four weeks prior to NHC.  The beer took first place in the local competition with a score of 38.  At NHC beer only scored a 32.  A lot of descriptors used on my score sheet from NHC were stale and sherry notes.  I tasted along while reading score sheets and would agree with the evaluation from NHC,  but also tasted beer when it was judged in local competition and would agree with their evaluation at the time it was tasted.

I am looking at ways of reducing time exposure to the air post fermentation and when packaging.  Currently I am using glass carboy caps.  I am auto siphon out of carboy into bottle bucket.  I limit splashing and use corn sugar and water mixture for priming.

I do have the capability to keg and use the beer gun for bottling, but had bad luck with the beer gun the first time using it and went away from using it.  Not opposed to trying again.

What would I need for a closed transfer to kegs from carboy?  I have pin lock kegs.

Would stainless Anvil fermenter or Ss brewtech fermenter be worth the investment for ease of transfer?

Could the carboy cap be letting air in during fermentation and post?  Is a bung a better option?

Could this oxidation come from the hot side?  Stirring while chilling?  Amount of time to chill?  Mashing or stale grain?




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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Not hitting my SG
« on: June 07, 2016, 03:21:30 AM »
The wind was variable on brew day and at times it was pretty gusty.  i tried to make adjustments on the dial as conditions changed to keep my boil at a nice rolling boil and not jumping out of the pot at me.  I was using a full tank of freshly filled propane. 

Adjusting my efficiency might be the fix for this one.  Knowing my luck these last two brews were a fluke and then I will adjust and I will be on the high side.   

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General Homebrew Discussion / Not hitting my SG
« on: June 06, 2016, 03:57:38 AM »
I have been doing All grain for quite some time, but less frequent as I would like.  The last batch and the batch I brewed today both hit the pre-boil gravity, but missing my original gravity at the end of brew by 5 or 6 points.  Nothing mechanically has changed with my system.  The only thing I can think of why I am missing my gravity is that my boil off rate has just a little.  My volumes seem to be very close to what they should be.  Any ideas on what is going on with not hitting the SG.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg carbonation?/Beer gun?
« on: October 28, 2013, 02:11:37 AM »
Thank you for the advice.  I will have to give it a try and if it does not work I guess I will have to brew more beer and keep trying till it works. :)

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Kegging and Bottling / Keg carbonation?/Beer gun?
« on: October 27, 2013, 04:42:17 AM »
I am relatively new to kegging.  I have a beer that I carbonated at 30 psi for 5 days.  I would occasionally shake the keg to help dissolve CO2 into beer. This is being carbed at about 62 degrees.  After sampling tonight(serving pressure about 5 PSI) The beer tasted flat, but it came out with a lot of foam and alot of sediment.  I am wanting to bottle this whole keg off with the beer gun, but this will be my first time using the beer gun.  Any suggestions on what is going on and how I would be able to solve it?

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