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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Purge keg with Iodophor
« on: July 16, 2017, 10:35:09 AM »
That's what I do.  And frankly nothing really gets fully dried that I've used iodophor on (fermenters, etc)


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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Cost of a Sixer?
« on: July 12, 2017, 01:42:43 PM »
At a huge place like New Belgium it might be easier for them to feed all four into the drop packer and load them at once, but we basically have to do 12 packs of all four and then rearrange them by hand.

I saw the guys at Sierra Nevada's Asheville facility packing the mixers by hand.  lots o labor...

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: What's in your beer fridge?
« on: July 12, 2017, 01:40:43 PM »
a few '16s Bigfoot
4 packs of KBS and Backwoods Bastard
2 Dogfish WWS
2 Goose Island Bourbon Barrel IS
1 Alesmith Speedway Kona
1 Cigar City Big Sound
4 Funky Buddha French Toast Brown
1 Bourbon Barrel Aged Bigfoot
1 Boulevard Collab Imperial Stout
couple of Hoptimums (yech!!) - waiting on people I don't like
six of Ovila White
handful of Summerfests
bottle or two of Fullers ESB

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: July 07, 2017, 01:26:44 PM »
Tomorrow my house Pils "Marlberry Pils" but I am switching up and using CZ Saaz and Spalt instead of HMF


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 041 Origins?
« on: June 28, 2017, 07:31:56 AM »
Mrmalty says (Redhook?). I have a vague memory of it saying Hale's Ale in the past. Who know?

wouldn't be surprised if they were the same, no?

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I really like the new white lab pure pitch packaging. I shake vigorously, then cut along the dashed line on the package, then pour. I squeeze the pouch between my fingers to get any remnants out.

I have always found the new packs to be really fresh (based on lag time) regardless of package date.

I like it too.  I take the inner pouch out and squeeze from the bottom.  never leave any more behind than Wyeast's packaging.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: June 26, 2017, 10:57:18 AM »
Man!  That is crazy crawlin' out of there Paul!

Yeah that was the second of 3 dumps of the jar.  I probably don't need to explain why there is a Tupperware bowl under the jar for the second one LOL.

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General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: June 26, 2017, 10:50:19 AM »
made an homage to Racer 5 on Saturday.  Great day in hitting all my numbers, except one...gravity came in 6 points low at 1.067 - I think due to a combination of distracted measuring of 2-row and trying to reduce my boiloff which was too much as I ended up about 4% over on volume. and as a result had blowoff which I usually avoid:


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my new method is to conduct the usual purge method (fill to overflow with sanitizer, push out with CO2) then degas keg, hook gas up to the liquid post and run 2-3PSI and pop in the hops quickly and reseat the lid asap.  then proceed as normal, filling the keg under pressure.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 16, 2017, 08:02:26 AM »
agreed - beautiful beer.

surprised at your grist - I'd figure you'd say that was closer to festbier.  Perle?  beautiful nonetheless.

Nope something like bitburger for malt flavor and mouthfeel (VERY similar grainbill to the real deal). This was bittered with perle magnum and hop extract at 45 minutes.

my next pils on deck is predominantly pils with spalt and saaz, but American style hopping.  the one after that, i'll have to give what you list above a shot.  sounds tasty!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: June 16, 2017, 07:51:46 AM »
  All went pretty well and I got my volume and hit the target OG, but I should have started with 1 - 2 more gal of wort total.

yeah, I actually target an extra 1.5 gallons (13.5 vs. 12) to account for the losses to the hops in the kettle and dryhopping.  one of my biggest pet peeves is not being able to completely fill my kegs when packaging.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 16, 2017, 07:12:47 AM »
agreed - beautiful beer.

surprised at your grist - I'd figure you'd say that was closer to festbier.  Perle?  beautiful nonetheless.

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Ingredients / Re: Using Carared in place of Cara/Crystal 20?
« on: June 14, 2017, 11:09:09 AM »
As far as color is concerned, YES. I find that it also adds a very tiny bit of light toasty toffee as well. I see no reason not to sub it in and am planning to do so on my next IPA in a couple weeks.

cool tx - IPA is what I am brewing next, and was wondering what it will do.  appreciate it.

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Ingredients / Using Carared in place of Cara/Crystal 20?
« on: June 14, 2017, 10:07:44 AM »
I have recently been experimenting with Carared, and love what it does in APAs, Ambers and in small amounts in other beers.

Would you use it interchangeably with Crystal 20 in recipes calling for 20?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: June 10, 2017, 03:56:29 PM »
Brewed a classic amber Ale today - rough day though.  CFC clogged during chilling and had to blow out a plug of hops.  Decided to bring back up to a boil to make sure I got everything.  Luckily hadn't put in my whirlpool hops yet, but lost a half gallon of so.  Hopefully turns out well.

Brewing a witbier with Meyer lemon zest tomorrow.  Looking forward to that one.


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