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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Making a Yeast Starter From 2-row
« on: February 17, 2018, 08:18:13 PM »
I just did this. I used some older 2 row and made 3 gallons of wort. Boiled it for 45 min. Cooled it and came out at 1.045. Used it to step up some 2124,860, and a really old tube of 036. Worked great, but a lot more time than DME. I did adjust with a little acid. Under up going low, yeast didn’t seem to mind.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Denny!
« on: February 17, 2018, 08:08:57 PM »
Happy belated Birthday Denny!  I looked up Dungys in google and came up with a supermarket and a coach.  What exactly is a Dungy?  Anything like Skippy?  Back where I'm from folks would sit down and have a pitcher of Red Beer and a bowl of Rocky Mountain Oysters. :)

Like Jim said, it's Dungeness crab.  One of the most delicious foods on the planet.
Perfect Birthday food. Wish they were local. I guess their not in the Ohio River. Hope you had a good one Denny.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 09, 2018, 05:05:54 AM »
I have been brewing for over 10 years and the one style that I always go back to and brew the most is IPA. I’ve gone through phases of English, Scottish, Belgian, Sour, and German beers and I always find myself coming back to American IPA’s. It’s the one style that I never get sick of and I prefer the West Coast IPA. I’ve tried the commercial NEIPA’s and have even made some, but they seem to have hop harshness to me. I like a firm bitterness up front followed by hop/malt  flavor. Even though I brew IPA most often, I still like variety and need a break from hoppy beers.
 I think the frustration for me can come from balancing the science and art/creativity. I’m a science teacher, but the science part of brewing doesn’t interest me as much as the artistic side of creating recipes and playing with different styles, ingredients, and techniques. Science needs creativity in order to advance and creativity needs science to be grounded.
     I think some people are feeling more hesitant to post lately in fear that things will get derailed into the same debates over and over again. Sometimes you need a guy like Jim to remind us that it is still fun to be able to make our own beer at home and enjoy the rewards.


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I’ve tried to find a NEIPA that I really liked. Being in the Midwest, I do not have a lot to choose from. The ones that I have tried have not been very good. They have tasted oxidized. Maybe one day I’ll be out East and try one of the famous ones from there. I too like one that holds that bitterness.  Bitter and balance at the same time.  I  will say I make more hoppy styles. I do not buy many ipa beers. I’m sick of buying avg beer at a premium. I’ve been buying more Belgian beers lately.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reconfirm: I HATE White Labs new packaging
« on: February 09, 2018, 12:51:22 AM »
I’m not a fan of the packaging either, but my LHBS only carries WL. I’ve been taking the remains and making small starters. I step them once and fridge them. Much prefer WY!!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aspiring brewer, new to forum
« on: February 08, 2018, 12:22:39 AM »
I should have started with welcome to the Club, glad you stopped by.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aspiring brewer, new to forum
« on: February 08, 2018, 12:21:13 AM »
I would send a sample of your water to Ward Labs. Get your water report and brew the style that matches your water profile. When I started, I tried to brew yellow and hoppy. I got not good. I brewed black and creamy and it matched my tap perfectly.
That is my $.02


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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 08, 2018, 12:16:25 AM »
These things are the equivalent of Kierig pods for coffee brew free or die!


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No, they're not...at least this one.  I find it odd that some people (like some guys in my club) seem to define what "homebrewing" is by the amount of work you do.
I call one of these a huge savings when I look at what I’ve bought. Half of it is collecting dust.


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Equipment and Software / Re: Improved Refractometer Correction calculator
« on: February 08, 2018, 12:12:42 AM »
I just read all 10 pages. It is confirmed that this forum is going nowhere.
Excellent read by the way. I always use both hydro and refract. I’ve always calibrated and used. Learn something here every visit.


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The positive is I think age will do it. I find this especially true with some hops. I’ve found it true with a batch of Nugget that gave me the same perception when fresh. I almost dumped a batch, only to find that it was fantastic when I tried it 8 weeks later.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: MoreBeer forum is apparently dead
« on: February 07, 2018, 10:17:20 PM »
I was telling one of my friends that he should try small batch BIAB at home. He was befuddled by the thought of not receiving free beer. People do not want to put in the work and money that it takes. Brewing always generates interest, but when they realize the time it takes, they check out. It has been quite some time since I have brewed. Reworked the brewery, added some improved equipment, just rebuilt the Little Giant, and have a room full of sacks. Spent yesterday taking apart the MM-3, lubed her up and reassembled. I ran 4# through and I’m about ready to brew binge. Then I thought about the time and effort. I thought about how much my Brewing has changed because of this place. This forum isn’t going anywhere IMO. The same people that were answering my questions when I started at the NB forum are here. That was a long time ago. I only frequent here and HBT. It is all good, I’ll be Brewing until I’m in the dirt.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Closed transfer
« on: February 07, 2018, 12:00:26 AM »
Fyi, I called norcal. She is building me a  Speidel version of a sanke transfer! I'll share the scoop when I get it
Great, I know I saw a video of JB working on a prototype for the dip tube. Look forward to seeing it.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Closed transfer
« on: February 06, 2018, 09:50:00 PM »
Doesn’t he also make a dip tube fitting for the Speidel Jim?  I use 15g with the red screw top. Like a Speidel before they were around. I’m trying to figure out how to do what you are doing. That top w the dip tube would be the ticket.


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Conditioning Kölsch
« on: February 06, 2018, 09:40:31 PM »
I would bottle condition/Lager in the bottle. Bottle, let carb at room temp, and Lager in the fridge.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: blow off
« on: February 02, 2018, 01:13:11 AM »
"harvesting bacteria sounds a little too technical then.  Remember, I'm the guy that started this thread with the duct tape on the airlock idea. So, unless I can use the duct tape to harvest this bacteria I think I'm out."

We need 300 more members like this!
Classic!!


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP670
« on: January 18, 2018, 08:22:55 PM »
I would add to a starter and get it going and pitch the active starter.


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