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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Do we Lager
« on: Today at 02:33:15 PM »
Majorvices, i know you centrifuge and filter, IIRC.   Any insights on the fining agents I've mentioned above?  Esp. The silica/isinglass combo, as opposed to single agents?

No I'm not really familiar with that. I know that when I use biofine in a 5 gallon corny it will drop crystal clear over night at 32-38 degrees. The key is to mix it thoroughly. It is amazing stuff and not sure why every homerewer isn't using it. Before the centrifuge that is what I used and then use a pump to recric. But with a 5 gallon corny a good shake is all you need.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Do we Lager
« on: March 16, 2018, 10:57:24 PM »
From a commercial standpoint: The main reason to cold crash a beer is to set the chill haze so that it can be filtered or fined out. Some extended lagering does help the flavors to "round out" according to some. I have no experience with this. I have had doppelbocks ready to drink in a few days of lagering.

Homebrewers OTOH may need to lager beers for extended periods to get them clear.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: dormant yeast?
« on: March 11, 2018, 05:17:13 PM »
Yep, and make sure you pitch enough yeast. You need roughly 2Xs the amount of yeast for a lager as opposed to an ale.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Darker DIPA OG 1.072 - stuck
« on: March 11, 2018, 05:16:02 PM »
How much yeast did you pitch?

Beer Recipes / Re: Corn in my Pale Ale
« on: March 11, 2018, 02:46:47 PM »
I have used flaked maize in a hoppy lager and love the results. No reason not to try it!

The Pub / Re: Alabama tourism ad
« on: March 10, 2018, 03:56:40 PM »
Cahaba Brewing down in Bombingham. Nicely done.

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Ha! I knew exactly where is was filmed the moment I saw it too. I am super jealous of their Sprinkman brewhouse. I love Eric but that bastard ...

The Pub / Re: Alabama tourism ad
« on: March 09, 2018, 01:51:00 AM »
So the craft brewers had no idea they were being pitched as a tourist draw?!  THAT'S crazy!

I had no idea. But I'm head brewer/production manager. The GM may have known about it. He doesn't tell me crap. ;)

Tagline could have been: "Alabamy: We ain't as red neck as you think we is."

Kegging and Bottling / Re: DISH WASHER
« on: March 09, 2018, 01:41:23 AM »
I can't imagine a dishwasher would really get up inside those bottle necks.

The Pub / Re: Alabama tourism ad
« on: March 09, 2018, 01:24:57 AM »
Here in Ohio, the Alabama tourism authority has started running a tv ad campaign touting the state's craft brewers. That's the sole subject of the ad!  Saw it for the first time just now.  No names used, but, way to go, majorvices (and everone else down there!)

Wow, really??? That's crazy.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: It's getting worse...
« on: March 09, 2018, 01:24:01 AM »
Recently we bought about $25,000 worth of outdated beers back from the distributor. It is extremely painful.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Late yeast addition
« on: March 08, 2018, 09:09:34 PM »
As Denny said you need to do it now. Adding it later isn't going to do much unless you use a huge slurry or very active starter. For a beer that  big you should have used a starter, pitched slurry from another batch or used multiple packs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: short lag time in lager
« on: March 08, 2018, 12:57:08 AM »
I aim for a 12-24 hour lag on my lagers.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: M44 Feremtation Question
« on: March 07, 2018, 11:59:00 PM »
Why not use a lager yeast?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:23:16 PM »
You don't see as much activity with a lager yeast.  Ales ferment on top with lots of krausen.  Lagers hangout on the bottom and don't float as much stuff on top.  As long as you see some bubbles coming through the surface it will be fine.  Next time start cooler if you can, like Major said. 

I'd give it some time.  Lagers behave differently than ales.  It will get there.  This is the kind of situation that RDWHAHB was created for.  8^)


I don't disagree paul but a lot of lager strains still produce plenty of krausen even at cold temps. Agree usually not nearly as much as ales though.

OP: You can make a really good "mock" lager with ale yeasts. Dry yeasts such as US-05 can do very well and produce very clean results. It is important to get the temp down though. As was mentioned, the exothermic activity of fermentation is going to raise your fermentation temp well over ambient. Do a search for "homebrew swamp cooler" as an inexpensive way to control fermentation temps. Warm fermentation does not make the best beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation
« on: March 06, 2018, 10:29:09 PM »
Let me add that, for lager yeast 70 degrees is not too warm for the yeast. the yeast will work at that temp. It's just not going to create the flavors you want. If you have lack of fermentation it is probably a yeast health issue though your yeast seems fresh, how was it stored?

Also, it's not going to hurt to crack the lid and peek inside to see if you have krausen.

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