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All Grain Brewing / Re: Making a Black IPA
« on: September 19, 2016, 02:05:47 AM »
I really like this beer. Made it a few times now. You hould ry it.

Equipment and Software / Re: aluminum brew pot
« on: September 18, 2016, 10:26:09 AM »
I will try that from now on

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Equipment and Software / Re: aluminum brew pot
« on: September 16, 2016, 03:36:32 PM »
dont use oxi clean either just a little bar keepers friend with a soft scrubbie.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How do you BIAB?
« on: August 07, 2016, 07:57:06 AM »
I've always wanted to do the cooler mash tun thing but cant bring myself to buy a cooler jut for that reason. I have a 15 gallon alum pot that i put a valve on and I just throw 2 beach towels over the top and I only loose between 4 and 6 degrees over an hour mash. I never have double ground my grains as it seems like a lot of trouble as i usually end up around 70-75% efficiency so im ok with that. The two big advantages I see with BIAB is time and simplistic clean up. I can usually do a brew day in around 3 to 3.5 hours. I don't think i could brew as often if my brew days were 6 hours. One more thing i will add not to steer of topic but the no chill container has been a huge advantage for me as well. Brew dump to the container and pitch the next day no wasted time or water trying to get to pitching temp. I haven't experienced any off flavors or infections from this practice.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Do You Homebrew?
« on: July 11, 2016, 06:00:31 PM »
Thanks for posting the recipes guys!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Do You Homebrew?
« on: July 11, 2016, 10:20:13 AM »
Because commercial beer is absurdly expensive. $10-15 six packs and $7-10 bombers! Sours are even worse. I don't mind putting in the work and time in honing my ability to make good beers.

I drink commercial when I am out to eat, but I only buy a six pack or two per month.

It's also why I make my own pizza dough. Pizza restaurants are expensive and I can make 8 pizzas worth of dough for the price of one premade dough. Mine is better too.

I couldn't agree more. I joke with my wife and tell her I cant afford to drink the stuff i like and would not drink if i had to go back to lite! Care to share your pizza dough recipe? I make mine with pre made crusts from mama tischs. They are good and I save money over the local pizza house but know I could do better.

Good info I always wondered about doing that but never tried.

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If you use an HDPE jerry can (AKA "cube") you will be fine. You can dunk it into a bin full of water to cool it. Make sure the cap is on tight. I have used plate chillers and immersion chillers and I have now settled on this approach. The wort will be sterile in the sealed container. Just wait till it is at pitching temp, then pitch. I have done dozens of batches like this now with results as good as if not better than using a wort chiller. Save yourself water and time, keep it simple.

I second this approach to chiling. Saves time and water and something else to clean. Ive never had a problem just keep the cube clean and i keep around a gallon of starsan in there when not in use give the can a shake on brew day and dump and away you go. This and the BIAB method allows me to keep my brew days in the 3 to 4 hour range easily. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: hot head ale yeast by omega
« on: June 10, 2016, 02:29:03 PM »
I've seen several people use this strain, like you with good success on the first batch, but I have seen far fewer results on a repitch. It's definitely unusual that the yeast would underperform on its second round. Normally yeast acclimate better to beer fermentations in subsequent pitches.

I'd be curious to know more about your pitch on the most recent beer. How old was the slurry? Did you make a starter or aerate the wort? How warm did you ferment this? It may just be a finicky strain like 3724.

You may want to reach out to OYL and see what they have to say.

Didn't do a starter as the yeast slurry was only a week old. I pitched at70 and kept it in a water bath for the entire time. because of the wide fermentation range i didn't worry to much about it. Do u think i should throw some us05 on it to chew up some of the sugars? Its too sweet as is and i think the yeast is done now.

Yeast and Fermentation / hot head ale yeast by omega
« on: June 10, 2016, 03:54:52 AM »
I picked up this strain because of its wide temp range. 1st batch went great and I saved a bunch of slurry. 2nd batch pitched a cup and a half of slurry and it was a slow bubble in a day and has been consistent since. started at 1.070 and 10 days in 1.030. When i drew the sample it was still too sweet and actual attenuation is only at 57%. Should I just let it keep going? It has a thick layer on top but the bottom has a real thick layer so it looks like it dropped out. Everything ive read on this strain which there isn't much info out on it says it takes off but this doesn't seem to have that characteristic at all. I know a starter would have helped. I'm lazy like that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rut, but ok with it
« on: June 08, 2016, 12:33:28 PM »
Maybe plateau is the proper word, so long as it doesn't imply summit. And it's not a boredom thing, I still look forward to brewing. I'm actually brewing right now. Its more of a plateau/rut as far as trying to learn new stuff, explore new styles, bla bla bla.

The brew day is fun and relaxing, the beer is good, I just don't care anymore about science and proving things.

It has to be quite satisfying to be able to brew a beer and know how its going to turn out. Im still not even close to that status. But if you still enjoy the brew day and obviously the fruits of your labor than it's all good!
Jim please pm me your address- i lost it when you sen tme the hops and I would like to send you something this fall.
Thanks again!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rut, but ok with it
« on: June 08, 2016, 10:25:08 AM »
This is too funny...  Main reason I can't brew is a backlog of wooddorking stuff. 

Wooddorking?   :D

Doesn't that hurt your privates?

Came close once I had a kick back on my table saw and the piece hit me in the hip and then flew right threw the glass in my man door leading to the back yard. Black and blue for a couple weeks. I was lucky!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rut, but ok with it
« on: June 07, 2016, 10:58:39 AM »
I haven't been brewing that long and im still learning and absorbing like a sponge. I will say I did get burned out on my woodworking and this hobby was introduced to me by my neighbor and it was like a gateway. I felt like I got burned out, I had too many projects I built for the home and peaked and just walked away from it.  My wife wont allow me to part with any of my tools and when Im brewing in the garage I look at all my tools and still haven't re-lit that flame. I do think its just a hiatus but its been 2 years now. We will see. I can say brewing has been a great hobby and an education. Nothing more satisfying than handing someone a beer you made and seeing the smile on their face. 

Ingredients / Re: Grapefruit puree
« on: June 01, 2016, 10:20:19 AM »
I just bottled a beer where I juiced 2 grapefruits froze that for 48 hrs then threw into the fermentor after primary was complete I also added the zest from the two at the same time. I thought the flavor would have been stronger but I liked it (before carb) We will see in a few weeks I have high hopes.

Let us know if u figure this one out!

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