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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Clorado Question
« on: October 25, 2017, 11:35:50 AM »
The goals of fermentation for bread-making and beer-making are entirely different.  In one, you are using yeast to provide CO2 bubbles in dough.  In the other, you are using yeast to ferment out most of the available sugar.  In Denver, your dough has approx. a mile less air pushing down on it than in Houston. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wet Hops for Homebrewers?
« on: September 09, 2017, 04:08:38 PM »
I've done several wet hop ales with my own hops.  I chose an American Amber recipe and modified it: kept the bittering addition as regular dried hops to ensure some predictable IBU component to the beer, and then added loads and loads of wet Cascades in the last 10 min. of the boil.  The beer comes out decent- though I do prefer to use my hops dry.  Frankly, the biggest upside of using a bucket of wet hops was not drying and packaging those hops.  Its worth doing, just to try it out for yourself.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Quality
« on: August 12, 2017, 07:21:47 AM »
Question- why do grocery stores offer RO water rather than just carbon filtered?  What else are people using this water for?  If I'm not mistaken, its not a particularly good idea to drink RO water straight because it strips minerals from our bodies.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Keezer wood size for collar
« on: July 18, 2017, 04:24:10 PM »
It is always nice to have the collar tall enough allow kegs standing on the motor.  You can carb them while waiting for space to dispense.
This works so long as you are tall enough to hoist the other kegs into the kegerator over the top.  I'm short (5'7") and my 2 by 4" collar is about as high as I can do.

Enjoy your project- its awfully nice to have draft beer!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Accurately measuring gravity
« on: July 05, 2017, 02:54:04 PM »
I think when skepticism leads to a reality check like this its great.  That said, I've always used the same old cheap hydrometer for the past 15 years or so and the data it gives me is fine for my purposes.  If I were to have a second device for measuring, then I get that nagging feeling to know which is more accurate.  Better off not worry about it for my style of brewing.  I also brew exclusively with homegrown hops with no measurement of %alpha acids- I rely on available data and my taste buds to estimate it.  It works for me.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop trellis
« on: June 10, 2017, 06:54:31 AM »
I recommend either cutting back the existing bines to prevent downy mildew infection or elevate the bines in some temporary way (up a metal fence post?) to allow the bines to stay relatively dry.  Once infected with downy mildew; the plant stays infected and can be a source of spores to infect the rest of your plants.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Imperial Pilsner Dilution...
« on: June 06, 2017, 10:30:10 AM »
I happen to read this the other day- might be what you're looking to do:
https://www.morebeer.com/articles/brewing_high_gravity_beers

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Another Brew Day From Hell
« on: May 31, 2017, 05:08:48 AM »
Hellish stuck sparges from a false bottom in a round cooler led to to batch sparging and I've never looked back.  Brewing is more fun for me without surprises.

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Consider recirculating the wort against the coils - it cools even faster, but you need a pump to do that.
I do it by stirring rather than a pump.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Step mashing timing
« on: May 19, 2017, 08:22:48 AM »
Sorry chief. They are not my beliefs they are proven scientific and sensory analysis reports.

As a scientist and educator, I have to take issue with the term "proven."  Good science doesn't prove anything; it just tests if existing data are consistent with a hypothesis.  This is what makes science a process- its always open to additional data that questions previous results.

I tell all of my students this, and its a pet peeve of mine to ever use the word "proven" or "proof" when talking about science.  The term misrepresents what science is, and causes a lot of confusion.  Just look at climate change deniers for a shining example.

Onward!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« on: May 17, 2017, 05:25:54 PM »
One method that use is first wort hopping, no hops early in the boil (ie traditional 60 min bittering addition), flameout, and keg hopping.

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Hop Growing / Re: First Year Hop Plant Growth is Lackluster - WTF?
« on: May 02, 2017, 09:32:55 AM »
How big are the crowns?  Could it be that the plants are stressed because of the mass of crown in a small space?  I am more familiar with starting with small 4-6" rhizome cuttings.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Historic Kentucky Common
« on: April 22, 2017, 12:12:20 PM »
Stan Hieronymous' Brewing Local book has a fairly meaty section on KY Common.  A good book to pick up.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Help with brewday nightmare
« on: April 13, 2017, 12:31:52 PM »
There is a fourth option (which I've done in instances like this): brew the recipe again with a much smaller hop bill and blend it with what you made.  I've done this and tried to brew the second batch to achieve my original target after blending.  It's totally do-able and worth it if its a beer you (and your friends and family) really enjoy.

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This thread really spans a gamut of both the good and bad side of forums, from use of strange terms and jokes, to the nit-picking and badgering of one another over what is supposed to be a hobby-related discussion.

One thing I always keep in mind is that these types of experiments are work (and in this case are done by volunteers who are being open with what they find), and each experiment is one data point.  I don't care how many tasters are on the panel, the statistics are such that the conclusions apply to only the experimental beers in the study.  Applying the results more widely requires more data points.  Kudos to those that put out their work- keep it up!

Brew on!

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