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Ingredients / Re: Viking Malt
« on: June 19, 2018, 07:17:40 PM »
For anyone interested, their base malts are 7.99 for 10lbs on MoreBeer right now (.79 a lb). Most of the specialty malts, a wide variety at that, are less than 1.50 a pund. With free shipping this is better than most LHBS, even when buying in bulk.

Anyone tried it yet? If not, I will be ordering it soon and will report back in a few months when I get around to using it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Trying to hurry bottle carbonation
« on: May 23, 2018, 02:55:59 PM »
Inquiring minds must know... Which did you decide?

Ingredients / Viking Malt
« on: May 15, 2018, 11:33:16 AM »
I am wondering if anyone has tried out any of Viking malt's offerings? They just showed up on MoreBeer recently and the prices are very low compared to most others on MoreBeer or elsewhere. It looks like they aren't in stock and shipping yet, but I may order some when it comes available. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun
« on: May 09, 2018, 01:25:42 PM »
I also find that getting the bottle cold and rinsing it right before filling helps a lot.

Serious question... Did it taste like beer?

I want to make sure to eliminate a bunch of extraneous problems right off the bat. After which we can troubleshoot, like Martin said, other specific variables.

Also you said two cans of LME, do you remember what size (maybe 2.5 lbs each?)

Can you tell us what amount of hops went in at which time, and are you counting the times from the beginning of the boil, or backwards from the end?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Off Flavor Troubleshooting
« on: May 03, 2018, 01:47:53 PM »
I know for me it was about 10-12 batches or around a year, when I would start to notice bugs popping up and have to change my equipment out.


Yikes.  If you're getting regular infections there may be something wrong in your process.

I've had maybe two infections total over 20+ years.  Cleaning AND sanitation is important.  I like to change up sanitizers between star san and idophor.  Haven't used bleach for a LONG time, but if diluted properly and rinsed thoroughly it should be very effective.

If the OP has an infection, subsequent bottles should be more pronounced and the carbonation is likely increasing as they sit.  Stale, papery, and woody don't sound like an infection, but maybe?

Joe, to clarify this was when I started brewing and was not as versed on how to clean/sanitize. It's been about 8 years now and I have had no problems since.

The point I was tying to demonstrate is that plastic/HDPE equipment needs to be changed somewhat regularly since eventually accidents happen and it will get scratched.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Off Flavor Troubleshooting
« on: April 27, 2018, 05:26:54 PM »
I would lean towards infection. The reason I saw is because you said ten batches. I would assume you are using the same equipment that you started brewing with? I know for me it was about 10-12 batches or around a year, when I would start to notice bugs popping up and have to change my equipment out. If the equipment is new, I recommend a 24 hour bleach bath and subsequent soak and sanitation. If you are using an auto siphon as well, check it thoroughly.
The ring could be krauzen, but if you are checking gravity and sure you are done, it is more likely an infection.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Roasty Porter Grains
« on: April 27, 2018, 01:13:14 PM »
Also if you are worried about perceived sweetness, make sure you select the right yeast strain. if you choose a strain that for example doesn't ferment maltriose, you will end up with more body which could be perceived as sweetness.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Roasty Porter Grains
« on: April 26, 2018, 10:40:55 AM »
Personally I love chocolate malt. I use it as the main dark grain in all my dark beers. I think it provides strong enough backbone without too much acrid or ashy flavor. When used right it gives me hints of chocolate on the nose, with coffee flavor and just enough roast

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Any Reason To Cold Crash A Stout?
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:46:15 AM »
It really doesn't take much yeast to carbonate in the bottle, so cold crashing likely isn't the issue. I understand the mentality behind not crashing a dark beer, but I still think it is a good practice to drop out as much yeast/trub/hop particulate as possible. Even if you can't see it, you could taste it.

Does it need to be in the ferm chamber? Keep it in your house and add some heat to it.

This is a good suggestion.

For reference, I use a 7cu ft fridge in an unheated garage, in Vermont, that routinely sees temps well below zero all winter. This is my fermentation chamber.  I use a 40W light bulb with  a SS brewtech brewbucket.  I never have issues keeping temp up towards 75 when I D rest.

Also I use a 100W ceramic heater like the reptile ones denny suggested. They are usually around $10 on amazon. I use one in my 12 cu ft chest freezer for all my kegs during winter and it works great.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewer's Edge Mash and Boil
« on: April 24, 2018, 05:07:48 PM »
I have one and like it quite a bit. I have found that when pushing the limits of gravity on it (for a 5 gallon batch), the mash can get stuck because of the amount of grain in the pipe vs water. I recommend a brew bag to help with this, since it will channel all around during runoff, not just the bottom of the pipe.

 I have also done a few batches that were bigger beers. I used the M+B to heat my mash water and actually mashed in a cooler for space, then returned the runoff to the M+B for boil (no sparge). It has its limitations on batch size and gravity, but it is a well made and handy little unit. If you are making 3-4 gallon batches it is a REALLY handy solution for space and equipment saving.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BS Remover
« on: April 12, 2018, 11:23:35 AM »
I'll be honest, after a long two weeks straight at work, I was hoping this was instructions for a BS*** remover!! Hopefully a few homebrews when I get home are enough to erase it from my memory!!!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewer's Friend, my new best friend
« on: April 06, 2018, 08:47:51 PM »
I haven't used it before, is it free?

All Grain Brewing / Re: time managment
« on: April 06, 2018, 02:57:51 PM »
This is absolutely possible. Search for threads about overnight mashing. The same concepts would apply with a morning mash and an afternoon boil. I would certainly not recommend leaving a boil going without at least some supervision and wouldn't leave my house if I were boiling. But I also don't know your setup or situation, so I'm not going to judge.

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