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Kegging and Bottling / Bottling under 1.000 gravity
« on: August 31, 2018, 07:17:39 PM »
I made a beer near the end of July. Gravity was 1.057. I used dregs for the beer and with a refractometer calculator I am told the beer is at .995. I still see bubbles in the fermentor, and the beer is clearing up. I was going to use carbonation drops to bottle after I cold crashed the beer for a few days.

There is brettanomycies present, I can taste the Brett. Should I wait longer? Or bottle the beer and let the Brett come out in he bottles? They will have new sugar to chew on from the drops.

Personally I don’t think the gravity is going to get much lower than it already is but don’t want bottle bombs.

Yeast and Fermentation / Fermcap
« on: August 12, 2018, 01:30:19 AM »
Does anyone have any reviews of this product? Mainly I am trying not to blow off so much liquid volume during fermentation.

Is that more a product of not leaving head space? Or?
I use 5 gallon carboys and fill them to the top ring of glass. Then I use blow off values that go into a half gallon glass jar, filled about 1/4 way.

I guess it depends on the yeast strain but last two fermentation’s have ended up filling the remainder of the glass jar and still blow off more than that, so I make a mess.

Any recommendations? Or try fermcap? Looking for other methods.

The Pub / Do you think this is a good deal?
« on: August 08, 2018, 12:43:14 AM »
Just wondering what you’d do.

Beer Recipes / Farmhouse ales
« on: July 30, 2018, 08:20:08 PM »
I just picked up an imperial rustic pouch from my lhbs and I am looking for recommendations on a farmhouse ale grain build.
I’ve heard to add corn sugar straight into the boil. I was also thinking of using some melanoidin malt.
Thoughts and recommendations please. I’m not looking to pin down a certain style, I just want to try the yeast strain.

General Homebrew Discussion / Great finds
« on: July 28, 2018, 01:09:28 AM »
I responded to a Craigslist add about free hops yesterday, someone was emptying their freezer of hops and getting rid of them.
Guy says, “I’m leaving town tomorrow.”
“If you leave them outside I can pick them up in the morning.”
I drive over. Stumble across these.

Not sure how old they are, most are vacuum sealed.

Anyone have other finds?

General Homebrew Discussion / The worst things
« on: July 28, 2018, 01:05:05 AM »
So I was brewing in my back yard today. Sunny, hot, then some sprinkles. Those went away. I pitched my hops 30 min, 10 min, flame out. Start to crash the wort.

Here comes the rain! Not bad at first. I cover the pot, put a towel over the top because the lid is blocked by the wort chiller. Try’s to avoid having rain get inside.

Here comes he hail!  Temp reads 95*. Start yelling obscenities. Panic. Put foil over the sanitized carboy hole. Rain and hail doesn’t let up. Decide to transfer immediately. Move beer inside, LCD temp display says 86-90. Empty lagering fridge, put beer inside. 2.5 hours later, temp reads 79*.

Still haven’t pitched my yeast.  Just finished cleaning as the rain has stopped (7 hours after I started)

Taking bets on wheather or not this beer gets effed in any way.

Other than that, what temp can I pitch a farm house ale strain? Built the starter from dregs. Was going to pitch in the low 70s.

If i would have started brewing 30 minutes earlier, I would have been fine.

Yeast and Fermentation / Dregs/stir plate
« on: July 23, 2018, 10:25:45 PM »
I am working on building up some dregs and was curious about my process.
I made some 1.040 wort and cooled it down in my sink. Then I drank the first bottle of a beer called “future knowledge” and left a small amount of beer in the bottle before I swirled it around to get the remaining yeast off of the bottom. I poured those dregs into my flask and set it on the stirplate, turned it on high for about 30 minutes while I drank the bottle. Before I poured the dregs I spayed a paper towel with isopropyl and cleaned the top of the bottle.
I have about 3/4 inch or head on the starter so I poured the 2nd bottle of future knowledge and and left the dregs, swirled it around, wiped the top, and poured them into the flask on the stir plate.
I’m trying the build the yeast and Brett up by Friday.
At this point I’m at a wait and see moment.
Am I ok? Not okay? I’ve only built up dregs once before but used 3 bottles from beer I made myself. Should I keep my stir plate on? Continuously shake my starter?
Looking for advice and feedback.

Future knowledge - farmhouse golden ale, farmhouse microbes with lab-isolated brettanomyces, and House-mixed culture yeast.

Beer Recipes / Native American beer
« on: July 17, 2018, 09:24:42 AM »
I have a friend that is Navajo/Dine and I told them I would try to make them a traditional Native American beer for their birthday. From what I have read I mostly find some kind of corn beer, like chicha for a recipe.   I have also seen recipes that recommend brown sugar, orange peel, and cinnamon; tesgüino is also something I have found as well as tiswin/nawai drink, though sauargo are sacred and federally protected and I’m not sure how I would get any of that to make a drink with.

Does anybody have any ideas on how I might be able to create like a pueblonian ale from the past, or a drink that has some historical significance to the southwest?

Corn seems easiest. I could probably pillage some prickly pear pretty easily. I heard use native grass for hops.

Kegging and Bottling / Lubricant noob
« on: July 15, 2018, 08:06:39 PM »
I have never lubricated any of the gaskets on my kegs before, everything I bought has worked so far and most of it was reconditioned or bought used. I am starting to have some leaks though but I’ve been able to catch them.

I want to replace all the gaskets on my equipment and I am wondering if I should lubricate everything, or just the posts and dip tubes. The lubricant I have is food grade quality cip film. Is it necessary to lubricate the lid gasket? Or am I doing myself a dis service if I don’t lubricate everything.

Thank you for feedback.

Equipment and Software / Newest Toy
« on: July 11, 2018, 06:11:32 AM »

How you like my coolship? Any recommendations on how to use it? Temperature wise. Or or grain build wise?
I was told when the temps get into the 50s over night.

I’m still cleaning it out and smoothing the edges.

Ingredients / Hop oils
« on: July 03, 2018, 08:19:55 PM »
Anybody have experience using hop oils in your IPAs? I am going for piney with some chinook hop oil, west coast style IPA.
Warrior at 60
Chinook and cascade as 20.
Distilled chipinook hop oil prior to kegging. The packages says use half or all (1ml) prior to kegging.

Looking for opinions on using half, or just going full bore and using the 1ml.
I too, it out of the package and the vile smells pretty dank. Opinions?

General Homebrew Discussion / Off flavor? Vinegar?
« on: July 03, 2018, 06:25:52 PM »
I made a sour from bottle dregs back in December. The beer has since been bottled and at first had noticeable THP flavor. It has since reduced and I can no longer identify it as well as I could 3 months ago.
I have shared some of this brew and people have told me it also has a vinegar quality. When I read the BJCPStyles guide for mixed fermentation sours it says “Acidity should be firm yet enjoyable, but should not be biting or vinegary; prominent or objectionable/offensive acetic acid is a fault.”

Is vinegary considered off flavor or fault? Where does it come from in the brewinger, fermentation, or bottling process? And does it go away over time? I heard it won’t and could get worse depending on oxygen levels. The beer was bottle conditioned.

Thank you for comments and feedback.

Beer Travel / Telluride Brewing Co.
« on: July 01, 2018, 11:22:16 PM »
To whom it may concern:
I just visited Telluride and using the beer guru app I was able to get my discounts at Telluride Brewing Co and Smugglers Brew Pub.
However, the location on beer guru for Telluride BC is wrong. The brewery is not where the post office is, rather about 5 miles west of the main drag.
Who can update this? We were gonna try for lunch there but called ahead and found out it wasn’t dog friendly. So we went to smugglers, then tried to walk the few blocks to TBC only to find out that it wasn’t there.

Kegging and Bottling / Mature bottles
« on: June 25, 2018, 07:25:03 AM »
I have a beer I bottled approx 2 weeks ago. I’m not exactly in a rush to drink all 20 bottles (750s).
I guess I’m wondering about pros and cons of short and long term bottle storage.
The longest beer I’ve kept in a bottle was for a year and I wish i didn’t drink so many early on. So. That’s where I’m at.

Pimp My System / Project keezer
« on: June 21, 2018, 08:34:05 PM »
I just picked up a chest freezer. 7cu-ft.

Lookin for pointers and tips related to converting this into a keezer. I am planning on a wooden collar. But also want to make sure that wood is well insulated and also protected from humidity. I plan on 4 taps being present and having the co2 tank on the shelf inside.

I was also going to build a wooden frame for it so it looks nicer. Maybe raise it off of the ground?
Let’s pimp this.

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