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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast nutrient
« on: January 25, 2013, 08:46:07 AM »
Lately my S 05 has been having a really long lag time. I started using the Wyeast Nutrient Blend and am getting activity about 12 hours after pitching with that same yeast. So now I am going to start using it in everything I do. Because I have definitely seen where it makes a difference.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Another Question
« on: January 24, 2013, 05:50:00 PM »
Thankyou! Maybe I shouldnt have turned the pressure up 2 more pounds. :-\

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Another Question
« on: January 24, 2013, 04:39:27 PM »
My bottled beer carbs just fine.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Another Question
« on: January 24, 2013, 01:53:18 PM »
As I said in the original post, it pours with a nice head, has nice lacing, but tastes flat.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Another Question
« on: January 24, 2013, 11:47:21 AM »
it is at 37 degrees. 5 feet of 3/16 inside diameter line, faucet is 2 feet above the keg.

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Kegging and Bottling / Another Question
« on: January 24, 2013, 08:45:29 AM »
After 10 days in my keg, pressurized at 10lbs, my beer comes out with a nice head, nice lacing, but still tastes like it is flat. What's up with that? Do I need more pressure? Or does it just need more time to carbonate properly?

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Kegging and Bottling / Aging beer in a keg
« on: January 23, 2013, 08:22:44 AM »
I am curious. Why is it that bottled beer supposedly needs a month of conditioning, yet I racked from my fermenter to my keg, put it right in the cooler, and a week later had good beer? Also is there any reason I can't rack to a keg, seal it, and let it sit in room temperature for a few weeks like a secondary?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for a Good Online Supply Store
« on: January 21, 2013, 08:47:17 AM »
My favorite online retailers is MoreBeer. Free shipping with any purchase over 59 bucks!!

I discovered that because of the price differences, midwest is often cheaper than morebeer even with shipping tacked on. It pays to check several places and look at your totals after shipping. I like midwest because they carry some bottle caps that I really like that I have not seen anywhere else. Also midwest is considerably cheaper on sacks of Rahr 2 Row than anybody else I have looked at.

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Kegging and Bottling / Summit Kegerator Review
« on: January 21, 2013, 08:27:07 AM »
I bought the following after much research and discussion in another thread here.
http://www.beveragefactory.com/refrigerators/beer/sbc500bv.shtml
I must say I am very impressed. I drilled a small hole in a water bottle cap so that a small meat thermometer would fit solidly in it. The temperature in my kegerator has been exactly 37 degrees every time I check. And that is with the thermostat turned 1/3 of the way up. I honestly think this would freeze my beer solid 2/3s of the way up. I might add that the manual that came with it says "Sanyo" at the top.

I bought extra line but decided to try this thing out right out of the box. After a week of 10lbs on my keg at 37 degrees I got a good pour but the carbonation was a little weak. I think that might be because the first 24 hours the beer was cooling down to temperature so it hasn't had quite enough time yet. Just the same I turned it up to 11lbs and the carbonation was somewhat better.

The unit looks fantastic in my man cave.





It is significantly larger than the Magic Chef unit saw at Mennards. There is room in it for my Cornie keg and a case of beer. I did order a second keg to have on the ready when I blow the first one.

The tower is solid. In the future I may replace the faucet. I have heard that when only using the kegerator once a week faucets tend to stick unless you get one with a front valve. I am wondering if it would hurt anything to take the faucet off and run hot water through it at the end of my weekends to prevent this from happening.

The only downside I can see to this thing is the CO2 bottle is stored inside the fridge. I have read that it is better to store it outside.

Would I recommend it to a friend? Oh hell yes!

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Beer Recipes / White Wheat Wonder (now with pictures)
« on: January 20, 2013, 01:41:58 PM »
I am taking advantage of the cold weather to brew this up today.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: White Wheat Wonder
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph The Wonderdog
Style: American Wheat or Rye Beer
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 5.70 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.20 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.048 SG
Estimated Color: 3.8 SRM
Estimated IBU: 28.3 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
6 lbs                 Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        66.7 %       
3 lbs                 White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM)               Grain         2        33.3 %       
0.25 oz               Citra [14.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min          Hop           3        14.7 IBUs     
0.50 oz               Citra [14.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min          Hop           4        10.6 IBUs     
0.25 oz               Citra [14.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min           Hop           5        2.9 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               Safale American  (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)  Yeast         6        -             


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 9 lbs
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Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Mash In           Add 12.25 qt of water at 162.7 F        152.0 F       60 min       

Sparge: Batch sparge with 1 step of 168.0 F water




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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for a Good Online Supply Store
« on: January 20, 2013, 01:40:13 PM »
I am partial to http://midwestsupplies.com

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What were your gateway beers?
« on: January 11, 2013, 06:13:42 PM »
Fat Tire

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Yeast and Fermentation / Sort of a pole
« on: January 04, 2013, 08:51:11 AM »
How long do you guys and gals leave a typical beer, say under 1.060 OG, in the fermenter before bottling or kegging?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Pale barley brand and price
« on: January 04, 2013, 08:20:45 AM »
I buy Rahr 2 Row through midwestsupplies for under $35 per sack plus $18 shipping. I think $53 for 50lbs is very reasonable and I am very satisfied with the product.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Growth of Homebrewing/Microbreweries
« on: January 01, 2013, 09:41:46 AM »
I thought I read once that to make a brewing business worthwhile a person needs a minimum of a 7 barrel system.

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