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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Alt beer wyeast2124
« on: July 19, 2017, 04:47:55 PM »
Yes those were my only rests.

It's an odd mash schedule.  Is that what you typically use?

Did you take it right up from 134 to 170 with a boiling water infusion or did you bring it up gradually using some other method?

If you didn't spend some time in the more typical saccharification range (say between 145 and 160 - give or take a few degrees on either end) that could be the reason for your low gravity.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Alt beer wyeast2124
« on: July 19, 2017, 03:14:49 PM »
I step-mashed this beer at 134* and mashed out around 170*

Where those your only two rests?

I missed my gravity a bit. It read 1.040 after I crashed it to the 70s.

What were you aiming for?

Please let me know what sounds best.

You underpitched quite a bit.  Assuming you don't have any other yeast to pitch, you've got a couple different options.  If I were you, I'd either keep it where it is or raise the temp a few degrees and then let it finish out from there without attempting to cool it down further once it gets going.

You're not in an ideal situation, but that's probably your best bet at this point.

It is currently around 58* but does not look very active.

See what it looks like in another day if you hold the temp or raise it a bit.

The Pub / Pranqster on Draft
« on: July 16, 2017, 04:06:27 PM »
Flat, no head, orange for some reason, cloudy (still haven't figured that one out), and served ice cold in a pint glass


I don't know what this place did to so mangle a solid beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lallemand Abbaye dry yeast
« on: July 11, 2017, 03:11:38 PM »
Bummer, too clean?

Did it kick out much sulphur during fermentation?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lallemand Abbaye dry yeast
« on: July 11, 2017, 12:47:25 PM »
How is it?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: where to buy CO2
« on: July 05, 2017, 10:29:54 AM »
Not sure where everbody else is but I live in Southern CA. They like to price gouge.

I go to the one in Burbank, which I think is one of the larger hubs, but I used to go to the Northridge location (I work in the Valley).   

They didn't even charge me when I exchanged my original tank which needed a new hydro.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: where to buy CO2
« on: July 03, 2017, 11:23:57 AM »
In my experience they only exchange bottles. Thats more expensive than just a refill.

Yes, it's exchange only (at least at the one I go to).  I think it's $16 or $18 to swap a 10 lb. tank. 

Equipment and Software / Pump Mount
« on: July 03, 2017, 11:17:39 AM »
I've been waiting to come across a good piece of scrap wood on which to mount my pump and power strip. 

Earlier this week, I found a piece of butcher block that was bolted onto a kitchen cart someone was throwing out.

I might attach some rubber feet, but this should keep everything level for now and out of any liquid that might be on the floor.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: where to buy CO2
« on: July 03, 2017, 11:02:52 AM »

All Grain Brewing / Re: No sparge brewing
« on: June 30, 2017, 09:41:40 AM »
I've brewed my last 7 or 8 batches using the no sparge method.

The only things I've noticed are that my efficiency dropped a bit (which is no big deal), and I have to add more acidity to hit my target pH (which also isn't much of an issue).

Kunze notes on page 223 that a thicker mash better preserves B-amylase, but I personally haven't seen any change in attenuation levels from the thinner mash. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Pressurized transfers are amazing
« on: June 28, 2017, 01:59:57 PM »
If you want to make another incremental improvement: use a barbed swivel nut to connect your liquid tubing to a disconnect seated on your keg liquid out post and connect some tubing to a gas disconnect on the gas in post and run it into a container of sanitizer.

That way you can keep your keg lid completely closed and ditch the tin foil.

That was one of the better and more interesting interviews I've heard in a while.

Everyone's recap reminds of something that I totally forgot about.

Thursday night karaoke was so much fun; you killed it.

Great hanging out with you

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Canning your home-brew
« on: June 19, 2017, 11:51:33 AM »
Please tell me that thing is affordable.

I think they were listed at $699. 

We missed you this year, man.

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