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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: fermenting lager in a keg
« on: November 12, 2015, 12:50:05 PM »
Think I removed the dip tube and poppet valve but left the guts of disconnect intact originally

You need the keg post poppet valve in place to press against the poppet valve in the disconnect, otherwise the valve in the disconnect will remain closed. 

You might need the dip tube in place in order for the keg post poppet valve to seat correctly, but I'm not positive about that - easy enough to test though. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: fermenting lager in a keg
« on: November 12, 2015, 11:58:42 AM »
Narcout - Interesting, I wonder what was different with you leaving everything intact - when I tried that initially there was still pressure in the keg building up (as in I'd have to vent it). Removing the guts allowed all the C02 to escape easily.

Did you leave everything else intact (gas-in dip tube and poppet valve in the keg post)? 

Equipment and Software / Re: The Grainfather
« on: November 12, 2015, 10:39:05 AM »
I believe the version NB sells is the one with the 1600 watt element (at least according to the description on their website).

They do manufacture an insulating jacket which would probably help get the wort to a boil more quickly.!online-store/c8k/!/Grainfather/p/47641226/category=12375700

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: fermenting lager in a keg
« on: November 12, 2015, 10:05:17 AM »
When I ferment in a corny keg I neither remove the gas in dip tube nor the guts of the gas in disconnect. 

You can just attach the gas disconnect to the keg and attach some tubing to the disconnect (put the other end of the tubing into a jar of sanitizer). 

If you are only fermenting 10 liters in a 5 gallon keg, you shouldn't have any issues with blowoff.  The gas will vent through the disconnect.

And if I want to collect the yeast, can I simply do this by means of forcing CO2 through the keg after primary fermentation, and collect the first few messy pints?

If you build a jumper cable, you can use CO2 to rack beer from the fermentor keg into your serving keg.  Some yeast and other trub near the bottom of the liquid out tube will come out first, and you'll want to direct that into another vessel before redirecting the flow into the serving keg.

In my experience, the majority of the yeast, etc. will remain in the fermentor keg until you get down to the last bit of beer. 

There is some good info and instructions here:

Going Pro / Re: Commercial and Homeowners Insurance Nano-Brewery
« on: November 11, 2015, 05:51:29 PM »
This may not be feasible or desirable, but have you considered segregating the detached garage area into a separate parcel?

But a Hochkurz step infusion mash is so easy to do, I do them all the time.

I'm going to try one on my next lager (ironically, one of rabeb25's recipes; need to order that chit malt).  Are you just adding boiling water or do you have a more elaborate setup?

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: November 10, 2015, 05:26:07 PM »
Man, that is a lot of sodium and a lot of alkalinity.

What does your water look like before it goes through the softener?  You might want to skip it for brewing and then dilute with RO or distilled to cut alkalinity as necessary. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: No joy in kegging
« on: November 09, 2015, 12:29:56 PM »
It foams like crazy and when the foam settles it is totally flat.

Is your system properly balanced?  If not, you are going to have issues with foam.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: November 07, 2015, 12:35:06 PM »
Yeah, I figured it would be difficult to chill and decant an active fermentation.

It can be done, at least with some strains.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sour Beer Tastings
« on: November 06, 2015, 09:11:13 PM »
New Belgium Brewing – 2015 La Folie 11.6.15

Description: sour brown ale aged one to three years is large oak barrels known as foeders; 7% abv

Appearance: lightly hazy, deep reddish-brown color, minimal effervescence, minimal head

Aroma: medium sourness, light stale/wood? , medium sweetness of red berries / almost of concentrated fruit juice (cranberry, cherry and raspberry?), maybe lemongrass?, light alcohol, no discernable hops

Taste: moderate sourness, no funk, heavy fruit juice like tartness (cranberry, raspberry and apple; maybe some lemon?), finish is sweet and sour at the same time (and dry), possible light woodiness

Impression: less sour than expected, easy drinking; surprised at the heavy fruit flavor (amazing there actually isn’t any fruit in this beer); very enjoyable

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sour Beer Tastings
« on: November 06, 2015, 11:36:09 AM »
I didn't realize that New Belgium had such a large and dedicated sour program.  After reading about it in American Sour Beers, I really wanted to pick up some La Folie. 

Also, I remembered I had a bottle of Lindemans Framboise in my basement, leftover from a mixed 12 pack someone sent me for my birthday a year or two ago. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: November 06, 2015, 10:30:27 AM »
I don't know how much they charge for shipping, but you can get dip tubes for 5 gallon kegs for $11.25 from CHI.  They also have good prices on used keg lids and carry some of the harder to find items, such as both sizes of racetrack lids.  It's not a bad resource.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Bottle Filler Northern Brewer
« on: November 04, 2015, 05:13:34 PM »
What else is "Blichmann inspired"?

I think the NB Center of Gravity brew stand seems fairly similar to the Blichmann Top Tier stand, though there are differences.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Shaken not stirred lager starter?
« on: November 04, 2015, 10:46:41 AM »
What I found interesting is that Neva Parker stated that a stir plate does not aerate culture when asked last week.

I honestly don't care very much about the answer to this question anymore, but I didn't interpret her response in the same way.

Beer Recipes / Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« on: November 02, 2015, 04:09:37 PM »
Yeah, that is an awesome picture.

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