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Ingredients / Re: Too much lactic acid?
« on: January 02, 2013, 11:32:48 AM »
Is there any particular reason you all are using lactic acid over phosphoric?

In Brewing Better Beer, Gordon states phosphoric is the most flavor-neutral.  Maybe in small doses it doesn't really matter?

The Pub / Re: Game of Thrones and Beer?
« on: December 21, 2012, 06:19:30 PM »
I like Ommegang, but I have a hard time getting excited about a blonde ale.

Pimp My System / Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« on: December 21, 2012, 02:56:14 PM »
Would have liked to see more of the hop-spider in action.

I can try to take more pics next session.

Thanks! Was this particular piece of equipment store-bought or made to spec?

It looks a lot like one of these:

I'm brewing a Belgian strong dark on Monday - just pilsner malt and D-180.

Sunday, I'll be kegging a Belgian strong wheat and bottling a few 22s of DVBIP for my co-workers.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: dry yeast for biere de mars
« on: December 01, 2012, 06:04:35 PM »
I used US-05 on my last biere de garde and was very happy with it.  I started fermentation in the low 60's and let it rise up to about 68 as it started to slow down.  I think it finished around 1.011 (from 1.075). 

I'm brewing a Belgian strong wheat tomorrow with Wyeast 3864 and kegging a batch of DVBIP later this afternoon.

I also just finished plumbing new liquid lines in the kegerator so I can tap a keg of MO rye mild (Drew's recipe from last month's Zymurgy).

Equipment and Software / Faucet to Tubing Adapter
« on: November 16, 2012, 06:32:23 PM »
I think this is pretty genius:

I know it isn't really necessary, but I like it anyway...

I mashed in on a vanilla bourbon imperial porter about a half hour ago.  Also just tapped a keg of delicous saison...

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Oxygen Stones
« on: November 02, 2012, 08:53:10 AM »
There's really no need to store it in Star San - just boil it for 10 minutes before use.

Equipment and Software / Re: ColorpHast pH Strip Information
« on: October 26, 2012, 09:10:23 AM »
He went on to say that the quick "Dip and Read" will NOT render a correct pH measurement.  He also confirmed that the strips do read about 0.2 - 0.3 units low at mash temp. So the findings of Kai Troester and AJ Delange about the readings of these strips are confirmed.

My experience has been that a 3 to 5 second dip is all it takes.   I have tested them a couple of times against my pH meter, and they definitely read around .3 units low (compared to a room temperature sample).

All Grain Brewing / Re: Boiling down runnings
« on: October 21, 2012, 05:19:29 PM »
The one time I tried it, the flavor was more buttery than caramel.  It was tasty though.  I boiled down a gallon of the first runnings.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3864 - Canadian/Belgian Ale
« on: October 19, 2012, 05:04:47 PM »
Awesome.  I'll be stocking up. 

I love Northern Brewer, but I don't like that their system uses brass fittings or that it is set up for fly sparging (both are purely matters of personal preference though).

In my opinion, you'd be better off (and save a lot of money and sparge time) buying a rectangular cooler and outfitting it with these:

The only assembly required is drilling a small hole in the cooler wall.

Edit: Here's a less expensive source for stainless ball valves and cooler bulkheads:

Ingredients / Honeycomb Barrel Alternative
« on: October 18, 2012, 09:04:02 PM »
Anybody tried this product yet?

I'm going to soak a few different varieties in vodka for awhile and see how the flavors develop.  I'll probably add a few ounces to a batch of beer at some point.

From left to right: red oak, white ash and hickory.

Zymurgy / Re: Latest issue a good read
« on: September 30, 2012, 08:08:17 PM »
Just ordered some Honey Combs after reading.

I just ordered some as well: Red Oak, White Ash, and Hickory.

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