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Messages - dbarber

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Congratulations!!  Do you get to name the beer?

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Chill that beer down to near freezing. This will save you some carbonation loss. Are you using a counter-pressure filler? You shouldn't lose much if at all.

I have a buddies Blichmann Beer Gun that I am going to use

I was thinking about buying one of these beer guns. Do you know if it works well or is a counterpressure filler the way to go?

I have never used a counter pressure filler, but I love my beer gun....super easy to use.

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Ingredients / Re: Special B in a Rauchbier?
« on: July 19, 2012, 11:56:17 AM »
Rauchbiers are similar to oktoberfest/marzens but with 20-100% beechwood smoked malt.  I think the sweetness woudn't be appropriate for this beer, I would darken it with carafa II as long as it's the carafa special.

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I chill the beer down to 32 when I use the beer gun; I've found that the temperature of the bottles doesn't matter as long as they are wet. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stir plate wont mix a 5l. flask
« on: July 18, 2012, 05:45:39 AM »
My stirplates are from http://www.stirstarters.com/.  1" stir bars handle a 4.5L starter in a 5L flash just fine.
These also use 2 small, but powerfull Neodynium magnets. Yeah, it can do a 5L starter. I know this works!

I use the same stirplate, but have a hard time getting a dimple in a 4 L starter without throwing the 1" stir bar.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Step Mashing a Hefe...Why?
« on: July 18, 2012, 05:35:41 AM »
I've done both a triple decoction and a 2-step mash (111 and 152) and although I didn't taste them side by side both were excellent.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: re-using cooling water
« on: July 17, 2012, 06:22:20 AM »
I use the water for cleaning and for filling up the washing machine.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Does it matter?
« on: July 13, 2012, 05:41:58 AM »
I've always added water to grain.  Why, I'm not sure, it's just the way I learned. I just make sure I break up all the dough balls.

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Events / Re: NHC 2012 - Chuckanut Brewing Lagering seminar
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:52:16 PM »
I just let my starters (ale or lager) ferment out completely then crash the yeast, this usually takes 24-48 hours on a stir-plate.  I always decant the beer and pitch the yeast.

I don't have my notes in front of me, but I usually mash my german pils at 149.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Traveling with wort
« on: July 12, 2012, 06:30:40 AM »
I wait to pitch yeast when I get home whenever I'm not brewing at home.  I can't control the fermentation temperature until I get home; often it's a 30-40 min drive and sometimes it may sit for an hour or so before I'm on the road.  Never had any issues.

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 06, 2012, 11:47:23 AM »
It's My Life - Bon Jovi

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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Hotel?
« on: July 03, 2012, 05:40:43 AM »
I heard Center City, but don't remember the name of the hotel.

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 29, 2012, 11:11:03 AM »
The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 29, 2012, 07:34:28 AM »
Goat Rodeo - Yo-Yo Ma et al.

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Equipment and Software / Re: What pH meter do you use?
« on: June 29, 2012, 06:18:20 AM »
I use an OakTon pH Testr2, which has been discontinued.  I got it originally for testing rain water pH long before I went to all-grain and started testing mash pH.

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