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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nov/Dec Zymurgy
« on: October 30, 2014, 06:24:31 AM »
I stopped bothering with decoction too. I didn't think it added anything to my beer and it is a pain in the a$$ to do. I do like Hochkurz infusion step mashes though, but haven't really been doing those lately either because I'm not sure they add or improve anything.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Replacing kegerator lines
« on: October 28, 2014, 12:41:05 PM »
I was thinking of knocking it down to about 6' of 3/16 line and going from there.

I would start closer to 8 or 9 feet, depending on your planned serving conditions, and then shorten if necessary.

+1.  I started off with 10 feet and cut it down a little bit at a time until I got the pour I wanted.
The problem I have with this is the amount of beer that is sitting in your lines that makes it to your pint or even just a couple ounce sample.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermenting in a corney keg
« on: October 27, 2014, 01:06:42 PM »
What I've been doing lately is fermenting 6 gallon batches in 2 cornies, then transferring and combining them in the serving keg. It's been great. Just bend your liquid dip tubes on your fermenter cornies so there's about 1/2 gallon deadspace and you don't have to worry about trub pickup. Yeah, it's two vessels to clean, but they're really easy to clean and make sure they're sanitized.
This way, if there's any beer left over after transferring to the serving keg, I can use a couple grams of honey in a bottle and fill with a picnic tap/bottle wand and bottle condition what is left over. That's been really awesome too.

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Ingredients / Re: Best hops to pair with Galaxy
« on: October 23, 2014, 12:39:48 PM »
i made a Galaxy and Cascade amber (recipe is on the forum) that turned out dynamite.  The two complemented each other perfectly.
Nice. I'll be doing a 50/50 Ahtanum/Galaxy IPA soon. Hoping it turns out as I've never brewed with either before.

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That sounds like a good recipe. Good and malty with a nice clove/banana character...

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Equipment and Software / Re: Pretty neat growler, but $100
« on: October 21, 2014, 08:07:21 AM »
For those who like to brew REALLY small batches... haha

Neat idea, but kinda pointless. I fill a growler and it gets drank pretty much immediately. A growler isn't hard to drink, it's only 4 pints. And I say that because obviously no one else knows that. Duh.

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What Eric said is pretty much spot on....and Jon. Dunkelweizen has a bit less of the yeast character and a bit more of the munich malt sweetness, in my experience.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP300...eliminating sulphur before kegging?
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:27:10 AM »
Sulfur production by ale strains is usually a sign of yeast stress.  I have noticed it on more than one occasion with stirred starters, which is one of the reasons why I am ditching my stir plate and going back to well-shaken starters.  I am even contemplating springing for a large orbital shaker.

But I've never noticed sulfur notes with stirred starters, at least not more than once or twice with lagers.  And that dissipated without any efforts on my part.    Is it strain dependent?
I'd say it is strain dependent. I've only gotten sulphur on hefe strains and it dissipates after a few days, post vigorous fermentation.

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Ingredients / Re: Sweet Orange Aroma
« on: October 16, 2014, 02:01:32 PM »
I'm guessing it's the Amarillo. I haven't liked anything I've brewed with Amarillo this year. There were lots of complaints about the 2013 crop of Amarillo being off.

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Beer Recipes / Re: brown ale
« on: October 09, 2014, 02:40:02 PM »
I have and it's a pretty bland hop I'd say.

Then it's not just me....
I was disappointed. I read the descriptions on a bunch of sites thinking it'd be great, but nope... Pretty much good for bittering.

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Beer Recipes / Re: brown ale
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:28:53 PM »
Know what's a really good hop in a brown ale?

Horizon.

I consider Horizon and Magnum interchangeable.  Have you ever used Horizon for anything but bittering?
I have and it's a pretty bland hop I'd say.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Spilt Batch Pilsner Experiment
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:06:56 AM »
Lager yeast can be different for sure. I have done the same with several over the years, and have settled on a couple favorites. I use WLP-830 for more hop forward lagers, and WLP-833 for malty lagers.

I've reached the same kind of conclusion, although for me it's WY2124 and WY2206.

Many say that WLP-830=Wyeast 2124=34/70, so we agree on that one.   :)

I can't say why, but I grab WL yeast at the LHBS for lagers.


I love 34/70, one of the best dry yeasts on the market. I do really like wlp833, but don't make the effort to use liquid enough now that I'm brewing 6 gallon batches.
Denny, is the 2206 supposed be the same or similar to the 833?

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I don't dry hop anymore either. I add a huge amount at the end of the boil and like the results. Perhaps dry hopping would add more aroma, but I don't brew that many hoppy beers to care and don't like to mess with the beer post fermentation. I've keg hopped before, but perhaps not enough to say that that was way better. Maybe I'll try that on my next IPA.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Internet != free pass to be a jerk
« on: September 27, 2014, 09:58:04 PM »
The internet is not a free pass to be a dick, but it happens, so get over it. Ignore and move on. Weed out the bullsh*t. There is A LOT of it out there.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: AIPA yeast: Fruity Esters or Clean & Crisp?
« on: September 26, 2014, 07:00:08 AM »
My personal favorite yeasts for APA are the fruitier American yeasts (1272, 1332) and the cleaner British yeasts (1028, WLP007) I think the subtle ester profile of those yeasts provide a nice backbone for the hops, along with a clean malt bill. Sometimes I think the super clean yeasts end up too clean without some light complexity under the hops.

+1. I'm just not a fan of hop teas.
Agreed. I think there does need to be some malt characteristics in there too.

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