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Nice work. I quit dry hopping a long time ago. Just didn't care enough to do the extra work. Like you, I don't brew much hoppy beer anymore either. There's so much available on the market and I'm not always in the mood to drink IPA. The kind of beer I like to drink, I can hop up enough in the boil to not have to dry hop. I have a hoppy pale lager on tap right now that suits me just fine - it's all about balance!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 04, 2015, 07:51:51 AM »
Bottle conditioning your helles? Surprised by that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cloudy lager after kegging
« on: May 01, 2015, 05:55:12 AM »
I wonder what the pH of the beer is. I had an altbier that never cleared up. I used RO water and used Bru'n water to build my water but it never cleared. It was weird. There could be something with pH at play here...somewhere in the process. Final beer pH was too high or low, maybe? Not sure which would cause the beer to be cloudy. Just grasping at straws here...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cloudy lager after kegging
« on: April 30, 2015, 11:22:35 AM »
Unless it was like a half gallon of starsan, I'd doubt that's the case. I think if you even left a couple cups in there you probably wouldn't notice the difference and I wouldn't think it'd cloud it up as much as the OP is saying it is. Just how cloudy is it? Hefe cloudy? Or just a persistent haze, like it's only been in the keg for a couple weeks?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2 or 3 Packs Dry Yeast for Lager
« on: April 30, 2015, 06:01:48 AM »
Yeast cultures are kind of like nuclear weapons in that being close to the target is more than adequate to get the the job done.  The difference between 276 billion cells and 353 billion cells is not even a full replication cycle.  The yeast biomass cell count grows roughly at a rate of 2n, where n is the number of minutes that have elapsed since the end of the lag phase divided by 90 at 25C.  The replication period lengthens as fermentation temperature decreases.
This is good to know. Thanks.

I've always pitched 2 packs of 34/70 (rehydrated) and it worked out just fine.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cloudy lager after kegging
« on: April 29, 2015, 01:15:06 PM »
How does it taste? I can only point towards infection at this point... very strange.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clam chowder saison
« on: April 28, 2015, 11:00:29 AM »
I need to go back to the morebeer forum, years and years ago, when Denny made fun of me for brewing a s"Mores stout with graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate.  :o ::) ;D
That actually sounds like it could work. How did it turn out?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clam chowder saison
« on: April 28, 2015, 10:10:55 AM »
I don't get it...I just don't. I like clam chowder, but don't want it in a beer!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cloudy lager after kegging
« on: April 28, 2015, 06:15:21 AM »
Probably just settled out yeast.  Pull a few more and it should clear back up.
If you pull a small sample and warm it up, does the haze disappear? If so, and you're neither vegetarian nor a stickler for reinheitsgebot, you can use gelatin at a ratio of 1/2 tsp to 1/4 cup hot water per keg. Super clear beer in about 2 days.
For a long time I was anti-gelatin. It stinks when you heat it up to dissolve and I loath where it comes from. But I just recently used it on a Czech pils, and damn, that beer cleared bright and beautiful in 2 days. Might have to start using it more often on my lagers... ugh, it's a compromise for me, that's for sure...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cloudy lager after kegging
« on: April 27, 2015, 11:15:15 AM »
The first couple pints will probably be cloudy. Beer will look clear most often at room temp, but will develop a chill haze after being chilled. Seems like after 8 weeks it should be pouring crystal clear after you draw off the first couple pints.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Prop. 65?
« on: April 27, 2015, 05:46:27 AM »
So tired of the "everything will kill you" attitude. What do we have to do, eat raw orgranic vegetables our entire lives in order to be "safe from harm"? It's ridiculous, alarmist BS.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 100% pils malt. Too light?
« on: April 25, 2015, 09:29:15 AM »
Here is the complete recipe. This is my second attempt at a lager but as mentioned earlier I am not necessarily using any style guidelines. I am trying to sneak in a bit of hop flavor and aroma but not so much that the wife won't drink it. She won't touch anything close to hoppy...

83% pils
15% vienna
2% melanoidin

14 g Sterling FWH
10 g sterling / 20 g crystal 5 min
10 g sterling / 20 g crystal dry hop


22 IBU
That looks like a nice recipe.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 100% pils malt. Too light?
« on: April 24, 2015, 01:18:00 PM »
Well I changed my mind at the last minute and decided to go with around:

83% pilsner
15% vienna
2% melanoidin

After thinking about what I wanted from this beer, I though a little more malt complexity might be needed. I think this should do the trick without changing the end product too much. I will have to try a 100% pilsner malt beer soon though...
Even lighter is a 100% Best Malz Heidelberg beer. Tasty, light, VERY quaffable.  Traditional helles is brewed with 100% pils malt. It depends on what kind of beer you wanted out it. But your modification looks to be very nice as well.

Equipment and Software / Re: Conicals
« on: April 23, 2015, 11:20:35 AM »
I would assume he meant the quality of his beer improved.

Equipment and Software / Re: Conicals
« on: April 23, 2015, 06:13:47 AM »
I bought the SS brewtech 7 gal cronical with the FTS system and have seen a significant difference in the quality of my beer.

I'm sorry to hear that your beer has suffered...better luck next time.
Have hard feelings against the SS brewtech stuff, Martin?

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