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Ingredients / Re: coffee
« on: November 06, 2014, 02:51:28 PM »
I still like to cold brew, but taking a step out of the process is appealing. These days nicer grocery stores will have pre-made cold brew. Some are really good. I like the flavor of cold brew personally.
I do cold brew as well. Add it at kegging. Usually about a pint worth of strong cold brew.

Keith, see if they have a good decaf roast. I use a good decaf bean for my coffee beers so I can drink it at night and not be kept awake, because, I too, have had that issue.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How come my lagrs are cloudy?
« on: November 06, 2014, 09:19:50 AM »
What yeast?  I find that 833 clears a lot slower than 830.  If I don't fine, it's noticeably clearer after 12 weeks than 6.
I would think that long at 31F would be clear though. All beers clear eventually.

The seed was planted when a roommate bought a kit from Midwest in 2005 or 2006. I just hung out while he brewed and helped bottle a couple weeks later. I didn't start brewing myself until fall of 2008. Not sure what sparked the idea, but I got a kit from Midwest as well. I brewed extract for 4 batches and switched to 3 gallon all grain batches for a bit, then did 5 gallon partial mash batches, then full 5 gallon all grain. I started creating my own recipes after my 3rd batch of extract, the 4th was a dark hoppy beer. I'd never heard of such a thing, as it was before the black IPA craze,and it sounded good; and it was great. I enjoyed creating recipes and the process as much, if not more, than the final product. So since then, brewing has been pretty much all I think about and spend my time on, which is good and bad as it has taken away from some of my other hobbies. It's all about balance I guess.

Cool thread.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Priming with honey
« on: November 03, 2014, 07:24:04 AM »
I've been using honey to prime bottles from left over beer from the primary after kegging. A couple grams in a 12 ounce bottle or 3-5g in 16-22oz bottles works awesomely. Like Steve said, honey is anti-microbial awesomeness.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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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