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Beer Recipes / Re: German Hefeweizen
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:52:27 AM »
I think the recipe looks good. Use Wy3068 for best results. Aim for about 15 IBUs.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling questions
« on: July 15, 2014, 07:58:17 AM »
OP: for you future reference, this thread is all you need to help you on bottling day. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/bottling-tips-homebrewer-94812/

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Ingredients / Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« on: July 13, 2014, 05:47:04 PM »
I agree that using authentic ingredients is key. I prefer Best but my local brewshop carries Avangard and I intend to try that out one of these days.

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Beer Recipes / Re: A better light lager?
« on: July 11, 2014, 09:52:09 AM »
Ah, okay. Well, in that case, disregard that bit of my post.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is it true?
« on: July 11, 2014, 09:38:22 AM »
The lack of a comma between dunkel and jim really warms my heart.

Excellent, lmao.
An example of how punctuation can make a world of difference! It's like saying, "Let's eat, Grandma!" and "Let's eat Grandma!"
Nice work, dunkel Jim!

My youngest says "Commas save lives!!" and then uses the Grandma line as proof.   ;D

Paul
Haha, they sure do.

That picture is awesome.

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Beer Recipes / Re: A better light lager?
« on: July 11, 2014, 07:41:45 AM »
My Munich Helles is 100% Pilsner malt and has a wonderful light maltiness, but it's not as light as an American Light Lager. I recommend corn, rice and Pils malt. Try something along the lines of 60%Pils/20%Corn/20% Rice for a light American Lager.
My last helles was 100% Best pils malt. It turned out almost exactly like Hopfbrau helles. Very clean, light malt character, very easy drinking. Many of the other helles biers I've have much more of a Munich malt presence, whereas the Hopfbrau helles has none of that.

If you're wanting American lager, go with what some others said and do like 80% pils malt, 20% rice or corn. Use your 2633 yeast, hop to 18-20 IBU. The rice solids I think can go in the mash, not the boil.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Laziness Test
« on: July 11, 2014, 07:28:48 AM »
Don't even open it up. just rack it into the out-post and call it a closed-system transfer. It might just be crazy enough to work...
Yeah, this is what I'd do/suggest as well. Good luck!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is it true?
« on: July 11, 2014, 07:26:34 AM »
The lack of a comma between dunkel and jim really warms my heart.

Excellent, lmao.
An example of how punctuation can make a world of difference! It's like saying, "Let's eat, Grandma!" and "Let's eat Grandma!"
Nice work, dunkel Jim!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Weizenporter?
« on: July 07, 2014, 08:46:02 AM »
I brewed a schwarzweizen once, I didn't care for it much. It's a legitimate style to brew, there's several on the market.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg beer line survey
« on: July 07, 2014, 08:08:02 AM »
I've been running 6' of line at 10-11PSI at about 40F. I get a foamy pour on the first pour, but what I've been doing is pouring about a quarter of a pint, waiting a second, then pouring the rest. That gives the line a chance to chill and the rest of the pour usually isn't too foamy.
I've hesitated going to longer lines because a lot of that beer that sits in the lines for a day or longer at times might not taste as clean, especially if you haven't cleaned the lines in a while. I don't run BLC between each keg. Usually just starsan, and BLC every few kegs.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fruit flies
« on: July 07, 2014, 07:35:16 AM »

They make Faucet Caps that are fairly effective.  And also Cheap.  ID get 1 for each tap and put it on right after pouring.

This works quite well. Another step is to have sanitizer ready and when you pull the plug out of the faucet dip it into sanitizer.




+2.  Yep, cheap and effective  :

http://www.amazon.com/Kleen-Plug-Draft-Beer-Faucet-Brush/dp/B002S3Q4N4

EDIT - At the end of the night I spray out the faucet opening and the plug with Starsan too. Helps keep the beer tasting clean.

I used the faucet caps for a while. I started to notice them smelling funky from sitting over night without any air flow so I stopped using them.
I've been dealing with fruit flies as well. I set up apple cider vinegar traps, which helps a lot. Also I hunted them down with a spray bottle and sprayed them so they can't fly, then I kill them. I cleaned everything in my kitchen with clorox bleach wipes and too all fruit off the counter and put into the fridge. Also, if there's any garbage or a trash can that isn't fully enclosed sitting around, that attracts them too.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg vs. Bottle - flavor and aroma
« on: June 30, 2014, 07:47:14 AM »
Some beers hold up better under bottle conditioning than others. I've had bottles Belgian quads hold up for years, and barley wines sometimes seem to benefit from the oxygen pick up. IPAs and IIPAs seem to deteriorate very quickly compared to same batch in kegs.
Agreed. Anything lower in gravity tends to not hold up for more than a couple months, in my experience.

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Equipment and Software / Re: CO2 outside fridge
« on: June 26, 2014, 11:13:09 AM »
I have 9/16" OD gas line, and I just drilled the hole 9/16". The hose fits pretty snug and I doubt it's a problem.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg vs. Bottle - flavor and aroma
« on: June 26, 2014, 10:58:21 AM »
The main difference to me is that the keg cold conditions for months and clears extremely well. Bottles could be cold conditioned but I don't keep whole cases refrigerated and each bottle would still have sediment to avoid.

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Ha, if you're one of those who keeps your kegs around for months.......

I had a friend recently keg and bottle a 10 gallon batch of pale ale. The bottled version was actually a lot better. For some reason the keg version had a butterscotchy thing going on, much like I was dealing with for a while. He swears his co2 lines and disconnects are clean. So, ruling that out, I can only think that whatever diacetyl was there, was cleaned up by the bottle conditioning phase. That, or something was off in the carboy he fermented the kegged version in.
Either way, I think kegged beer holds up A LOT longer than bottled beer. I always get slight oxidation flavors in a lot of my homebrewing friend's beers that have been bottled that I don't get from my own kegged versions. Perhaps there's something to do with handling of the beer post fermentation there too.
But, in general, you shouldn't see a whole lot of difference between kegged and bottled versions of beer. The conditioning phase for bottles might clean the beer up a little more if there's diacetyl present, but should affect much else. But, bottled versions will likely begin showing oxidation after a few months in the bottle in my experience.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Felt Like Cheating
« on: June 25, 2014, 11:44:23 AM »
Oh, right...those things...

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