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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: So I have a bland lager on tap...
« on: August 13, 2013, 12:56:42 PM »
Boil your bratwurst in it
That's a fantastic idea. I was thinking of grilling some brats this week...crap, now I'm wanting to dry hop it to try some new hops. What to do...
Suppose I can do both.

Or maybe I could cook my sauerkraut in it, grill the brats, then put the brats in with the sauerkraut. Yum!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: So I have a bland lager on tap...
« on: August 13, 2013, 12:45:05 PM »
Throw a pinch or two of gypsum in the glass to see if that brings out the hop flavor more.  I know that Czech Pilsners are almost mineral free, but I like some minerals in my german pilsners.
This one was intended to be a helles, but there is nothing helles about it. Rahr pils I think was the absolute wrong choice and perhaps the yeast was also. But I did think about trying a little gypsum and I think I may try that.
I thought about just tossing a bag full of hops in and letting them roam free, but I fear it would want to suck up into the dip tube. Depending on how much beer is in there, I'll just clamp the bag to the pressure relief valve stem.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: So I have a bland lager on tap...
« on: August 13, 2013, 11:45:22 AM »
Thanks guys. I think I may drop some hops in tonight or tomorrow and let them sit at room temp for a week or so. There's maybe 3 or 3 1/2 gallons in the keg, so...2 ounces be plenty?

Yes and you can suspend the hop bag by fishing line, if you fear it may become too grassy (or just drink it quickly).  I use those cheap stainless tea balls and just leave it in the whole time.  Lagers with some nice dry hops are a welcome change from IPA's for me!
I think it just may be. I think I've decided two things from this beer: I don't like Rahr Pils malt and 34/70 is too bland. I've got some 2013 NZ hops coming in the mail tomorrow, so may choose a couple ounces from those and dry hop. An ounce each of Kohatu and Nelson Sauvin maybe?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: So I have a bland lager on tap...
« on: August 13, 2013, 11:32:23 AM »
Thanks guys. I think I may drop some hops in tonight or tomorrow and let them sit at room temp for a week or so. There's maybe 3 or 3 1/2 gallons in the keg, so...2 ounces be plenty?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: So I have a bland lager on tap...
« on: August 13, 2013, 10:58:54 AM »
I don't have the keg space unfortunately. I have a chest freezer that fits 4 kegs, 2 taps. All space is taken. So...I could pick something and dry hop it in a bag. I've heard it take a few weeks at kegerator temps for the hops to start peaking.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who Uses a Blow-Off Tube and When?
« on: August 13, 2013, 10:31:06 AM »
I don't use one...haven't had blowoff in quite a while now, ever since I started controlling my fermentation. I even use pure O2 and use extra rehydrated dry yeast, starter, or harvested yeast. I ferment 4 gallons in 5 gallon carboys. Usually ferment on the low end, just never need it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / So I have a bland lager on tap...
« on: August 13, 2013, 10:19:29 AM »
I was contemplating dumping it because it's just blah. It's a 4 gallon batch, mostly Rahr pils, and a little munich, and I think a little acid malt to bring down the pH (used RO water with enough calcium chloride to get to 50ppm and pH to 5.4 as per Bru'n water). Mittelfruh to about 18 IBUs, and fermented with 34/70, 5.3%. It's just blah. I'm finding I don't like Rahr pils, just don't care for the malt character. I'm thinking it has to be the malt I don't like about this beer. I've brewed essentially the same recipe with my tap water, RO water, US-05 fermented at 58F, and 34/70 at 48F. Has the same flavor I just don't like.

So, last night I was lying sleepless in bed, and the thought popped in my head that maybe I could keg hop it with something. Maybe that'll turn it around, I don't know.

What do y'all think? Aside from the malt flavor I don't care for, the beer tastes pretty clean.
Or is there anything else I could do to make it so I don't want to dump this beer? I have several others waiting to be drank. Sucks because it's not bad enough to dump, but it's not really that good.
Thoughts? Concerns?

Cheersk und beersk!

Jesse

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Equipment and Software / Re: Freezer Died; Kegerator Recommendations?
« on: August 13, 2013, 06:25:55 AM »
If that's what you're wanting, I'd say just get a used fridge off Craigslist, drill holes for taps, and use the freezer compartment for hops. It's multipurpose and you don't need a temp controller. That'll be my ultimate kegerator. Right now, I have a chest freezer with a sweet collar on it and use the compressor hump for cold crashing carboys. I like it too, but the fridge setup is what I'm really wanting someday.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Stone to increase Ruination by .5%
« on: August 09, 2013, 12:18:15 PM »
Had a Ruination last nite.  Tastes the same as it always had...fantastic.  What was the best by date?  I only buy cold IPAs that I know are fresh.  Call me a "snob", I guess?

Not a snob - a homebrewer! I rarely buy IPA's any more, because they are the biggest roll of the dice for me at the liquor store and I can brew them fresher (and I can stuff as much hops as I want in them).
You know, I've been feeling this way for a while, too. Many times I'm disappointed that they're sort of vegetal or just not good tasting. I'll get them on tap though.

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Ingredients / Re: Floor Malted Pilz thoughts
« on: August 09, 2013, 09:22:03 AM »
I have a sack of Best pils now which I'm excited to try. I just finished up a sack of Rahr pils and don't care for it. The malt character is kind of off...not what I'm looking for, not German in flavor at all. I know, it's domestic...duh. But I'm excited to try some other malts.
Anyone else notice or dislike the flavor of Rahr pils? Used it in a helles a couple times, and it's not the greatest. I thought it was my water so I switched to RO, I thought it was the yeast so I used a different yeast, but the same flavor is still there that has to be the malt...so...yeah.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 at low temp
« on: August 09, 2013, 09:12:24 AM »
I fear this thread!

I'm afraid of this journey going full circle, selling my flasks and stir plates at a garage sale, and eventually getting so simplified that I die with a keystone in my hand. No dry yeast for me, even if you prove its better

So, last night a friend that has been checking out homebrewing the last few brews says he would like to brew tomorrow.  No time for a starter and I'm not going to pay for 2-3 pouches of liquid yeast.   And as I would rather brew than not.  NO FEAR! Armed with a few packages of US-05 or Nottingham we will be good to go.


Exactly my point. Most of my brew days are fairly spontaneous, at least what I brew is. I feel like brewing schwarzbier this weekend...okay, haven't made a starter, so I'll use some harvested 34/70 or I have some packets of it too...or I can use US-05 also. I don't usually do a whole lot of planning when I brew. More of, well, what do I feel like brewing this week...no local homebrew shop to buy yeast, so I can't just go grab whatever and make a starter.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 at low temp
« on: August 09, 2013, 06:47:50 AM »
I fear this thread!

I'm afraid of this journey going full circle, selling my flasks and stir plates at a garage sale, and eventually getting so simplified that I die with a keystone in my hand. No dry yeast for me, even if you prove its better
No need to be closed minded, man. But, do whatever suits your fancy and makes the beer you like.
I just don't like shipping liquid yeast in the summer months and really only when it's cool out, like mid to late fall or early spring; winter is fine too, I guess. Whichever way you do it, there's more than one way to get to the same destination. You can take the long scenic route or the short and more direct route or any variation in between.

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I don't feel like decoction works very well for my smaller batches (4 gallons). I always miss my next step temp. The main mash loses too much heat and 1qt per pound of grist isn't enough thermal mass to bring it to the next step after boiling it for a bit. After having that happen a few times, I'm tired of it. I might stick with a Hochkurz step infusion instead. Much easier to get to the next step temp. Weather it makes a flavor difference...that's highly debatable. I've never done a triple decoction and have zero desire to.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's up with this?
« on: August 06, 2013, 06:18:09 AM »
The same thing happened to me on my last order for a 55lb sack of Best Malz pils. You'll get your 50lb sack, don't worry.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Biscuit Malt in a Munich Helles?
« on: August 02, 2013, 10:13:25 AM »
I like to do a blend of Pils and Pale malts for the majority of a Helles grist. Lately I've also enjoyed mixing in some of Best Malz' Heidelberg malt as well. After trying to brew a significant amount of Helles using all Pils malt, I went to Germany and on the tour of Aying outside of Munich I noticed that their base malt, which they said was 'Lager malt' tasted much more akin to Pale than Pils and I've been doing it ever since.
Interesting. I think I may try this on my next helles, which will be very soon!

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