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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager - oxygenation woes
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:29:56 AM »
thanks guys - slow bubbling this morning before I went to work, so it would appear that all is fine - about 40 hours since pitching so I would assume i'm okay and all the oxygen will have been consumed by the yeast.

beersk - I've looked at that Mangrove Jack's - be sure to post back what your impressions are. 
Good to know, man. Hope it turns out awesome. I'll post my impressions for sure. One guy on Homebrewtalk had a 90 hour lag time with this yeast, so I'm a bit nervous.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager - oxygenation woes
« on: July 29, 2013, 06:16:08 AM »
I brewed an Oktoberfestbier yesterday. Must've been a good weekend to brew German beer. It was very fall-like this weekend around here, high on Saturday was something like 67F lows in the low 50s.  LOVE IT. I'm not a warm weather person.
I chilled the wort over night in my kegerator, pitched that new Mangrove Jack's Bohemian lager yeast into it this morning. Sure hope it takes off, I've read about some ridiculously long lag times. A bit off putting.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Clean your bottles !
« on: July 26, 2013, 08:16:58 AM »
Triple rinse after pouring is my method. Fill it about a quarter of the way, shake, empty, repeat 2 more times. Seems to work well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What Are You Drinking Tonight?
« on: July 22, 2013, 11:07:38 AM »
I didn't have any yesterday, but Friday night I had something like just over a gallon of beer over 5 or so hours...over did it a bit. Was at Backpocket Brewing in Coralville, IA, drinking helles, dunkel, peated bock, one of the bartender's homebrewed oatmeal stout, then went home and drank some Spaten premium and my black IPA.
Needless to say, I'm taking a bit of a break from beer...
Funny thing is (or not), I didn't feel like crap the next day. I brewed the next night and had a few beers. They didn't taste very good, but still did...Gotta keep that sh!te in check.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mangrove Jack's Dry Yeast
« on: July 22, 2013, 06:58:24 AM »
Fermenting Workhorse yeast around 78F right now. Pretty nervous about this one, I just do not believe that a yeast can produce a clean beer that high. But we'll see. It's an IPA, OG 1.070 with 60% 2-row, 25% white wheat, 15% munich 10L. 1oz Chinook FWH, 1oz Simcoe 5min, 1oz each Chinook and Simcoe at flameout, hopstand for 30 minutes. If it's not a dumper, I'll dry hop with something in the keg.
Next morning the krausen was HUGE and it was fermenting super vigorously. Fermentation probably took off within hours after pitching. Aerated with pure O2 for probably a minute. Pitched at 75F. Not holding out much hope, but it's an experiment...
They say this yeast can go up to 90, but I'm leery because they say "lager styles 59-68F"...pfff, whatever guys...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sanitizer left in carboy...
« on: July 19, 2013, 01:11:47 PM »
2 cups in 5.5 gallons? That's nothing. There was an article about an experiment a while back where some guys intentionally put starsan in a split batch and they could not tell the difference between the two.  Something to that effect. But you don't need to worry about this case.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mangrove Jack's Dry Yeast
« on: July 19, 2013, 10:51:26 AM »
I've used the Hefe yeast, it's good. Has that banana I wanted, but only finished at 1.016 from 1.050, which was a bit disappointing. I'll use it again to see if it wasn't just that batch for some reason. I'm doing an experiment with the Workhorse yeast at ambient temps this weekend with a friend. We're both brewing the same recipe, same yeast, in our respective houses. It's probably somewhere around 75 to 80F in my house. So we'll see how that turns out...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Best igloo cooler for all grain brewing
« on: July 16, 2013, 12:19:47 PM »
I have a rectangular BLUE rubbermaid 50qt cooler and I usually will lose 2-3 degrees in the hour mash.  That doesn't bother me and it seems to be the norm when mashing with a cooler.

As for cleaning, it was a little more difficult to clean when I was brewing in my kitchen.  Brewing in the garage has made cleanup very easy.  After dumping the grains and spraying out with a garden hose, I use the cooler to collect the initial hot water runnings from my chiller when chilling the wort.  I then throw in some Oxiclean and use the mixture in the cooler to clean off other brewing equipment.  When I'm finished, I dump the cooler, spray it out and dry it.  Keeps the cooler clean and bright white!
Maybe I should spray paint my orange cooler blue, haha. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast separates
« on: July 16, 2013, 11:32:21 AM »
Oh weird, I just had this happen to me for the first time the other day. Not quite to that extent, but I had a layer of yeast on top of the clear beer, maybe half an inch; that had never occurred before. I gave it a shake and it all settled out as normal.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Best igloo cooler for all grain brewing
« on: July 16, 2013, 11:28:21 AM »
I figured it was normal and I used to lose a few degrees with my round 20qt Rubbermaid cooler, but I'm still losing a few degrees with this one...kind of frustrating, but I guess I'll forget about it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Best igloo cooler for all grain brewing
« on: July 16, 2013, 06:10:38 AM »
I'm finding that a rectangular cooler is a pain in the ass to clean. Almost considering going back to my 5 gallon rubbermaid...

Only in the winter.  I dump my grains and spray it out with a garden hose.  Not ideal when it's below freezing so I clean it in the kitchen sink.  But that's the only time I have trouble cleaning it.

I also have the 70qt Xtreme cooler...and of course it's BLUE!
Mine is the 36qt Xtreme BLUE cooler. It's much easier to mash in, which is nice, but the cleaning part is just driving me crazy! I'm sure I'll get used to it though. I do feel that the thinner grain bed helps with draining off though, perhaps it's the greater filter area and not the grain bed...I don't know. But it's alright. I don't know that it holds heat much better than my Rubbermaid did though. I still seem to lose a few degrees during the mash. Is that normal for everyone else? I'm measuring my temp with a Thermopen...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Best igloo cooler for all grain brewing
« on: July 15, 2013, 06:52:47 AM »
I'm finding that a rectangular cooler is a pain in the ass to clean. Almost considering going back to my 5 gallon rubbermaid...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing today?
« on: July 15, 2013, 06:42:38 AM »
I brewed a dunkel yesterday. Chilled in kegerator over night and aerated/pitched yeast this morning. Had slurry of 34/70 from a helles. Pretty excited. Four gallon batch - 7.5lbs Bonlander Munich 10L, 4oz Caramunich, 1oz blackprinz malt, .75oz Mittelfrueh FWH, .75oz Mittelfrueh at 15. RO water with calcium chloride and gypsum to 50ppm calcium. Should be a nice and malty beer.
I did a hochkurz step mash, but I'm not sure it made a difference for efficiency. I hit around 75% which is my normal single infusion efficiency. I'm thinking the 10L Munich malt is a bit harder to convert without decoction.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got beef with "American IPA"
« on: July 12, 2013, 10:22:54 AM »

Lol nice... The Dude abides
That movie is so damn funny...

I like some stream water with my freshly killed prey. Bloody rare, please.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer Sale
« on: July 12, 2013, 10:11:26 AM »
Mine showed up today.  Only a soft case, but still quite happy with the purchase
The fact that that detail is inconsistent, keeps me away from the "deal".

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