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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stir Bar Tip
« on: June 13, 2013, 07:59:58 AM »
I feel like the only one without a stir plate...maybe that'll be the next upgrade.

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The salt additions you added were probably fine, soft water is good for hefes. Mashing low and the beer drying out are probably what caused the thin mouth feel.  Unless that's a pH issue...doesn't high mash pH cause a bigger mouth feel or do I have that backwards? Or does that matter at all?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this homebrew?
« on: June 11, 2013, 06:14:01 AM »
Envious of the view, Jim. Would love having mountains in my backyard. Homebrewing is probably the greatest thing I've discovered in my life.  I love brewing at least as much as drinking the beer, if not more, and I take it very seriously. If the beer doesn't turn out the way I expect it to, I get pretty bummed out. Wish I didn't, but I can't help it. I put so much thought and effort into brewing that I want it to be better than anything else I've had.
Must be nice to be up there in the Northwest, fresh yeast and hops right at your finger tips...lucky bastards.
I think I'd take living in the Rockies of Boulder or Fort Collins any day though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering Time
« on: June 10, 2013, 10:38:03 AM »
I think that, much like a shark riding on an elephant's back, it is something to watch out for but not necessarily anything to worry about.
Yeah, but what if it was a shark with frickin' lasers?
Then simply watching out may not be enough.  You'd best wear your mirrored clothes to reflect the laser back into the elephant's eye so it goes stampeding off in the wrong direction and tramples the lion with the wolverine on its back.  Then you'll finally be safe.

Thanks for the advice!  :)
Hahaha! I love Austin Powers...

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Ingredients / Re: Boiled Water Lab Test Results
« on: June 10, 2013, 06:32:40 AM »
Martin, here's my water report post boil. I just got this recently, so even though I've plugged the data in Bru'n water I have not brewed a a beer with any adjustments yet.
pH 9.5
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 389
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.65
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.8 / 7.0

Sodium, Na 60
Potassium, K 7
Calcium, Ca 13
Magnesium, Mg 40
Total Hardness, CaCO3 199
Nitrate, NO3-N 8.8 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 12
Chloride, Cl 99
Carbonate, CO3 37
Bicarbonate, HCO3 97
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 141
Total Phosphorus, P 0.47
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01


This is post boil? Is it me or does that look totally whack?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: barley crusher gap settings ?
« on: June 07, 2013, 08:27:05 AM »
I have no idea what my mill is set to and I don't care.  As long as I get the crush I want it doesn't matter.
I read you said recently that it was something like .028.

My gap is set to .032. I normally get around 75%, not great, but it's pretty consistent, so that's all that matters. I typically use some rice hulls in my mash as well, just a couple hands full. Using a bazooka screen, it tends to gum up sometimes.

If I said that, I must have been drunk.  I've never measured the gap.
Seems as if you might've been drunk when you posted these few comments! haha

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering Time
« on: June 06, 2013, 06:07:32 AM »
Only 6 lagers experience so not an expert. But I think there's little doubt that plenty of time on the yeast is a good thing.

Maybe. depends what your definition of "plenty"is. You have a limited amount of time on the yeast before you introduce autolysis. Granted, homebrew beers can probably go several weeks, you still want to get it off the yeast.

Point is, if you are doing a d-rest you are speeding up the yeast conditioning time that normally happens during traditional lagering. So if you are not doing a traditional lagering method you only need a couple weeks for most low gravity lagers. And certainly no more than 6-8 for higher gravity lagers, if that much.
Really? You think autolysis happens that quickly? I've had good results lagering on the yeast cake for an additional 2+ weeks after the primary.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast producing a 'peachy' flavor?
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:43:36 AM »
I fermented a faux German pils recently with US-05 in the low 60's and it had something that I could place, not off, but just not "clean" if you know what I mean. Perhaps that's the peach/apricot thing it produces. Or maybe it's just esters because it's an ale and not a lager because I got something similar when I did a cream ale with WY1450 also. Could be my water also...

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All Grain Brewing / Re: barley crusher gap settings ?
« on: June 04, 2013, 09:13:41 AM »
I have no idea what my mill is set to and I don't care.  As long as I get the crush I want it doesn't matter.
I read you said recently that it was something like .028.

My gap is set to .032. I normally get around 75%, not great, but it's pretty consistent, so that's all that matters. I typically use some rice hulls in my mash as well, just a couple hands full. Using a bazooka screen, it tends to gum up sometimes.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering Time
« on: June 04, 2013, 08:52:32 AM »
My stepdad is going to help me build a collar for a 9 cubic foot chest freezer this weekend so I can expand my cold storage. I'll still have 2 beers on tap, which I think is plenty, but have 2 spaces for kegs to lager. My old kegerator, a Haier fridge with tower, will become my fermentation fridge. It'll fit 3 kegs, which is all I really need to be fermenting at one time. Super stoked!
I haven't brewed a lager yet this year, I need to change that and try to brew lagers 50% of the time.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Keg line cleaner
« on: June 03, 2013, 08:26:44 AM »
What mine was doing was leaking even when the disconnect was hooked up. Made a mess and wouldn't push water through the line. So, I said screw it and took the stuff back.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Keg line cleaner
« on: June 03, 2013, 07:53:16 AM »
It has to be specifically a firestone ball lock liquid post, correct? I tried this a while back and it didn't work right, the poppet didn't close, like the post didn't screw on far enough. So I'm thinking I didn't have the right disconnect as I used a post off one of my used kegs, Super Challengers, I think.
I'd like to give this another go. Don't have a Home Depot in my area, but there's an equivalent pump at Ace I can pick up.

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Thanks for the reply. I will give this a try. If I understand you correctly you are bottling beer after it has carbonated in your keg. And I assume it does not taste different after a reasonable amount of time.
Thanks again.

yes, after it is fully carbed in the keg. I have opened bottles after several weeks and not noticed any oxidation issues or similar. I don't know what would happen after several months. Keep them cold and that should help alot with shelf life.
I've even done it that way with bottle conditioning, like bottling from the keg, but with priming solution mixed in. I feel it's better than using a bucket, it's closed, pressurized, easier to sanitize a keg, etc. I don't often bottle condition, but when I do I use a keg for the bottling bucket and push the beer with co2. I feel better doing it that way.

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Ha! Man, that sucks!

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Maybe some D-resting and keg cleaning. Other than that this weekend is for the garden. 

Beersk- You wont regret the collared freezer. 
Yeah, looking forward to it. I think a fridge setup is really what I'd want because I could store hops in the freezer, have bottles and kegs in the fridge part. It'd be a multipurpose appliance. But I already have the chest freezer and a Haier kegerator with a tower. I plan to use the current kegerator as a fermentation chamber and since I ferment in kegs, I can still get three in there.  Win-win! Maybe someday I'll still do the fridge conversion though.

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