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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: amazing brew day
« on: April 22, 2013, 06:22:26 AM »
That does sound fun. I haven't had one of those days in a long time. I brew inside now at the place I'm currently living. Someday, I'll live in a place where I can brew in a garage again, have friends over, grill, drink beers, listen to tunes...someday. But for now, I'm pretty happy doing 4 gallon batches inside on the stove.
Thanks for sharing.

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I had an AIPA that was cloudy as all get out and had some pretty severe "yeast bite".  I left it in the keg for about a month at 38F.  After the first two pints poured cloudy again, I figured there was no hope.  Pint 3-40 were awesome though, and the hoppiness held up pretty well.  I brew that recipe roughly every three months. (Without the cloudiness now) I still leave it in the keg to cold condition for a while before I drink it.
I'm wondering if this is what's going on with my black IPA right now. It's not the same as it usually is. Of course, there are a couple factors that make it not as good as normal. I used a hop bag in the boil because I fermented it in a keg. It also is almost a percent higher (7.7% versus 6.8%) than normal. So, I feel the beer is overly bitter, and not as much hop aroma and flavor as normal. I'm thinking some time will help it, but I'm questioning using hop bag now. I'm not worried about utilization in terms of bitterness, but more towards aroma/flavor. The beer got 5oz of hops at flame out and did a hop stand for 30 minutes.  It's also a 3 gallon batch.  So, I'm not wild about it...kind of a bummer. Maybe it's yeast bite because it's still pretty young for a 7.7% beer, maybe it's because I used a hop bag...don't know. But maybe a month in the keg will do it a lot of justice.

I'm thinking about using one of these for straining into the keg for fermenting. This would probably work pretty well...hope it wouldn't clog too much on the higher hopped beers. The cone shape would fit right into the opening of the keg. Pour carefully enough, it would also act as my funnel.

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Ingredients / Re: Simcoe hop question
« on: April 18, 2013, 11:31:34 AM »
Simcoe and cascade for sure. Columbus would be good in there too. My favorite combination for my black IPA is simcoe, cascade, and chinook.

Also agree with hoser. Simcoe and Amarillo do pair very well together.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: budweiser yes, but kind of cool
« on: April 17, 2013, 10:57:38 AM »
Hmmmm....

"Consumers will be giving up about an ounce of beer to get that conversation started. The new can holds 11.3 ounces rather than the standard 12 ounces."  Maybe getting less Bud is an advantage?
Yes, but they'll charge the same for it, I assure you! And the consumer will be none the wiser.

Oh, Dave already said that...ah well. Budweiser is lame.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing Today
« on: April 16, 2013, 08:00:08 AM »
I knew I should've brewed Helles yesterday! Ended up taking the day off work and brewed a Cascade/Chinook IPA. I will be brewing a helles very soon though.

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That is pretty neat.

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Awesome, thank you for the information, Martin!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering in corny kegs
« on: April 11, 2013, 01:43:12 PM »
50 gallons lagering in corny kegs as I type this.
I really need another chest freezer and more kegs so I can do this...That sounds ridiculously awesome.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering in corny kegs
« on: April 11, 2013, 08:23:49 AM »
I haven't but I would. You could probably use the same keg for lagering and then put it on tap.
Quite, it works rather well.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Issues - Dump Cup!
« on: April 09, 2013, 01:52:14 PM »
Yeah, I don't seem to have a problem with my two tap tower either. What does the off-flavor taste like?
Issues I'm having I think are coming from down in the keg, not the lines. I'll be replacing my lines soon with 10 feet lines. The 6 feet ones I have work well, but I want a little less foaming, so I'm going longer.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
« on: April 08, 2013, 05:59:50 AM »
Haha, nice! "Ah hell, let's make a video!"  It's a rather informative video.  I ferment mostly with US-05 or the Weihenstephan yeast and did use a hop bag in the boil (with more hops to make up for loss of utilization).  Excited to see how this turns out. I brew 3 gallon batches anyway, so a keg is just about right for me. Now I just need more kegs as I only have 3...
Thanks for responding.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Why do YOU keg?
« on: April 08, 2013, 05:54:55 AM »
I quit a short homebrewing endeavor in 93-94. When I started back up in 2007 it was straight to kegs. I knew already that it was easier and less messy than dealing with bottles so enjoyed my very first batch of SNPA clone on draft.

Also, I don't mind breaking a keg down to clean since it only takes a few minutes. I reach into the keg and feel around for any slime building up- which can happen. Then it needs a scrub with a sponge instead of just an oxyclean soak.

Bottles tend to build up on the counter by the sink. Don't like that... Even so, I tend to bottle hefeweizens but this year I'll be kegging them.
Hefes are a style where I like having that sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Perhaps the issue I've been having is slime/whatever building up in my dip tubes.  Since I've only recently bought a dip tube brush, I hope this issue goes away.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Stuck Post
« on: April 06, 2013, 10:55:02 AM »
Every time I see the title of this thread I think somebody is having trouble replying.
Har har.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Why do YOU keg?
« on: April 05, 2013, 06:39:40 AM »
Thanks for you input, guys! Always interesting to see what others think and why they do the things they do. I really agree with most reasons why people keg and they're the reasons I want to keep kegging. I like to have hefes in bottles though for the yeast. I don't do many higher gravity beers, none more than about 7%, so I don't bottle for that reason really.
I'm in the process of figuring out why all my IPA's are turning to butterscotch a week or so into the keg and I'm thinking it's from infection of some kind, because it gets worse over time. So I'm thinking a good thorough cleaning of kegs and replacing of tap lines is in order.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Why do YOU keg?
« on: April 04, 2013, 08:26:53 AM »
I can lager 8 kegs in my chest freezer. One reason.
This here is one reason I'd stick with kegging. Don't want to mess with bottling lagers, adding yeast at bottling, etc.
But carbonation isn't much of an issue with bottling is you know what you're doing. Neither is sanitizing bottles if you clean them out properly after you pour a beer. I don't think kegging is cheaper. The upfront cost is way greater, you still have to pay to replace lines, moving parts once in a while, deal with possible CO2 leaks or even liquid post leaks. I'm not arguing that bottling is better, I just think it's simpler. Sure it's more work on bottling day, but that's it, it's a one time deal. Kegging requires ongoing maintenance, which isn't necessarily bad or inconvenient.
Thanks for you input. I really enjoy kegging also, but enjoy the experience of opening a bottle of beer. I guess that's why I still do both.

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