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All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: January 24, 2017, 02:27:49 AM »
Updated Blog entry on Low oxygen filling, after the 1 week test, and some tweaks to the filler.


That's pretty impressive. I'll be curious to see how the shelf life holds out.
Agreed, very cool.

Ingredients / Re: Hop specific IBU Injectors
« on: January 22, 2017, 06:52:47 PM »
I wonder if these can be used for speed dry hopping.
That was definitely a thought of mine. I have some parts on order to rig up a keg injector, and this was one of the uses I had in mind for it
When you get it all hooked up, do a post about it, will ya? I'm curious about that as well and would like to know how it is implemented.

Ingredients / Re: Hop specific IBU Injectors
« on: January 22, 2017, 03:41:51 PM »

I saw a few places selling hop specific IBU injectors.  There's a bunch of different ones. Here is the one for Summit.  Anyone ever use them? 
"Current AA - 50%
Variety specific hop extract - Summit.
Can be used late in the boil or whirlpool to get variety specific flavors and aromas."

I picked up Summit, Citra, Chinook, Cascade and El Dorado injectors recently. I will be putting them through some hop trials in the near future. Hopefully they perform better than my non-varietal HopShot trial, which was relatively bland and flavorless.
Look forward to reading those results. I have a 5mL chinook injector I got from Farmhouse I want to use in a 2.5 gallon batch of pale or IPA.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: January 22, 2017, 02:43:48 AM »
I'm not brewing this weekend, which feels weird... I've basically brewed every weekend for the past couple months to build my stock back up from getting my Barley Crusher repaired. I may be making the shift towards more 3 gallon batches so I can brew more. Ah well, a weekend off can't hurt.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 21, 2017, 06:06:23 PM »
Nice. Yeah, gelatin is nasty. I quit using that sh*t long ago.

All Things Food / Re: why can't you people simply say...
« on: January 21, 2017, 05:01:49 AM »
Is Paula Deen a big hit over there?

No, but I notice she uses the same makeup as your President-Elect. Is this a trend?

Kudos. Well done.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast List: Poor Choices for LowO2/LODO/LO2
« on: January 20, 2017, 05:34:55 PM »
As brewcrew7 mentioned, I would if some 1056/US05/001 yeast could be added to finished "sulfur bomb" beer to help clean it up, or if some amount of priming would be necessary as well.  I've got a kolsch that could use a serious cleanup job. :D

I wouldn't think so.. You would be better off purging the keg's headspace. Of course this will oxidate the beer as well, but it may be a better alternative then dumping!

Thanks for your input. I won't bother trying then.  About a month ago, I spent about 5 days purging the headspace (actually bubbling co2 through the liquid diptube and venting the headspace at the same time) knowing that I'm losing most of what I added the extra effort for.  Like you say, I'd likely prefer a beer who's lost most of it's delicate malt quality than simply pouring the entire thing into the garden.
Sounds like I need to stop purging to seal the lid on my beers that I fully close-transfer. Probably still will on my open-transfers though. But hoping to get a brewbucket soon making it easier to do close-transfers for my 5 gallon batches. I don't know, haven't been worrying about it that much. The beers are mostly spunded anyway.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small Batch Brewers - Let's Talk!
« on: January 20, 2017, 05:28:19 PM »
I'm amazed how many brew small

Actually, it seems to be the fastest growing demographic in the homebrew world.
This does not surprise me in the least.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small Batch Brewers - Let's Talk!
« on: January 20, 2017, 02:25:16 AM »
1. What's your usual batch size?
Mix of 3 and 5 gallon batches

2. Why do you brew small batches?
I brew small batches typically for beers I don't want 5 gallons of and so it won't last 3+ months on tap.

3. Do you brew, extract, partial mash, all grain?
All grain

4. What's your basic process?  I.E., BIAB, tiny cooler (😉), just stir in the extract, etc.
For my "half batches" I do full volume mash, low oxygen. Same process but sparge for 5 gallons.

5. Do you have a favorite piece of equipment that you like to use especially for small batches?
5 gallon keg for fermenting and my jumper hose for close-transfers to 2.5 gallon kegs.

6. If you've brewed larger batches how would you comapre the two in terms of effort?  Time?  Equipment needs?  Recipe consistency?
Time and effort really are about the same having to pre-boil a larger volume or about the same volume for 3 gallon full volume mash versus strike water for a 5 gallon batch - around 5 hours.

7. What am I missing that should be known about small batch brewing?
Scale of economy doesn't mean much when the brewer is getting all they need out of it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: January 16, 2017, 05:41:42 PM »
Gonna do a low O2 AIPA, Galaxy/Citra/Cleopatra. Really curious to see how the hop character comes out under this format. Sure was nice for the APA. After this, lagers for awhile (I think).

Brewed it up, went pretty smoothly overall. Haven't brewed an IPA in a year so it was nice to brew a really hopped up beer. My house recipe is pretty pale, but it practically looks like a helles brewed lodo. The lightening of the wort and beer is definitely a thing, aside from the other aspects. Can't wait to try it.
Wow, I'm surprised it's been a year since you've brewed an IPA. How long was your brew session?

Opinions are like @$$h01es
Everybody has one and they all stink.

Even those freshly showered?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Conclusions?
« on: January 15, 2017, 07:26:43 PM »
I am finally brewing the oatmeal stout I was supposed to brew like three weeks ago.

I started getting everything together at 9:00 a.m., and I was ready to mash in at 10:20.  The water prep definitely takes some time, but I'm hoping to make up a bit with the no sparge. 

On the plus side, I was able to listen to almost half a Dead show...
I think the no sparge takes longer, honestly. It's more water to heat up to a boil in the beginning. When I sparge, I have half as much water to heat up, and can start heating the sparge water after mashing in. Really only adds about 30 minutes to the brew session.
I no sparge my 3.5 gallon batches for my 2.5 gallon kegs, but have to sparge my 5.5 gallon batches. Both sizes take about the same amount of time, around 5 hours.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Conclusions?
« on: January 14, 2017, 06:51:19 PM »
Anyone try a lodo Vienna? I was thinking something like 95% Vienna, 5% Carared for a future batch.
Yep, often. The Vienna has sort of a doughy character.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 14, 2017, 02:49:27 AM »
Pale ale with 98% Vienna and 2% special B, cascade and centennial, 1028 yeast.

what kind of impact does the 2% of special B have in a pale ale. I've never thought of using it in that?
I think it adds depth and character, you know that little sumpin-sumpin extra (except way better than Lagunitas...well what isn't better than Lagunitas?). Not sure what the color rating on the special B is, but this beer is probably 7 SRM when Beersmith said it should be like 9 SRM. Low oxygen makes for that lighter color. But I'm also wondering what the typical color rating on Special B is.

huh, might have to try it. At that percentage, do you get many of the prune juice/raisin notes special b tends to kick out?
You know, I'm not sure, but I'd think probably in the 4-6% range. This wasn't quite high enough amount for it to come through, or at least stick out anyway.

I'm not a huge sports fan, but I always root for the red-shirt foosball guys.

Hahaha. Mitch was funny. R.I.P.

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