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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My First Dry Hop
« on: May 26, 2011, 05:54:43 AM »
Whole hops.  There is a lot of foam and stuff in the primary now sitting atop the beer- can I expect the hops the sink thru this and if not does it matter.?

General Homebrew Discussion / My First Dry Hop
« on: May 26, 2011, 04:42:06 AM »
So I am going to dry hop a APA today and wanted some general recs.  I haven't done this before so a little clueless.  Going to use citra hops at the recommendation of LHBS.  Is there any benefit to placing them in a weighted mesh bag if I plan to transfer back to a clean carboy after 5-7 days?  Is it ok to have the hops simply floating on top of the beer?  Add the hops first then the beer or vice versa?  I assume I maintain the same fermentation temp ~67F. 

Equipment and Software / Kegerator
« on: March 26, 2011, 10:18:46 AM »
So I've decided to take the plunge and get a kegerator.  I'm trying to discern the difference in cost between buying a kit and likely a new small (dorm size) fridge or buying a kegerator outright.  I am looking for at least a 2 cornie keg capacity with a twin draft tower.  I've seen completed systems with co2 tank, 2 cornies, and everything else for around $750.  Does anyone have experience with building their own and if so what were the overall costs and labor time.  I'm not the handiest person around but could probably complete the task with adequate instruction.  Any advice?

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Temperature control
« on: March 04, 2011, 03:36:55 PM »
I tend to keep my house cool during the winter so my SOP is to use the fermwrap, a glass carboy, carboy cap with a thermowell and a digital temp controller.  It works great!

Do you use the Johnson digital temp controller and if so does it work well with the Thermowell?

Equipment and Software / Fermentation Temperature control
« on: March 04, 2011, 05:34:45 AM »
I'm looking to better control the fermentation temperatures of my beer.  Right now I have a bit of a drafty house and temperature can vary a bit.  I've looked into some carboy warming gadgets as the basement (where most of my brewing takes place) stays about 60 or sometimes a bit cooler.  The fermwrap heater seems to be a reasonable choice.  Does anyone have experience with this?  Also with regards to the controls will a Johnson Digital Thermostat control do the trick with the aid of a thermowell stopper?  Any advice or recs would be appreciated.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop substitutions
« on: February 18, 2011, 01:15:23 PM »
Well we are a bit committed here already.  I appreciate the advice though.  Guess I'll see how this turns out.  Lesson learned if it comes out poorly.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop substitutions
« on: February 18, 2011, 12:26:57 PM »
Perfect.  I have an ounce of chinook from a recent batch left over.  I will opt to use that.  I appreciate the help.

General Homebrew Discussion / Hop substitutions
« on: February 18, 2011, 12:09:51 PM »
Getting ready to brew a dry stout.  The recipe called for about 0.7 oz of target hops for 60 min (11% AA).  These were unavailable at LHBS so owner suggested goldings as a replacement, but only at 3.7% AA.  I plugged this into a hop conversion app and it calls for 2.1oz of the goldings as a replacement.  If this is purely for bitterring purposes should it work out?  I've never had to substitute hops before (this is only batch 8 or so for me).  Open to any and all advice.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: 1st batch partial mash and headaches
« on: February 15, 2011, 04:02:50 PM »
What they ^ said.  :D
That's pretty darn good temp control. Beer temps 6-8 degrees above ambient are not uncommon. Shoot for controlled temps in the low to mid 60's for most ale yeasts(there are exceptions) and you'll be golden. Good luck.

Thanks for all the pointers. Is that advice meant to disregard "ideal temps" posted on yeast packages?  The last time I had temps go a little low (unintentional) down to the low 60s I ended up with banana beer (damn near undrinkable).  Not sure if that relates to the low temp or not but some said it could have been.  My brief research has suggested otherwise, in that more banana-like tones will be more common at HIGHER temps.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: 1st batch partial mash and headaches
« on: February 15, 2011, 12:46:50 PM »
68 was the reading on the fermometer (my best estimate of whats actually going on inside).  Any hope of this tempering with time?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: 1st batch partial mash and headaches
« on: February 15, 2011, 12:34:32 PM »
What temp did you ferment at?

68-70.  Pitched at 68.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / 1st batch partial mash and headaches
« on: February 15, 2011, 12:25:32 PM »
I just sampled the finished product from my first attempted partial mash recipe- overall tastes pretty good but it left me a bad headache the next day (after drinking only 2) and the phenomena repeated itself the following day after just one.  It was an IPA recipe, alcohol content ~5.5%.  Any ideas what could be causing this?  Tannins?

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewstand
« on: December 21, 2010, 06:17:24 PM »
Appreciate all the suggestions.  Any thoughts on planning for a setup with a mash tun for single step infusion mashing (the cooler type) vs a multi step infusion mashing vessel (with a burner)? I haven't tried either and definitely appreciate the advice about getting a few all grain batches down prior to building anything.  Thought I'd take a consensus though- are there particular advantages or drawbacks to either setup? 

Equipment and Software / Brewstand
« on: December 20, 2010, 11:14:37 AM »
Fairly new to home brewing but now that I've got a few extract brews under my belt I was going to try my hand at a partial mash recipe.  I was contemplating building a VERY basic 2 or 3 tier brew stand and was curious if anyone had some general recs or blueprints.  Or even just things I should consider prior to just jumping in and building something.  It will need to be mostly wood as I don't know how to weld.  Also cost will need to be controlled.  I have looked around at other threads and while the majority of the brew stands posted are impressive they are a bit more advanced than what I was looking for.  Thanks

Equipment and Software / Re: concerns about copper tubing
« on: December 19, 2010, 12:05:38 PM »
Small design flaw now that I think of it but the copper tubing is coiled and cemented inside a PVC pipe that conducts the cold counterflow water.  Probably should have avoided the cement as a hot oven would be the preferred sanitation method- maybe next time.

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