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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aging Homebrew Poll
« on: October 28, 2010, 11:12:34 PM »
This is a great subject.

I've got six bottles of my first Barleywine brewed in Feb 08. Also a Saison, a Tripel and a lot Braggot from about the same time. Another keg of cider and Barleywine that is at least 14 months old and 3.5 yo Ginger cider in 750ml bottles.

I don't like the Braggot. Age has "improved" it but can't drink more than one. I think the Saison and the Tripel may be past their peak. Could be oxidation and I've sensed a loss of carbonation in the Tripel. :-\ The Saison has won me shrewd looks of reappraisal and complements from my amazed epicurean friends. That made me feel pretty good, because that particular beer showed progressive positive changes in character over the course of time.

Mostly I brew for immediate consumption and have no problem drinking beer that is days old. My average beer is about 3-4 weeks when I officially start on it. Since I tend to brew 12 gallons I get to see how the beer changes (or doesn't) over the course of 2 kegs and various force-carbings in PET bottles.

I planned on extended aging with all the aforementioned beers, but most of my brew doesn't last more than a couple months at most.



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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: my first brew!
« on: October 28, 2010, 11:35:27 AM »
hey guys, thanks for all the encouragement!  It's been about 38 hours now and there is much more activity :)  i'll probably post again in week or so before bottling! :D 

Congrats on the first beer! The bulk of the fermentation will be done in just a few days. A total of 10-14 days in primary is good. Some advise even more- like 3 weeks to a month. It all depends on what you're brewing and other factors.

Oh, be sure to cover your carboy or put it away from the light- especially sunlight! Light exposure can skunk your brew!


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Zymurgy / Re: Aging beer
« on: October 28, 2010, 11:27:16 AM »
Then maybe dipping the cap in sealing wax for a beer one wants to keep for a long time. Or use corks.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Ph question for IPA recipe
« on: October 28, 2010, 02:13:05 AM »
The range of appropriate mash pH is the same no matter what the style of beer is, it's the pH required for good conversion of the starches to sugars.

We'll need a full recipe, as well as the amount of Burton salts you're adding to the water, then we can talk about crispness.  Everything from malt and mash temps to yeast and fermentation temps.

Very well said! Let's break it down. Crispness might be as simple as carbonation volumes. IMO.  :)

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The Pub / Re: Cask Ale vs Alcopop
« on: October 27, 2010, 10:45:49 PM »
Cask ale just does nothing for me. Love beer, love wine, some wood in wine is OK, doesn't belong in beer IMO.

I've never had it. Does it really give wood flavor or are the casks line with something? I understand that cask ale's character changes over the course of time- even in the same day. Sounds like homebrew! ;)

On the other subject there isn't many brewpubs here. At most ten. Butt load of bars and beer joints. What sucks is the distances involved and I don't like to drive even after one beer. There's a HB scene here though.

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I'm not a PNW'er and I thought they were average and unexciting.

That just means you're ready to move here!  ;)

You never know what the next few years will bring.  ;) I've toyed with moving to the area (Eugene) over the last ten years.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Shiner Holiday Cheer
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:31:31 AM »
Reporting back. No on the BBQ sauce. At least the way I made it. It never made it onto any meat thankfully.

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I'm not a PNW'er and I thought they were average and unexciting. The Ranger is drinkable but I didn't care for the Tumbler at all.

Thanks for reminding me about the Smithwicks. I can get it at the local but never tried it.

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The Pub / Re: Keeping chickens
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:22:28 AM »
That is monstrous!  :o

Even though it's illegal to keep them here I'd like some for the backyard. However, it also seems to be some sort of nexus point for all the neighborhood cats.  ???

I don't think the chickens would survive for very long.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Christmas came early
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:09:54 AM »
I think it could be scaled down to make an ordinary beer in the 1.060 range. Then you could drink two...

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The Pub / Re: Blackout in a can
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:06:42 AM »
Hmmm. Kids....

Anyone remember using one of these?



Now if they're pouring Four Loko in there we could see more headlines... :P

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Hi all,
I just got into homebrewing and purchased a basic starter kit with a plastic 5 gallon fermentation bucket and I have some concerns with my first batch of beer-
I started out with a blonde ale and everything seems to be going good so far except the temperature in the fermentation bucket went from 72 degrees (the beer is fermenting in a dark closet that is at a constant 72-73 degrees) to 77 degrees.  I understand that the fermentation process creates heat, but the ambient air temp is 4-5 degrees cooler and I'm concerned that this fluctuation in temperature will harm my batch of beer.  Everything else appears to be normal, the airlock is bubbling and we were extremely anal about sanitation.  Is this temp change something that I should worry about, or is this normal? 
Thanks!

I think it's more than likely that off flavors will be produced at those temps. You'll probably get a solvent flavor- reminiscent of acetone. It's a hard lesson to learn, but steady temp control really is one of the most important factors in brewing. The approaches suggested work really well.

Just don't give up if it doesn't turn out. Start all over again armed with new knowledge...

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The Pub / Re: Best Apps for iPod?
« on: October 27, 2010, 10:05:25 AM »
Well, if you jailbreak, installous is, by far, the best "app" - beeralchemy is way better than Beer Smith or ProMash IMO - I use it when I'm stuck away from a comp and I need some quick beer math.

I don't think I jailbreak... what's that? Besides the point, I tried beer alchemy and didn't like it much. If you could get it for an ipod I might give it a second chance.

Homebrew calculator is good for some quick beer math.  It would be really nice if they had a hydrometer adjustment calc though.  That might not be an ipod app.  I have a Droid.


I have a Droid too... And I'm selling my iPhone today. Jailbreaking is rooting the phone or removing the restriction that allows one to install apps that apple and att don't want installed. So you thought you had a choice huh? Already did it to the droid phone.

Anyway, I'm seeing a lot of the same apps available for both types.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Refrigerator size for kegerator conversion
« on: October 26, 2010, 11:04:28 PM »
I took a cut-out with me and a tape measure. Seems like they forgot about us homebrewers when they designed these things. I fit two cornies inside my 4cf sanyo and not really any room for a tank, though plenty of wasted space.

You'll probably have to look in the 16-20cf range to manage four cornies and a tank- mainly for interior depth.


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All Things Food / Re: Fruit... pathetic
« on: October 26, 2010, 10:56:40 PM »
I beg to differ about fructose. Again because it is so readily absorbed by the body that it causes a massive insulin spike. It is not a low glycimic food. Just because it comes in a fruit package doesn't automatically make it one of the healthiest.  Sucrose is marginally better.

Individuals need more complex carbohydrates on a consistent basis than they need fructose.

So, I'm on a beer board and I'm being told fruit is bad for me.
Watermelon has a GI of 72 and chocolate cake 38; therefore chocolate cake is better for me.
I think a big part of the equation is missing, don't you agree?

This thread is all screwy anyway - cap claims to have had enough MEAT up in him to host a barbeque.  
:P  (need puking smiley)

Actually, I was wrong about fruit not being low glycimic. I apologize.




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