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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« on: February 20, 2013, 08:42:57 AM »
Here is my grain bill:

17.00 lb Golden Promise (2.0 SRM) Grain 55.28 %
5.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 16.26 %
4.75 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 15.45 %
2.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 6.50 %
1.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 3.25 %
1.00 lb White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 3.25 %

Mashed at 153 and got 78% brew house efficiency. Fly Sparge.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« on: February 20, 2013, 06:12:15 AM »
I thought this yeast was fast. Do you think I need to raise the temperature? Is it unreal to expect the FG to be around 1.016 ? Any thoughts>?

Yeast and Fermentation / San Diego Super Yeast
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:55:21 AM »
I used a starter of 2 vials of wlp 060 San Diego Super Yeast, o2 injected, half gallon size starter, on a stir plate for 4 days. It is an 11 gal batch size at a controlled temperature of 66 degrees.

My OG was 1.074 and after 20 days it's now only 1.026.


really, you can't make a list on a sheet of paper

All Grain Brewing / Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« on: February 07, 2013, 08:38:43 AM »
CloneBrews: Homebrew Recipes for 150 Commercial Beers (Paperback)
Also their 2nd edition

The worst book I've ever purchased. Worthless. I know some of the recipes are not right and I've never heard of most of the beers. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: beer changes flavor
« on: February 05, 2013, 08:01:09 AM »
If a pressure line has had beer "burped" back into the tube, can this tube cause an infection in fermented beers down the road ?

All Grain Brewing / Re: beer changes flavor
« on: February 04, 2013, 05:22:39 AM »
I go from primary directly to the corny and I release the pressure a few times to help purge the o2. I don't know of any other way to do it.

Beer bars might pour hundreds of gallons per week. It's not practical to use line cleaner before the 5 gal keg is even finished.

All Grain Brewing / Re: beer changes flavor
« on: February 02, 2013, 11:39:16 AM »
I change out my lines every year and run fresh water though the lines after each keg is finished. Sometimes I'll use line cleaner. I only drink 100 gal per year. These lines are only 6 months old.

The taste is almost like a grain alcohol taste with a hint of plastic but the whole flavor base is changed. The hoppiness is diminished and the deep flavor profile is diminished with an added after flavor.

But for weeks the beer tastes great, when its half gone is when I get the bad flavors.

All Grain Brewing / beer changes flavor
« on: February 02, 2013, 10:14:02 AM »
I have 2 beers on tap which were aged 3 and 5 months respectively. ( an imperial amber lager 8% and an Irish red ale 5.3%). Both tasted very good when I tapped them and now after sharing and enjoying these great beers, 2 weeks later they both taste different. I know there is a lot more head space in the kegs but what could cause these new flavors? The kegs are only half empty. Bad gas? bad tubing?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Increase in FG in secondary?
« on: January 25, 2013, 10:00:59 AM »
I once had a similar problem but discovered that I was sliding the hydrometer back into the plastic case too quickly and the paper inside was moving giving me off readings. Broke it and bought another one, problem solved.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: 2.5 gallon corny post size?
« on: January 20, 2013, 08:46:59 AM »
I bought a 2.5 gal corny that had 2 gas posts on them. Check to make sure your not trying to put a black liquid out on to a gas post.

Ingredients / Re: Turbinado vs. Light Brown Sugar?
« on: January 13, 2013, 09:08:37 AM »
Turbinado is not expensive.

« on: January 09, 2013, 09:13:23 AM »
I had a fellow brewer tell me not to mill the whole bag of grain at once because in 4-5 weeks it won't be fresh and taste the same. I don't have my own mill so it's handy to mill it in advance.

Is that true?  Will there be a difference in taste or performance?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: co2 tank filling
« on: December 31, 2012, 11:27:27 AM »
You should call the dept of weights and measures in your state, they calibrate and monitor for accuracy on all devices.  Maybe the state official can set him straight. 

OR just pay him by the pound like my propane guy, and not per tank.

My local brew store sets the CO2 tank on a scale, zeros the scale, then fills the tank to 5 lbs. (and only charges $10)

Equipment and Software / Re: Weird German homebrew equipment
« on: December 29, 2012, 08:28:07 AM »
I saw a wireless BBQ thermometer similar to the one I got for Christmas. The probe was pushed down into a long stainless steel thermowell which was strapped to the inside of the pot. The probe sends a signal to the handheld unit so you always know what your mash temp.

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