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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mosher Historical Beer Myths
« on: November 27, 2015, 08:06:44 PM »
I kept looking for the "like" button on these posts! I enjoyed the podcast and all the discussion that followed. It reminded me why I have stayed with the hobby for seven years across two states, three job changes, elder-parent care, a doctoral program that has kinda harshed my brewing time, and so on. I find brewing fascinating and relaxing (in the way that hobbies that take us away from other parts of our life are relaxing, even during the frustrating moments) but I also really like homebrewers. Glad to be part of a community united under the umbrella, "We may not agree on other things, but we agree malted barley wants to become beer."

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Hop You Hate
« on: October 16, 2015, 06:13:56 AM »
Once all the craft newbies get finished with the newer ipa's, things are likely to come full circle back to Centennial and Cascade. They have really fallen by the wayside the last few years.

SN's Celebration will be out soon! (although I'm sure they changed the recipe this year ;D )

I don't hate any hops, but I won't use Belma or Calypso again. Calypso had a strange bitterness to it and Belma didn't seem to have any flavor.

From SN's website: "Celebration is bold and intense, featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops" -- well, that just crushed my theory about tracing beers I don't like back to Chinook, though there are years I have liked Celebration more than others, so maybe that's it!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Hop You Hate
« on: October 15, 2015, 07:01:27 PM »
I knew it was Mr. Bigglesworth all along. *bad kitty, no beer for you*

I have traced beers I don't like back to too much Chinook. It's interesting how our palates work -- and how they change over time.

Beer Recipes / Re: Citra and wheat recipe
« on: October 14, 2015, 05:39:56 AM »
I love me some red wheat

What flavor does red wheat impart? Is there a commercial beer I could try?

Beer Recipes / Re: Citra and wheat recipe
« on: October 13, 2015, 12:44:17 PM »
This is good, real good.

OG 1.054

50% Red Wheat
45% Two-row
5% Belgian Aromatic
Mash @156F

Apollo or other clean bittering hop @60 to 35-40 IBU
70g Citra in 170F whirlpool steep
55g Citra dry hop

WY1450 @64F

Interesting! I've never used red wheat. Or WY1450. Both sound fun to try out. Thanks.

Beer Recipes / Citra and wheat recipe
« on: October 13, 2015, 11:38:59 AM »
The next quarterly competition for the local homebrew club, due 12/1, is a pale ale with wheat and Citra.

I was thinking of taking the grain bill for Lil Sumpin Sumpin posted to AHA and swapping some of the hops with Citra (maybe the Chinook and Cascade):


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Head Retention and Sanitizers
« on: October 05, 2015, 08:00:12 PM »
The OP mentioned "the foaming action of starsan made a mess when using the vinator." I have not experienced this because I follow the rule (borrowed from a rhyme my mother taught me long ago about chemistry), "Do as you oughter, add StarSan to water." In other words, I fill the vinator with water, and then add StarSan. This applies to most of my uses for StarSan, including how I fill the spray bottle I use to sanitize surfaces, and how I fill bowls or other containers when I'm sanitizing small components. Maybe I'm doing it all wrong, but it works for me. I still get foam, just not nearly so much.

I too have used iodophor and StarSan and have not seen a head retention issue associated with either.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: carbonation for 9% ABV beer in bottles
« on: October 05, 2015, 06:42:02 PM »
With respect to a small amount of yeast, for a half-batch (2.75 gal), would that be say, 1/8 of a packet of dry yeast?

Sierra Nevada re-yeasts at 1 million cells/mL, supposedly. For a 2.75 gal batch, that would be about 0.5 g, or 1/20 of a 10.5 g packet.

Thanks! My little blade scale can help dial that in. I was thinking of making a small RyePA, so if everything aligns I could use the 19/20 of the yeast in that the same weekend. (Though for all the effort involved in brewing, even tossing the rest of an open packet is worth it, if the beer comes out the way I want it to.)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: carbonation for 9% ABV beer in bottles
« on: October 05, 2015, 06:37:27 AM »
With respect to a small amount of yeast, for a half-batch (2.75 gal), would that be say, 1/8 of a packet of dry yeast?

Also, can I assume that post-fermentation, the type of yeast would not matter? I have a Belgian Golden Strong fermenting right now. I used Wyeast 1388 and made a starter. I have a packet of Bry-97 in the fridge.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: A Twist on Starter Technique
« on: September 19, 2015, 04:42:37 PM »
At least half the time I mash in the evening, collect the wort, then get up very early for the boil, so I could make that starter at night and pitch it as soon as I reached pitching temp. Interesting!

Equipment and Software / Re: 5 gallon Igloo mash tun is best for me?
« on: June 20, 2015, 10:37:28 AM »
I too brew batches around the 3 gallon size. I used a 5-gallon cooler just fine when I was sparging. About a year and a half ago I adopted a no-sparge model that works for me. Think of it as BIAB without the bag (no lifting, gravity drain into the kettle, etc.). That's when I went to a 9-gallon rectangular Coleman Xtreme, which works great for me for this purpose.

I kept the 5-gallon cooler just in case I want to sparge a batch for any reason, and it would be a three-minute job to swap out the ball valve and modified plumbing supply line. But if I were not using the no-sparge model, I would have stayed with the 5-gallon. It worked well for that purpose, and even with no-sparge there is enough space in my 9-gallon mash tun that I lose temp faster than I did in the 5-gallon. (I throw a blanket over the tun, which seems to help.)

Regarding equipment cost, I found that 5-gallon cooler on sale for $15 -- but the Home Depot version is $20 today, which seems like a good deal.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 regulator to Paintball Tank Adapter
« on: June 17, 2015, 08:05:29 PM »
I've used that JacPac thing I bought maybe a total of three or four times.  I think I paid $40 for it and even that's hard to justify since I don't use it much.

It's also complicated getting the paintball tanks filled.  One of the lovely things about living in Chicago is that I cannot get paintball CO2 tanks in the city.  You need to drive way out into the hinterlands.  My local gas place wants $10 to fill a 20 oz. paintball tank, $15 for a 5 lb. tank.  Dick's will fill the small tank for a couple bucks and even free sometimes, but I have to drive 45 minutes to get there.

Having moved from San Francisco to the North Bay, things like paintball CO2 refills are not too hard (no idea what it was like in SF). Dicks' around here confessed that their CO2 had been broken for more than a month. Sports Authority assured me they could do it, no problem, and they are ten minutes away. There are other CO2 places around here as well.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 regulator to Paintball Tank Adapter
« on: June 16, 2015, 07:25:07 PM »
Thanks all. This is a lot of great information. (And I like that paintball regulator... I should go for "more flexible" but it's a fascinating piece of equipment.) -- kgs

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 regulator to Paintball Tank Adapter
« on: June 14, 2015, 01:58:09 PM »
Here you go....

Again, this was really more about the gas component, but people commented on the quality of the tank as well.

Whew, thanks. Definitely interesting thread worth thinking about.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 regulator to Paintball Tank Adapter
« on: June 14, 2015, 01:26:36 PM »
(Someone)  ;) posted a long thread not too long ago about CO2 tanks and the purity of gases. He came to the conclusion that the tank is the point of concern. I would read up on paintball tanks before I used them with beer. Just my .02.

I have been reading up on paintball tanks, including searching the Forum. Not sure who "someone" is, just tried another search, etc. Haven't been on forum that much while I've been in the middle of a job change, parental health crisis, household move, & progress in a doctoral program... just took a rare break to dip in for advice.

This would be a new tank that would be filled, not exchanged.

Back to studying...

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