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Equipment and Software / Anyone else using Yeastcalc?
« on: March 21, 2012, 06:03:14 PM »

After futzing with Sean Terrill's MrMalty instructions for stepped starters for a few batches, getting annoyed and calculating them out by hand, someone pointed me to a calculator that figures the steps out for me!

This is probably old news for you guys, but in case it isn't, check it out.

Ingredients / How much and when - Nelson for a Brut?
« on: March 21, 2012, 02:33:27 PM »
I'm making a Belgian Brut-style beer right now, and want to dry hop with Nelson Sauvin. It's oaking right now. Should I wait until it gets closer to bottling time to dry hop it, or should I dry hop it now? How much should I use? I haven't dry-hopped any Belgian beers before, and don't want to overdo it. I'm planning on bottling it around the end of April.

EDIT: I'm thinking 2oz, one week from bottling. Does that sound reasonable?

Ingredients / Re: soaking oak chips in red wine
« on: March 21, 2012, 08:40:57 AM »
You need a really high proof alcohol to "sanitize" with. IIRC it's like 180 proof. Regular spirits will retard growth of bacteria, but won't kill all bacteria it contacts. That said, in a Flanders Red you've probably already infected that beer with whatever sorts of bugs you might get from the oak, so in this case I wouldn't worry about it.

In general, I'd say add the most flavorful spirit you can find to beer. I've used good whiskey and cheap whiskey, and can definitely tell a difference in the finished product. So use a wine that has a good flavor profile. If you wouldn't drink it straight, don't add it to your beer. 

Going Pro / Re: Another view about commercial Nano brewing.
« on: March 21, 2012, 08:31:26 AM »
They're doing some pretty interesting things with saisons and funky beers. I believe he's an alt prop with Funkwerks

As an aside, Funkwerks made the most disappointing beer I've ever tried. It was ok, but uninspired. A pretty run-of-the-mill Saison. I tried their New Zealand-hopped version too, which was better, but also unremarkable. I expected so much more from a brewery called "Funkwerks."

Going Pro / Re: Another view about commercial Nano brewing.
« on: March 20, 2012, 02:49:12 PM »
I don't know how successful he is money wise, but he makes a mean saison. I picked up a bottle when I was in Colorado, and it was tasty.

He's started since I moved from Denver. If I were still there, I'd probably get a Reserve membership. I'm heading out in May for a friend's wedding, so I'll pick up some of his bottles.

I'm mostly German too, but I've been very indifferent about a lot of issues lately.

It's hard for tone to come across on the internet. I was (mostly) joking.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: A simple, Kosher alternative to gelatin
« on: March 20, 2012, 11:52:32 AM »
No problem with bottling cold. You can let it warm up if that's easier. Just remember to calculate residual CO2 based on the highest temp the beer was ever at. I made that mistake on my Koelsch, and it ended up way flatter than I wanted.

Going Pro / Re: Looking into starting a meadery
« on: March 20, 2012, 11:46:58 AM »
Nothing new to report, except more run-around, more people saying "oh, I don't do that, you want this guy." But I think I've found the person I need to talk to. I'll try calling them tomorrow.

I didn't plan on it being this difficult to determine who is actually in charge of regulating wineries.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: A simple, Kosher alternative to gelatin
« on: March 20, 2012, 11:34:14 AM »
Cold crashing and proper hot-side technique will make a crystal clear beer without finings.

I personally don't have any particular problem with plastic finings. In the grand scheme of things, plastic finings are probably one of the least dangerous things on the planet.

I think everyone here is taking this too seriously.

I don't believe you can take beer too seriously. I'm mostly of German ancestry, though.

I'm more perplexed by her brewery linking to her blog. It's one thing to denigrate homebrewers and homebrewing, it's another to link it back to your brewery. I'm all for private citizens saying whatever dumb crap pops into their head, but this seems like bad business.

I told my wife about the esters-from-hops thing, and she said "What?! I don't know anything about brewing, and even I know esters are from yeast."

It's not a he it's a she and she isn't a brewer. She works at a brewery. Obviously doesn't know the first thing about it either.

I'm just sexist, I guess. I assumed from their tone they were a man.

Gender Analyzer got it right, though.

I cried a little on the inside while reading that. I don't even know where to start. He's so aggressively ignorant, I'm sure there's nothing anyone can say that could penetrate his smugness.

Going Pro / Re: Another view about commercial Nano brewing.
« on: March 19, 2012, 04:31:16 PM »
I came across these guys the other day:

Looks like they're trying to do pretty much what I was describing. Who knows if it'll work out for them.

Other Fermentables / Re: Acid in cider
« on: March 19, 2012, 12:15:24 PM »
115%.  You really must have some extra unjustified prejudice.

It's important not to let facts and numbers get in the way of your prejudice.

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