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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering on or off yeast?
« on: June 18, 2010, 09:09:34 AM »
If you filter (presumably to remove the yeast and colloid-proteins that may cause haze) and keg, then what is the reason for lagering for 6-8 weeks in the keg?  What is happening then (and how)?
I would guess aging out of some sulfur compounds, I don't know, that's why I'm asking you guys!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering on or off yeast?
« on: June 18, 2010, 08:04:27 AM »
You misunderstand.  I don't mean leaving it in primary to lager.  I mean, lager in secondary, or filter and lager in the keg for 6-8 weeks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Lagering on or off yeast?
« on: June 18, 2010, 07:09:36 AM »
Just wondering what the experts have to say.  Rack to secondary for a couple of weeks at 32 deg.  Filter-->keg, carbonate and ignore for 4-8 weeks at 32 deg or leave in secondary for 6-8 weeks.  I'm talking Lite Lager, german pils and Oktoberfest (<1.055 OG), not Dopplebocks.


Ingredients / Re: Using real chocolate
« on: June 18, 2010, 06:41:40 AM »
Ok, I've been watching this now for a while and I am forced to add my .02.  I read somewhere (old brewing wives tale) that something in cocoa inhibits yeast performance in some way.  I tried cocoa (always the Hersheys baking cocoa powder, baking cocoa powder is defatted, the bars are not) in the last 5 min of the boil.  1 oz by weight per 5 gal.  It was ok.  I then tried varying amounts in secondary, wetted by vodka so it would dissipate without clumping.

The base recipe was always a mocha porter, so I was looking for more of a subtle flavor to complement the roasted barley.  The best has been - 2 oz by weight in secondary for 7 days.  I guess the vodka helps extract the flavor.  The effect was a very smooth cocoa flavor, but it did leave a lot of crap in the keg.  Very popular at Xmas time.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun vs. CP Filler
« on: June 16, 2010, 07:44:56 AM »
Another option is the picnic tap with the short racking cane tube:

This costs you nothing if you already have a picnic tap and some broken racking cane.

I love this set-up. Key is to bottle when the beer is at ~32-34F and to keep the bottles at the same temp. Then you push the beer into the bottles with about 2-3 psi. Cap on foam and you are done.


+1 on this.  If I'm bottling for competition, I purge the bottles with CO2 first, otherwise I just fill from a sanitized picnic tap.  Now, if I was bottling 2 cases....


Mt. Hood has a piney character that I don't care for.  Haven't tried Vanguard but made a Lite American Lager with Liberty and it was fantastic.  I've made Oktoberfests with Liberty and Tetnang and they were great too.


Equipment and Software / Re: Propane Burners
« on: June 14, 2010, 05:04:23 AM »
You can easily convert a NG burner to propane but no necessarily the other way around.  Something to do with the design of the jet requires the higher pressure of propane to suck enough air through the venturi.  Check this out for a cheap NG burner.

Equipment and Software / Re: Propane Burners
« on: June 13, 2010, 07:19:34 PM »

The base is not good for converted kegs but if you have a conventional pot, it's great and fairly good in the wind.  I have one of these for my 11 gat pot, and a KAB-4 for my 20 gal pot.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Ale Diacetyl Rest
« on: June 10, 2010, 10:57:43 AM »
How long are you keeping the 1968 in primary and at what temp do you ferment? With a big starter (like in a commercial brewery) this yeast will go to FG in 4 days, but needs 6-7 days to clean up completely.  That is what Wyeast is talking about.  If you are fermenting at 66-68 for 7 days or longer, you don't have to worry about diacetyl.


Pimp My System / Re: 200L Automated Brewery Project
« on: June 08, 2010, 06:07:34 AM »
Drool! :P

The Pub / Re: It's so hot...
« on: June 03, 2010, 01:57:02 PM »
"I never drink water.  Fish do unspeakable things in it!"

-- W.C. Fields

All Grain Brewing / Re: Help me make this Plate chiller work!
« on: June 02, 2010, 05:29:20 PM »
3/4" NPT is not garden hose, but there are lots of BRASS NPT-->Garden Hose adapters out there but I have not seen those in stainless.  I'd go with the 1/2" NPT or hose barb.

I think you guys are missing the point.  The analog controllers measure pressure, not temperature.  I don't know if there is a gas or liquid in the bulb, but there is a sensor in the controller detects the change in pressure of the substance, and makes/breaks a relay in the thermostat.  That is why, if you kink the coil, it seals off the bulb from the sensor.

That's odd, I use the White Labs strain WLP005 and I have NO problem with diacetyl!

I would hesitate manipulating the bulb on that controller.  That copper coil is hollow and if you kink or break it the controller is useless.

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