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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Using lactobacillus
« on: December 30, 2014, 09:27:27 AM »
I've had good results with Berliners using the following process, and I assume the same applies for Gose:

- Lacto starter, no O2/no stir, 1 week @90*
- Pitch lacto starter, no O2, 1 week @90*
- Drop temp, O2 as usual, pitch yeast/brett as usual
- Ferment as usual.

I don't boil, but I do sample periodically for preferred level of tartness.

+1 good process

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Using lactobacillus
« on: December 30, 2014, 08:27:47 AM »
AFAIK, oxygen will inhibit lactobacillus. Therefore, it is more beneficial to aerate after lacto has done its work (and after a re-boil if you chose to do that as boiling drives off oxygen), prior to pitching the yeast that you choose to finish the beer.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Share your brew stands!
« on: December 29, 2014, 08:33:41 AM »
Here's mine. Still a work in progress. In the process of changing to natural gas.

I lost like 5 efficiency points when I added a snowboard to my brew stand. Not sure what the problem is.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: White Labs vials?
« on: December 27, 2014, 08:40:02 PM »
I made a "cooling " vessel out of mine to check PH.

I love it!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Need a new keezer
« on: December 27, 2014, 08:38:36 PM »



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This is a Sears 8.8 cu ft chest freezer.  Fits: 6 ball lock kegs (2 on shelf, 4 on floor), co2 with dual regulator, and a cpu fan to blow cold air to the top of the keezer.  Yes, I know... 6 kegs... only 4 taps.  I will need to place an order soon...
That is really a great size for a kegerator IMO. Four standard cornies without a collar.  I usually have a couple 3 gallon cornies in the rotation so a set up like that could accommodate 4 standard and 2, 3 gallon kegs without a collar.  That could that work for you. I'm always going to have a collar until my back gives out or I build a walk in.  ::)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Need a new keezer
« on: December 26, 2014, 12:13:52 PM »

I have a couple Maytag 14 CF that work great. One for fermenting/crashing the other for carbing/lagering & bottles. We use a 7CF  Holiday from HD that holds four cornies. All 3+ years old and running strong with dual stage Ranco  or single Johnson Control.
Does the holiday hold four without a collar?

I just dug out the model number of my ferm freezer and I think it could hold 5, maybe 6, ball locks on the floor. Maybe I should promote it to keezer and look for a new ferm freezer. Any idea if two 6 gallon better bottles would fit without a collar?
No, I had to add a collar to the Holiday to fit four cornies, one sits on the condenser shelf. If I had it to do over I would have made my keezer out of a 14CF. Not that much more floor space but much more versatility, options for configuration and collar optional. I do believe one could fit two six gallon better bottles into the Holiday or most other 7 CF models. I would take a couple empty ones down to Lowe's/HD and test to be sure. 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Need a new keezer
« on: December 26, 2014, 09:36:41 AM »
I have a couple Maytag 14 CF that work great. One for fermenting/crashing the other for carbing/lagering & bottles. We use a 7CF  Holiday from HD that holds four cornies. All 3+ years old and running strong with dual stage Ranco  or single Johnson Control.

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Beer Recipes / Re: NHC Gold Medal Recipes
« on: December 26, 2014, 12:26:25 AM »
Very cool, odd source but very cool. Thanks Jim!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun Tips
« on: December 26, 2014, 12:20:07 AM »
If you can get a partner to help it really improves the beer gun bottling experience. One person on the gun and the other on the capper and you don't have to stop and get that foaming every time.

Good point.  I can't wait for my son or daughter to be old enough to help with this task.  I will make it one of their chores.
Ha! As my dad used to affectionately say,"what good are dwarves if you can make 'em work?" ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is it with mass produce beer...
« on: December 24, 2014, 02:44:54 PM »
Red Stripe is the only beer that gives me a headache within minutes of having one. I've always assumed I must be either allergic to the yeast or there are just enough bi-products or fusels to trigger a response.
Corona for me.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun Tips
« on: December 24, 2014, 02:34:41 PM »
Mine usually dials in between 4-7 psi with just enough foam to cap on but no so much that it knocks the cap off before I can seal it.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 24, 2014, 02:24:35 PM »
i will take balvenie (too many good ones to name) and jameson (reg , 12yr, 18yr, black barrel, gold) most anytime over anything.

Yeah, love the Balvenie ones.

Mmm hmmm, tasty stuff that Doublewood.

Believe I'll be breaking some out this evening, matter of fact!
Ah geez, and here I thought I was done Christmas shopping!

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 24, 2014, 02:18:27 PM »
i will take balvenie (too many good ones to name) and jameson (reg , 12yr, 18yr, black barrel, gold) most anytime over anything.

Yeah, love the Balvenie ones.

Mmm hmmm, tasty stuff that Doublewood.

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The Pub / Re: Lady brewers
« on: October 18, 2014, 10:02:49 AM »
Check out Barley's Angels

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