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Events / Small Batch Brew Demo, Tulsa, OK 4/28/13
« on: April 26, 2013, 06:32:03 PM »
Hey all you Okies, if you have any friends that are interested in brewing, send 'em out to Guthrie Green this Sunday.  I will be at the Okie Crowe Booth giving a demo of my 2 gallon all-grain kit.  We'll also have some cool tee's, soaps, onsies, hand scrubs and pet stuff.  Vendors will be out from 10am - 4pm and there will also be a concert on the green featuring J.D. McPherson! Should be a fun time for all!

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Yeast and Fermentation / New Wort over an active yeast cake
« on: July 12, 2012, 03:00:43 AM »
This weekend I'm planning on racking my current brew (Honey Basil Pale Ale) to a 2ndary or keg, and then dropping my newly brewed APA on top of the yeast cake existing in the primary...is this an OK thing to do, or am I asking for an infection?

I used this method on my most recent brew - I dropped a brown porter over the yeast cake created by my standard bitter, and got amazing results...I'm hoping to repeat these results with the pale ale, but wanted to get some feedback before brew day.

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Events / Homebrew Demo, Tulsa OK
« on: June 09, 2012, 06:00:44 AM »
Hey AHA Okies!
On June 16th I'm doing a homebrew demo on small batches that one can brew in small spaces, camping, experimental, beginner homebrewing, etc...!
I will be giving out samples of my Standard Ordinary Bitter.

The demo is at 2pm and should about 90 minutes and will take place at Groggs Green Barn, 10105 East 61st street (between Mingo and Garnett) in Tulsa OK.
You'll also get to check out some awesome beer scented soaps and other cool stuff by Okie Crowe!
Hope to see you there!

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Equipment and Software / Malt Mill questions
« on: March 04, 2012, 06:49:29 PM »
Schmidling or Barley Crusher.....any opinions?  I've read that Monster Mills are nice, but they seem a little pricey.
I need to buy one since I just bought 3 bags of base malt lol!

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All Grain Brewing / Mashing Raw Wheat
« on: October 19, 2011, 01:47:41 PM »
I have a batch of raw wheat that I want to use in a Hefeweizen.

Grain bill will be 50% 2 Row and 50% Raw Wheat.

I've been told several things from boiling the wheat prior to mashing - not to worry about and just do a regular infusion mash - or to do a decoction mash to activate the enzymes in the raw wheat.

Anybody here ever use raw wheat?  What are your suggestions? ???

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Kegging and Bottling / Can your pressure "hit a wall"
« on: August 20, 2011, 06:56:27 AM »
I set my CO2 to my 4 gallons of Witbier at 12psi.  After about 8 days it carbed up OK, and had some decent head retention.

However....it needed more carbonation so I cranked the CO2 to 16psi.  After about 6 days, I took a sample expecting a foaming effervescent beer, but the beer is almost flat - no head retention whatsoever, and much less carbed than where it was last week.

I found no leaks on my keg or equipment.  Did I pressure out?  In other words could it not take any more CO2 since it was already in there?  Anyway, I knocked my pressure back down to 12 and will see what happens - hopefully it will equalize and begin absorbing gas....any ideas about what might have happened?  ???

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All Grain Brewing / Transferring to Lauter Tun
« on: August 07, 2011, 02:50:56 PM »
Does anybody heat their mash in their boil kettle, then transfer it to another vessel for sparging?  If so, what is your method?  I am planning to do this based on the Pilsner article in the current issue of zymurgy.  I'm going to perform my step mash in my boil kettle, then pour it into my cooler for recirculation and sparging....does this sound like a smart thing to do?  I ussually perform both the mash and sparge in the cooler.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Rubber Gasket in Fermenter
« on: June 19, 2011, 01:25:57 PM »
I just had the rubber gasket that holds my airlock in place drop into my fermentation bucket.  It apparently sank to the bottom, and I can't fish it out.  :'(

Has this ever happened to anyone else? Do you think it will impart any "rubbery" or "plastic" flavors to my beer?

My ale has just began primary fermentation with a pretty high krausen....Is there any reason NOT to rack into another fermenter at this point?

And while we are on the subject of Krausen....has anybody ever tried carbonating their beer using the krausen method?  Now that I'm using a bucket (rather than Carboy) it would be easy to skim it right off the top.




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