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Beer Recipes / Re: Brewing a Wit today
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:58:15 AM »
I can't find the recipe anymore.  The link to the recipe at www.ipass.net/mpdixon is no longer valid!

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Other Fermentables / Re: optimum pH for mead.
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:46:54 AM »
I don't think there is a standard optimum pH.  The optimum pH is a function of the sweetness, amount of tannins, and type of acids used.  Zymurgy and last year's AHA conference seminars, all of which can be viewed or listened to on this site, included an article/seminar about post-fermentation fixes like acidity corrections.

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Ingredients / Re: Apricot
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:41:48 AM »
US-05 throws off a lot of peach esters which could work well for an apricot beer.  Of course, it is very attenuative, so you would have to mash very hot if you used it.

Dried apricots are pretty easy to get.  The ones from Costco are astonishingly good.   Dried apricots would have less of a nucleation point issue, I assume.  I don't know how well they would work flavor-wise relative to puree.

Anyway, I was thinking of making an apricot (dried) or peach (fresh) wheat ale this summer so let me know how things go.

I know at the time I shy'd away from dried fruit because a lot of it is sulphited and I thought that would screw up the bottle conditioning. Not sure if it would matter for kegging but it's a factor to consider with dried fruit from what I understand.

Good point.  If you add dry fruit at the end of primary, the sulfite, really the sulfur dioxide, will be stripped out.  The Costco dried apricots are preserved with sulfur dioxide and potassium sorbate.  I'm highly doubtful that the potassium sorbate would pose much an issue due to dilution and that high levels of potassium sorbate can be overcome with large quantities of yeast, which would already be present in primary fermentation.

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Ingredients / Re: Apricot
« on: April 17, 2014, 07:40:56 AM »
US-05 throws off a lot of peach esters which could work well for an apricot beer.  Of course, it is very attenuative, so you would have to mash very hot if you used it.

Dried apricots are pretty easy to get.  The ones from Costco are astonishingly good.   Dried apricots would have less of a nucleation point issue, I assume.  I don't know how well they would work flavor-wise relative to puree.

Anyway, I was thinking of making an apricot (dried) or peach (fresh) wheat ale this summer so let me know how things go.

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Events / Re: NHC Awards
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:37:37 PM »
While there is judging in the min-BOS that judging is not recorded on the judging sheets and cover sheet except as to the final placement of the beer in the category.

I suspect that you are correct that your beer placed 2nd in the flight, but did not place in the category.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Battery powered brew stand?
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:51:16 PM »
I would think carefully about making sure that your sure electrical is protected from splashed water/wort and maintaining access for brewing so you don't move a pot and knock over a solar panel.

Calculating the electrical loads from pumping should not be very hard.  I'm not sure what resources are available for calculating the electrical loads from milling.  Perhaps you already have wattage measurements from milling already.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Timing
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:36:57 AM »
Less than two weeks of fermentation is the norm for me.  Big beers and finicky yeasts are the major exceptions.

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Ingredients / Re: Dry hops Prior to Finished Fermentation
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:58:54 AM »
Also yeast may change chemicals contributed by hops, not necessarily bad.

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Ingredients / Re: oats in Witbier
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:21:06 AM »
I think flaked would be traditional.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kids and Homebrew
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:29:19 AM »
My daughter helps with bottling.  She doesn't like the smell of wort so she is never around during brewing, which is fine by me.

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You may get more sour in a few months.  Anyway, an eyedropper in a glass should work.  You'll need to figure out how many drops are in a ml.  Next figure out if what 1 drop/glass is equivalent scaled up to the amount of beer you want to sour.  If it works out to be a reasonable increment of lactic acid (5-10 ml would be great) then proceed with your experiment.  If it turns out to be unreasonable (let's say 100 ml) then use a bigger glass. 

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Hop Growing / Re: Recommended Hop growing medium
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:35:10 AM »
I'm no expert on soil.  Hops are like weeds.  They'll grow very well in pretty much any kind of soil.  They love nitrogen.  Look for fertilizers like 10-0-0 or 20-0-0 or something like that.

Oregon extension recommends high N - low P - high K for soils in commercial hop growing areas of Oregon.  I believe that recommendation to be valid for other soils.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Shake Carbing
« on: April 04, 2014, 01:28:45 PM »
I assume you are talking about a carbonator cap that screws onto a soda bottle.  I do use use a carbonator cap occasionally when I find that my batch of beer exceeds 5-gal or as a growler.  It works well but it is somewhat inconvenient to use as your main method of carbonation because every time you open the bottle, you have to push out the air and then put more CO2 on top (if you aren't going to finish it in one sitting).  The price is not too unreasonable to buy two of them for a 1-gal batch.

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Ingredients / Re: How to tell if a malt is under modified?
« on: April 04, 2014, 09:46:47 AM »
There are some less modified malts apparently, but none that are apparently undermodified.  Check out the following message. https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=11699.msg146283#msg146283

I wonder if a combination of flaked barley and an overmodified malt would be similar to undermodified malt.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Sanitizing buckets
« on: April 03, 2014, 10:30:02 AM »
I do whatever is convenient; usually the spray bottle is impossible to find, but my bucket of StarSan is hard to miss.  If I spray, I dump the rinsate down the drain.  If I put in a "bunch," I'll pour the rinsate back into my StarSan bucket.

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