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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Flaked Oats
« on: October 04, 2013, 08:14:46 AM »
Instant and minute are more gelatinized than "old fashioned" if memory serves.

Equipment and Software / Re: What is this?
« on: October 03, 2013, 11:20:25 AM »
Does beer stone in kegs cause off flavors? Assuming so, right?

Beerstone gives beer spoilers a safe place to hang out away from surface sanitizers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer: health tonic?
« on: October 01, 2013, 08:58:45 AM »
- Moderate consumption of beer is connected with bone health due to beer being a good source of dietary silicon.
 - Moderate consumption of dark beers is connected to cardiovascular health similar to red wine consumption.  This connection is stronger than alcoholic drinks generally (hard liquor, white wine, pale ales, etc.).

I say "connected" because I can't remember how strong and how well proven those connections are.

Following Hubies comments, one defect of these observational studies is that the teetotaler population includes alcoholics who have gone dry somewhat confounding comparisons of moderate consumption with no consumption. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: belgian blonde cidery/acetaldehyde aroma
« on: September 30, 2013, 02:27:03 PM »

In any case the guy's big concern was that I'm re-pitching slurry from dry yeast; he emphatically said this is a no-no. I'd never heard that before, but he explained something about dry yeast being not as pure a strain as liquid and so with every re-pitch you get a higher chance of non-pure yeasties propagating weird stuff... I'd never heard this idea that re-pitching dry yeast is bad....  did I miss something or is this guy, whom I otherwise quite respect as a brewer and business owner, off the mark?


Off the mark.  There was a thread in the AHA forum about how brewers have been fooled by advertising of 100% yeast by a liquid yeast company to believe that liquid yeast is purer than dry yeast.  If you can get a spec or typical analysis sheet for liquid yeast it would be about the same as dry yeast.  Also your friend may be remembering issues from dry yeast in the past.

When I hear people repitching dry yeast, I used to think why.  But dry yeast has been going up in price a lot recently except for T-58 ....

Equipment and Software / Re: Choosing The Right Brewpot
« on: September 27, 2013, 11:23:16 AM »
If you are planning to do 5-gal boils on a kitchen stove, you might find that to be difficult if you have a 15-gal kettle depending on your kettle and burner size.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping sours
« on: September 25, 2013, 02:02:49 PM »

Were the Cascade hops still wet hops or were they dried?

They were dried (over 3-4 days between window screens).

Ingredients / Re: Dry hopping
« on: September 25, 2013, 01:34:32 PM »
Your amounts seem reasonable, perhaps on the low end, but I can't really say without knowing the rest of the hopping schedule.  Ultimately, if you add the amounts of hops you are suggesting and find that you want more hop aroma, you can add more hops to the fermenter.

Ingredients / Re: Dry hopping
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:41:42 PM »
I think the "received wisdom" is to dry hop only 2-3 days before bottling to minimize polyphenols/grassiness from the hops.  I tend mostly to keg and I am quite happy to leave hops in cold, serving kegs until the keg kicks; I haven't noticed any grassiness.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping sours
« on: September 25, 2013, 08:07:43 AM »
FWIW, I think my Cascades are weak.  After boiling a wort, I split it into 3 equal portions and did a hopstand with each portion with 4 oz of homegrown whole Cascades, 2 oz of Citra, 2 oz of Summit, respectively.  The Cascade split is tasty but nowhere near the intensity of the Citra and Summit.  Obviously the Citra and Summit are very powerful hops, but I thought I that doubling the Cascade would somewhat compensate.

Hop Growing / Re: My Columbus hops smell like an electrical fire!
« on: September 24, 2013, 10:59:50 AM »
I checked my Goldings.  They do not smell of electrical fires.  I just noticed while bagging some of my Cascades that there was a faint electrical fire smell that I hadn't noticed in my earlier Cascade.  I made an IPA with my earlier-picked Cascade and it tastes great but not as intense as desired.

So I think that the electrical fire does not come from pollution, but may be due to terroir, farming skill (or lack thereof) and C hops.  Possibly late picking of hops intensifies the electrical fire taste but I wasn't looking for the electrical fire earlier in my Cascades.  I haven't ruled out the possibility that I am perceiving C hops in a way that is somewhat unique; I'll have to dry hop one gallon of beer and try it on other homebrewers.

All Things Food / Re: pig roast
« on: September 24, 2013, 08:30:35 AM »
So guys I gotta ask, what sort of reaction would you have if someone said 'hey I'm having a pig roast, do you wanna come? There's gonna be a ton of beer too'?

Because while we've gotten some responses, most of the time people are kinda like, 'Oh, ok, that's interesting.'

Sometimes I wonder if it's just me, or if it's the country.

Maybe you need to make friends with more Americans in France?! 

Equipment and Software / Re: Ball lock connector inner gasket
« on: September 19, 2013, 09:16:40 AM »
Try this thread
I think there is also a thread for silicone o-rings which I believe seal a little better.

That was easy, but what about a McMaster-Carr part number o-ring for the plastic firestone gas dip tube?

Hop Growing / Re: My Columbus hops smell like an electrical fire!
« on: September 18, 2013, 11:18:02 AM »
So to followup on my Sept. 17 post,  I picked five Columbus hops.  The smallest, immature one which did have some of the yellow stuff did not smell like an electrical fire when I tore the hops in half.  The other 4 all smelled of an electrical fire when torn in half.  The yellow stuff looked normal.  I didn't see any sign of mold.

I don't get that electrical fire smell from Columbus hop pellets that I purchase. 

I might try to dry hop an IPA in the keg when the keg is mostly empty to see if the odor/flavor ages out.

The plant seems to be healthy and producing well so I will probably "repot" the Columbus in some compost next year.

I'll probably check to see if the East Kent Goldings have that electrical fire smell this weekend.

Hop Growing / Re: My Columbus hops smell like an electrical fire!
« on: September 17, 2013, 10:42:07 PM »
I picked a bunch of Columbus today.  When I opened them up they appeared normal, but all had the electrical fire smell.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: September 16, 2013, 12:55:15 PM »
I'm not aware of any correlation between heat loss and headspace.  I suspect that your 5-gal batch looses about the same amount of heat as a 10-gal batch but since your batch is smaller you would get a bigger temp drop on the order of 1.5 deg F.  In any case my mash volumes were not dramatically bigger than yours because I used to mash at 1.25 qts/lb until I got a bigger cooler.

If you are really worried about temp loss and headspace, use still more water!

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