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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stoopid Polar Vortex!
« on: January 24, 2014, 12:14:44 PM »
I'm about done with this vortex nonsense! The temp is currently 12 but the wind is howling at 30mph so it feels like -15 another 5" of snow coming through the weekend and next Tuesday is supposed to be -12 as a high.....

My garage is currently a temperate +8F, hoping to get a batch in tomorrow:)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Secondary options
« on: January 24, 2014, 08:11:46 AM »


Bumping this to clarify...my beer has been in primary for 2 weeks. I'm going to dump the hops straight into the primary while cold crashing. Does this sound right?

Personally I like to dry hop for 5-7 days once the beer has dropped clear, then I toss in the hops. After the 5-7 days I then cold crash for 2-3 days. IME the aroma and flavor is better when dry hopping at ambient temp (60F).
So you cold crash to clear before hops and then again to drop the hops?


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No, I let the beer naturally drop clear, then hop, then crash. My beers usually finish and clear around 14 days from pitch.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Secondary options
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:38:48 AM »
Bumping this to clarify...my beer has been in primary for 2 weeks. I'm going to dump the hops straight into the primary while cold crashing. Does this sound right?

Personally I like to dry hop for 5-7 days once the beer has dropped clear, then I toss in the hops. After the 5-7 days I then cold crash for 2-3 days. IME the aroma and flavor is better when dry hopping at ambient temp (60F).

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Competition
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:04:26 AM »
Good luck! Even if you don't place the feedback you get helps a lot!

My first comp was a few years back, placed 3rd in a pale and second on a specialty.

I usually enter a couple a few comps each year. Just sent entries to the KC comp, hope they don't freeze on the way, this Midwest weather is freakin' brutal!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« on: January 22, 2014, 06:14:35 AM »
Thanks for sharing with all the great pictures, looked like a really great day and they certainly have a nice setup going there!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Distilled water brewing
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:30:37 AM »
Martin, thanks for sharing! It was always my understanding that there was a minimum amount of calcium required for yeast health and fermentation but from what you put forth it seems that this is an overly generalized assumption in most cases.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer minus hops
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:27:16 AM »
A friend of mine was creating a recipe for a very malt forward beer once so he limited the amount of hops he used. The finished product was so cloyingly sweet on tasting that he considered dumping it. We instead decided to make a strong hop tea and slowly started dosing the keg until we got to something that was at least palatable to drink. I think something needs to be added to balance the malts in every beer whether it be herbs or hops for sure!

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Perhaps it is over rated but for me, I strive for brilliant clarity in every beer (except of course those that aren't supposed to be) Brilliant clarity in my beer simply makes me smile :) It also reinforces to me that my attention to the details is paying off in my process to final product.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: No krausen
« on: January 19, 2014, 09:28:33 AM »
Good music works wonders!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: No krausen
« on: January 19, 2014, 08:19:11 AM »
At 20 hours I would say relax and it should get krausen. Btw, did you use ferm cap at any point? That can reduce the amount of krausen that develops

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The Pub / Lmao!
« on: January 16, 2014, 12:22:04 PM »
Yep.  It's pretty darn funny.  Do we sound like that? ;)

Well, according to some of my more humorous friends, unfortunately yes we do but it's always tongue and cheek which is why they shared the video with me in the first place;)

All in good fun! They especially like my constant request for an un frosted glass......8>)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: First Kegging Attempt - Pressures?
« on: January 16, 2014, 07:48:36 AM »
My kegerator is set at 38F, serve at 12psi and my lines are 10' long and it works quite well.

I like to force carbonate at serving pressure to avoid any risk of over carbonating at a higher pressure. I do this by racking cold beer into keg, purge with co2, then put on the gas until it stops flowing. Take off gas and roll on floor for 10-15 minutes and then repeat process a few times. After that I connect the gas and give the keg a day or two to settle and the beer is ready to go

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The Pub / Lmao!
« on: January 15, 2014, 06:49:33 PM »

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The Pub / Re: Interesting news.......
« on: January 14, 2014, 07:52:13 AM »
To some degree I find this educational to all those that are jumping on the bandwagon to open breweries. As people find partners and investors that they think are in it for the right reasons, care needs to be taken to prevent these types of things along with levels of trust you place in those coming on board.

It is unfortunate as this brewery took off quite well and in  less than two years began building out a larger brewery to handle demand and growth and now have to deal with underhanded business dealings by some of those involved.

I doubt it will sink them but it will be interesting to follow.

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