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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My reason for signing up here...
« on: August 14, 2014, 06:25:51 AM »
I thoroughly enjoy BeerSmith and use it for every recipe, inventory, scaling, etc. but I still start my recipes on whatever piece of paper I find as inspiration hits me. Basic gravity and ingredients and rough calculations all get jotted down, usually over a beer:)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: What is this on top?
« on: August 13, 2014, 03:02:05 PM »

Yea, I get the oil part as the last one I did have decent head but it didn't last and I can live with that.  But I can't wrap my head around why all this happened days after FG was reached.
You'd think with all the beers under my belt I would have seen a good bit by now but that's the beauty of this hobby.....each 'child' is different.
If it weren't for the semi strange taste, I don't think I would have even posted this.
I'm cold crashing in a few days and hopefully drop this out.

I guess I don't understand why having reached FG would have any bearing on this.
I've spent too much time reading about this but read where it could be off gassing that pushes the hop particles to the top.  And I thought that off gassing didn't happen if fermentation had completed but I guess I just showed more of what I don't know.
yup, off gassing can and usually will happen anytime there are changes in the environment, temperature fluctuations etc, regardless.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My reason for signing up here...
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:21:49 AM »
+1 to The above suggestions! Temperature control of fermentation and proper pitch rates will improve things greatly so start with that.

As you move forward try and pick one thing to improve/adjust on at a time to get your process refined, take good notes when you brew.

If you try to make too many changes at one time you'll introduce too many variables without really knowing which one made the right or wrong thing happen.

Welcome to the forum and the obsession, you joined the right place!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First post
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:14:22 AM »
If using Bru'n water Martin has a great water primer in the intro and the book 'Water' by the brewer'a association is a great resource as well, albeit quite technical

If you list your water report someone will definitely chime in with some basic suggestions!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Makes me want a plastic big moiuth
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:11:41 AM »
+2 on adding the hops first! Didn't see any sanitizing of the racking cane, vessel, lids or mesh bag either:)

Guess we just assume that was done...

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All Grain Brewing / Re: What is this on top?
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:06:14 AM »

to me it looks like you used pellet hops and the little flaky pieces are sitting on top of the remains of your krausen.  Doesn't look like anything to worry about to me.

Paul

I thought the same thing when I saw it.
+1 I get that sometimes with pellet hop dust settling on the yeast rafts

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New guy
« on: August 09, 2014, 07:34:40 AM »
Welcome to the forum! This is a great place to be, I know I've learned a lot and have met some great people, albeit virtually in most cases!

There is a tremendous amount of experience here and everyone is really helpful, conversational and fun!

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Going Pro / Re: Congratulation yellowhammer
« on: August 08, 2014, 05:18:45 PM »
Saw this on FB today as well, exciting stuff, congrats!! Gives me a reason to head on down one day

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Chaning lines in a tri tap tower
« on: August 07, 2014, 04:00:55 PM »
It's really pretty easy, pop the cap off the top of the tower so you can see down the tube, unscrew the tap shanks with the special tool and gently slide /pull the shank out with the tube still connected.

Unclamp the old tube and feed the new tube through the hole and down, attach new clamp. Find the corresponding ends in the kegerator and attach the QDs accordingly

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Chaning lines in a tri tap tower
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:42:31 PM »
I feel your pain........

I have tried various ways to do this but ultimately just take the whole dam thing apart. while its pretty easy to snake the tubing in and out its making the connections and crimping the bands that always proves to be impossible!

The amount of time you think you're saving in not taking it apart is then spent dislocating your fingers trying to get things hooked up!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy National IPA Day!
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:37:24 PM »
As soon as I get home from work I will be tapping my freshly carbonated, dry hopped in the keg GONZO IPA and I can't wait!

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The Pub / Re: F Cancer
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:35:21 AM »
Thoughts and prayers to all............

Knowing several people with various cancers or ongoing treatments or in remission we have always made it a point to include various cancer charities in our annual donations. There is a lot of research out there and hopefully we can all look forward to the elimination of this terrible disease, regardless of the type.

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Going Pro / Re: Consistency
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:29:38 AM »
One thing I will say is that, if you have a new local brewery and they are producing decent - maybe not great, but decent - beer, cut them some slack. Maybe the clarity or carbonation is off. Maybe the consistency is different from batch to batch. Give them time to dial it in. It may take a couple years even.

+1000!
I know the guys I know have developed a good following with many regulars, they appreciate the support and they also greatly appreciate the feedback on their beers. They will often offer side by side samplings to small groups of people they know to assist in dialing in their process.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:24:02 AM »
I'd soak it longer in the PBW - it shouldn't hurt anything in terms of flavor affect on future beers, but if you really want to whack it, you could use unscented bleach solution, followed by thorough rinsing and then leave it open in the hot sun for a few days.

Good luck!

+1
I've found this process to really work well!

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IME with competitions, you're more apt to get dinged for not enough flavor/aroma than clarity if the style calls for hop presence

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