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The Pub / Re: Happy National Beer Day!
« on: April 08, 2015, 12:34:25 AM »
Celebrated with h a free shly tappd Saison Rye with Nelson, really pleased

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Conditioning Higher Temps.
« on: April 07, 2015, 09:45:36 PM »
Some commercial breweries have conditioning rooms set at 80 and carbonate in 7 days, ready to ship. You're fine at 75 easy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bad batch
« on: April 07, 2015, 09:43:29 PM »

This is a really good resource, perhaps you can scroll through and find the proper descriptors and pin something down that can help us out! Sometimes reading descriptors can help in diagnosing the off flavor:)

Equipment and Software / Re: Mounting Temp. Control Sensor
« on: April 07, 2015, 05:29:43 PM »
I use a square of the rigid insulation, cut groove in it facing the primary, bungee it and slide the probe into the groove, very accurate readings

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Foamy beer
« on: April 07, 2015, 02:13:24 PM »
Not sure how the polytubing compares to Bev line and you mention 1/4"? Most Bev line is 3/16" and at your temps I use 10' of line but as Hoosier suggested, more info on process might help as well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« on: April 07, 2015, 11:00:42 AM »
+1 to Jim, I just toss them in the trash, pellet of whole, they're garbage when they're done:)

Equipment and Software / Re: Temp. Controller Question
« on: April 04, 2015, 03:58:35 PM »
Yes there are units you can buy that will both heat and cool with 2 plugs to attach a heating element was well as the freezer itself for cooling. Sorry I'm mobile or I'd attach links.

You may be looking at the ones that get directly wired causing the confusion.

You can also get an STC1000 and do a DIY, they're cheap but require a small build project. You Tube has video instructions for the build and the whole deal costs about $30 and works great!

Hop Growing / Re: Trim back first shoots?
« on: April 04, 2015, 03:54:27 PM »
My plants are now entering their 3rd year and I plan on cutting them back, just have to wait for them to actually start growing, soil temps here are still quite cold :(

Beer Recipes / Re: APA - what makes it great
« on: April 04, 2015, 03:00:10 PM »
From a competitor's perspective I've almost given up even entering in this category. The reasons are generally being that they are way overloaded with entries and second, judges in general don't seem to agree on the style. I've gotten feedback ranging from not enough aroma,  too dry, too malty, too hoppy, etc.

It seems some judges expect that over the top hop aroma bomb to the more classic pale style like east coast vs west coast.

I think there is just way too much variance in judge's take on what exactly it should be. I'm not sure I helped you Jonathan, I'm sure you're doing a great job tasting and evaluating but I think the style guidelines might just not match with the actual beer style...

Beer Recipes / Re: California Common malt ratio assistance
« on: April 03, 2015, 04:58:07 PM »
I agree as well with goschman's suggestion and if you're looking for a true Anchor Steam its all Northern Brewer hops.

I also prefer the flavor profile of WL810 over 2112, ferment at 68, warmer temps will get a bit too fruity IMO.

If you can truly lager after fermentation is complete I'd recommend it as well.

Beer Travel / Re: Kansas City
« on: April 01, 2015, 09:41:04 PM »
+1 to Bboy's recommendations and I'll second the Boulevard tours, it's really great and they are a super homebrewer freindly brewery!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Thickness
« on: March 31, 2015, 08:48:57 PM »
I take the simple approach, I try to use an equal amount of strike water and sparge water, ie. ~50:50.

I've not really noticed any temp drops between thinner or thicker mashes in my round mash tun or greater or lesser attenuation as a result of thinner or thicker mash, just lower or higher mash temp.

My experience is if your sparge volume is too low your run risk of an efficient sparge in rinsing the sugars out. YMMV

Not sure you need the heat. I use a chest freezer and dual temp controller as well with a 2 degree variance. When the temp warms the unit kicks on and chills to set point as designed.

Perhaps adding the heat made the temps fluctuate more frequently and caused the unit to cycle more frequently than needed.

All Grain Brewing / Re: A question regarding Munich and wheat beers
« on: March 31, 2015, 08:36:31 PM »
Thanks for the input everyone! I really appreciate all the help. I know it may be bad form but I also wanted to get your thoughts on WYeast 3638 for wheats?
I love it. It is my go-to hefe strain. It gives some sweet spice (hints of vanilla/sweet cinnamon), along with the usual banana/clove. Don't overpitch and ferment around 66F for a balanced clove/banana character. Higher temps give more banana and lower temps tend to mute the flavor profile.
+1, that's exactly where I ferment it as well for the balanced flavor profile

All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil Vapors = Bad?
« on: March 26, 2015, 11:54:00 PM »
Sticking your face in the fermenting bucket isn't a good idea either, a good wiff of co2 will knock you on your a$$, literally takes your breath away:)

I learned that the hard way when I thought I'd smell the dry hop residue in my Speidel after kegging.  Ooof!
Yup, 2nd batch I ever made, blanked out momentarily and hit the floor! Never did that again!

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