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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3724 Fermentation Temperatures
« on: February 14, 2015, 08:24:40 AM »

Has anyone on here used this strain towards the high end of it's temperature range?

I'm considering trying to ferment an experimental beer in an outdoor fermenter during the Southern Maryland summer, when temps should vary from the 80s to mid 90s.

Do the phenols get completely out of hand around the 95 degree limit on this yeast?

Yeah, Wyeast recommends fermenting @ 90F to avoid the famous 3724 stall.  I've fermented it at 90F and liked the results - it got to 1.006 after about 8 days, 1.002 FG at 12 days IIRC.  I wouldn't have dreamed of doing this with any other yeast, as you'd normally get a phenolic, fusel bomb. But it made a good beer - saison yeasts are a different animal.  My other method (that I still use) is to pitch 3724 at 65F and, when it starts to stall (and it will at that temp) , pitch with 3711 and ramp up after 48 hours. Gives you some of the complexity of 3724 with the attenuative nature of 3711.
I pitch this yeast at 80 and hold at 90, makes a great beer and finishes around 1.002-.005 easily in 10 days! Its definitely a finicky strain

Equipment and Software / Re: Synec
« on: February 13, 2015, 11:56:31 AM »
For the o2 it states there is a special fill valve, to me that means it has some sort of vent, otherwise the bag would fill with air sooner Han the full capacity of beer- think soda syrup bags for the new coke machine dispensers.

I thought it nifty but at $290, if that's the asking price, a little steep and as Amanda mentioned, not in my counter either

Equipment and Software / Synec
« on: February 13, 2015, 07:35:53 AM »

Anybody seen this, seems like a pretty nifty appliance but I haven't seen a price for it

Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith Efficiency
« on: February 11, 2015, 05:47:17 PM »
This is actually a contested issue with BS and has been discussed at length on another form.

It has to do with the way BS factors in the losses you enter for total brewhouse efficiency.

My understanding is if you want the efficiency of what actually goes into primary you need to set all your losses to zero and add them in manually to your total volume calculation.

Personally I don't worry about it, if the gravity measurements come in as what I expect I'm happy;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Regulator to Start
« on: February 11, 2015, 11:57:22 AM »
I like the Tap Rite models and I would suggest at least a dual regulator. You may not need it at first but you will:) you can serve at one pressure and force at another at the same time, or serve 2 kegs at two pressures.

Ingredients / Re: Hop Retailers
« on: February 11, 2015, 11:55:06 AM »
I've been happy with Hops Shack in OH, good quality and great prices and good variety. They also ship quick.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: To Build or Buy?
« on: February 09, 2015, 07:46:19 PM »

This is mine, total cost $335, freezer was from Craigslist. Complete project took 5 days, beer is great!

That is really nice! How easy is it to get beer in and out?
Relatively easy, its tight inside with 40' of tubing, gas lines, etc so swapping kegs is a lesson in logistics but my better half wouldn't let me make a bigger one;(

Kegging and Bottling / Re: To Build or Buy?
« on: February 09, 2015, 06:13:04 PM »
That is a beautiful piece of furniture, not recognizable as a second hand chest freezer. Well done, I'm jealous!
Thanks, finally got around to it after scribbling notes for about a year and keeping an eye out for sales on hardware and more kegs

Kegging and Bottling / Re: To Build or Buy?
« on: February 09, 2015, 04:30:02 PM »

This is mine, total cost $335, freezer was from Craigslist. Complete project took 5 days, beer is great!

Ingredients / Re: Vanilla Flavor Loss
« on: February 09, 2015, 04:24:40 PM »
i recently posted on this and used vanilla beans in my porter. others have said either leave them in longer so you get a little more than you may target in flavor, or add more along the way. seems to be normal regarding loss.
My experience as well. The flavor will fade so either leave in longer before kegging or add a bit in the keg to maintain flavor but don't go over board. If you add to keg bag them so if it gets too much you can pull them

Equipment and Software / Re: Plastic Mash Tun Issue
« on: February 08, 2015, 12:34:47 PM »
I have he same and experience the same thing. Its the inner plastic lining expanding and contracting from hot/cold.

Mine is 4 years old now and no cracks or issues to date

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxy clean question
« on: February 07, 2015, 06:32:56 PM »
I use the "versatile" version found at Costco and Sam's. Have for years. Just make sure it's well rinsed.
+1, same stuff I buy and haven't experienced any problems with it

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Competition changes your category
« on: February 07, 2015, 06:31:32 PM »
I'm finding this topic to be disconcerting as I've submitted to one comp and have another coming up soon. I hope they may good on your firm request to place your beer where you entered it. Good luck on the comp!

The Pub / Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« on: February 05, 2015, 06:19:33 PM »
I also think I've brewed enough to look at a particular hop bill and know whether it's going to result in a beer with high, medium or low bitterness, hop flavor, and/or aroma.


+2.  Like the saying goes here, I tell the software what I want to do, not let it tell me what to do.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast Yeast Starter
« on: February 05, 2015, 05:08:02 PM »
The inner pouch is just nutrient, whether I smack or not I add nutrient to all my starters anyways.

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