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The Pub / Blood Iron Surplus - Anyone?
« on: April 23, 2015, 01:35:31 PM »
During a recent physical, my Dr. advised me that my blood iron content was a bit high - 240 mcg/dL with a normal range of 50-180 mcg/dL. Most everything else is good, including liver fat.

I do not consume much red meat, maybe once every two weeks, and can't figure out where the surplus of Iron is coming from. Pork and chicken are my go to meats.

In full disclosure, I told my Dr. that I brew my own beer and consume in moderation (at least to me ..). She suggested that I reduce alcohol and moderate my diet. No other suggestions.

Anyone else have higher than 'normal' Iron in their blood for homebrewed beer or beer consumption in general?

Kegging and Bottling / Question About Beer CO2 Absorption
« on: April 18, 2015, 07:19:19 PM »
I have a keg that was connected @ 15 PSI for 4 days at 75-80F while dry hopping. When connected w/gas, I found no leaks. There is a smidgen less than 5 gallons in the keg.

After a four days, I removed the gas and let it sit for another 2-3 days.

Today, when moving it into the refrigerator, I found it to be depressurized. The pressure release gave nothing.

I've got it back under gas, the lid and out post are soaped. No bubbles ...

Is it possible the beer absorbed the gas? Does this sound plausible for the lack of gas in the headspace (minor headspace)?

A commercial recipe calls for 1500 grams AA of Warrior extract. Warrior ranges from 15.0 – 17.0% AA (Hop Union).

What is the formula to calculate AAU or pounds?

My goal is to determine the weight in pounds.

General Homebrew Discussion / Do You Reuse Hop Shot Syringes?
« on: April 03, 2015, 05:36:24 PM »
I plan on buying a can of CO2 extract and fill-up 10ml syringes w/caps.

For those of you using extract, are you reusing the syringe or is it one time use only due to the viscosity of the extract?

All Grain Brewing / Pliny the Elder with Amarillo?
« on: April 03, 2015, 07:31:07 AM »
Does anyone have a recent or updated Pliny the Elder clone with Amarillo?

Neither the MoreBeer kit or Zymurgy (Double IPA / Vinnie's PTE recipe) reference Amarillo; the website however does.

Based on interviews, Vinnie cited using hop extract for bittering and pelletized hops from the 30 minute through dry hop. I would like to know where and how much Amarillo do use.

General Homebrew Discussion / Double Dry Hop Process?
« on: March 11, 2015, 06:40:43 PM »
Looking for feedback from those who double dry hop their DIPAs.

Following Vinnie Cilurzo's process of two doses of dry hops for Pliny the Elder or Younger's four doses, would it be best to use two or more mesh containers for each dose to keep the hop mass 'loose'?

For Elder, the 1st dose is 12 days and the 2nd 5 to 7 days, with a total of 4 ounces.

As I am dry hopping in the keg, the hops will be contained in a stainless mesh Dry Hopper (see link) to keep the wort clear.

Would it be best to simply add the 2nd dose on top of the wet mass of the 1st dose or add the second dose to a second container?

Or in simpler terms, if using a hop bag, are you adding it all to one bag or employ a second bag for the second round?

General Homebrew Discussion / Dryhop DIPA with Perle?
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:05:47 PM »
How would Perle be as a dry hop addition in a double IPA?

Will it work with Simcoe, Chinook, and Centennial?

All Grain Brewing / Pliny the Bastard?
« on: February 26, 2015, 08:55:38 PM »
I plan on combining my two favorite beers, Pliny the Elder and Arrogant Bastard into Pliny the Bastard.

The recipe below is the base for Pliny (More Beer), with CaraAroma subbed for C40, bittering by Chinook, and dry hopped with Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial. SRM will be a bit darker from the CaraAroma. The beer fermented with WLP001 (Pliny) instead of WLP007 (Bastard).

Do you think 147 IBUs of Chinook will be overpowering? The Pliny recipe with Magnum, Simcoe, Columbus, and Centennial is 153 IBU (per Beersmith).

The resulting beer should be dry, like Pliny, but bursting with Chinook goodness.

Looking for feedback.

Batch Size: 6 gallons (to account for dry hop absorption)
Est Original Gravity: 1.073 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.012
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 8.0 %
Bitterness: 148.4 IBUs

13 lbs. Pale Malt (2 Row) - 84.5 %
1 lbs. Carapils - 6.5 %
1 lbs. Corn Sugar - 6.5 %
6.1 oz. Caraaroma - 2.5 %

3.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 90 min
1.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 45 min
1.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 30 min
2.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 0 min

Ferment with WLP001

Dry hop
2 oz. Columbus
1 oz. Centennial
1 oz. Chinook

General Homebrew Discussion / CaraPils and CaraAroma in Same Beer?
« on: February 24, 2015, 07:30:00 AM »
Does anyone have a problem with having CaraPils and CaraAroma in the same beer? It seems like the two might compliment each other.

CaraAroma: Imparts fuller body and improved malt aroma.

CaraPils: Increases foam, improves head retention and enhances mouth feel without adding flavor or color to your beer.

An upcoming DIPA calls for 6 ounces of Crystal 40 and I have CaraAroma on hand. It's a 6 gallon batch.

I am not concerned with color.

Would 6 ounces of CaraAroma completely affect the flavor where Crystal 40 is called for?

Kegging and Bottling / Help Me Root a CO2 Leak
« on: January 29, 2015, 02:20:55 PM »
Need some help rooting the source of a CO2 leak.

Taprite T742 dual gauge regulator > connected to three way manifold (with check valves).

• With the gas line check valve closed, line charged, and the tank off – the beverage side reads 10 PSI for approximately 3 days

• With the keg gas lines disconnected, line charged, check valves open, and the tank off – the beverage side reads 10 PSI for approximately 3 days
• With the keg gas lines disconnected, line charged, check valves closed, and the tank off – the beverage side reads 10 PSI for approximately 3 days

• With the keg gas lines connected, line charged, check valves open, and the tank off – the beverage side reads 10 PSI for < 10 hours
• With the keg gas lines connected, line charged, check valves closed, and the tank off – the beverage side reads 10 PSI for < 10 hours

I have rotated through the three kegs, using a different gas line each time. With the line charged and tank off, the beverage side gauge reads 10 PSI for < 10 hours. Regardless if I use line 1, 2, or 3, attached to any of the kegs, the beverage side gauge will zero out after a few hours.

The loss of pressure appears to be keg independent. As I have rotated the lines to each keg and pressure still drops. This leads me to believe the equipment up to the gas-in post is sound and not leaking. Everything up to the keg has been water tested (not the tank) and no leaks found. I lube the gas posts and lid rings.

I have soap tested each keg numerous times, the lid ring, pressure relief, and gas post – no leaks. I have not tested the liquid side as the faucets aren’t leaking and there is no beer pooling at the bottom of the fridge nor is there any sign of beer running down the side of the keg.

I cannot root the source of the leak.

Any ideas?

All Grain Brewing / Chinook Only Pliny-Esque Recipe?
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:26:57 PM »
I am considering a Chinook only Pliny-esque recipe.

13 # 2-row, 1 # Carapils, 6 oz. Crystal 60, and 1 # Corn Sugar.

2 oz. Chinook @ 90 min
1 oz. Chinook @ 45 min
1 oz. Chinook @ 30 min
2 oz. Chinook @ flameout
1.5 oz. Chinook 14 day dry hop
1.5 oz. Chinook 7 dry hop
* may add more dry hop ...

Fermented with WLP001.

Expecting at least 1.075 OG and < 1.013 FG.

The above is an estimate based on More Beer's Pliny the Elder recipe. Mot quite the same hop charge but my Chinook is 14% AA.

Looking for honest feedback on what this might taste like. I suspect it may be a super charged Arrogant Bastard like taste with all of the Chinook.

Your thoughts?

General Homebrew Discussion / Where can I Get Pliny in San Diego?
« on: December 23, 2014, 06:04:53 PM »
I will be in San Diego this weekend and would like to get my hands on a Pliny draft and a few bottles of Pliny if possible. It doesn't appear that BevMo carries Russian River.

Can someone point me in the right direction to find Pliny this weekend?

General Homebrew Discussion / How Long do You Dry Hop in a Keg?
« on: December 08, 2014, 10:14:58 PM »
When you dry hop, how long do you leave the hops in the keg?

It seems that some limit the contact time while others leave the hops in the keg until the keg kicks.

Does leaving hops in the keg lead to measurable off-flavors?

I brewed this yesterday and came-in a few points short of the target gravity. Beersmith calculated the OG at 1.072 and I came in at 1.067.

It is fermenting now @ 68F.

The gravity target is close but I am contemplating adding DME or sugar to bring it up.

If you were me, would you leave it as is or hit it with Corn Sugar (Dextrose) or DME while fermentation is active?

If adding Dextrose, would it significantly alter the taste? Beersmith tells me 8 ounces would bring it up to 1.072.

Your thoughts?

Ingredients / Dry Hopping Pliny the Elder
« on: November 20, 2014, 08:49:52 PM »
I plan on brewing MoreBeer's Pliny the Elder clone tomorrow. Their recipe calls for 3 ounces of Columbus, 1 ounce of Centennial, and 1 ounce of Simcoe dry hopped.

To cut-down on wort transfer and oxygen pickup post-fermentation, can I dry hop on top of the yeast cake after final gravity is reached without any material losses?

From what I've read, most recipe calls for 'secondary' dry hopping.

Your thoughts?

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