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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: February 10, 2016, 07:11:05 AM »
Not sure if it entirely defeats the purpose - not pitching immediately. I understood this process as an optimal yeast building method vs. stir plate. Pitching @ high K is preferred but not required. Foaming the wort & yeast give it the oxygen needed for a healthy build.

Perhaps I misunderstood.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: February 09, 2016, 09:17:46 PM »
I have followed Mark's "shaken, not stirred" starter for two brews now, both with the Vermont Ale Strain or Conan. It was a breeze with the 5L bottle and results were just as good as the starter but with less hassle.

I do not pitch immediately but chill and decant.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Whirlpool/ 0 Minute Addition Difference
« on: January 08, 2016, 07:25:46 AM »
I use a 300 micron hop filter, it's 18x6 inches. Nothing gets out of there ...

Good advice, thank you.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Whirlpool/ 0 Minute Addition Difference
« on: January 07, 2016, 07:14:00 AM »
Draw from the bottom and clamp your hose at an angle and it will whirlpool. I'd make sure you have a dip tube. Drawing without dip tube, screen, or something could be clogging. I know from my first time trying this same thing.

I hop in a 300 micron strainer so the wort is free and clear (with the exception of proteins).

I may give this a shot. Kill the flame, let it cool a bit, add a dose of hops, start recirculating, wait, then add the second/third dose of flame out hops.

A recent Heady Topper clone was interesting. No hops in the boil - two hop shots at 60 minutes, then a flame out addition with a 20 minute pause, then a second flame out at 180F with a second 20 minute pause, then chill.

By far, this has been my best tasting double IPA. So much so that I plan on doing the same for a Pliny the Elder clone. A single heavy charge at the beginning of the boil, then flameout, 180F (or cooler), and dry hop.

The funny thing is that I have had the March pump for several years and haven't used it yet.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Whirlpool/ 0 Minute Addition Difference
« on: January 06, 2016, 06:47:31 PM »
I recently purchased a March pump but haven't used it in the brewing process yet. Regarding the whirlpool, can I simply draw from the kettle, and recirculate? I don't have the right equipment yet to really get a whirlpool moving (in the right direction), but can recirculate.

Shame on me for assuming but ... won't recirculating achieve the same results?

I am not attempting to cone wort debris in the center ...

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer lines, cleaning with...?
« on: January 06, 2016, 07:13:35 AM »
I have a keg dedicated with unscented oxiclean that I flush/fill the beer lines with after each keg blows. I let it sit in the line until the next keg is ready to tap. I have another keg dedicated with star-san that I fill/flush the line with just prior to tapping the next beer. The star-san sits in the line no more than 5 minutes before I run beer thru it. It has served me well over the years...  Cheers!!!

I left a keg filled with a weak Oxyclean solution for a few days, the stone that formed was a mess. It took a few baths in vinegar, and eventually Star San, to remove it.

You leave that solution in the keg all the time? What does the inside of the keg look like?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What's your favorite Cider yeast?
« on: December 21, 2015, 07:23:38 AM »
I used WLP530 (Belgian) and maple syrup to make a Crispin clone. It was awesome.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Adjusting Water for 750 mg/l Hardness?
« on: December 10, 2015, 03:08:30 PM »
I am looking to improve my Heady Topper clone. Per the Alchemist's water profile, hardness is 750 mg/l.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Adjusting Water for 750 mg/l Hardness?
« on: December 10, 2015, 07:44:44 AM »
My Las Vegas water report is:
Calcium (Ca+2): 75ppm
Magnesium (Mg+2): 24ppm
Sulfates (SO4-2): 228ppm
Sodium (Na+): 88ppm
Chloride (Cl-): 92ppm
Bicarbonate / Alkalinity: 138ppm
Hardness Total: 285 ppm

What do I need, and how much of it, to bring hardness up to 750 mg/l?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: December 06, 2015, 01:29:32 PM »
I followed this process with for an recently brewed Heady Topper clone. It worked well and I will certainly use this method again for future brews.

I bought a 5L Pyrex media bottle on eBay for $40 shipped.

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I have pondered ways to have people pay me to drink beer. This is awesome.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fred Durst
« on: November 11, 2015, 07:17:42 AM »
Fred Durst?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sanitizer Comparison
« on: November 08, 2015, 09:28:31 AM »
Great info - thank you for posting.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: November 07, 2015, 11:55:29 AM »
Yeah, I figured it would be difficult to chill and decant an active fermentation.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: November 07, 2015, 10:13:00 AM »
Mark or Denny - do you decant or pitch the entire starter?

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