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Other Fermentables / Re: My first still beverage, bottling options?
« on: August 18, 2012, 04:21:44 PM »
I use crown caps and beer bottles for my still meads. I do the final rack into a keg, crash cool it for a month to really clear it, then bottle using my beer gun.  I use my beer gas blend to push it, and purge the bottles so it doesnt carb, but there's no O2.

Looks like I'll be over in London for a few days at the end of the month for work. Guess I'm packing a few bottles in the suitcase to ship once I'm there. Sweet.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sour Worting
« on: August 13, 2012, 11:21:13 PM »
I did a 48 sour mash on a partial boil recipe. The pH dropped to 3.5, then I did the boil for 15 and hopped it.  I pitched a fresh vial of WLP001 and nothing. I figured 3 gal at 1.031 would be sufficient for a direct pitch. After 24 hrs nothing, so I added a cup of WLP001 slurry from a previous batch that had been in the fridge for a bit.  Another 24hrs and nothing. I added some DAP nutirient incase the lacto didnt leave anything. After another 24 hrs, still nothing. So in a last gasp, I "broke the glass" and added my emergencrgy sachet of S05. Finally after 96hrs from first pitch I have active fermentation, but no real krausen to speak of.

OG was 1.031. Lacto took it to 1.022. SG is now down to 1.012 and still going. This thing scared me. My two cents, pitch a lot of active yeast at high krausen and feed with plenty nutrient. The harsh acid environment is not where you want to wake up a bunch of sleepy Sacch...

Ingredients / Re: Palisade Hops
« on: August 09, 2012, 02:45:27 PM »
Alpha Acid 12.0 - 14.3%Dual Purpose  pleasantly complex, fruity & citrusy aroma, with hints of pear and apple,lemon lime briliance, with notes of earthy tea too.

I used them as a single hop (sparingly) in a Saison. I thought they worked rather well. I'll do it again.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sour Worting
« on: August 09, 2012, 01:14:40 PM »
I've been sour worting my first attempt at a Berliner Weisse.  I added an ounce of lactic acid to the wort to drop the initial pH down, and 4oz of grain.  I purged the headspace of the brewpot with CO2 and covered it with saran wrap.  After 36 hrs of keeping it at 90F +/- 5F its smells (and tastes) nicely sour, no off notes in the nose, the SG has dropped from 1.044 to 1.036 (partial boil, recipe OG target was 1.031) and the pH is somewhere between 3.0 and 3.5 (I don't have the most precise dip strips).  I'll do the 15 min boil tonight, and off to the fermenter, lacto bug free...

Since its 110 in the shade here in OK, I'm going to skip standing over 10 gallons of boiling wort this weekend. Instead, I'm going to sour mash for a few days in prep for my Berliner weisse, since the garage is holding a steady 100+... Plus I don't need an extended boil afterwards!

Events / Re: GABF Ticket Sales/Swaps
« on: August 02, 2012, 10:25:16 PM »
Tickermaster's system should have a record of the AHA membership number tied to the ticket numbers.  I dont think it's too much to ask to have to furnish the corresponding membership card with the ticket at the door.  After all, this is the members only session...

Events / Re: GABF Tix problem...?
« on: July 31, 2012, 07:22:11 PM »
Has anyone notice how many 1st kit members there are here in this thread? Looks like a lot of new members joined just to get tickets.

I wonder what percentage of AHA membership joins in July just in advance of GABF for the sole purpose of buying tickets.  I mean if you're going to drop $250 per head on tickets, plus flights and hotels, what's another $38.  I'm not usually one to advocate raising prices, but I'd rather see the AHA membership costs go up, so that AHA members actually reflect homebrewers, not just people who want to power drink at GABF for a weekend.  Plus that way, the people who actually brew and appreciate craft beer, might have half a chance to get a ticket for members only...

Events / Re: GABF Tix problem...?
« on: July 31, 2012, 05:48:41 PM »
Given that non-members could purchase through the mobile site, I expect a lot of scalpers probably expected that if they know the system, and bought it out.  I was lucky, I got mine but most of my friends missed out on the Sat afternoon.  Total mess with Ticketmast, spent 20 mins on the phone to be told I had to buy online, except online didn't work.  And separate transaction fees for each session?

Between Ticketmaster headaches, prices going up again, and non-members bumrushing the mobile site, GABF isnt what it used to be.

Equipment and Software / Building a jockey box
« on: July 11, 2012, 06:04:59 PM »
Anyone bought one of these cold plate chillers from sodadispenserdepot? They seem pretty cheap compared to some of the ones on beer related sites.

Beer Recipes / Re: Panama Red American Wheat
« on: June 21, 2012, 09:19:50 PM »
An ounce of roasted barley or carafa III added to the mash at sparging time should add a lot of colour without much flavor.

All Grain Brewing / Re: NHC Second Rounders...Batch or Fly Sparge?
« on: June 20, 2012, 11:44:53 PM »
I don't "hope to find" anything.  Just curious.  I doubt anything can be determined conclusively from this.  Also, I posted this in the All Grain subforum since that's how I brew, and I have zero interest in extract beer making (I can't bring myself to call it "brewing"...sorry).

I'm mildly offended by this.  ;)  I've had extract BREWS win gold medals, qualify for MCAB, and take second best in show, beating out hundreds, and in the case of two competitions, thousands of entries.  I've since made the transition to AG, but I still enjoy making extract if time is short.  Brewing isn't just about the recipe, it's the techniques, fermentation temperatures, and other skills developed.

Zymurgy / Re: We need your brew dog photos!
« on: June 16, 2012, 08:34:38 PM »
Here's Lindzi, my retired police EOD dog, watching over 10 gallons of BDSA boiling...

Other Fermentables / Re: Bottling my first Mead...Advice??
« on: June 11, 2012, 08:06:28 PM »
I use my beer gun too, but I have both CO2 and gas blend (for my stouts) bottles.  I use the blend with mead, I figure I can purge with N2 instead.

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