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Beer Recipes / Re: Weizenporter?
« on: July 03, 2014, 11:05:30 PM »
I'm surprised there's no replies on this, but sounds interesting to me. I have no experience in this, but it seems like it may work.
I recently made a hefe using the Northern Brewer Wyeast strain to build up the yeast for an upcoming batch. It turned out to be a good beer that came out super clear with a crisp taste. The wheat didn't really come through, but still fun to experiment.
If you brew it or already have, post back the results.

Equipment and Software / Re: window AC for cold room
« on: June 07, 2014, 02:26:42 AM »
That second sensor is most likely there to detect ice build up on the coils and prevent damage to the unit


Depending on the age of the A/C, that thermostat may kill the compressor allowing the coil to de-ice while the fan still runs. Its not going to cool well in that cycle, but protects the unit. It will work much like the primary thermostat that controls your desired temperature. If its a super fancy window air, that second thermostat could control a warming device to prevent the icing.
It sounds like you have an option figured out. If you get curious, search the model# on the net and you may come up with a schematic. Sometimes a super cheap option is to replace the temperature setting thermostat with a refrigerator or freezer thermostat of the same voltage. Tricks it into thinking it is a refrigerator.

Ingredients / Re: Repackaging (Maillard Malts)
« on: May 15, 2014, 03:18:02 AM »
My recent order came with 1 hopunion pack and 3 other unmarked silver packs of hops with the bare minimum info on them. No rhyme or reason, but all wheat and specialty malts came in 1# maillard bags while 2 row and otter came in a big clear bag with a tied knot, several pounds in each bag.

I left a small bag in my freezer by mistake for one year. They were black as coal. So one year = bad in my experience. Also, I noticed a bit of off flavor with Nugget hops after 6 months. Still used them, but noticed an odd grassy flavor. My Chinook hops seemed to be better at aging.

Ingredients / Re: thoughts on a wheat beer(non hefe)
« on: April 18, 2014, 06:59:30 PM »
I had the same idea and just brewed one with 3/4lb Carawheat, 3lb white wheat, 4lb pale 2-row and used Wyeast 1945. Should be low alcohol, but retain some wheat character without being too American Wheat or too Hefe. Whichever malt you choose, let us know. I'd be curious to try it after mine is done fermenting. I love wheat beers but hate them too. I'll drink them nonstop a couple weeks and then none for months.

Equipment and Software / Re: My new brew timer
« on: April 01, 2014, 03:25:06 AM »
There's no way I could ever read my handwriting! And that's not gonna fit in my pocket.  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quality of All grain vs. Extract
« on: March 21, 2014, 02:59:30 PM »

In other words, it's easier to make great all-grain beer than with extract.  Great extract brewing requires some skill and know-how.  All-grain, well, yeah, you need to know the basics, but if you know how to steep grains at all, any schmuck can make great beer with the BIAB method, if not a mash and sparge.

These are my thoughts exactly. Most of us start out in extract brewing, but jump to all grain for more freedom and control. My first all grain BIAB was as good as my best extract beer. If I hadn't made the jump, I probably would have given up. I had great difficulty in finding consistency with extract brews. LME age and ingredient breakdown always had me guessing. I really respect extract brewers that can consistently make great beers.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bad Bucket Seal. Transfer for Lagering?
« on: March 18, 2014, 06:06:12 PM »
Thanks for the replies. I'm going to open the lid for a gravity reading and put a different airlock on at the same time. I noticed the airlock may have cracked at the bottom as it goes into the bung. Air may be escaping there and not the lid. Either way, the beer will lager in that bucket.

Equipment and Software / Re: Wort chiller faucet adapter
« on: March 15, 2014, 06:33:59 PM »
Looks like you have a threaded aerator in there.

Yep, that's what I was thinking originally. That aerator will come off with pliers, and a LHBS adaptor will thread right on.

I agree with the above. Those aerators are meant to be replaced once and a while. They're often only a couple bucks. Not all faucets have the type that is easy to replace, but looks like you've got one of the simpler types.

Yeast and Fermentation / Bad Bucket Seal. Transfer for Lagering?
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:52:50 PM »
I did some searches and haven't found an answer to this, so time to start a new topic.

I typically ferment in a 6 gallon better bottle. I decided to try a lager while the temps were still cold in my garage, which will be a great place to leave it be for a month. I decided to use my 6.5 gallon fermenting bucket instead of the carboy to help keep any light from shining on it if I leave my garage door open at times. I haven't used the bucket in over a year.

About 3 days into fermentation, I realized that I didn't have an extremely long lag time, but that my bucket has lost it's good seal. The airlock has zero activity. The lid of the bucket is barely swollen, so I'm thinking it is leaking out the sides of the lid. Fermentation is definitely happening and will be finishing up in a few days.

My question is; should I rack the beer into my carboy for the lagering stage? I rarely use a secondary and hadn't planned on it this time, but the seal has me thinking. If the outgoing pressure is low while it lagers, what's to keep from some unwanted air getting in? Most concerning, I don't want the "fumes" of a garage getting into my beer. I'm not interesting in bottling a Munich Helles with a touch of gasoline exhaust. So what are your thoughts?

Equipment and Software / Re: best silicone for mash tun
« on: March 07, 2014, 11:47:11 PM »
I used DAP brand in my tun. The drain hole was slightly larger than the typical size that works with 1/2" bulkhead setups. I find that it holds pretty well when cured and is easy enough to remove if you ever need to. Mine is an aquarium sealant listed as food safe.

All Things Food / Re: Spent grain energy bars
« on: March 02, 2014, 02:09:43 PM »
Thanks for posting this recipe! It sounds fantastic! I'll be trying it on my next brew day.


 Pitch or bottle with the star san (it's actually the low foam stuff and can't remember the a actual name).

You said this is not actually Star San but instead a low foam type. Is it still made by Five Star? Drinking diluted Star San is one thing, but what you used may be a different animal.

Equipment and Software / Re: False bottom or Screen?
« on: February 23, 2014, 02:43:15 PM »
Neither a screen or false bottom. I bag them in a reusable mesh bag. If I have multiple additions then I use a clothes pin to hold the top of the bag to the rim of the kettle. Super cheap and effective. Bags last forever it seems.

Beer Recipes / Re: ISO Old Ale recipe (all grain)
« on: February 22, 2014, 08:23:56 PM »
I have a recipe that won 1st in a comp last year after only 3 months of aging. The problem is there were some grains and hops you can't always find. It requires optic and ESB malt along with UK Phoenix hops. It also used a ton of wet Chinook, but those could be subbed with pellets. Even the yeast is only available from one place (Wyeast 1945). If you can source all those, I can post the recipe or add it to the Wiki.

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