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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: House Yeast
« on: February 21, 2014, 05:36:40 PM »
I like Wyeast 1945 which is a Northern Brewer exclusive. Great in stouts, old ale, and can ferment clean at low temps for American pale ales. I haven't tried it in a Kolsch though.

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Ingredients / Re: Cherries
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:05:34 PM »
I'm in the process of building a Chocolate Cherry Oat & Rye Stout recipe. I found this product at Trader Joe's the other day and am thinking of giving it a try. It appears to be a good mix of tart and sweet flavors.

http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article.asp?article_id=1477

If the juice tastes like they say in the flyer, I think it would be so much simpler than adding whole cherries.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer minus hops
« on: January 19, 2014, 09:19:53 PM »
I brewed an extract batch with no hops about 2 years ago. I also used 4lb of white sugar in it, used bread yeast, and did it as an open fermentation. I was recreating an old recipe that originally was my great grandfather's. I would describe it as a tart, high alcoholic glass of nothing I'd ever want to drink again. My BMC drinking family loved it.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: wierd quirks
« on: January 19, 2014, 09:09:18 PM »
I'm now having to log in every time despite checking the "stay logged in" box. Annoying and I've changed nothing.

I'm having the same problem again. Sometimes I can log back in by clicking on the AHA link and the clicking the forum button there. Weird I don't have to login when I do those steps.

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Ingredients / Re: willamette hops
« on: January 16, 2014, 05:29:20 PM »
I like using them from 20 min on out to dry hop. Pairs well but gets lost in IPAs with lots of citrus

+1
For me boiling them any longer than about 20 minutes and you're wasting them.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Hydrating US-05
« on: January 15, 2014, 12:19:32 PM »
There is no magic. Just add the yeast to a clean water source.
+1
Just rehydrate while cleaning, chilling, or any other end of the brewing process. Cover with a little plastic wrap or foil and pitch when ready within an hour or so. Not sure how long it can sit, but I go up to an hour at times.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Thank you!
« on: January 12, 2014, 08:11:47 AM »
There are other forums out there but you probably get the quickest and sincerest responses on the AHA. Often within several minutes of posting a topic.

+1

This is the only forum I regularly follow anymore. You can ask total beginner's questions without fear of ridicule. You can ask high level questions and you'll get high level answers. Also, the mods do a great job on the forum.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: LME trick
« on: January 11, 2014, 01:24:20 PM »
If you can do it without burning yourself:
I always used to slosh a little of the hot water/wort from the kettle around in the bottle and then return to the kettle.

+1
This is the best option I've found.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Very pale ale for a friend.
« on: January 05, 2014, 04:03:15 PM »
For a Busch drinker, 1 oz. of Hallertau may be way too hoppy for their tastes. I tried to make my Busch drinking family some lighter beer styles and the one they like the best has no hops at all and is over 50% sugar. Dry and tasteless.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Double Bastard clone
« on: January 03, 2014, 08:11:38 PM »
Ratebeer.com shows this beer has had a different alcohol % over the years. Makes me think they're constantly tweaking their own recipe.
2007 - 10%, 2008 & 2009 - 10.5%, 2010 - 11.2%, 2011 - 10.5%, 2012 - 11.2%

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Must refigerate?
« on: January 01, 2014, 03:33:18 PM »
I used to think that some beer left on yeast would protect it some. I wouldn't rinse yeast real well and would refrigerate yeast with a layer of beer in mason jars. I had one grow mold on top of the thin layer of beer even though I was extremely careful with sanitation and boiled all rinsing water. Yeast I've left with no beer on top has never become infected.
I would think that as long as there's nothing wrong with the appearance of your starter you should be fine. I would cold crash it and decant though. Anymore I never leave yeast in a carboy for more than a day if I plan to reuse it.


I have stored yeast in the fridge with beer on top hundreds of times and never seen mold or an infection.  I have to believe it was due to something other than leaving yeast under beer.

I really need to check my notes from that beer and see what it was. I may have been experimenting with spices and it may have inflected the batch. I just drank it too fast to notice. The yeast was in the refrigerator longer than it should have been, I'm sure.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Must refigerate?
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:53:39 AM »
I used to think that some beer left on yeast would protect it some. I wouldn't rinse yeast real well and would refrigerate yeast with a layer of beer in mason jars. I had one grow mold on top of the thin layer of beer even though I was extremely careful with sanitation and boiled all rinsing water. Yeast I've left with no beer on top has never become infected.
I would think that as long as there's nothing wrong with the appearance of your starter you should be fine. I would cold crash it and decant though. Anymore I never leave yeast in a carboy for more than a day if I plan to reuse it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: online stores and shipping
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:40:17 AM »
Austin Homebrew ships kits for free. Other stuff is $8 I think

This recently changed and is now a flat $6.99. Still a great deal.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: wierd quirks
« on: December 31, 2013, 12:00:56 PM »
I get the timeout message when posting fairly regularly.  I just hit post again and it takes it though.

Happens to me too.

I also find that if the system logs me out, I can go to the regular AHA page, then hit the back button and it will log me back in.

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The Pub / Re: Three beers a day keeps the doctor away!
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:38:43 PM »
I've actually had 2 doctors tell me that 2 beers a day will benefit me. Of course they point out that if I skip a couple days I can't make them up all at once!

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