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Softened water (ion exchange as noted by Martin) with Star San stays good for me quite a while, but I have gone to changing it out after a week or two, just to be safe.  I don't have any problem with that.  I occasionally go with distilled, and keep it around longer in smaller quantities like a gallon.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aeration?
« on: February 04, 2014, 06:28:43 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Kyle!  There are great brewers who can answer your questions and you can also search a lot of topics that have been pretty well settled by discussion.

Denny - with using a WIC do you find that the wort is aerated slightly by the whirlpooling against the immersion chiller?  With mine I get a slight burp as I start it, from air in the hoses, then it is just mixing wort.  That can't be much of a problem, right?

Ingredients / Re: corn or rice
« on: February 04, 2014, 04:14:28 PM »
I agree, this is one time that I prefer to be a flakey!

Ingredients / Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« on: February 04, 2014, 04:08:50 PM »
Definitely got higher extraction - all other things were pretty much the same as my last batch and post boil, it is definitely higher gravity than the Weyermann's going into the fermenter.  Waiting on tasting, of course, but if it is comparable to BestMalz, I will be one happy brewer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Best Recipe for First All-Grain Brew
« on: February 04, 2014, 05:34:54 AM »
Exactly, the thing that will make your beers go from "ok" to "wow!" is temp control. You simply can't make great beer if you can't control your fermentation temp.

I'll have to move towards that ... If I spend any more money on my brewing hobby I'll have to get use to sleeping on the couch :)

At the very least you should be using a tub of water in which you immerse your carboy and rotate out frozen water bottles 2 or 3 times a day. That trick works fairly well.

Or just the water bath alone helps stabilize temperature swings if in a basement this time of year (up north we tend to allow the house to cool substantially overnight in winter).  To avoid stalling when the indoor basement temp drops to or below 60, the water bath helps in that way, too!  It works like a dual controller.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OK, Braggin a Little....
« on: February 03, 2014, 07:18:03 PM »
Only would have been better if you were there in person!  I once had a similar statement made by a brewpub bartender, only to have a few friends I was with just point at me and say "you should taste his beer!"

Felt pretty good about that one.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg to keg transfer of carbonated beer
« on: February 02, 2014, 09:34:05 AM »
I ended up using a spunding valve that I had picked up years ago when I thought about krausening.  Major said to just have the transferring keg at 12 psi and the receiving keg at 10 psi.  I may have allowed a slightly greater differential from moment to moment, but never more than 4 psi...and it worked spectacularly!  Thanks, guys!

And...they are out of stock already.  This will be popular, as it sounds like it may outperform the plastic one, though I have few complaints with it as long as the soda bottle threads are well intact!  The silicone gasket on the stainless model is going to help with sealing tightly.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How long to leave stir plate on
« on: February 02, 2014, 09:24:55 AM »
Really depends on the yeast strain.  Some are so thick in 24 hours that I can't spin with a stir bar further.  IIRC the Wyeast Scottish Ale is such a beast.  I like to have at least two days of cold crash, also, because some don't floc out quick.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shocked at Price! really?
« on: February 02, 2014, 09:19:39 AM »

Don't forget the price of the whiskey you'd need to fill it with first...
ya but they're selling the whiskey for profit already so the overhead is paid for and since they use the barrels more than once(I believe) it's already been paid for even if it was only once

Im afraid thats not the way capitalism works;)

Recovering costs from sales of byproducts - every industry tries to do this, plus it could be argued that the bourbon makers are adding value to the barrel, since bourbon barrels are highly sought after by other users.  I am happy with my sole Balcones Barrel.  I hope it will serve my souring needs for quite a while.  Interesting to hear about relative thickness and varying porosity between barrels, I never thought that much about it.  Guess these coopers have quite a skilled trade going...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fining vs not Fining
« on: February 02, 2014, 09:13:38 AM »
Depends on the fining agent, I believe.  Some strip more out than others, I am told, with filtering stripping the most.  I think gelatin and Biofine Clear work good and don't seem to drop the flavor significantly.  The Biofine is silicic acid or something like that, so it pulls out the chill haze causing proteins, too, so maybe it affects the taste more than gelatin.  I
Like gelatin because it works in a couple days and I can put it into the serving keg and not have to rack further or remember to add it prior to racking...YMMV, of course.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny's been keeping his pencil sharp!
« on: February 02, 2014, 07:01:53 AM »
Got mine yesterday - the lager at 75 degrees intrigues me, greatly. Cali yeast that warm...interesting!

Seems like a fun read to start a Sunday morning after a double batch Saturday.

Well done authors!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Best Recipe for First All-Grain Brew
« on: February 01, 2014, 11:33:22 AM »
Since you have done several extract batches, I would do one of those you have done already and compare them!

As a default either Denny's Wry Smile IPA or the Waldo Lake Amber are winners with me.  Those recipes are ubiquitous because they are tried and true, not to mention award winning.

General Homebrew Discussion / Scaling recipe question for hops
« on: February 01, 2014, 11:22:43 AM »
For you guys who brew smaller batches, are hops linear in terms of scaling down from a 5 gallon batch to a 3 gallon batch or from 5 to 10 gallons for that matter?  Or do you need moreover less per gallon as you go either direction on a batch?  I should know this, but I haven't seen it discussed, or at least I don't recall seeing it...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shocked at Price! really?
« on: February 01, 2014, 11:17:59 AM »
My neighbor got me one for $90 from here (he bought 3, but only needed 2):

But they are presently out of stock.  Must be a run on the market!

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