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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg hopping frustration
« on: October 13, 2014, 02:57:00 PM »
I use the stainless tea balls with a fine mesh.  When I fill them, I try not to get any of the powdered hop pellet material in the tea ball and it works perfectly fine.  Hop haze, yes, but not floaties.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Ever have a keg post leak?
« on: October 13, 2014, 02:50:07 PM »
Well I cleaned, sanitized, lubed and put some extra Star San in the keg and then charged it to 20 psi to seat the seal well.  Then I took my keg pressure tester (bleeder valve) and hooked up the liquid out QDC that had leaked and connected the tester to the keg.  I bled it off to about 12 psi and wiped everything dry. 

So, what do you know?  It held the pressure through this morning with no leak...So I am going to put it in a cold place and see if it continues to hold the pressure as the temp is lowered to below 40 degrees.  My only thought is that it leaks when cold at this point.  I am not going to commit a keg of homebrew to this particular keg until I know it won't leak!  But maybe the cleaning, sanitizing and lubing was enough to get it to seal properly.  The quest continues!

My wife loves that Wells Banana Bread beer, so I can see the ladies going for a banana-y flavor profile, regardless of the color of their hair!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just packaged
« on: October 13, 2014, 12:47:41 PM »
I just brewed up a 20 gallon batch of Vienna Lager for a Christmas party at a friends house.  So to make room, I kegged 2 batches that were fermented out - a lager and a pale ale.

Now I need to get 4 kegs killed off in the next month to get a place to rack the VL when it gets done!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Alternative to lactic acid
« on: October 11, 2014, 07:45:55 AM »
My water was so bad (super high iron content) that I went with an RO system post ion exchange softener.  Sometimes you just gotta say "I'm starting over".  Combined with good brewing books and Brunwater, it was the best move I ever made.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: October 11, 2014, 05:40:15 AM »
Today it's double batching for a Christmas party at a friends house - Vienna lager 20 gallons.  Big brew day for me.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Force carb vs Keg conditioned
« on: October 09, 2014, 04:34:39 AM »
Interesting discussion.  I hear from others that for competitions, bottle conditioned beers tend to score better.  Must be oxidation in bottling from keg that holds back so many keg drawn entries?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Ever have a keg post leak?
« on: October 08, 2014, 03:04:17 PM »
Not that new, but maybe I was just lucky with it sealing at the QDC in the past.  PSI was only at 12.  Like I said, I am going to run it through some testing this weekend to see if there is something I am missing...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Ever have a keg post leak?
« on: October 08, 2014, 10:33:08 AM »
I don't know how long, but it has been a good long time...maybe it just wore too thin over time?  I can't figure it out.  No visible "ding".  I am going to empty it this weekend and pressure test the post with a bleeder valve and put it under water, too.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Wee Heavy extended boil time?
« on: October 07, 2014, 02:49:18 PM »
I found that there is a distinct look that occurs at the right carmelization stage - there are striated bubble seams across the surface.  I wish I had taken a picture.  I boiled a gallon down to somewhere above a pint, but definitely less than a quart.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How long is a FWH?
« on: October 07, 2014, 02:45:39 PM »

 The take away was that Mash hopping is a good way to waste hops (at least that is what I got).

Edit - I looked at the presentaion.

FWH has 1.08 to 1.010 times the IBU compared to the 60 Min. control beers.
Mash hops have 0.35 times the IBU compared to the 60 min. control.

When judging for hop character between FWH and control, 5 out of 6 on the panel chose FWH.

Interesting results - it makes you wonder if they could pick out the difference and were predisposed to favor FWH?

I have no dog in this hunt.  I have done everything discussed above and occasionally go back to FWH as a whim.  I remember that there was a Pliny version floating around that called for mash hopping - my impression was that it didn't seem worth it IIRC.

Nice article.  So, yes, your yeast acquisition was worth it.  I use 34/70 a lot and repitch it a few times.  Maybe I will repitch less times, since it is so inexpensive (the references to wild yeast invasions during summer months with lager beers is confirmed anecdotally by me).  Not severe infections but enough to think that multiple repitches could be problematic during summer months when there are so many things in the air....

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Tank Size
« on: October 07, 2014, 04:21:05 AM »
I go with a company that does fire and safety - right down the street from me.  Way more convenient than any welding supply company - which are pretty far from where I live and their hours are pretty limited to M-F 8-4:30.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Ever have a keg post leak?
« on: October 07, 2014, 04:15:44 AM »
Maybe the o-ring is the wrong size?

Nope - bought them from Northern brewer and have had no problems with them working on other kegs. When I pulled the first one off the keg post I inspected it closely.  It wasn't worn and was the same exact size as the rest of them in the bag...I still swapped it out for a new one.

I have several slurries at any point in time, but that strain sounds pretty expensive to take a flyer on... your commitment to yeast knowledge here confirms to me that it is worth the rest of us at least!

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