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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 568 temp question
« on: January 03, 2014, 03:58:54 PM »
Cranked the heater to 76 (digital thermostat with thermowell probe being used with wrap heater on bucket), so it is doing great in the kitchen.  Sugar addition Sunday to prevent the stall - I may crank it to 80 then.  Hoping for the best!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Break Material / Trub
« on: January 03, 2014, 03:54:58 PM »
The flaked maize must have contributed to the gelatinous goo.  I am assuming that you vorlaufed well on your mash run off?  If so, then it was just a lot of break material from the boil and chilling.  I have done pilsners that have the look of  egg drop soup after chilling and they cleared just fine at the point of serving, but I try to leave a good portion of the break behind in the boil kettle when possible (I have a SS screen in my boil kettle and I add hops in mesh bags to minimize the solids in the kettle).

I wouldn't worry about it.  But you can add gelatin after fermentation, if you want a clearer beer for serving or just wait it out.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Low OG
« on: January 03, 2014, 03:49:23 PM »
I bet it has to do with water volume measurements or grain crush and an expected efficiency that misses on one or another of those two points.

Brew and brew more often and you will start to dial in your system.  Realize, however, that different suppliers of crushed grain may crush at different settings, so you can't assume that a pound of grain from anyone is going to produce what a pound of grain from another will produce....that's why so many guys here crush their own.  (Plus it stores longer as uncrushed grain!)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend 1/4/2014?
« on: January 03, 2014, 03:11:44 PM »
Brewed a saison on 1-1 and looking to do CP's Claude of Neptune II that was in last month's Zymurgy magazine.  I will be harvesting some 2206 from a mini-batch of bock from last month (my first BIAB attempt - 2.5 gallons) that is ready to rack to the mini-keg for extended lagering at 34F.  There is a little mini-mashing of corn (by boiling, IIRC), but it looks like a winner.  Hoping for some bock-like beers for March.

Gotta rack some other beers, too, and allow for some space in the fermenting chest to free up.  Then I am going to try an eisbock!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 568 temp question
« on: January 02, 2014, 07:37:00 AM »
Thanks for the info - I guess this is one where the manufacturer's recommendation is worth heeding.  I'll leave it until after work today in the 60's and increase it tonight to mid 70's!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bubble foil insulation
« on: January 01, 2014, 07:38:20 AM »
You have to remove it if you are applying direct heat, of course, but it is what I use (double wrap of it on the mash tun).

Yeast and Fermentation / WLP 568 temp question
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:36:08 PM »
Got the starter cold crashing in the lager fermenter Chest for a brew day tomorrow...any thoughts on what temps for how long with this strain for best results? White labs says 70-80, but I'm thinking a few days at 68 would be better, then ramp it up each day after that until high 70's are reached. I have the heater wrap and thermowell ready to run...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: barrel aging question...
« on: December 31, 2013, 04:14:50 AM »
Other than stainless firkins and pins, which have special things called spiles for fobbing, thus producing cask conditioned ales, I know of no one attempting to carbonate in a keg, especially not a wooden aging keg.  You are right about the smaller vessel aging the barrel flavor faster, though.  Someone here with cask experience can possibly address using a wooden keg in this manner...if the spiles can be used on that scale, etc....

All Grain Brewing / Re: specialty grain to add malty sweetness
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:23:45 PM »
You can also add Melanoiden malt, but be careful as a little goes a long way.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Simple Aeration?
« on: December 30, 2013, 07:51:35 PM »
I'm guessing the floor surface is soft where you rock the carboy - like Denny, I would be nervous rocking glass on a terribly hard surface like concrete or ceramic tile!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bo-pils frustration (saaz problem??)
« on: December 30, 2013, 12:42:14 PM »
I'm skeptical....

I would be, also, but I had a pound bag of German Select and after using about half of it, I realized that either the hops were bad or I just didn't like them.  I went back to Magnum and no problem.  Still not sure whether they went "bad" or were just not to my liking....but I wouldn't discount hop differences from year to year being noticeable in an award winning recipe from a brewer who brews that particular style very well. 

Last thought - could it also be a little of your palate changing?  I know I have suffered palate fatigue and need to "reset" it by foregoing a style for a couple weeks.  Just a few thoughts to consider.

General Homebrew Discussion / Beers planned for 2014
« on: December 30, 2013, 05:55:52 AM »
Each year the brewers in my neighborhood get together to welcome the new year with a January 1 brew day.  We tend to keep it simple, so a lot of equipment doesn't need to get hauled.  This year I am making a saison...the stir plate is clacking along with my starter yeast as we speak.  My first try with WLP 568, so I am hoping for the best.  Anybody else have a brew planned for the new year?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite lager strain?
« on: December 26, 2013, 07:25:00 PM »
I have Wyeast 2206 strain and the Budejovice strain going at the moment, but favorite - that's a tough one.  Perhaps 838 South German Lager by White Labs....

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Starting to bottle only
« on: December 26, 2013, 05:43:08 AM »
I don't stir it even.  When racking onto the sugar solution, just make sure that the hose is long enough the reach the bottom of the bottling bucket and point it toward/along the side wall ., so that a gentle whirlpool effect is created.  It mixes up perfectly well without the need to stir at all!  Depending on where the primary is sitting, I may need to put the bottling bucket on a short foot stool or chair to get the right height differential for a particular hose, but other than that, it's easy-peasy (though I prefer kegging!)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
« on: December 26, 2013, 05:22:32 AM »
Two times - the night before when I set up by rolling out the brewstand from its storage spot, putting the strke water in the mash tun with the bucket heater on a timer and the sparge water in the HLT with the same set up, then the following day when  rolling my brewstand back into the spot I store it in after cleanup and pitching the yeast - it's always a great feeling to know that another batch is on its way!

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