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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Best Way to Aerate Wort
« on: September 20, 2016, 03:11:51 PM »
Sacc - I don't know what a fish tail is, but I don't think my wife will let me get one!  I second the welcome back to a great contributor here.  Nice article reference.  I will read this tonight.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Good notes?
« on: September 20, 2016, 11:47:39 AM »
Beer smith and Brunwater here - then try to remember it all while I walk to the garage brewery.  I have printed it out occasionally, but usually not anymore.  I do write on a large desk calendar on the wall the date of a brew, so I can track it😉

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: first time judging as an apprentice
« on: September 20, 2016, 11:39:09 AM »
I would add that you have the palate you have - for better or worse, so try to see what others think - I find the younger judges to have highly perceptible palates, but often struggle with articulation of what they experience...but that comes with time and practice.  Me, on the other hand I have an old palate - I am crazily sensitive to clove-like Phenols and must concentrate to find levels of diacetyl that others readily perceive.  You can get better and judging with others helps - I frequently ask the other judge if he or she is picking up some clove.  If not, then I restrain myself in scoring that defect.  Lastly, FWIW, I think a lot of phenols come from low fermentation temperatures for ales (think Hefeweizen along the clove to banana spectrum of fermentation temps).

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Also consider putting some stainless worm gear clamps on the tubing - vigorous stirring could cause a loose connection or loss of siphon through the unclamped tubing.

Just a suggestion....good luck!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 23
« on: September 16, 2016, 10:26:21 AM »
Amazing as to the number of Brewers that law schools are turning out these days!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First all grain brew going into competition
« on: September 14, 2016, 11:22:39 AM »
Good luck, but don't worry about the medals - sometimes it hits the right chord with the judges and sometimes you just have to rely upon the compliments from friends and family.  But who knows... With a year of prep it may all come your way.  Be meticulous with fermentation temperature control and cleanliness at bottling and enter it fresh!  As a judge, I know that bottling and post bottling handling and conditions affect competition brews way more than the entrants expect.  Keep up the brewing!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HELP...NEW HOME BREWER...SERIOUS QUESTION
« on: September 14, 2016, 11:07:18 AM »
I think the glass Big Mouth Bubblers are the ones with the pop off problem - I specifically bought the new lids with the silicone, because the original screw on lid did not fully seal well on my plastic version.  The silicone collar on the press on lid holds the seal well.  YMMV it seems.  I like the easy cleaning access that the wide mouth opening allows.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fake beer help
« on: September 14, 2016, 11:00:08 AM »
Don't expect realistic head from this approach, however.   ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Love it:)
« on: September 12, 2016, 07:25:01 PM »
I got only 7.04 lbs in my back yard.  About 100 ft2.

That makes me green.

So do you brew every other year? ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« on: September 09, 2016, 03:43:44 PM »
Maybe a miniseries drama - say a garage band (led by a hippie, retired older guy who plays ukulele) that are also Homebrewers in a SOCal Homebrew club founding a small brewpub and battling to get shelf space for distribution of their beers while also dealing with negotiating with Big Brew to sponsor their summer music tour, only to be required to sell out the brew pub beers as a condition of the music sponsorship....now that might work!


That's pretty funny. For a little extra drama, we could have Keith as the 'hippie's' wisecracking local competition. :). Excellent addition.  This is getting close to being ready to pitch to a network.  I've seen worse.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermax Yeast Nutrient
« on: September 09, 2016, 10:48:55 AM »
I can confirm that 5 teaspoons added to a 5 gallon extract batch is way too much!  I just brewed a cream ale with 1.5 LB 6 Row Grain, 3.3LB LME and 5LB DME and added 1 teaspoon per gallon as the Fermax label states and after only 6 hours the fermentation was the most vigorous I've ever seen. I ended up losing ~95 cubic inches via blowoff. (1 inch from my 11 inch diameter fermentor). That's almost 5 x 12 ounce bottles, painful to throw that beer/StarSan mix down the drain... I'll try 1 teaspoon next batch.

Don't be too discouraged - get ready and brew again!  And welcome to the forum - great Brewers hang around here, so don't be afraid to ask a question or to question the conventional approach.  We all learn as we go....

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager keg experiment
« on: September 09, 2016, 10:43:13 AM »
Sounds pretty good and like Jeff, I pitch loads of yeast into a lager, typically and they. Finish quickly for that reason.  34/70 will tolerate warm temps pretty well.  Crash when it hits terminal and fine with gelatin - you can be drinking it fairly soon or just let it lager with time.  Enjoy!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« on: September 09, 2016, 04:52:17 AM »
Maybe a miniseries drama - say a garage band (led by a hippie, retired older guy who plays ukulele) that are also Homebrewers in a SOCal Homebrew club founding a small brewpub and battling to get shelf space for distribution of their beers while also dealing with negotiating with Big Brew to sponsor their summer music tour, only to be required to sell out the brew pub beers as a condition of the music sponsorship....now that might work!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager keg experiment
« on: September 08, 2016, 04:59:07 PM »
What yeast did you pitch and how much?  Some of the lager yeasts are pretty clean and attenuative.  I have found that a D-Rest is often unnecessary if you pitch enough of those yeasts.  Time cures diacetyl, also, but I know a guy that ferments all lagers fairly warm and they finish in a couple weeks - he uses yeast strains that tolerate his regimen well, so lagers can be done a few different ways.  Enjoy and welcome to the hobby and forum!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Scottish Ale
« on: September 08, 2016, 03:09:57 PM »
I've had Toby's Scottish Wee Heavy and WEEEEEE is it heavy!  And by that I mean gooooood.  I would say anyone would like that beer if they like Scottish Ales.

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