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Ingredients / Re: Hop Extract & 30 Minute Boils
« on: September 15, 2017, 07:10:48 PM »
The only time I have used hop extract were at annual Club brews at a local brewery, where we wanted easy and identical batches to compare single hop flavoring/late hop/whirlpool and dry hop additions which differed from brewer to brewer as the "only" variable (using the brewery's wort and house yeast by all of us).  Different fermenting temperatures may have occurred, but it was in the spring, so we were all fermenting in our basements at reasonably similar temperatures.  It was really interesting to compare the hops this way.  I don't think I would use up a syringe of the hop extract we had before it would expire in terms of best use date.

By the way, the consensus favorite hop for flavor for our APA was Southern Cross (Mittlefruh and a couple other similar hops were up there, though).

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B availability
« on: September 15, 2017, 07:00:48 PM »
Joe Formanek gave a presentation last night to our Homebrew Club on the subject and he said Brewcraft has the product and is in the process of packaging, so it should be available through anybody that handles Brewcraft - if not immediately, then within days.  Of course, he had 50 g samples for us, so my stash is restored for the time being.  ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Off flavors from stressed lager yeast
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:56:13 PM »
I have noticed that a few people can pick up a very faint lemon character in light lagers (especially a Helles) when fermented with 34/70.  I went to S-189 for dry lager yeast because of that and don't seem to have any problems (though some might say it is too clean for their tastes?)  I pitch 3 packs (re-hydrated) in a 10 gallon batch fermenting at 46F without any issue.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got a brewday disaster story?
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:44:57 PM »
Brewday disasters are few for me, but one recurring (not too frequently, thankfully) issue is tapping a keg in a lagering chest (while hosting a party - ok I had a few and that effected the typical process).  The liquid out QDC is not screwed on to the cobra tap line tightly enough....the next morning discovery - about a gallon or more of Czech Dark Lager is on the floor of the chest freezer from the slightly oozing connection between the flared fitting of the QDC and the tap line barrel swivel.  Makes me cringe and consider not using flared screw on fittings! (I've never experienced a leak with a barbed QDC, but I prefer the ease of cleaning the flared set up). 

Regardless of the method, if you are going to soak stainless, just keep an eye on it - once the stuff/gunk easily comes off, get the stainless item cleaned up and rinsed, so you don't cause a corrosion.  The stainless should re-passivate with exposure to air.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: post hurricane advice
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:30:35 PM »
But once you get power, drink them fairly quickly, as the staling effects of heat make the beer age much more quickly (oxidative effects are sped up in warm storage).  I hope all turns out ok for you and the other Floridians on this forum, as well as all others affected by the recent storms!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Webinar on Hot Side Oxidation
« on: September 14, 2017, 01:43:26 AM »
Well done Ricardo!  I enjoyed your presentation very much.

Equipment and Software / Re: K-RIMS build. Two questions.
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:10:56 PM »
The rate of circulation matters when an electric element is being used to make sure it remains covered.  Too fast of a flow rate could drain the vessel in which the element is located, inadvertently causing a dry fire failure of the element.  This can happen in any recirculation setting, including a BIAB, if the suspended bag is draining more slowly than the recirculation from below is pumping back into it...

I just adjust the valve to a slightly cracked open position and have no problems.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B availability
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:05:01 PM »
I heard something about the packaging being in 1 and 2 oz. packs, along with 1 lb packs (that might go well for a group buy).  Looking forward to its US retailer availability to homebrewers.  I wonder if some of the other Ajinimoto products will come to the homebrew level.  I know that they have an additive that helps the wheats and NEIPA's to stay cloudy longer...not that I need that at this point.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: All Grain not reaching projected OG
« on: September 09, 2017, 11:28:21 AM »
I think crush is likely the culprit here.   If you are crushing your own grain try tightening up the mill gap some (.029 is a setting that works for me, but others go as tight as possible).  If you get it from a LHBS, try double milling it.  If you order online crushed, just adjust with more grain.  I have xperienced gravity slippage on identical batches and it is always an indicator that my mill has loosened up a bit.  I use a feeler gauge to keep it consistent.  I BIAB, use a RIMS step mash and mash press and get steady efficiencies in the ugh 70's.  That works for me.  Just one data point, though.....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Webinar on Hot Side Oxidation
« on: September 09, 2017, 11:17:13 AM »
I'm signed up and look forward to it!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reusing yeast shortcuts
« on: August 31, 2017, 11:23:28 AM »
Though not my routine, I have racked from a primary on brew day and then racked chilled wort right on top of the yeast cake in the fermenter.  Probably not the best practice, but it works for a one-time thing where the dates align right.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reusing 34/70 dry lager yeast
« on: August 24, 2017, 12:14:07 AM »
I have gone to using dry yeast in the summer months and not repitching during the summer due to a concern that there is just a higher degree of airborne contaminants during the warm months, so any collection and repitching is more perilous in the summer. Probably overkill, though, because if you pitch enough yeast it should outcompete a minor infection, right?  I just try to minimize the chances of an infection.  Also I have found that I really like S-189, so it is pretty easy peasy to use that for my lagers without needing to repitch.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: "We Might Have Been Wrong About FWH"
« on: August 20, 2017, 12:19:08 PM »
I find it very style dependent - I do FWH for my Helles and pilsners with noble hops, but not so much for my American beers.  I like the "rounder bitterness" I perceive.  It could be totally biased and I have not conducted triangle testing on this, so I appreciate that it is not sensory panel derived, nor lab tested.  Just my 2 cents.

Equipment and Software / Re: Ss Brew Bucket Thermowell
« on: July 21, 2017, 08:12:29 PM »
I have a stopper/bung with two holes and one hole has a thermowell about 12 inches long through the hole, so I just snake the probe down to the bottom of the thermowell and the other hole gets the airlock.  It may not be perfect, but it registers from the center of the fermenting wort, about 12" down from the top of the bung...and seems to be a reasonable location.  I am sure that there are currents and temperature differentials of some measurable degree, but I just live with what I have and it seems to work pretty ok.

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