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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Racking before end of fermentation
« on: January 26, 2016, 07:21:46 PM »
Oddly, I had brewed a Tripel for a 60 gallon wine barrel project at our club this past month and it pained me to rack it off at 1.012, when I knew it would likely finish a few points lower, if given time, but we had agreed on a date for the barrel fill and I had fully expected the beer to finish by a few days earlier - just goes to show you that the yeast tell you when they are done!  There were enough really dry batches blended with it that even if it doesn't finish further, the batch will be fine.  Years ago, I would have racked it to secondary and waited to take a hydrometer reading a week or so after that - and probably lamented that it had not finished!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Not clear beer
« on: January 26, 2016, 05:32:16 PM »
I have some beer in the pipeline, so I tend to look forward to a keg blowing - definitely mixed emotions on the great ones, though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fuggles anyone?
« on: January 26, 2016, 05:24:02 PM »
Almost spit out the water I was drinking - too funny.  I say send a sack to Noti!

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Sometimes the Brett works fine with your base beer - assuming that it migrated from a "domesticated" Brett or a wild one that isn't too funky.  If you were to rack it, the Brett would likely take hold again in time -it makes the pellicle to keep the O2 out, so it can be okay for a while.  If you rack and keep it cold, the Brett will not be active in my experience.

All is not necessarily lost is my point.  I had a Gose with just the lightest pellicle of Brett in the primary, which I kegged and it was quite good!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« on: January 26, 2016, 02:25:12 PM »
Does sunlight exposure affect the Iodophor in solution - i.e., does it degrade more quickly in sunlight?  Can it be stored in solution for any length of time and retain effectiveness , if covered in a white food grade bucket with lid or put into a spray bottle?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Off Color Causes
« on: January 26, 2016, 05:14:06 AM »
Could be a combination of old hops and a Brett infection to produce the isovaleric issue, which may manifest itself in a hazy, off color? 

https://beersensoryscience.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/isovaleric-acid/

I have not witnessed oxidation do that much in terms of changing the color of beer, but maybe so?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Coming Fast
« on: January 24, 2016, 08:14:23 PM »
I keep killing off beers that would be worth entering... I just go with what I have at the time, as long as it is worthy of entering.  May just be sours this year...lagers get guzzled by the crew.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring brews
« on: January 22, 2016, 03:52:21 PM »
I brewed a Helles Bock for competitions this spring, if it turns out as expected.  If not, I will still get plenty of use out of the 2206 yeast I used in it.  Love those malty Bavarian lagers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring brews
« on: January 22, 2016, 06:47:01 AM »
I mean categorizing the beers by season for brewing and drinking - I am much more of a seat of the pants kinda planner when it comes to beer brewing.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: repitching lager yeast slurry
« on: January 22, 2016, 06:45:08 AM »


Back to OP. I repitched 40+ times. Then I bought a new pitch (of the same yeast and my yeast is lazy and needs a lot of attention) so it depends. If it still performs and you like the flavor profile, repitch.

Holy Mackerel!  40 times!  That is nuts. All the beers were successful? This is on the home-brew level?
Yes they were all good. Commercial level.

I was guessing that was the case.  Talk about creating your own house strain!
He he. And why not. It is a beer.

And quite fine beers from you, Leos. I can't wait for my spring fishing trip to Hayward, WI - I pick up a growler when we get gas at Eau Claire, but maybe I can convince the guys to time it so we can stop at your taproom this year.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Temperature swings
« on: January 22, 2016, 06:40:00 AM »
+1 to frozen water bottles - even with two beer chests for fermenting and lagering, I always keep a few around to use in any number of ways in brewing (frequently to drop strike water temperatures when I overshoot the mark - doing too many things at once on a brew morning!)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Delicate aging question
« on: January 22, 2016, 06:33:07 AM »
I had a Dortmunder hold up pretty well for a year - bottled off the keg and stored cold.  It lost a bit, but it was surprisingly tasty still.  When bottling for a comp, I try to bottle a couple extra to long store to see how they taste after a while.  Some fade or oxidize after only a few months....but that is probably my fault in handling more than anything.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying brews at chain restaurants?
« on: January 22, 2016, 06:26:03 AM »
I gear my beer drinking to the place I am going and what I want to get out of it.  Most restaurants have something I like and I will have two beers or if my wife wants to stay there long enough, maybe 3.  While it pains me to overpay for beer, we now often invite the group we are with to come over to our house after the meal - it has become the way things go, now - mention homebrewing in conversation at some point in the dinner and many folks will be glad to visit with you at your taproom!

Just be sure to have a lighter ale or lager available to them for their start, but be ready for the occasional experimenter who will want to take a growler of aged, blended Flanders Red home with him....I keep 16 ounce PET bottles handy for that type of thing.  It's hard to part with a lot of the good stuff.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring brews
« on: January 22, 2016, 06:06:57 AM »
Here's my plan for the year. Obviously I won't be able to brew all this, but it makes picking out a recipe easier. I usually brew once or twice a month. Next up is a Maibock followed by an Irish red for St Patty's Day.


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Now there is a man with a plan!

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I am quite certain that my training with a BJCP class improved my ability to detect certain aspects of beer that had previously flown under my radar, but I am also cognizant of the fact that my palate is in constant erosion in terms of sensitivity - so I really enjoy being paired with a younger palate to see what they get out of a particular beer.

As to statistical analysis of something so subjective as beer evaluation, I lean towards Mark Twain's comment: "Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics."  Yet I really enjoy your XBmts, so please continue...we may yet crack the "Beer Genome".

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