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All Grain Brewing / Re: Alternative to lactic acid
« on: October 14, 2014, 04:19:31 AM »
Are you fly sparging?  How fast is your runoff? 
Are you batch sparging? Have you changed how many rinse additions you use?
Is it possible that your mill has widened over time?
Many efficiency problems are crush related.




I had my mill slip to a wider opening and the efficiency dropped like a rock.  Now I double check before crushing by using a mark for the sweet spot in the settings.  Just a little tighter than factory settings.

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No harm meant - just trying to make a little joke based on the topic title - I know many women who have ventured into any number of styles because of HOMEBREW.  Sometimes they brew it, other times they simply drink it, but in no event can you generalize their likely palate choice.  My wife had never had a porter until about a year or so ago, but to my surprise it is now something she seeks out when we are out for an evening!  She loves coffee, so the roastier the better for her. I prefer more subdued roastiness.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Ever have a keg post leak?
« on: October 13, 2014, 06:49:37 PM »

These old kegs sometimes are quirky.

Ain't it the truth. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: using the yeast cake
« on: October 13, 2014, 03:17:06 PM »
I may have overpitched some batches as I said before, so I tried this weekend using the Mr. Malty calculator for a lager - I repitched in 2 ten gallon batches:  500 ml in each, as the slurry was very thin.  It was cranking by the next morning, with visible krausen.

However, when I have "overpitched" (i.e., didn't measure in any precise way), my finishing gravities were usually low (1.004 to 1.008), so I don't know about the higher FG you are experiencing.  Did you swirl the fermenter a little toward the end?  For beers that are finishing high, I try to do that and have pitched some high krausen starter in those situations with some success.

Good luck with your beer.  I wouldn't give up on pitching slurries based on this one event, however.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Force carb vs Keg conditioned
« on: October 13, 2014, 03:08:41 PM »
FWIW, I have had wonderful results bottling from the keg with the beer gun.  I just had feedback from a few guys that enter comps a lot and they say that there has been a perceptible bias toward bottle conditioning in competitions, so they bottle condition for almost all competition beers they plan to enter.  Maybe they are wrong, but they say the same beer (recipe) in a bottle conditioned entry scored higher than when they entered it bottled from the keg with a beer gun.  The next question (unasked) would be if they entered both ways in a competition and they were from the same batch - that would be the true way to see if there is a bias toward bottle conditioned beers in competitions.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Tank Size
« on: October 13, 2014, 03:02:35 PM »
I'd love to have a nitro tank, but getting it filled would mean a weekday trip specially for it, so I haven't gone that route before.  I seriously like the idea of a 2lb tank for portability.  I may have to look into that, rather than going the paintball canister route.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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...

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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.

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