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All Grain Brewing / Re: Glass Disaster
« on: January 10, 2017, 03:19:39 PM »
No one except the OP will want to hear my opinions on glass vs. plastic.

Yes, glass is dangerous, and you need to be very careful with it.  However, plastics *can* at times harbor wild yeast and bacteria that can give your beers a "house flavor" that glass will not do.  Plastics are also oxygen permeable and for any long term aging, you can taste the effects of oxidation.  If always doing quick batches, this is less likely, but if keeping in there for a couple of months, you might pick up premature oxidized flavors.

There are certainly advantages and disadvantages of each.  Personally, I am interested in making the best beer possible.  As such, I use only glass.  For me, glass is worth the risks, and I am very careful with it.  I suppose at some point I could even seek out stainless steel carboys, as that would work even better, albeit you cannot see through the sides of stainless obviously, so that's a downside of that.

We all need to make up our own minds and do what we think is best for us and the risks we want to take.

I haven't read all the other posts but just gonna say at this level there isn't going to be any difference in quality of beer between plastic and glass except for the instances where you are aging the beer long term. In that case I do agree glass is slightly superior but only slightly. If you think there is no ingress on the rubber bunch and air lock on glass carboys you haven't really thought this through.

Glass fermenter use is limited to sours for me.

My unpopular brewing opinion is that I like bmc's just as much as craft brew.  I think nothing of drinking a keyster while brewing an double IPA.  I'm not a beer snob, I enjoy the high points of all beers, and I don't dog folks who drink bmc's.

While I don't enjoy NAILs, I learned long ago not to judge people based on what they like to drink.

Amen.  One likes what one likes, my only issue is with anyone who will not try something new!  Like saying "I don't like vegetables"...really, all vegetables regardless of how they are presented????  How can you know, if you haven't tried them served a new way?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: January 09, 2017, 07:29:55 PM »
Nice blog post on trub separation.  I wonder where hot break skimming and use of a filter screen or falsebottom in the boil kettle would fall in terms of the degree of benefits to retaining less trub.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Safale US 05 fermentation length
« on: January 07, 2017, 04:42:19 AM »
agitation will release some of the residual CO2 remaining in the beer from fermentation.

This ^^^.  I have seen some tremendous off gassing after moving a carboy (especially if combined with a temperature change).

All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: January 06, 2017, 07:21:57 PM »
Quote from: beersk link=topic=27965.msg372524#msg372524 date=
It only seems worth it to do this if you can close transfer though. Some people don't have this ability unfortunately, mainly those who ferment in buckets and use an auto siphon to transfer. Am I missing something?

I know this is late in response to the question, but they make a stainless splicer that is barbed on both sides to use as a reducer - mine goes from 1/2 inch to 5/16 standard beer line here's one that goes 3/8 to 1/4 as an example:

I had the assistance of my son, daughter and son in law on a lager brewed over the holidays.  Mind you these people are a CPA, Microbio PhD candidate, and 4th year Medical student, respectively.  They were extremely interested in the LoDO techniques I was using and the additives, but I emphasized that they were not essential to a beginning brewer (the med student has one homebrew presently in his primary fermenter).  Even so, I probably should have focused more on the all grain process more than getting into the LoDO aspects so quickly.  They appreciated my passion in any event, so hopefully they took that away as the most significant thing from that day.

And they are stuck with me in any event....

My wife says this about me:  don't always explain the answer, just give it.  When talking with Homebrewers I tend to think that everyone wants to "swim in the deep waters"; I tend to forget that the casual homebrewer and new guy just want to know what to do in a situation, not so much the why.....

All levels are equally important to the hobby.  The new guys bring energy and the old guys bring stability and mentoring.  I resolve to be a more intentional, but not excessive mentor in 2017.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Excerpts from DeClerck's "A Textbook of Brewing"
« on: January 05, 2017, 02:53:15 PM »
I considered it, but then saw the Siebel price and thought that I would need special spousal dispensation to swing that price...but I am sure it is worth it to a pro!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Excerpts from DeClerck's "A Textbook of Brewing"
« on: January 05, 2017, 02:46:24 PM »
My guess is the copyright owner isn't too concerned with money considering the price of the Siebel editions. $75 for two nicely bound text books is a steal. Considering the small market for these books, Siebel wouldn't be able to offer it at this price if they had to pay a hefty license.

Especially true where the use is not for commercial gain, as here - why would anyone object (though I appreciate that the holder of the copyright, however loosely guarded, could object to photocopies)? 

Now the Kunze book through Siebel is pricey!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: January 05, 2017, 02:16:22 PM »
Thanks, Bryan.  Great blog posts, too.  I have BTB and SMB, but haven't transitioned to the triple threat, but now you have me wondering about getting some ascorbic from the LHBS.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: January 05, 2017, 01:54:00 PM »
So for the Narziss post, the Colour Malt referenced has no EBC number - any idea what it is? (Carafa or other blackish malt?)  Also, the Brumalt is listed at 35 EBC - is it a proprietary malt or just a crystal with 35 EBC?

Yes, Best had a Pils malt lot that contained sauermalz last year.  I don't recall the explanation, but you probably had some of it by accident.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: January 04, 2017, 06:19:43 AM »
Streaming a live low oxygen brew session today.

I missed that, darn.  Any chance you can post it or another session as a searchable YouTube video in the future?  (I don't know the technology required for that, so forgive me if that would be way more difficult).  I'm liking the Lo oxygen approach, as I brew mostly lagers....

My unpopular opinion - Balance is an overused, underachieved term with most new breweries and Homebrewers.

I seem to recall a product that is essentially wort - called "Malto Goya" or something similar.  I used it years ago as a starter wort and it seemed fine - but then I was using a stirplate then and decanting it before pitching slurry....

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