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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: need some direction
« on: January 15, 2016, 02:45:44 PM »
Note that he said cleaning and sanitizing.  You cannot sanitize something that is not clean.  Too many new brewers merely rinse and sanitize.  That will not cut it for long.  Get a cleaner you like and use it every time you use a piece of equipment to be sure that nothing is carried along that might cause infection of your system or beers down the road. 

For example: Tubing is especially critical to rinse out, clean, rinse out the cleaner, sanitize, store (in a way that fully drains all liquid) and then sanitize before using.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Questions about competitions...
« on: January 15, 2016, 02:38:20 PM »
I thought competitions sounded kinda dumb, too, but then I entered one, didn't agree with one judge's assessment and decided to be a judge.  Now I see that the style guidelines are necessary to attempt to set an objectively determined criteria to what is inherently subjective.  I have given beers a score that indicates that the beer is not adhering to technical style requirements, but then let the brewer know that it may be a perfectly fine beer, otherwise.  I even go out on a limb to compliment the brewer, if it is particularly good, despite style issues.  This goes back to the commercial brewers, who are freer in their categorization of beers and allow substantial stylistic drift.

Now when I enter a competition, I know that order of the flight, handling of the beer, pouring of the beer and even lighting conditions of the competition may have impacted any one score and I am convinced more than ever that packaging the bottle for a competition may be a huge difference between a beer that comes out of the gate well and one that appears lacking at first glance.  For this reason, I try to give a beer a healthy chance and always go back to it before finalizing my bottom line number.

In the end, the competition should be fun for the entrant and a worthwhile experience for the judge.  Be civil and honest and find something to encourage the brewer, if the beer falls short.  New brewers appreciate the feedback and may improve their brewing more quickly as a result of good feedback; old pros know not to enter a beer unless it is pretty darn good and they do everything they can to make sure it will hold up through the process to get to the judge's glass in the best shape it can be.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: looking for a nice glass set
« on: January 15, 2016, 12:12:09 PM »
I was given two sets of Mikasa variety pack a few years back.  They are really nice:

Best of luck with your pursuit.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New year, new Zymurgy editor!
« on: January 12, 2016, 11:55:44 AM »
Thank you, Jill, for your work - I still get great enjoyment each month or so when the Zymurgy issue appears in my mail.  It is a favored publication, indeed.  I am sure it will continue to surpass expectations, and since you are handling the transition, it will likely be without missing a beat.  Welcome, Dave!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Questions about competitions...
« on: January 11, 2016, 12:01:45 PM »
I think it has to do with the Czech lager strains - they can be clean on day one and re-establish diacetyl to detectable levels after a fe more weeks...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low pH with Best Pils Malt?
« on: January 10, 2016, 11:24:11 AM »
Is there a table out there for adjustments within Brunwater for these base malt
Lovibond adjustments?  That would be very helpful, if it exists or if it could be compiled....

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low pH with Best Pils Malt?
« on: January 10, 2016, 06:17:43 AM »
I just got a sack of Rahr 2 row - what adjustment should be made in Brunwater for this malt?  Treat it as higher Lovibond?  The label on the sack says 2.14  for "Color of Wort, Degrees Lovibond".  Do I input as 3 or 4 Lovibond in Brunwater? Or add 3-4 to the 2.14 for this purpose?

I guess this was common knowledge, but I rarely use Rahr - my LHBS doesn't carry it often.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing Episode 5
« on: January 09, 2016, 04:55:20 AM »
Listened last night while watching hockey and working up a recipe...another good podcast, guys. Interesting tidbits - the Yeast Bay microbiologist's suggestion to not worry about mixed fermentations, i.e., just roll with it on repitching cultures, was nice to hear.  There had been some local debate among the "sours guys" on whether you had to/should start out again with a certain laboratory produced microbiota balance to be sure you would get similar results.  I thought not and repitch with wild abandon, but was curious to hear from a pro - so that was particularly helpful.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing Episode 5
« on: January 08, 2016, 01:15:11 PM »
I hope to listen tomorrow morning during a brew session.  These are easy listening, but will you be doing anything with video, like Drew's video of his club's troubleshooter segment?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Nutrient
« on: January 05, 2016, 03:49:06 PM »
I know an award winning lager brewer that expressly has it listed as an ingredient in his Helles recipe!  So, I assume it must have a taste threshold - and I use it every time FWIW.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mistakes, Learned From
« on: January 05, 2016, 03:37:21 PM »
Just a couple weeks ago, I set my scale to tare zero, but didn't notice it was set to kg, rather than pounds and ounces...I caught the mistake when I saw how much grain I had for a simple 10 gallon pilsner batch....almost made a Maibock!

It may be purely anecdotal and I would advocate for a good experiment by someone independent on the issue - but raising the mash temp up at the end by adding hot sparge water seems to improve beer body and head retention in my experience.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Do you clean before AND after brewing?
« on: January 05, 2016, 02:53:00 PM »
Agreed on the clean  as you go (and rinse well and sanitize cold side items) method.  For storage I cover openings with aluminum foil if they are carboy like or a full bucket lid with small piece of aluminum foil and clean tape over a grommet for an airlock hole.  The kegs I will allow to stack up occasionally (just rinised out as they kicked), as I use a keg washer set up with a pump in a bucket with a copper drilled post - that works pretty quickly, so I just rinse well and put the keg on the washer bucket and connect the QCD's and let it rip with PBW or Oxyclean or Craftmeister.  Letting a couple 3 kegs accumulate allows me to use the same solution and sanitizer at one setting on all of the kegs then being cleaned and sanitized...but I always sanitize again before filling on the cold side.

My club does a separate tech session each month with a specific topic, but then allows time for this same kind of thing.  We aren't real formal about segregating a specific portion of time to devote to the small group feedback, but I think that would be a good way to assure that newer brewers/those experiencing an issue have a known source of feedback in a small group context.  I will suggest this at our next meeting.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: saFale us-05
« on: January 05, 2016, 05:59:19 AM »
With a small batch, you can over pitch (or even on a large batch).  Over pitching results in a dull, lifeless and flabby beer - I doubt you will experience this at the homebrew level, as I only had this occur on a beer where I intentionally overpitched by more than two times the necessary yeast.  It was drinkable , but not remarkable in any positive way....YMMV, of course, but with small batch brewing I suggest avoiding a dramatically overpitched beer

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