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Beer Recipes / Re: 1st Barleywine
« on: April 05, 2014, 07:19:08 AM »
My kegs are too valuable to do this. But, once in bottles I have trouble saving them.
You need more kegs.  ;)

+100..... :)

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Congrats to all newly elected members.  Special congrats to Martin, Tom and Jeff whom I have corresponded with or met in person.  I'm sure you will do a great job.

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Reduction
« on: March 31, 2014, 06:14:04 PM »
Thanks Tom.  That makes sense.

You'll have beer  ;)

Hey Marc, I hope you are well. Was not really worried but it was the first time I've cooled and then re-boiled. Had to see if I was missing something.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Reduction
« on: March 31, 2014, 06:03:11 PM »
Thanks Tom.  That makes sense. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Reduction
« on: March 31, 2014, 10:07:59 AM »
Thanks Sean.  They were 1.5oz and .3oz additions at 60 and 15 which became 90 and 45....however they were taken out at 60 and 15.

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Reduction
« on: March 31, 2014, 09:47:35 AM »
Hey all.  It's been a while, hope you are well.

So I brewed my first batch since getting a new burner and my volumes were off.  I ended up with 6G so I decided to remove the hops and boil it down to 5G. 

My question is, will the beer get more bitter with the hops oils already isomerized or will it not change much since I removed the hops.  They were leaf.

Any other changes besides color?

Dave


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General Homebrew Discussion / OK, Braggin a Little....
« on: February 01, 2014, 02:08:57 PM »
Just got this text from my neighbor.  It made me smile.....

In Hannover Germany, barman just poured me a killer bavarian beer and said "you
dont get this kinda beer in the states". I said "you dont know my neighbor..."

Gotta love this hobby..... :)

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Re: DMS causes
« on: January 27, 2014, 06:41:50 PM »

I had two lagers go South on me and I figured out it was because I left them in the fridge overnight to cool and they got an infection.  Wondering if this could be your case as well. 


Unless your sanitation practices are questionable this should not be a problem. I followed that practice for years with never a problem.

Sanitation is good, chest freezer gets a little moldy in the summer even with damp rid.  The only other thing is having the blow off liquid sucked up the tube when crash cooling.  I hate when that happens.

I don't see DMS problems with that much boil off.  Old malt?

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Re: DMS causes
« on: January 27, 2014, 10:39:29 AM »
Jesse,

I had two lagers go South on me and I figured out it was because I left them in the fridge overnight to cool and they got an infection.  Wondering if this could be your case as well. 

I ended up buying a Chugger pump at NHC and building a closed system.  Now I cool it to 60F with my IC and tap water and then change the outlet of the hose to a tub with ice water and flip on the pump.  It gets to under 50F in about another 20 minutes.

Dave

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Ingredients / Re: Nelson Suckin
« on: January 25, 2014, 01:42:07 PM »

I'm a big fan of Nelson, but I only use it in a single hop IPA.  Not a big fan of Vienna.  Leaves a sort of grittiness to me.  Try leaving out the Chinnook

I like Chinook as a bittering hop. It has more bite than the low cohumulone hops.

+1 to Chinook.  All around for me.

Dave

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Tired Yeast-Fact or Fiction
« on: January 25, 2014, 01:10:19 PM »
I like ~ 2 or 2.5 oz of dry hops for APA.  It'd be hard to go wrong with an oz each of Cascade and Simcoe - kind of reinforce the flavor additions.

Not a bad idea.  Splitting the dry hop 50/50.  I'll have to think about that.  Flavor was Simcoe at 15 and aroma was Cascade at 1 but I like the thought a lot.....

Dave

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Tired Yeast-Fact or Fiction
« on: January 25, 2014, 12:26:56 PM »
One more thing I'm psyched about with this brew is it's my SNPA recipe but with Simcoe for flavor instead of Cascade.  So Perle, Simcoe, Cascade and I need to decide on a dry hop.  Probably stay with Cascade so I can see how the Simcoe changes the recipe on it's own.  Pretty pumped about this combined with the Westy comparison. Man I love brewing..... :)

Dave

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Tired Yeast-Fact or Fiction
« on: January 25, 2014, 12:18:25 PM »
I also forgot that since it's so cold outside, it's also a few degrees colder under my bar in the basement.  Instead of 65F it's 61F.  That would definitely slow things down a bit.

Looking forward to this one.  I'm going to let it go low and slow for another week and then burn it out at 68F upstairs.

Dave

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Tired Yeast-Fact or Fiction
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:35:49 PM »
Looks to be just fine.  Got a nice krausen ring and smells great.

Dave

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Tired Yeast-Fact or Fiction
« on: January 24, 2014, 04:24:17 PM »
I'll bring three to the NHC for us.  You and Denny going this year? 

Dave

Barring another unexpected event like last year, I'll be there!

No need for anything like that again......see you boys there for a quad on me!  A good kick-off beverage if I do say so myself.

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