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Ingredients / Gotta Vent about CaraPils
« on: December 13, 2013, 08:32:44 AM »
Sorry, but this has been building up...... :o

I've been seeing a lot of posts about using CaraPils in IPAs for head retention.  Almost every time there is at least 5% crystal and a ton of hops in the recipe.  So, not that I'm a brewmaster, but I need to set the record a little straighter on CaraPils.

CaraPils is a lightly kilned pilsner malt, meaning it is a crystal malt!  It is not some miracle grain that adds head retention to beer because it is used.  It's primary purpose is to add head retention to light lagers that are not highly hopped as it is so lightly kilned that it does not add any additional flavor.  That's about it!

If you are making an IPA, with crystal malt and a ton of hops, there is no reason to add CaraPils.  It is redundant and does nothing for the beer.  All crystal malts contain dextrins that are unfermentable and add body and head retention because of the kilning process.  If you already have hops and crystal malts in the recipe contributing to the head retention qualities, CaraPils is not needed.  It's a non-factor and contributes nothing......

OK, got that off my chest.  I feel better and hope I did not offend anyone.... 

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Air Cooling
« on: December 08, 2013, 06:09:14 PM »
Up North peeps.  It's 25F in Philly today so I just shoveled some snow around my brew pot and let it sit outside with the lid on but propped up to let out the steam.  It's down to 80F after about 2 hours. 

You guys do this up North and is there anything I should be worried about that I haven't thought about?

Dave

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Equipment and Software / Beer Engine
« on: December 08, 2013, 04:55:10 PM »
I'm thinking about buying a beer engine and making some cask conditioned ales.  Anyone have one and what do you think?  I'm afraid I'm going to brew 2-3 cask ales and get bored with it....

Dave

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Beer Recipes / Hop Burst IPA
« on: December 01, 2013, 07:49:56 PM »
Just made an IPA with 10 varieties of hops.  Magnum for bittering and 9 varieties at 4 minutes.  Dry hopped .5 oz of 7 varieties too.   

Hope it comes out!

Dave

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Equipment and Software / Calling All Metallurgists!
« on: October 12, 2013, 08:54:38 AM »
I just bought 12# of hops from Hops Direct and plan to experiment with MAJOR dry hopping.  To help submerge them, I bought 2 x 2" chrome steel ball bearings.  My question is if anyone knows how E52100 chrome steel does in beer?  From what I could find, it should be fine but throwing it out to the group.

Dave

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Yeast and Fermentation / Westvleteren Yeast
« on: September 28, 2013, 12:19:49 PM »
Hey fellow brewers! Long time no talk.  Sorry, I don't work from home anymore so can't sit around and chat.  I hope you are all well and brewing great beer!

My buddy brought me a bottle of Westvleteren from his last trip to Europe.  For those that don't know about this beer, definitely Google it and read the story.  I am sitting with it now and have to say can understand why it was voted the best beer in the world.... ;)

I wanted to try and propagate the yeast so please critique my process and let me know your thoughts.

I made a 3/4 liter starter at 1.030 and hit it with O2 for about 30 seconds.  Not on a stir plate as it's currently being used so put in a half gallon jug with a stopper and plan to open and swirl whenever possible.  If I see some activity, I'll decant and make another 1 liter starter at 1.035 and step it up to whatever I need to make a beer after that.  Thoughts?


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Ingredients / Dehydrator
« on: July 29, 2013, 05:43:57 AM »
Holy smokes batman!  I borrowed my neighbor's dehydrator and dried a few pounds of early harvest hops in about 2 hours.  That thing is AWESOME!

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Anyone Else Still Recovering from NHC?
« on: July 01, 2013, 06:39:32 AM »
Man, that was a lot of beer drinking.  I'm still not 100% but getting there. 

Can't ever miss that event again.  Tons of fun and good to meet Forum members and make new friends. 

See you next year!

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / A First for Me
« on: June 20, 2013, 11:34:00 AM »
I forgot to crush and add the crystal for my Steam Beer.  I was wondering why the mash seemed so pale until I went to weigh my first hop addition and saw the bucket of grain sitting there waiting to be crushed.  After a quick panic and wondering what other beer I could make I remembered I had a large mesh bag.  So I stopped the boil at 182 and let it come down to 155 where I steeped the grains.  It was at 137 after 35 minutes so I figure I got a decent amount of conversion. 

Who knows?  It could be my best mistake yet!   ::) 

Thoughts on where this may end up?

Dave

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Ingredients / Mash or Grain "Tea"?
« on: May 29, 2013, 06:41:00 AM »
I'm making an Alt for my German buddy and want it to be as authentic as possible.  It is supposed to get some dark grain for color.  Would you mash it or steep it and add post mash/pre-sparge?  Or something else?  Who's the Alt expert out there!

Dave

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Ingredients / Black Malt versus Roasted Barley
« on: May 27, 2013, 12:55:17 PM »
What difference will they have on a beer getting 3oz for color? 

Dave

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Equipment and Software / IC Water Waste
« on: May 09, 2013, 01:12:41 PM »
I always felt a little bad about watching all of that water just run down my driveway.  I've been meaning to make a closed system with a pump but have not gotten around to it.  So now that it's summer, I figured I'd just do this:  I feel much better and my wife is happy that her flowers benefit too!

IC_Sprinkler by davidgzach, on Flickr

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All Grain Brewing / Negative Bicarbonate in Bru'n Water
« on: May 04, 2013, 07:27:12 AM »
Making a Steam Beer today and adding some lactic acid to get the PH to 5.3.  I see that with the acid addition my water with have a -19.2 bicarb.  What does that mean?

Dave

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Yeast and Fermentation / Starter Boil Duration
« on: May 01, 2013, 05:32:00 AM »
I used to always boil my starters for the perfunctory 10 minutes.  Lately, as I see the boil rolling, I'm taking it off after 5 minutes, mainly because I feel it's done and there is no reason to waste another  5 minutes on it. 

So, what's the issue I could be running in to?  I have not seen any issue with the starter itself.

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Had to Dump Beer
« on: March 24, 2013, 03:11:00 PM »
There is nothing worse to me than having to dump beer, especially a lager that has been lagering since Febraury 8th, especially when it was a 10G batch which means I had to dump two kegs!   :'(

What I can't seem to figure out is what went wrong.  I'm guessing a bacteria, probably aceto.  But what would make a beer lose it's head?  It was carbonated but no head at all.  Never had that before.

Dave

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