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Yeast and Fermentation / Tired Yeast-Fact or Fiction
« on: January 24, 2014, 10:37:07 PM »
Apologies if this posts twice as I'm on a plane and it doesn't seem like my first post made it.

Anyway, I brewed a quad with some Westvleteren yeast I propagated from a bottle.  It took the beer from 1.100 to 1.018 or about 12% ABV. 

The other day I brewed a pale ale and could not find the US-05 I just bought so I tossed in the washed Westy yeast.  No activity after 24 hours and I left for a trip and am now wondering how it is doing. 

Which led me to is the thought of yeast being "tired" after a big brew fact or fiction?  What say the forum?

And what do you think happened to my pale ale.  Winner gets a beer....... :D

Yeast and Fermentation / What is This? Mold?
« on: January 12, 2014, 05:02:00 PM »
I harvested some 2633 this morning and saw this when I checked on it settling.  There was some white spots in the bottom of the fermenter as well.  The beer tastes great, but what the heck is it?   ???

Beer Recipes / Happy First Birthday!
« on: January 10, 2014, 10:46:52 PM »
To my 2013 AmerEng Barleywine.  I didn't think I would ever like this style, but I had to make one to round out my brewing skills/palate/knowledge/curiosity.  Well one year later and it's truly delicious.  It's AmerEng because it's American ingredients with an English yeast.

I saw a few posts about Barleywine lately so I thought I would post the recipe (as I'm sipping).  The 037 adds a unique nutty bite that really makes it pop for me.

7.1G to 5.38G after boil

20# Breiss 2-Row
1# 80 Crystal
2 oz Chinook at 60 mins
2.5 oz Cascade at 15 mins
2.5 oz Cascade at 1 min
White Labs 037 (Sammy Smith) yeast because it is a beast!

Went form 1.100 to 1.012 or 88% attenuation for 11.69% abv.



General Homebrew Discussion / Sunlight On My IPA!
« on: January 07, 2014, 07:15:15 PM »
So I brought my IPA upstairs to dry hop and burn out at 68F in my dining room.  Totally forgot it was directly in the afternoon sunlight.  It's in a bucket.  Should I worry?


General Homebrew Discussion / Crash Cool Question
« on: January 04, 2014, 03:13:11 PM »
So I get why air needs to revert back in to the carboy or bucket as the beer cools to lagering temps.  But when the beer is at lagering temps, why is my blow off tube still sucking in water?  I have to release the pressure every couple of hours. 


General Homebrew Discussion / Thought This Was Worth Sharing
« on: December 24, 2013, 03:10:46 PM »
Best beer prank ever.

Wish it was me that got pranked!


Beer Recipes / Man Day-Sloppy Hoppy Brew
« on: December 22, 2013, 03:16:43 PM »
Hosted the 3rd annual man-day celebration on Friday.  We brew 20G, one lager and one ale, smoke cigars, drink scotch and beer and no ladies allowed until 7:00PM when we have a holiday party. 

So we decided to just start adding hops at will.  Here was the final breakdown for an 86 minute boil....pretty crazy. 

Magnum  1oz at 86
Calypso .3     71 min
Chinook .4.    59 min in calypso.
Amarillo .6    7 min later.
Tettnanger  .5  8 min later
Willemette.  .5  5 min later
Citra  .5   5 min
Sterling  .5 4 min
Citra  .5   7 min
Us goldings .6    4 min
Simco  .5 7 min
Cluster  .7  4 min
Chinook .8 3 min
Heat off at 1:09

We ended up killing 4 kegs, 6 bottles of scotch and an uncountable amount of're all invited next year!!!!!!!   ;D


Beer Recipes / Hop Burst IP.....L
« on: December 15, 2013, 11:09:37 PM »
So I thought I would try something a little different.  Made an IPL today with 7oz of hops added at 2 minutes and left in for about 15 minutes while cooling.  Trying to use up some Chinook so went with 3oz and one oz each of Calypso, Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe.  Will probably dry hop with about the same.

I just hope it doesn't suck..... :-\


Yeast and Fermentation / 34/70
« on: December 15, 2013, 11:04:21 PM »
My first time using dry lager yeast.  I'm trying to decide if I should pitch a second sachet since I sprinkled in and did not rehydrate.  Thoughts?  One or two?

Ingredients / Gotta Vent about CaraPils
« on: December 13, 2013, 03:32:44 PM »
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.... 


General Homebrew Discussion / Air Cooling
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:09:14 AM »
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?


Equipment and Software / Beer Engine
« on: December 08, 2013, 11:55:10 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....


Beer Recipes / Hop Burst IPA
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:49:56 AM »
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!


Equipment and Software / Calling All Metallurgists!
« on: October 12, 2013, 03:54:38 PM »
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.


Yeast and Fermentation / Westvleteren Yeast
« on: September 28, 2013, 07:19:49 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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