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Ingredients / Hop Drying
« on: September 09, 2012, 06:28:01 AM »
So I've been picking hops all weekend and have a pretty nice bounty.  I have them in shallow baking pans in the oven.  I've been heating the oven to 110F, shutting it off and leaving it for several hours and repeating.  Good or not so good idea?

 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Phenolic Contamination??? Not sure
« on: August 30, 2012, 06:36:06 AM »
It was racked onto the cookies after primary fermentation was complete (14 days), but it has been around 73 degrees since it has been on the cookies.

Is this bad?  How do I reduce / eliminate the smell or can I?

If you racked it on to the cookies, then I would think the yeast would start eating the sugar in the cookies.  If it's been at 73F, IMO you can expect some fusel alcohols to be produced.  I'd crash cool it and package.  If kegging, purge the airspace a few times over the next few days with CO2.

Dave

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: oxygenation v.s. aeration
« on: August 29, 2012, 04:36:55 AM »
Hey, thanks folks!  I did not know the name "MixStir," but I'm definately familiar with those things.  (I've used them with paint.)  I'm going to pick up a clean one and give it a try.

I think it's the way to go unless you are making big beers. 

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: star san and pbw question
« on: August 28, 2012, 01:36:17 PM »
Do not rinse after star san, don't fear the foam!

And as long as the surface is wet, the star san is still keeping the equipment sanitized.

I know not to fear the foam, but I always wonder.  How much foam is OK?  Is there a point where I should begin to fear it?

When I empty a carboy, I can wind up with LOTS of foam left inside.

I like to empty the carboy initially, then put the stopper in and leave it sit for another 10-15 minutes. Most of the foam will turn back into liquid and can then be dumped before filling.

+1 if you are worried about it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: star san and pbw question
« on: August 28, 2012, 01:20:04 PM »
Don't Fear The Foam!!!! ;D

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All Grain Brewing / Re: improving...
« on: August 27, 2012, 03:39:18 PM »
Congrats!  Keep refining your process!

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Style Guidelines and Judging
« on: August 27, 2012, 11:11:54 AM »
Can anyone comment on "Tasting Beer" by Randy Mosher?  I bought it a while back to help me get on track for the exam but have yet to dive in to it.

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Style Guidelines and Judging
« on: August 27, 2012, 08:12:37 AM »
+1 to the past couple of posts.  I can appreciate what is being said.....

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I have to say though that the most recent upgrade that has had the biggest effect on my brewing is converting my chest freezer in to a lager fermentation vessel.  I can now ferment 4 lagers at a time which is awesome.....

Dave

How do you ensure that each lager is at the right fermentation temp?  I have a chest freezer and johnson controller, but if I insulate the probe and tape to the outside of one fermenter, the compressor kicks on if the yeast starts getting too aggressive until the FERMENTER temp gets down...thus while I have room for two, my Johnson (heh) is only able to monitor the temp of one.

I'll bring the newly brewed lager just below the fermentation temperature in the chest freezer using an IC and then ice bath.  I typically ferment all my lagers at 50-52F so I'll bring the new one to 45F, pitch 45F yeast and let it rise to 50F in the chest freezer.  I have a separate fridge for lagering so it works quite well.

As for the probe, I have it in air, not taped to the fermenter.  You need to account for 1-2 degrees but it is manageable.

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Style Guidelines and Judging
« on: August 27, 2012, 05:48:53 AM »
In reading this thread, it's hard not to wonder:  Why have style guidelines if entries significantly outside of said guidelines are winning competitions? 

IMHO-It's either an education issue for the judges or the guidelines need to be changed......

Dave

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter
« on: August 23, 2012, 05:45:12 AM »
+1 to a 10 minute boil and accounting for boiloff. 

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My last change in procedure was to eliminate two pumps from my regular brewing activities. I got rid of a sub-pump used to recirc ice-water through my IC in the warm-weather months and the march pump for general recirculation and transfer of wort.

Now I just use frozen 20oz PET (soda) bottles to chill the wort down to ale or lager temps. Have found it to be more effective and just as fast if not quicker in cooling the wort down to desired pitching temps!

Through these changes I have accomplished savings in time and effort and have removed the need to make ice, and use a cooler/bucket, two pumps and corresponding hose. I no longer have to move, hook-up or clean these particular pieces of equipment. Also there has been a reduction in mess and spilled wort or water.

Great idea! I guess I would just be worried about the plastic melting. Do you not have problems? Perhaps the thermal transmission through the plastic helps prevent that sort of thing?

I'm assuming he's using the IC to get it down below 80F and then dropping in the ice bottles.  Euge?

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My last change in procedure was to eliminate two pumps from my regular brewing activities. I got rid of a sub-pump used to recirc ice-water through my IC in the warm-weather months and the march pump for general recirculation and transfer of wort.

Now I just use frozen 20oz PET (soda) bottles to chill the wort down to ale or lager temps. Have found it to be more effective and just as fast if not quicker in cooling the wort down to desired pitching temps!

Through these changes I have accomplished savings in time and effort and have removed the need to make ice, and use a cooler/bucket, two pumps and corresponding hose. I no longer have to move, hook-up or clean these particular pieces of equipment. Also there has been a reduction in mess and spilled wort or water.

Euge, that is a great idea.  How many bottles does it typically take?  I assume just a good spray of StarSan?

I was about to buy a pump to make a recirculating ice bath.  Just saved me $100 and a lot of time......

Dave

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I have to say though that the most recent upgrade that has had the biggest effect on my brewing is converting my chest freezer in to a lager fermentation vessel.  I can now ferment 4 lagers at a time which is awesome.....

Dave

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