I bought some 2010 Czech Saaz in 2011 before the new shipment and they were still great. I just started buying from Hops Direct this year, and have 10 pounds in the fridge of whole and pellets of various types. They have all been outstanding.
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Pretty sure I just laugh-sharted after the knitting comment!
I'll do that. Gotta Get a turkey vaster but my siphon should work.
I use priming sugar in almost all my kegs and it works just fine.
I boil .25 cup to .33 cup of corn sugar in about a cup of water, dump it in the keg and then rack on to it. I use my CO2 tank to set the seals and then put the keg into my storage cabinet until it's needed.
I'm typically 4-8 weeks ahead on my brewing so the kegs are carbed just fine when they go into the keg fridge.
You do have some sediment on the bottom and that comes out in the first pour (usually).
I also force carb if I need a beer in a hurry. These are normally light colored "party beers" being served to BMC drinkers. And you do need to push the beer for serving using CO2 from your cylinder. There isn't enough gas in the keg to serve a beer carbed either way without external gas connected.
The beer will need to be warmed back up in order to carbonate, but whether you do that in the fermenter or in the bottles doesn't matter.
+1 There are still yeast in suspension even cold. Enough to prime the bottles unless it's been lagering for a very long time. You can bottle it cold and let it warm up in the bottles.
But if you yourself could detect no difference in the two batches, would you still vorlauf?
I have a "belt and suspenders" kinda personality sometimes, so yeah, I probably still would. Every once in a while I get more "stuff" coming out than I anticipated and there's no way for me to tell when that will happen. Since it's quick and easy, I/d rather do it than wish that I would have done it. OTOH, if I was one of the guys I read about who vorlauf several gal. I'd probably reconsider that.
I'll tell you what I'll do. Because I don't think this is such a big concern that it warrants a double batch, and neither do I have the enthusiasm for it, what would you say to me brewing a single APA minus the vorlauf? If you like, I would even be willing to stir the mash during the runoff, get the wort good and cloudy. I'll send you two bottles. You and someone else can taste for tannins, or other nasty elements.
I crash cool in the primary, then straight to the keg.
Interesting topic. I as of late have been getting some really cloudy beers. I have been waiting about 20 minutes or so after the boil for the hot break to settle before pumping thru a CFWC. Think I should transfer immediatly after the boil?
I would like to point out that higher OG will make higher FG.Is this necessarily true, black and white? Doesn't a lot depend on the strain of yeast as well? I've had some high gravity beers ferment way down and some mid gravity beers stop in the mid-teens mainly because of the yeast.