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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Flavor-Hops?
« on: January 27, 2012, 06:31:17 AM »
Is sour the right word?  I would think the pub owner wouldn't sell sour beer.  I have used 2# of the 2011 Cascade crop from Hops Direct and they were fantastic, although high at 7.2%.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Tasting a 137 year old beer !
« on: January 17, 2012, 08:27:17 AM »
VERY cool post.  Thanks for sharing!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Re starting starter
« on: January 17, 2012, 07:54:27 AM »
A.)  Should I take out the starter I've made and bring to room temp and just pitch as is (Not going to hurt anything)
B.)  Should I add more wort and "wake" the yeast up a day or so before pitching (Optimal)
C.)  Throw out and start over (No. it's fine as long as you don't have anything nasty growing in your fridge)
D.)  Quit my job so I can brew whenever I please!  ;D (Most optimal so long as you can keep a roof over your head!)


All Grain Brewing / Re: What happened?
« on: January 16, 2012, 09:22:33 AM »
Maybe you are just refining your process and getting better efficiency? 

Good luck on the results!

Can't make a lager without some form of refrigeration!  Buying beer stuff is fun!

I make lagers without mechanical refrigeration by fermenting in my garage in the winter.

That's sweet.  BUT, I would still rather have mechanical refrigeration so I can lager year round.....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Getting started.
« on: January 14, 2012, 07:27:38 AM »
What's the hurry?  Practice a while.  Brew a few more batches and Ninkasi will reveal the path she wants you to follow.

+1.  Have to agree with punatic and euge.  Brew some good extract beer, read up to understand the process and what will be different with AG and then take the plunge.  There is no rush.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Ambient vs. Fermentation Temps
« on: January 14, 2012, 07:21:58 AM »
+1 on the thermowell, but mainly for lagers for me.

If you're worried, you can normalize it a bit by building a cheap fermentation chamber, basically a box .  It won't be as subject to fluctuations over a short time scale.  No need for any temp control.

But I like buying new stuff :)

Can't make a lager without some form of refrigeration!  Buying beer stuff is fun!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Flanders Red: rack off yeast after primary?
« on: January 14, 2012, 07:15:40 AM »
Brewed a flanders red two weekends ago. First attempt at doing a sour. Used Wyeast Roeselare blend. Primary fermentation has finished.

Do I need to rack off the yeast cake, or can I let it alone until it's finished?

Nope.  Let it condition on the cake for another week or two and then keg or bottle.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Boiling starters in a flask
« on: January 14, 2012, 07:14:24 AM »
I'm on electric with no problems.  But it of course has to be Pyrex....

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction Boil Time
« on: January 14, 2012, 07:12:50 AM »
I think that this question, this discussion, presupposes that decoctions deliver a flavor impact. I think that while there is a large impact as a result of decoction mashing the portion of that impact that relates directly to flavor is small.

I think you get some carmelization and fuller flavor.  Not a huge amount of flavor per se, but definitely noticeable.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Wars?
« on: January 13, 2012, 05:34:27 AM »
One yeast will typically dominate the other, but not to bad effects.  Give it a shot!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Massive Starter Krausen
« on: January 12, 2012, 03:43:00 PM »
+1.  Looks like the yeasties are quite happy.....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Getting started.
« on: January 12, 2012, 03:41:48 PM »
I have brewed two batches of beer. A stout and a california steam, extract w/ specialty grains, with some success. Now whats my next move? I would love to get an all grain setup but i think my money may be better spent on a firmwrap and a temp controller. And  bang for my buck im thinking about an O2 regulator with a diffusing stone.

Agreed you should check Denny's site, and explore YouTube.  I learned a TON when I first started to consider AG a few years ago.

The temp controller will definitely help, but the O2 and diffusing stone, IMHO, should be way down on your list.  You can properly aerate without the need for O2. 


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