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Messages - davidgzach

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Probably.  But I've also had some that were just fine.  Did you change the solution for cold crash or use the same solution that was used for fermentation blow-off? If the former you have a chance if the latter you are probably screwed.....sorry.

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Re: repitching lager yeast slurry
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:09:41 AM »
I've re-pitched up to 7 times with no ill effects.  I try to perform a good wash to minimize the trub and dead cells.  If it's been longer than a couple of months, I'll build a hefty starter and then transfer it at high Krausen to a new vessel to finish out.

Have you tried not "washing"? (What you're probably doing is "rinsing").  I have found no advantage to it at all and have stopped doing it.

Denny, Mr. Semantics.  I find I get pretty good separation and it's become part of my process which works quite well.  I'm happy with the results so if it ain't broke....

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All Grain Brewing / Re: repitching lager yeast slurry
« on: January 15, 2016, 09:58:46 AM »
I've re-pitched up to 7 times with no ill effects.  I try to perform a good wash to minimize the trub and dead cells.  If it's been longer than a couple of months, I'll build a hefty starter and then transfer it at high Krausen to a new vessel to finish out.   

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Ingredients / Re: Czech malt
« on: January 15, 2016, 07:56:51 AM »
Sorry to bring back an old thread but how were peoples experiences with this malt?  I am thinking of picking up a sack of the pilsner.  I haven't been able to find much information on it.

It's great.  I've ordered several sacks from my alternative LHBS that only puts a 30% markup on it.  The larger one by me puts closer to 100% so I will not buy grain from them anymore.

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Me vs Octoberfest
« on: December 21, 2015, 07:25:35 AM »
Truth be told, I went upstairs and started chatting about the party with my wife and got re-energized.  Went downstairs to fill back up and it was the last pull!  So in the end, I won and felt good the next day for the big brew.  We hopped 1oz every 5 minutes on a 90 minute boil and I topped that off with a 7oz whirlpool addition until the wort cooled to 180F.  Came in at 150 IBUs.....

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Me vs Octoberfest
« on: December 17, 2015, 08:03:27 PM »
Keg wins.  Can't not be 100% tomorrow for the big brew.  As a wise man once said, "a man's got to know his limitations......"

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Me vs Octoberfest
« on: December 17, 2015, 07:01:54 PM »
Cut me Mick! 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Me vs Octoberfest
« on: December 17, 2015, 06:03:22 PM »
Good luck. Dont forget to hydrate, we dont want you cramping up.

Excellent point.....training 101.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Me vs Octoberfest
« on: December 17, 2015, 06:00:40 PM »
It's like fighting a big fish - try to reel it in all at once and you'll lose out. Keep fighting and you'll eventually break the keg's will. Show it who's boss !   ;)

Thanks Jon.  Good advice for sure.  I'll try to keep my patience but it's tough when you think you have it on the ropes!

BTW-Tomorrow is my Man Day party and we are making the annual Man Day Sloppy Hoppy IPA.  We'll hop 1oz in 15 gallons every 5 minutes on a 90 minute boil and then a crazy whirlpool addition.  Depends on what the crew votes but it will be epic!  Bought a 15"OD x 16" deep hop spider just for the occasion.  Right up your alley!   ;D

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Me vs Octoberfest
« on: December 17, 2015, 05:40:00 PM »
Fellow Brewers,

Just looking for some support in my battle against the last of the Octoberfest tonight so I can be full keg ready for my holiday party tomorrow night.  So far it's about an even fight but as always, it should have kicked about 2-3 pints ago.  Wish me luck!

Dave

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Ingredients / Re: Pearl vs Maris Otter
« on: November 15, 2015, 02:15:51 PM »
Well after the grain taste we decided to go all MO and see what happens. Perfect brew.  Hit all numbers on the dot. I'll let you know the result in about a month!
 
Dave

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Ingredients / Re: Pearl vs Maris Otter
« on: November 14, 2015, 07:10:34 AM »
Great advice guys!  I like the idea of a mix a LOT.  I think we will taste all malts available and come up with a plan.  I knew the forum would set me right!!  ;)

I'll report back.....

Dave

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Ingredients / Re: Pearl vs Maris Otter
« on: November 13, 2015, 04:06:25 PM »
I'm not really familiar with Pearl, but MO has a pretty distinct flavor (IMO) and may also produce a slightly darker beer.

If you can get it, you might be better off with a pale ale malt or just some plain 2-row.

I have a sack of Breiss Pale Ale malt but I don't think it will stand up to the hop profile.  Per my last post, I think that's why they chose Pearl or something similar.  Hoping MO is closer than further away.....

Dave

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Ingredients / Re: Pearl vs Maris Otter
« on: November 13, 2015, 04:04:47 PM »
I don't think it will make a discernible difference in a beer like that with so much hop character. I'd use the MO.

From what I've read, The Alchemist uses Pearl due to it's breadiness and ability to support the hop character.  I'm hoping MO will not be so far off that it changes the beer entirely.  I just don't know enough about grain or have the palate.....

Dave

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Ingredients / Pearl vs Maris Otter
« on: November 13, 2015, 09:24:15 AM »
Hello fellow home brewers!  It's been some time since my last log on, sorry.  But I need some opinions ASAP.

I'm brewing v.3 of my Heady Topper clone.  Version 2 was VERY close and I think I need slight hop adjustments.  That being said, I'm scheduled to brew tomorrow with my buddy, but life as usual got in the way and I forgot to order Pearl malt.  My LHBS has Maris Otter which I think will not make a discernible difference, but the purest in me needs to check with my peeps. 

What say you all?  How will MO change the outcome from Pearl?

-Dave

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