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Beer Recipes / Re: One More Time!
« on: January 29, 2013, 05:22:38 AM »
Hey Red!  I'll bottle one for you and bring it to NHC!

This has been a very satisfying experiment.  The uber late hopped Mittelfruh lager is on tap now and VERY tasty.  It keeps getting better.  Never had anything quite like it..... 8)

Give it a go and report back! 


Will do.  I have a German Pils lagering presently, but that will go in the keg in a few weeks.  The yeast from that will be used for the next batch, which I will uber late hop.  Maybe you should brew a batch a bring it to club night!  Or maybe I should join First State Brewers and do it myself, right Scott?

I'll talk to my club about this.  Good idea.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Carbing
« on: January 28, 2013, 01:53:50 PM »
It's not any faster IMO but you don't need to hook up the keg to the gas either so keg-priming can be done "off-system" so to speak. My preferred method.

+1.  This is why I wanted to give it a try.


Kegging and Bottling / Keg Carbing
« on: January 28, 2013, 10:46:18 AM »
I thought I would try something different so I would not have to wait 3-4 days to get my ales carbed.  So I added 1/2 cup of corn sugar to the keg as I racked it off primary.  I spilled a little so I figure I ended up with 1/3 cup.  I usually use 3/4 cup when I bottle but I wanted to be on the safe side.

Does anyone else keg carb and how much corn sugar do you use?


All Grain Brewing / Re: First all-grain, help me make a SMaSH APA recipe?
« on: January 28, 2013, 08:46:36 AM »
Congrats on your first All-Grain!  It's takes a while to dial in your process so I hope you had fun and enjoyed the day.

Honestly, I never pre-heat my MT.  I bring it inside and warm it up to 68F and bring my strike water a few degrees above to compensate.  You'll get used to it and I'm not taking anything away from pre-heating.  I also always have an extra pot of boiling water on hand, just in case. 

What did you use to calculate the amount of water needed?  I would definitely recommend investing in some brew-ware if you have not already.


Beer Recipes / Re: One More Time!
« on: January 26, 2013, 11:36:57 AM »
Hey Red!  I'll bottle one for you and bring it to NHC!

This has been a very satisfying experiment.  The uber late hopped Mittelfruh lager is on tap now and VERY tasty.  It keeps getting better.  Never had anything quite like it..... 8)

Give it a go and report back! 


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fine particulate matter in suspension
« on: January 25, 2013, 02:30:25 PM »
I would crash cool for a few days or if that is not an option, just wait it out.  The beer should clear. 

IMHO, running through a mesh strainer before bottling is begging for oxidation.


EDIT: Others may have experience with gelatin.  I do not....

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Liquid sub for Danstar Nottingham?
« on: January 25, 2013, 01:03:58 PM »
I think the 1968 makes a great bitter.  My only beef with it is the low attenuation.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast nutrient
« on: January 25, 2013, 07:59:58 AM »
I use mostly Wyeast so I do not add nutrient to my starters, only to the boil.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Need advice on stirrer plate
« on: January 25, 2013, 06:56:22 AM »
I just put my DIY Stir Plate project to use tonight.

Under $30 bucks from start to finish.

Fan 4.05
Flask 14.56
Stir Bar 7.33
Rare earth magnets @ Wally World 4 each in a blister pack for 3.79
8X10 piece of acrylic at Lowes 1.79

I had the hardware and the 12VDC power supply on hand.

The acrylic is enough for two.
The fan with four magnets creates a good vortex in a 1L flask.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast nutrient
« on: January 24, 2013, 02:01:21 PM »
I use it in every brew as well.  Cheap insurance as already stated.  I add with Whirfloc and my IC at 10 minutes left in the boil.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir-Plate 3000 yeast stirrer review
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:34:58 PM »
Does it matter what material the flask is made out of?  I noticed some are pyrex, some are borosilicilate.

IIRC, Pyrex is simply a particular brand name of borosilicate glassware

Correct.  Wikipedia: "Borosilicate glass is sold under such trade names as Kimax, Pyrex, Endural, Schott, or Refmex."

It really depends on your process.  If you want to make the starter, cool and then transfer to the flask, any lab flask will do and you save some $.  If you want to be able to boil and cool in the same flask, then you need some form of borosilicate glass. 

The sticking point on this is your stove.  If you have electric coils, don't bother.  It will crack.  I have a glass top electric which distributes the heat well.  So far I've had no issues......fingers crossed.  If gas you should have no fear of cracking on the stove with Borosilicate.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Aging beer in a keg
« on: January 23, 2013, 08:35:37 AM »
Bottled beer needs 2 weeks to carbonate.  Other than that it would be as ready to consume as a keg that was sitting for two weeks. 

I keg all of my brews from primary.  No reason at all not to do it.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for a Good Online Supply Store
« on: January 22, 2013, 03:03:12 PM »
Good points above.  I sit smack in between 2 stores, each about 40 minutes away.  One ships, one does not.  The one that does not ship has unbelievable whole sack grain prices.  The other is typically $10-$15/sack more.  However, the one that is higher on bulk grain has a much larger inventory and a much better variety and freshness of yeast.  SO:

I go to the one that doesn't ship and pick up 3-4 sacks of grain every couple of months and save myself $50-$60 (when there is not a group buy going on).  When I'm there I also stock up on 2-3# of all the color malts and adjuncts I like to use.  They like it a lot when I show up.... ;)

I call and place orders from the store that ships for color malt, yeast, specialty hops (I always have 8-10# of hops in my freezer from Hops Direct), muslin bags, whirfloc, as things are needed-etc.  Saves me a ton of time and the shipping is basically the same as gas and tolls if I drive.

Bottom line is there is a lot of good advice here.  I would start taking trips, seeing what is important to me and lining up where I want to buy what items.  When I read Zymurgy or Brew magazine, I also like to have my laptop around so I can check out websites.  For bulk stuff, as above, I like to shop around.

Hope all this helps and happy shopping!


All Grain Brewing / Re: Overshot Mash PH
« on: January 22, 2013, 11:07:58 AM »
Thanks. What was the grain bill and either the mash thickness or sparge water and grist weight.


17# Pilsen, 2# Light Munich, 1.8# Acid Malt, 1# CaraPils.  Mashed with 6.8g to get to 153F.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Overshot Mash PH
« on: January 22, 2013, 10:50:42 AM »
Calcium-32, Magnesium-9.6, Sodium-19, Sulfate-41, Chloride-39, Bicarbonate-24 (although not listed on the report and filled in by Bru'n Water).  Alkalinity-51 and Hardness 118.

For some reason, my Bru'n water spreadsheet had some different numbers.  When I plugged these in and checked the Mash PH again, it was at 5.1........go figure!   :o

I just ordered a new report and will adjust all my spreadsheets accordingly.  My local Ace hardware store graciously ordered in some Pickling Lime for me so I'll be good to go from here.  Hopefully......


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