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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dishwasher Sanitize vs. Jet Bottle Washer
« on: December 17, 2012, 09:29:21 AM »
I have killer hard water as well.  Use rinse aid but have not seen any issues.  I only bottle high gravity beer though.  I keg everything else.

Dave

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Equipment and Software / Re: Johnson Temp Controller
« on: December 17, 2012, 09:03:55 AM »
Looks like you might be ready for a two stage controller (Ranco). I've been using one with a reptile heat lamp in my chest freezer this fall and it's been working great.

Yea, that would be good!  Or the temp could stay cold for me outside!

I take it controls 2 devices so you have a freezer of some sort and a heater attached?

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Introduction
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:19:09 AM »
I would say there is definitely a certain camaraderie between homebrewers.  There is so much to know and you can learn something new every day.  That is why I like the forum so much.  You can share and gain knowledge. 

Most guys like beer, so it's not hard to strike up a conversation.  I find at parties and social events, at least part of the conversation is about the latest beer I have made and the process itself.

For me, homebrewing is a hobby with almost no limits.  You are always chasing that perfect pint.  As soon as you reach it, or something really darn close, there is another style to try and master.  And then you realize something you could try to add to the last perfect pint to make it a lillte better. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Engine Rebuild Complete
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:11:46 AM »
That looks great!  On my bucket list....

Dave

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Equipment and Software / Re: Johnson Temp Controller
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:09:59 AM »
This backfired on me a little.  Temperature got up to 50F here and with 3-5g fermenters in high Krausen, the chest freezer got up to 57F.  I just opened the lid to let some cooler air in.  Still in range but I like fermenting my lagers around 50F.  Gotta roll with the punches of a new process!

Dave

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Beer Recipes / Re: Did I Overdo It?
« on: December 17, 2012, 07:54:34 AM »
I should also note that I was cleaning out some grain so I also have 1.25# of dark munich in there along with 8.5# of Pilsner and .75# of CaraFoam.  I thought the dark munich should help with a little malt backbone.

Dave

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Beer Recipes / Re: Did I Overdo It?
« on: December 17, 2012, 07:50:12 AM »
Quite curious about this; please keep us posted. I've never done a massively late-hopped beer using a noble hop variety like this, and I'm curious how it will turn out. I'm planning a "Noble Heritage" IPA using Sterling, Crystal and Ultra, but I'm wondering if the noble hop character is enough to carry an IPA if you really hit it hard with late hops.

Same here.  Never done a mass late pitch either so I had to try out the experiment. 

Looks like the yeast I pitched (2633) was a little old and tired.  It was harvested on 9/7 so I pitched all the slurry.  A day later it looks like it's just  starting to get going though. 

Dave

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Beer Recipes / Re: Did I Overdo It?
« on: December 17, 2012, 06:53:49 AM »
What was your OG?  I got around 51 IBUs figuring you were around 1.056.

It came in at 1.059 but I needed to add a gallon of water due to the hop absorbtion and 90 minute boil.  That brought it down to 1.048.  If I take out the gallon it goes to 48.7 IBUs.

Dave

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The best beer I ever made is the next one....

I second that!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Did I Overdo It?
« on: December 16, 2012, 12:47:09 PM »
It came in at only 40.5 IBUs on BeerTools.  I'll definitely report back on it.

Dave

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Beer Recipes / Did I Overdo It?
« on: December 16, 2012, 09:37:15 AM »
I wanted to make a hoppy Pilsner.  Wondering if I went too far.  I guess I'll find out in a couple of months but here is what I did:

Hallertau Mittelfruher:3.2%
5 gallons
2 oz at 90
3 oz at 15
3 oz at 5
5 oz at 1

Too crazy?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Temperature wih WLP028
« on: December 14, 2012, 02:22:50 PM »
If you put it in a closet at 50-52F, the yeast will stay dormant.  It's too cold. 

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The Pub / Re: Connecticut Elementary School Shooting
« on: December 14, 2012, 02:20:16 PM »
It's weighing heavily on me as well.  Just picked up my 8 year old daughter from the bus stop.  Worst nightmare imaginable. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Temperature wih WLP028
« on: December 14, 2012, 09:01:40 AM »
Go with the 62F-64F room.

Dave

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Starter for a 12 Gallon Batch
« on: December 14, 2012, 09:00:38 AM »
Check www.mrmalty.com or www.yeastcalc.com.

Depending upon the mfg date, you look good at one pack in a 4L starter if it's an ale.

Dave


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