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Equipment and Software / Re: oxygenation
« on: December 04, 2011, 09:38:56 AM »
On my bigger beers I'll use my inline oxygenator (a T with a stone held in by compression fitting) as I pump to the conical but for smaller beers I usually close the outlet valve to create turbulence.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Big Beer With WLP300?
« on: December 04, 2011, 02:54:03 AM »
11.6% calculated with BeerSmith2 alcohol tool.  I'd let it sit at least a month and let that alcohol blend with all your other flavors.  Sounds like a great brew.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: adding spices
« on: December 03, 2011, 07:16:38 AM »
If you've kegged it, I would take some spice and toss it in a hop sock and "cask condition" it

Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling from a keg
« on: December 03, 2011, 01:07:38 AM »
I use an old bottling wand (with the tip cut off) and a short piece of 3/8" tubing shoved up into the Perlick. Use starsan to sanitize everything including inside the faucet. Rolled up paper towel saturated with starsan works great for inside the faucet. Drop the pressure to 2-3 lbs., pull the relief valve on the keg to eliminate the pressure, chill the bottles to the temp of the beer (tried the freezer once but it really foamed up), fill the bottle from the bottom and cap on foam.  If it doesn't foam then I shoot CO2 into the top of the bottle to remove the O2 and then cap. Simple & cheap.  Cheers, and Happy Brewing!!!

I love the idea of using a bottling wand, but why remove the tip??  if you hooked it up directly to the keg, you would almost have a beer gun, w/o the CO2 purge of course.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brew day timer
« on: December 02, 2011, 09:53:15 PM »
i use the BDT and love it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Whirlpooling question
« on: November 30, 2011, 06:03:27 PM »
I whirlpool in my kettle by stirring it to get it going and recircing the kettle and run it for about 10 minutes, then I let it settle and connect my therminator.  Once you let it settle don't disturb it or try and re whirlpool it, you'll just stir up all your hops

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Freon/Kegerator question
« on: November 27, 2011, 08:35:59 PM »
toss it, r 12 is so expensive, it might just be cheaper to buy a new one.

Wood/Casks / Re: my new barrel
« on: November 21, 2011, 08:24:27 AM »

Going Pro / Re: You wanted to have two head keg washer.
« on: November 21, 2011, 08:22:22 AM »
Definitely makes cleaning go faster.  I remember running a single and the feeling of overwhelming joy when I first got the 4 head installed at Ice Harbor.

As a judge I wont score a bottled conditioned beer and less than a force carbed beer, but as a personal preference I would prefer a force carbed beer over a bottle conditioned beer any day, mainly because the yeast messes with my stomach.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning copper
« on: November 18, 2011, 12:18:51 AM »
Acid #5 work very well

Equipment and Software / Re: Insulation Jacket for MLT.
« on: November 17, 2011, 05:43:19 AM »
Very nice.  I use reflectix for my MT insulation too and it works well.  I only use one layer though.  Very nice design over all.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What makes a beer "Imperial"
« on: November 17, 2011, 05:36:15 AM »
You're right.  Imperial is now days used as a "code word" and marketing term for a higher than average ABV of that style.  I know first hand.  I use it on my over the top red, or Imperial Red Ale which is 9% ABV and 80 IBU's.  Most, but not all "imperials" are usually higher hopped like andyjr said to balance the extra malt and alcohol presence.  but does it really matter what a beer is called as long as you enjoy drinking it??  I mean come on, I really enjoy Bear Republic's Red Rocket Ale.  am I not gonna drink it because it says red rocket on it?? hell no, I actually bought it because of the name.  It's all marketing.

Going Pro / Re: Brewery Mechanicals
« on: November 15, 2011, 09:42:00 PM »
Completely Agree.  I have seen people posting on here about their local inspectors and some of the ridiculous thing that they make them do for code.  I'm in Eastern WA, and we seem to be very brewery friendly here, but first and foremost knowing every detail that is going to be required for you to open your doors is huge.  If you budget out for what you seem to think you're going to need and then realize you missed half of the regulations, you're just wasting money.  My advise, don't rush into it.  Have a plan but realize plans do change, so be flexible enough to roll with whatever your local agencies give you.

Ingredients / Re: Local Honey vs Orange Blossom Honey
« on: November 15, 2011, 07:23:55 AM »
Since you're putting orange in it anyway, and loving local honey, I'd go with your local source, sans legs and armpits though ;)  and some fresh orange peel for the most aromatics.

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