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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Attenuation
« on: September 02, 2011, 01:04:42 PM »
A fast ferment test might give you some valuable information?  My best guess is you are under pitching at hot temps with no aeration/oxygenation and nutrients.  The yeast are working super fast, but then crap out when they run out of oyxgen/nutrients before the beer has finished fermenting.  I hope you did not pitch that doppelbock at 73F!?!?!

Beer Recipes / Re: Brown Porter
« on: September 02, 2011, 12:42:45 PM »
Did you look at Jamil's Southern English Brown recipe.  That is really the only recipe I have ever seen for the style.  Seems to be very similar in description to a dark mild, but maybe a little bolder in gravity and flavor?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Attenuation
« on: September 02, 2011, 12:36:27 PM »
Mash temps may be a factor, but I know for a fact Lagunitas mashes at 158-160F on their IPA and that is fairly well attenuated.  I think the biggest culprit is how he is handling his yeast.  He is pitching way too warm, dare I say HOT!  His starter is too small for a 1.070 beer, he is underpitching.  No oxygenation.  And he is likely transfering to the secondary before the yeast is finished.

My recommendation is:
Get a stirplate, flask, and stir bar for a starter
Yeast nutrients
Pitch appropriate amounts using the calculator on
Pitch at appropriate fermentation temps
Transfer off the yeast cake only after gravity readings have been stable for 2-3 days.

Do these things and not only will your beer attenuate beer, it will improve overall!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Attenuation
« on: September 01, 2011, 08:07:30 PM »
We need more info: extract or all grain, mash temps if all grain, pitching temps, ferment temps, starter size, stir plate, oxygenation, how are you measuring gravities and your attenuation, are these instruments calibrated, how much crystal malts or adjunct, what are you getting for numbers that leads you to believe your attenuation is low?

Ingredients / Re: Galaxy hops
« on: September 01, 2011, 07:45:33 PM »
What flavor profiles/characteristics do you get from the galaxy?  How does it compare to citra or amarillo?

Beer Recipes / Re: Help building Black RyePA / Rye CDA please.
« on: September 01, 2011, 02:02:09 PM »
I'm trying to get away with ingredients I have already.  I read somewhere else that if you grind the Carafa III in a coffee grinder an then add that to the top of the mash at sparge you can get a little more color.  I wonder if a pound would be enough doing it that way?
I generally grind my carafa III in a coffee grinder, but I just throw it in a at the start of the mash.  I'm lazy ;) I have never had anyone comment on the beer being to roasty in comps or when tasting it.  I generally get comments of it being too dank or hoppy ;D.  I think a pound should do the trick, it gets you to approx. 31 SRM.  Also, with that much rye and using a roasted grain I would advise a pound or 2 of rice hulls to avoid a stuck mash.

Beer Recipes / Re: Help building Black RyePA / Rye CDA please.
« on: September 01, 2011, 01:42:10 PM »
For starters you will need more Carafa III if you are brewing a CDA.  I generally use 5-6% in my CDAs.  17SRM is more amber in color, think Arrogant Bastard, maybe even a shade lighter.  A CDA should be approaching an SRM of at least 30. If you are using dehusked Carafa III or Carafa Special, I don't think it matters when you add them: mash, sparge, cold steep.  The roast character is minimal IMHO.  I even think a little is appropriate in a CDA.  It seems to go well with dank hops like Simcoe, coumbus, apollo, etc. I would not add Sinamar, but that is my own bias because I don't like the taste of it and I can generally tell when it is used.  I also, prefer my CDAs without chocolate, but once again, my own bias. ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Hop Rocket - used as Randall
« on: September 01, 2011, 09:01:09 AM »
Why don't I let John Blichmann show you himself! ;D

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
« on: September 01, 2011, 08:22:04 AM »
After reading about Zac & learning that he's from the area & has busted his butt to get where he is, I honestly feel bad for the negative review.
I truly hope he can find the source of the problem & get it under control.

One thing I was noticing was that he's very much into sour beers.
I wonder if cross-contamination of his yeast samples is the culprit.

No worries.  I think we as homebrewers can be a little more opionated then the general public since we know a flaw when we taste it.  I hope it all works out for the best. 

As far as the sour beer thing, that is a good question.  I know Zac was planning on doing a lambic aged on local cherries, but I am not sure where they are at in terms of that project.  It has been a little over a year since I toured the brewery.  That was prior to their expansion.  I do know they are going to do a bunch of one offs distributed in kegs starting with an Oktoberfest.  I also know Zac will be in Minnesota doing some tastings over the holiday weekend.  If you have time your should try to find him.  They should be posting their locations on their Facebook page.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
« on: August 31, 2011, 02:22:51 PM »
Was it just one bottle or were you brave enough to try another bottle in the sixer?

Two were enough to convince me not to open a third.

Post edited & other comments removed.
Zac just emailed me, apologized & said he's hoping to make it up to me.
Seems he's on the way to MN to pull samples & find out what went wrong.
I'm definitely open to trying their other beers.

Save the extras for a BJCP off flavor class. ;D  Glad to hear Zac got back to you and will hopefuly rectify the situation.  I know he is from Minnesota and wants to make a good impression there.  Hopefully they solve there QC problems.  I read your post  prior to the edit and completely agree with everything you said.  It sucks when you spend your hard earned money on beer expecting it to be good and you get a bad bottle!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
« on: August 31, 2011, 01:29:11 PM »
While I can't say I have experienced any production/sanitation issues personally with any of the Lucky Buckets beers, I can say that I have heard those rumors out there from others in the local brewing community for a while now.  Which is kind of sad.  Zac Triemmert, the head brewer/owner, is a great and smart guy.  I know he rarely gets the chance to brew now because he is running the ship, so to speak, and doing a lot of the marketing.  Sadly, I think the production/sanitation issues may be a result of them growing too big to fast :'(.  As someone mentioned above, give Certified Evil a chance?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
« on: August 31, 2011, 01:19:12 PM »
Was it just one bottle or were you brave enough to try another bottle in the sixer?

Attending  the Husker game on Saturday afternoon and then our LHBC annual picnic in the evening.  On Sunday brewing up a 10 gallon extract recipe of Belgian Golden Ale and then a CAP with a decoction/cereal mash with my brew buddy on Monday!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
« on: August 30, 2011, 02:12:09 PM »
While I can't say that it is my favorite lager.  The criticism seems a little harsh.  Did you get a bottle or was it on draft?  It could be an infected bottle or dirty tap lines.  What market are you in? I can get it here locally in Nebraska.  I tend to drink it because it is local, especially if the alternative is BMC.  I have had enough of it to say that it does not taste like bile or crap. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oxygenating wort
« on: August 30, 2011, 11:45:46 AM »
I would have done the same thing.  I might have checked the gravity just to make sure, but I'm confident it will be fine.

I agree. The reason you oxygenate is to build up the sterols in the cell walls.  By creating a starter on a stirplate you did this to some degree already.  You should be fine.

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