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Ingredients / Belgian Golden Ale...Which Sugar Addition
« on: August 30, 2011, 08:22:57 AM »
I plan on brewing a fairly straight forward Belgian Golden Ale recipe this weekend.  Continental pilsner, WLP570, R/O water with CaCl2.  Duvel fermentation profile based on Brewing Like A Monk.  But, I am debating my sugar addition at high krausen.  Should I go standard beet sugar, or use honey.  I like to support local growers, but I also like the subtle aromatics of orange blossum honey.  Just seeing what everyone else thinks. Thanks!

Beer Recipes / Re: Pacman Yeast for a quick turnaround
« on: August 27, 2011, 10:40:09 AM »
WLP007.  Pitch at 66F, free rise to 69F.  That thing will easily be done in 3 days and it is a strong flocculator and attenuator so it will drop clear pretty easily and attenuate to 75-80%.  I like to crash cool mine to get it to drop out a little quicker.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sparge Water Temperature and pH
« on: August 26, 2011, 06:29:22 AM »
For the most part with batch sparging, the mash pH/grain bed pH is somewhat set.  It would take a lot to shift it, in my experience.  Or at least I would not worry about it if I pretreat my sparge water with acid.  I generally set my sparge water at a pH of approx. 6 if using tap water.  With R/O water I do not worry about my sparge water pH.  The grain bed is fairly resistant to large temp changes as well with batch sparging.  I generally infuse a gallon or so, depending on the recipe, to get my 1st and 2nd runnings of equal volume.  The water I add back for the second sparge is generally pretty hot.  It is the grain bed temp, not the sparge temp that you want to monitor.  So, if I mash low like at 148F, I may add 195F to 200F sparge water.  If I mash warmer, say 154F, I generally add 185F-190F sparge water.  I mash in a converted cooler and check the grain bed to make sure the temp is in the 168-170F  range.  But, this is my system not yours and I know my systems parameters.  Every brewer and system is different so you have to find out what works best for you.  Definitely, check your grain bed temps and periodically check your 2nd and if needed 3rd running pH to make sure that they don't start creeping up.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Rye Malt Extract
« on: August 25, 2011, 10:49:06 AM »
I used some Northern Brewer Pilsner extact this summer to brew a German Pils and a Kolsch.  Placed good cleaning, sanitizing, proper pitching rates with a starter, oxygenation, and controlled ferment temps.  I detect no "twang".  Beers came out great and fellow brewers at a local comp were "astonished" these beers were extract.  Don't fear the "Twang"!  Planning on doing an extract based Belgian Golden ale next week based on my success.  I love brewing all grain, but don't mind a 2 hour brew day when you have 3 little ones running around the house ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Moktoberfest yeast recommendations?
« on: August 24, 2011, 11:05:18 AM »
Not sure you will have enought time to use an Alt strain since those typically have to be lagered after primary fermentation.  I am not saying it can't be done, it just may be pushing it.  You may be able to pull it off with a california/San Francisco lager strain, but will have similar constraints.

Your best bet will be to use a large pitch of WLP001/WY1056 and ferment cool around 60F.  IMHO

Brewing a Wit on Sunday and smoking a bunch more malt.
My friend from Swamphead Brewery is coming down from Gainesville with three sacks of malt to smoke on my smoker.  The Alder Smoked Porter we made with the last batch took first place at the WaZoo beer festival out of about 250 beers, so he wants to make 10 more barrels so he can have a batch with chipotles.
(I wonder if there's a market for cold-smoked malt?  Should I start a thread on ingredients?)

Yes Please!!! ;D

I follow the same regimen. Ferment out, allow to rest for about 24 hrs then crash cool. Decant most of the spent wort and pitch. My new technique is to add some fresh wort to the decanted starter
about three hours prior to pitching. This enables the starter to become active prior to pitching.

+1 this is my recent MO as well.  I also place the starter in the same fermentation chamber as wort so I am pitching at the same temp as well.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Hop Clog Woes
« on: August 24, 2011, 09:33:26 AM »
No experience, but the design of the Sure Screen looks (to me) to be indicative of quick clog when used on a pickup tube. There's no meaningful surface area where the beer enters the tube which is gonna pull all debris to that small pickup zone. As the bottom of the screen clogs, the beer will attempt to enter higher and higher up the screen. Seems like you could end up with 5 or 6 inches (the length of the Sure Screen) of beer in the keg as the intake has to works its way progressively up the screen.

I have never had an issue with a surescreen clogging with pellet hops or whole leaf hops, ever.  I typically dry hop in my fermenter (a 10 gallon corny).  I generally dry hop my hoppy ales with no less than 4oz. of pellets and have dry hopped with 8oz. on more than one occasion and have never had a transfer clog with hops or yeast when I jump from my 10 gallon corny fermenter into my 5 gallon kegs. If you are really worried about it, you could trim off a 1/2" to 1" of your dip tube, but I don't think this is necessary.  I just place the surescreen on my diptube after I clean the keg with PBW, then soak in Star San and jump to the next empty keg so I can purge the keg of O2 with CO2 and then jump from the fermenter to the sanitized keg after crash cooling the fermenter.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 23, 2011, 02:20:52 PM »
1.) Clean
2.) Sanitize
3.) Use quality ingredients
4.) Attempt to understand the mash
5.) Cool the wort as quickly as possible, after boiling
6.) Use proper pitch rates
7.) Use proper fermentation temperatures
8.) Be patient
9.) Be patient
10.) Enjoy, with pride
+1 ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 23, 2011, 01:42:19 PM »
1. Cleanliness
2. Sanitation
I thought about that, but these were so basic I skipped them. :o

Sometimes the basic stuff gets overlooked and needs to be reinforced.  You would be surprised how many brewers I speak to that overlook the most simple, yet important steps....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 23, 2011, 01:32:32 PM »
1. Cleanliness
2. Sanitation
These should be the first 2 ALWAYS (after RDWHAHB)!
9. Join a homebrew community

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation
« on: August 23, 2011, 12:37:01 PM »
As long as you practice good cleanliness and sanitation, none.  I frequently does this a lot in the summer with no problems.  Plus, I like to pitch a little cooler than my ferment temps and let it free rise to the temp I ferment at.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: American Farmhouse Blend yeast WLP670
« on: August 23, 2011, 07:53:50 AM »
I have a few vials waiting to use for a saison I have in mind, I just don't have any open carboys or fermenters at the moment. Good problem to have. I am excited to use it!

Without knowing exactly the yeast, since it is proprietary, my best guess is use White Labs Saison I (duPont) and then pitch Brett. Bruxellensis (orval) at the same time as the initial pitch.  You could either get a vial of the Brett or pitch a couple of dregs of Orval bottles into the fermenter.  Or you could wait to pitch the Brett after primary fermentation is complete.  Is seems like a lot of probrewers prefer Brett. anomalus, but I have not seen that on a homebrew scale.  So, it could be that strain a well?  It is reported to be one of Tomme Arthur's Lost Abbey farmhouse ale strains, so if you can get your hands on a bottle you may also be able to build it up to a pitchable size.

Zymurgy / Re: 2012 Zymurgy ideas
« on: August 16, 2011, 12:13:14 PM »
1. Brettanomyces
2. Alternatives to oak/exotic wood aging
3. Use of New Zealand hop varieties in beer
4. West Coast bitters/San Diego session ales
5. Water chemistry

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Hop Clog Woes
« on: August 16, 2011, 11:10:02 AM »
Surescreens work better and are made of better stainless steel than a scrubby.  They also fit over the end of your out tube.

A tincture of time and patience will also work.  Keeping the keg cold and stationary will allow the debris to eventually fall out.  The first few pints may be a little "dirty," but eventually it clears up.  Adding a little gelatin can speed up the process.

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