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The Pub / Re: Baseball 2013
« on: September 20, 2013, 03:50:26 PM »
I'm a Pirates fan who's suffered through some of the greatest (worstest?) ineptitude for 20 years.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wild culture: what is it?
« on: September 20, 2013, 01:59:18 AM »
Yeah, some brett, some lacto, Aceto, maybe some pedio. Thing about wild cultures, it's all in there. at this point probably all the nasty nasties are done (no entero, coliform etc.) especially if it smells good.

Have at. next time you brew target an extra 1-2 gallons of wort, do a side boil on the stove top with old hops and pitch it in.

I wasn't sure what to do with it at this point.  I have some Mycologist friends who can take a look at it.  I might gram stain a sample to be sure I don't see any gram negative (enteric) bacteria.  I did buy some aged lambic hops for this experiment.  I'll probably try to do some more wild collections, too.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wild culture: what is it?
« on: September 19, 2013, 06:15:23 PM »
Doesn't look like mold. What does it smell like?

Doesn't smell "bad" by any means.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wild culture: what is it?
« on: September 19, 2013, 05:10:51 PM »

I've seen Lacto in culture before.  Pretty sure this isn't it.  I do have a microscope.

Yeast and Fermentation / Wild culture: what is it?
« on: September 19, 2013, 03:53:19 PM »
My wife and I soaked some crab apples in starter-strength wort overnight to see what would grow.  After about ten days, the stuff on top looks like yeast, at least I think it doesn't look like mold.  Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

Beer Recipes / Re: Dill pickle beer
« on: September 11, 2013, 09:40:12 AM »
One of our club members made pickle beer.  It was weird, but not bad.

Beer Recipes / Re: Pumpkin Ale - First Recipe Ive Come Up With. Opinions?
« on: September 08, 2013, 06:58:09 AM »
Boiling the pumpkin won't make a mess in the kettle if you put it in a fine mesh bag.  Roast the pumpkin first in the oven with brown sugar until soft and separate the flesh from the skin. I've always boiled the pumpkin.  Taste's great. I don't see what purpose the lactose serves.  Up the brown sugar if you want more fermentables.  If you want the "silky" character of milk stouts, add a touch (just a touch) of vanilla) close to bottling/kegging time.  I'd be a lot more aggressive with the cinnamon.  I use 4 tsp and add some later in the secondary to get it up to taste.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 565 temp
« on: September 07, 2013, 07:52:40 AM »
I've cranked WLP565 up well into the 90F's with good results.  However, I plan to brew one with Bret in the secondary where I'll ferment the 565 much lower.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Witbier help
« on: September 02, 2013, 02:25:51 AM »
I think an extra "0" was added for the coriander.  I added about 0.4 oz.  I tried Indian coriander for the first time and liked it.  Also added about .25 oz. of chamomile. Lastly, the zest from a dozen oranges was added at knockout and in the carboy a few days before kegging.  The orange was probably more than the judges would have liked, but my wife and I loved it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Mold in tubes
« on: September 01, 2013, 05:37:26 AM »
So do I have to hit up my local brew store or can I hit up a Home Depot and buy any tubing of the right size?

You can get siphon tubing anywhere.  Tubing for keg lines is special and needs to be purchased from a LHBS.

Beer Recipes / Re: APA Recipe - Looking for Feedback
« on: September 01, 2013, 01:29:50 AM »
I've been ditching the crystal in my APA's and IPA's.  At the very least, ditch the 20L.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: More Beer in Pittsbugh
« on: August 26, 2013, 07:07:26 PM »
I think it's just a warehouse at this point, an east coast shipping point.  I ordered from them today.  I'll see how long free shipping takes.

Beer Recipes / Re: pale ale overhaul
« on: August 23, 2013, 06:15:19 PM »
I'm trying to get rid of the crystal in my APA's and IPA's, but it's hard to let go!  Also trying to avoid 6o min boil hops.  Going with FWH and hammer it with hops during the last 15-20 minutes.  I like to use Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial, with the Wyeast 1272.

Ingredients / Re: How many lbs. of blueberries in my wheat?
« on: August 21, 2013, 02:02:20 AM »
Once, I used 11 lbs. in a 5-gallon batch.  It was wonderful, but the judges hated it:  Great aroma and flavor, but no balance with the malt.  Now, I use 20 lbs.

Ingredients / Re: Bulk buys of grain for homebrew clubs
« on: August 18, 2013, 03:28:46 PM »
About a month ago, I hit up a semi-annual grain sale in which grain is 25% off. A sack of Briess two row was $37. I'm kicking myself for not getting a sack of Maris Otter. This place is only 5 minutes from the LD Carlson distributor, so their overhead shipping is minimal. Then a couple weeks ago another LHBS in the opposite direction from where I live had Briess two row sacks for sale at $35 (limit two).

Shoulda backed up the truck, dude.

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