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All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Starter Wort fail
« on: February 01, 2016, 06:11:02 AM »
Do you reboil again when making the starter or simply just add yeast?

Just add yeast. That's the beauty of pressure canning your own starter wort.  8)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 29, 2016, 11:03:50 PM »


Schwarzbier. Public thank you to Michael for the recipe direction.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low pH with Best Pils Malt?
« on: January 29, 2016, 10:25:29 AM »
There was a lot of Best Pils contaminated with acidulated malt. That is what they said.

Like, "a lot" or one single lot of malt? Half joking, half serious.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Trappist Single recipe
« on: January 29, 2016, 06:32:58 AM »
Our Trappist Single is just 100% Belgian Pilsner, Saaz to 25-30 IBUs, and a healthy pitch of WY3522. No need to make it more complicated than that.


Totally agree. Mine is the same basically - all Dingemanns, Saaz or Hallertau @ 25 IBU, and either 3522 or 3787. Done.
Dingemans here too.

I'm still convinced that you and I are pretty much the same brewer (along with a few others on here). Haha

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Beer Recipes / Re: Trappist Single recipe
« on: January 29, 2016, 06:18:14 AM »
Our Trappist Single is just 100% Belgian Pilsner, Saaz to 25-30 IBUs, and a healthy pitch of WY3522. No need to make it more complicated than that.

And I'd take Keith up on his offer!  8)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager X
« on: January 29, 2016, 05:48:15 AM »
Woot!  :D

So. What are we all gonna make? I think I might go with a Helles / Dunkel / Bock / Dopplebock series.

Maybe we can all make things with it and post about results here?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager starters
« on: January 28, 2016, 07:51:58 PM »
Can't argue with tangible experience.

I wonder if I should try it on a small batch lager....


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I do 2.5g batches and did a 1L starter, shaken not stirred, in a 5L flasks for 3 different lagers. All of them under attenuated from my normal experience and had more than perceptable esters. I pitched at high krausen, I think I even have a picture of it somewhere.

I tried to like it. I don't. No big deal though, there are plenty of ways to skin a cat.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager starters
« on: January 28, 2016, 04:47:52 PM »

I always grow mine at room temp, stepped up from 2L to 3L usually and crashed/decanted. I'm not sure how I feel about the "shaken not stirred" method for lagers yet.

Mark had discussed pitching 250B even for lagers using the SNS method.


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you know, I tried this for a lager and it came out too fruity for my liking - moderate notes of banana in it - possibly a sign of stress and/or underpitching.  I make lagers all the time and don't usually have this issue.  I went back to using a stir plate on the next lager and voila - back to high quality.

I think SNS has its place for ales, but I'm not convinced with lagers...

I'll also throw my hat in for not using Mark's method for lagers. I've tried it and have not experienced a clean lager with it. Apples, pears, and other esters that aren't what I got with my usual 2 packs in a 4L stirred starter for a 5g batch. I have abandoned the shaken, not stirred method in lagers.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Question
« on: January 28, 2016, 12:41:49 PM »
I don't think a conical makes a difference to the beer at our scale. Its mainly the materials of construction that provide an advantage.

That and leaving the beer on the yeast for a bit can help clean up the beer. Dumping the trub/yeast too soon is like racking to the secondary before your beer is done.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« on: January 28, 2016, 05:47:35 AM »
Using an autosiphon looks way easier than that set up. Using the spigot on a Speidel even easier. ;)

Oh absolutely, and I do use the spigot on our Speidels. But you gotta admit, those Speidel spigots are just the worst size. Just over 3/8" and just under 7/16". Dang Europeans.  ;)

I just quit buying autosiphons after I was gifted two stainless racking canes. It was cheaper to purchase the purple carboy cap and MFL fitting than yet another autosiphon. Personal preference.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« on: January 27, 2016, 08:14:29 PM »
Pressure transferring an ESB into a keg:



Filled the keg with CO2 via the liquid post prior to transferring, had a nice little cloudy blanket on top of the beer. Could have done it through the liquid post, but my 1/4" transfer line needs replacing.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC First and Final Round Beers
« on: January 27, 2016, 07:53:42 PM »
They can be different.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« on: January 27, 2016, 06:33:15 PM »


I only started pressurized transfers because I hate starting a siphon.  Hate it.  This made it easier.

I am this same kind of lazy. Although, I like to think of it as being efficient. ;)


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« on: January 27, 2016, 02:24:36 PM »
I close transfer all my beers from primary into a keg just like Amanda does.  Easy to do, and I only use 2 psi to push.  It does take a bit more time, but it gives me peace of mind knowing that I have done all I can do minimize oxygen pickup. 

PS- I cannot stand oxidation in a beer and employed this method because of it.

There may be perks to learning the ins and outs of beer judging... but being excessively anal retentive about my beer is probably not one of them. Oh well. Or maybe it is. Who knows.

I'm even using kegs as "bottling buckets" for when we bottle condition a beer. Purge the keg, add sugar solution (and potentially re-yeast as well), closed transfer from fermenter into keg, seal keg, flush keg again, hook up BeerGun, flush bottles with CO2, fill bottle with beer, add a touch more CO2 on top, and then cap with an O2 barrier cap. Repeat. Sounds complicated, but it's actually pretty easy and it's quicker than bottling via gravity. We don't own a bottling bucket anymore, so this was my no-cost solution to wanting to bottle some beers again.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« on: January 27, 2016, 01:21:11 PM »
Yea, good stuff, but it makes me wonder if I need to try to rig up something for a CO2 push to move beer from the primary to keg. 

They're super easy to build. Just a stainless racking cane, a purple carboy cap, and a male MFL fitting. Mine is here.

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