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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« on: August 25, 2016, 06:32:17 PM »
What's the consensus on transferring?


If you're not adding fruit or bulk aging, secondary just serves no purpose. It's outdated advice that still persists in brew shops and in ingredient kits. And racking to secondary also gives you another opportunity to introduce infection into your beer. Autolysis from leaving the beer on the yeast too long isn't a concern for over 6 weeks, so I say leave it in primary until you keg/bottle.

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The Pub / Re: On the beer trail
« on: August 25, 2016, 04:34:20 PM »
If you like lagers, checkout out anything by Jack's Abbey.  Excellent.
Indeed ...loved it


Yeah, great brewery.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Under pitching and then Re Pitching
« on: August 25, 2016, 02:35:44 PM »
You can try a 1 liter shaken not stirred stater pitched full volume at high krausen. One of the main proponents of this method states that initial cell count is way less important with this method. I can attest it works well. I still have trouble with adding the full volume, but the results are good enough to ease that concern.


+1. I'm not in love with pitching the whole volume either but the process works as advertised. Won't be doing it for lagers any time soon, but for average strength ales it's a good method.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« on: August 25, 2016, 02:29:10 PM »
The bucket/lid combos I use fit super tight like Steve mentioned. It's tough to get the lid on or off. Seals well every time.

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Equipment and Software / Re: A SS hop spyder that doesn't clog
« on: August 24, 2016, 05:45:17 PM »
+1. I like my fine mesh spider but I found pretty quickly that the drop off in utilization is reduced greatly by stirring gently inside the spider during the boil. Really makes life easy to contain the hop matter when I brew an APA or especially AIPA though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 24, 2016, 03:57:00 PM »
I'm amazed you have that level of foam in a 14.25% beer. Looks good.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« on: August 24, 2016, 03:54:40 PM »
  No glass in this house thanks.


Yep, been there, suffered the consequences. Over the broken glass.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 30m boil help
« on: August 24, 2016, 03:30:23 PM »
Only thing I can think of is not adjusting the hopping for the lower utilization of a 30 min. boil.

That's the only thing that makes sense. Otherwise I'm at a loss.

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Beer Recipes / Re: New Orleans Stout - Where did I go wrong
« on: August 24, 2016, 02:58:38 PM »
I remember getting a 19 on something (long time ago), but the comments were at least helpful. And in hindsight, correct. That score pissed me off and helped make me a better brewer.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« on: August 24, 2016, 02:53:52 PM »
I guess I'm missing out on the fun...I don't have the time or inclination to watch fermentation!


I loved it when I started! But that was a lot of batches in the rearview. I couldn't care less now.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« on: August 24, 2016, 02:46:25 PM »
Another vote for buckets. I have tons of these 7.9 gallon wine fermenter buckets. Plenty of headspace for 5.5 gallon batches. I rarely if ever need to use a blowoff hose using these.

http://shop.greatfermentations.com/product/7-9-gallon-fermenting-bucket/plastic-fermenters

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Yep, ask away !

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:40:13 AM »
Yeah, those are awesome looking beers.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: pH Effects?
« on: August 24, 2016, 08:53:47 AM »
Wow, nice 'workaround'. Good info, Jeff.

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Beer Recipes / Re: New Orleans Stout - Where did I go wrong
« on: August 24, 2016, 06:42:00 AM »
Never having brewed with chicory root, I can't speak for its impact or the quantity used. But if the beer were overly bitter I'd think they could've used that as a critique pretty easily. I agree that an infected bottle makes a lot more sense. Regardless, shame on them for being unprofessional a-holes while offering nothing as constructive help to boot.

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