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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Soy sauce stout
« on: November 07, 2017, 05:26:07 PM »
Soy Sauce flavor could be Autolysis.  Just because your house stays at those temps doesn't mean it's fermenting at those temps.  Fermentation creates heat.  Your dry yeast could have been a little on the old side too.


^^  This
  But at 13 days from pitch to rack?  Seems a bit quick to be autolysis... any number of issues may be combining here...


I don't disagree, under normal circumstances with healthy yeast. I've just always associated a meaty, soy character to autolysis. Obviously it doesn't normally show up this fast - just thought if the yeast were old/in subpar shape, combined with trying to ferment a big beer with a warm ferment could have thrown yeast related off flavors, even autolysis if the yeast were old enough. Other factors may well have contributed.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Soy sauce stout
« on: November 07, 2017, 05:10:45 PM »
Soy Sauce flavor could be Autolysis.  Just because your house stays at those temps doesn't mean it's fermenting at those temps.  Fermentation creates heat.  Your dry yeast could have been a little on the old side too.


^^  This

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: November 06, 2017, 12:12:22 AM »
Will keep you posted.

Just had to fermenter prime my Big Old Ale as I missed the spund completely. 1.103 OG down to 1.030 in under 3 days!  WTF!

Hoping to catch the BDSA in better fashion.

Whoa, damn. That is quick for a beer that big. Speaks to your yeast (and overall) process. I'd have thought maybe spund at 5 days on that beer. Wow.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: November 06, 2017, 12:09:25 AM »
Thanks, it's tasty.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: November 06, 2017, 12:08:06 AM »
Got a Belgian Dark Strong coming up on Friday. Working with Hoosier's tip on a WY 3787 and 1762 blend.

Curious to see what you think, Rob. They're complementary.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping in the keg questions ?
« on: November 05, 2017, 09:47:40 PM »
To be clear, the reason I sink the bag now is to keep it away from the Clear Beer float which draws from the top.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Clear Beer Draught System - Questions
« on: November 05, 2017, 05:41:36 PM »
I was thinking about purchasing one of these as well and understand the concept. My questions are:

- What is the quality of the beer like for the last 25% of the keg when loose hops are use for keg hopping? Does the beer get vegetel or astringent?
- If a bag is used in the keg to contain the hops, does the bag interfere with the float near the bottom of the keg?

Any comments are appreciated.


If you bag the hops the last 25% is excellent. Can't speak for tossing in loose as I don't do that. The bag is no issue in terms of interfering IME.



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Equipment and Software / Re: Clear Beer Draught System - Questions
« on: November 05, 2017, 01:27:39 AM »
I'm not sure how much the stainless would get scratched or scuffed by the round float. Not to speak of as far as I can see. My kegs look fine on the inside FWIW.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Clear Beer Draught System - Questions
« on: November 05, 2017, 12:20:44 AM »
I've noticed a few people here use this.  My questions are:

1.  How much liquid does this device leave at the bottom of the keg?  Is it always the same or is it variable depending on how the device settles?  The reason I ask is I prefer to fill a keg with santizer and replace it with co2, then fill the keg with beer.  My current method leaves nothing more than a trace of sanitizer and a keg full of co2.

2.  Dry hopping in the keg with no bags and pellet hops - this is a potentially attractive feature, if it works.   How reliable is this in practice with heavy dry hops (at least 5oz in a 5 gal keg)?


1. If you do nothing to intervene, it definitely leaves more santizer in the bottom of the keg - I'd ballpark 2 or 3 oz. In other words, more than I want. Luckily there's an easy fix - when you've drained out all the sanitizer you can, simply invert the keg over your sink for a few seconds to let the sanitizer run down to the lid. Then just open the prv and let the pressure blow the sanitizer out. Easy enough.

2. As for keg hopping, I know you can throw the pellets in loose but I don't. I toss the hops in a weighted 5 gallon paint strainer bag which keeps the hop particles near the bottom and of course the Clear Beer draws from the top - maximum distance from the draw point. Even a very slight amount of fine hop particulate in a pint gives beer a harsh hop bite. With this approach I get zero of that. Each his own.


All in all, really glad I switched over to these keg systems. Works as advertised.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: November 04, 2017, 03:46:55 PM »
Thanks, man.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: November 03, 2017, 09:52:15 PM »
American Brown, day 13. It's pretty good. Great beer in the Fall months.




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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: November 02, 2017, 03:09:53 PM »
Awesome. I haven't bought an Estate Ale in a while. Need to get some.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: November 01, 2017, 09:39:31 PM »

I'm possibly bring a Kölsch this weekend, any yeast or recipe recommendations?

This makes a pretty solid beer:

WLP029 or WY2565 - hold around 58F.  2565 has a little more character, but is pretty slow (even hard) to clear. 029 clears out much quicker IME.

1.048 OG
1.010-1.009ish FG
IBU 20ish HM - 60 mins. Sometimes I add a small late addition, sometimes not. Good either way.

85% Barke Pils
15% Vienna

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: November 01, 2017, 07:43:14 PM »
I felt the same way last year and I bought it on the day it hit the shelves here (I was in the minority in this opinion last year)- for the first time ever. Hearing this posted again, I doubt I'll buy any.

hopefully the $7 a pop I spent on a couple bombers of Estate at lunch today don't have the same outcome.  doubt it though - SN historically has been one of the most consistent;  just makes me wonder if the hop crops themselves, in terms of quality for Cascade and Centennial, are subpar in recent years.



I wonder the same. SN makes some great beers with other hop varieties. I know Centennial is pretty temperamental.  On that note, I posted part of Stan H's recent hop e-newsletter recently where he said that Centennial is being cross bred to improve its consistency and viability.  IIRC he called it Super Centennial. That could be a good thing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping in the keg questions ?
« on: November 01, 2017, 06:45:58 PM »

I have had good luck with spunding in the keg on top of the dry hops with residual extract remaining. The active yeast mop up any available O2 pretty quickly and leave you with that fresh dry hopped nose. Just a thought...


Yep, I'm pretty happy with the final product using this approach.

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