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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: May 31, 2015, 06:44:30 AM »
Big cool off today. It rained and stormed heavily last night, so we're cooling off from low 80s to mid 60s today.

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I have a big triple brewday planned for Thursday. I'm planning on making a Saison, a Pyment and a Lambic-style sour - all using Gerwurztraminer must from a wine kit.

I look forward to hearing how the saison/must beer comes out. I'm still planning to use Muscat juice in a saison probably summer/fall ish. Just didn't order it in time to brew when I wanted to this time.
I will definitely post some updates once this is ready. If it works out, then I'll definitely stash away some bottles for the next beer swap.

I will say that the pyment must smelled an tasted incredible going into the fermenter. I was shooting for something in the Auslese/Eiswein realm, and so far it seems like I'm right on target.

Actually all three of those sound awesome.  Somebody shared a Belgian lambic with me (obscure, don't remember the brewery) a few years back that had IIRC Muscat must - it was funky and fantastic. For the saison/must I'm gonna brew, I was torn between Muscat and Riesling must, but obviously Gewurztraminer is a no-brainer, too. I'll be curious to see how the saison/must attenuates as compared to normal. Pretty thoroughly I'd guess.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Randall
« on: May 30, 2015, 06:53:31 PM »
A friend of mine modified a water filter to serve as a randle. He put frozen strawberries in it and served a blonde ale through it. I was amazed how much fruit flavor was in the beer. I don't think it cost anywhere close to $300.

The randle my friend used was made from a filter like the one at this link with MFL connectors.

Culligan HF-360A Whole House Sediment Filter Clear Housing with P5, 5 Micron Poly Spun Sediment Filter Cartridge Included https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BQUPZ8

Yeah, I've never bought one, but if I did I'd take this route. Half of the cool factor is being able to see the beer flow through and you'd be able to with that filter. That and save $300 in the process.  ;)

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I have a big triple brewday planned for Thursday. I'm planning on making a Saison, a Pyment and a Lambic-style sour - all using Gerwurztraminer must from a wine kit.

I look forward to hearing how the saison/must beer comes out. I'm still planning to use Muscat juice in a saison probably summer/fall ish. Just didn't order it in time to brew when I wanted to this time.

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Didn't have time to brew but I kegged a couple today, a 3724 saison and a cream ale.  I used to enter comps a lot and got burned out, but it's been 4 years since I entered one. So judging by how good the samples are I think I'll probably comp these. Should be fun.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: the eye of the murky IPA beholder
« on: May 30, 2015, 12:49:56 PM »
As tempting as biofine clear is, I did not have nearly the results I have had using gelatin properly.  The biofine seemed to take longer to clear and still didn't clear nearly as well as my typical gelatin dosing.  Not to mention its way more money and does not go as far. 


Not sure how much Biofine you use, but I use ~ a tbsp for most beers, same routine as gelatin - ie., get the beer thoroughly cold first then gently stir in - and get results at least as good as gelatin in 48 hrs. I like gelatin too, though.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1450 pitched into a Blonde Ale
« on: May 30, 2015, 12:41:56 PM »
Any thoughts? - it is underway after this morning's brewing.  Sounded like it would be a good pairing, so I went with it (slurry was ready after racking prior batch to keg).  This seems to be a versatile yeast, so I see why Denny likes it!

It's great in pretty much every American Style IMO. I love that it attenuates about as well as 1056 but leaves a full malty mouthfeel, with no sweetness. I can't believe it's not more popular. I think you'll love it. Be sure to post how it comes out !

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: My first big beer. Will it carb?
« on: May 30, 2015, 08:56:54 AM »
I agree with Joe and Eric.  I tend to shy away from champagne yeast. I used it a time or two and it definitely isn't neutral - didn't care for the flavor impact at all. I think it'll carbonate fine, but SO5 is a better, much more neutral option.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: the eye of the murky IPA beholder
« on: May 30, 2015, 08:02:16 AM »
Would enough yeast be in the beer after dosing to bottle condition?

Yep. There's always yeast in the beer to do the job especially on a standard OG beer. The fining just drops out the visible excess. No worries.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: the eye of the murky IPA beholder
« on: May 30, 2015, 07:00:44 AM »
Two more words = Biofine Clear. Vegetarian and horse friendly.


http://www.morebeer.com/products/biofine-clear-clarifier-1-oz.html

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The Pub / Re: mountain of mulch requires homebrew
« on: May 29, 2015, 06:55:34 PM »
That's a LOT of mulch for a 5 gallon recipe. How much are you going to brew???
a metric crap ton of red ale!

Wood aged ?   ;D    I spent the day doing yard work too. Yeah, it was definitely easier a few years back. Funny that the work doesn't get easier to compensate. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Transfer to secondary
« on: May 29, 2015, 06:26:19 PM »
Our beer  appears to still be fermenting and we are debating on whether or not to transfer to secondary now or wait longer until it completely settles.

You should wait until it is finished fermenting and the yeast has had a few days to clean up some of the less desirable by-products of fermentation before you rack out of primary.

This.  There is no magic schedule.  The beer is ready when it is ready.  Don't rush it.

+2

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sulphurous / Egg Smell In Starter
« on: May 29, 2015, 06:23:41 PM »
Sulfur is very very normal for all fermentations.  Don't worry about it at all, as sulfur ALWAYS disappears with just a little aging, ALWAYS.

Cheers!

+1

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All Grain Brewing / Re: first measured mash pH
« on: May 29, 2015, 11:56:47 AM »
For me, that's plenty close enough.

Yep, same here.

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The Pub / Re: mountain of mulch requires homebrew
« on: May 29, 2015, 08:58:30 AM »
Been there done that, man. Might take 2 or 3 liters on a warm day like today.   ;)

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