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Ingredients / Re: malt substitute for molasses?
« on: May 24, 2016, 10:42:57 AM »
Special B malt will get you into the right neighborhood.  Also any deep crystal malt like Crystal 120, 140, or higher if you can find it.


Yeah, I was thinking maybe a mix of Special B and C120. Might be in the ballpark.

But you won't get the tangy, bitter bite you get from molasses.


True enough. Kind of hard to duplicate that part.

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Ingredients / Re: malt substitute for molasses?
« on: May 24, 2016, 10:22:07 AM »
Special B malt will get you into the right neighborhood.  Also any deep crystal malt like Crystal 120, 140, or higher if you can find it.


Yeah, I was thinking maybe a mix of Special B and C120. Might be in the ballpark.

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If you go to a restaurant supply store you will get a better deal and may be able to find a much higher quality used for less.


Yeah, I'm still using a 10 gallon restaurant supply SS kettle. Haven't broken down and gone modern yet (probably will @ some point) . Got it for a better price than I could find anywhere, given the quality.

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Pimp My System / Re: Finally Updated My Kegerator
« on: May 24, 2016, 08:54:19 AM »
Nice work!

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You need to let any beer ferment out or you run the risk of bottle bombs. Even kegged pretty cold, the beer would slowly ferment over time. Better it be overly dry than have bottles exploding.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: where did I go wrong
« on: May 24, 2016, 05:34:51 AM »
So is a pre-boil really needed for anything?


Yeah, it gives you an idea of what your OG will be after the boil. If it's lower than expected you can either add some DME to the boil to compensate, boil longer,  or just go as is if it's fairly close. If it's higher than expected you could shorten the boil a bit or go as is. Either way, it helps to know whether or not you got in the ballpark with your mash.

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I dry hop in nylon paint strainer bags and dunk them in starsan before dry hopping. I shake off the excess, let it drip dry for a couple minutes, add the hops and let 'er rip. No worries.

Hey, thanks! I have StarSan so that's the route I will go. Where do you get those strainer bags you mentioned? Lowe's, Home depot or a dedicated paint store? Also, will the muslin bag work as well?



Any hardware store has them, including Lowe's, Home Depot, etc.. I like them much better than muslin because they retain the vast majority of hop matter, where muslin lets quite a bit through.


Edit -  I get the 5 gallon strainer bags and use a zip tie around the top, to give the hops lots of room to expand. dissolve and circulate their goodness.

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I dry hop in nylon paint strainer bags and dunk them in starsan before dry hopping. I shake off the excess, let it drip dry for a couple minutes, add the hops and let 'er rip. No worries. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First lager!
« on: May 23, 2016, 04:28:12 PM »
Man, you said it. Haven't brewed in a bit, but have a summertime blonde on deck for Memorial Day. Will probably add apricot puree to half to keep my wife happy.  Lord knows I'm not winning there.



I feel your pain. I'm about to brew a raspberry ale for my wife (she gets a couple fruit beers/yr). I decided to at least keep it mildly interesting and use 3522. She earns it for putting up with all of this. Luckily her friends come over and get rid of it pretty quickly and free up the tap!

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Pushed the envelope on this topic today and I will see where I end up. Made the stone russian imperial stout and made a starter pitched yesterday and this morning the 5 gal lid was crowned and it was spewing out of one area where apparently my bucket seal is not so good. This happened when I was at work and my wife tried to help but lost the gasket for the blow off tube in the beer so i told her put the bucket in a clean new garbage bag and cover the top with another. Being the clean freak i am i yanked the top and cleaned and sanitized it and cleaned the sides of the bucket when i got home from work. It had an open top for a while. Im hoping because it was so active nothing went in only out! We will see. Hey its home brewing right?   



You should be fine. Like you say, the active fermentation would've kept the fermenter purged for that amount of time.  And there are still quite a few breweries that open ferment.

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As to causes of infection, I think the airborne contaminants can be minimized, and good cleaning and sanitation can root out most issues on the containers and transfer tubing, but what about those that are in the yeast pack?  I noticed that on the yeast packaging or website, some of the wild yeast are present and given enough time may be able to take hold to a noticeable degree....


I don't doubt there's a slight possibility of that. I've just never had an issue leaving in primary for 3 weeks, 4 weeks on big beers. Part of it has been wanting to let beers clean up (especially certain strains) and part has been work/ family schedules. Definitely never a bad idea to keg a beer that's ready, though.

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I bet its a lack of oxygen.  ;)


Undoubtedly.  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 23, 2016, 03:04:39 PM »
Recipe looks nice and Gumball Head-ish. Looks good, especially on a warm day like today.
I definitely referred to the Gumball Head recipe when designing this one.



I buy it now and then, when I can find it fresh around here. Not as easy as you'd think. It sells fast. Tasty stuff!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 23, 2016, 02:59:07 PM »
Recipe looks nice and Gumball Head-ish. Looks good, especially on a warm day like today.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: May 23, 2016, 12:12:02 PM »
use Brewtan B in strike water (and the boil)

What's Brewtan B doing in this case?

I'd never heard of it until just now: https://www.wyeastlab.com/com_b_productdetail.cfm?ProductID=13



In theory, many of the same things as SMB. Brewtan B allegedly prevents the oxidative reactions from occurring, increasing shelf life. I haven't used it yet, so I can't say that as any sort of fact. The big breweries allegedly use it, but how that translates to brewing at home is yet to be seen.

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