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Equipment and Software / drilled into wrong spot on fridge
« on: July 02, 2014, 03:19:18 PM »
So I was moving my CO2 tank outside of the fridge and drilling a hole for the gas hose into the the side of the fridge toward the back and about a foot from the bottom. I drilled a small hole to start and immediately noticed air coming out. It wasn't incredibly high pressured but definitely considerable. I was able to seal the holes on the inside and the outside sides and have it back up and running. As far as I can tell, it is not cooling although the compressor is running and the holes are sealed.

Did I damage the fridge beyond repair by letting freon out? I was hoping that sealing the holes would have resolved the problem but I know very little about fridges...

General Homebrew Discussion / no bittering addition
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:47:13 PM »
Planning my next batch without a bittering addition for the first time. I will be doing a pseudo hopburst method. My plan is to use 1/2 oz of hops at 20, 15, 10, & 5 minutes remaining for a total of about 20 IBUs. I may dry hop a small amount. I am brewing a general light bodied summer ale and am just going for something crisp with some decent hop flavor and subdued bitterness. It is basically a wheat beer with vienna malt and some rye.

Will my planned hop schedule achieve decent hop flavor or will I need to increase the amount at each addition?

Ingredients / Northern Brewer?
« on: June 26, 2014, 11:19:06 AM »
What ya got?

Bittering/Aroma? Both? Beer Styles other than Cali Common?

Description from Williams where I purchased them:
A strong fragrant hop with a rich rough-hewn flavor and aroma, ideal for steam-style beers and ales. Northern Brewer has a unique mint-like evergreen flavor.

Equipment and Software / CO2 outside fridge
« on: June 26, 2014, 08:53:09 AM »
My 20# CO2 tank is currently in the fridge with 3 kegs. I am planning to move it out so I have room for 4 kegs. What should I use to seal the hole that I drill for hose from the CO2 tank?

My buddy suggested plumbers putty?

Beer Recipes / belgian ale?
« on: June 24, 2014, 08:02:46 AM »
So I wanted to do a saison but will be using T58. I honestly am not sure what belgian styles this yeast works best for although it worked great for a wit that I did recently. I have seen certain yeast sub charts that show it as the equivalent to WY3724 which doesn't seem correct.

I am not sure what this would be considered but I am thinking it would be close to a Blond? My saison would be a bit different and have some munich and wheat instead of the other specialty malts...

10.5# Pils
.75# table sugar
.25# aromatic
.25# caravienne

magnum 60 min
EKG 20 min
EKG 5 min

T58 yeast - let free rise into the upper 70s?

OG 1.058
FG 1.008
ABV 6.5
IBU 29

The problem is that my OG is a bit below the guidelines for a blond but I wanted to have a bit lower ABV since this yeast is very attenuative for me. I would do a belgian pale but I want something very light in color. Should I just ignore the specific guidelines and go for a 'belgian specialty'?

General Homebrew Discussion / light summer beer styles for the masses
« on: June 20, 2014, 04:55:26 PM »
I need to do something light, summery, and easily enjoyed. I am getting tired of doing my blonde, wheat, and kolsch. Any ideas on a good style for the summer that is light in color and crisp? I will probably stick to an ale although I may be able to do a lager since I have considered a german pils.

Yeast and Fermentation / Pitching onto yeast cake after a day
« on: June 17, 2014, 09:19:49 AM »
I am brewing a batch tomorrow and will be using the yeast cake from a batch that I would like to keg today. Is it a horrible idea to keg, leave the yeast cake in the bucket, and put the lid with airlock back on until tomorrow?

Obviously, sanitation would be the main concern. I have a busy day tomorrow and don't know if I can try to keg and brew. I realize it is more of a judgment call so do anyone do this on a regular basis by chance?

Yeast and Fermentation / Fermentis Tips & Tricks
« on: June 04, 2014, 11:14:48 AM »

Very informative overview of Fermentis products and dry yeast in general for the novice such as myself. I believe this was posted recently...

Beer Recipes / Citra Wheat IPA
« on: May 29, 2014, 11:38:58 AM »
I have some old citra that I have to use. I don't do IPAs often so be gentle. This is kind of based on a citra wheat recipe that I brew regularly. I probably will not brew this again unless it somehow turns out better than expected. I know there will probably be mixed feelings about a citra ipa but here goes...

50% Wheat
35% Pilsner
10% Munich
5% carapils

11 g Bravo 60 min
28 g Citra 20 min
28 g Citra 10 min
28 g Citra 0 min
56 g Citra dry hop
28 g magic hop dust dry hop - lying around, might as well use it.

56 IBUs
6.2% ABV

Ingredients / Palisade hops
« on: May 28, 2014, 04:31:41 PM »
For those who have used them, how would you describe them?

Beer Recipes / Suggestions for Altbier grain bill?
« on: May 27, 2014, 12:15:16 PM »
When my kolsch is done, I plan to transfer my first attempt at an Alt type beer directly onto the WLP029 yeast cake. I have been doing a bit of research but am still a little unclear on this style. Is this even close?

~70% pilsner
~20% munich
~7.5% crystal
~2.5% pale chocolate

I think this will be closer to the Northern German variety but I don't really understand the difference other than the Dusseldorf seem to have more IBUs and may be slightly lighter in color. I recently read that a caramel flavor is within style. Should I increase the amount of crystal? What about single infusion mash temp?

Equipment and Software / Inside of igloo cooler is cracking
« on: May 16, 2014, 01:07:58 PM »
The cooler which I use for my mash tun has bubbled in a bit and is cracking on the inside. It is currently about 3 inches long and doesn't look like it has split completely yet. Is there any way to seal it?

Beer Recipes / Kolsch grain bill
« on: May 15, 2014, 03:25:24 PM »
I am curious how far off this would be from a normal Kolsch. Most recipes I have seen are mostly just pilsner malt with a touch of wheat. Is the vienna out of place? My hops selection is far from authentic so I am not too worried. Just curious more than anything.

77.5% pilsner
15% vienna
7.5% wheat

I kegged a belgian wit today and noticed white almost flaky residue floating on top of the finished beer. Not a ton but definitely noticeable.

The smell going into the fermenter is great but the taste has me a bit worried. I feel like I am getting a slightly sour metallic taste. To be honest, I feel like my palate is shot right now so I don't know if it is off or not. I have no experience with this yeast or this style.

I fermented with T58 for 3 weeks, it stayed between 65-70F, and finished at 1.007 which is considerably lower than I expected. I added one pasteurized, pureed pineapple after one week and citra dry hops after 2 weeks. The influence of the pineapple is strong so I am wondering if any off flavors are related to that. Could the white residue be related to the pineapple as well?

General Homebrew Discussion / alcoholic taste?
« on: May 01, 2014, 08:05:58 AM »
I am curious what leads to a more notable 'alcoholic' taste. It seems to be pretty apparent in one of my most recent beers. I am more curious than worried. Is it a byproduct of fermentation? Will it fade with time?

47% Two row
47% Red X
4% crystal
2% special b

Mashed at 150 for 75 min
OG 1.070
FG 1.011
7.8% abv

I didn't think it has a high enough ABV for it to be as noticeable as it is. Please educate me.

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