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General Homebrew Discussion / commerical schwarzbier examples
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:12:00 AM »
Can anyone provide some good examples that are widely available? My Schwarz is tasting pretty damn good but I want to compare it to a solid example of the style to see if I should enter it in a competition or not.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling from keg
« on: January 21, 2015, 10:49:09 AM »
Thanks for the help. I will do a couple test runs on a different beer that is not as tasty.

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Kegging and Bottling / bottling from keg
« on: January 21, 2015, 10:19:32 AM »
I am planning to enter a beer in a comp but I have never bottled off of a keg. My plan is to use a faucet to tube adapter with a bottling wand. Should I turn off the CO2? Purge the CO2 first? Purge then put CO2 at low PSI setting?

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Beer Recipes / Re: New IPA recipe, please advise
« on: January 19, 2015, 09:21:47 AM »
Extract can be more unfermentable so having sugar in there will help to get your FG lower. I started doing this toward the end of my extract brewing day with good success. From what I remember, it is recommended to keep it at levels of 10% or less to avoid 'cidery' flavors...

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Equipment and Software / Re: dead space for round igloo 10 gallon cooler
« on: January 15, 2015, 01:21:52 PM »
I am using exactly what you described. I may experiment with starting with more water and a hose attached for draining to a bucket below. Maybe I will just have to brew a batch and see what I end up with...

You do not use a hose?  That's a recipe for lipoxygenase oxidation.  How is the non-refrigerated stability of your beer?

Never noticed an issue.

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Equipment and Software / Re: dead space for round igloo 10 gallon cooler
« on: January 15, 2015, 11:43:56 AM »
What kind of false bottom are you using?  A domed false bottom with a right-angle hose barb should not result in that much dead space.

I am using exactly what you described. I may experiment with starting with more water and a hose attached for draining to a bucket below. Maybe I will just have to brew a batch and see what I end up with...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: tanginess from roasted malts?
« on: January 15, 2015, 11:22:24 AM »
I got caught up in trying to create a 'black balanced' profile by using gypsum and calcium chloride and didn't pay too much attention to pH as long at it was in the acceptable range. I will have to look at my notes but I believe I added some baking soda to counteract some of the acidity. Now I know...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: tanginess from roasted malts?
« on: January 15, 2015, 10:55:44 AM »
I am not positive that my mash pH was 5.2 but that seems to be correct. If so, that could very well explain it. I will adjust accordingly next time I brew something similar. Thanks!

My friend who lives nearby does not treat his water so that could explain why I tasted it in his stout as well.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: tanginess from roasted malts?
« on: January 15, 2015, 10:54:31 AM »
Generally, roasted malts are more acidic than other malts.  Are you doing anything to adjust your mash pH?

I just edited that above:
"I did treat my water with a small amount of gypsum and calcium chloride but don't have the specifics. If I recall correctly, my mash pH was 5.2"

I thought that maybe I added some baking soda as well due to mash acidification.

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General Homebrew Discussion / tanginess from roasted malts?
« on: January 15, 2015, 10:49:03 AM »
It seems that whenever I brew a style with significant amount of roasted malt (which is not very often), I perceive a sourdough type tanginess in the finished product which I don't really care fore. I don't think it is an off flavor and would be a coincidence since I have only noticed it in darker beers. The beers overall aren't bad but just seem to have this odd note to them. My most recent porter had this flavor as did a friends recent sweet stout which I thought was strange. I haven't had many commercial style stouts or porters recently so I am not sure if I detect it in general...

Could this be related more to my water? Maybe it is a palate thing?

I did treat my water with a small amount of gypsum and calcium chloride but don't have the specifics. If I recall correctly, my mash pH was 5.2

Can you pick anything out here that could contribute to this?

6.25# Pale Ale Malt (great western)
3.75# Munich (great western)
1# Brown Malt (Thomas Fawcett?)
12 oz Chocolate Malt (Briess)
12 oz Crystal 80 (Briess?)

Fermented with S04 yeast in the low 60s

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Beer Recipes / Re: IPA Brew This Weekend
« on: January 15, 2015, 07:18:53 AM »
Looks pretty good to me.

My base IPA recipe is similar being 75% two row, 20% munich, 5% crystal

I will allow others to chime in but the bittering hops seem to be a bit much for my taste. Maybe drop them 0.75 oz additions? I don't brew IPAs that often so I am sure others can provide better feedback.

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Ingredients / Re: Lemon Wit
« on: January 15, 2015, 07:14:26 AM »
Equal parts lemon and orange zest at the end of the boil and post fermentation if necessary.

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Equipment and Software / Re: up-size regulator on propane burner
« on: January 15, 2015, 07:10:44 AM »
I just swapped out my 5 psi for a 10 psi regulator on a bayou classic burner. I have noticed a difference but I am only doing 5 gallon batches. My only complaint is that the new regulator is more sensitive so it is hard to dial in my previous boil off.

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Equipment and Software / Re: dead space for round igloo 10 gallon cooler
« on: January 15, 2015, 07:08:55 AM »
My rubbermade 10gal MT deadspace is 0.25gal.  I was getting higher volumes when trying to measure it until I attached my hose and drained it like I would while brewing and realized that the suction from the siphon decreases the amount greatly as opposed to just opening the valve.

I would prefer to have less dead space although I realize it is not a big deal.

So you connect a hose to the end of the valve for draining the mash tun? Just trying to understand your process.

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Equipment and Software / Re: dead space for round igloo 10 gallon cooler
« on: January 15, 2015, 07:06:50 AM »
Three things:
1) What happens if you don't tip? 
2) Could you be losing suction somewhere? (hose or nipple unclamped/untaped and exposed) Without wet grain packed on top of it I could see a small leak possibly stopping suction. 
3) Try it with 4 gallons to start.

Thanks for the suggestions. I will try these things.

It will not start to drain if I don't have at least a gallon. I may be losing suction somehow. I do not have clamps on the ends of the tubing since I have used it before and not had issues. I did have to cut the tubing about 1/2" shorter to make it fit better. I have also noticed that when the valve is fully open that it doesn't seem to drain as rapidly.

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