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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: liquid equivalents of T-58
« on: April 14, 2015, 08:44:05 AM »
That's kind of what I was thinking. I am wondering what other styles it might work for. Any ideas? My use and knowledge of belgian strains is quite limited...

According to wyeast, I could get away with using 3944 for a tripel which I have been wanting to do. Maybe I could try that...

I would definitely not use 3944 to make a tripel.

Wyeast would apparently...haha

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: liquid equivalents of T-58
« on: April 14, 2015, 08:30:19 AM »
Noted. Just trying to use up a packet sitting in the fridge. Maybe its time for another batch of Walter Wit...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: doing a Kolsch style
« on: April 14, 2015, 08:24:51 AM »
IIRC Kölsch is lagered at 40oF for 4 weeks. 45oF will be fine.

This (as well as the other info).  I lager in the keg under CO2 at 38ish.  My last Kolsch is almost ready (right at 4 weeks lagering).  Alas, it's not quite to style since I got a little extra bitterness and flavor out of the hops I used (they were out of Spalt, so I used Hallertau).  It actually comes off as a Kolsch/German Pils hybrid.  I was even considering entering it as a Pils on a lark.

My current kolsch is very similar. It definitely tasted more like a pils when it was younger but has softened a bit with time. I used 2.1% AA tettnang to get to 26 IBUs which equated to a lot of hops. It has an overall 'hoppiness' that is not present in a traditional kolsch. I overshot my gravity quite a bit and decided to add more hops as well and overdid it a bit.

To the OP, if you are kegging I wouldn't worry about lagering it before packaging. For me it's interesting to see how the beer changes by sampling throughout the aging process.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: liquid equivalents of T-58
« on: April 14, 2015, 08:17:47 AM »
I am curious if there is a white labs or wyeast equivalent to T-58. This yeast worked very well for me in a wit but not so well in a saison. It's so hard to find a good description on this yeast and I don't know what styles it is best suited for. It seems like a just a basic belgian yeast...

Haven't heard a direct equivalent, but if it's good in a wit, not so much so in a saison, then WY3944 (Witbier) would be a good start.

That's kind of what I was thinking. I am wondering what other styles it might work for. Any ideas? My use and knowledge of belgian strains is quite limited...

According to wyeast, I could get away with using 3944 for a tripel which I have been wanting to do. Maybe I could try that...

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Beer Recipes / Re: new Pale Ale
« on: April 14, 2015, 07:18:34 AM »
anyone know the potential yield on red x...1.035ish?

http://www.bestmalz.de/en/malt/E055_BEST_Red_X.pdf

79%...whatever that works out to? 1.037?

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Yeast and Fermentation / liquid equivalents of T-58
« on: April 14, 2015, 07:07:38 AM »
I am curious if there is a white labs or wyeast equivalent to T-58. This yeast worked very well for me in a wit but not so well in a saison. It's so hard to find a good description on this yeast and I don't know what styles it is best suited for. It seems like a just a basic belgian yeast...

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone revamping ruination
« on: April 13, 2015, 10:36:35 AM »
Yeah, gotta give breweries like Stone And SN credit for the foresight to flex with changes in tastes and styles. That's staying ahead of the game IMO.

Yeah I think just the willingness to change their staples is great. I get the idea of a flagship beer but some don't make it to that classic stage like a SN Pale Ale (not sure if that is actually their 'flagship').

Fat Tire is an example of a flagship that has run its course for me. I wish they would replace that beer. I understand what it has meant for their company BUT I would prefer something else in its place. Maybe it is a lot more popular than I realize? I actually like NB quite a lot and some of the newer stuff they are doing but think 'revamping' some of their older lineup is much needed. They were very late to the hop revolution party which is not a problem that Stone had obviously.

kind of off topic...

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone revamping ruination
« on: April 13, 2015, 09:42:42 AM »
I haven't had ruination in quite some time although I used to really enjoy it when I was into very bitter IIPAs. I am not a huge fan of Stone beers but I do appreciate their approach.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Stone revamping ruination
« on: April 10, 2015, 12:22:14 PM »
I am pretty impressed that they are making such dramatic changes to their lineup and discontinuing regulars. I wish other biggies would follow suit. Looks like this is a couple of weeks old but I was not aware...

http://blog.stonebrewing.com/index.php/goodbye-stone-ruination-ipa/

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oscar Blues Pinner
« on: April 10, 2015, 10:10:12 AM »
This may very well be my favorite 'session IPA' up to this point.

+2, I really liked it as well. 
Good for them; still like the versatility of the can.

The marketing is silly, which is too bad.  I think "throwback" is supposed to refer to the fact that you can throw a few back --- down your gullet---and still be able to row the boat. 

I thought at first it would be some old British IPA ::)

Ah good call. I was thinking of throwback as in old school...

I have never been a huge OB fan although I do like Dale's and Mama's. Good to have another one in the mix.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oscar Blues Pinner
« on: April 10, 2015, 08:07:00 AM »
Thanks for the link! I suppose at 4.9% and 35 IBUs, this is basically just a pale ale. Not sure what the term 'throwback IPA' is referring to...

I saw a couple of articles regarding the marijuana references on the can. One in particular gave the impression that it is supposed to taste/smell like marijuana so I was hesitant to try it. Luckily this is not the case...

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Oscar Blues Pinner
« on: April 10, 2015, 07:19:49 AM »
This may very well be my favorite 'session IPA' up to this point. I really enjoy NB Slow Ride and FW Easy Jack as well. I don't care for Stone's Go To. I get a very nice tangerine and tropical fruit flavor with more balanced bitterness. Hop heads may not think it is bitter enough but I am starting to prefer IPAs with less bitterness and more hop flavor and aroma.

I am very curious to see what hops they use in this beer. I haven't had anything with mandarina yet and wonder if it is in here. I can't find any information regarding ingredients? Anyone have any info?

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Equipment and Software / Re: immersion chiller hose adapters
« on: April 08, 2015, 01:27:21 PM »
After years of messing with vinyl tubing and 3/8" hose barb to 3/4" female swivel garden hose adapters, I broke down and purchased a set of 6' long washing machine hoses.  I cut the female hose connector off of one end of each hose, slipped cut ends over the ends of the copper tubing, and stainless steel band clamped the hoses in place.  I have never had to adjust the clamps, and I can run the cold water top-down or bottom-up (I prefer to run the cold water top-down because heat rises).

http://www.walmart.com/ip/ABBOTT-RUBBER-X1109RB-6FF-TP-Rubber-Washing-Machine-Hoses-6-Ft/24543211

If you still want to go the 3/8" hose barb to 3/4" female swivel garden hose fitting route, the Watts part number is LFA-683.  The fitting is almost as expensive as the pair of washing machine hoses linked above, and the washing hoses are heavy duty compared to vinyl tubing.


http://www.homedepot.com/p/Watts-3-4-in-x-3-8-in-Lead-Free-Brass-FGH-x-Barb-Swivel-Adapter-LFA-683/203468478
http://www.lowes.com/pd_416835-104-LFA-683_0__?productId=3824547

Thanks for the info! I've got some band clamps and hopefully they are big enough to fit over the washing machine hose. I will try to make that happen...

At lease I see that those adapters exist. They don't carry them at the closest home depot. Do you happen to know the part number for the male fitting?

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Equipment and Software / Re: immersion chiller hose adapters
« on: April 08, 2015, 10:42:27 AM »
Pretty sure my pre-chiller uses 3/8" compression to 1/2" female pipe thread. I then use a 1/2" MPT to 3/4" garden. Maybe the market is too small to create a single fitting, or maybe they exist, just not at Lowes Depot.

Yeah that appears to be the case. I don't know much about plumbing and just assumed that home depot would have a one fitting solution.

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Equipment and Software / Re: immersion chiller hose adapters
« on: April 08, 2015, 10:05:56 AM »
Looks like I might have to go 3/8" barb to 1/2" fitting and then 1/2" up to 3/4"...

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