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All Grain Brewing / Re: Holiday Ale
« on: December 14, 2016, 11:25:21 AM »
How much cinnamon did you use? I assume the cinnamon and orange with come through fine considering the simple recipe. What yeast did you use?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« on: December 14, 2016, 11:10:49 AM »
I don't like the price. They don't have handles which mean moving it outside of the stand would be a PIA and the stand is too big for my chest freezer.

Both great points. Moving it would be PITA

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« on: December 14, 2016, 11:09:50 AM »
Isn't it mostly ultraviolet light that skunks beer? I like to see what's taking place, I know what is happening but still love to see it. I do not harvest yeast so the Catalyst is not something I would look at getting but I have thought about switching to some sort of wide mouth plastic fermenter.

I transfer directly from the spigot of my speidel and I always end up transferring some yeast. Even if not reusing yeast, it would be a benefit for me to remove the yeast completely before transferring. I guess I should just be looking for a conical in general...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« on: December 14, 2016, 10:46:35 AM »
This looks pretty cool. I may replace my Speidel with it if gets good reviews. My main concern would be not enough headspace.

https://craftabrew.com/products/the-catalyst-fermentation-system

I can't imagine why anyone would want to ferment in a clear fermenter.

If it's in a chest freezer, does it matter?

I have seen beer skunk in as little as minutes. All light matters.

Cool. Back to the caves I suppose...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« on: December 14, 2016, 10:40:31 AM »
This looks pretty cool. I may replace my Speidel with it if gets good reviews. My main concern would be not enough headspace.

https://craftabrew.com/products/the-catalyst-fermentation-system

I can't imagine why anyone would want to ferment in a clear fermenter.

If it's in a chest freezer, does it matter? Do you take the fun out of everything?  ;)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Catalyst Fermentation
« on: December 14, 2016, 09:55:30 AM »
This looks pretty cool. I may replace my Speidel with it if gets good reviews. My main concern would be not enough headspace.

https://craftabrew.com/products/the-catalyst-fermentation-system


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry yeast for Belgian ales. Comments please
« on: December 13, 2016, 02:00:45 PM »
My only experience is with Belle Saison which I love and T58. I like T58 but it produces a very mild Belgian character in my opinion. May have something to do with the fact that I usually ferment in the mid 60s.

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Beer Recipes / Re: IPL / Hoppy Lager advice
« on: December 13, 2016, 10:41:58 AM »
Any thoughts on water?

The current pale ale had a mash pH of 5.3 and 220 ppm SO4. I realize a lot of people have been dialing back SO4 but I am really enjoy what it brings to this beer.

Should I go with something closer to a pilsner water profile?

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Beer Recipes / Re: IPL / Hoppy Lager advice
« on: December 13, 2016, 09:54:08 AM »
Thanks guys. I have a lot to consider.

I am surprised in my current APA that the 20% Munich isn't more noticeable and how light colored the beer is. I had actually considered using 9L next attempt but thought that might over do it. I think I will leave that and see how it goes.

The goal with my pale ale is to do something right in between an APA and IPA (for my tastes) in hop character and ABV so that it kind of fulfills my need for hops without being too overboard and hopped to the levels of a lot of homebrewers. I think that is kind of the goal for the lager as well. Not quite an IPA but getting there. I may back off the IBUs a bit in attempt to get some lager characteristics through.

I have a pretty hoppy pilsner on right now so I am trying to brew something that differentiates itself from that significantly.

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Beer Recipes / Re: IPL / Hoppy Lager advice
« on: December 12, 2016, 09:47:55 AM »
I would personally use those 2min additions as a hopstand/steep addition at 170F for 45-60min.  Then I'd ferment at the cold end of the yeast 48F-ish to keep the vigor down.

But, you could change nothing and still end up with a great beer, I'm sure.

I have stopped doing hopstands due to inconsistent results. It is difficult for me to cool to the right temperature and hold for the duration. With the added time, it just isn't worth it to me...

I have been doing really late boil additions to get a more predictable amount of bitterness with my procedures.

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Beer Recipes / Re: IPL / Hoppy Lager advice
« on: December 12, 2016, 09:44:28 AM »
I'd go with magnum and cut the bittering to 30-40ibu. IMO "hoppy" versions of existing styles should be high in hop flavor and within range, maybe slightly above range for bitterness.

Thank you. This was my main concern. I do want lager characteristics which probably become less and less apparent, the more the hops are pushed...

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Beer Recipes / Re: IPL / Hoppy Lager advice
« on: December 12, 2016, 08:26:35 AM »
I am considering making some changes to my last APA and brewing it as a lager. I think I will leave the grain alone and switch the bittering hops from Bravo to Magnum. Any other advice based on the original recipe below?

60% Pilsner
20% Munich 6L
20% Pale Wheat

Bravo 60 min (switch to Magnum?)
2 oz Equinox 2 min
1 oz Simcoe 2 min
2 oz Equinox DH
1 oz Simcoe DH

~50 IBU



Sounds good to me. I might consider reducing or cutting the pale wheat, to reduce the potential for haze. An APA with some haze is fine, but a lager needs to be crystal IMO. Could be gel fined obviously, though. If you use the wheat for foam , try 3% flaked barley. Works nicely.

Thanks Jon. I was thinking about just nixing the wheat in favor of pilsner but I really like the current APA so I don't know if a change is necessary. I guess wheat isn't a very common ingredient in lagers....

The current APA is pretty damn clear with US05 so I am not too concerned from that perspective especially since 34/70 drops bright easily for me.

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Beer Recipes / IPL / Hoppy Lager advice
« on: December 12, 2016, 08:13:54 AM »
I am considering making some changes to my last APA and brewing it as a lager. I think I will leave the grain alone and switch the bittering hops from Bravo to Magnum. Any other advice based on the original recipe below?

60% Pilsner
20% Munich 6L
20% Pale Wheat

Bravo 60 min (switch to Magnum?)
2 oz Equinox 2 min
1 oz Simcoe 2 min
2 oz Equinox DH
1 oz Simcoe DH

~50 IBU

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Other Fermentables / Re: half assed first cider attempt
« on: December 08, 2016, 09:22:30 AM »
Thanks all. I will need to see where the gravity is at and go from there. It tasted super dry when it was at 1.004 so I can't imagine what it's like below 1.000

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Classifieds / Re: Grim Brothers Brewhouse Bottles (Buying)
« on: December 07, 2016, 08:57:57 PM »
Trying to locate any of the Grimm Brothers Brew house Bottles for my collection. Any leads would be appreciated.


Steven-

I have never seen bottles other than bombers. I am looking at a can of the schwarzbier as we speak...

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