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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: keys to a crisp lager
« on: June 05, 2015, 07:50:02 AM »
Thanks guys. My lack of patience still rears its ugly head from time to time. I plan to alter the hops for next attempt so I can fiddle with mash pH and get this closer to what I had envisioned. I am still a little thrown off by the flavor profile right now...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: keys to a crisp lager
« on: June 05, 2015, 07:25:44 AM »
Cool thanks. I did an American Wheat recently at 5.25 but tried acidulated malt for the first time to get there. It is crisp but also a little tart. I think I will stick to the lactic acid even though they should have the same affect...

In my mind, I was going for an 'Americanized' helles type of thing which is probably why I chose 5.4. At least that sounds right in my head...

Do you think temperature is partly to blame as well?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: keys to a crisp lager
« on: June 05, 2015, 07:19:06 AM »
Yeah I think I was at 5.4 for this guy

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General Homebrew Discussion / keys to a crisp lager
« on: June 05, 2015, 07:07:29 AM »
My second lager is on tap now and while although good it doesn't have the crisp lager character that I was going for. My first lager turned out fantastic however that was a dark lager and this is a light lager. I assume this is related to my fermentation process and lack of 'lagering'. Or perhaps it just needs more time. The beer has a malty and grainy character that I cannot really explain...not bad but different. Strangely enough it reminds me of Budweiser or something with a lot of adjuncts.

83% German Pilsner
17% German Vienna
2% melanoidin

W34/70

Fermented at 52F, brought up to 62F over 5 days, brought back down to 52 over another 5 days and held. It has been in the keg at 38F for only about 3-4 weeks now. I don't have the ability to store it colder...

Is this strictly a temperature issue during fermentation and not being stored colder? I have read a lot of users' lager process so I don't really need to know the best one. Looking more for an explanation which I think I have likely already answered... :-\

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Do you use brewing software? Use the same ratios of all the ingredients but scale them down based on your efficiency and batch size. Once you have your estimated OG on par I would adjust the hop amounts down to meet your IBUs.

Someone else here probably has a easier suggestion...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: harshness from keg hops
« on: June 04, 2015, 12:36:06 PM »
Just had a sample for day 2 with pretty much the same results. Not quite as harsh but still overpowering. Looking closely, I could see a bit of hop matter in the glass...

Since I don't have any filter prepared for this I think I will just let the hops sit for at least a week then pull them. This is probably a keg that I will be drinking all myself over the summer so there is no rush to get it going.

I would hold off on sampling except for the fact that I threw a couple of habaneros in yesterday as well. At this point they are completely undetectable. In a prior attempt, I used one diced hab and it took about 3 days to be at the perfect level. This time, I was lazy and pierced 2 habs instead. This method may take longer but I am hoping to achieve the same result.

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Beer Recipes / Re: belgian single changing to saison
« on: June 04, 2015, 10:15:18 AM »
After looking at my brewing schedule I think this bad boy is going to morph into a saison since I have some Belle Saison that I have yet to try.

Think I will keep the grains similar but replace the sugar with Vienna or Munich since it sounds like sugar is not needed for this yeast to attenuate. I think I will also throw some American hops in late in the boil or possibly do a hopstand to change it up a bit.

82% pilsner
9% munich
4.5% wheat
4.5% biscuit, aromatic, specialty, etc.

magnum - bittering
palisade, cascade - late hops

1.054
37 IBU
 

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All Things Food / Re: cooking with habaneros
« on: June 04, 2015, 09:19:16 AM »
I consistently have issues just handling jalapenos without gloves. I tend to touch or wipe my eye aftereward and it is over...

Ah, yes, and also remember to wash your hands BEFORE you use the restroom!

Haha...good call! I have tried washing my hands multiple times, coating with olive oil but nothing seems to to work...Luckily I haven't had any of the issues you are referring to...

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It seems that there are some misconceptions regarding using secondary. The main one I see is that some people think they need to rack to a secondary before fermentation is actually complete and then let the yeast finish up there. You might see a recipe that says ferment for 7 days then transfer to secondary...not a good idea.

I don't use a secondary but the only reason you should expect more fermentation is if you are adding fruit, honey, or other fermentable sugars. Sorry I realize this doesn't really address the OP...

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All Things Food / Re: cooking with habaneros
« on: June 04, 2015, 09:12:54 AM »
I consistently have issues just handling jalapenos without gloves. I tend to touch or wipe my eye aftereward and it is over...

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All Things Food / Re: cooking with habaneros
« on: June 04, 2015, 08:36:59 AM »
What's the best process for drying them?

Great ideas here. I like the cocktail idea for sure as I use jalapenos and cilantro in a tequila drink that is delish. I think the fist stop will be salsa to get a feel for them. I can add extra of the other ingredients if I go overboard on the hab...

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: Aaron From Long Beach
« on: June 04, 2015, 08:33:34 AM »
Welcome aboard!

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: Chris in Colorado
« on: June 04, 2015, 08:09:39 AM »
Haha! I guess it would help if I was actually in photobucket not dropbox...

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: Chris in Colorado
« on: June 04, 2015, 07:33:20 AM »
Thanks everyone! I appreciate all of your help throughout the years. I will work on getting pics up. For some reason, I am having trouble with linking from Photobucket.

I use Photobucket.  Did you use the 'direct' link ? There are three links IIRC, and the 'direct' one is the one that posts correctly.

I have a feeling you might be on to something. When I click 'share' then 'get link' it just pops up without any other options. Every time it appears to produce a different link. I will keep poking...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Green Beers
« on: June 04, 2015, 07:17:50 AM »
I think all my beers are better after a few weeks lagering in the keg. Even IPAs.

I agree. I usually don't make any hard judgements on a beer until it has been in the keg for a month or so. Many beers that I wasn't too crazy about improved immensely with some time including my current APA that is hopped similarly to how I would do an IPA.

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