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General Homebrew Discussion / Should I....
« on: March 04, 2012, 06:10:19 AM »
Thanks guys. I do have a second set of stuff for sours. I just got careless. Ah well.

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Equipment and Software / Cheap IR thermometer
« on: March 02, 2012, 01:46:24 PM »
I bought the same one off amazon and have used in quite a bit. It is pretty accurate (within a degree of two), cheap, easy to use, and also makes a great cat toy :). I use it a lot for cold side temp readings when I don't want to be sticking things in my wort or beer anymore but don't need a super accurate reading. Ferm temps (to check that my controller is correct), checking the wort when cooling, checking starter temps when cooling, etc. For $15 it has been very handy. It doesn't how every work well on the mash or hot side stuff.

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Beer Recipes / What makes a recipe "yours"?
« on: March 02, 2012, 01:38:06 PM »
I've used JZ's recipes from Brewing Classic Styles quite a bit. As a newer brewer the book has been very helpful over the last year or so. At first I would look stuff up on the internet but realized that only god knows how good that beer would turn out. Like others said after brewing it once I start making changes to suit my tastes. I think at that point it becomes mine.  It's been a great learning experience... brewed his Cal Common and discovered that I am not a big fan for Northern Brewer hops :).

I also have brewed a couple of Denny's recipes (thanks Denny!!) which have found very little to change because they come out so damn good.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Should I....
« on: March 02, 2012, 02:21:47 AM »
Pretty sure they where fine going in, almost positive. I know where f'ed up... I also kegged a sour about the same time. I am pretty sure I got some cross contamination from my plastic wine thief. Anyway long story but I am pretty sure I know when and how...

General Homebrew Discussion / Should I....
« on: March 02, 2012, 01:42:54 AM »
So I naturally carbed two beers in kegs a couple weeks ago and went to put them on tap tonight. To make sure they were carbonated I pulled a bit to check the level. THEY WERE BOTH TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY INFECTED!!! It's been a while since I had an infection and sadly had to dumped both batches.

Here is my question: I am worried about the next beer I put in those kegs... totally sure it was not the kegs the gave me the infection but don't want it to spread to my next beer now that something infected was in there.

Should I replace all the "O" rings and such? They are in good condition but I do have extras on hand and don't mind doing it. Just asking because I hate to waste when I don't need too.

Second, should I replace the beverage line in the kegerator too?


General Homebrew Discussion / Adding Ingredients During Fermantation
« on: March 01, 2012, 04:01:38 AM »
Only thing I would add is put your spices and such after fermentation is complete. Ensures the aromatics are not scrubbed out.

Sadly nothing. Going to bottle my latest mead (dry oaked vanilla mead) and check on how the Brett is doing in my Taffelbully clone.

Very excited for brewing this weekend. Finally got one of my best friends into brewing, we are doing his first batch!!! He has been a long time light (actually ultra light  :-\) drinker. He brewed a few with me and amazingly fell in love with IPA and hops.  ;D

For him we are going to brew an extract Stone IPA Clone.

For me, I am brewing an all grain Schwarzbier.

After we are heading to Firestone Walker Pub for a little brew celebration!

General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/17 Edition
« on: February 20, 2012, 04:47:55 PM »
Sadly nothing. With SF beer week a little to much to do. Next weekend it's go time though!!

Questions about the forum? / Is tapatalk up yet?
« on: February 20, 2012, 04:44:11 PM »
It's working for me. Using it right now.

Kegging and Bottling / Natural Carbonating in a Keg
« on: February 17, 2012, 06:57:33 PM »
So I have a few full kegs that I thought I would natural carbonating while they are waiting their rotation into my kegerator. Figure that way they are ready to roll when I put them in (after cooling down of course).

Two questions:

1) Any significant issues with this?

2) I am getting all sorts of conflicting info on how much sugar to use. I know it is less then what you would use to bottle. I have read 1/3 to 1/2 of the amount. Beersmith's carbonation tool suggests about 42g (at 65 degrees for 5 gallons) which is about half. What do you think would be a good amount?


Sometimes I will make my starter then pop it in the fridge. The day of I will decant then just before I start brewing I will add about 500mL of starter wort and put it on my stir plate. Usually by the time I am done it is at high kraeusen and I pitch it. If it reaches high kraeusen before I am done I will just turn off the stir plate.

To be honest it doesn't seem to help all that much (at least not that I have noticed). But doesn't hurt either and I don't mind the extra step.

Beer Recipes / Re: Cali Common
« on: February 10, 2012, 07:10:50 PM »
Now that WOULD be interesting  ;D you know staying local and all... ::)

Beer Recipes / Re: Cali Common
« on: February 10, 2012, 06:38:21 PM »
Thanks everyone... I am not overly worried about meeting BJCP style just making something I enjoy. I couldn't put my finger on what it was I didn't like until someone mentioned "woodsy" flavor. Love the idea of using some cascade and citra.

Beer Recipes / Cali Common
« on: February 10, 2012, 01:45:14 PM »
Does anyone have a tried and true Cali Common recipe they would be willing to share? I brewed JZ's from Brewing Classic Styles and while it came out pretty good, wasn't very happy with hop profile (Northern Brewer). I want to play around with it but be a great help to see what others have done.


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