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Other Fermentables / Re: Wine Making Equipment
« on: July 29, 2013, 04:02:42 PM »
Thanks everyone. Getting pretty excited to do this in the fall, it will be my birthday present to myself  ;D.

Ferment reds warm, whites cool. Temperature control!

What temp I am I looking at for both whites and reds?

Thanks again!

Equipment and Software / Re: thermometer gun
« on: July 26, 2013, 04:37:41 AM »
I have this one. I use it for checking my temp when chilling my wort or starter, sometimes for checking the temp of a fermenting carboy. It is fairly accurate within a couple degrees. But as Denny point out pretty much useless for mash etc.  For under $20 it has come in handy.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP002 or WLP007 for Arrogant Bastard?
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:49:46 PM »
I usually pitch at 60, let it rise up to 64 and hold there for a day or two then let it rise up 68-70. Normally don't have a problem getting the attenuation I want. Only issue I had using this strain was my last RIS which I missed my FG by about 6 points. Pretty sure that was due to my pitching rates. I was trying a new pitching rate calc and three of my beers unattenuated by about 5-6 points, so fairly sure I was under pitching. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP002 or WLP007 for Arrogant Bastard?
« on: July 25, 2013, 07:33:41 PM »
I find that 002 is more fruity, very traditional english tasting. 007 Cleaner more malt forward.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP002 or WLP007 for Arrogant Bastard?
« on: July 25, 2013, 03:40:07 PM »
+1 on WLP 007. I love both strains and brew about 70% of my beers with them. I would like for this beer 007 would be your best bet. Its definitely cleaner in terms of ester profile especially if you can ferment in the low/mid 60's.

Other Fermentables / Wine Making Equipment
« on: July 18, 2013, 01:36:19 PM »
Hi all. I am thinking about making some wine in the near future. I have been regularly homebrewing over 3 years so I have a lot of equipment (carboys,refractometer, etc, etc).

Beyond the normal brewing gear what additional equipment might I need?

Also, what tips do you have for a first time wine maker? I know brewing kits often come with outdated or be incomplete instructions. What are some tips, instructions, ideas that will give me a good chance of making decent wine the first time out. I am planning on doing both red and white. I have not decided on a kit yet but will be looking for something on the higher end.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: White Labs Saison II 566
« on: July 16, 2013, 04:31:58 PM »
I've used 566 several times and it has always fermented without any issues. That being said, I did a side-by-side last year with 565 and 566. Luckily I didn't run into the same fermentation problems some do with 565. 566 is a little quicker to ferment out by not by much. Taste wise I preferred 565, it was a bit more spicy. 566 was damn good to though. I looking forward to trying the Saison III (585) at some point.

Beer Travel / Re: Portland
« on: July 09, 2013, 08:51:33 PM »
+1 on Cascade Barrel House

The Pub / Re: A Good Day to Die Hard movie review
« on: July 06, 2013, 10:18:44 PM »
Gymrat great review. Been looking forward to seeing that movie for a while, love the franchise. I am always amazed when people try to over think action movies.

Going Pro / Re: Why Plato?
« on: July 04, 2013, 04:07:59 PM »
I would also add that it is probably easier on brew day using a couple drops of wort on a refractometer vs filling hydrometer every time you wanted to check the gravity. Less worries about temp etc.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Odd looking yeast
« on: June 28, 2013, 06:16:49 PM »
Don't know why that is but I've seen in that in a tube or two before and never had a problem that I could notice.

Thanks!! The message is gone. :0)

I am getting that too. Since yesterday. Just on the iPhone though, iPad works fine.

General Homebrew Discussion / What's brewing today?
« on: June 22, 2013, 01:26:38 PM »
Once I get my lazy ass out of bed, I going to be making an RIS and ESB today.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 19, 2013, 03:28:48 PM »
Can't wait till next week! My second time. Workshops all look pretty great. Was tough trying to pick which ones to go to.


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