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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP002 or WLP007 for Arrogant Bastard?
« on: July 25, 2013, 01:49:46 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, 12:33:41 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, 08:40:07 AM »
+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, 06:36:19 AM »
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 I know brewing kits often come with outdated or be incomplete instructions.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, 09:31:58 AM »
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, 01:51:33 PM »
+1 on Cascade Barrel House

The Pub / Re: A Good Day to Die Hard movie review
« on: July 06, 2013, 03:18:44 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, 09:07:59 AM »
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, 11:16:49 AM »
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, 06:26:38 AM »
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, 08:28:48 AM »
Can't wait till next week! My second time. Workshops all look pretty great. Was tough trying to pick which ones to go to.


Zymurgy / eZymurgy on Kindle Fire HD
« on: June 19, 2013, 05:28:06 AM »
It's a Flash applet, so it won't work on any mobile device.

I log in and read it from my iPad all the time. Just looking at the new issue yesterday.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: June 19, 2013, 05:25:10 AM »
From my understanding is Pliny doesn't travel well and doesn't say fresh all that long, so they don't bottle/keg a ton of it. From experience I can tell you that I bought a bottle from the brewery (I live about an hour away) and didn't get a chance to drink it for about a month, it went downhill fast. Fresh it is an amazing beer, the balance is just about prefect.

I've read a couple places that Vennie suggest that if you have access to hop extract use that for bittering to cut down on all the hop matter. They use it in recipe for a few of the hop additions.

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