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Commercial Beer Reviews / Widmer Shaddock IPA
« on: June 15, 2012, 06:56:24 AM »
I had one out of a bottle recently, and was shocked at how dry it came across with the bitter grapefruit peel.  It sounds like Widmer took their X-114 and added the grapefruit peel to it.  I thought the Citra profile was almost totally lost in the grapefruit.  All in all, a rather odd IPA to me.

Beer Recipes / Theakston's Old Peculier
« on: June 12, 2012, 12:28:52 AM »
Anyone have a clone recipe?  I recall years ago Dan Listermann swearing by Munton's Gold dry yeast as the perfect yeast for Old Peculier...

So I got my stir plates working.  Time to use them.  My yeast, unfortunately, isn't the freshest.  The WY2206 is dated 4-24-12.  The WY2278 is dated 2-01-12.  (The yeast calculator indicates only 13% yeast cell viability in the WY2278!)  Anyway, how long will a 1.5L starter take to ferment out before I step it up?

I'm probably over thinking this flask versus beaker issue, but here goes another question anyway.  Does the shape of a flask aid in keeping the yeast in suspension when using a stir plate, rather than allowing the yeast to settle to the sides?  Would there be any difference using a beaker since the mouth is wider, and the sides are parallel?

Yeast and Fermentation / Erlenmeyer flasks...bottom
« on: May 18, 2012, 03:23:30 AM »
Quick question here.

Is the inside bottom of an erlenmeyer flask perfectly flat?

Yeast and Fermentation / Stir Plate...Magnet strength
« on: May 17, 2012, 01:17:49 AM »
I had a couple of stir plates made, hoping I could use 2qt mason jars.  However, the stir bars get thrown immediately.  The stir bar has the center ring, and is 1" in length.  Is there a particular magnet strength I should be looking for?  The rare earth mags are just not strong enough to hold the bars.  Maybe I need to go up a size or two?

Yeast and Fermentation / Dumbbell Stir Bars...Source?
« on: May 02, 2012, 01:08:33 AM »
I have a couple of stir plates made, but before I plunk down the money for a couple of erlenmeyer flasks, I have some 1gallon pickle jars that I'd like to try.  Since the jars have  concave bottoms, I'm told I should use dumbbell stir bars.  The ones that I've found run $19 each!  Any cheaper sources?

Beer Travel / Pubs in Lincoln City, Ore.?
« on: April 27, 2012, 01:52:36 AM »
Not familiar with this area.  Any great pubs?

Yeast and Fermentation / Beaker vs. flask
« on: April 20, 2012, 07:44:47 AM »
Just wondering if using a beaker for starters has any inherent problems that I'm not considering.  A 2L Bomex beaker can be purchased for less than $8.  I would be using the beaker with a stir plate.

Yeast and Fermentation / Flask size...pilseners
« on: April 17, 2012, 01:12:53 AM »
I see a lot of homebrewers advocating 4 and 5L flasks for lagers.  But, 4 and 5L flasks aren't really necessary for a traditional 1.048 pils, as far as I see from using my yeast calculator.  I can start with a 1L starter, step it up to a 1.5L starter, and end up with 397 billion yeast cells.  Isn't a 2L flask adequate for this task?

Yeast and Fermentation / Boiling in an erlenmeyer flask
« on: April 14, 2012, 07:55:46 AM »
I have two stir plates being built, and I'll be ordering a couple of 2L flasks shortly.  My kitchen stove is electric, so, is it advisable to put my flasks in a water bath for boiling?  How should I proceed with this?

General Homebrew Discussion / Tell me about Mash Hopping
« on: April 14, 2012, 07:48:54 AM »
I've never employed mash hopping.  I've been told by some that the overall effect is minimal.  However, I see it used by some reputable homebrewers.  Is it comparable to a flavor addition...10-15 minute?  How many IBUs does it contribute?  What can I expect from it?  Thanks. 

Equipment and Software / Boiling out a ball valve
« on: March 31, 2012, 09:58:08 PM »
I decided to remove my boil kettle's brass ball valve to get a look inside of it, and clean it.  Obviously, my brew-to-brew cleaning procedure needs improvement in the area of the valve, as evidenced by the build up inside the valve.  In the future, I think I'll be running boiling water through it after every brew session.  But now, since I have the valve in hand, can I boil it out on the stovetop, and see what grime I can remove?  Is there a cleanser that I should add to the boiling water?  Oxiclean...TSP?

Beer Recipes / Late Hopped APA...BU:GU ratio
« on: March 28, 2012, 06:40:32 PM »
I would like to formulate a late hopped all-Cascade APA recipe.  An SG of 1.053, and a hop schedule of 15-5-1min additions.  The grain bill will be pretty standard.  My question concerns the BU:GU ratio, and how many IBUs per each hop addition.  Do I go with the traditional 36-40 total IBUs, or bump them up because of the lowered/smoother bitterness of late hopping?  I'm really looking for lower bitterness, and big hop flavor.  Not sure how to approach this.

Yeast and Fermentation / Supplier...Stir plate...Erlenmeyer flask
« on: March 26, 2012, 02:10:32 AM »
I'm considering going to a stir plate.  Is there a preferred source for the plate and flask?

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