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Beer Recipes / Re: Focal Banger Clone
« on: October 08, 2015, 11:27:59 AM »
I agree wholeheartedly that if you want to get the most out of your hops, just skip all the boil additions except an initial 60-minute addition for your IBU's. The rest will give you the most bang for your buck in the whirlpool.

I'd go 70 IBU's from your hop shot at 60 minutes, 4-6 ounces of each hop in the whirlpool and 2-3 oz of each in dry hops.

+1.  For an IPA (regardless of what the brewery's schedule might be and how it might work on your system) this procedure is really hard to beat in terms of controlling the bitterness and pumping a ton of flavor and aroma into the beer. Lots of ways to do it though.

Agreed.  earlier comment was focused on bittering.  i wouldn't hesistate to try it this way.
Your other option is just to throw all your hops in at flameout and do a hot whirlpool. You will max out at ~100 IBU no matter what, but whirlpool IBU's tend to be less harsh than a 60-minute addition (to my palate, at least - I'd love to see Marshall tackle this one some time). You still get that massive flavor blast from the big whirlpool charge. This is a nice approach for those massive IPA's where IBU's don't matter since you're going to max it out anyways.

One of the things I always enjoyed about Mythbusters is that if a myth was busted, they often took the extra step to produce the desired results. A lot of the xBmt's target brewing myths and many seem to be showing no significant difference between the beers. A cool followup would be to see what it does take to actually make a discernible difference.

It seems counter-intuitive to try to make bad beer intentionally, but I think that may help those that are having a hard time letting go of the old myths. For example, if a short boil doesn't cause DMS, then what does? A covered boil? Only certain types of grain? Slow chilling? Covered chilling? I think that is the next step if you really want to drill down further.

As always, the hallmark of good science is that it prompts more question than it answers. You're doing great work, Marshall. Thanks for putting it out there for everyone!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Conditioning help
« on: October 08, 2015, 08:20:53 AM »
At room temp you generally get acceptable carbonation around 2 weeks and full carbonation in 3-4. High gravity beer may be longer than that.

I usually just chill for 24 hours or so when I'm checking for carbonation early on.

I wonder how much DMS is in unboiled wort.
Also, I wonder how much SMM remains in the short-boil beer compared to the 90-minute one. In other words, does the 30-minute boil drive everything off, or does something else in the process keep the SMM from being converted to DMS later on down the line.

Beer Recipes / Re: Focal Banger Clone
« on: October 07, 2015, 09:15:02 PM »
First let me confess that I've never tasted Fecal Banger

Neither have I. No judgement... just not my thing.  :o

Back to the beer - I know nothing about it, but I agree wholeheartedly that if you want to get the most out of your hops, just skip all the boil additions except an initial 60-minute addition for your IBU's. The rest will give you the most bang for your buck in the whirlpool.

I'd go 70 IBU's from your hop shot at 60 minutes, 4-6 ounces of each hop in the whirlpool and 2-3 oz of each in dry hops.

I rarely (this may be my first post, I'm more of a lurker) post but this was really interesting.  Just in time too as I plan on brewing a nice big IIPA for the fall/winter.  I have never dry hopped with more than 2.5oz per 5 gallons.  this, of all the things I have read on hops, kinda opened my eyes to the fact that I need to man up and get some damn hops in these beers I brew.  Thanks!
If you really want to man up, brew one of these  ;D

(that is 1 gallon of wort at "whirlpool")

The Pub / Re: Windows 10
« on: October 07, 2015, 07:55:13 AM »
I never had Windows 8/8.1, just skipped from Windows 7 to 10 when we bought a new laptop. It's alright. Just getting used to it. This touchscreen thing is screwing with me though. I have Win7 at work, and I'd be lying if I said I haven't touched the toolbar on the non-touch-screen to bring up a program.  ;D
I'm sure I'll be doing that on my home PC once my Surface is on Win 10 and I get used to that interface.  ;D

The Pub / Windows 10
« on: October 06, 2015, 07:15:46 PM »
Anyone else upgrade yet? I just upgraded my PC from Win 7 to Win 10 today. The new Start Menu will take a little getting used to, but we have Win 8.1 on our Surface so I'm a little familiar with it. I loved Windows 7, but I wanted to try out 10 for a bit before upgrading the Surface so I can walk my wife through it.

So far, my PC does seem a bit more responsive. My PC is getting a bit old (Core i7 860, 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM), and my Win 7 install was starting to get a bit sluggish. I've heard that Win 10 was lighter on the resources and my experience so far seems to match that.

Anyone have any pros or cons based on their own upgrade experience?

The Pub / Re: New wireless router...
« on: October 06, 2015, 07:01:17 PM »
Every router I have ever owned or used for long periods of time has needed a restart from time to time. I considered setting up an arduino to send a ping every 60 seconds or so and have it reset the power to the modem and router if the response wasn't speedy enough. Never got around to it.

My current router and modem combo is stable, but still needs a restart every couple of weeks.
That sounds reasonable but this one was stable, stable, stable for something like 2-3 years (a Cisco n-type router) and then started taking coffee breaks once a week or so. 
I  was in a similar boat. My router/modem would need a reboot every month or so, but nothing obtrusive. Over the past 6 months or so it was becoming an every-other-day or so issue and a real PITA. Especially because neither my router or modem had a physical on/off switch so I had to unplug them each time.

I've probably tripled my number of devices running WiFi in the past year or two, and I think that was probably contributing. I was having other issues with certain devices randomly having connection issues when other devices were working just fine. I'm not sure what the connection limit for my old router was (an older Netgear that had worked well for years), but I'm guessing that I was pushing it.

Since my cable company was starting to get aggressive in pushing us to upgrade to a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, I figured I'd splurge for a new router as well. My old router didn't support Gigabit Ethernet, either, so I'm getting a bit of a boost in performance in my wired connections as well.

I totally disagree that yeast rinsing is an unacceptable practice.  If done properly it saves the time and cost of a new yeast pack and making a starter.  I have evolved my process and routinely use yeast 4 times.  When rack off primary I remove most ot the green beer and add about 1/2 gallon of preboiled water that has added calcium to get to 50 - 100 ppm and lactic acid to drop the pH to about 5.  I then shake and swirl and dump into a 1 gallon jug.  Fill to 85% and tighten the lid and shake vigourously.  Then allow to separate and capture the middle or top 1/2 gallon by pouring into a 1/2 gallon mason jar.  Use in one week.  This yields 4 to 8 oz of clean yeast.  One can also "jump start" the yeast by chilling 1 qt of wort after 20 min boiling and put on a starter.
This works just as well (if not better) if you skip the rinsing steps and just store the slurry under a bit of the finished beer. The yeast has already created a protective environment for itself, might as well use it.

The Pub / Re: New wireless router...
« on: October 05, 2015, 09:31:53 PM »
I just upgraded to a Netgear R6400 (AC1750), which I think is a small step down from the Nighthawk, and I love it. My dead spots and connection issues have virtually disappeared in my house. And streaming video is insanely fast. Previously, it would take a while for movies to buffer on Amazon video or VUDU on my smart TV, and it would be a few minutes before you were caught up and watching in HD. Now 1080P HD starts almost instantly.

Also gone are the connection issues as more and more devices connect to the WiFi. Having a dual channel router is a nice plus in that aspect as well.

The router app (Netgear Genie) has some nice features, too. I especially like the network map, where I can see which devices are currently connected and name them. I also get a popup on my PC whenever a new device connects.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Northern Brewer Customer Service
« on: October 05, 2015, 05:25:31 PM »
I've had the same results from not only NB, but every major online homebrew retailer. I've had to contact customer service from NB. Midwest, Austin Homebrew Supply, Rebel Brewer and Yakima Valley Hops for one matter or another over the years, and every single interaction has exceeded my expectations. I'm happy to say that the major players in the homebrew industry all seem to "get it" when it comes to customer service.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pliny the Elder Dry Hopping
« on: October 05, 2015, 05:21:39 PM »
I dry-hop at fermentation temps, and I routinely get hop haze from it. To me, it seems related more to the amount of hops more than anything else. Once you go over 0.5oz/gallon you're almost sure to see some.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Winter/Garage Brewing
« on: October 05, 2015, 05:18:23 PM »
Carbon monoxide should be your concern, not condensation.

A colorless, odorless gas?  No problem.  It's not like that can KILL you or anything.  Oh, wait...... it CAN kill you.   :o  Oh, okay.
+1 - I ran my generator inside the garage with the door half open when we lost power in a storm a few years back. Despite having the door from the garage to the house closed it still managed to set off all the CO detectors in the house in short order. That was enough to scare me straight. I'll never run anything in the garage again...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 03, 2015, 07:49:10 PM »
I've been hitting a number of different bottle shops to find some good locals for Toby. I don't usually think about it much but wow do we have a lot of locals.

Bottling this weekend and hoping to ship next week. Still not 100% on what going in.
I'm in a similar boat, except I don't drink a heck of a lot of commercial brews. We've had quite a few locals appear on the scene recently, but I have to admit that I'm not familiar with a lot of it. I'm going to need to do some homework before I ship to Jim. Tough work, I suppose  ;D

I'm probably not going to be able to ship for a few more weeks. I have a few things in the pipeline that I'm waiting on, but I have some solid backups if they're not ready for primetime.

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