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Kegging and Bottling / Re: WILL LAGER CARBONATE WITHOUT ADDING YEAST?
« on: March 16, 2015, 07:21:21 AM »
One week is rarely enough time to carbonate a beer. It usually takes me about 3 weeks at room temp to hit my desired carb level. With a lower amount of yeast it may take a month or more. If you got a hiss at one week I would take that as a very good sign at this point.

When I bottle lagers I usually bottle and carbonate first, then lager in the bottles. I think that speeds the process up a bit.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What happens when.....
« on: March 15, 2015, 11:03:36 AM »
Yah, that's a better idea Denny, but my actual question is about the less than 60 minute hops. Do those leave oils that continue to isomerize and become bitter with the extended boil time, or is this not the case because that actual hop matter has been pulled?

I'm theorizing that those oils which contribute the aromas and flavors are still sitting in the wort and that the extended boil time would move them from there to a bittering  like addition. Probably not to the same extent as if the actual hops where still in contact, but surely some of those chemicals have gone into solution and will continue to be modified by extended boil time.

We're talking about 2 different things here. Any alpha acids in the wort will continue to isomerize, and the bitterness will increase as well. Any hop oils that would contribute to flavor and aroma will continue to be driven off by the boil.

In the end, I would expect more hop bitterness and less hop flavor and aroma.

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Ingredients / Re: Using potatoes?
« on: March 15, 2015, 08:53:46 AM »
Maybe try using instant mashed potatoes? I'd be willing to bet that they'd work at mash temps with no prior prep - similar to using flaked grains.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Luxury
« on: March 15, 2015, 08:41:03 AM »
I can't believe people spend 5 hours playing golf. It costs twice as much, it pisses you off, and all you have to show for it is a bad back.

+1

My other hobbies are fly fishing and reading. As with brewing, I get much for my toil.

+2   ;D
Thankfully, I'm a better brewer than I am a hunter or angler. Otherwise I'd be hungry and thirsty  ;D

But for most of my hobbies, the journey is more important to me than the destination. I think I enjoy brewing even more than I do drinking beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: One happy dad
« on: March 15, 2015, 08:26:07 AM »
I was at a brewpub with my 4 year old a few months ago. They were in the middle of a brewday and you could smell it. Right after the first hop addition went in, my son told me "Oh Daddy, I smell hops!". That was a big "proud dad" moment for me.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gravity/volume adjustment
« on: March 15, 2015, 08:12:33 AM »
So is the process to boil and chill water then in the fermenter, or tap water straight into the fermneter? Or something else?
I prefer bottled RO water for this if I'm doing it intentionally. I consider sealed bottled water sanitary for my purposes, and if you don't need to worry about adding a significant amount of minerals back into your beer at that point.

Having said that, I have used water right out of my tap with no issues to speak of.

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Other Fermentables / Re: DAP, Go-Ferm, Fermai-K, Oh My!
« on: March 14, 2015, 11:47:06 AM »
I know that Go-Ferm doesn't contain any DAP, while Fermaid-K contains some, but otherwise I'm not sure what other differences there are specifically. The MSDS doesn't have anything specific.

Do you have any other yeast nutrient around? I have substituted the Wyeast nutrient that I normally use in beer and starters with good results. Otherwise I'd go with the GoFerm if you have no other options.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Orval - disappointed
« on: March 14, 2015, 07:58:58 AM »
Thanks for bumping this old post. This is great info here.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone's new beer sounds terrible
« on: March 13, 2015, 12:20:13 PM »
Good eye Eric. It reminded me of your insane 1 gallon stew.
The pellet version of that still hasn't dropped clear enough to add the dry hops - 11 months later and counting.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone's new beer sounds terrible
« on: March 13, 2015, 12:00:12 PM »
Since the article is tagged "almost factual", I'm pretty sure it's a parody. Especially judging by the rest of the articles with the same tag on that site:

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/sdqt/

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Ingredients / Re: Anyone tried FWH for extract with steeped grain?
« on: March 13, 2015, 11:56:23 AM »
Does first wort hopping make for smoother bitterness in extract/steeped grain brews like it reportedly does for all grain?  Hops added while steeping grain or??

I do it after I've steeped the grain but before I add the extract.

Same here. But most of my extract batches are 15-minute boils now. In those cases, I treat the "FWH" addition as a 20-minute addition.
Yeah, I'm doing 60 minute boils with extract.  Seems stupid.  15-30 minute boils should do the job with extract!  Just need to adjust the hop IBUs.  I'm going through the learning curve. :P
Even though I mainly brew all-grain, I usually do a handful of extract batches every year because it's so quick when you're only boiling for 15 minutes. Here's some good info on this process:

http://beerandwinejournal.com/15-minute-pale-ale/
http://beerandwinejournal.com/speedy-homebrewing/
http://www.basicbrewing.com/index.php?page=may-26-2011---15-minute-american-ale

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The Pub / Re: Electrical question for the smart folks
« on: March 13, 2015, 10:32:02 AM »
What he said, except a solid-state charger is going to be more like 99% efficient.

Also, whatever you're trying to do, it doesn't sound practical. Assuming you can get 1 A at 6 VDC in direct sunlight, you'd still need 400 hours of direct sunlight to charge the batteries. And 6 W is a big solar panel - roughly the size of a sheet of paper. To charge the batteries in an 8-hour day you'd need an array of panels totaling at least 300 W. Which would probably be on the order of 5 ft on a side.
I'll defer to the experts on the technical side, but I will definitely agree with Sean's assessment on the practicality side.

My driveway is lit by a 20W LED array flood lamp run off a 12V battery "on loan" from my trolling motor. That is charged off a 25W solar panel (it's about 16"x20" in size). In the winter, I am lucky to get about 5-6 hours of light out of it on a good night. In the summer, I might get closer to 7-8 hours.

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I am interested to hear your results. I think one of the big reasons that so many brewers are hesitant to pitch the full volume of a rather large starter is because for a fully-attenuated/finished/flocculated stirplate starter there is a large risk for oxidation in the starter beer. I have to believe that the risk for oxidation is minimal for a shaken-not-stirred starter pitched at high krausen, because the yeast are still working and there is not a continuous introduction of O2.

You said that the starter beer tasted good, so right there that tells me that you are in good shape. Keep us posted!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: keep a starter
« on: March 13, 2015, 08:34:58 AM »
Since I brew smaller batches, I often have some starter left over if I make one. Just as you mentioned, I treat it the same as yeast harvested from any other beer - stored in a mason jar in the fridge. I re-prop it if it's sitting around longer than a week or so.

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Ingredients / Re: Anyone tried FWH for extract with steeped grain?
« on: March 12, 2015, 02:54:39 PM »
Does first wort hopping make for smoother bitterness in extract/steeped grain brews like it reportedly does for all grain?  Hops added while steeping grain or??

I do it after I've steeped the grain but before I add the extract.

Same here. But most of my extract batches are 15-minute boils now. In those cases, I treat the "FWH" addition as a 20-minute addition.

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