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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Cell Count, Diameter, and BioMass
« on: July 27, 2018, 05:20:27 PM »
That moment when one of your team's best pitchers comes off the DL.  ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Back from a close call
« on: July 27, 2018, 04:43:45 PM »
Good to have you back! I will toast to your health with my next beer.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Steeping Temp
« on: July 27, 2018, 02:32:17 PM »
When I brew extract, I put my steeping grains in when I start to heat up my water and pull them at about 160F. It's simple and it works.

Other Fermentables / Re: Butterbeer anyone?
« on: July 23, 2018, 06:38:36 PM »
Butterbeer sounds like a vanilla gose, minus the lactic acid, to me. Maybe a low-gravity mild brewed with WLP002, cold-crashed after 48 hours and spiked with butterscotch extract and a touch of salt?

Ingredients / Re: whirlpool/dry hops? how much?
« on: July 19, 2018, 07:10:46 PM »
My thought is that you could bubble in CO2 from the liquid-in on a corny keg to stir up the hops, let them settle, then repeat the process. It wouldn't quite be the same as a full-on recirc, but it would keep things moving around.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New info on sanitizers
« on: July 19, 2018, 06:26:59 PM »
I've been following this thread for a while, and I think the only useful thing I've picked up is that SaniClean can get the hops smell out of plastic. (Good tip, by the way)

The Pub / Re: My new scale
« on: July 15, 2018, 05:13:55 PM »
Interesting since ±0.5 g isn't really enough precision for "that" market...
But I looked and see it has 6kg  capacity with that 0.5g resolution, which is nice!   My kitchen scale is 5kg/1g.  And cost a lot more.  Might be my next one if I  need a replacement.

My scale for salts and finings has a resolution of 0.05g, capacity 250g.  More suited to "that" market.  It was sold as a "diet" scale.  Cuz you definitely don't want 0.05g too much açai berry in that smoothie ... right?
I leave the accent off and just use acai berry, saves me that extra 0.05 g.


Ingredients / Re: whirlpool/dry hops? how much?
« on: July 15, 2018, 05:11:20 PM »
There are plenty of ways to skin a cat, and you can call all of them IPA in the end.

My personal preference for IPA's is 2-4 ounces per gallon at flameout with an extended hot whirlpool, and 1-2 ounces per gallon of dry hops. Yes, that's a lot of hops, but that's how I like it.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New Fermentis strains
« on: July 11, 2018, 12:16:57 AM »
So if BE-134 is the former Abbaye, does anyone know what BE-256 is supposed to be?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Yuengling Golden Pils
« on: July 10, 2018, 04:07:41 PM »
I'll have to try this if I see it on tap somewhere. Yuengling has replaced Sam as my go-to easy drinking "it's on tap everywhere" beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / New Fermentis strains
« on: July 10, 2018, 03:59:54 PM »
I was just looking something up on the Fermentis website and saw two new ale strains listed, HA-18 and BE-134.

SafAle HA-18 – NEW!

Ideal mix of yeast and enzymes for very highly attenuated beers such as Barley Wines.

→ Able to reach 18% v/v of ethanol, depending on the process and the substrate.
→ Very good resistance to the osmotic pressure and high fermentation temperatures (thermotolerant yeast).

SafAle BE-134 – NEW!

The obvious choice for highly attenuated beers with phenolic character such as Belgian-Saison style.

→ Produces highly refreshing and drinkable beers.
→ Offers fruity aromas and spicy character such as clove notes

Anyone try either of these? Any guesses which strains these are equivalent to? WLP099 and WY3724 maybe?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Has dry yeast improved?
« on: July 06, 2018, 04:31:44 PM »
34/70 isn't bad at all, but it does pale in comparison to S-189. S-189 has proven to be a very nice yeast that truly expresses German maltiness to me. However, S-189 does require proper lagering. It is rough, hot, and alcoholic prior to proper lagering and that all disappears after about 6 weeks of lagering.
It is also less amenable to warmer lager fermentation temps and "accelerated" lager fermentations in my experience. I definitely got some fusels when I attempted my usual 34/70 fast lager fermentation schedule with it. It is worth the wait, though.

The Pub / Re: Compact fluorescent bulbs
« on: July 03, 2018, 02:27:50 AM »
I'll bite. I've switched from Incandescent > CFL > LED in piecemeal over the years. I feel that I like the color spectrum from LED's, and the apparent brightness for the "wattage equivalent" is better, but I find that none of the bulbs I've used provide diffuse enough light to be able to read under if you aren't in direct line-of-sight. The room seems filled with light, but when I need to focus on something fine my eyes end up struggling with fine detail. I've never noticed that with CFL or incandescent.

I have also had to replace several LED's within a year or less, so either that points to shoddy craftmanship, or they don't last for years and years like they are supposed to. I hope that's not the case all-around, because my newly finished basement uses hardwired edge-lit LED's in my drop ceiling. They look great and throw tons of light, but I don't want to lose any and end up with dead fixtures.

All Grain Brewing / Re: pale malt difference
« on: June 27, 2018, 03:36:22 PM »
Maris Otter is typically a Pale Ale malt, while "pale" malt is typically a lighter-kilned 2-row malt. When used in a blend, you can usually pick out the flavor contributions of each ingredient. My "house" base malt is a 2:1 blend of Pilsner and Pale Ale malt, and I can definitely pick out the flavors from each of the two.

You can get away with using all MO for the recipe you have, but it won't be quite the same as the recipe as written.

I'm finally trying this for the first time and I totally get what Sam is doing here. I'm at the Sox game with the sun beating down on my shoulders, and this beer is exactly what Im looking for. Big hop aroma, just enough ibus without being firmly bitter, fresh malt flavor, and it goes down really easy. This is a lawnmower lager at it's finest. I've found my cookout beer for the summer

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