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Kegging and Bottling / Re: cold crash....freeze??
« on: February 29, 2012, 10:21:05 PM »
Chalk it up to another learning experience. Sometimes they're rewarding, sometimes they lunch a new carboy.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: cold crash....freeze??
« on: February 29, 2012, 10:11:38 PM »
So, after subjecting my carboy and beer to below freezing temps and fussing over clarity etc, I go to transfer to my bottling bucket last night and flame the lip of the carboy prior to taking a gravity sample and racking over. What I didn't account for was (Im assuming this is the reason) the carboy was still pretty cool from being outside the night before. Flamed it for a couple seconds and the lip blew right off it.

*Such a dumb-ass*

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I brew
« on: February 29, 2012, 10:06:54 PM »
Because I critique the hell out of my beer and want to dump it all before it is time to drink it yet my friends and some other people ask for seconds.

That's why I brew.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Founders All Day IPA
« on: February 28, 2012, 03:10:33 PM »
I thought it was a touch thin as well, but it is a session ale (it was originally called "endurance ale" at the taproom, to my understanding the name was already being used and they had to change it to all day "ipa"). Any thoughts on the hops/malt bill? I'd really like to brew this one.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: cold crash....freeze??
« on: February 28, 2012, 03:06:47 PM »
I ended up leaving it out all night. Fell asleep, woke up around 4am, crapped my pants a bit and ran out to check on it. I had wrapped a big comforter around it earlier and it seems to have prevented any freezing at all. Brought it in and it was at 34f (40f 8 hours earlier, so it only lost 6 degrees with the outside ambient temp at 18f this morning). None the worse for wear, but I really don't notice any dramatic clearing effect either.

How much effect does this technique have on final beer clarity, and how suitable is it for bottle conditioned beers vs force carbed keg beers (in respect to yeast health etc)

Thanks again for your advice and opinions.

*Disclaimer: No beer, carboys or brewers were harmed during this experiment*

Kegging and Bottling / cold crash....freeze??
« on: February 28, 2012, 12:04:33 AM »
Getting ready to bottle up an IPA, 15 days in the fermentor, its done but I thought Id cold crash it to get it to clear prior to bottling. Lacking a fridge and seeing as howits february and I live in Michigan, I put a black t-shirt over it and set it outside this morning. Checked on it when I got home this evening, and it hasnt cleared much at all and the temp of the carboy is about 40f. Its supposed to drop down to 22f tonight and Im worried it could freeze. Is that likely? If i t does how bad is that for my beer? Im bottle conditioning so I cant really afford to kill my yeast etc. Any input greatly appreciated.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Founders All Day IPA
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:47:16 PM »
I'm lucky enough to live close to Founders and have had this on tap for a while, but its been released in bottles now. Just outstanding. 4.7%, big hop flavor, and just leaves you wanting another sip. If you can lay hands on a 6, highly recommended.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Portable Kegerator
« on: February 22, 2012, 06:43:11 PM »
and another reason for my girlfriend to be annoyed with me.

If shes not annoyed, you're doing it wrong

Saturday is Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Fest.

Sunday will begin with the consumption of many fluids, vitamins, more fluids, some comfort food, fluids and then I'll bottle up an IPA

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Whitbread Ale 1099
« on: February 22, 2012, 09:56:12 AM »
got home last night and it appears the temp increase and rousing did the trick. steady airlock action.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite brewing podcasts?
« on: February 21, 2012, 07:08:43 PM »
all of the interviews with Charlie Bamforth are amazing


He did one or 2 on Beersmith that are great too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite brewing podcasts?
« on: February 21, 2012, 03:57:44 PM »
There is a ton of good stuff in the Brew Strong and Jamil Show archives from 2006-2008,

The most informative and creative podcasts I think are Basic Brewing Radio with James Spencer

Couldn't agree more. I learned quite a lot from the early shows from both. I've gone back and re-listened to quite a few of them too. Just finished the 3 parter Dave Logsdon from wyeast did with James Spencer. Good stuff. 

On the video podcast front, love me some brewing tv. Funny and informative.

Equipment and Software / Re: Software?
« on: February 21, 2012, 03:29:50 PM »
I'm on a PC, and my phone is a droid so no joy there. I've heard good things about Promash, but also that it hasn't been updated in ages and the support is less than fantastic.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Whitbread Ale 1099
« on: February 21, 2012, 12:42:18 PM »
1.032 this morning. gave it a healthy stir and bumped the temp 2 degrees.

Equipment and Software / Software?
« on: February 21, 2012, 01:14:59 AM »
I'm looking to get a brewing program. What do you use/recommend?

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