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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Enjoying a GF Brew at Home
« on: March 26, 2012, 05:32:58 PM »
I thought it meant GirlFriend brew...combine that with the cigar and it brought back memories of Clinton in the White House...zing!

Equipment and Software / Re: OK I really screwed up...
« on: March 26, 2012, 05:29:50 PM »
Hehe...$30 in cleaning supplies later...  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Tofu mash
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:19:03 AM »
That looks quite nasty...and I actually like tofu with my stir fry...never considered it with beer...  :o

Equipment and Software / Re: How to use a pH meter
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:05:08 AM »
This one looks sweet:

  • resolution of 0.01 pH and an accuracy +/-0.01 pH
  • Memory recall of up to 15 sequentially labeled readings allows you to track how readings have changed over time.

$90....I guess I could skip lunch for a few weeks to pay for it!  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying Beer
« on: March 26, 2012, 07:00:49 AM »
Other than the stuff I've brewed in the last month (bottled my 3rd batch in 4 weeks last night) I'm now trying to buy only local beer. Intuition Ale Works just started selling their stuff in cans. I don't like their IPA but their pale ale and kolsch are awesome...

But it's been nice to not have to go buy any, just pop downstairs and bring up a six-pack...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 3 week old yeast
« on: March 26, 2012, 06:44:38 AM »
There's a harvest date parameter for repitching on mr. malty's pitch calculater:

When I put in a date that is 3 weeks ago I get 61% viability...definitely make a starter with it unless you have enough already to compensate for the dead yeast.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Supplier...Stir plate...Erlenmeyer flask
« on: March 26, 2012, 06:40:44 AM »
I got mine from as well. Great price and great service. I only got the 2L flask with it, though. I found that for what I'm brewing that's been big enough so far, especially since the starter size is smaller when using a stir plate.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: A simple, Kosher alternative to gelatin
« on: March 26, 2012, 06:38:01 AM »
I went out of town last late last week and dropped the temp to 37. Bottled it last night and, while nearly black as coal, it was very clear, as in there wasn't anything floating around that I could see.  I think I'll try this with my next pale ale to see how it compares to using gelatin and not dropping the temp.

Beer Recipes / Re: Please critique this pale ale recipe
« on: March 20, 2012, 04:55:48 PM »
OK, if I go with .25oz Citra, .25 oz Cascade @ 15 mins, then the same at 5 minutes, that gives me 40.8 IBU. I'll throw in a dash of cascade with the citra for dry hops, but it will be mostly citra.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: A simple, Kosher alternative to gelatin
« on: March 20, 2012, 01:35:21 PM »
The Biofine description mentions stripping out all of the yeast. I'm bottling and not kegging, so would I have to add some back in before bottling?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: A simple, Kosher alternative to gelatin
« on: March 20, 2012, 12:01:44 PM »
OK, thanks, I'll go with cold crashing this time and then when I have more time I'll look at stuff like Biofine...or maybe Amazon will get the kosher gelatin back in stock.

Beer Recipes / Re: Please critique this pale ale recipe
« on: March 20, 2012, 11:57:48 AM »
Setting the pale malt to 4.1 brings the SRM up to 9.6.

I thought about maybe simplifying the hops until I understand how each will effect things. Maybe leave it at citra and cascade near the end, then dry hop with both.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: A simple, Kosher alternative to gelatin
« on: March 20, 2012, 11:37:14 AM »
Cold crashing and proper hot-side technique will make a crystal clear beer without finings.

So, do I let it go back up to room temp to bottle?

I personally don't have any particular problem with plastic finings. In the grand scheme of things, plastic finings are probably one of the least dangerous things on the planet.

Yeah, normally I'm quite the skeptic.  I'm committing the naturalistic fallacy here...I'm assuming just because something is from nature (gelatin, isinglass) it's better for me than something that is man-made (plastic).

Yeast and Fermentation / A simple, Kosher alternative to gelatin
« on: March 20, 2012, 11:31:40 AM »
I didn't realize gelatin wasn't kosher, or at least the kind I bought wasn't. So my first couple of batches won't be sampled by a few close relatives of mine (more for me!).  But I would like them to try my beer.  But here's my quandary: I can't find kosher gelatin anywhere near me. I did find some on Amazon but it's stupidly expensive (and out of stock).  Isinglass is SOMETIMES kosher but the kind I can find isn't. And while I have no problem with non-kosher stuff, throwing plastic bits (PVPP) in sounds yucky.

My next batch is an oatmeal stout. Rather than bend over backwards to find something by this weekend, can I simply drop the temperature of my fermenter to just above freezing for a day? Would that be of ANY benefit? Or do I just forgo any kind of fining and bottle it as-is? Am I being irrational about my dislike of plastic finings?

Beer Recipes / Re: Please critique this pale ale recipe
« on: March 20, 2012, 11:09:41 AM »
You may get more citrusy flavor than fruity.  That's a darker crystal than I typically see for an APA. Might be a tad heavy on the victory.

Perhaps swap out the Centennial with something else like Citra?

Looks good to me. I might go 60/15/5/DH to maximize flavor and aroma however...

Sure, I could do that.

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