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Equipment and Software / Re: Working with a pump
« on: April 22, 2011, 03:24:27 PM »
Can you attach a ball valve directly to the outlet port threads or should it be a minimum distance from the valve?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boil vigor
« on: April 22, 2011, 12:23:55 PM »
This reply is pure speculation, but I wonder if it has to do with how much protein is being dropped out & turned into the break.
A thinner, less proteinaceous (sp?) beer will likely have less head retention...No?
Good speculation.  IIRC he did say something about it causing excessive hot break.

Regarding the thinner/less proteinaceous beer having less retention, I'm not so sure.  The classic head retention example frequently cited is Duvel...tons and tons of head that lasts.  It has lots of alcohol and a low FG and I assume it's made mostly with continental pils and lots of sugar; which I wouldn't expect to render a high protein beer.

It's also extremely highly carbonated... you can see the stream of CO2 bubbles in the glass for at least 10-15 minutes after pouring.  It's hard to tell if it's actually good head retention or just more foam that keeps being generated.

Equipment and Software / Re: transfer hoses and quick connectors
« on: April 22, 2011, 11:07:17 AM »
I put the female ones on my hoses, since they are more expensive and therefore have to buy fewer.  Between my coolers, kettle, pump, and wort chiller, I have 7 male and only 5 female.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Ommegang Three Philosopher's
« on: April 21, 2011, 06:50:23 PM »
This one was never one of my favorites.  Despite the blending, it seems to lack the complexity of a simpler Trappist dubbed.  I also don't think it ages very well... the year prominently displayed on the labeling seems to encourage vertical tastings that always disappoint.

The brewery is fun to visit, however.

I like Ommegang, don't get me wrong.  Hennepin... yes please!

Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Quadrupel ideas
« on: April 21, 2011, 11:50:31 AM »
I wanted to try this recipe for a while.  Lots of sugars but also much more malt backbone than I've done before in a quad.

I've also messed with fermentation temperature a bit.  My last quad with that yeast was pitched at 68 but fermented up to 80+ degrees.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Silly liquid yeast question...
« on: April 20, 2011, 06:39:23 PM »
Silly liquid yeast?  Does it have a yeast strain number?   ;D  (just kidding)

Isn't the date stamped on the liquid brewing yeast package the packaging date?

Bread yeast has an expiration date on the package.  The 2# package of Red Star Bakers Yeast's expiration date is usually two years after the packaging date.

White Labs has an expiration date on the tube of 4 months after packaging.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Counterpressure filling too much foam
« on: April 20, 2011, 08:01:12 AM »
Chilling the bottles might help.  I'd also try to slowly release the pressure by pulling up on one side of the stopper ever so slightly instead of yanking it out, if that's possible.  I just use some tubing that is stuck through a rubber stopper and connected to a picnic tap, and this works fine for me with little foaming at 12 PSI.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Counterpressure filling too much foam
« on: April 20, 2011, 07:47:02 AM »
I've never used a counter-pressure filler, but should you be bleeding down the keg and turning down the pressure before bottling?  The point of the counter-pressure is to keep CO2 in solution... without it, a highly carbonated beer like a wheat is going to start foaming.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer Fermenter Question
« on: April 19, 2011, 06:16:35 AM »
The freezer is going to get (and stay) pretty cold if it has to run for 3 hours to get your wort down to pitching temps.  Set it 5 degrees above what you're aiming for... once everything has equalized, you can set it at your desired fermentation temperature.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Orval - disappointed
« on: April 17, 2011, 09:45:55 PM »
When my Siebel class visited the Monastery, we got several cases for the drive back to Munich. Good times on that bus... Orval is one of the true world classics to me, and I've never had a beer in its "style" that matched it. Pretty much got the whole recipe and process from Jean Marie Roc (sp?) when I was at the brewery so I'm going to attempt a clone sometime in the future. They definitely have some quirky processes that go into it. Definitely one of the most fascinating beers in the world.
Brew Like a Monk has a lot of details about how Orval is brewed.  Anything additional you'd like to add would be very welcome, of course.

Equipment and Software / Re: Mill motor
« on: April 17, 2011, 10:13:31 AM »

Really nice. Love the clean look, everything where it needs to be.  I'm gonna burn out my 18V cordless soon if I don't do something similar.  Just curious, what was the total bill for everything?  

Probably more than I anticipated :). The boards, brackets, junction box for the capacitor, switch and switch box, 16 gauge power cord, and assorted nuts and bolts cost around $60 total, plus $15 for the coupling from McMaster with shipping.  I probably could have saved some money if I had more scrap laying around.  This was on top of the motor (with shipping, $55) and monster mill + hopper (stainless steel rollers, around $190).  Still worth it though.

Equipment and Software / Re: Mill motor
« on: April 17, 2011, 09:37:27 AM »
What did you use for the bracket to mount the motor?

Picked these up at the depot... they have holes at just the right spots.  Must either be my dumb luck or some ANSI standard  ;D

I milled 20 lbs this morning and it took approximately 3 minutes.  Go monster mill! I set the gap at .039 using a feeler gauge I got at Auto Zone, and the crush looks far better than what I was getting at the LHBS, so I have high hopes for efficiency improvements.  Plus, I was sick of hauling grain that I had bought by the sack back to the store.

Events / Re: Hard lesson learned
« on: April 15, 2011, 08:41:44 PM »
Sorry to hear about this.  I've personally had good experiences with UPS... they've been reliable with my NHC entries, and the tracking and delivery for all of the things I get delivered is always very accurate.

The first year I entered the NHC I sent my entries via FedEx, and one of the bottles broke.  They at least bagged the remaining beers, put them in a new box, and sent them back in time for me to resubmit everything in time.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Dale's Pale Ale
« on: April 15, 2011, 07:50:55 PM »
Gotta love the Dale's.  Take this on our tubing/camping trip every year in Harpers Ferry since it came out.  Definitely on the sweeter side, but I'd still never turn one down.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: I'm confused
« on: April 15, 2011, 06:29:26 AM »
Most Tripels are highly carbonated, so I can't believe that too much carbonation is causing the problem.

One thing about kegging is that you get all the yeast and hop sediment in the first pours, while when bottling it stays at the bottom.  Are you sure this harshness isn't something that is just less noticeable in warm or flat beer?

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