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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast. the practical guide to beer fermentation
« on: October 06, 2010, 02:50:55 PM »
Got this book in the mail yesterday.  Didn't get to bed 'till about 1am........

Very nice book.  It will find it's place in many home brewer libraries, I'm sure.

Yeast and Fermentation / Stepping up a starter
« on: October 05, 2010, 03:34:06 PM »
Hi folks, I brew ten gallon batches, and about a year starting using a yeast starter.  As I ferment in two, five gallon buckets, I have two stirplates with flasks, and use one smack pack in each, with about 800ml of wort.  This has worked great. 

I'm wondering how I could step up a single starter to get to the 1600ml of yeast I want with just ONE smack pack. 

Any advice? 

General Homebrew Discussion / "lost beer"
« on: October 05, 2010, 02:52:25 PM »
I must say I'm amazed at the stories at lost beer on these boards.  I brew a minimum of 20 gallons a month, and havn't lost a beer yet.  (I'm hoping to someday)  Maybe it's because I'm so anal about storage and label everything, and know which is oldest beer.  Or, maybe it's because I drink too much, there's no time to lose anything.  I just got a small chest freezer that will eight corny's, so maybe I'll have a better chance now......  I've got it half full, with still two corny's in my serving kegerator.  Brewed two, ten gallon batches this past weekend.  (but probably drank half that, LOL)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Pyramid Discord
« on: September 28, 2010, 04:27:34 PM »
Another Black IPA, CDA, or whatever.

Anyone try this beer yest? 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Alaskan Double Black IPA
« on: September 25, 2010, 04:26:45 PM »
Well, another brewery gets on the CDA bandwagon.

September 1st they released this beer.  I'm in Washington State and had a devil of a time finding this beer.  Actually, I haven't found it YET.  I live in the boonies, and each of the two (yes I said only two) that will carry this western washington (at least according to the Alaskan salesman) are each over 100 miles from my house.  (I guess one Tavern in Seattle, got ONE keg)

This may all be bull, but, that's what I was told. 

Anyway, a buddy is visiting his mother in Seattle, and driving right by the Ballard QFC where they have this in 22oz bottles.  They gave me a deal because a bought a full 12 bottle case.  He called me last night, and has it.  But, I won't get 'till 6pm PST tonight.

Has anyone had this?  I love the new CDA beers.  (Or whatever you want to call them, I don't care)  Did I just waste $100?

Questions about the forum? / what happened to wanted to buy and sell?
« on: September 13, 2010, 04:41:27 PM »
I can't find these forums???????

Equipment and Software / A couple new toys to play with.
« on: September 10, 2010, 07:00:07 PM »
On old pizza place in tow was shutting down, and I picked up a 10 foot wide, three basin SS sink with returns on both sides.  All one unit.  $100.   It's very cool, and I will be pluming it in this weekend.  And then I found a full sized chest freezer on Craigslist for free.  Woohoo.

Maybe now I can "forget about a keg" as I hear some of you doing.......

Equipment and Software / thermometer calibration
« on: August 20, 2010, 02:51:13 PM »
Hi folks-

As I was cleaning my keggles last night, I noticed one thermometer read 75 and another 85 in the same conditions.  Can someone post a link or describe the best way to calibrate?  I've heard ice water and such, but can't find a good article on specifics.


- Mic

Ingredients / Chinook hops
« on: August 20, 2010, 02:48:43 PM »
I need help.

In the spring when I did my hop ordering, I picked up two pounds of Chinook whole leaves.  My intent was to get a good variety and range of Alpha% so I could brew most anything.  Well, I've used the cascades, willamettes, ammillos, simcoe, EK goldings, but am yet to even open the foil bags on the chinook. 

What is a good beer for chinook hops?  I know I could add to anything, but is there a beer that "shows off" this variety of hops?

Equipment and Software / price of wyeast 125ml smack packs in your area
« on: August 11, 2010, 12:11:36 AM »
I believe my LHBS has the best prices.  $4.98 per for almost all.  What are you paying?

All Grain Brewing / Confused brewing
« on: August 07, 2010, 07:51:00 PM »
Today, I was debating on brewing an American Wheat or ale version of a Marzen.  Well, I got the recipes mixed up, and this is what I'm now boiling:

10 gallons
12 # domestic two row
12 # Munich 10l

I'll add an ounce of Willamette 60 minutes
half an ounce each of willamette and cascade at flameout.

Beersmith has the SRM at 9.3

I have no clue what to call this.  It should just be a basic pale ale.....

Any thoughts?

Commercial Beer Reviews / 21 A's "Back in black"
« on: August 05, 2010, 03:32:16 PM »
Anybody had this yet?  I havn't seen it up here in Washington yet. 

All Grain Brewing / Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« on: July 30, 2010, 02:17:10 PM »
A while back I argued on this board that fly sparging was far superior to batch sparging.  Well, with my new Top Tier, I tried batch sparging.

I was wrong.

Batch sparging works great, it was much easier to hit my OG, and I had plenty of good wort to make a ten gallon batch, really ten gallons.  Plus, I filled three mason jars for starters....

(I'll listen better next time, Denny, LOL)

General Homebrew Discussion / My first Lager - Munich Helles
« on: July 06, 2010, 03:06:48 PM »
Well guys, I started carbonating my Munich Helles yesterday morning.  Should be ready to try tonight or tomorrow. 

I used JZ's recipe from Brewing Clasic Styles.  Fermented primary for two weeks at 50 degrees, transferred to secondary and let it sit three more weeks.  Then, transferred to kegs (10 gallon batch) and gased it just to pressure.  Then let it sit at 40 degrees for another two weeks.  And now it's carbonating.

I sure hope it is worth all this.......   Lagers are a bit of a pain.  But if it's good, then all is good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Cascadia Dark Ale (Black IPA)
« on: June 28, 2010, 04:29:11 PM »
Both Zymergy and BYO have articles on this "new" style of beer.  One actually opined that The Sam Adams Longshot was Cat 23 this year becasue they want a black IPA to compete with Widmer W10.

Well, as I live in "cascadia" I jumped on the bandwagaon yeesterday and brewed the W10 recipe from BYO.  Although I did add some oak chips to the fermenter that was not part of the recipe. 

Anyone else trying these recipes? 

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