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All Grain Brewing / Re: lagering newbie
« on: June 23, 2011, 12:25:15 PM »
My probe is taped to the side of one bucket with some insulation.

Why are you taping and insulating the probe to the bucket?

The idea would be to get a more accurate reading of the temperature of the wort in the bucket instead of just the air temperature in the fermentation chamber.  They can be quite different.

I can understand if it's just a temperature probe to display the temperature, but I would not connect the fridge temperature probe to the bucket or immerse it in liquid.
Why not, i've done it since day one.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: lagering newbie
« on: June 23, 2011, 12:23:23 PM »
My probe is taped to the side of one bucket with some insulation.

Why are you taping and insulating the probe to the bucket?

The idea would be to get a more accurate reading of the temperature of the wort in the bucket instead of just the air temperature in the fermentation chamber.  They can be quite different.
Bingo, that's it.  I heard it on an episode of Brewstrong. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: lagering newbie
« on: June 23, 2011, 09:59:17 AM »
Let your gravity be your guide.

I like to do a D-rest at 60F for most of my lagers. Raise the temp slowly and let it sit at 60F for 5-7 days and look for 2-3 days of consistent gravity readings, then slowly reduce the temp to 40 for another week or two, then keg. At that point you are ready to chill down to lagering temps and lager for 4-12 weeks.

Well, I was at 50 degrees, but set that to 60 as I left the house this morning, My probe is taped to the side of one bucket with some insulation.  Probably raise a bit quickly given your statement above. 
Hard as I may try, I doubt I can wait three months........   LOL :D

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All Grain Brewing / Re: lagering newbie
« on: June 23, 2011, 09:09:05 AM »
You should also carb at the same time you are lagering.  3 and 4 happen concurrently, not sequentially.

Good deal.  Thanks to all.....   I can sure see why most small craft brewers only do ales.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: lagering newbie
« on: June 23, 2011, 07:52:24 AM »
OK, I raised the temp controller ten degree before leaving for work this morning.  If I understand folks right, the next steps are:

1. wait for full attenuation
2. Cool to about 35 degrees
3. Keg the beer, and lager for a month or so
4. force carb.
5. drink and (hopefully) enjoy

I thought I would need to transfer to carboys.  I never do that with my ales.  Is it also not needed here?

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All Grain Brewing / lagering newbie
« on: June 22, 2011, 06:05:14 PM »
Hey guys -

I brewed my first lager before leaving town a bit back.  on the 12th.  It's still bubbling well in my plastic buckets, getting about 8-10 bubbles per minute.  I have good temperature control.  So, my questions.........

According to Palmer, I should transfer when it hits one to four bubbles per minute or 3/4 of gravity reduction.  Well, I'm at that 3/4 reduction, but like I said, it's still pretty active.  So which numbers takes priority?

Second question is once transferred and I've hit final gravity, do I just reduce temperature and lager, or do I keg and lager, or do I keg, carbonate and lager?  I ain't gonna bottle.

Thanks




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Events / Re: I am declaring right now!
« on: June 20, 2011, 02:16:21 PM »
hope to pay them back by helping out in Seattle.  

Hey, Tom here's a sucker...er, volunteer for ya!  ;)

Hey Denny, you're close enough to help out as well........     LOL.

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Events / Re: I am declaring right now!
« on: June 20, 2011, 02:02:07 PM »
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Forgive my ignorance, but why is club power a requirement?

Does it make any sense to host the NHC in an area with a lower amount of homebrewers and use it as a catalyst to get more people in these areas excited about homebrewing?

I'd also like to see the NHC on the East Coast.  I haven't gone because of the travel, and I can't remember when it was on the East Coast last (was it in Baltimore once with the mini-GABF)?

Well Tim, I'm quite the novice on the NHC, but from other national confrences that I have been involved with, the local club, association, or whatever does much of the leg work to make these happen.  From arranging pre-conference events, to pouring beer at the educational session.  I'm sure the AHA provides great support and such, but it takes many local volunteers to make it work.  Last week, all the folks "in yellow shirts" were working the *sses off.  And I sure apreciate their efforts and hope to pay them back by helping out in Seattle.  

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Events / Re: I am declaring right now!
« on: June 20, 2011, 01:34:39 PM »
Nice to meet you and your wife, Mic!

Thanks Denny, Likewise.
 
(BTW - Kelly is not my wife.  But I do hope she wants the job........  )

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Events / Re: I am declaring right now!
« on: June 20, 2011, 11:00:12 AM »
Hope to see you all out there here!
Fixed it for you Mark. ;)

No worries about the heat euge, as long as the AC works.  We wouldn't have survived Vegas otherwise. :)

I'm one of the ones who flew in to SD early, it was a great time.  The better the destination, the earlier I'll get there and I arrived for the Seattle conference today, so . . .

I like the way you're thinking Tom. 

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Events / Re: I am declaring right now!
« on: June 20, 2011, 10:53:19 AM »
I just might try to make that one a goal myself for next year...I have never visited the Pacific Northwest.   And in all the years I've been brewing never been to a brew convention either.

Sure would be great to meet some of the nice folks on the boards!
 :)

Agreed, and that's one of the main reasons I went to SD.  It really was nice to meet some of the guys that post here often.  It's amazing how friendly everyone was.  To all those I did meet:  Kudo, and see ya next in Seattle. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Will YOUR brew be served next week?
« on: June 20, 2011, 10:50:10 AM »
Thanks to everyone who brought and served their beers down in SD last week.  Club night was a blast, and the hospitality suite was always serving good beer. 


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Equipment and Software / BeerSmith 2.0 reviews
« on: June 13, 2011, 09:21:54 AM »
I had pre-ordered this a few weeks ago, and downloaded and activated Saturday in prep for a Sundy brew session.  (Dark American Lager, from BCS)

Anyway, didn't play around too much, but I sure like the sliding scales to tell you how your matching the selected beer style.  All in all, it looks like a great improvement.  Good job Brad.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA member discount program
« on: June 10, 2011, 02:26:44 PM »
Mic, we can talk about it in SD.  It's still illegal, but we might have an angle.  We're working with Gary and the AHA on it, but it's slow going.

Sounds like a plan.  I'll help where I can.  We do have a state rep that has come to a couple of our meetings. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / AHA member discount program
« on: June 10, 2011, 11:38:04 AM »
In my state, (Washington) I get no discounts because state law prohibits such.  Has the AHA ever done any work to get this type of law changed? 

I don't even know where to start.  But my local brewpub would certainly give a discount, if it were legal.  So, I want to find out if anyone has attempted or been successful. 


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