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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Suggestions for first all Brett beer
« on: February 17, 2014, 09:18:56 AM »
The all-brett beers I have made tend to have a saison-like yeast element. Usually on the fruity side.  I like to use a Belgian pale ale or Englsh pale ale base recipe for a 100% brett beer. You could go with a more traditional saison recipe as well.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Another band-aid off flavor post
« on: February 14, 2014, 08:07:31 PM »
As far as I know medicinal phenols are not really temperature dependent. They say that fermenting a hefeweizen cold vs. warm will create more clove vs. banana, but it won't produce a highly band-aid like flavor. You must have something else going on. Bleach can cause band-aid, so can chlorine in your water. Some microbiological contamination can too. Other than that, I am out of ideas.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Another band-aid off flavor post
« on: February 14, 2014, 06:49:40 PM »
Have you had a commercial beers that would fit into the styles you have made? The yeasts you are using are all known for giving a clove aroma and flavor. Maybe you are just not used to having that flavor in a beer.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Drop hopping and fermentation temp
« on: February 14, 2014, 06:44:19 PM »
The warmer the beer, the faster the dry hop extraction. If you are not planning on re-using the yeast, then warm it up a little bit and throw the dry hops in.

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The beers I am entering deserve to be bottle conditioned.

Can you explain this a little more? What beer styles are you planning on entering?

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All Things Food / Re: Beer braised pot roast
« on: February 11, 2014, 08:09:37 AM »
I ended up using a "past its prime" homebrew Belgian dark strong. It turned out great.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 08, 2014, 02:27:08 PM »
Has anyone seen this solution before?

http://byo.com/brown-ale/item/1877-build-your-own-glycol-fermenter

The short story is that you take apart an air conditioner and put the evaporator coils directly into the reservoir. It sounds a little crazy to me, and I don't think I am confident enough in my electrical skills, but if anyone else has done this, I would love to see any details, pictures, tips, etc. you have to pull it off.

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All Things Food / Beer braised pot roast
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:41:03 AM »
Any recipe suggestions? Favorite type of beer to use?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 06, 2014, 09:27:40 AM »
You'd think it would fit, but the upright freezers just aren't deep enough.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 06, 2014, 08:32:31 AM »
I guess I have been kind of skirting this issue, but the fermenter I have is a little larger than normal, and won't fit in a fridge or upright freezer. This is why I have been trying to macgyver/rube goldberg a solution.

How big is this thing?

60 gallons

http://www.plastic-mart.com/product/5815/60-gallon-cone-inductor-tank-fully-draining-infd60-24

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 04, 2014, 08:07:42 PM »
I guess I have been kind of skirting this issue, but the fermenter I have is a little larger than normal, and won't fit in a fridge or upright freezer. This is why I have been trying to macgyver/rube goldberg a solution.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 04, 2014, 07:07:06 PM »
Yeah, a fridge would be nice, but I don't have one the fermenter would fit in. I guess a cold room would be nice, too, maybe some casters on the bottom of the frame to wheel it in there. To dream...

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 04, 2014, 06:24:54 PM »
Propylene glycol is food grade and can be found in foods as an additive. You wouldn't necessarily want it to be in your beer, but if a little bit did get there, it wouldn't be dangerous. Ethylene glycol has no place in the brewery - at least in a situation where it could come in contact with beer. It is dangerous to ingest. The term "anitfreeze" implies ethylene glycol, whereas the term "glycol" implies propylene glycol, at least in the context of a homebrew forum.

I have tested and retested my chilling coils connections and I would be confident adding glycol to the reservoir to bring the temperature down. I suppose I could move my bottle and yeast collection for a few days during the time when I would want to crash cool the beer so that the freezer could get the coolant in the mid-20's.

My next question is how to get that damn lid to seal better. I have tried a couple of different kinds weatherstripping, but I can't get it to work. I guess that is better off in a new thread.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 03, 2014, 09:43:11 AM »
I could also get some glycol in the solution too to bring the temp down, the problem is that I use the chest freezer for storing beer, yeast and hops too, so I can't really afford to get below freezing.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 01, 2014, 10:47:13 AM »
Great idea with the frozen bottles - if I am good at keeping up with changing them it should make a big difference.

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