Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - denny

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 1173
1
Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Apa by an Italian Hb
« on: Today at 08:57:02 AM »
Looks like a classic APA!  Good to have you here.

2
Ingredients / Re: Fishy Hops?
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:32:19 AM »
Perhaps, but consider the affect of using juice on soil pH and also the sugar.  A little could actually be a benefit but I cannot imagine the plant surviving being fed juice only.  But it's like all good ideas, equal parts of genius and insanity.   ;D

If I had to guess, which I will until someone finds evidence, I'd say little to none.

3
Ingredients / Re: Fishy Hops?
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:31:26 AM »
The local hop grower I've bought from uses fish emulsion, I've never gotten any fishy taste though. He only uses it early in the spring. Is there some other kind of plant or tree nearby that could be influencing it? I know ginko can smell fairly terrible.

Same here.  Fish emulsion was the only fertilizer I used for the 14 years I grew hops and it never caused a fishy taste or aroma.

4
Equipment and Software / Re: Genesis Fermenter
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:30:14 AM »
You guys are missing the fact that you don't have to use a liner...it's optional.  The fermenter itself is much heavier and oxygen impervious than a plastic water jug.

is it that much better than a better bottle?

It's much heavier than a BB.  Here's a copy of a Facebook post from Brewcraft....

there is actually a dual layer of Polyethylene within the liner.

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) are essentially the same material but in different forms. HDPE has a more densely packed crystalline structure which gives it more rigidity so was selected for the shell of the Genesis, while LLDPE has a more ductile form factor which makes it perfect for the liner.

While the Liner is optional, it does come with the purchase of the Genesis (two of them actually). The liner is also IMO the preferred method of use, as it acts as an excellent oxygen barrier as well as eliminates the need to clean or sanitize the Genesis as it comes sanitary. There are also other uses for the liner such as transportation of liquid as it comes with a seal-able screw cap

5
Ingredients / Re: Fishy Hops?
« on: September 18, 2017, 07:39:30 AM »
What kind of fertilizer did he use? Fish based?
I did an experiment over the summer trying to impart some different flavors to some hops that grow in my back yard. I used a bunch of black cherry juice in place of some of the water when I irrigated some sterlings and some key lime juice and some grapefruit juice on some goldings.
I get a hint of cherry aroma in the sterlings and some strong grapefruit aroma in the goldings.

Interesting. That's pretty crazy. Just from one round of watering?

Confirmation bias?

6
Equipment and Software / Re: Genesis Fermenter
« on: September 18, 2017, 07:38:42 AM »
Trying out one of these for the first time today....https://shop.brewcraftusa.com/genesis-fermenter
Could be cool with a "no oxygen" transfer if you could pump air between the bag and the fermenter wall.

Not sure I follow you....what would be the benefit?

If you were one of those LODO guys, you could transfer beer without introducing O2. The nice thing would be you could do this if you bottle conditioned, without having to invest in a CO2 setup. You'd also be able to do this at ground level, without moving the fermenter and shaking up trub.

I kind of imagine attaching a schrader (bike pump) valve on the side, and like Stevie said, pushing air into the void between the fermenter wall and the beer bag.

Looks like an interesting product, any idea on what the liners are going to cost? Looks like the fermenter is ~$60.

I just don't think that would work.  I can,t see how the liquid would get pushed out when I stand here and look at it.

7
Equipment and Software / Re: Genesis Fermenter
« on: September 18, 2017, 07:37:48 AM »
   The gasket looks exactly like the one in the last Fast Ferment I bought, I'd be more surprised than not if it isn't the same. Of the 4 variations on their gasket I have, it's definitely the one that seals the best, but also the absolute worst one for staying in place inside the lid. The damn thing spent half of one ferment swimming in the beer!

Tje gasket is specifically designed for the Genesis.  They delayed the design until they could get that just right.  It both seals well and stays in place.

8
Equipment and Software / Re: Genesis Fermenter
« on: September 18, 2017, 07:36:37 AM »
You guys are missing the fact that you don't have to use a liner...it's optional.  The fermenter itself is much heavier and oxygen impervious than a plastic water jug.

9
Equipment and Software / Re: Genesis Fermenter
« on: September 17, 2017, 01:16:59 PM »
His thought is to blow plain air into the void between the fermenter and bladder to push the beer out vs pushing with co2 in contact with beer. Like a party pig keg

Based no looking at it, I don't think that would work.

10
Equipment and Software / Re: Genesis Fermenter
« on: September 17, 2017, 12:04:04 PM »
Trying out one of these for the first time today....https://shop.brewcraftusa.com/genesis-fermenter
Could be cool with a "no oxygen" transfer if you could pump air between the bag and the fermenter wall.

Not sure I follow you....what would be the benefit?

11
Equipment and Software / Genesis Fermenter
« on: September 17, 2017, 11:26:08 AM »
Trying out one of these for the first time today....https://shop.brewcraftusa.com/genesis-fermenter

12
Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B availability
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:38:29 PM »
Thanks, Denny - they would certainly know on the release timing.  I think that it will be well received on the homebrew level, based on the results experienced by those of us who procured it from down under previously and have been using it regularly.  Just wondering what kind of cost to expect....  Also, I wonder if their other products, such as Tanal O2 ("suspension maintaining" additive) will come out for homebrewers at some point in the future.

I have no idea on the cost.  Not sure about other products.  Brewtan was the only one I pitched to Brewcraft, but they and Joe may have talked about others too.

13
Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B availability
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:13:38 PM »
Joe Formanek gave a presentation last night to our Homebrew Club on the subject and he said Brewcraft has the product and is in the process of packaging, so it should be available through anybody that handles Brewcraft - if not immediately, then within days.  Of course, he had 50 g samples for us, so my stash is restored for the time being.  ;D

Brewcraft told me it should be ready for shipping to vendors within 2 weeks.

14
Ingredients / Re: Hop Extract & 30 Minute Boils
« on: September 15, 2017, 09:10:29 AM »
CO2 extract (hopshot/resin) is not isomorized.

Is that what he's using?  I didn't see that.  And wouldn't the isomerization happen very quickly?
Most of the extract targeted towards homebrewers is Hop Shot or similar and needs to be boiled to isomerize the same as any hop addition. It doesn't isomerize instantly because it needs more than just heat - it needs to be in solution. And the stuff takes forever to dissolve. Even after a full 60-minute boil and extended hop stand there are still a lot of globules of extract floating around in the wort undissolved.

I did come up with a trick that seems to help the last time I used hop extract. I mixed it in with some DME to make a paste before adding it in. My plan was to increase the surface area of the extract to help it disperse/dissolve more easily. I still have some tweaks to do to improve the process, but I do feel that it made a significant improvement - there were a lot fewer globules left in the wort and the ones that remained were a lot smaller than usual.

I helped beta test Hop Shots years ago, so I'm very familiar with them.  But if homebrewers aren't finding isomerized extract, they aren't looking.  A quick Google produced at least 5 easily available sources, including Morebeer.

15
Ingredients / Re: Hop Extract & 30 Minute Boils
« on: September 15, 2017, 07:26:33 AM »
CO2 extract (hopshot/resin) is not isomorized.

Is that what he's using?  I didn't see that.  And wouldn't the isomerization happen very quickly?

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 1173