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Yeast and Fermentation / Fermentation profile
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:43:26 PM »
Thanks for the input.  I had assumed that going below the suggested ferm temp would stunt the yeast growth.  I'll try going cooler for my next brew and see how that goes.

It can.  It's definitely depends on the strain.  Keith (majorvices) recently posted about US-05 fermenting in the 40's.  Unless you want to experiment, I would stay within a few degrees of the low end to be safe.

Dave

I've run 05 in the mid 50s and 1007 in the high 40s.  Of course, experience pays when it comes to yeast abuse, but in general I feel that the recommendations you get from manufacturers are too high.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Fermentation profile
« on: March 18, 2013, 11:52:28 AM »
Thanks for the input.  I had assumed that going below the suggested ferm temp would stunt the yeast growth.  I'll try going cooler for my next brew and see how that goes.

I just started WY3787 at 58F.  I've heard people say they have problems doing that, but I had blowoff in less that 24 hours.  At that point it was up to 62.  Today it was 64.  I'll let it go a couple more days like that, then remove temp control and let it go wherever it goes....probably high 60s/low 70s.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Anybody familiar with PBW?
« on: March 18, 2013, 11:49:41 AM »
does the water have to be hot for it to work?


I think it's more effective with hot water.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Fermentation profile
« on: March 18, 2013, 11:34:46 AM »
To tell the truth, I don't even look at the suggested temp range for the yeast.  I just know that if I start ales at 58-62, leave it in the low 60s for a few days, and then let it rise, I'll get what I want.
Denny, do you typically start that low even for Belgians?

Yep.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Anybody familiar with PBW?
« on: March 18, 2013, 11:34:11 AM »
yeah - rinse quickly after use.  i would wear gloves when using sanitizers though - they tend to wreck my hands from time to time.

denny/amandaK - what concentration are you guys using now?

2-3 Tbsp. per 5-6 gal.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anybody familiar with PBW?
« on: March 18, 2013, 10:28:02 AM »
Yeah.  At least it's never bothered me.  FWIW, I seldom mix it that strong.  It seems to be equally effective at a much lower concentration.

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Going Pro / Re: Portable Bottling Trailer
« on: March 18, 2013, 09:48:21 AM »
We used portable bottling truck for the beer I brewed at one of Rogue's facilities for NHC last year.

How was the shelf life of the final product?

Drank what was the last bottle AFAIK about a month ago.  Still fine.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Raisins in a Dubbel
« on: March 18, 2013, 09:47:03 AM »
1/2-1 lb.  Depends on how prominent you want it.

per 5 gallons?

Doh!  Yes.  Sorry, lack of sleep.....

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Equipment and Software / Re: Help with mash tun size
« on: March 18, 2013, 09:46:09 AM »
Graham, this one might help, too.

http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation profile
« on: March 18, 2013, 09:42:42 AM »
To tell the truth, I don't even look at the suggested temp range for the yeast.  I just know that if I start ales at 58-62, leave it in the low 60s for a few days, and then let it rise, I'll get what I want.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Raisins in a Dubbel
« on: March 18, 2013, 09:40:44 AM »
Just keep stirring!  I like to use raisins later in the process.  After the beer is fermented, toss some raisins in a red hot wok and caramelize them.  Deglaze with some of the beer, then toss it all in a secondary and rack the beer on top.
Damn Denny, you have me sold. Think this might be my next brew.

Works really well with dates and figs, too.

My keg of dubbel is coming to an end and I have some dried figs in the fridge...

What quantity of figs would you recommend for 5 gallons?

1/2-1 lb.  Depends on how prominent you want it.

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Ingredients / Re: What's the strangest ingredient you've ever used?
« on: March 17, 2013, 09:23:37 AM »
This is how I know yer getting old, you don't remember this from years ago over at at B3 forum. You berated me for it At the time. ;)

Nah, I ended up dumping it due to a weird salt flavor probably from crackers.

Dude, there are a LOT of signs I'm getting old!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Raisins in a Dubbel
« on: March 17, 2013, 08:38:48 AM »
Just keep stirring!  I like to use raisins later in the process.  After the beer is fermented, toss some raisins in a red hot wok and caramelize them.  Deglaze with some of the beer, then toss it all in a secondary and rack the beer on top.
Damn Denny, you have me sold. Think this might be my next brew.

Works really well with dates and figs, too.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Raisins in a Dubbel
« on: March 16, 2013, 11:12:12 AM »
Just keep stirring!  I like to use raisins later in the process.  After the beer is fermented, toss some raisins in a red hot wok and caramelize them.  Deglaze with some of the beer, then toss it all in a secondary and rack the beer on top.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: what a brew day...
« on: March 16, 2013, 11:10:29 AM »
Have a beer!

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