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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hop question
« on: July 20, 2011, 08:19:05 AM »
You might be able to get away without sanitizing the sack, but why take the chance when it's so easy to do?  I put mine in a small bowl of water and put it in the microwave for 2-3 min.

Beer Recipes / Re: Oktoberfest alternatives?
« on: July 19, 2011, 09:34:55 AM »
I've found that even if you do a Mocktoberfest, you still need to be able to ferment in the low 60s and cold condition.  If you can't do that, you might want to reconsider.

15 days until my defense. ;)

Good luck...hope you beat the rap!  ;)

Don't need a carboy..... the 6 gallon brewing buckets they sell at your local home brew supply are easier to work with (clean specifically) . Yes a stick on thermometer is perfect.

The kit i'm buying comes with both a bucket and a carboy, so I'll probably at least try the carboy first.  I had completely forgotten about those stick on thermometers.  i used to use those on fish tanks when I was a kid.  excellent!

The idea of having both of those in a kit is to use the bucket as your primary fermenter, then eventually move the beer to the carboy for conditioning.

All Grain Brewing / Re: malting your own
« on: July 18, 2011, 01:46:56 PM »
Although I haven't tried it, my impression from talking to people who have is that it's not hard to make malt, but it's very hard to make good malt.  You need precise temp and moisture control and a way to measure them.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scoresheets?
« on: July 18, 2011, 11:05:27 AM »

All Grain Brewing / Re: Unfermentable, da-dee-dee-da
« on: July 18, 2011, 10:41:40 AM »
I've checked my own pH and that of a few other brewers and never seen anything other than a very minor, not-to-worry-about pH increase.  But I've heard from a few people that they do get large increases.  Obviously, it will depend on your water, but for most people it shouldn't be an issue.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scoresheets?
« on: July 18, 2011, 10:39:33 AM »
I just sent Janis an email about this and got this automated response...

"I am in the office today.  The score sheets, medals, and prizes that were not picked up at National Homebrew Competition awards ceremony will be sent out this week and next (July 5-15), so I may not have access to e-mail except for an hour or two each day.

If this information doesn't answer your question, it may take me awhile to catch up with my e-mail, but I will reply as soon as humanly possible."

Hopefully, you should see your stuff showing up this week.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: AHA event form???
« on: July 18, 2011, 10:34:49 AM »
Just because you have to submit a recipe doesn't mean it has to be the recipe.  Who's to know, except you?

But if the prize is to have your beer brewed, what good would it do to submit a different recipe?

The Pub / Re: My New Toy
« on: July 18, 2011, 09:37:58 AM »
FWIW, a couple of the breweries/brewpubs around here are fans of 1968.  I know that's what Ninkasi uses, even though they make no English style beers.

The Pub / Re: My New Toy
« on: July 18, 2011, 08:44:07 AM »
Going from US-05 (:P) to Wyeast 1318 (;D).

Wow, that's a switch!  1318 is one of the few British yeasts that I like.  That speaks to my tastes, not the quality of the yeast.

Although I doubt it has anything to do with the difference, I never rehydrate it.

The Pub / Re: My New Toy
« on: July 18, 2011, 08:31:32 AM »
What's the rest of the story?

Not much really. I'm changing our house yeast strain, which is what passes for exciting in the commercial brewing world. When the culture got here I did a bit of a double-take at its size.

Ah...I could see it was yeast, but didn't know the story.  Changing from what to what?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How often do you check your gravity?
« on: July 17, 2011, 02:08:08 PM »
I wait until at least a week, often 2, then check it.  And if you can't take a gravity reading without contaminating your beer, perhaps you should consider taking up knitting for a hobby!  ;)

Beer Recipes / Re: Help me out: "Belgian Red"
« on: July 17, 2011, 02:06:33 PM »
So here's what I am thinking for grain bill

1.063 OG
52.6% Pils
26.3% Vienna
10.5% CaraRed
10.5% sugar

I like it.  You might want to go a bit more on the carared, but I'd brew that one the first time to see what happens.

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