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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Temp QuestionsI p
« on: May 14, 2011, 07:55:55 AM »
I hear ya, coffee is in here... ;) I'm no thermodynamics expert, but it makes sense to me that the middle of the fermenting beer will be warmer than the outside when you're controlling the fermentation by regulating the ambient temp.

Well, it may make sense, but that's not the way it works for me.  I've put a thermometer into the wort in the center of the fermenter to compare to the strip on the outside and I've never found them to vary by more than 1F.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Breakfast Stout Recipe Help/Ideas
« on: May 13, 2011, 01:34:46 PM »
When using coffee, I dry bean the secondary with about 5 oz. coarsely cracked for 4-7 days.  That adds mainly aroma.  Then for flavor I add coffee to taste at packaging.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Why won't this beer clear?
« on: May 13, 2011, 01:31:07 PM »
In my experience, Great Western pale ale malt is great stuff and has never caused a clarity issue.

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The Pub / Re: Bumper Stickers
« on: May 13, 2011, 11:09:07 AM »
I have a fridge magnet that says "everything I needed to know in life I learned by killing smart people and eating their brains"

ZOMBIE!!!!!!     ;D

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I don't give away a ton of beer (hate the bottling hassle), but when I do I don't concern myself with getting bottles back.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Six day IPA
« on: May 13, 2011, 10:55:16 AM »
  I see your point as well. I still know that it will be better than bud though. (not like that says a lot.  ;D )

Yeah, but IMO, water is better than Bud.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Six day IPA
« on: May 13, 2011, 10:36:59 AM »
You nailed it right on......I know it won't be my best beer. I know it could be better.

See, I guess I just don't understand what the point is if this is the result.
I think I do.  Good enough is always good enough.

I guess I don't like to give beer (or anything else) to people unless it represents my best efforts.  In that case, to me, good enough is not good enough.  And let's go a step further...what if someone who was considering homebrewing is turned off to it because the beer isn't that great?  Yeah, maybe a bit hyperbolic, but maybe not.

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The Pub / Re: Bumper Stickers
« on: May 13, 2011, 09:16:41 AM »
You should seriously consider restoring it. Those are really nice fixed up.

Oh, and then add some flowers and peace signs. :)

It would still be a gas guzzling death trap.  I'd be happy to just get rid of it, but it was my wife's first car and she has sentimental attachments.

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The Pub / Re: Bumper Stickers
« on: May 13, 2011, 09:11:24 AM »
I've got one on my 76 VW van (no longer running) that says "Honk if you see parts fall off".

Ha! awesome.

If that thing has peace signs and flowers painted on it, I want pictures. :)

No way.  Stock green and white paint job.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Six day IPA
« on: May 13, 2011, 08:02:13 AM »
You nailed it right on......I know it won't be my best beer. I know it could be better.

See, I guess I just don't understand what the point is if this is the result.

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The Pub / Re: Bumper Stickers
« on: May 13, 2011, 07:58:36 AM »
I've got one on my 76 VW van (no longer running) that says "Honk if you see parts fall off".

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It works well. And, guys at my homebrew club have tasted it and said, "Wow." Gordon said, "Mmmm."

There ya go....what more do you need?

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The Pub / Re: Going to Antiques Roadshow!
« on: May 12, 2011, 03:41:32 PM »
My local newspaper wants pics, too, so I'll post them here after I take them.  I've actually got another few really nice antique bier steins and mugs, thanks to a generous BIL.  I'll try to get pics of them all and then start a new thread where everybody can post theirs, too.

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So question is what is a yeast starter? I thought that is what I was doing by adding the hot water to the dry yeast?

I'm confused...you said you used WLP001.   That's not a dry yeast.  And even if it was, you have to be careful that the water you rehydrate dry yeast in isn't too hot (over about 114F) or you'll kill it.  So, what yeast did you use?

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It was in the first bucket for 7 days then in the second for 7 days then bottled and tomorrow will be 14 days in the bottle.

OK, that's enough for a few things.  7 days in the first fermenter was too short a time.  I'd recommend at least 2 weeks next time.  Lots of experienced brewers neither use nor recommend using a second fermenter.  You can leave it in the first one up to a month, which will help make sure the beer finishes fermenting and clears up.  In spite of what the yeast companies say, neither a vial nor a smackpack alone contains enough yeast.  Your options are to pitch more than one container of yeast, make a yeast starter (see mrmalty.com for details) or use a dry yeast.  I'd recommend the last option for now.  There is much more yeast in a pack of dry yeast than in either a smackpack or tube, so you don't need to make a starter.  A bucket is fine and I actually prefer them to carboys.  And although it likely didn't have anything to do with the poor fermentation this time, your beer will be much better if you keep the temp under 70.  I prefer mid 60s.  Don't give up...practice makes perfect!  I just brewed my 399th batch and I assure you it gets easier!  Just keep at it and keep coming back and asking questions.

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