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Commercial Beer Reviews / DFH b****es Brew
« on: October 03, 2012, 07:44:28 AM »

Or I am just getting old and picky?  :o

Yes, and no more than ever!  :)

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Equipment and Software / Better Bottles or Glass Carboys?
« on: October 03, 2012, 07:39:09 AM »
I've never had anything grow in my BB ( had a mouse fall in once ).  An extended soak with Oxiclean/PBW and they are clean.  Even the dried on krausen comes right off after the soak.
What concentration of Oxyclean do you use?(tablespoons/gallon)
Some in a bunch of water  ;D  I know, not very scientific.  If I had to guess, maybe 2 scoops in the 6 gallons and fill it right to the top.

I use 1-2 Tbsp. per 6 gal.  Use a LOT less than they recommend!


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Ask the Experts / Ask the Experts: Mitch Steele on IPA
« on: October 02, 2012, 12:41:41 PM »
The next guest in the Ask the Experts series will be Mitch Steele, author of the new book "IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale".  Mitch will be taking questions about IPA (believe it or not!) the week of Oct. 22-29.  Answers will be posted on Nov. 12.  Unlike previous Ask the Experts sessions, this one will be conducted here on the forum and open to everyone, not just AHA members.  Please do not post questions before Oct. 22.  I wanted to give everyone a heads up to start thinking about what you might like to ask.  I'll post more as we get closer to 10/22 to remind everyone and let you know when the question period is open.  Please keep questions related to IPA, but any aspect of IPA or anything you read in the book is fair game.



This looks like it will be a really interesting and informative experience, so start thinking up those questions!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Drying out an APA
« on: October 02, 2012, 12:23:35 PM »
If even a little crystal malt is making your beer too sweet, you're not using enough hops!  I really like the flavor I get from using crystal in APA/AIPA.  I just add more hops to balance it out.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottles or Glass Carboys?
« on: October 02, 2012, 12:21:34 PM »
Other than unbreakabiltiy, I think it's a toss up.  Yeah, I know you didn't ask, but I prefer buckets.  Easier to use and clean because of the larger opening and they take less room to store since you can stack them.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« on: October 02, 2012, 09:01:24 AM »
Add some hops before the boil to avoid a boilover.  That is a good tip from Greg Noonan's Brewing Lager Beer. 

Has that worked for you?  I've FWH dozens, maybe hundreds, of batches and I've never seen it prevent a boilover.
Are you saying it always boils over when you FWH? ;)

Guess it kinda sounded like that, huh?  :)  What I was trying to say is that it doesn't seem to prevent boilovers any more than controlling the flame does.  If I didn't take other steps, I'd have boilovers, even with hops in 7 gal. of wort in a 15 gal. kettle.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« on: October 02, 2012, 08:58:05 AM »
Add some hops before the boil to avoid a boilover.  That is a good tip from Greg Noonan's Brewing Lager Beer. 

Has that worked for you?  I've FWH dozens, maybe hundreds, of batches and I've never seen it prevent a boilover. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fusel alcohols
« on: October 01, 2012, 02:14:45 PM »
I have dabbled with the swamp cooler technique once and day 2 i put the carboy in the cooler and the yeast shocked and fermentation stalled around 1040. Is there a good trick to prevent that or will that issue not occur if  the carboy reaches the same temp of the cooler water prefermentation or prekrausen?

What yeast were you using and how cold did it get?  I put my fermenters in a tub of water (with ice packs if the ambient temps warrant) as soon as I pitch the yeast and I've never had it drop the yeast.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Last three batches terrible
« on: October 01, 2012, 01:18:27 PM »
Trial and error I suppose

Yep.  We all go through that.  It's how you figure out what works and what doesn't, what you like and what you  don't.  Next time try starting it in the low 60s for the first few days, then let it rise.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Last three batches terrible
« on: October 01, 2012, 12:47:06 PM »
I decant

Great.  Then if the problem you're detecting is what I think it is, it's likely due to too high a pitching and/or fermentation temp.  The good news is that if that's it the fusels will eventually age out into esters.  Since it's still in the fermenter (right?), I'd just give it some time and see what happens.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Last three batches terrible
« on: October 01, 2012, 12:10:44 PM »
Could it be my starter fermented too warm?

Unlikely.  I hope you're decanting your starters.  Using 3522 that warm could definitely give you the fusel type of flavors you describe.  I use it quite a bit and keep it in the low 60s for at least the first few days.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Last three batches terrible
« on: October 01, 2012, 11:24:49 AM »
Tubing is fine
 Replace it very often. I think its just a problem that could be a 100 different things. Everyone says hops, water, tubing, ball valves, chlorine...honestly its probably a combination of all of that. I can't pinpoint it. Its really frustrating because this could take 20 batches to fix...all of a sudden the beer hasn't been the same. Can't figure it out. My procedures and cleanliless is spot on.

Get some to me.  Tasting it might provide a lot of info.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Where'd my hops go?
« on: October 01, 2012, 09:52:24 AM »
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then fine in the primary if needed and dry hop in the keg or in a secondary, but dry hop at cellar temps.

I dry hopped in the keg last night and hooked up the gas, but it's at 35 f. Should I raise the temp? Also, should I hold off on carbonating for a few days?

I don't think there's a need for either.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beard beer?
« on: October 01, 2012, 08:39:10 AM »
I asked John Maier about that at NHC this year and he was clearly tired of talking about it.

Yep.  In his speech at the dinner he even said "Don't ask me about the beard yeast".

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Last three batches terrible
« on: September 30, 2012, 01:28:31 PM »
Seriously. I know. Is there any way that opening the carboy too many times can do this. I run gravity reading a couple times around weeks 3-4

I do the same, although with a bucket, and it's never been a problem.  If you can get some to me, I'd be happy to tell you what I detect.

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