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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Doctoring Beers
« on: April 24, 2011, 01:17:19 PM »
Yeah, it's very good.  Definitely worth another try.

I'll take another look at it today.  I was hoping to get down to more like 1.022, I might try repitching with more T-58 or perhaps some wine yeast, though that seems a bit much.  I've actually seen 1 finished beer stratify before, it was an American wheat I made about 2 months ago.  I took some pictures but they came out badly, I'll try and find them this afternoon.

Stratification visually, but I don't believe it's possible for the alcohol to form layers.  Anybody have evidence that happens?

The Pub / Re: No Politics, just the news
« on: April 24, 2011, 11:39:18 AM »
I guess I don't see the point of the OP.  How is this different from the priest, policeman, or teacher that were arrested for child porn here?  It's a travesty no matter who does it.  Profession doesn't seem to equal proclivity.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Doctoring Beers
« on: April 24, 2011, 09:52:06 AM »
The bjcp list covers most things.  We didn't get ours in time (or yet) either.

It does seem to be a slow process.  Kris is (was) in charge of that and now that he's opening a brewery it might put even more of a strain on his time.  We didn't get ours in time for the scheduled session, even though I'd let him know months in advance when we needed it.

Beer Recipes / Re: Big Brew 2011 recipes
« on: April 24, 2011, 08:16:06 AM »
The last few years, the GC has had some input into selecting the recipes.  This year I don't recall that happening and I don't know where the recipes came from.  That's basically a way of saying I don't know the answers to your questions!  Maybe Drew has some insight, of Kate will see this and provide her input.

Ingredients / Re: Falconers Flight Hops
« on: April 23, 2011, 03:11:17 PM »
The real link spells it different?
The other link is from my kart.

Cool...glad they got it right there.  Glen was a friend and I don't want to see his name screwed up.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Off Flavor...tangy & cidery
« on: April 23, 2011, 03:09:43 PM »
I would have given it 2 weeks in primary (at a minimum) in the low-mid 60s.  I always advise people to brew a recipe as it is before messing with it.  I made several test batches before publishing that recipe.  You can benefit from my mistakes of you make it like the recipe says.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: shelf life of beer
« on: April 23, 2011, 03:07:11 PM »
If you've packaged it properly, it can be years.  In general, the stronger and hoppier it is, the longer it'll last.

Ingredients / Re: Falconers Flight Hops
« on: April 23, 2011, 01:48:14 PM »
I think the stores all have their stock for the year of most hops. This is where I got mine.

Holy cow, $18/lb.!

And it's Falconer, dammit!  :)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Using two different yeasts
« on: April 23, 2011, 12:03:31 PM »
Thanks all, good info for a relative noob. I will pitch them together, and compare with the one I've already brewed.

Just keep in mind that without control, it may not be a real useful experiment...even though it might be a great beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Using two different yeasts
« on: April 23, 2011, 10:34:17 AM »
Funny this should come up.  Last night I had a discussion with a friend about using 2 yeasts in a beer.  It is my understanding that one dominates the other; whichever one takes off first.  But he seemed to think that you'd get qualities from both strains.  
I'm not sure as I've never done an experiment on this subject.

I have done it.  You _might_ get characteristics from both, but more often one does dominate the other.  You have no way of controlling that, or duplicating it if you like what happens.  My experience is that it works much better to pitch each into its own wort.  Then you can blend the resulting beers if you like the combo.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Using two different yeasts
« on: April 23, 2011, 10:27:16 AM »
I'm thinking of experimenting with different yeasts in the same wort.  I want to brew a high gravity tripel, around 1.080-1.090, and use Wyeast 3787 to start, then after a week add Wyeast 1388.  I have a recipe in which I've already used the 3787, and want to compare the two.  Will adding a different yeast later in the fermentation make any appreciable difference, or should I simply pitch them together at the start?

The flavor profile of 1388 is pretty neutral so I doubt you could really tell if you pitched it after the 3787.  If you pitch then both at once, you have no way of controlling which will dominate.  Why not split the wort and ferment each 1/2 with a different yeast?  That would be the best way to compare, plus you could blend the beers post fermentation if you wanted to.

Equipment and Software / Re: Finally bought a ph meter
« on: April 23, 2011, 10:19:29 AM »
That would mean that I'd have to buy White Labs yeast, though.....;)

Beer Recipes / Re: Did I make a Dortmunder Export?
« on: April 23, 2011, 10:18:37 AM »
yeast: Denny’s Favorite 50 (no yeast starter, sorry Denny  :-[ )

Well, truthfully, you're the one who may end up being sorry! 

Equipment and Software / Re: Finally bought a ph meter
« on: April 23, 2011, 10:03:51 AM »
or do you just put a bit of solution in the cap that covers the probe?

Thats the way I store mine!

Same here

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