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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: plastic fermentation vessels and oxygen
« on: March 28, 2011, 09:09:37 AM »
It just seems like I keep hearing/reading about folks emphasizing not allowing oxygen come into contact with fermented beer. For example; using dual port carboy lids and and using CO2 to force the beer into a keg or another carboy that has been 'filled' with CO2. 
I'm just wondering how one could take a similar preventative measure when primary fermenting in plastic buckets and then transferring to a carboy for secondary.

Ah, I see.  Personally, I think that's an overblown fear in that situation, so I simply ignore it!  ;)

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As a point of comparison, this http://www.applejournal.com/correll/desc.htm is what I've got.  The Medium Plus size.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Acidifying the mash
« on: March 28, 2011, 09:06:29 AM »
Thanks, that's what I was wondering.

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Way cool, Gordon.  I'm looking forward to reading your book!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Acidifying the mash
« on: March 28, 2011, 08:56:25 AM »
Late reply, but I use phosphoric acid exclusively.  You can buy it online from mail order homebrew shops if you can't get it locally.  Several places carry it.

Gordon, what differences have you found between phosporic and lactic acids that made you choose phosporic?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« on: March 28, 2011, 08:55:24 AM »
I think the Belgians really like Amarillo as an American hop.  I saw La Rulles use it in their Tripel, which is one of my favorites.  I've heard of other breweries using it too.  I'd add it to Saaz and Styrian Goldings as go-to hops for Belgians.

Interesting info, Gordon.   I'll have to see if I can find the La Rulles Tripel.

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Homebrewing for me is much more of a lifestyle than just a hobby, and I'm sure there are lots of others here like me.

+1  It's shaped my outlook on a number of things, particularly the DIY mentality with regard to food/drink.  Also, the science behind brewing has shaped my understanding of food chemistry and other natural processes.  As for social aspects, well, homebrewers are pretty much some of the nicest people you'll meet.  And I've found that homebrewers are a knowledgeable bunch on a wide range of subjects.

I was just saying to my wife that I started homebrewing 13 years ago this month.  I still remember the excitement I felt reading my first homebrewing book.  Now, I'm on the Governing Committee of the AHA.  Today, I'm going to the state capitol to get my picture taken with the governor as he signs our new homebrew legislation, the most liberal in the US, which I'm proud to have had a hand in.  By the end of the week, I hope to find out if an offer I've been made for a homebrewing book will go through.  It's a hobby that's gone farther for me than I ever thought it would.  Definitely it's shaped my life for the last 13 years.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: plastic fermentation vessels and oxygen
« on: March 28, 2011, 08:49:43 AM »
With all the emphasis on avoiding oxygen contact post fermentation, I'm curious about methods folks use to avoid oxygenation when racking from a plastic bucket.

I use buckets for fermentation pretty much 90% of the time and do nothing different in racking than I do for any other container.  I guess I don't understand why you'd need to.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: stuck fermentation ;(
« on: March 28, 2011, 08:48:13 AM »
though the conversion with the iodine test was OK after 90 minutes of mashing...

That really tells you virtually nothing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« on: March 28, 2011, 08:44:34 AM »
I've written before that two of my favorite combinations are Amarillo/Simcoe and Centennial/Cascade.

Made a Belg./Am. IPA with those 4 and some Chinook.  FWH with Falconer's Flight, which is pretty much all of those and some Citra.

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Ingredients / Re: Orange Blossom flowers
« on: March 28, 2011, 08:38:37 AM »
Maybe you should reach out to Patrick Rue at The Bruery.  Sounds like the kind of thing he'd use.

Great suggestion - thanks!

Patrick will be the next guest on Ask the Experts after Sean Paxton.  Look for him sometime in May.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: White Pages of Death Support Thread
« on: March 28, 2011, 08:28:26 AM »
I use both PC and Mac machines.  Eh...  Both have good and bad points.

Yep, they're just tools.

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Beer Recipes / Re: APA recipe
« on: March 26, 2011, 01:23:52 PM »
What do your total IBUs come out to?

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Questions about the forum? / Re: White Pages of Death Support Thread
« on: March 26, 2011, 12:18:52 PM »
Windows being a noted paragon of stability and consistent user experience?

Well, my machines are.   ;D

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Questions about the forum? / Re: White Pages of Death Support Thread
« on: March 26, 2011, 10:29:04 AM »
(furiously resists making Mac comment)....

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