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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: High final gravity - bottle or not?
« on: April 11, 2011, 08:33:31 AM »
OG was 1.059.

I think I'm going to proceed as planned, unless I get a "Don't do it you idiot!" within the next hour or two. I planned to prime for fairly low carbonation anyway. If I get more bubbles, so be it.

Don't do it you idiot!

All Grain Brewing / Re: When is your beer ready? Poll
« on: April 11, 2011, 08:27:32 AM »
It's ready when it's ready.

So much this^^^^^.  No set schedule past not even looking at the beer for at least a week.

Sometimes I go months without buying any, sometimes I buy a lot on a short period of time, sometimes it's somewhere in between.  It depends on if I see something I really want to try or is a good deal, or just strikes my fancy.  I hadn't bought any beer since Christmas, but this week I picked up a 6 of SN Glissade and a case (plus 3 bottles) of Duvel.

Hope you don't mind that I added one more choice to your poll.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best dry hoping method?
« on: April 10, 2011, 11:44:32 AM »
Huh, you must be really sensitive to oxidation cause the only thing I've ever done is toss them into the keg in a bag or straight into secondary.

No as a matter of fact it’s kind of a blind spot for me. I had a couple BJCP judges and pro brewers check it out and they agreed that it was oxidation. At first it was a little tuff to tell but a week or so later it was in your face!  I probably picked it up somewhere else in my process.  This was the only beer that I crashed, drop yeast then warmed back up to dry hop. Thought that might have been where I picked up the oxidation?

O well yah win some and yah dump some!  

I don't see how you were able to trace it to the dry hops.  Oxidized flavors take a while to develop so it could equally well be a coincidence.  If oxidation was really a problem with dry hopping, you wouldn't find so many home and commercial brewers doing it.

Agreed. The clearing part speaks for itself(easy in carboys, how about buckets?). How do you determine if the yeast need to clean up? Aroma, taste, both?

I either open the bucket and look or, more typically, put some in a 20 oz. PET bottle with a carbonator cap.  I hit it with 30 psi and put it in the freezer for 30 min. or so.  Then I have a cold, carbed sample to base my decision on.

If I'm going to ditch using a secondary - how long should I keep the beer in the primary before kegging/bottling?  The full 14 days?  8 days?  10 days?  I'm not really sure. 

2-4 weeks is what I do.

Wow.  4 Weeks seems long - is that for certain styles?  I'll try 2 weeks.  That will mirror the time scale I'd been using when doing a primary & a secondary. 

Are you keeping the fermenters at fermentation temp for those whole 2-4 weeks, or do you drop the temp a bit before bottling/kegging? 

First 1-2 weeks at fermentation temps, then I raise the temp to be sure it's all finished.  IMO, you can never go wrong giving it a little more time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Back of the Tongue Bitterness
« on: April 10, 2011, 11:32:19 AM »
Sometimes that perception comes from chlorophenols.  Any chance there was chlorine involved?

Hey Major......Interesting approach. However, I'm thinking that you're going to have to leave a lot behind in the primary unless you tip it significantly. In which case it will stir up the sediment quite a bit. However, by the time you've drunk up the top part (wow, that's one looong pull), you probably won't be disturbed by a little sediment in your beer. In fact, you're likely to be so trashed out that you wouldn't even notice.

He uses conicals, Mark, so all he has to do is lay down and open the valve...:)

Verify your FG by the same 2 or 3 readings on successive days and comparing to the expected value. If equal and approx. the expected value, proceed to bottling or kegging.

I've found that just because I get consistent gravity readings doesn't necessarily mean that the beer is ready for packaging.  Often there's stuff the yeast needs to clean up or it needs more time to drop clear.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Legal Question
« on: April 10, 2011, 10:02:07 AM »
Incidentally, I just registered a domain name last week for a blog I intend to launch in the coming months which will provide legal commentary on issues affecting the brewing community (both commercial and homebrewing).  I hope that it will develop into something of a general reference to brewers (although I only aim to provide general commentary, not detailed legal advice).

Cool!  I'll look forward to that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Legal Question
« on: April 10, 2011, 10:01:06 AM »
You could donate it to the bar, and whatever sales you make could be given to a non-profit organization...

Maybe...I wouldn't even do that without talking to a lawyer familiar with local laws.

If I'm going to ditch using a secondary - how long should I keep the beer in the primary before kegging/bottling?  The full 14 days?  8 days?  10 days?  I'm not really sure. 

2-4 weeks is what I do.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Legal Question
« on: April 10, 2011, 09:13:30 AM »
You'd be better off asking a local lawyer who knows your laws, but in general you'll have to go through licensing and production regulations.  In general, it won't be cheap.  I'd tell them thanks for the nice comments, but unless they want to cover legal fees it isn't worth your while.

Unless it's a special situation, like Big Brew or Learn to Brew Day, none at all.  I wait til everything is done, cleaned up, and put away.  Drinking while brewing increases the likelihood I'll screw something, and the cleanup seems like much more work if I've been drinking.  Not to mention that I usually start by 9 AM and I just don't want to drink beer that early.

Ingredients / Re: Hop Oil
« on: April 09, 2011, 11:20:00 AM »
Hop candy...

Ever tried them?

I haven't tried the chocolate covered ones, but I have tried the straight kinda chewy hop candy.  Very...interesting.....

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