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The Pub / Re: Idaho miners
« on: December 15, 2011, 09:24:41 AM »
I am WAY too claustrophobic to ever be able to do anything like that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BB Sanitized. Time Limit?
« on: December 15, 2011, 09:21:13 AM »
I would *think* it's still sanitary, but I would sanitize it again anyway. For me, there's a lot of benefit for very little work.

That's the way I look at it, too.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: I am new to lager
« on: December 14, 2011, 04:39:13 PM »
I've posted it here several times before, but a brewer in Europe posted the results of a test he did on the Brews and Views forum.  he left all the trub in one lager and removed it from the other.  Bottom line was that the beer with the trub was clearer and better tasting.  Only a single data point, but an interesting one.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: I am new to lager
« on: December 14, 2011, 03:10:00 PM »
Just following what I have read dude......

Oh, I completely understand and if it works for you, it's the right thing to do.  If I was having any of the problems mentioned in your post, I might try it, too.  But I'm too pragmatic to expend effort unless I know it will have a payoff. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: I am new to lager
« on: December 14, 2011, 03:06:05 PM »
Strong:  Brewing Better Beer, Troubleshooting.  Sulphury:  ".........Reduce it's formation during fermentation by increasing yeast nutrients in wort, increasing lipids, increasing aeration, having healthy, active yeast, and removing hot and cold break and trub."

Goldammer:  The Brewer's Handbook, Chapter 12-Wort Cooling and Aeration, Removal of Cold Break.
"After the wort is cooled, the cold break must be removed before fermentation, or else the beer will taste wort-like, bitter, and even harsh. Opinions vary as to whether cold break should be removed at all before transferring the wort to the fermenter.
Traditional lager brewers advocate the removal of cold break prior to fermentation, and some even filter cold worts prior to pitching (14). Lager brewers believe cold break removal aids in colloidal stability in the beer, circumvents the formation of sulfury flavors, and removes harsh bitter fractions derived from hops."

When I started lagering, my first 2-3 really sucked, so I did a LOT of research as to why.  Now, they are pretty darn good!   ;D

I never remove cold break and I've never suffered any of those problems.  For that matter, I don't know of a commerc ial brewery that removes the break. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Exam Question
« on: December 14, 2011, 12:10:52 PM »
I needed to get a 98 on the tasting to get the 1 more point I needed.  Not even close....

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All Things Food / Re: Fancy deserts
« on: December 14, 2011, 12:09:43 PM »
Nice, Ron!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A new trend...?
« on: December 14, 2011, 12:08:01 PM »
Do they use the same yeast that they fermented with, or a different strain?

It's pretty amazing that their bottle conditioned beers are that bright and sediment free.  They definetly have their stuff together!

Same yeast...they have so much of it around that it wouldn't make sense to use anything else.  Like you, I was surprised since the bottles always seem so clear.  But they yeast is just a "booster".  They also use reclaimed CO2 to partially carb.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Stout: How sweet is too sweet?
« on: December 14, 2011, 12:05:12 PM »
Related question: does piloncillo add much in the way of flavor if used as the priming sugar?

Not in my experience.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Missing strike temp - will my end result be ok?
« on: December 14, 2011, 12:04:30 PM »
Graham, are you off by a consistent amount each time?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hood for venting propane?
« on: December 14, 2011, 09:57:39 AM »
DO NOT put the bottle of propane in your basement. Run a line from the outside and keep the bottle outside. Also, remember that you will need somewhere to vent in fresh outside air to make up that lost through the vent.

Good advice!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: I am new to lager
« on: December 14, 2011, 08:52:27 AM »
My yeast was 5 days past the Use By Date.  I should have probably taken that into account and made the starter earlier.

That's not enough to worry about. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Exam Question
« on: December 14, 2011, 08:50:38 AM »
When I retook the tasting last year, I did worse than I did on the original test!   :-[

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hood for venting propane?
« on: December 14, 2011, 08:49:12 AM »
Since it involves your life, I'd recommend asking an HVAC expert rather than a bunch of homebrewers.  And check to see if your homeowners policy covers using propane indoors.  I've read of cases of indoor propane explosions that voided the insurance policy.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: I am new to lager
« on: December 14, 2011, 08:46:57 AM »
Just thought of something else.  If you had a lot of cold break transfer to the fermenter, you may not want to keep it in primary that long as it can produce sulphur.

Never heard that before.  What is the reference?

Agree, Jeff.  Never heard that one before.

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