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Questions about the forum? / Message buttons in MS Edge
« on: October 09, 2015, 05:55:29 PM »
I upgraded to Windows 10, and with it as you know the new browser app "Edge" is the default browser.  I like it but the buttons above the text box when I am starting a new thread don't work (i.e. the font changing buttons, picture insertion button, etc.)  When I open the page in Explorer it works fine.

I could not find a setting in Edge to fix this.  Is there a fix?

The Pub / My new job
« on: October 09, 2015, 05:44:55 PM »
At BSG's hop processing plant in Yakima County.  I test for alpha & beta acids levels.  Just temporary right now but the job may expand to additional responsibilities and full-time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Dosing thought?
« on: October 06, 2015, 01:46:17 PM »
I'm looking for the best way to experiment with dosing a beer that will make scaling easiest.

Here is what I want to do:  I have a Bourbon Barrel RIS that has about a week left in the barrel.  I want to try dosing a small amount of it with Wild Roots Marionberry or Red Raspberry vodka to see if I like it as an addition.  If I do, I'll probably add it to 6-10 bottles.  Wild Roots, for those unfamiliar with it, is an all-natural intensely fruity vodka unlike anything you have probably tried.  They put over a pound of berries in each fifth.  I'm thinking this would be an easier way to get natural berry flavor without the danger of an infection...

So I'm imagining starting with say 100 mL of beer, to which I would add 1 mL of vodka, taste it, top off the base beer to 100 mL again, add another mL of vodka, etc., until I like it or realize it was a bad idea.  If I like it I'd just take the ratio and dose the bottles appropriately. 

Am I getting this right?

Ingredients / Hop Oils & Kilning
« on: September 18, 2015, 08:55:34 AM »
I just attended "Humulus U.", BSG's hop school.  It was very informative and surprisingly different than the Haas hop school, the only other one I have attended.

One of the most interesting points to me was in a talk about the use of a gas chromatograph to measure the effects of things like harvest timing and kilning, etcetera.  I have always assumed that kilning removed some of the more volatile oils in the hop.  Not so!  The GC graph pre & post kilning were the same.

Now I know.

Ingredients / Hop pellet density
« on: September 11, 2015, 07:57:47 PM »
I just spent a couple of hours at the BSG (Brewers Supply Group) hop processing plant here in Yakima county.  I am going to help them with their busy selection process and their hop school, Humulus U.  While there, they filmed a demonstration of the difference between pellet densities.

The picture below illustrates the difference pellet density makes.  I found it fascinating.  This is after about 10 minutes.

Equipment and Software / My latest effort to eliminate oxidation
« on: September 09, 2015, 08:49:53 PM »
This thread:

Got me to thinking about a project idea I had and spurred me on to complete it.  Specifically, I want to avoid introducing oxygen in my beer when I dry-hop.  Below is a picture of the completed project.  It is simply a stainless steel water bottle I bought from Ace.  I had my son-in-law drill a hole and weld a threaded nipple into the bottom.  I then screwed a gas post onto the nipple. 

The idea is to put my dry-hop hops into the bottle, cover the opening with a small, thin piece of sheet metal, then connect CO2 and purge the air out of the bottle.  I will then invert the bottle over the opening of my fermenter and slide the sheet metal out, allowing the pellets to drop.

Ingredients / Sugar in the boil
« on: September 09, 2015, 06:12:18 PM »
Simple question: Do I need to account for a shift in pH because of adding table sugar in the boil?

The context: I'm trying to dry and simplify my IPA to showcase the hops better.  I'm planning to add 1 lb. to a 6.5 gallon batch.

Other Fermentables / Brun' Water vis. Mead
« on: September 02, 2015, 02:54:49 PM »
I'm undoubtedly making this harder than it needs to be.  I've been planning to make a mead soon, and had wondered about the water profile that would be best, so I was very glad to see the article in the latest Zymurgy about the topic!

How do I set the water volume and any other parameters in Brun' Water so I can accurately manage the water chemistry?

Wood/Casks / New barrels
« on: August 25, 2015, 04:28:04 PM »
I picked up my new 8 gallon Rye Whiskey barrel today.  The RIS going into it should be ready in a week or so.  The real reason I'm posting is that they also had small, 2 liter charred oak barrels for sale for $60.  No whiskey has been in them.  I bought one thinking it would be ideal for experiments, specifically sour beer experiments.  I'm not big into sours but have enjoyed a few.  At 2 liters it may be just the right size!

Oh, and here is the big one.

The Pub / This is just wrong
« on: August 22, 2015, 08:02:28 AM »

Beer Recipes / Fresh Hop/Wet Hop IPA
« on: August 13, 2015, 08:20:42 PM »
This upcoming Fresh Hop Ale Fest ( is going to be my first entry into a competition.  I will be brewing an IPA.  I do not yet know what hops will be available to me in time to brew, but I am hoping for Citra and Amarillo.

I'll be maxing out my capacity by brewing an 8 gallon batch, hoping to get as close to 5 gallons as possible.  I'll be entering 3 12 oz. bottles and serving the rest via our homebrew club at the fest.

Any advice?

Equipment and Software / Stainless insulated MT arrived!
« on: August 10, 2015, 10:04:29 AM »
I participated in a Kickstarter (, because I wanted a stainless insulated MT.

It arrived late last week.  I quite pleased with it with the exception of the false bottom - which isn't bad, I just think the Blichmann false bottom is the best.  So I am going to have my son-in-law who is a pipe fitter make the Blichmann false bottom to work in the new MT.  I need to try it soon!  Here are the pics:

Classifieds / 10 gal Blichmann G2 Brew Kettle
« on: August 10, 2015, 09:54:18 AM »
Upgrade time! I have one "BoilerMaker™ G2 10 gal Brew Pot by Blichmann Engineering" for sale. I have used it for a BK for less than 10 brews. It is in great shape. it comes with all the original peripheral items - even the shipping box! These sell for $355 new. I will sell this one for $200 + actual shipping.

If you are wondering why I am selling it, I just bought a new MT which has made this kettle redundant. PM me if interested.

Equipment and Software / Gravity measuring BS
« on: August 06, 2015, 03:04:46 PM »
I ranted about this a year ago or so, but I want to get it off my chest again because of a new situation.

I brewed a RIS yesterday and was shocked by a wild miss on the OG.  It should have been 1.092 and it came out at 1.077!  I learned part of that lesson.  I need to decrease the efficiency for bigger beers.  BUT,

I have three gravity measuring devices: a refractometer, and four hydrometers, one of which is a full scale model and three are narrow range models.

I used the high range hydrometer to get the 1.077 OG.  A couple of minutes ago I decided to enlist the others.  The refractometer and the broad range hydrometer were within 1 point of each 1.086!

This makes me crazy.  It's like having an elastic yardstick.  I don't swear very often but this tempts me.

All Grain Brewing / Big beer OG Misses
« on: August 05, 2015, 05:29:41 PM »
I need to figure out what is going on.  I hit my numbers consistently with average gravity beers.  But every time I attempt a big beer I miss my numbers - sometimes by a lot. 

Today I brewed a RIS which was supposed to be 1.092 OG.  I took a pre-boil gravity and it showed 10 points lower than predicted so I added all the DME I had (about 13 oz.).  Even with that the OG is sitting at 1.077!

The grain crush was good.  Brun'water predicted a pH of 5.5.  My temperature held steady in the mash at ~155*.  It was an hour mash.  I planned a 90 minute mash but was running short on time so I kept it to an hour. 

I'm at a loss.  Any ideas?

The good news is that even when I miss my OG the beer still tastes good.  :)

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