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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Just started a new arrogant bastard ipa clone
« on: February 10, 2015, 06:00:08 PM »
Everything is OK in homebrewing.  But I wouldn't open it unless necessary.  The concern is about introducing oxygen and wild yeasts and bacteria riding on airborne dust particles. 

It is hard to be patient on your first few brews, but patience is very good for the beer.

And no problem being new to this.  Everyone on here was once.  Ask away.  I also encourage you to read widely here and elsewhere.

That conversation is already in progress here:

Join in!

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: February 10, 2015, 05:18:28 PM »

I just ordered the Power Grinder motor from All American Ale Works.  I'm curious how you resolved the keyway issue.  Which solution did you go with?  I'm also interested in any other tips you might have as I puzzle through piecing this together.  In case it matters I'll be connecting this to a Schmidling (JSP) maltmill.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Just started a new arrogant bastard ipa clone
« on: February 10, 2015, 05:01:02 PM »
Bubbling is not a good indicator of when fermentation is done.  Do you have a hydrometer so you can measure the gravity?  If so, your beer is done if the gravity is constant for 3 days.  Remember there is no rush.  It won't hurt your beer to leave it right where it is for a month or longer. 

Also remember that the yeast will need time to clean up unwanted fermentation by-products after primary fermentation is done, but just a day or two should do it.  If in doubt just be patient.

I also got the impression that you are intending to transfer to a carboy for 'Secondary fermentation.'  While you certainly can do this, it is totally not necessary and will just expose your beer to oxygen which will introduce staling.  I never transfer to a second vessel for this reason.  I go right from the primary fermentation vessel to the keg or bottles.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mitch Steele Comments
« on: February 10, 2015, 01:23:07 PM »
Perhaps I'm confusing flocculation with another term, but I thought you generally raised fermentation temps to clean up.

That is the case.  raising the temperature will keep the yeast active which will lead to cleaning up fermentation by-products that you don't want in your finished beer.  It is after this that the temperature is dropped.
A quick swing downward in temperature will put the yeast to sleep.

It is perhaps a niggly point, but to make a distinction: flocculation is the tendency of yeast to clump together.  The more flocculant a yeast is, the faster they will drop (precipitate is the word here - just like rain).  Lots of particulates precipitate out of beer to get to clear - not just yeast.

Ingredients / Re: Good News For Hop Lovers
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:23:20 PM »
I see the guys at YVH about weekly.  They are great to work with. 

Keith, they also supply spot hops for breweries - you may want to ask them about that.

Also, the new Mylar bags are resealable if larger than the 2 ounce size which is nice. 

Their hops are fresh (unless clearly stated that they are from the previous year's harvest).  They buy directly from Yakima Chief/Hop Union, Haas and (I think) Hopsteiner by the pallet.

Pimp My System / Re: Motorized Monster Mill
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:14:27 PM »
Can you provide more info on the Tigear gear reduction motor?  I want to motorize and mount my mill in a similar way to yours. 

From a previous setup I have a 1/3 hp motor that runs at 1725 RPM and a 14" sheave which would make the mill run at about 200 RPM, but I don't think the lateral pressure this setup would produce is good for the mill so I'd like to do something different.

Equipment and Software / Re: Kettle Cleaning w/ sight glass
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:02:36 PM »
The Blichmann kettles normally come with a brush for the sightglass. If it were my kettle, I would hose it out, run the brush through the sightglass, hose out again.


Mine came with a hex key that that one uses to remove a bolt in the top of the sight glass, so that the provided brush can clean it out.

Pimp My System / Re: Motorized Monster Mill
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:49:27 PM »
I don't know how you attempted, but the way I do it is by using a web based picture site, like

When the picture is there I click on the picture then when it appears in its own window look to the right.  Under "Share Links" there is a "Direct" box.  Clicking on that copies it. 

Then when posting back on the AHA site, when you click on the picture icon which is above the text box it produces two square bracketed objects.  put your cursor between those two innermost brackets, right click and select paste.  That will paste that picture address you just copied off of photobucket or wherever.

That's it!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Loss of flavor after force carbing
« on: February 07, 2015, 02:31:42 PM »
Here's my two thoughts:

1st, how many different days have you tasted it?  My palate changes day to day.  I recently posted the same thing about an IPA I brewed that tasted flavorless - like seltzer water.  I tried it a couple of days later and voila!  The flavor returned.

2nd, I say let it mature for a month or two.  It is amazing to me how a blah beer can transform into something interesting with a bit of time.

Equipment and Software / Re: The ethics of keggles
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:18:32 PM »
This post is not intended to communicate that stealing empty kegs is OK - just adding to the conversation.

Looking at Stout's website, if one were to buy a single 1/2 bbl keg it would cost $114.  At the volume that BMC buys kegs I'm sure their cost approaches what the deposit amount is in many places - and in some places they may make money on them.

The one production brewery here in Yakima (Bale Breaker) charges a $100 deposit.

The Pub / Re: Shot Across The Bow...
« on: February 05, 2015, 09:53:48 AM »

Equipment and Software / Re: The ethics of keggles
« on: February 04, 2015, 11:27:39 AM »
I went through the same issue.  I went to the local AB distributor and offered to pay for the kegs.  They basically laughed at me and said there was no way to do that.

Sell them.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter from table sugar?
« on: February 03, 2015, 01:32:41 PM »
If you want to make starters cheaper/easier, get a pressure canner and can a bunch of wort in advance.

It's even easier to freeze the last runnings. I keep mine in a 1 gallon ice cream container.

Interesting.  I like easy and time saving.  As long as it boils prior to use, what could be the issue?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 03, 2015, 08:09:25 AM »
This will be my first time entering a competition.  I requested three.  But I'll be happy if I get one.

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