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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.

Equipment and Software / Re: Oxygenation System
« on: February 03, 2015, 07:57:57 AM »
Here is what I have and I love it.  I bought it off of Craigslist for $100:

The little number 1 on the left indicates the flow rate which in this setting is 1 liter of O2 per minute. This tank will last me for years and then is only $15 to exchange. 

And I use the stainless tube with a stone on the end.  Wrestling with a flexible tube is not something I want to do.  I have not had an infection.  I let it sit in Starsan while I am brewing then as soon as I'm done aerating the wort, back into Starsan it goes.

The Pub / Re: Shot Across The Bow...
« on: February 02, 2015, 10:53:28 PM »

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast starter from table sugar?
« on: February 02, 2015, 04:16:13 PM »
I just finished testing my hydrometers and refractometer with sugar solutions of specific gravities, which got me to wondering, "If a yeast starter is for making yeast rather than making beer, is there anything wrong with making starter wort with table sugar rather than wort?

I'm sure it would require yeast nutrient.  It would be a lot easier and cheaper.  What am I missing?

Equipment and Software / Re: Lab Grade Hydrometers are off!
« on: February 02, 2015, 04:00:00 PM »
Here's what I came up with:

In a 1.085 solution:
The refractometer showed 1.085
The high range hydrometer showed 1.083  (I suspect yesterday's reading below was incorrect)
The full range hydrometer showed 1.082

In a 1.040 solution:
The refractometer showed 1.041
The mid-range hydrometer showed 1.041
The full range hydrometer showed 1.041

In RO water:
The refractometer showed 0.000
The low range hydrometer showed 0.999
The full range hydrometer showed 0.000

The bottom line for me is that when measuring OG I am going to stick with the refractometer.  When measuring FG I'll go with the low range hydrometer just because it is easier to read, and adjust up 0.001.
I love being exact, but it is homebrew so no big deal either way I'm sure.

All Grain Brewing / High gravity efficiency troubles
« on: February 02, 2015, 12:13:45 PM »
I have regularly missed Beersmith's predicted OG on higher gravity beers.  Usually by 5-10 points.  This isn't a major issue because it will make good beer regardless, but I want to fix this so that I get what I want/expect. 

Saturday I brewed an American Barleywine.  Predicted OG was 1.101; actual OG was 1.085.  Anticipating your question, here are the details:

Leviathan, American Barleywine (19 C)
Start of Boil Vol: 7.88 gal
Est Mash Efficiency: 71.3 %

23 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM)  92.0 %
1 lbs British Crystal (55.0 SRM)  4.0 %
1 lbs Cara Munich I (60.0 SRM) 4.0%

I brew with 100% RO water.  I used the 'Amber Bitter' profile in Brun' Water, and matched the targets quite well, resulting in a predicted mash pH of 5.4.

I mashed at 150* for 90 minutes and only lost about 4 degrees over that time.  I batched-sparged, starting with a 1.35 qt per lb of grain, which only left 2.5 gallons of 170* sparge water.

Where do you think my problem is?

Equipment and Software / Lab Grade Hydrometers are off
« on: February 01, 2015, 02:04:51 PM »
I recently purchased a set of 3 narrow-range, laboratory-grade hydrometers from Northern Brewer for ~$60.  I love the idea of greater accuracy, and easier to read Hydrometers.

I brewed yesterday.  I checked the OG three ways.  My refractometer said 1.085; the old standard hydrometer said the same.  The new 'lab grade' hydrometer read 1.080.

So I got some distilled water and the low range 'lab grade' hydrometer.  It read 0.999.  The old regular hydrometer read 1.000, as did the refractometer.

I'll do a test on the other two Hydrometers with some sugar water of a known gravity, but so far I am unimpressed.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing Apps?
« on: January 29, 2015, 06:37:40 PM »
Beersmith here.  Love it.

The Pub / Re: Elysian Just sold to Anheuser-Busch
« on: January 28, 2015, 09:54:19 AM »
Here is an interesting chart that Haas used in the Hops Academy I took a couple of years ago.  Remember that the 'Average beer' is BMC.

The Pub / Re: Elysian Just sold to Anheuser-Busch
« on: January 26, 2015, 04:34:37 PM »
I've been reading that Dick Cantwell, the head brewer and part owner, and the 'face' of Elysian, voted against the sale to AB, but was in the minority.

Ingredients / Re: Equinox Hops
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:55:35 AM »
Just last night I tried an American Amber Ale brewed by Haas Experimental which was single hopped with Equinox.  It was quite good.  I was in a large group with a lot going on so I didn't really focus on the beer too much, but I enjoyed the hop flavor a lot.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry Hop Timing
« on: January 24, 2015, 09:38:57 AM »
Yes.  I usually dry hop for 3-4 days.

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