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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 2007
« on: July 14, 2014, 01:46:09 PM »
Wyeast 2007 is not a proper CAP yeast.  The only CAP yeast strain that is currently available from Wyeast or White Labs is the Christian Schmidt strain.  This strain is available as 2272 North American Lager.  A derivative of the Christian Schmidt strain is 2035 New Ulm Lager (oh, I mean American Lager).

Good to know, but I already have the starter finishing up - and not really concerned with style guidelines on this one, I just want to make a good beer.  I'm making it for a friend of mine who will be here in late September who only drinks BMC type stuff.  We served aboard the same ship years ago, so I'm calling it 8 Bells Lager.

On a more general note, I have really valued your posts.  Your knowledge of yeast is a big asset to this forum.

All Grain Brewing / Re: RO system design
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:28:17 AM »
Yes, my understanding is that the difference between distilled and RO is academic.  I have an RO system and use it for 100% of my brewing water.  I use Brun' Water for determining additions.  I highly recommend it.  The only advice I'd have is to be sure you also have a charcoal filter in the system to remove chlorine, etc.

Yeast and Fermentation / Wyeast 2007
« on: July 14, 2014, 08:29:02 AM »
I've only brewed one CAP to date, about a year ago.  So not overly familiar with this yeast.  I'm wondering about a typical primary fermentation time.  I've planned two weeks including 2 days for a D-rest.  I know it will be determined by the gravity readings, but I'm looking for predictions.

I'll ferment mid-temperature range at 52* and I followed BeerSmith's guidelines for a yeast starter.

Ingredients / Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« on: July 12, 2014, 05:48:03 PM »
EVERYTHING! German Pils is hands down better than domestic Pils. Of course this is my opinion, but german malt just has more flavor like a sweeter, grainy characteristic. What German brand did you buy?

Well I am very glad I chose what I did then!  I don't know the brand.  The bins just have the type of malt and the lovibond on the lid.  I suppose I could ask, but it is the only one they had so if I wanted another brand I'd have to order a 50# sack.

Ingredients / German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« on: July 12, 2014, 04:36:11 PM »
The obvious is 15 cents per pound.  But beyond that what difference is there?  I'm brewing a Pilsner on Wednesday, and making my supply run, saw that the LHBS had both.  I went for the German, but now I am curious.

Beer Recipes / Re: A better light lager?
« on: July 10, 2014, 10:51:55 AM »
I'm going to brew essentially the same beer soon.  I'm wondering about late additions.  I'm not concerned about style guidelines, just good beer.  What I'm thinking is 2 oz. of Saaz at flameout for a 10 minute hopstand.  What do you think?

Here's the basics:
8 lbs 12.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM)   81.4 %
2 lbs Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM)  18.6 %
1.50 oz Saaz [5.60 %] - Boil 60.0 min    25.5 IBUs
2.00 oz Saaz [5.60 %] - Boil 0.0 min      0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg Pilsen Lager (Wyeast Labs #2007)

Pimp My System / Re: The Clog and Thistle Brewery
« on: July 08, 2014, 11:28:28 AM »
Very, very cool!

Beer Recipes / Re: NB's Plinian Legacy
« on: July 06, 2014, 05:13:22 AM »
I've been experimenting with hop shots lately.  The last two IPAs I have made, my 60 minute addition was one 10 ml hop shot.  The first one turned out really good, the second one just started cold-crashing.  I may try a 5 ml hop shot next time though because I wonder if my wort is beyond saturated with a a 10 ml HS.
The reason I'm wondering this, is that when I use a HS, I get reddish brown resinous spots all over my boil kettle.

Equipment and Software / Re: drilled into wrong spot on fridge
« on: July 03, 2014, 10:46:56 AM »
The trick is to use a hole saw and only cut the thin skin of the fridge first. Then dig out the insulation with a small pick carefully exploring for lines, before completely drilling through. If you find a line you can usually push it out of the way before finishing up.

^^THIS^^.  That's what I should've included in my post. That's the way I did it back then.

That's what I did too.  But I didn't chime in just for that.  The other thing I'd recommend is if there are indents for holding the wire racks, they usually engineer them so that the indents (holes, whatever) are not near anything that can be boogered.  I went through one of them and didn't run into anything - and then there is less insulation to dig through too.

Equipment and Software / Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« on: June 30, 2014, 07:31:33 AM »
I just bought one of the Blichmann RIMS-Rockets myself... Had been holding off to have a custom made HERMS tank made for me... but won a $200 gift card at the NHC so.... RIMS it is :D

Keep us posted on how you handle the temperature control.  I'm wondering about getting one myself.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: June 25, 2014, 10:12:34 PM »
My younger brother loves rye whiskey.  His favorite 'regular' whiskey is Sazerac.  He is going to be 50 on his next birthday so I'd like to get him a really nice bottle of something.  I am a whiskey novice, so I thought I'd ask here: What would blow his sox off?

Beer Recipes / Re: IPA thoughts
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:28:57 AM »
I'm curious about the 'more grain to make it an IPA' comments.  I thought the primary differentiating characteristic separating a Pale Ale from an IPA was IBUs.  I understand if the issue is BU:GU balance, but balance is a quality characteristic, not a category characteristic, is it?

Not trying to throw bombs here.  Maybe this is in the category of 'can there be such a thing as a Session IPA?'.

But additionally the OP didn't state the batch size, but assuming it is a typical 5 gallons, it only has to get to 1.056 OG to be in the BJCP IPA range.  Seems to me that 10.5 lbs of malt would be pretty close.

I guess to sum it up, I'd ask how much is in your bittering charge, rather than addressing the amount of malt.  What am I missing?

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 19, 2014, 10:11:51 PM »
See I'd go the other way. Buy tower of power x2 and build the rest.

But I already have the hop rocket. 

Seems like it would be easy to put a a Thermowell into the input side of the HR then use a typical temp controller to turn the power on and off.  But I'm no expert.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 19, 2014, 10:47:08 AM »
I'm interested in the Blichman RIMS system.  Any idea about the best way to get temperature control without getting their Tower of Power?

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