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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: macro homebrew trends
« on: September 21, 2017, 07:48:13 AM »
A lot of homebrewing is chasing the hazy IPA style. Homebrewers always follow the lead of commercial brewers because we like brewing what we like drinking and what we like drinking is often what's popular at the moment. Look at the popular homebrewing blogs and most of them are littered with hazy IPA recipes. It's one of the few styles where homebrewers can easily compete with commercial examples (not only because many of the hazy IPAs on the market right now are just awful).

Also seeing a continuing trend of new products and refining of existing products that are more automated, more technical and more compact. (E.g. grainfather, pico products) Not saying the days of bucket fermenters, igloo mash tuns and turkey fryers are over but plug and play equipment is definitely becoming better, cheaper and more accepted.

That seems like a very laborious way to bottle. If you're having problems with inconsistency it might be cured by using more water with the priming sugar so it doesn't clump as easily at the bottom of the bottling bucket or increase the distance between fermenter and bottling bucket so the beer swirls a little more in the bottling bucket during racking. You don't want a violent bubbling but a constant swirl during racking will do the work of stirring without introducing another object into the beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Al's East Coast Yeast
« on: September 19, 2017, 07:40:46 AM »
Before he started taking commercial orders there would be waves of homebrew pitches on a fairly frequent basis. They were small and hard to come by because at the time it was just him, Wyeast and White Labs for liquid yeasts. But they were more frequent than what we see now.

Now he does a lot of commercial pitches and releases out the leftovers as homebrew pitches. I doubt many commercial breweries order his sacc-only pitches which is why it's mostly sour and brett releases these days.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pumpkin Lager Questions
« on: September 19, 2017, 07:34:39 AM »
Adding smoked pumpkin might be one of the few ways to get noticeable flavor from the pumpkin into the beer.

I'm not would roast/smoke grain on the pumpkin. Pumpkin has a fair amount of moisture in it which will cook out and keep the grain from drying out during roasting. That might work to an advantage with smoking but I'm not sure if the pumpkin would add anything just by having the grain smoked on it.

Of the handful of beers I've had with pumpkin where I felt like I truly tasted pumpkin they have had a lot of pumpkin and it's really more that squash-like flavor than the pie spices people associate with pumpkin beers.

Equipment and Software / Re: Genesis Fermenter
« on: September 18, 2017, 07:26:08 AM »
This looks like a piece of equipment designed for every short term homebrewer who brewed a couple batches, hated all the cleaning and immediately departed from the hobby. The problem with that concept is that there's still every other piece of equipment to clean and a bucket is probably the single easiest piece to clean.

Ingredients / Re: Fishy Hops?
« on: September 18, 2017, 07:10:17 AM »
Seaweed sounds like the hops might not have completely dried and have some mold or mildew growth.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Multi step infusion mash
« on: September 12, 2017, 07:50:29 AM »
Definitely a weird way to work out an infusion mash.

I don't consider a step mash indispensable for a wit (although I would probably do one) but if you want to do one an easy way to work this out is with beersmith. It has profiles for equipment and mash schedules that will adjust to the recipe to help target volumes and water temperatures. It will take a few brews to dial in but if you're a math adverse brewer like myself it's a big help.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wet Hops for Homebrewers?
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:21:28 AM »
I didn't look this year but I thought over the past few years I've seen some of the homebrew shops or hop sellers pre-selling wet hops for delivery immediately after harvest. I know breweries are starting to get their wet hop harvests in right now. Maybe contact local breweries you know do wet hopped beers and see if they will have any excess or can get a little more for you.

If you are a fan of wet hopped beers then that's a pretty good reason to grow your own hops if you have the space and climate. You won't have access to the newer proprietary varieties but some of the newer public domain hops should start to become available soon.

The Pub / Re: Thank God it wasn't homebrew
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:15:08 AM »
HOAs can come up with some pretty weird rules. I could understand banning the propane burners on homes that are close together and all outdoor cooking is banned.

Maybe the community hated seeing people hanging out in their garages or pulling brewing equipment into the driveway. I know our HOA has some limits on what you can do in your driveway but mostly we just limit people from working on their cars in the driveway. (So you do it in your garage.)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvest this yeast cake for reuse or no?
« on: September 09, 2017, 08:34:47 AM »
For the volume you used I would not be worried about carryover. I've reused several times after adding spices.

Hops are technically a spice and most people have no problem reusing yeast after adding hops to the boil/after boil/dry hop and use way more hops than you have other spices.

Beer Travel / Re: Where am I?
« on: September 08, 2017, 07:45:08 AM »

I don't believe that is a real word

Equipment and Software / Re: 2 gallon igloo cooler question
« on: September 07, 2017, 07:52:05 AM »
I have a two gallon cooler and see a fair amount of heat loss if it sits on the counter. I think the problem is the lack of insulation in the lid. I set the oven to it's lowest setting at 170F and once it hits temperature I put the cooler in the oven and cut the heat. With that process I get very little temperature loss.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cane sugar added incorrectly
« on: September 06, 2017, 06:53:04 AM »
(un)clumped DME

What is this wizardry of which you speak?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cane sugar added incorrectly
« on: September 05, 2017, 08:30:43 AM »
It will be completely fine

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Historical Brewing Records
« on: September 03, 2017, 08:44:23 AM »
If there are large, centralized repositories for old brewing records they are likely in the possession of the large, industrial brewers who obtained records by acquiring the former breweries.

I would be surprised if you can get them to give you access to those records. As ABI now owns one of the largest (the largest?) homebrew shops in the US I'd also be surprised if they don't start releasing homebrewing books with some of those recipes themselves.

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