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Yeast and Fermentation / higher alcohols
« on: August 07, 2017, 03:51:38 AM »
To start with, I have no background in organic chemistry.  I have always heard talk of higher alcohols and fusel alcohols.  I am assuming that that means there is a spectrum of alcohols beyond ethanol.  Some of these are said to be dangerous (or at least hang-over inducing). My question is: do these different alcohols have different psychotropic properties?  My latest batch is a disaster recovery project of unknown OG, FG or IBU. (Long story) It was fermented with a lager yeast at uncontrolled, but cool ale temperatures.  At first it tasted quite hot, but either has mellowed out or I have acclimated to it. seems that even with a small amount I seem to feel alcohol effects almost immediately.  However there is no particularly exaggerated hang-over. Any thoughts?

All Grain Brewing / 1st time sour solera type oak barrel question(s)
« on: June 20, 2017, 02:54:28 AM »
My first sour project is just about sour enough to pull a portion from my 15 gallon oak barrel.  I had planned to pull about 5 gallons and replace it with fresh beer.  However, I don't have a batch ready.  What I do have is about 15 pounds of frozen plums from my tree from last season.  I'm thinking about pulling just the volume that I can replace with plums. Does this seem feasible?  I suppose the plum detritus would be in the barrel indefinitely, but I'm not sure that would be a problem.  Any thoughts?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ice Bock
« on: June 11, 2017, 10:42:57 PM »
Okay,... I seem to work out a freezing point of only -0.95°C.  Maybe you can check my work.
A=3.9 (Alcohol by weight)
E=12.2°Plato (OG 1.049)
So...(-0.42xA0)+(0.04xE)+0.2= Freezing point in °C
      (-0.42x3.9)+(0.04x12.2)+0.2= FP in °C
      (-1.64)+(0.49)+0.2= -0.95°C or 30.3°F

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ice Bock
« on: June 11, 2017, 06:47:06 PM »
Denny, if you found that info, I could use it too.  I'm doing an ice pils starting at about 5.5%.  At least I learned here about Major Vice's dilemma and now plan to pull the dip tube from my corny before freezing.  I hope to be able to re-insert it through the frozen slush.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blueberry ale
« on: June 21, 2016, 12:31:02 AM »

Interesting.  Did you melt it down first?
I dissolved the taffy in boiling water to make a syrup.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blueberry ale
« on: June 20, 2016, 02:15:09 PM »
My mistake.  I used blueberry taffy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blueberry ale
« on: June 19, 2016, 08:05:21 PM »
I used a pound of blueberry toffee (cooked down with water into a syrup) in my last DIPA.  Tasted and smelled artificial at first but mellowed out quickly into a fairly subtle blueberry background that fit quite well with the Mosaic dry-hopping.  It took 4th out of about 100 homebrews for the Peoples Choice at the Humboldt Homebrew Festival this spring.

Equipment and Software / Re: Buying a used wine barrel
« on: January 25, 2016, 02:53:41 PM »
Thanks,  I would rather get a freshly dumped barrel, but this site didn't seem to have any.  Any idea where I might find a fresh barrel? If it were within a few hours drive of northernmost northern California, I would go get one and save on shipping.

Equipment and Software / Buying a used wine barrel
« on: January 25, 2016, 03:01:37 AM »
I am looking into buying a used wine barrel.  I found a wine classifieds website that seems to be aimed at other vintners.  Some of them mention the conditions under which they are stored such as "Barrels are rinsed thoroughly with 160F water, then ozonated water, and finally treated with sulfur gas before being sealed. Treatment will be repeated monthly until the barrels are sold."  Is this good for beer?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Jockey Box
« on: February 23, 2015, 03:49:05 AM »
That was pretty much my train of thought.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Jockey Box
« on: February 23, 2015, 01:10:11 AM »
Thanks for the info.  I must say, I'm a bit surprised at using a lower PSI than the kegerator.  I would have thought that with the longer lines, i.e. coil, it would have need higher pressure.

Kegging and Bottling / New Jockey Box
« on: February 18, 2015, 04:16:21 PM »
My tax return gift to myself this year was a 2-tap jockey box.  Does anyone have any tips or hints for a first time user.  I'm guessing that it might need higher pressure than my kegerator.  Does it make any difference whether the kegs are warm or cold? (I have coils, not a plate.) Anything that might surprise me? I want to break it in at the Humboldt Homebrew Festival early April.

Ingredients / Re: Data on Blackprinz
« on: February 14, 2015, 01:54:27 PM »
Thanks.  That's what I needed.

Ingredients / Data on Blackprinz
« on: February 14, 2015, 03:53:08 AM »
I need to add Blackprinz to my ProMash database.  Can anyone tell me the potential (SG pppg)?

Ingredients / Re: Smoking my malt
« on: November 24, 2014, 02:46:02 AM »
I was thinking that since the smoker is used primarily to smoke salmon, there would be some residual "fishiness" from the chamber itself.

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