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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Leaking Regulator
« on: January 22, 2015, 11:58:39 AM »
There is a poppet between the tank high pressure and the diaphragm regulator. If the high went to 0 with the tank off, the leak is on the high pressure side. Make sure the regulator to the tank valve fitting is tight and the washer is good. Once I had to tighten the high pressure gage on a regulator to stop a leak.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pale ale hops
« on: January 22, 2015, 11:45:43 AM »
+1 to Mosaic, great hop.  It actually works pretty well in a single hop pale ale.

wondered about that. the description of being citra on steroids made me think it could become overpowering..especially all by itself in higher concentrations. it doesn't end up a passion fruit bomb?

It does not have the oil content that Citra does. It has a different character.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pale ale hops
« on: January 22, 2015, 11:44:24 AM »
+1 to Mosaic, great hop.  It actually works pretty well in a single hop pale ale.

Tom Schmidlin brewed a very nice Mosaic APA for Stan Heironymus's talk at the Seattle NHC. That used the Hop 2 It recipe from Russian River, which is how Vinnie sees what a new hop brings to the party. I have been using that to evaluate new hops such as Empire and Mandarina Bavaria.

You can fin the recipe in a slide at the end of Stans talk in 2012.

The Pub / Re: Please Help Me Plan My Trip To The US
« on: January 22, 2015, 11:16:55 AM »
Although beautiful, that is along drive, especially if you get caught behind a "caravan" on the Pacific Coast Highway.  Just doing one portion of that trip might be more manageable.

I was thinking that but plugging it into the fantastical internet map machine (google) it's only a little shy of 1000 miles. a bit longer than driving from the northern tip of scotland to the southern tip of england. in 7 days that's 3 or 4 half days on the road with a few days stationary to catch a game or what have you. there are a lot of good breweries just off the I5 corridor.

There is a pretty good one just off the 101 in Paso Robles named Firestone Walker. Some great wine around Paso too. One could drive parts to the PCH "the 1" near there, and not lose too much time.

Some friends who live in Orange County did a trip from San Diego to Vancouver BC, and that was about 3+ weeks IIRC, stopping in many places to see the sights.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: how long on the yeast cake
« on: January 22, 2015, 08:38:47 AM »
Wow, looks wasteful on hops to me, but what do I know, I'm a malthead.  I bet you'll get identical results by eliminating the 30, 15, and 10 minute additions of Citra, and adding all your dry hops for 3-4 days.  Simplify and be amazed.

What do you mean adding all your dry hops for 3-4 days? Im open to suggestions especially if it simplifies things!

As Martin said in his post, there has been research published that you get the oils from the hops in 3-4 days, longer and you are getting vegetal compounds.

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville AHA Rally at Wicked Weed Funkatorium
« on: January 22, 2015, 06:28:08 AM »
Before long there will be a White Labs taproom in Ashevegas ;)

I haven't been to the one in SD yet, but will visit this June.  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quality, Impact, and Commercial Appeal
« on: January 21, 2015, 04:28:49 PM »
I am seriously considering this. I have a CAP recipe that has done well in contests. I know I can do it 6 weeks grain to glass even if it's pushing it a bit.

If we are looking at things from a broad appeal point of view, CAP wins hands down.  It's the only beer style I have brewed that has appealed to the BMC members of my family as well as the craft beer members of my family.  Most craft beer drinkers believe that the beer is all malt until I they learn that it is not.  What used to be really cool before my grandparent's and most of my parent's generation passed was the look of approval that I received when the men from these generations took their first sip.  It's the beer that they remembered from a period of time before consolidation drove the smaller players out of business.

I say CAP for similar reasons. When I first tasted Jeff Renner's at a club meeting years ago, I was transported back to when I would sneak sips of Dad or Grandpa's beer, some of that was the Cluster hops.

Number 2 would be the Oktoberfest/Maerzen. Like those, and they are crowd pleasers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Expense calculator
« on: January 21, 2015, 11:22:28 AM »
pH meter and solutions.
A second pump, well you need a back up.
A 5 gallon system for smaller batches.
and so on.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Expense calculator
« on: January 21, 2015, 10:04:07 AM »
Some time ago I came to the conclusion that I don't want to know. 

Ingredients / Re: Malt Differences
« on: January 21, 2015, 06:41:24 AM »
White and Red wheat are types of wheat, then you get into when planted, spring or winter, and so on.

CaraWheat is a caramelized wheat, so similar to a crystal malt, but it started with wheat. You can have cararye also.

You can kiln the wheat and have chocolate and midnight wheat (sort of a black patent made with wheat).

What to use? What are the goals for the beer? What do you intend the 7 oz. for - color, body, head retention?

The new malt book might help.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Lautering Time
« on: January 20, 2015, 09:02:38 PM »
Vorlauf translates to pre run, or fore running. You run a some out until the mash filter sets and the wort is clear.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch Sparge HLT
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:55:48 PM »
So there is no risk of cold side aeration when pouring first runnings into my brew kettle using a bucket or other vessel?
Hot side aeration, HSA. Not a big problem , health fermentation will take care of it. More of an issue in a light lager designed to set on the shelf for a year. Then you might pick it up, maybe.

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville AHA Rally at Wicked Weed Funkatorium
« on: January 20, 2015, 07:48:01 AM »
And you are correct. Sierra Nevada in Mills River is the Taj Mahal of breweries in the US.
We have been to Chico about 4, maybe 5 times, so I know how the 2 compare. Impressive what you can do with a clean slate and full funding. I give the Grossman family credit for their vision on what a brewery should be as far as presentation and experience. The Taproom will have the 20 bbl pilot system as a focal point, along with the pilot beers on tap.

The brew house is also a little different from Chico. I think the whole place has a little more technology. It also should be pointed out that they have the large square open fermenters like they do in Chico, and some really pretty open round fermenters with troughs to top crop. The later can be seen from the bar used at the end of the tour.

There are also some 1600 bbl fermenters, those are on the right when you are in the parking lot, the "small" ones are 800s.

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville AHA Rally at Wicked Weed Funkatorium
« on: January 20, 2015, 06:14:34 AM »
Good to see you scratched the tip of the iceberg. Too bad about the Green Man brew, I've never found them to have an off beer, although some have been more boring than others. I just like the vibe of that place. With 12 in line at Sunny Point I would guess about a half hour wait. There is always a line there.

Put French Broad Chocolate Lounge as a must on your next visit as well as Highland, Pisgah, and Wedge. Clingman is steps away from Wedge and not far away is 12 bones, but they are closed until the end of the month and that location is only opened Mon - Fri.

Lemme know in advance when you plan to visit again and I'll see if we can make that jive with our schedule.

Thanks to you and other's advice we had a pretty good time. A really fun city with much to offer, we will be back to Asheville.

The Pub / Beer Experts - the Beer Curmudgeon
« on: January 19, 2015, 06:02:55 PM »
A good little read. The guy in the picture is not me. Some of you know him.

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