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All Grain Brewing / Slow Carbing Bourbon Porter
« on: February 15, 2014, 01:32:32 AM »
I brewed a bourbon porter which I added 7 oz of Maker's Mark per 5 gallons to the keg on 1/17/14.  I set the CO2 to 20 psi.  Here we are several weeks later and it's still very flat.  I know the keg is holding pressure because I have to pull the PRV when I take a sample and it's very full.  Plenty of headspace for CO2.  Any ideas what could be causing this issue?  Is the Maker's Mark not allowing it to carb or making it take longer?  I can't figure it out... :o :o :o


I voted. I won't say who for, but they were all non-partisan


Why does Florida have such strange laws?  They already allow 32 oz bombers and 1 gal growlers, but nothing in between?  This link explains the challenges.

Beer Recipes / Re: How do you plan your recipes?
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:22:07 PM »
If you're looking for recipes, try

Otherwise, try to clone what you drink commercially. Also, Zymurgy has good recipes. Benefits of being an AHA member!

Equipment and Software / Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« on: February 11, 2014, 08:28:05 PM »
I have 1 glass carboy and 5 better bottle plastic carboys.  I choose the plastic.  Never used buckets so I can't say anything about them.  I just like to see my beer without having to take the lid off.  I use a ported carboy cap when kegging so only CO2 touches the beer.  I don't bottle.  That pretty much sums me up I guess.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How Fast do you Chill Your Wort Post Boil?
« on: February 11, 2014, 03:06:12 PM »
I ask because I have had a problem with plenty of bittering but lack of flavor and aroma in my brews. I have been killing the heat, adding the flameout hops, and letting it stand for an hour or more.

Also, I use a plate chiller.

Do you dry hop?  If so, what is your typical dosage for your IPA you are having aroma/flavor issues with?  I don't usually whirlpool for more than 10 minutes and dry hop a couple ounces per 5 gallons for 3-4 days.  I don't usually have flavor/aroma issues, but my IPAs aren't cheap either, so...

Going Pro / Re: Advice From Some Pros.
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:18:29 PM »
Good article. Thanks for posting.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbonation and perceived bitterness
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:11:43 PM »

Yeast definitely are bitter.

I've never noticed yeast being bitter by themselves, but I'd aay that in bitter beers the yeast are absorbing some iso-aa or they are sticking to the outside of the yeast cells

^ This. That's one of the reasons it's advantageous to cold crash prior to dry hopping (so I've heard), then bring temp back up.  I notice similar effects in my beer especially when the sting of the CO2 hits your tongue.

Ingredients / Re: Grain life/ crushing
« on: February 10, 2014, 12:54:09 PM »
I've been told crushed grain is kind of like anything else perishable. As in if you let air get to it it will get stale. So as long as it's closed up tight to keep air out it should last for a month or two without getting stale. I've used crushed grain that was over 3 months old before with no ill effects, but YMMV.

If you're going to continue brewing for awhile I would go ahead and invest in a mill you don't have to turn by hand. I got a barley crusher with the 3 lb hopper for around $150. Worth every penny.

Equipment and Software / Re: Weird Gas Post
« on: February 10, 2014, 03:18:41 AM »
Bought some kegs off a buddy but I could swear I broke them down and cleaned them before filling them. Maybe I missed this one. Anyhow, the top of the post is all warped so I will have to figure something else out. Maybe order another one.

Equipment and Software / Re: Weird Gas Post
« on: February 10, 2014, 03:03:24 AM »
The weird thing is I break my kegs down after every empty keg. I've never noticed this one. Do I drink that much, or is something else going on??

Equipment and Software / Weird Gas Post
« on: February 10, 2014, 12:55:32 AM »
Anyone ever seen a gas post like this? Red plastic?

Going Pro / Re: Pros (or wannabes) - Propane or NG
« on: February 06, 2014, 12:36:47 PM »
Thread derailed. It's only matter of time.

Going Pro / Re: Pros (or wannabes) - Propane or NG
« on: February 06, 2014, 12:28:28 AM »
So. Survey says..........electric!

Going Pro / Pros (or wannabes) - Propane or NG
« on: February 05, 2014, 08:42:40 PM »
This may get moved by the forum police*, but I thought I'd put it here anyway.  If you had to use direct-fire rather than steam, and say your system is no bigger than 2-3 bbls, which would you rather use: propane or natural gas?  I suppose it depends on what is available and what the rates are, but I would think they're generally consistent throughout the US.

*EDIT:  Forum "pruner"  ;D

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