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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada 2017 Oktoberfest
« on: September 04, 2017, 02:17:31 PM »
I like this year's better than last (and I liked that one.)

Nice hops flavors. Easy drinking.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 03, 2017, 06:50:37 PM »
German Pils. 72 Barke Pils/25 Pale Ale/3 Carahell.  1.046 OG, 32 IBU, all Mittelfrueh. 



Looks great.

I am curious about getting the foam to rise above the glass. Does that happen naturally? How do you do that?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 03, 2017, 06:49:28 PM »


Klang Freudenfest Oktoberfest (Extract)



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Looks good. How did it turn out?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 02, 2017, 03:54:15 PM »
Beautiful Marzen, Jon!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Transferring from a corny keg fermenter w/o trub
« on: August 30, 2017, 04:21:47 PM »
I have 3 clear beer systems and after spunding to the keg, I am able to pour beer that is clearer than beer that has been lagering for at least 3-4 wks already in the very first pour.

For me, they just allow me to drink a beer when it is super fresh instead of having to wait 3 wks for it to pour somewhat clear after the spund.

That's hopeful then.  I should probably just pull the trigger on one and find out for myself how it'll work in my process/system.
My experience was that it took two weeks for the beers to be completely bright with and without the clear beer system. Before that the beers were somewhat cloudy.

I can't really say how much better the clear beer was than the dip tube before week two since I didn't do a side by side comparison.


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Beer Recipes / Re: Transferring from a corny keg fermenter w/o trub
« on: August 30, 2017, 12:16:16 PM »
Then at one point with about 3/4 gallon remaining the clear beer somehow got stuck (I think the dry hopper got in the way) and stopped serving beer. I had to open the keg and knock it free.

Clear beer system now has a screen.  I was able to throw three ounces in the keg without clogging or getting hop bits in my beer
That's a good use for the screen. I don't have the screen. I have stainless screen container. The Clear Beer screen is probably better.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Transferring from a corny keg fermenter w/o trub
« on: August 30, 2017, 12:15:19 PM »
For my current brew, I only have one of the three in the keg; the clear beer. I am pretty sure the clear beer has no real value when serving. My beer took about the same amount of time to clear. I am glad I bought it for the fermenting keg transfer not for serving.

That's a real shame because is sure makes sense that it should result in clearer pours much earlier on in a kegs life.  This is the first time I read that it doesn't result in clearer beer.  You're not spunding or keg priming are you?
I spund then transfer to a keg with the method described in my original post.  I generally have clear beer about two weeks after kegging for lagers.

My observation is just a comparison of two batches. I brewed a German Pils and my SABL clone both with same yeast. I kegged both after two weeks in the fermenter. Both were clear two weeks later. One used the Clear Beer system and one used a dip tube. YMMV. Things may be different for different yeast and other situations.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Transferring from a corny keg fermenter w/o trub
« on: August 30, 2017, 05:41:53 AM »
I have three things that can go inside my kegs. (1) Ball and Keg to monitor the beer remaining, (2) the clear beer draught system, (3) a stainless dry hop container.

It seems these items are not 100% compatible with one another. I could not get the ball and keg magnet to stick when the clear beer was inside the keg. I am guessing the inside magnet of the ball and keg was sticking to the clear beer floater.

Then at one point with about 3/4 gallon remaining the clear beer somehow got stuck (I think the dry hopper got in the way) and stopped serving beer. I had to open the keg and knock it free.

For my current brew, I only have one of the three in the keg; the clear beer. I am pretty sure the clear beer has no real value when serving. My beer took about the same amount of time to clear. I am glad I bought it for the fermenting keg transfer not for serving.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Transferring from a corny keg fermenter w/o trub
« on: August 29, 2017, 01:12:46 PM »
I've been thinking of fermenting in kegs. I've got two taps, 4 5-gallon ball-lock kegs and 2 3-gallon pinlocks. Are you serving your 3 gallon batches in 5-gallon kegs? I suppose if you are voiding oxygen as best you can, the smaller batch size to keg shouldn't be an issue.
No. I have 2.5 gallon kegs. The extra half gallon is mostly trub.

I fill the kegs all the way with starsan then empty by pushing co2. This gets nearly all oxygen out of the keg.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Transferring from a corny keg fermenter w/o trub
« on: August 29, 2017, 04:42:54 AM »
That's some quality MS Paint art there. I know a few people that use these for dispensing, but hadn't heard about it for fermenting beer. No issue with krausen?
No krausen issues for the 2 lagers I tried. Both with the same yeast. If it gets stuck, I can try extra pressure to unstick.

If that doesn't work, I can put the original dip tip back in without too much fuss, I think (some oxygen exposure though). 

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Beer Recipes / Re: Transferring from a corny keg fermenter w/o trub
« on: August 28, 2017, 08:18:23 PM »
PS. I forgot to set the subforum for this post. It ended up in the same subforum as my previous post. Sorry.

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Beer Recipes / Transferring from a corny keg fermenter w/o trub
« on: August 28, 2017, 08:16:30 PM »
I have been fermenting in a 5 gallon pin lock keg the last few batches. I brew 3 gallon batches, so, the size is perfect. I use a spunding valve to naturally carbonate the beer and then transfer under pressure to a sani-purged keg.

I tried using a cut dip tube. That worked okay, but, I also have tried   using a Clear Beer Draft System (http://www.clearbeerdraughtsystem.com/) in the fermenter. The clear beer draught system works well for this application.

Here a couple of pics stolen from Clear Beer's website.


The float keeps the beer inlet above any trub. The float is in the fermenter from day one. I was worried it might get clogged by krausen, but, so far that hasn't been a problem.


The float is stainless steel.

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Beer Recipes / Re: IPA Recipe Help
« on: August 28, 2017, 05:58:41 PM »
Thanks! Guys. Maybe I'll make some pancake syrup with the candi syrup. It's burning a hole in my pocket.

I think I'll try the 3% C40 and I will drop the OG a few points.

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Beer Recipes / IPA Recipe Help
« on: August 27, 2017, 03:46:16 PM »
I would like to brew an IPA. I haven't brewed one in a few years. Here is what I have so far:

For 3 gallons at 1066 OG
87% 2-Row Pale
13% Clear Candi Syrup (1 pound)
59 IBU Simcoe @ 60
1 oz Azacca @ 1
3 oz Azacca steep/whirlpool
3 oz Azacca dry
M44 West Coast Ale Yeast

I have 1 more oz of Azacca. I can add that anywhere. I also have 8 oz of Amarillo and Crystal I could use for variety.

The candi syrup is just something I have laying around. I can drop that. I just thought it might be good to dry out the beer.

Any suggestions?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 27, 2017, 02:50:15 PM »
I'm shocked that 9% crystal isn't enough.  that said beautiful looking beer, albeit lighter than BL.
Maybe the low oxygen thing is contributing to light color, but, the caramel flavor in mine although nice was definitely less.

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