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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: September 23, 2016, 07:00:39 PM »
I just hope enough people quit homebrewing for me to pick up a lightly used zymatic for $500.
Me, too!

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Beer Travel / Re: Where am I?
« on: September 23, 2016, 01:08:24 PM »
Google image search ;)
So, I'll have to limit to only photos I take next time. I wonder if google can find similar photos.

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General Homebrew Discussion / The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: September 23, 2016, 10:45:09 AM »
I don't really disagree, but nearly strained myself with the eyeroll at this quote (emphasis mine):

“I’m a pro brewer who literally cannot stand homebrewing since I’ve gone pro,” emails Jen Nad from Montreal. “Just doesn’t interest me, not much free time anymore, or rather it’s so time consuming and messy that I’m not willing to sacrifice my free time to do something I can do at work that’s a million times more fun and better tasting.”
The quotes from pro brewers who don't want to homebrew add no value to the article. It's no surprise most of us don't want our hobby to be what we do for a living.

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Beer Travel / Where am I?
« on: September 23, 2016, 09:43:09 AM »
Idaho falls?
Good job! The first shot was Idaho Falls Brewing Company specifically.

Idaho Falls has potatoes, Idaho National Laboratory, an LDS temple (Fig 2), the Snake River with very nice water falls downtown, and 2 breweries. I tried both breweries.  Both were good. I am glad I visited.

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Beer Travel / Re: Where am I?
« on: September 22, 2016, 07:16:52 PM »
Okay, Homoeccentricus, where am I?


Fig. 1. Outside


Fig. 2. The men's room wall.


Fig. 3. Around town.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 22, 2016, 05:35:28 PM »
Thanks, Tommy. One of my favorite times of the year. Cooler temps, football, leaves turning, Oktoberfest. Not bad.
What's a turning leaf? Says the man from the south...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 22, 2016, 04:23:47 PM »
Great looking beer and sounds like a great party.

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Ingredients / Brewtan B experiment
« on: September 21, 2016, 07:59:38 PM »
I can't do the experiment in time but I am interested in the instructions for the experiment. I just got Brewtan-B last week. Now I need to learn to use it.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: September 21, 2016, 05:51:53 PM »
So, who's the first to incorporate one of these into their brewery?

http://store.liqui-cel.com/



Hadn't seen those. I'll bet somebody here jumps on one, for the outlet side of their RO system.


Edit - If you're committed to low O2 water, it would beat the hell out of preboiling.
The cheap ones have tens of milliliters per minute flow rates. At 20 ml/minute it would take 3 hours to process 1 gallon. You would need to think ahead to make your water.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hoppy Lager/Non traditional pilsner
« on: September 21, 2016, 03:03:39 PM »
Tommy, for our Hops Fell Hop Lager I use Magnum for bittering and a blend of cascade, Tettnanger and Madarina for WP hops. I also use a 10 min addition of Manadarina. Malt is a blend of Pils, Vienna, Flaked Maize and cara foam. Not sure if you have had HFHL but it has no dankness to it, rather it has bright citrus notes and a medium light body.
I have had HFHL twice. That's the beer that gave me the idea. Thanks for all the info.

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Beer Recipes / Hoppy Lager/Non traditional pilsner
« on: September 21, 2016, 09:02:42 AM »
I recently made a hoppy lager which had CTZ for bittering (@ 60 min, 32 IBU) and Cascade for flavor and aroma (0.5 oz hop stand in 3G batch).  The beer is good but has a dankness that I would like to avoid on future versions. I like the dankness in an IPA, but, in a hoppy lager I think the dankness masks the clean crisp flavor I would like.

Question: did the CTZ cause the dankness or was it more likely the Cascade? I can bitter with Chinook or Magnum next time. I am out of Cascade so for the next version I am thinking Centennial or Galaxy. I also have Simcoe, Amarillo, and Ekuanot (HBC366). I think Simcoe and Amarillo may have similar dankness issues. I've never used Ekuanot. Thoughts?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Building up a starter
« on: September 20, 2016, 06:05:47 PM »
You do not want to let a starter ferment out.  You want to step it high krausen.  You also want to pitch at high krausen.  The maximum cell density for a liter is 200 billion cells.  The amount of cells that one can grow is based on the volume of the starter, initial dissolved O2, and the amount of available carbon.  Sugar is carbon bound to water, which is why it is a carbohydrate.

By the way, "Shaken, not Stirred" is a technique that I had been using for over two decades when I introduced it to this forum and couple of others.
I switched to "Shaken, not Stirred" a few months ago. I am really happy with the results. Easy and effective. Thanks, Mark.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: September 19, 2016, 07:00:56 PM »
One question I have about LODO and even Brewtan is what about all the gold medals from days gone by? Would those beers loose in a contemporary competition because LODO and/or Brewtan have raised the bar so dramatically?

I can't do LODO with my simple batch sparge system. I am working on adding spunding to my process. I am now transferring into a purged keg. I bought Brewtan-B (haven't tried it yet). Should I give up home brewing since I don't want to pre-boil, can't imagine not stirring, my sparge splashes a little bit, and I can't fill my mash tun from the bottom? Or should I train my taste buds to not like my beer (especially my Helles) and all other similarly made swill and then give up home brewing?

You see, I currently like my beers and think a lot of them are better than I can get at the local breweries (except for Yellowhammer of course ;) because they are fresh and brewed to my taste. I am all for improving and I am trying many of the techniques offered. But I don't see a path to complete LODO with out big expense and I have not seen any evidence to make me want to risk the investment. I've got 2 college educations to pay for.
Dude, no one said you had to do it. They just said it does make a difference. If you like what you're doing, keep doing it.
In regards to all the gold medals, well, I don't know about that, just that we can only assume beers will get better with better brewing practices. Can't a craft evolve? There's a whole lot of resistance towards evolving ideas in this thread and with all this Low DO stuff. We have the power to evolve ideas, guys!
Maybe it's harder to interpret written word versus spoken word, but I interpret a lot of these posts as "If your not trying LODO then you don't want to evolve therefore there is something wrong with you as a brewer and a person."

I am trying some, just not all LODO things.  I am evolving in my own terms.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: September 19, 2016, 05:07:00 PM »
One question I have about LODO and even Brewtan is what about all the gold medals from days gone by? Would those beers loose in a contemporary competition because LODO and/or Brewtan have raised the bar so dramatically?

I can't do LODO with my simple batch sparge system. I am working on adding spunding to my process. I am now transferring into a purged keg. I bought Brewtan-B (haven't tried it yet). Should I give up home brewing since I don't want to pre-boil, can't imagine not stirring, my sparge splashes a little bit, and I can't fill my mash tun from the bottom? Or should I train my taste buds to not like my beer (especially my Helles) and all other similarly made swill and then give up home brewing?

You see, I currently like my beers and think a lot of them are better than I can get at the local breweries (except for Yellowhammer of course ;) because they are fresh and brewed to my taste. I am all for improving and I am trying many of the techniques offered. But I don't see a path to complete LODO with out big expense and I have not seen any evidence to make me want to risk the investment. I've got 2 college educations to pay for.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: First time kegging
« on: September 18, 2016, 01:36:41 PM »
You can spray starsan (mixed with water) on the keg and look for bubbles. Your co2 will be gone by tomorrow if you don't fix the leak. Use keg lube or Vaseline on rubber o-rings to get a better seal.

Sorry if this is a double post, internet is being weird.

So I said the hell with it and switch my brew into another keg and no more leaks.

I was wondering if there is any way to fix the leak I spoke about earlier? I tested with some starsan water and the bubbles were coming from the edge that I noted in the picture. Or will I just have to eat the cost of the keg and get a new one?

Thanks.
Now that it's empty you could pressurize and submerge in bathtub to explore the exact location of the leak. Maybe with more information someone else can help. I am not sure how to help.

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