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General Homebrew Discussion / I can make some delicious wort
« on: May 13, 2017, 11:22:34 PM »
Weird that 029 is throwing diacetyl for you. Are you picking the diacetyl up straight from the fermentor or after racking? Oxidizing after racking or packaging is a huge factor in diacetyl in finished beers.

Swing by the brewery and I'll give you a pint of peracedic acid. In exchange for some diacetyl free homerew. ;)
I don't currently have any diacetyl free home brew :) But, I think my Kölsch should be recovered in the next few days.

The blonde picked up a hint of diacetyl very late. That keg is kicked now. I bottled 2 bottles about 1 month ago. I tasted one of the bottles a few days ago and it had diacetyl bad. The last pint of if that beer from the keg had just a hint when it warmed up.

The Kölsch had a hint when I kegged it. I thought it would go away. I often get a caramel taste at packaging which goes away after a few days of conditioning. I thought that was what I had. But after 7-10 days in the keg this beer has a much more pronounced problem. I am hoping the krausening fixed it. I will be placing the keg back in the fridge tomorrow morning.  My recipe was 100% Pils with Magnum at bitter and Crystal at 5 min. Yours is far more crisp than mine. I am hoping the krausening will get me there.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I can make some delicious wort
« on: May 12, 2017, 06:48:41 PM »
I used WLP029.

I don't add oxygen. Just splashing from pouring into fermenter from fermenter.

I have been wanting to try Iodophor but the LHBS only sells Starsan. I wonder if Iodophor is available at other types of stores. I know my grandparents used something very similar at their dairy for years.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I can make some delicious wort
« on: May 12, 2017, 04:28:44 PM »
A simple fix for the diacetyl is to do a diacetyl rest. When fermentation starts slowing down, raise the temperature a few degrees (to 62-68 degrees, depending on your fermentation temperature). The yeast will become more active and be able to clean it up. 2 or 3 days at this temperature should help.

What if you're already fermenting at that temp?  While your advice is good for one particluar situation, that's not answer.  If you ket your fermentation go longer it will have the same affect.  Also, diacetyl can be cause by contamination, not just incomplete fermentation.
I am still pondering the cause. I think I will soak my fermenters and transfer hose in a strong bleach solution just in case. I use starsan normally but maybe using a different sanitizer once will help.

Both were ales (Kolsch and Blonde). Both had reasonably quick forming krausen so I don't think I under pitched and both were fermented in the 60's. Both were in the fermenter 10 days total (4-6 days after fermentation visibly ended).

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General Homebrew Discussion / I can make some delicious wort
« on: May 12, 2017, 02:26:28 AM »
It's the fermented beer that sometimes escapes me.

In other words, I F-up the fermentation from time to time. Like 2 batches in a row with diacetyl.

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The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 07, 2017, 09:59:50 PM »
I find it kind of funny as well. that homebrewers would get upset about the distribution of craft beer.  I hardly ever buy craft beer, and when I do, it is getting a growler fill directly at the brewery.  I find bottled or canned APA/IPAs to be generally dull, as they aren't fresh. 

Most of my beer purchases from a retail store go to Belgian and German imports, and to PBR (beer of choice for fishing trips, and it is too cheap to clone).
You won't be able to fill your growler at your favorite brewery if said brewery goes out of business because the distributors squeeze them out.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 07, 2017, 04:55:10 PM »
Nice glassware too

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 06, 2017, 09:24:12 PM »
Here's my Yooper's Fizzy Yellow Beer. Beautiful day for Nat'l Homebrew Day.




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Looks good. Cream Ale sounds great.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Post your Nat'l Homebrew Day photos
« on: May 06, 2017, 09:03:40 PM »
Today I am brewing a Helles. Here is a pic of the mash.



And boiling:


Very simple recipe. 100% German Pils malt, 19 IBU Magnum @ 60, 0.25 oz/3G Crystal at 5 min, and MJ M76 Bavarian Lager yeast.

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The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 04, 2017, 10:52:31 PM »
I am hoping to be the first homebrewer in the Picobrew Brewing Network (PBN) bought out by ABI.

Step one: get accepted into the PBN.
Or they could buy Pico outright and give you nada.
I know that is far more likely.  But, a homebrewer can dream.
Is there a license agreement/contract for the developers program? I didn't see anything on their site. Just curious as to when/if they can decide to keep your recipe sans royalties. Recipes aren't protected by law, so it would need to be some form of contract between Pico and the brewer.
That's a question for Denny maybe. He has a recipe already for sale. I think you need a Zymatic to be in the program and I don't have mine yet.

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The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 04, 2017, 10:48:40 PM »
I am hoping to be the first homebrewer in the Picobrew Brewing Network (PBN) bought out by ABI.

Step one: get accepted into the PBN.
Or they could buy Pico outright and give you nada.
I know that is far more likely.  But, a homebrewer can dream.

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The Pub / Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 04, 2017, 10:13:51 PM »
I am hoping to be the first homebrewer in the Picobrew Brewing Network (PBN) bought out by ABI.

Step one: get accepted into the PBN.

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The Pub / Good deal on Zymatic
« on: May 03, 2017, 04:36:07 PM »
How reliant is the zymatic on the company staying in business? Is it useless without access to their web based apps?

Based on what I know and have seen, there's nothing to worry about.
They are a tech company. They make money when people upgrade to new tech. Being reliant on their web apps puts your appliance in their hands. It's essentially a $2,000 lease.

Again, adding an offline mode would be a welcome addition.
I think the new business model is PicoBrew makes money when people buy picopaks. This is a recurring revenue stream. I think Zymatics are nice but they will never grow huge with just revenue from brewing system sales.

Even the new latest development announcement was for a bigger (5-10 gallon) machine to brew beer at restaurants; enable brewpubs with no probrewer expense and far less capital investment. I think they will sell prefabricated recipes for that, also.

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The Pub / Re: Good deal on Zymatic
« on: May 03, 2017, 03:10:14 PM »
How reliant is the zymatic on the company staying in business? Is it useless without access to their web based apps?

They promise to open source if the company goes out of business.

Also, I don't have a link, but, I saw an open source project that had reverse engineering the communication protocol. The commands are all HTML get and put.  I only took a quick look but it seemed like it might pretty easy to spoof a connection to Picobrew with a Python script.
Still scary. It's quite a bit more expensive than a nest cam or automated sprinkler system. They should make the machine its own webserver or offer a Raspberry Pi webserver SD card. They don't need to go open source now, but they should offer an offline solution for a $2000 appliance.
I agree.

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The Pub / Re: Good deal on Zymatic
« on: May 03, 2017, 03:05:49 PM »
This is an interesting tidbit from the Picobrew.com FAQ on the Pico.

"We will have a "Pico Simulator" and adapter shortly that will allow you to brew PicoPaks on your Zymatic without a Pico unit as well."

Source: https://www.picobrew.com/About/PicoFAQ.cshtml
Question: I own a Zymatic. Can I author PicoPaks?

This has been in the works for a while.
I am not above brewing a PicoPak or two. I like this idea.

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The Pub / Good deal on Zymatic
« on: May 03, 2017, 03:04:51 PM »
How reliant is the zymatic on the company staying in business? Is it useless without access to their web based apps?

They promise to open source if the company goes out of business.

Also, I don't have a link, but, I saw an open source project that had partially reverse engineered the communication protocol. The commands are all HTML get and put.  I only took a quick look but it seemed like it might pretty easy to spoof a connection to Picobrew with a Python script.

Edit: found it. https://github.com/hotzenklotz/picobrew-server. The work may already be complete.

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