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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Founder's Porter?
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:16:37 PM »
I grew up on Founders (from Michigan and lived in Grand Rapids) and they are fantastic.  They have grown at a tremendous rate both in space and popularity.  Their porter is fantastic as is some of their IPAs.  Their Centennial IPA was one of my favorites but lately has been tasting really under-attentuated to me...for some reason.  I agree with fmader...get some of their oatmeal stout.  Fantastic! 

Founder is always what family brings me when they visit...since I can't get it in Colorado.  Great brewery and beer. 


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Huge honor!
« on: November 05, 2013, 05:57:21 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Score!
« on: October 30, 2013, 12:10:00 PM »
Nice!  Cheers!

The Pub / Re: Gotta brag just a leeetle
« on: October 27, 2013, 08:00:46 PM »
Congrats!  That is awesome!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Temp Measurement
« on: October 26, 2013, 07:49:06 AM »
Found an interesting estimate graph at the following link.  They estimate fermentation temp rises based on OG/SG.  Kind of interesting.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Temp Measurement
« on: October 25, 2013, 05:28:18 AM »
All really great feedback.  Learned a lot with this batch.  I turned off the heater and the chamber has dropped down to a 65 ambient temp.  Obviously missed the crucial time, but live and learn.  Thanks again for all the feedback and suggestions.  Time to switch up some things. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Temp Measurement
« on: October 24, 2013, 01:22:23 PM »
All really great feedback.  Thanks everyone.  This is my first attempt at a Belgian and knew I could maintain the higher temps...but then spaced on the fermentation temp increase.  This might end up being a brew that would have better inside where it is a little cooler.

Either way, I have learned a lot with this brewing and fermentation process.  While I am a fan of bananas...not sure if I want a bottle of them.  Oh well, only time will tell. 

Thanks again everyone.  I will have to figure some stuff out in my fermentation chamber. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Temp Measurement
« on: October 23, 2013, 03:21:13 PM »
Thanks for the suggestion.  I know that wyeast suggests 68 degrees at the lowest for this strain and thought I was doing alright with keeping it at middle range (68-75), but then became concerned about the active fermentation temp inside.  Hopefully I haven't pushed this too high (80) active fermentation temp. I think i may just have to tape my probe to the side and see what it says. 


Yeast and Fermentation / Fermentation Temp Measurement
« on: October 23, 2013, 02:52:06 PM »
I recently brewed up a belgian dubbel and pitched Wyeast 1214.  Fermentation took off in about 12 hours and has been rather active.  Smells like someone is baking banana bread in the fermentation chamber.  Anyways...I have the chamber at 72 ambient temp, but am a little concerned about fermenting too high with fermentation action inside.  Based on what I have read, that could reach 10 degrees higher....which would put me at much higher than suggested temps.

So, my question.  What do people do to measure the actual temp. of the wort? So, what are other people doing besides just a temp sticker on the side?  Anyone have good luck with thermowell?


All Grain Brewing / Re: Low really low
« on: October 20, 2013, 02:20:59 PM »
Well....I think I figured it out!  It was my crush.  I just brewed a belgian dubbel with a 13.95# grain bill.  Decided to hand crush the grains using the mill at the LHBS.  The crush was noticeably finer and what I would expect a good crush to look like.  While it ended up being the longest brew day yet...I hit 76% efficiency.  Really happy with it and just a smidgen over my anticipated OG. 

While the efficiency was much better than I had hoped for, I did end up with a rather slow run-off on both mash out and sparging.  I think I may just go a little bigger on the gap next time. 

Thanks everyone for their suggestions.  Now if I could just seem to get my temps and water volumes spot on and not drop my ph strip in the mash, I would be very excited....but I am still tweaking my system. 

Thanks again and brew on!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low really low
« on: October 18, 2013, 11:25:11 AM »
Just had the water conversation with a group of homebrewers at our study group last night.  Really need to start working with the water.  Our water is rather low in everything. Need to pick up some salts for the next brew

Equipment and Software / Re: Blue Reptile Bulb in Fermentation Chamber
« on: October 15, 2013, 04:32:08 PM »
Yeah.  I need to look at a dual stage controller.  Just purchased the Johnson A419 so i may just have to utilize it for a future kegarator and get a ranco for the chamber.  Thanks everyone for the suggestions. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Blue Reptile Bulb in Fermentation Chamber
« on: October 15, 2013, 03:51:04 PM »
Sounds good. I might go with the heat rock because the lamp is putting way too much heat out and the freezer is kicking in full blast only to settle in the high 50s. Figuring out the best solution has been a head ache. Finally just moved the beer inside...for now.

Equipment and Software / Blue Reptile Bulb in Fermentation Chamber
« on: October 14, 2013, 01:17:23 PM »
So, it is starting to get rather cool around here, especially at night.  My fermentation chamber has been hitting the mid-50s in the evening.  I have a digital Johnson A419 but have it on the cooling portion and wanted to figure out a heating source to keep it in range.

Anyways, I recently purchased a cone lamp fixture and a 60 watt blue incandescent bulb from a local pet store.  I have left it on for a day and the bulb really heats up the freezer rather well, but.... I am a little worried about the light that it puts off.  It is a soft blue light but I know its still putting off UV and UVA rays (as indicated by the box).  Any suggestions on another alternative or ideas on having a blue bulb rather than a typical white bulb?  Should I not be too worried with the blue bulb?

This bulb will get the freezer working a little more than usual but better than stalled fermentations.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gabf app
« on: October 09, 2013, 08:29:41 PM »
Great app!  Have been looking at the newly uploaded pouring lists.  Really excited (its my 1st GABF).  Any suggestions on breweries not to be missed?

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