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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Liquid vs dry yeast?
« on: March 17, 2015, 02:51:30 AM »
I like others use dry for IPAs and Pales and liquid with a starter for others.  US-05 is a great go-to and just recently picked up BRY-97 to try.  And I will confess....sometimes I don't even re-hydrate dry yeast....just sprinkle it in.  Easy as pie.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Berliner Weisse Question - Blend +Lacto?
« on: February 27, 2015, 02:42:15 AM »
I have considered the syrups.  I also have 20 pounds of tart cherries that I want to use.  Thinking of maybe racking onto cherries.  I will just let the spirit move me.  ha. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Berliner Weisse Question - Blend +Lacto?
« on: February 26, 2015, 10:29:05 PM »
Awesome! Thanks for the suggestions.  I am going 65% pils and 35% wheat.  150 single infusion mash with no decoction and 2-3 IBU.  1 minute boil.  Preparing to brew this one is so strange for me as it is significantly different than my normal brew days....not to mention I am somewhat new to sours. 


All Grain Brewing / Berliner Weisse Question - Blend +Lacto?
« on: February 26, 2015, 08:39:09 PM »
So I am going to take a stab at brewing a Berliner Weisse.  I have never brewed this style before and decided to go with White Labs 630 to get it started.  The 630 is a blend of weizen yeast and lacto.  From what I have read, the Lacto can be slow to grab and the blends may not sour to a high level.  My question, is adding a vial of lacto in addition the blend a solid option?  Or should I just let the blend do its thing? 

If adding both the lacto and blend, I was thinking of adding the lacto for 2-3 prior to the yeast.  Sour/infected beers are a new frontier for me but I am excited to get started. 


Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:15:49 PM »
Very cool.  Thanks for sharing the experience Denny.  I know you were making an IPA and indicated in the video that the hop additions were added to those little mesh pockets in the back.  I only saw 3 pockets.  Does that mean only 3 additions can be added? 


Would love to have a sour section. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to the hobby
« on: February 25, 2015, 03:07:57 AM »
First, welcome!  Welcome to this great community and hobby.  I know I am not the only one that will tell you that this "hobby" will quickly turn into a passion and even obsession.   8)

In regards to starting, I think there is a benefit to starting with extract just to get the process down, specifically the sanitation process.  Although, I do think if you are in it for the long haul you can jump straight into all-grain.  Know that there is a learning curve and some more equipment will be necessary unless you are doing BIAB. 

If you have a local hombrew store, give them a visit.  If not, lots of the big online stores (i.e. midwest, northern, etc.) sometimes have sales which might save you some on your first set up.  Cheers and welcome!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 25, 2015, 03:04:08 AM »
Thanks all!  Cheers!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 24, 2015, 03:34:31 AM »
Thanks all!  jeffjm, I took the tasting exam in mid September 2014.  Received the results a few days ago. 

General Homebrew Discussion / BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 24, 2015, 03:12:06 AM »
Well...results are in and I passed the tasting exam. Scored an 80 which I feel good about.  Only a recognized judge as I only have 1 experience point.  Need to get some more experience points.  Anyways, just wanted to share the good news and say thank you, as being part of this forum helped my knowledge base.  Cheers! 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Show off your foam!
« on: February 22, 2015, 07:15:51 PM »
Love it.  Cheers!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Kegs...Used kegs>>>Sales
« on: February 18, 2015, 02:38:55 AM »
Purchased 3 new kegs from AIH and am really happy with them. They are in perfect shape (no rust) and couldn't beat the price when my LHBS wanted 90 for used ball locks. 

Really happy with them.  Just got everything in the mail today to get the system up and running!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Weekend
« on: February 07, 2015, 10:07:24 PM »
Nice.  Congrats on the exam results.  I am brewing up an American Blonde tomorrow morning that will eventually be on top of some tart cherries.  Cheers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Making progress with SWMBO
« on: January 27, 2015, 12:52:39 AM »
That is awesome!  Solid choices she made.  My partner now prefers double IPAs as regular IPAs are "not hoppy enough" for her.  ha. 

She went from hating IPAs to now buying some heavy hitters when at the store.  Cheers!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Used kegs
« on: January 07, 2015, 07:01:06 PM »
True true.  I don't know why it worries me but it did for some reason.  I guess that is like not buying things that don't have a USDA we all know that stamp does a lot of good.  ha.

Thanks fellas.

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