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Ingredients / Sour wash or not wash
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:31:41 AM »
So I have a co-worker who has a booming sour cherry tree in her yard.  We made a deal on me taking the cherries for an upcoming brew day. 

My plan is to make a sour cherry ale (not sure what kind yet).  I plan to freeze them until I decide on a recipe and ensure they keep until I brew. Because I am freezing them, I am sure that most of the wild yeast and micro-organisms will be killed off.  This is a good and bad thing for me as I am interested in the wild yeast. 

My question.  Would you wash them  and freeze or freeze unwashed?  Any suggestions? 


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cold Crashing Causing Oxidation?
« on: July 03, 2014, 06:42:31 PM »
Thanks for the thoughts.  I don't keg at this point and have started to crash my past few batches and was wondering if this was an issue and the cause of my slight oxidation taste I was getting. 

I have always removed my blow off tube after fermentation is complete in place of a airlock.  I guess all the more reason to get the kegging system started. 


Yeast and Fermentation / Cold Crashing Causing Oxidation?
« on: July 03, 2014, 01:45:33 PM »
So I visited another forum just to check it out.  Then a thread grabbed my attention.  The thread was about cold crashing causing oxidation.  Basically what was discussed is that cold temperatures cause air to be sucked in and thus O2 and CO2 mix together.  Additionally the conversation indicated only cold crash under pressure.  Anyone have any experience with this? 

This jumped out to me because the last two beers I have cold crashed in the carboy have a slight oxidation flavor that I just couldn't figure out. 


Going Pro / Re: new keg product
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:31:37 PM »
I talked to the guy at the NHC this year and demonstrated how it worked.  Really interesting and cool product. He also indicated they are in the process of creating ball lock products for homebrewers. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Chillin' in the Summer
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:21:42 PM »
Nice!  Not sure how you can bear to stand next to a boil kettle at 100F tho.

When I brew in the summer, I mash-in at 6:00am, done by noon!

Same here!  Love those early brew days...

Agreed.  I am usually mashing in at 5am.  Both to beat the heat and the kids waking up...which results in a crazy environment.  ha. 

But...I would love to invest in a pump to cool with ice water.  Good on ya.   Cheers!

Equipment and Software / Re: Temp control: Johnson or Ranco?
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:19:37 PM »
For fermentation I would say Ranco dual stage (that auber looks real nice too).  I have a Johnson digital and use it for fermentation...but I have to watch it closely depending on the weather outside. Does a great job cooling in the summer months, but in the winter it can get a little low.  In that case, I just turn on the reptile heating pad. With that, the Johnson is always spot on and I have really enjoyed it, but a dual stage is ideal. 

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 24, 2014, 10:15:12 AM »
Here is my take on NHC 2014.

First, I am from the Grand Rapids area and went to school there (GVSU) so I loved being back.  Arrived on Wed. and got a chance to hit the old stomping grounds of Founders.  Went to Perrin, GRBC, Hopcat and Brewery Vivant.!  Awesome brewery and fantastic beers.  Grand Rapids has certainly come up in regards to craft beer and it was great to see GR doing awesome things.

The conference was great.  The expo was really fun and got to see a lot of cool stuff.  The sessions were hit or miss.  I was actually expecting a little more out of the sessions, but about half of them I went to were either very introductory or just the presenter going through the motions not really covering much. I actually left two early because of the lack of info and polish.  Some of the better ones I attended were very informative and dug deep into the topic.  Overall....really good info to be had and glad they are posted online.

Club night was awesome!  I had some amazing beers and focused on sours that evening.  Really blown away. 

Didn't go to the banquet even though a buddy and me had a co-brew in the finals.  really just because I didn't want to pay for the banquet and not be able to eat anything (I'm vegan). 

Overall, really great time meeting people, learning lots and being back home. 

Oh and the forum meet up was awesome!  Great meeting Denny, Drew, Ron, Amanda and others. 

Two thumbs up for GR and I am looking forward to San Diego. Cheers!

I agree with some others on the crush.  Milling my own via the LHBS via their hand mill helped a lot.  Also, make sure you are stirring the crap out of it when you dough in and when you add your sparge water.  I saw a significant increase in efficiency when I spent more time stirring (during sparge) to ensure I was getting residual sugar in suspension. 

I agree the clone category is interesting.  Overall I really like the changes. 

Only had to dump one batch so far.  It was actually rather recent.  IPA that was so oxidized that is all I could taste.  Bummer was that I spent roughly $40 on hops just for this one batch.  Oh well.  To be honest...I am intrigued what a quad with hotdogs tastes like.  ha.  Cheers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC Seminars
« on: June 20, 2014, 07:49:58 AM »
haha.  I believe there was a guy recording the Denny and Drew's presentaion.  I was right behind him so it looked like the film was rolling.  The tincture was funny...although I was jealous I didn't get any vodka at 10am in the morning.  Kidding. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 15, 2014, 04:56:55 PM »
Great meeting everyone! Everyone is just as I expected...super cool. Oh and nobody can rock red chuck Taylors like Denny. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC broadcast???
« on: June 15, 2014, 04:54:23 PM »
No love for me either. Next year. Cheers to all the winners!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 10, 2014, 01:05:31 PM »
I will be there! Looking forward to it.

Beer Travel / Re: Estes Park, CO & There abouts
« on: May 30, 2014, 09:19:24 PM »
I know the breweries in Fort Collins well.  I would agree with some others on Funkwerks and Equinox.  Great beers at both of those places.  Odell is a must.  Horse and Dragon is a new spot that is really good.  CB Potts tap room always has some tasty brews also. 

Of course there is New Belgium but many people can get their beers since they have a wide distribution network. 

Cheers and have a good time!

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