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All Grain Brewing / Re: Adding Dark Grains During Vorlauf
« on: February 07, 2016, 02:54:33 PM »
I used to be a firm supporter of cold steeping dark grains. Why? Because I did not adjust water. Who knows where the pH would have been had I mashed them. I made great beer by cold steeping dark grains. In fact, one was a blue ribbon beer. But since I started adjusting water, I mash the dark grains. By following the advice of Jon, I mash stouts and porters at 5.6. The beers are great this way too. I get to use less dark grains in the mash than I would by cold steeping, and I don't have to waste time messing with cold steeping. I'm all about time anymore. In this case, I can shave time and make a superior beer.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: urgent puzzled newbie kegger question
« on: February 07, 2016, 02:08:07 PM »
I despise bottling. Hate it. If I didn't switch over to kegging, I wouldn't be brewing anymore. I'm convinced of that. The thought that I'm going to have to bottle four bottles to send to the NHC makes me cringing.

By switching to kegging, I save about an 2 hours for  each batch, which added up is over time is over 2 days. It would be more now since I'm brewing double batches. I don't have cases of bottles stacked everywhere. My wife is happy since I'm not soaking bottles in the sink anymore to remove labels. I feel much more comfortable cellaring a keg for a year instead of two cases of bottles with no ill effects. Your friends are uber jealous that you have 4 beers on tap in your basement. And most importantly, to me, is that I think my beer tastes better out of a keg.

And one more I guess.... Because I keg, I don't have to bottle.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump
« on: February 06, 2016, 10:49:18 PM »
Thanks for the input guys. I went with the Chugger and got it mounted today during the brew day. I didn't use it today for brewing, but I did run soapy water through it during the clean up. It's running about 5 gallons s minute.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Hop Slam 2016
« on: February 06, 2016, 02:20:49 AM »
I just poured a can. It's much smoother than what I had on tap. But still not what I thought it used to be. Lol sounds like Dennis Green "They are who we thought they were."

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On tap for the Super Bowl
« on: February 06, 2016, 12:57:54 AM »
American Porter, Barleywine, and Breakfast Stout... I kicked my IPA last night. I'll be brewing an imperial hoppy Amber to replace it tomorrow.

I'm really not sure I'll be drink in for the big game though.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Citradelic IPA
« on: February 06, 2016, 12:28:00 AM »
You guys talked me into it! Hoppiness is plentiful. It's a relatively light bodies beer. I foresee this in my hand as a mow the lawn here in a couple months!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Hop Slam 2016
« on: February 05, 2016, 06:51:25 PM »
I agree.  Almost identical feelings and path of experience with it as fmader , but now I don't even buy it - in the past 4-5 years it's  been a let down with its overly syrupy malt body and the hop aromatics have only been there for me in the freshest of fresh examples.  When I want an American barleywine, I'll pick up a 4pk of either Bigfoot or Old Ruffian for the same price that my local store charges for a single 12oz bottle of HS

Speaking of Bigfoot.... The 2016 addition is killer!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Hop Slam 2016
« on: February 05, 2016, 02:17:31 AM »
I bought a 6 yesterday (excited about cans) but haven't had one yet. I went out to east yesterday and had it on tap. It's always had the alcohol burn at 10%, but this seemed much more boozy than past years. Maybe it will be better in cans.

I also find it funny how 5-6 years ago when I started drinking craft beers, I was told this was the money beer. I had finally found it and bought it all (like 2 cases). I drank it forever. It was the best beer ever. Now I just buy a 6 each year just for the novelty. Either the competition has caught up, it's gone downhill, my palette has changed, or all of the above.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Citradelic IPA
« on: February 05, 2016, 01:43:22 AM »
I'll have to try it it. I saw it locally last week. $8.99 a six. New Belgium makes solid beers. Tough to beat Ranger as a classic IPA. I suspect this to be no worse than solid.

All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Starter Wort fail
« on: February 01, 2016, 05:56:33 PM »
I have that Presto 23qt pressure canner.  It does get up to 15psi and works very well for me.  The Cook's Illustrated review was for a smaller Presto model.

Excellent. Canning salsa is more intriguing to me than wort storage. However, wort storage gives it more justification based on savings alone.

Ok. One more question then. I'm not going to promise that it's my last lol. Is it necessary to boil and chill the wort prior to canning? If so, does it need to be 60 minutes?

All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Starter Wort fail
« on: February 01, 2016, 04:27:38 PM »
I was originally seeing products over $200. For that price, I'd rather spend it on another Ferm chamber lol. But I found this The gauge reads up to 20 psi, but a couple of reviews say it maxed out at 13.

EDIT: Annnnd Amanda said that too.

All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Starter Wort fail
« on: February 01, 2016, 01:52:21 PM »
Do you reboil again when making the starter or simply just add yeast?

Just add yeast. That's the beauty of pressure canning your own starter wort.  8)

Hmmm awesome. Ok. Now the questions are getting out of hand, but here's another. I don't have a pressure canner, nor do I really want to buy one. From my understanding, when you pressure can, you reach temperatures of 240 degrees. Now you can can by boiling the cans, but you only reach temps of 212. Is the wort acidic enough for 212 degrees to be adequate enough to effectively preserve the wort in the jars without risk of bacterial growth?

All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Starter Wort fail
« on: February 01, 2016, 12:02:12 PM »
Do you reboil again when making the starter or simply just add yeast?

All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Starter Wort fail
« on: January 31, 2016, 10:59:23 PM »
I love this idea. My question is, how are you storing this wort?

All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Starter Wort fail
« on: January 31, 2016, 08:59:01 PM »
Aha!  I just figured it out doh!

I didn't change the equipment profile.  It had me at a mash efficiency of over 100%!

I say in a small voice walking away:  "Nevermind..."

Lol... At least that's an easy fix and not something with the process.

If you want 1.040 grav wort, can you just boil some off?

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