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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 002
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:15:35 AM »
I'll check the gravity tonight when I get home. I won't be home until close to 10:00. I wasn't planning a multi step starter.... Was planning on using it Friday. That now doesn't seem to be the case. I'm brewing thus beer regardless Friday. Like I said, I might just pitch two vials of 001. The target OG if this beer will be 1.063.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 002
« on: March 05, 2014, 07:33:25 AM »
Thanks guys. I bought this at a small local joint. It was in a refrigerator, but I'm guessing that's not where it started. I think I got a bad vial. I was planning to use this next weekend in a Christmas beer that is being brewed for a Christmas in July party. Owell, I have a couple vials of 001 on hand that I'll just pitch. I used 001 last year when I brewed thus, just wanted to try something different. I shoulda known not to buy thus yeast when the store owner told me that if I was going to use this yeast within the next couple of weeks that there was no need to refrigerate it. He should stick to selling cigars.

frank - what was the date on the vial?

It was past date. I think it was December. I rolled the dice with this. I had no other way of getting a fresh vial unless I drove 45 minutes one way in a pinch, which I didn't want to do for just a vial of yeast.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 002
« on: March 05, 2014, 05:53:59 AM »
Thanks guys. I bought this at a small local joint. It was in a refrigerator, but I'm guessing that's not where it started. I think I got a bad vial. I was planning to use this next weekend in a Christmas beer that is being brewed for a Christmas in July party. Owell, I have a couple vials of 001 on hand that I'll just pitch. I used 001 last year when I brewed thus, just wanted to try something different. I shoulda known not to buy thus yeast when the store owner told me that if I was going to use this yeast within the next couple of weeks that there was no need to refrigerate it. He should stick to selling cigars.

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Yeast and Fermentation / WLP 002
« on: March 05, 2014, 04:42:50 AM »
This is the first time using 002. I put it in a 2 quart starter at 1.040 Monday night. So far I don't have any visuble fermentation. No krausen or anything. I don't use a stir plate, I I give my starters a nice swirl whenever I walk past them. Is this normal for this yeast, or did I buy a bad vial?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 04, 2014, 07:04:21 PM »
This one is a thing of beauty to me, so i had to share:

My american oatmeal stout:



This looks dandy! I wants it in my belly!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hoppy Pilsner..... Maybe?
« on: March 04, 2014, 05:42:17 PM »
No I wasn't offended whatsoever either. I was jealous because I have issues getting the intended outcome in a lot of my beers in regards to hop balance. Somehow I overcomplicate matters and seem to miss more than hit...
I'm still relatively new in this hobby. I'm coming up on my 2 year anniversary her in a couple weeks. For some reason I feel more comfortable with hops than other aspects of brewing. It's the part where you can let your imagination take over and put your thumbprint on a brew. I guess start familiarizing yourself with identifying the hops that are present in beers. I drink a lot of IPAs so there is a lot if practice. If I'm at a bar or  restaurant, I try and pick a beer that I'm not familiar with and try and guess the hop combination in it. Then I'll pull my phone out and look it up to see how close I am. Thus really irritates the hell out of the old lady  :P if you can start doing this well, then you'll start gaining an idea of what you want in a hop combination in a beer.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hoppy Pilsner..... Maybe?
« on: March 04, 2014, 05:34:41 PM »
Actually makes me look forward to getting a lager fridge soon, to replace the one that burned out over a year ago. I haven't brewed a lager since. I could've but didn't want to tie up the fermentation fridge with lagering time. It's fun to brew lagers with a hop schedule like that -IPL style. Gonna make the first one in the new fridge a BoPils though !

Haha this has only been my third or fourth lager and I think the one that was truly done correctly. The other ones were grain kits too. I actually fermented this one with a heat blanket on it. I took advantage of the relentless polar vortex and fermented this in the garage. I lagered it a little higher than I should have. My keezer is set at 38, so that's where it was lagered at.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hoppy Pilsner..... Maybe?
« on: March 04, 2014, 04:42:04 PM »
Got ya. I am not very good at doing things by feel or calculations at this point really...haha. Maybe eventually...

Not a thing wrong with that. It's a good idea to work out your IBUs with software at least until you've brewed a style a time or two. Then you can fine tune your hops by feel afterward for the next rebrew if you like. It's what I do. That's where taking really good notes comes in - I write down recommendations after tasting each beer I brew on how to improve it the next time I brew it. Beats trying to remember if you brew a lot of styles !

+1
Yeah, what I do is not best practice by any means. If I came off towards you in a negative manner, I apologize, because that wasn't my intentions. I was more or less covering up my tracks to why I didn't have an exact number on IBUs  :P

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hoppy Pilsner..... Maybe?
« on: March 04, 2014, 03:46:56 PM »
Looks great! How many IBUs did that calculate at?

I tried to do a 'hoppy wheat' last summer and ended up making one of my worst beers. Too much columbus hops made it taste like drinking perfume. That was quite a learning experience...

I'm not positive. I think I figured a rough estimate based on a half oz of Columbus at 60, but the rest was just by feel. I'm never happy with with setting an IBU target and calculating for it and never reach the desired bitterness. For instance, the zymurgy Pliny recipe has a measured IBU that is considerably lower than it would be if calculated. After that experience, I just sorta go by feel or instinct with hops. In saying that, this beer a very pleasant hop flavor. It's not overkill, but rather what I was kinda looking for. I suppose it's 40-50 IBUs?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Origin of growlers
« on: March 04, 2014, 01:08:14 PM »
Yeah, I grew up in PA. Tried iron city once. It was something like, 6 bucks for a case of 24 bottles. It. Was. Terrible.

I grew up in West Virginia about 45 minutes from Pittsburgh and went to school at WVU. We talked a local Superette to start carrying 30 packs of IC Light. It was bad, but a broke college student couldn't pass up a $10 thirty pack o beer.

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Ingredients / Re: Which coffee for a coffee/breakfast stout
« on: March 04, 2014, 01:00:01 PM »
Dunkin!

I didn't like their coffee at all when I had it a couple time last summer. Pretty awful. Tastes stale.

Really? First off, there are no roasters around me that are worth a darn. As far as commercial coffee goes, I find it really tough to beat Dunkin...around here anyways. I won't go to Starbucks. It was really tough for me to buy it for my last breakfast stout lol. I agree that their coffee tastes burnt. Also, their cups are garbage. I don't know how many times I've gotten Starbucks and have had it on the front of my shirt. To me, it's hard to beast Dunkin as a commercial blend. Their donuts are a different story... Not so good.

A few years ago, I was in San Francisco on a PD trip for work. I think it was Ollie's. I remember that coffee being terrific.

was it single cup drip to order? I think that's ollie's. If I am remembering correctly, you are right, that is a fine cup of coffee.

I believe it was. There was one in the basement of our hotel we stayed in.... The Fairmont.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Origin of growlers
« on: March 04, 2014, 12:58:16 PM »
My wife's grandfather worked at a brewery in Pittsburgh in the 20s-30s.  They were apparently allowed to drink up to 2 cases a day.

A brewery in the 20's? Underground?

Nope, it was Iron City (or was that beer name?).  I could be off on the date, of course.  Seems like it must have been post-pro, huh?

Iron City Beer is still in Pittsburgh. I don't recommend drinking it lol. If you're ever in Pittsburgh pass on ICB and visit Church Brew Works in Lawrenceville. It's a pretty cool place. It's a Catholic Church turned brewery. The beer is also solid.

Yes, prohibition was from 1920-1933. It wasn't illegal to consume alcohol so they could drink a case a day, but the manufacture, sale, and transportation was illegal, so working in a brewery would be tough lol. Maybe the ratification of the 21st Amendment in 1933 created a type of alcohol hysteria. Therefore the permission to get tanked on the job? Maybe.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Origin of growlers
« on: March 04, 2014, 12:05:11 PM »
My wife's grandfather worked at a brewery in Pittsburgh in the 20s-30s.  They were apparently allowed to drink up to 2 cases a day.

A brewery in the 20's? Underground?

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Ingredients / Re: Which coffee for a coffee/breakfast stout
« on: March 04, 2014, 09:57:20 AM »
Dunkin!

I didn't like their coffee at all when I had it a couple time last summer. Pretty awful. Tastes stale.

Really? First off, there are no roasters around me that are worth a darn. As far as commercial coffee goes, I find it really tough to beat Dunkin...around here anyways. I won't go to Starbucks. It was really tough for me to buy it for my last breakfast stout lol. I agree that their coffee tastes burnt. Also, their cups are garbage. I don't know how many times I've gotten Starbucks and have had it on the front of my shirt. To me, it's hard to beast Dunkin as a commercial blend. Their donuts are a different story... Not so good.

A few years ago, I was in San Francisco on a PD trip for work. I think it was Ollie's. I remember that coffee being terrific.

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Ingredients / Re: Which coffee for a coffee/breakfast stout
« on: March 04, 2014, 08:15:11 AM »
Dunkin!

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