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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Star san foam
« on: June 23, 2015, 03:53:04 PM »
I always scoop the foam off the top when I fill kegs. I'm sure it's not really necessary but I do it anyway.
And I always wondered if it is bad for the yeast when I collect yeast in jars that have starsan foam / residue ?

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Equipment and Software / Re: 5 gallon Igloo mash tun is best for me?
« on: June 20, 2015, 10:09:21 AM »
I switched from using a five gallon round to a large rectangular cooler.
The larger rectanglar cooler didn't drain near as well. It just seemed like over kill to me. Plus the smaller one is easier to tote to the compost pile.
I went back to the round one unless I'm doing a high gravity batch that won't fit in the 5 gallon.

How large?  I respect your experience, but mine was different.

I'm pretty sure it's the 52 quart.
With the round cooler there is less floor space and in my experiance it drains better. With the rectangle cooler I'd always have to tilt it to try and get all the wort out. The round one I just open the valve and it drains itself dry.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Which Finishing Hops ?
« on: June 20, 2015, 09:57:12 AM »
Kegged the beer this morning, and I'm having a slightly flat sample with my lunch.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
I could drink a lot of this. ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is applejack?? And is it good?
« on: June 20, 2015, 09:45:37 AM »
I jacked some cider about a year ago, I have one bottle left.
The cider was just ok, but the jacked stuff is really good.

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Equipment and Software / Re: 5 gallon Igloo mash tun is best for me?
« on: June 18, 2015, 04:26:00 PM »
Thanks for the replies, I think I'm going with a 5 gallon cooler. If I want to make a big beer, I may have to scale back down to 2.5 or 3 gallon. But I think the 5 gallon cooler will be serviceable as I learn more.

I'd recommend a rectangular cooler since they're easier to use and less expensive.  A 48 qt. would be perfect for you.

 I switched from using a five gallon round to a large rectangular cooler.
The larger rectanglar cooler didn't drain near as well. It just seemed like over kill to me. Plus the smaller one is easier to tote to the compost pile.
I went back to the round one unless I'm doing a high gravity batch that won't fit in the 5 gallon.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First brew, need advice.
« on: June 13, 2015, 04:10:06 AM »
You can use your tukey baster to get the siphon started instead of sucking on it.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Which Finishing Hops ?
« on: June 07, 2015, 03:11:02 PM »
Thanks for all the input.
I vote Mt. hood, Glacier, or Goldings.  Out of those three, I would probably use Mt. Hood as it has a nice floral slightly spicy aroma/flavor.  Sounds like you are looking for a clean ale and this would give you what you want.

That's my thought exactly.
Looking through my brew log I found a recipe for a Jeffery Hudson Bitter clone that I brewed a few times that uses Mt. Hood as aroma and dry hop.
I cut back the Golden Naked oats to half a pound , and I stopped by the store and picked up packets of Windsor and Nottingham. Read somewhere on here that pitching these together works well so I'm going to give it a try.

I'd pair the pilgrims with goldings.
;D
The last beer I did was an IPA using cascade and amarillo so I need something different.
Got the boil going now.

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Beer Recipes / Which Finishing Hops ?
« on: June 06, 2015, 08:41:51 AM »
I'm going to brew tomorrow.
It's a fairly simple recipe.

92% pale ale malt
8% Golden Naked Oats
og 1.040
BRY-97 yeast
30 ibus +/-

    I'm planning on bittering with Pilgrim hops because I have a couple ounces and never used them before.
   As far the late additions I was thinking of Mt.Hood and/or Northern Brewer.
I'm thinking these hops aren't as aggressive as some of the others and would result in a nice summer beer. I'm not really looking for a lot of fruity or piney
flavors.
   I don't really have a style in mind maybe something like  a cream ale? I know it has a lot to do with personal preferences, but as I pretty much suck at making my own recipes I thought I'd ask for some opinions.
The other hops I have are:

Amarillo
Bramling Cross
Cascade
Chinook
Fuggles
Glacier
Horizon
Mt. Hood
Northern Brewer
Goldings









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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cold Crashing (keg vs fermenter)
« on: May 19, 2015, 03:10:11 AM »
I crash in the keg.  Cold crashing in a better bottle with an airlock is not a good idea.

May I ask why? As I have done this before

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rubbing Alcohol
« on: May 17, 2015, 02:55:28 AM »
Everclear   

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Ingredients / Re: Great Base malt debate?
« on: May 07, 2015, 03:32:20 PM »
They had Avengard Premium Pale 2 Row for $39 for a 55 lb sack in the local group buy.
So that's what I'll be using for a while.
 ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: Ball Valve Cleaning
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:26:55 AM »
What about ball valves on boil kettles?
I recently installed a weldless valve, and it's given me a bit of sanitation anxiety.
After brewing I run hot water through it and hit it with a brush as best I can.
When I get close to the and of the boil I run a few cups of wort through it figuring it will help sanitize it. I put a piece of foil over it until after I chill, then spray some starsan in there, and start draining.

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The Pub / Re: Modern work ethic
« on: April 09, 2015, 02:37:15 PM »
I have worked with some winners over the years. One guy in particular he had lost his drivers liscence and so I would pick him up on he way to the job site. One morning he is standing on the corner in his socks.
"yo man where's your boots"
"I uh left'um atta party last night we have to drive over there so I can geet'um"
   On another job I sent him back to the truck to get something while I worked on something else. After I while he didn't come back so I went to see what he was doing. He was sleeping in the in the front of the truck laying across the front seat. After that I told the boss it was me or him.
   And I have been know to take a nap on the job but I get my work done first, and don't do it where the client can see you.   ;)
   That's just one of the winners I've had to work with over the years.


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Ingredients / Re: Longer boil, darker color?
« on: March 25, 2015, 03:46:37 PM »
I've heard a longer boil will darken the wort.
I think next time I do a 90 minute boil I'm going to take a sample after an hour and compare it to the wort after 90 min.
You can always throw in an ounce or two of chocolate malt to darken it up.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second opinion on hydrometer reading
« on: March 17, 2015, 04:04:04 PM »
Split the difference 1.073
That's what it looks like to me.

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