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+1.  Hop Contracts exist for a reason.  The biggest shortage would fall on the homebrewer if the small craft brewer wont pick up a contract.  The Homebrew distributors have contracts to fullfil supply to their HBS,  Since craft brewers dont tend to pay retail prices, i think we will be ok for MOST varietals.  If you are worried about certain varietals grab a few lbs at harvest time and store them in a freezer,  that is all the distributors do anyway:D

Jeff

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Other Fermentables / Mead recipe
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:54:33 PM »
SO i need to make a friend of mine some mead, He did a lot of Electrical work for me and its part of the payback.  Im looking for some suggestions and tweaks but im thinking the following.

1 Gallon of Honey
4 G of water to Aprox 1.085 or so.
de-Chlorinate water with p meta(amount?)

P Meta to control Wild yeast once mixed(how much?)
1tsp yeast nutrient
1 tsp Acid Blend(?)
Aerate

Pitch 2 packages of 47B wine yeast 1 day after p meta
Ferment at 70-75F
Add 1tsp yeast nutrient 12-24 hrs after yeast pitch
Aerate(?)

Ferment for 7-14 days until final gravity has been reached.  Expected to ferment dry to 1.000 or below.

I will probably Oak the entire batch to add tannins and may split off a few gallons to add fruit too.


Any thoughts or recommendations on amounts would be great.

Thanks
jeff

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini fridge question
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:36:11 PM »
Yep, I think I'm going to scrap the fridge and kegerator idea altogether. After this afternoon's research and you guys' help, a chest freezer that I can put a temp control on (and later add a collar to with taps) is looking like a grand idea.
That will help out a lot too because my mom's side of the family is very excited about my brewing but they generally only like lighter (lager) beers, so it will be good for lagering as well.
Thanks everyone!

Do your moms side of the family a favor and dont cater to their wants.  Make high quality tasty ales & lagers and introduce them to what they have been missing.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Installing valve on Blichmann kettle
« on: July 03, 2014, 02:12:18 PM »
Cool, thanks Jeff.  Although the tools required are pricey!  Maybe I'll ask around a couple clubs if anyone already has a similar set.  Good luck with the electric brewery, I love that set-up.

RC

They are expensive.  But they will give you a perfect hole.  Asking around clubs is a good idea, someone should have them.

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I think they make fire with electricity too, not just gas. So that might not work.

Very True, while electrical fires wont be as explosive, they can happen and tend to not be noticed cause they are in the walls.  Make sure you get a proper electrician and have the town inspector verify its safe.

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Equipment and Software / Re: drilled into wrong spot on fridge
« on: July 03, 2014, 08:20:51 AM »
I thought I found a decent cheap replacement but it didn't have enough usable space for 4 kegs...

Thanks for the reassurance. I am so mad at myself. Gonna be moving kegs inside today which is just annoying. I was also going to brew but now I am in no rush.

It seems that drilling through the door for CO2 would make using the door very inconvenient. I am hoping the next fridge I get is a bit newer so that I can find some documentation and drawings.

Build a keezer.  HD has a 7cf for 170 or so.  Should hold 4 kegs

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Foam
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:05:38 AM »
That head is so rocky, I think I saw someone clip a carabiner to it...

that head is so rocky I think I saw it running up and down the steps of the Philly museum of art.

Eesh.

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Equipment and Software / Re: drilled into wrong spot on fridge
« on: July 02, 2014, 06:14:51 PM »
It is definitely not cool but I Found one on Craigslist for $40! I will probably be converting it tomorrow if it works well and all goes to plan. I will be consulting you guys on where to drill on the right side to be safe. About a foot higher toward the back seemed to be fine. I drilled for the taps on the same side so thought I was in the clear.

I can't believe how depressed that made me...

That sucks. The old fridges never had anything in the side wall, but I can't speak for newer models. Hang in there, I hope you find something affordable and acceptable.

I wouldnt risk it.  Drill the door

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Equipment and Software / Re: drilled into wrong spot on fridge
« on: July 02, 2014, 04:41:53 PM »
s***! This really screws me for a while... Anyone want 4 kegs of beer?

Sucks man, Sorry.  IF its any consolation, HD and Lowes are bothing doing appliance sales for the holiday.  Maybe you can replace it.

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Ingredients / Re: Pils Malt for Kolsch. recommendations please
« on: July 02, 2014, 04:17:59 PM »
Weyernmann Pils is a fine choice. Clean and simple. Castle pils is good malt but it is little bit fuller. Nice if you want quite malty beers. Did you consider some wheat malt in it? Up to 10%.

We did Leos, but we wanted to start simple and see how it develops.  Wheat will probably be added in the future to smooth those rough edges:)

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Equipment and Software / Re: drilled into wrong spot on fridge
« on: July 02, 2014, 03:23:14 PM »
if you punctured the freon coil then the fridge is probably dead, unless you have it patched or replaced by a repair man

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Equipment and Software / Re: Temp control: Johnson or Ranco?
« on: July 02, 2014, 01:45:22 PM »
Fermentation temp control is awesome!

It's gonna be a big change from a tub of water and ice packs!

Well it might not be cheaper, but it sure is easier;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:43:40 AM »
Ick that must of been a mess.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Can I predict finial beer PH?
« on: July 02, 2014, 08:58:10 AM »
Have you thought about carbonating less?  Carbonic Acid should contribute to pH, no?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Can I predict finial beer PH?
« on: July 02, 2014, 08:54:03 AM »
Contact Martin.  He will help you get to the bottom of this.

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