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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: starsans
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:43:43 AM »
Does everyone test with pH strips?

I should probably get some...

Yeah, I got some low range strips that are used for wine.

effective at PH =/< 3 - is that right?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Step up times
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:29:00 AM »
I need to step up my starter one more time to get the correct yeast cell population. How long does it take to complete each step? Or how long do I leave the yeast on the stir plate before I decant and add more DME?

certainly depends - stir plate? OG? Yeast? yadayadayada. I'm generally done in 24 hours give or take a few.

I thought about waiting an extra day also, but I've never delayed a pitch... out of fear... fear of never having done it before.

1.3L in 5 gal?  for this beer...i'd pour a touch off that was mostly clear and then pitch the whole darn thing. don't worry about it changing the 5 gal batch. IME these types of beer mask any potential starter flavors.  again my opinion..others will say differently. for my lagers, most other ales i decant completely...just don't worry about it for small starter beers like wits and weizens. give it a shot and taste for yourself :P

I have been giving some thought to getting an O2 system. I see a fair amount of options out there. I currently have a Brutus style stand, I use a conical fermenter and a spiedel. I was hoping to get some feedback on what has worked for you. I'm open to any suggestions; a budget system that works well for you or if say money was no object I would buy.... Thanks.

well no one has responded, so i will
 just say the little red canister and O2 wand does the trick for me.  you can always skip the red canister and buy a 5lb O2 tank and regulator for pure O2. that's all i got brotha!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mash question
« on: April 09, 2014, 04:45:22 PM »
Well I think next time I am just going to add a little less than I think I need. It's always easier to add a little at a time. You can't really take anything back once you've added to it.

you have to figure out your equipment and then you'll be able to nail your mash temp constantly. for me, i'm basically about 10F hotter than my desired mash temp.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: YeastCalc's Website is Down?!!
« on: April 09, 2014, 04:39:00 PM »

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wit yeast recommendations
« on: April 09, 2014, 12:10:56 PM »
Looks like I am choosing between WLP400, WLP410, and WY3944. The store seems to carry more white labs but I can probably get wyeast if I let them know ahead of time. Right now I am leaning toward the 410 since it is describes as less phenolic but more spicy. Any thoughts? Can anyone recommend a solid dry yeast for a wit?

I have never brewed a wit and have had few commerical examples. A standard wit yeast is what I am looking for I suppose.

i like wlp400..beast so be prepared for blow off tube. just shot the top of my yeast starter last night!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Phenolic
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:31:16 AM »
And thanks Steve, I have those.

I'm just going to have to do some research

i recently started a post similar to this. had some similar phenolic type tastes in my stouts- ruled out infections and ph, temp etc. it was suggested my use of gypsum with my dark malt recipes might be driving this unpleasant flavor i was tasting. have not had an opportunity to test this theory yet but i am going to give it a shot and see what happens.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kolsch: Lager on or off yeast?
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:24:54 AM »
I have only done 1 Kolsch but I lagered off the yeast for 4 weeks in secondary after 2 weeks in primary.
This was per the instructions in BCS.

You certainly can lager 4 weeks if that's what you want, and you may need to if you can't get the beer to clear. But it is by no means necessary. I've brewed a lot of kolsch over the years and it's no better at 4 weeks than it is at 2. Once the yeast is dropped and the beer is clear it is ready to drink. The fresher the better for this beer.

same experience...a week or so of lager time for me is just to clear things up, and IME the kolsch clears nicely very quickly if all has gone well with the brew process. i use WLP029 exclusively.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: COCA NIPS
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:21:59 AM »
I have been told by the head brewer at Cigar City that after four days they tend to develop off flavors, but I don't recall what flavors he mentioned.

In Vodka, I usually put the nibs in on the same day the yeast are pitched, so about 2 weeks. I have not noticed anything that I would consider an off flavor. However, it may be different in beer.

i use with vodka and used with choc milk stout. 4 oz rinsed with vodka first, then left in carboy for 2 weeks. they sink, so no bag and they do provide the hint of choco - although not as evident as when in vodka...yumm :P

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kolsch: Lager on or off yeast?
« on: April 02, 2014, 07:26:00 AM »
I usually cold crash on the yeast for a week or so then rack to corny with finings aand lager a another week or till it is clear. No need lagering this beer for more than a couple weeks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kolsch Recipe
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:31:24 AM »
It's very European tasting, similar to Mittlefruh to my tastes. Last few years it has tasted a little more citrussy.
Crystal does have that noble thing going on, but since Cascade was one of the grandparents in the breeding, it does have a citrus floral thing going on. I like it, and made a lager with a lot of it yesterday.

ok you guys are peaking my interest and curiosity. im doing two 5.5 gal kolsch batches in a few weeks and think i will try the crystal FWH. 2 ounces gets be roughly 30ibu - how much are you using? whats your hops schedule?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kolsch Recipe
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:40:08 AM »

One thing I was playing around with when I was brewing a lot of Kolsch  was all first wort hop versions and I found I really like all FWH with crystal. I'll probably be brewing some again here very soon.

Never tried crystal- what's would you say you notice vs. Hallertau?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Inspire me.
« on: March 19, 2014, 02:33:02 PM »
Hows this - Because you still draw breath, and the sun still shines, and life is good but is better with a home brew 8)!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Colder starter
« on: March 19, 2014, 02:15:12 PM »
anyways - your stir plate generates heat and id be confidant your fermentation temp is higher than ambient room temp.

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