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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Prop. 65?
« on: April 27, 2015, 07:10:18 AM »
The list of chemicals that require a warning:

My best guess is that the keg contains anabolic steroids.

awesome- i hope mine got an extra dose  :P

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 27, 2015, 06:06:55 AM »

Some recent beers:

Pale ale:

Traditional Bock:

German Hefeweizen:

Great looking beers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 27, 2015, 05:49:21 AM »
Brewer: Mark Harding
Beer: Cascade Pale Ale 1
Style: APA (10A)

Bottle Inspection:  proper fill with layer of sediment on bottom.   

Aroma:  moderate to strong citrus aroma when opened that continues to dominate into the glass. Light caramel notes with fruity character. Very slight grassy notes from dry hops, although not a significant detraction.  No other fermentation defaults detected. 9/12

Appearance: large thick off white head that persists. Color is light golden amber color. Moderate-high yeast sediment- could benefit from cold crash before bottling. 2/3

Flavor:  Clean hoppiness that dominates up front with caramel and bready notes in the background that seems sweet at first but finishes moderately dry. Hop bitterness is smooth and has slight grassy finish – dry hop driven. Hop flavor is fruity and citrus dominate and balance well with malt. 16/20

Mouthfeel: medium body with moderately high carbonation. Smooth hop bitterness with moderate-high crisp dry finish. 4/5

Overall Impression:  very nice example of style. Caramel malt may be a touch too much (personal preference), and may consider dialing it back in conjunction with the grist profile that has munich and Vienna. I noted the yeast sediment as moderately high-while I did let the bottle set after receiving, it seemed a touch to cloudy and the high yeast sediment could be detracting from the beer. If not cold crashing might be an opportunity to reduce this. Doesn’t need to be clear IMO, just a little less sediment. Very nice thick head and very good retention. Carbonation is possibly just a touch high, but not to the point it significantly detracts. The late hop schedule and level of gypsum is evident- smooth bitterness, dry finish with strong hop flavor and aroma that doesn’t fade. I did detect a slight grassy note in the smell and finish – not necessarily a fault just personal preference to make note of and evaluate the dry hop schedule. Very nice beer single-hop APA that was easy and pleasant to drink Mark! 8/10

Total Score: 39/50

The Pub / Re: Hofbräuhaus time
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:44:50 PM »
Yes. Memorial weaken for us

The Pub / Re: Hofbräuhaus time
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:30:49 PM »
Shotski time

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Crashing
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:23:38 PM »

Yep, the S lock, as long as it isn't over filled (I'd do slightly underfilled) shouldn't drop any liquid into the beer.  The suck back is one of the reasons I don't  cold crash until the beer is kegged, since it has to be sucking in oxygen as well.  The o2 exposure probably isn't much, but almost certainly more than I get by crashing in the keg under co2 pressure.
I have absolutely no data or taste testing to show what, if any impact long term though.

Yeah, I crash in keg now, too. For years I crashed in the fermenter, honestly with no ill effects. My theory was that the air that got sucked in must've sat on top of the heavier blanket of CO2. I'm pretty sensitive to oxidation and didn't find any. But I just like the idea of eliminating O2 altogether. So I crash while I carb.
^^^^yes this. No issues with O2 at all crashing in carboy....,,ever

« on: April 25, 2015, 03:58:08 PM »

My friend used to call Rumpleminze + Yaegermeister a "Screaming Nazi". Had way too many of those back in the day.

Wow forgot about those.....nice recall

The Pub / Hofbräuhaus time
« on: April 25, 2015, 03:57:33 PM »
At the hof with friends for my wife's birthday. Pils and bock are he seasonal, and very tasty.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Crashing
« on: April 25, 2015, 03:43:43 PM »

Depending on your airlock you can get suck back from the temp drop and find your airlock nearly empty with its contents in your beer.
S-lock... No worries

Equipment and Software / Re: Stir Plate
« on: April 25, 2015, 11:43:48 AM »
seek the truth, and you shall find your answer  ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Crashing
« on: April 25, 2015, 07:45:20 AM »
Any problems with the Star San freezing in the airlock?

yep it can. if im dropping temp for lagering 30F ambient i use booze in the airlock.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Coming....Now What?
« on: April 24, 2015, 07:40:32 PM »
OK, got a keg and CO2 tank coming shortly. I need some guidance on the preferred type of regulator, dual or single gauge? Secondly, for now, I plan on just using a picnic faucet assembly. Is there anything else I'll need at this point?

I am going to be using my existing chest freezer as a dual use chamber at this point. When the fermentation is over, I'll be throwing the keg in there.

prefer the dual because you see whats in the tank and line pressure, but again just go with what you want at this point. other than that, you are good to go and ready to enter the kegging arena.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Crashing
« on: April 24, 2015, 07:38:26 PM »
I'm guessing there isn't a consensus here, but how cold do you do it and for how long? I have a chest freezer and a temp. controller FWIW.

justin- depends. if you're cold crashing before bottling to improve clarity...give it a week.  i cold crash before fining and do it for 4+ days...schedule depending. then i add my gelatin and keg. cold crashing and conditioning is beneficial to your beer, so as long as you can and are willing to go....your call.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 24, 2015, 03:43:08 PM »

tried my first beer of two. the APA. will be writing up this weekend.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Blowout
« on: April 24, 2015, 03:31:56 PM »
i'm just going to add i've never needed blow off tube when i had more than about 1.5gal head space. my typical fill is around 5.25-5.5 gal in a 6.5 gal glass carboy or in 7.9 gal bucket for 5.5-6.25 gal of wort. in my experience, its been 1gal or less head space and i may need a blow off...that's when i had 6 gal carboy.

certainly no harm in attaching blow off no matter what; i just know what brews i may need it for.

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