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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: Today at 02:34:59 PM »
Marzen

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My New Brewery
« on: Today at 12:36:52 PM »
Lol! Pay in beer?

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General Homebrew Discussion / My New Brewery
« on: Today at 11:29:01 AM »
A few odds and ends still to do  (like ceiling fan) but it's pretty much done and ready for brewing tomorrow morning:

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« on: September 23, 2016, 08:24:39 AM »
making mine tomorrow:

Oso-Oso Brown Ale

1.058
40 ibus

69% Rahr 2 row
15% Vienna Malt
8% English Medium Crystal
4% Victory
2% Simpsons 475L Chocolate Malt
2% Crisp Pale 200L Chocolate Malt

Magnum 20-25 IBUs at 60
3oz/12gal Amarillo at 20min
2oz each Amarillo and Columbus at flameout for 30 min whirlpool
001 Yeast

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: My Tripel tastes too Sweet. Help!
« on: September 21, 2016, 12:11:23 PM »
denny's idea of FFT is a great idea.

I often find uncarbonated beer to taste considerably sweeter than when it is carbed properly.  are you sure you are not just panicking?  what was the measured OG and FG?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Good notes?
« on: September 19, 2016, 12:41:40 PM »
I print off my beersmith brewing sheet (which once completed goes into a 3 ring binder) I jot notes on the measurements - pH, actual strike/mash temp, FG, etc.

I often go back and input in the 'notes' section of Beersmith if there was any really noteworthy tasting/flavor notes - good or bad - i.e. this hop combination doesn't work at 1:1 or in the case recently of my Citra/Equinox IIPA O.M.G.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« on: September 19, 2016, 12:30:39 PM »
I'm hoping to be making Oso-Oso Brown Ale (named after my recently lost choc lab brewdog) this weekend, if I can get my act together that is.  I was thinking about an amber, but thanks in part to this thread and it just  seems more appropriate that my first brew in my new location to be a tribute.

I love a good brown ale -American or English.  great fall drinker and for whatever reason it just always seems to me to be a beer for sitting around outside, having deep conversation about solving all the world's problems.

I hope to see a greater resurgence in them going forward. 


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Are hoppy beers slow to carbonate?
« on: September 16, 2016, 10:57:10 AM »
the theory of it makes sense to me, and I've had a couple IPAs over the years that when I tested the head pressure with my regulator, they were seemingly overcarbonated (i.e. over 15) yet actually very lightly carbonated when poured.  there was visible slickness on the top. when that has happened, I just hooked it up to 25-30 and rocked it back and forth a bunch - problem solved.

I guess an easy way to test this would be to try and force carbonate a coke bottle of water with some oil poured on top.  i'll do it if I get around to it, but to be honest my motivation is pretty low since I don't really care.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbing while lagering
« on: September 16, 2016, 07:56:17 AM »
I carb while lagering all the time.  perfectly fine to do so.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Are hoppy beers slow to carbonate?
« on: September 16, 2016, 07:55:26 AM »
I have had the same issue before.  I tend to believe the hypothesis. 

try agitating/rocking the keg a bit.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How fast should you cold crash?
« on: September 15, 2016, 09:01:16 AM »
What's harder on the compressor though, a sustained on time, or cycling on and off for an even longer period of time?

good question.  the freezer walls (outside) get extremely hot when I try to drop all the way, whereas dropping 5 degrees at a clip barely takes more than 20-25 min, so I've always just felt that it was less stressful.

most of my crash is done in a keg though under head pressure, and kegs are dropped into a chest freezer that is already at ~35df.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How fast should you cold crash?
« on: September 15, 2016, 08:25:47 AM »
I step down just because I don't like to 'shock' my fermenting fridges - dropping from 68 to 35 all at once tends to keep the compressor on too long.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My New Brewery
« on: September 13, 2016, 12:06:25 PM »
Paul,
I grew up in Milwaukee in the 50's and there was a Blatz brewery.  Any connection?  Is this the rebirth of Blatz beer?  I don't know if it was good.  I was too young to drink beer.

supposedly, very distant, yes.

My Blatz beer is a LOT better than the commercial Blatz beer.  But you can only get it at my home, and its only made 10gal at a time...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My New Brewery
« on: September 13, 2016, 11:03:44 AM »
Good for you Paul. I dream of having a dedicated brewery so I can brew much more often. And having tasted your beer, I know it will go to good use.

thanks pete! its been a long time dream, and its nice to see it finally come together.  hoping to finish trimming it out this weekend, and maybe, just maybe brew the inaugural batch the weekend following - its been 4 months since I brewed and I am jonesing!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My New Brewery
« on: September 13, 2016, 10:34:58 AM »
Jesus, man!  Sparing no expense I see... ;)

hehe - yeah - do it right the first time so to speak - I hope to be in this house a long time. 

believe it or not, I got the hood, sink and faucet for what I thought was a pretty reasonable price.

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