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Equipment and Software / More User Friendly pH Meter
« on: September 06, 2016, 11:49:34 AM »
Is there a more user friendly (i.e. moron proof) pH meter out there?  I seem to not be that good at calibrating and getting good readings.

Currently use a MW102.

General Homebrew Discussion / My New Brewery
« on: September 02, 2016, 06:50:18 AM »
It's getting there...

Sneak peek of the sink/prep station.

Beer Recipes / Alesmith Nut Brown Ale
« on: August 05, 2016, 08:29:13 AM »
I'm pretty smitten with the malt flavor and aroma on this one.  anyone have any insight?  my tries with google are not yielding anything worthwhile.

General Homebrew Discussion / Location of Grain Storage
« on: August 04, 2016, 06:56:17 AM »
Hello all - been a while - been busy with work and getting ready to move to a different house.

In the new house, I'm fortunate enough to have a workshop room dedicated to brewing, ie an in house brewery.  demo is all done, and am now remodeling.

Anyhow, my question is about grain storage.  my vision would be to have my buckets and vittles vaults of grain on a rack in the brewery, but I seem to recall a rule of thumb that you shouldn't store your grain where you brew and ferment or something like that? I would certainly crush my grain elsewhere like in the garage, but I'm talking about storage.

I *could* put the grain in a closet elsewhere in my house, but it kind of defeats the purpose in a way.


Yeast and Fermentation / Lager Yeast Longest Lag experience
« on: June 03, 2016, 08:23:13 AM »
As many of you know, I brew a lot of lagers, but this one has befuddled me.

Been running 835 German Lager X currently.  Previous 2 pitches (dortmunder and pilsner) were extremely healthy, fast (<8 days) and flocculent, and sampling has been so great that I am hoping that 835 is made a year round.

Third pitch into an Oktoberfest (600ml Slurry/27 days since previous pitch so calced as 2 weeks 'old', 12 gal 1.058 wort) 2 minutes pure O2.  72 hours in nothing.  at 84 hours, I gave in and pitched another 200mL. at 96 hours started to see airlock movement and krausen development.  it is now pounding away, dropping about 1 plato per day.

I'm not sure what I've done wrong here.   I'm extremely pissed as the brewday went otherwise perfectly.  I am already tentatively scheduling a rebrew in late June or early July, growing some 835 from the 1st fermentation that I saved, in anticipation that this one being completely FUBAR.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

General Homebrew Discussion / Scotch Ale - Cloudy?
« on: April 05, 2016, 01:42:49 PM »
In your experience, are Scotch Ales normally cloudy?  Recently made one, and its murky -pH was ~5.35, golden promise base, skotrat's boil down first runnings procedure.  A bit of a google search and it looks like a lot of commercial examples are cloudy also.  what say you?

Beer Travel / Denver
« on: March 28, 2016, 10:53:20 AM »
I'm headed to Denver in mid May, and need some advice.  Will be there for around 5 days, definitely staying in Denver for 2 days (girlfriend has a conference) but was curious if we should stay for the remainder in Denver or venture out to Boulder, Longmont, Vail etc for the other days?

priorities would be good restaurants and hiking - will make it a point to hit good breweries no matter where we stay - Avery, O'Dells and maybe Lefthand are on the wish list.

suggestions/thoughts welcome

General Homebrew Discussion / How long for a pH reading?
« on: March 05, 2016, 07:36:47 AM »
How long do you keep the probe in solution to get a reading?  Seems that it always moves even after being in solution for a LONG time.

I used to let it sit for about a minute and then call it good. 

What do you guys do?

Beer Recipes / California Common idea
« on: February 19, 2016, 08:46:54 AM »
1.056/40ibus/12 gallon batch

93% Golden Promise
7% Crystal 40L or caramunich

Magnum for bittering
4oz Cascade at 10
4oz Cascade whirlpool at 180df for 30 min

California Lager yeast

I know these are not traditional ingredients - was trying to use the Golden Promise leftover from a recent wee heavy brew in a way that would highlight that malt (rather than cover it up like in an IPA or Porter or Stout).  Never really cared for the Northern Brewer hop in isolation. 


General Homebrew Discussion / Venting - literally and figuratively
« on: January 14, 2016, 08:09:42 AM »
Went to take a sample of a lager that I'd cold crashed, opened up the bottom valve of my fermentor, forgetting about the vacuum created during cold crashing and air was actually sucked in the bottom until I quickly closed the valve.  Lesson learned, but god I hate when I make stupid mistakes... SMH.

Ingredients / Freezing Lactose
« on: January 13, 2016, 02:05:12 PM »
I recently bought some lactose to use in a milk stout, but I think I want to delay brewing that until later this year for more of a fall beer.  Think I should freeze the lactose?

Commercial Beer Reviews / SN Beer Camp Tropical IPA
« on: January 11, 2016, 01:16:03 PM »
Well, I can see that I'll be buying a lot of this in the coming months...

I thought I'd hate it because of the El Dorado, but a friend brought a few bottles over to crack after my scotch ale brew, wow.

Equipment and Software / Replacement Probe for MW102
« on: November 30, 2015, 09:42:09 AM »
Any body had luck finding a site for a replacement probe?  I am striking out at the usual suspects (amazon, walmart, etc).  Are they discontinued?

Ingredients / Weyermann Barke Munich
« on: November 16, 2015, 01:04:44 PM »
So...just bought some of this and will be using it (along with some vienna and pils) in a few weeks for another go of festbier (my February is like a mild fall for most of you out there so its still appropriate season).

Has anyone tried the Barke varietal yet? 

Yeast and Fermentation / How Does YOUR Lager Smell Before Lagering?
« on: October 19, 2015, 01:12:30 PM »
Was asked this question by a newer Brewer and to be honest I've had ones that I could drink right away to ones that were fruity or sulfury at kegging and I thought destined to be dumpers only to have them become wonderful beers 6-7 weeks later.

So what is your experiences?

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