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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What is a vitality starter?
« on: Today at 08:40:55 AM »
I started this practice about 6 months ago, although I don't adjust the wort gravity and just divert part of the runoff to the fermenter to fill a flask along with saved yeast or a crashed and decanted yeast starter (if I was starting fresh).  i put that flask in the fermentation fridge next to the main fermentor at whatever my desired temp is.  once that starts to hit high krausen, dump into the fermenter and aerate.

I've found that my fermentation lag times are much shorter, as are the overall fermentation times - much closer to what my pro friends experience.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: December 15, 2017, 06:27:25 PM »
Brewing a Ruthless Rye clone with an old friend.  Looking forward to it.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CO2 "Washing" Secondary Fermenter
« on: December 15, 2017, 01:44:43 PM »
my secondary is my keg, and yes, I fill it to overflowing with sanitizer and then push all the sanitizer out with CO2.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: where to add more o2
« on: December 14, 2017, 12:55:00 PM »
Any opinion on how much? Its 2 1/2 gallons of 1.097 OG wort.  I was thinking 30 seconds at 1 liter per minute.

that's awful vigorous in my experience, unless my regulator is faulty - 1 LPM is usually wasting a lot of O2 for me.  I'd do 1/4 LPM for may 30-45 sec and see how frothy it gets, I'm guessing you don't even get that long.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Silly bitterness in Grapefruit IPA
« on: December 11, 2017, 12:38:19 PM »
what they said ^^^.

To be honest, in 'green/young' IPAs, I often find the samples to be completely different from conditioned, mature beer even moreso than other beers.  My presumption is that there is still a lot of resin residue that hasn't flocced to the bottom yet. 

On a different note, I tapped a helles that before lagering I felt was too bitter for the style.  It is incredible and perfectly balanced now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: December 08, 2017, 08:34:31 AM »
been about 6 weeks since my last batch; time to get back at it.  brewing a dortmunder this weekend.  looking forward to it.

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Ingredients / Re: Crisp Heritage Malt - Chevallier suggestions
« on: December 06, 2017, 11:56:38 AM »
Didn't Bell's do an English ale with Chevalier a while back?

I'd think a Best or Extra Special bitter or an Old Ale would be best suited to emphasize the flavor of what you have there.

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Ingredients / Denali
« on: December 05, 2017, 01:39:45 PM »
Haven't seen much commentary on Denali hops.  Parented by Nugget and Zeus, high oil content; looks pretty interesting.  Anyone used them and care to share their impression?

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Cherry in german lagers is dark Munich. 

that has always been my take.

What color rating of Munich? Isn't "dark" is dependent on maltster?

most german maltsters' dark or II munich is in the 8-10L range.  I predominantly use Weyermann's which is in that range. 

Some American maltsters dark is much higher L and is more like a specialty grain rather than a base malt.  I wouldn't use a high % of any of those.

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Cherry in german lagers is dark Munich. 

that has always been my take.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold
« on: November 14, 2017, 02:23:45 PM »
At one point in time, I was enamored with Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. Haven't had it in 5-6 years, maybe more and I was excited to see it as a 'brewery direct' limited offering at Total Wine, along with a lot of their other flagships. 

man this was not the beer I remember.  Its amber in color - darker than a lot of marzens I've had of late (and made) and is border line an American amber ale in color.  has a nice toasty malt quality, but to me sort of reminds me of a mixture of Brooklyn Lager and Samuel Adams Boston Lager.  A tasty beer, but wasn't the golden lager I'd expected, and thought I'd remembered.

At least Edmund Fitzgerald was as good as I recall.

Anyone else feel like the beer is different than in the past or am I way off on this one?

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Other Fermentables / Re: Choice of honey for mead
« on: November 14, 2017, 02:12:36 PM »
local wildflower or orange blossom or tupelo. 

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Dirty Bastard - Ultimate Scotch Style Ale
« on: November 07, 2017, 12:25:00 PM »
Love DB, and agree its prob the best overall but I would say that Oskar Blue's Old Chub stands up there with it.  Great Divide Claymore also right up there, as far as US year rounders are concerned.

Cigar City Big Sound is my fave US SA but its seasonal.

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Beer Travel / Re: D.C. Area Beers
« on: November 03, 2017, 06:34:02 PM »
Oops in my head I thought that was a bar not a brewery.  Tx


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Beer Travel / Re: D.C. Area Beers
« on: November 03, 2017, 06:03:35 PM »
Sorry I meant any six packs. Nonbeer friend wants to grab a six or 2 for me during my stay.


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