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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Ok to move to secondary?
« on: August 06, 2010, 02:12:44 PM »
Secondaries cause more harm than good.  I don't do secondaries anymore.  Even with my lagers, I just leave them sit in primary for a couple months, with no ill effects.  The beer will finish and clear perfectly fine in the primary.  Otherwise, it's literally like ripping the carpet out from under the yeasty beasties, and they occasionally get confused and stop eating off-flavors such as diacetyl and acetaldehyde.  Might as well leave them alone and let them do what they want.  That's my opinion.

+1 - my sentiments exactly, though I do still secondary anything over say 1.080 for the whole 'bulk aging" thing.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling barleywine
« on: August 06, 2010, 12:00:59 PM »
the abv supports it being 1.180

18+% with a 1.118 would be a fairly dry beer
It would if it was correct.

How do you know your alcohol %? You don't measure it directly do you?

I bet he calculated it from 1.180, but the real o.g. was 1.118.

 ;)

you need to chew through 137 gravity points to get ~18% abv.

looks like his calcs are pretty close to me. 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling barleywine
« on: August 06, 2010, 11:38:57 AM »
I've learned from trial and error to keg and force carb as Fred has indicated...then use my Blichmann beer gun to bottle the big beers. Reyeasting is hit or miss.

wished I had seen this a few months ago.  After a couple of years of using the beer gun, I went back to try bottle conditioning my Bigs again.  Not too happy with it so far.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling barleywine
« on: August 06, 2010, 07:49:41 AM »

Our club brewed an over the top Quad (15%) and they tried to bottle condition some of it.................FAIL


Hmm, good to know.  I just bottled my 11.5% wee heavy.  It'll be interesting to see how that works out.

11.5% should be fine, esp if you re-yeast - 12-13% is the breakpoint, from what I understand.

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No brewing for me - will be closely monitoring the festbier fermentation though. 

Working on the brewery design for my new home though, so that kinda counts.

Oh, and Blatz . . you were right. I just "thieved" a hydro sample of the Old Jubilation. OUTSTANDING!  :)

Nice!  Now comes the hard part: patience... ;)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cold Break in Keg
« on: August 04, 2010, 02:16:36 PM »
first pull is always yeasty, cloudy and not that good.  that one's to pour out for your homies.

also, most of us let the beer cold condition/carbonate slowly via set it and forget it for a week before we tap.  if you left something out warm, then put the keg in the fridge and shook it all around to carbonate it, I'm not suprised in the least witrh what came out.

give it time to settle and all will be fine.

I don't secondary anything but big beers anymore, and I can read a book through my light lagers after only 2 weeks in the keg.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Serving Lager from Bright "Keg"
« on: August 04, 2010, 11:49:28 AM »
...or will the beer always be pulling some small amount of sediment from the bottom?
I do a double transfer.
When I rack beer from fermenter I rack it into clearing keg with 1/2 inch cut dip tube.
Put it on gas thru Out post.
I chill it and next day I add Gelatine.
Wait another 4 to 5 days and transfer it into serving keg.
This works pretty good for me.
It is true that I have to wash more kegs thou :)


I only double transfer if I am taking the keg to a party.  If it is for home consumption, I drink out of the keg I racked into from primary.  So long as it remains unmoved in the kegerator after coming out of lagering, its only the first pint, maybe two and then crystal clear till the last drop.

I also use a conical though, so there is minimal yeast pickup in one keg and almost none in the second keg for each batch.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Old Style Bavarian Lager
« on: August 04, 2010, 11:43:05 AM »
I now that I am getting the cart before the horse, but I plan to metal spin my own kegs. Just need to now if it is common to store Lager in aluminum kegs so that I can start fabricating the mandrels to spin the kegs.
 

SS not aluminum.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Congrats, Majorvices!
« on: August 04, 2010, 07:38:20 AM »
That's a VERY classy design!  A carved wood handle would be very cool.

agreed - that is a helluva design.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Old Style Bavarian Lager
« on: August 04, 2010, 05:30:56 AM »
Marzen/Oktoberfest are the same with slight variations?

Vienna: creamy and smooth, with slightly less ABV than Marzen?

Charles


marzen/oktoberfest are interchangeable monikers for the most part.  some brewers make a 'festbier' which is a bit stronger, but that is rare to see today.

vienna and marzen are very, very close. vienna is usually a little smaller OG than marzen, and is usually most of all vienna malt (duh) whereas marzen is often some mix of vienna, munich and/or pils.

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Pimp My System / Re: Building the Ultimate Brewhouse?
« on: August 03, 2010, 07:40:29 PM »
Has anybody thought about some kind of trash shoot/compost bin/giant trash can?  All of that grain has to go somewhere. 

another good idea, but I'm gonna have to bucket the spent grains to the compost pile out on the other end of  the yard  :(

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Pimp My System / Re: Building the Ultimate Brewhouse?
« on: August 03, 2010, 06:16:02 PM »

but seriously...a small wet bar with a kegerator is a plus.

true, but the main 'house bar' including 5-6 taps will be a mere 60 air conditioned feet away from the brewhouse, so its not necessity, but its a consideration.

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Pimp My System / Re: Building the Ultimate Brewhouse?
« on: August 03, 2010, 04:50:37 PM »
Wifi and a water proof keyboard, nice sound system. If money were no object a dishwasher...

haha  - a dishwasher might be pushing it.  wifi will be all over the house, so no issue there - will just keep the laptop away from any water sources (or 'sampling' friends).  but speakers in the brewhouse is one thing I'd forgot, good idea!

BTW, a nice alley for cornhole will be right outside the door.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2010 Longshot finalists
« on: August 03, 2010, 03:08:49 PM »
How does an Imperial IPA make it to finals of Cat 23??????????????????

I swear if something with peppers wins I'll lose it.

isn't that you?

Me
Peppers?

Yeah, and Denny is brewing a fruited Hefe this weekend

no, Jeff Fuller: Imp Black IPA?

I'd be happy with top 9 - then you have the pride of making the top ten without the disappointment of SA not making the production beer anything like what you submitted  ;)

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2010 Longshot finalists
« on: August 03, 2010, 03:02:26 PM »
How does an Imperial IPA make it to finals of Cat 23??????????????????

I swear if something with peppers wins I'll lose it.

isn't that you?

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