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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 6/25
« on: June 27, 2010, 04:45:35 PM »
11 hour brewday, 96df and near 100% humidity by the end of the session, but boy was it a good one.

new screen/false bottom worked like a charm and I had crystal clear, 50df pils wort running into the conical at 1PM and cloudy, murky wit wort running in at 5pm, signs o' life by this morning.  life is good!

1937
Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Krausen after 2 weeks?
« on: June 25, 2010, 01:24:27 PM »
several things to consider:

1). witbier yeasts can be a stubborn lot. that might be all it is.  I generally plan on that with wits.

2). if you did not make a starter, you did not pitch the optimal amount of yeast and it may take longer

3). krausen and airlock activity is not always an indication that fermentation is still going on.  some krausens, particularly on wheat heavy beers and some yeast strains can take a while to subside, if at all.  CO2 can continue to degas long after the yeast has gone dormant.

4). I leave most ales 3 weeks if 1st gen (a little less if successively pitched) - I wouldn't think twice until next week.

5). Trust your hydro - if you're curious, take a sample and see where it is at.  Personally, I'd just wait.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 6/25
« on: June 25, 2010, 10:45:01 AM »
Brewed yesterday in a oven, pool was a cool 94f ::)

Yep, gotta start at 6:30 am tomorrow to be done before the sun creeps over to the west side of the house where the driveway is...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 6/25
« on: June 25, 2010, 10:40:02 AM »

So what didn't you like about the citra hops? lingering bite / sharp ?  I like them only for last min additions or dry hop.

its just me I think.  I used them 50:50 for a simcoe/citra pale ale, using citra in place of my usual amarillo.

I found the citra to be just wayy too tropical fruity - papaya, mango etc.  and lacking in the piney, floral and dank aromas that I love so much in these styles.  It also seemed a lot less bitter than calculated, even though the usage and IBU count was the same as when I make my recipe with amarillo.

Citra is all the rave right now, so I guess I'm just not with the crowd on this one.

I may give it one last go (i bought a half pound and have used it on two batches so far, have 2 ounces left) before I give up on it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 6/25
« on: June 25, 2010, 07:56:35 AM »
Since I'm picking up some 300 lbs of grain this weekend, I guess I better!

lightweight - a real man buys in 500lb increments. ;D :D

What was that other malt you tried in lieu of TF MO?  Halcyon, maybe it was Optic?  How did that turn out.  I was off the forum for a while so I may have missed you talking about it.

I tried Optic a few years back - good, but a little too much sweet candy malt flavor for me, rather than biscuity/toasty.

Halcyon was what I tried out this time.  I did not like Halcyon at first, but I also tried it out on experimental recipes (Citra Pale Ale) rather than my stalwarts.  Turns out I think I just don't like those hops. 

I just made my house IPA with it, and I am really liking it a lot - just as described - sort of in between MO and domestic 2-row.  strangely, it is now more expensive than TFMO at NCM, so I don't know if I will order it again on the next pallet.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 6/25
« on: June 25, 2010, 07:16:41 AM »
A Maibock or Helles Bock. Which one depends on how the hop schedule affects the beer. 

How so?  I've never heard any such distinction between Helles or Mai-bock? Please explain.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 6/25
« on: June 24, 2010, 10:01:15 PM »
firing up saturday morning:

12gal of Hersbrucker Pils then 6g of toasted oat witbier.

Is this instead of the Mt. Hood hops combo Pils?  I remember you posted a survey. I really enjoy the flavor German Hersbrucker hops passes on to lagers. Yum!

yeah - I have a little less Crystal than I thought I did, so my decision is kinda made for me.

I use H-B all the time, just never isolated in a pils - we'll see how it turns out!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« on: June 24, 2010, 09:02:57 AM »
I was really impressed with the aggressive knurl on the rollers.

tom, put about 3-4000lbs of grain through it and they'll wear down, trust me... ;)

definitely check the gap, and if you hit any pebbles in your grind, be sure to check it again.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering Times
« on: June 24, 2010, 08:43:52 AM »
I agree with taste. In addition to that I look at clarity and attenuation. The latter may improve a little during cold conditioning. It also depends if I need the beer on tap or need to make space in the freezer. 4-6 weeks works well for most beers.

Kai

+1

typically light lagers: pils, dort, helles, etc.  2-4 weeks, my recent helles was ready to roll in 10 days, but thats not my usual.
amber/dark lagers: dunkel, maerzen - 4weeks
bocks - 10+



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Ingredients / Re: Best Dry Hop Combo
« on: June 24, 2010, 08:39:56 AM »
CTZ/Simcoe

Citra is too fruity for my tastes and needs more pine, earth and dank sharpness that combo will give you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 6/25
« on: June 24, 2010, 08:38:23 AM »
Since I'm picking up some 300 lbs of grain this weekend, I guess I better!

lightweight - a real man buys in 500lb increments. ;D :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 6/25
« on: June 24, 2010, 08:37:06 AM »
firing up saturday morning:

12gal of Hersbrucker Pils then 6g of toasted oat witbier.

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The Pub / Re: Father's Day
« on: June 19, 2010, 08:57:51 AM »
Nice - happy father's day Tom and to all you fathers out there.

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The Pub / Re: I want the ole '50's '60's CARS back!!
« on: June 15, 2010, 10:53:24 AM »
I own a very stock 1968 Bronco.  No power anything and three on the tree.  Man is it fun to drive- V8 power and rumble, lookin out over that classic hood with the raised fenders, heads turning.  Driving through the mountains with the top off is so grand. Yeah, it only gets 12-13 MPG but it's just so damn cool.

man, I want to get one of those.

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Is this under modified malt and will I need to do decoction mash, or at last step mash to get decent efficiency and break down the starches, protein? Has anyone used the malt?

I have used that type of malt in the past and don't think it is undermodified. The soluble nitrogen ratio given in the analysis has a pretty wide spread.

I don't think you need a decoction mash to get good efficiency. With pils malt I wonder how your mash pH was. Maybe that was your culprit.

Kai

that sounds more like  a crush, pH, or other water issue.  Best Pils is easily one of the best extracting malts out there - usually 81-82% yield, and the break drops like a brick in the kettle, and clears post fermentation in < 1 week at lager temps.

Its definitely highly modified - in fact, it would be rare to find any undermodified malt available these days.

Kai - looking forward to the interview.

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