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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 30, 2011, 09:49:56 AM »
Thanks guys!

I thought the bottom pic was really cool since due to the refraction, you actually see the background table, etc flipped upside down.


Beer Recipes / Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« on: July 30, 2011, 08:12:40 AM »
looks fine, but why not just use WL380 and make dunkleweiss? that's what the grist is...

Babalu87 has always raved about this yeast for a Baltic Porter.  I use 830 in mine since I always have that around, but that would be cool to try IMO.

Looks like I'll have the time to put a double batch of IPA together.  I haven't brewed all summer and I'm starting to run low.  Had to put down one of the pack this week.  She had been sick for a couple of months (cancer).  Hurt her back a couple of weeks ago and was having a rough time getting around.  RIP Rennie :'(    She's the tricolor Aussie shepard in the back.

so sorry Jim - RIP Rennie!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 30, 2011, 06:29:04 AM »
happened to have the camera out and beer at the same time, so here's a couple shots of my vienna lager:

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Great Divide's "Yeti" imperial stout
« on: July 30, 2011, 05:30:52 AM »
+1 - though I do like Bell's Expedition as the #1, this is my second fave.  Great Divide has a way of bringing out an intensely rich maltiness that is unmatched.

Ingredients / Re: Substitute for Simcoe
« on: July 30, 2011, 05:29:06 AM »
there is no perfect sub for simcoe.  however, some of us on the board have been contemplating 70% chinook/30% Citra as a close second.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: wort chillers
« on: July 28, 2011, 03:33:25 PM »
I've read that one can cool the wort in one pass with a CFC. Is this possible?

Well, yeah but not when you have 80df groundwater like Jeff and I do

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: July 28, 2011, 11:59:03 AM »
Awesome Jeff - keep at it!!

Equipment and Software / Re: Best propane burner for the money?
« on: July 28, 2011, 11:54:08 AM »
I have a Bayou Classic SQ14 and like it, but wish it had a wind baffle. It heats 5 gallons with no problem. I would think with its wide top it would work with a 10 gallon with no issues.

I used to use that one and had no problems doing a 14gal boil (10gal batch).

I use a KAB6 now, but in 6months I'll be going electric...

ever take a gravity reading of a beer and say to yourself - "Man, I wish this was cold, cleared and carbed RIGHT NOW" - I had one of those moments last night.

to my chagrin, it must wait another week in the primary with some columbus dryhops being added tonight, until next friday when I finally get to brew my oktoberfest, which probably won't be tapped until Thanksgiving...

need to calibrate my new Milwaukee in preparation as well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: wort chillers
« on: July 28, 2011, 11:37:25 AM »
jeffy - how long does it take you to get to 60df with your method?  I do the same exact thing, but with an IC in the kettle instead of a CFC.  It takes me about 45min in the summer, maybe 35-40 in the fall/winter months.

Ingredients / Re: Coriander question
« on: July 27, 2011, 02:29:13 PM »
Charlie P. wrote something once about coriander limiting the amount of staling from oxidation.  I don't remember that he did any experiments, just observations about the longevity of his beers with the spice added.

I don't doubt it - I found a 2.5gal keg of a toasted oatmeal wit that I did over a year and a half ago that sat under my stairs at 75df. was going to dump it, but figured I'd chill it and hook up a tap and see what it was like before the drain got it.  suprisingly, it isn't stale or old at all and its actually not bad - a little over-dry, but good.  Only one data point, but I can see it working.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir plate vortex
« on: July 26, 2011, 06:02:54 PM »
yep - that's it - one of my brewing buddies gave one to me recently for my birthday.  In preparation for the IPA I brewed 1.5 weeks ago, I ran 2 flasks of 2L starter side by side and I was able to run the starburst bar at about a 1/8-1/4 turn slower than the straight hex ring bar and still got a visibly similar vortex.

I would think it may help your situation, Jeff - it does seems harder to throw.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir plate vortex
« on: July 26, 2011, 04:26:50 PM »
FWIW, I recently started using a starburst stir bar, which seems to create a greater vortex at lower RPMs. 

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