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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is a refractometer worth the $$?
« on: March 31, 2011, 07:46:18 AM »
I could calibrate mine for the rest of my life and I still don't think it would read accurately.

they don't work in Oregon.  only Florida.  duh. ;D

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Yeast and Fermentation / Question for WL051 users.
« on: March 31, 2011, 07:36:46 AM »
Hey guys,

I decided to give WL051 a trial on a few beers recently in place of my usual 1056/US-05 on some American Ales (Robust Porter, Amber, IPA and IIPA).  I repitched from the Amber into the IPA and IIPA and both of the latter have this intense orange citrus fruity character that really overpowers the hop presentation - I've got 1.5oz of dryhops in each keg that are in the background to say the least.  My friend asked how much orange zest I used in this batch without any prior comment from me.

Is this normal for a second or third generation of this yeast?  I've decided I don't really like this yeast over Chico, and frankly it doesn't seem at all what I recall from using WY1272 years ago, but I hate to form an opinion if it sounds like something went awry with my particular batches.

Both beers were pitched at 60 and fermented 64-66 wort temp, but each beer uses a vastly different hop schedule - the IPA included Columbus, Cascade, Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial, whereas the IIPA was Magnum for bittering and then all Centennial .

Its possible that I picked something up I guess that caused this or perhaps repitching isn't ideal for this strain (?), but I wanted to know from some experts what they think on what resulted.

Cheers!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Raging b!tch
« on: March 31, 2011, 07:24:14 AM »
Yeah - the APA is a great beer when fresh,  - BTW, I thought they dropped the "Doggie Style" part of the label a while back.  The IPA is pretty decent too, as is the Imperial Porter.  The rest is 'meh'

Funny you say that about Westy, Gordon - just this morning, one of my clients mentioned he is going to Belgium next week and asked what beers should he try - I told him almost anything he can get there will be worth it, but do not leave without trying some of the Westvleterens, to which he asked what the labels look like - and I chuckled and told him 'no label'.  He said, then they must be really good.

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Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 30, 2011, 06:43:11 PM »
I made mine strict to Joe's original recipe - I still have a few bottles of what he made in my fridge - hmm, perhaps I should crack one this weekend.

It'd be very different with ale yeast - I'll wait to taste jeffy's before I try it myself!

BTW,  this is a favorite of the ladies as well - both my wife and neighbor kill for this stuff.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Raging b!tch
« on: March 30, 2011, 10:56:55 AM »
What a smooth-talking ladies' man.   :o

hehe - both he and his wife are some of the most fiery personalities I've ever met.  they're perfect for each other.

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I see, I that case with that method could one pitch yeast harvested from a big/hoppy/dark ale to a lighter version with minimal influence from the original?

well, there may still be hop or malt compounds carried by the yeast themselves, but it would certainly be better.  You may want to look into yeast washing if you really want to be OCD about it.

frankly I've never adhered very strictly to the 'rules' about repitching except on the extreme ends of the scale - like I won't repitch yeast from a schwarzbier into a helles, but I don't mind a marzen into a helles.


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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Raging b!tch
« on: March 30, 2011, 10:34:17 AM »
The name is fun at least - we went out to dinner with some friends last year and my buddy went to the bar to get some beers - got me, him and my wife pints of some local stuff, but got his wife a bottle the Raging b**** IPA.  When he handed her the bottle he said "look, they made a beer just for you".


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No brewing this weekend, but will make the starter for the raspberry wit coming up next weekend.

Interesting, you're doing your starter a week in advance?  I was under the impression that 24-48 was the optimal timeframe. Curious about your strategy.

24-48 would be optimal if you were pitching the whole starter into the main wort.

Many of us prefer to crash the starter and decant the spent wort, only pitching the slurry of yeast at the bottom.

A week's about the right amount of time to do this - 2 days or so on the stir plate, then 3-4 days of crashing in the fridge before brewday.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Raging b!tch
« on: March 30, 2011, 07:05:09 AM »
Its better than Stone's Cali-belgique, but I don't know if that's a compliment or not  ::)

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Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 30, 2011, 06:38:59 AM »
I got a recipe from Joe in West Palm and changed it a bit.  'Not sure he's on the forum.  Originally it was a Mojito mead with mint added, but I skipped that part.  I tasted his in a mead/cider best of show last year and it was delicious.

yeah, Joe doesn't frequent the forums.  I was so taken with that mead that Joe and I made some together in January - though I am keeping it mojito and will be adding spearmint leaves in a month or 2.  Used mead yeast though and cut it out around 1.030ish IIRC - started at 1.108.

Look forward to trying your version.

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It’s light and fluffy when we put it in a container and nearly always doubles in size by the time I get it home. +1 on euge’s suggestion on using a nalgene or some type of plastic bottle.


weird, it always seems to settle and 'halve' in size approximately for me.  but I put it in a cooler with ice, so maybe you're is getting warm and causing the expansion.

+1 on plastic if you can - but if you must use mason jars, I would try to not screw the ring part of the lid all the way down, leave it a quarter turn backed off.

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Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 29, 2011, 01:49:11 PM »
careful there, Paul...... Gordon may try to hump your leg ;D

I'll be sure to wear my old jeans then  ;D

forgot about St Somewhere. - good call, while not my cup o' beer, I know they are well liked.

Gordon - if you wander over to Whole Foods rather than calling them, keep in mind CCB only has 2 beers in sixers: Jai Alai IPA and Maduro Brown, all the rest come in crowned 750 champagne bottles, which my WF keeps separate from the six pack shelves.

 

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Equipment and Software / Re: What's the best thermometer?
« on: March 29, 2011, 12:32:11 PM »
I have a thermapen, but I still prefer my Palmer Wahl thermocouple reader.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Oxyclean...I'm doing something wrong...
« on: March 29, 2011, 12:30:55 PM »
Sure.  But in my case I don't think I want to put lye into my septic system.  Plus PBW worked great.  Plus, I don't have lye around like you do!  ;)

umm, I am going to be on a septic system soon.  so you're telling me I can't use lye any more?  good to know, now.  doh.

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Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 29, 2011, 12:28:13 PM »
take the Alligator Alley over to Palm Beach County and you can have beer at my house, then we'll head up to Tequesta Brewing Co.  ;D

I don't think Cigar City, Swamphead or Tequesta are in Naples yet, so you'll have to settle for Total Wine.  

They should have a great selection - Avery, Bells, Stone, etc. just nothing local unfortunately.

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