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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Wort Hopping ?
« on: February 08, 2010, 02:17:51 PM »
And I forgive you your brewing sins!  ;)
Is that a fly-sparging reference?

and decoction  :D ;)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Going to rehydrate
« on: February 08, 2010, 01:58:22 PM »
I am a sprinkler too, but I picked up a good tip from george schmidt on how to rehydrate with ease:

take an unopened bottle of water at room temp, open it, pour half of it out add your yeast, cap and swirl.  its sanitary, quick and easy and makes a nice pitching/pouring vessel.

I did that the 2 times I tried rehydrating, but I wasn't convinced it did anything different so I went back to my sprinkling method.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Crazy temp jump in fermentor
« on: February 08, 2010, 01:52:58 PM »
Oh really, I thought the carbonation took longer. I know it is faster then bottling but thought I had read it was a few days at least. Time to do more research.

Brian

well, it depends.  what denny was referring to is that you can keg, chill and then quick carbonate the keg by shaking or rocking the keg back and forth until no more gas enters the vessel (you can hear it rush in as you shake initially), then let it settle for about an hour and you're good to go.

I'm not much of a fan of doing this since the bubbles are uneven and you inevitably wind up with hazy beer initially - I prefer to gas it slowly over a week or 2 as its conditioning, but I also have 10-15 kegs full at any time, so there's usually no rush.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Temp Control
« on: February 08, 2010, 01:41:44 PM »
I kept track of both for several batches and never saw a variation of more than about 1°F.

+1 - my friend spent some coin on a thermowell on the same notion of 1vertical's, so durign one fermentation, out of curiosity, I used my thermocouple and took readings to compare to the strip - it was always +/- 1 degree, so I stopped worrying about getting a thermowell.  YMMV.

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The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 08, 2010, 01:16:11 PM »
El Nino!  >:(

For those of you who don't habla espanol, El Nino is Spanish for: The Nino

Not Snowmegeddon?

Chris Farley reference...

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The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 08, 2010, 12:54:27 PM »
El Nino!  >:(

For those of you who don't habla espanol, El Nino is Spanish for: The Nino

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing this weekend 2/5
« on: February 08, 2010, 07:34:53 AM »
however, I am about to throw my barleycrusher out...

Care to elaborate?

I have been having issues with 'dead roller syndrome' for the past year or so, after 3-4 years of great performance without a hitch.  The past 3 brews, the situation has been getting progressively worse and I have to continuously dump the hopper and re-start to get it going again, only to have it fail after a minute or so of running.

I've disassembled and cleaned a few times now since this started acting up, and it doesn't seem to help.

It took me ~45minutes to crush a measly 24lbs of grain yesterday - during that process I think I invented some new curses.  I really did need a beer to RDWHAHB, but it was 7am and I was still on coffee.

Am going to research some fixes and if not, will start reviewing the monster mill.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing this weekend 2/5
« on: February 07, 2010, 03:03:51 PM »
so either the lot analysis sheets were off or I mysteriously got really high efficiency(83% instead of 75) , but my 1.054 expected vienna lager actually came out 1.061 - I adjusted the hops on the fly and shot for an "elliot ness" clone instead, which also happens to be one of my favorite beers anyways, so all was fine.

however, I am about to throw my barleycrusher out...

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Commercial Beer Reviews / SN Bigfoot - Cloudy as it Ages?
« on: February 05, 2010, 06:35:08 PM »
Just cracked into some of my 2008 Bigfoot stash. Its damned near opaque - all 12 bottles or so that I have seem to be this way. what is weird is that I recall that it was rather clear when I purchased them in Feb 08, and they have been refrigerated the entire time.

Anyone noticed this 'permanent chill haze' that appears as the beer ages?

FWIW, I have been 'collecting bigfoot since '02, though I only have '06 and up left, and I've not noticed this before.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: a black ipa... how does this look?
« on: February 05, 2010, 06:34:13 PM »
i actually thought this beer would be hoppier and next time, it will be. 

I hate to say "we told you so" but, we told you so.  ;)

Sounds like you have a nice, tasty beer on your hands - prost!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Possible allergy?
« on: February 05, 2010, 05:05:32 PM »
definitely a doctor should be consulted.  that said, could it be gluten?

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Other Fermentables / Re: Wine Making
« on: February 05, 2010, 01:22:18 PM »
I let them sit anywhere from over night to 24 hours. I am "assuming" that this takes care of the chloramines.


sorry, this is a little off topic, but you only need about 20 minutes for the campdens to work, AFAIK.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 1450
« on: February 05, 2010, 12:44:14 PM »
okay, that all sounds greek to me.  so i guess you mean, it'll fit in an envelope?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pilsner Will it Blow?
« on: February 05, 2010, 12:13:56 PM »
it might.  especially adding 20% new wort and new yeast.  where you get instructions like that? :o

and, no matter how air tight or sanitized you kept your gallon that you held out, if it was in the fridge for 2 weeks, and wasn't pressure canned, I would be concerned about contamination.   

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 1450
« on: February 05, 2010, 12:04:58 PM »
no offense, kai, but wouldn't it cost your at least $5 to get the yeast slant from denny anyway?  only saves you like $2 or so?

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