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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Suggestions for 1450 Denny's Favorite
« on: December 04, 2009, 12:43:53 PM »
hey denny - I think you got your wires crossed between Nick Danger and the BVIP - look at the notes at the bottom of the link you posted...

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To my tastes, Nott has a tartness that 05 doesn't.  You may be able to distinguish them by that.

+1

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Beer Recipes / Re: Rye Barleywine?
« on: December 04, 2009, 11:57:34 AM »
I thought about making one a few years back, and still might, but I have been burned by rye recently (rye-bock, rye-wit) and am staying away for a while - am beginning to think its just not a flavor I like, though I do occasionally have a beer with rye that is enticing. 

Anyhow, I like the looks of your recipe, and I certainly wouldn't change the crystal amount - that's about the amount I use in mine, and I think mine is lower OG than yours.

What I don't like is I think the sugar level is too high.  I used 1lb of sugar in my IIPA and it brings the beer from 1.076-8 down to 1.012.  I personally like my ABWs rich, malty and chewy, not thinner, hop focused and boozy.  Given the higher gravity, I would bump down to 1lb. JMO. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hydrometer vs. Refractometer
« on: December 04, 2009, 09:34:29 AM »
that's an interesting theory - and actually, all the beers I have done lately are between 73-76% AA, so maybe you're not too far off the mark!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottle question
« on: December 04, 2009, 08:42:48 AM »
just an fyi - the hard plastic bottom can crack - so they are not entirely indestructible.  a friend dropped one while he was swirling sanitizer in it and when I used the fermenter for that batch, I found some escaped wort pooled underneath the carboy when I went to rack from it.

I still use them when not using my conical, so no worries - just giving you a heads up not to let your friends drop them!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hydrometer vs. Refractometer
« on: December 04, 2009, 08:38:10 AM »
FWIW I kept track of FG with a hydrometer and a refractometer for five batches. The mean difference between that correlation and a hydrometer reading was 2.4 points and the maximum was 7. I'll use a refractometer to determine when I've reached FG, but not what the FG actually is.

but I've done the same thing over a slightly larger sample size - I think I'm up to 12 batches thusfar, and the FG via hydrometer and refracto after conversion calculation have never been more than 2 points apart and 7 of the samples were clap i-dentical (My Cousin Vinny reference). so why do I continue to compare the two, you might ask?  I like to drink the sample  :-[

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Black IPA underway
« on: December 04, 2009, 08:32:54 AM »

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Suggestions for 1450 Denny's Favorite
« on: December 03, 2009, 01:38:00 PM »
my house APA became my favorite all time APA when I switched to 1450 with it - Simcoe/Amarillo - can't go wrong.

my favorite beers with 1450 have actually been dark beers - my house porter and my munich based stout were killer with it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: My BK pickup is finally done
« on: December 03, 2009, 11:30:44 AM »
DC:

My BK is on a cart such that the spigot is about 3.5 feet off the ground.

I run a hose from the spigot to the pump.  The pump is oriented perpendicular to the ground, with the "in" on the top and the "out" facing the ground.  The pump then forces the wort through my therminator, then through 25' of copper coil sitting in an ice bath before making its way to the fermentor.

What I am wondering is that the 3ft+ drop is more gravity than the pump actually sucking, which is why I don't have problems with clogging on my bazooka T?

Again, if I use over 50% pellets, I do have problems, but not when using whole hops.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: +1 to Cargill Malt
« on: December 03, 2009, 07:58:33 AM »
that's very interesting about the grassiness comment - the German Pils I have on tap now (though its almost gone) has a very distinct grassy aroma that I thought was hops going bad, though I had not noticed it in the beers made right before and after with the same exact hops (Tett and Hall).  I used 100% Cargill German/Euro Pils (not sure if there is a difference between the two).  That might explain the grassy aroma!

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Equipment and Software / Re: My BK pickup is finally done
« on: December 03, 2009, 07:55:47 AM »
hmm.. - i use a bazooka T with no issues, unless I use all pellets...

I've tried on of those and it does seem to work OK with whole hops until I started using a pump.  Then it sucked the hops down onto the screen and clogged.

I use a pump too, but only on rare occassion do I have an issue where I need to scrape the screen.  95% of the time, not a problem - I think its the way i have the pump oriented.

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Equipment and Software / Re: My BK pickup is finally done
« on: December 01, 2009, 01:13:05 PM »
So, does that not clog up?  Every time I've tried using braid in the kettle it seems to clog almost instantly.  I'd sure like to figure out what I'm doing wrong.

you're using pellets.

use whole hops, problem solved  ;D


Actually, I use both and it doesn't make any difference when I've tried a braid.

hmm.. - i use a bazooka T with no issues, unless I use all pellets...

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The Pub / Re: Been scarce, wife has cancer
« on: December 01, 2009, 07:27:17 AM »
sorry to hear that - thoughts and prayers your way, man.


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Equipment and Software / Re: My BK pickup is finally done
« on: November 30, 2009, 03:18:46 PM »
So, does that not clog up?  Every time I've tried using braid in the kettle it seems to clog almost instantly.  I'd sure like to figure out what I'm doing wrong.

you're using pellets.

use whole hops, problem solved  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Black IPA underway
« on: November 28, 2009, 01:30:47 PM »
Keith - don't know if you get Stone by you, but if you do, see if you can get Stone Sublimely Self Righteous.

http://www.stonebrew.com/sublimely/

That beer sums it all up perfectly. Easily the most "wow" factor I've gotten out of a commercial beer in over a year, maybe longer.

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