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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest
« on: August 10, 2016, 12:16:34 PM »
Not in what I perceive to be the style anyways.  I have always associated festbier as maltsters showcase, not boozy. 

this years is a 'festbier' (Style 4b) not a marzen (style 6a) like a lot of American Oktoberfest beers are.

I thought this years SN Oktoberfest was very well done in the festbier vein, lots of toasty and bready malt aroma but is a little thinner bodied and more pilsner like and thus more quaffable/sessionable than a richer marzen. In fact reviewing the 'festbier' style guidelines and it seems pretty spot on. 

Not sure if you meant crystal malt or crystal hop, but there isn't any crystal malt listed on the ingredients and it sure doesn't taste or smell like it to me.  if you can pick out the crystal hop, that's tough for me to discern amongst the other hops in there.

I did greatly prefer last years version, but I like this one a lot, and it is growing on me - definitely drinkable while working in the garage even if its still hot outside.

Man I really don't feel like I have ever experienced the deleterious effects of O2 pickup on any of my jumped beers.  I'm sure that your methods are much better and reduce the O2 pickup, but i also try to drink my IPAs long before they would show oxidative signs.   I applaud your efforts, but until I start to consistently have oxidation issues, I'll leave that solution alone.

Beer Recipes / Alesmith Nut Brown Ale
« on: August 05, 2016, 08:29:13 AM »
I'm pretty smitten with the malt flavor and aroma on this one.  anyone have any insight?  my tries with google are not yielding anything worthwhile.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 05, 2016, 08:22:44 AM »
grape nuts with bread and honey is a great descriptor - I really, really dig it and am glad they'll be carrying it still.  I liked the barke munich also.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 05, 2016, 08:15:41 AM »
Yeah I really like my Dortmunder with the Barke - will post a pic later this weekend.  It's pretty money

what is spunding?

I fill my kegs to the brim with sanitizer and push that out with CO2 before jumping or racking the beer in.  seems to limit O2, but I get what you are saying.

I did have my first issue with keg hopping recently. I bag the hops in small muslin sacks and just knot it off to keep the hops in. I don't worry about cutting off the extra material above the knot and that happened to get caught in the dip tube after a couple of weeks. It took me a while to figure out that this was the problem.
I've heard of that happening.  Connect a length of thread to the muslin bag and let it come up and out of the main hatch so you can pull it out of the way (or out completely if you're done with them).

I have had issues sealing the keg this way. What kind of string? I will probably just start removing that extra material.

Teflon tape works better, IMO

How the heck do you guys keg hop?  My experience with whole and tea balls was good but messy/lots of loss.

Surescreen on the diptube.

I've been doing 4-7 days at room temp in a keg, crash under CO2 for 48hrs and then jump to fresh kegs.  My GF said she could smell my IPA from across the room last night, so its definitely working lol.

Is it better than cold dryhopping?  I have no idea.  I used to do that as well, and only switched because the way I do it now works for my process/logjam. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Location of Grain Storage
« on: August 04, 2016, 10:08:09 AM »

On a homebrew scale I don't see a problem unless you have post-boil wort/beer exposed in the same place where milling is going on where grain dust is actively kicked up and will fall into the exposed wort/beer.

yeah that is a good point.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Location of Grain Storage
« on: August 04, 2016, 09:55:54 AM »
thanks all - seems like I will be okay storing grain on racks in the brewhouse.  I can mill pretty easily in the garage as the brewhouse is directly adjacent to it, so it is not that far.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Location of Grain Storage
« on: August 04, 2016, 09:53:19 AM »
I have heard of this but think it is mostly a non issue from an infection standpoint at homebrew scale but I would not want that dust getting into the HVAC system which then takes us to needing to vent brewing moisture from the home.  If you really deck the brewhouse out with a good vent I would say go ahead and mill and brew away but I think most guys seriously underestimate the vent requirement and just run to Home Despot for something in stainless.  Now I am friends with some HVAC guys that would love to design a hood but I bet a good setup is not easy or cheap.  Most pro installs recommend roof exhaust and not just popping out of a sidewall.  You will likely need to a pro to run numbers and properly design but I think it would very worthwhile if brewing in the house is your dream.     

Unless properly vented, I think brewing is best out of the house.  Kinda the same like deep frying stuff/pan searing meats/canning.  Kinda funny since my house has an indoor grill.  My Dad s*** a brick when he saw it.  I told him he can have it once I get new counters...  If at all possible I would also say a floor drain would be a good idea too...

I am having the same venting setup that has, approximately.

6' x 2.5' condensate hood with a  450CFM variable fan, ducting through the attic and slopping down to vent out the soffit. I've not heard many complaints about the setup, hopefully that holds true for me.

couldn't do a floor drain - had to work with the slab as is.

All Things Food / Re: A Labor of Love
« on: August 04, 2016, 07:00:32 AM »
looking good pete!

Ingredients / Re: Eureka, Columbus & Simcoe?
« on: August 04, 2016, 06:58:37 AM »
I've not, but I can't see why that wouldn't be spectacular.

Ingredients / Re: ratio of equinox with other hops
« on: August 04, 2016, 06:58:01 AM »
damn now what am I going to call my Citranox IIPA?  Citra366?

I'm thinking so.  :)   Maybe 'The Beer Formerly Known As Citranox' ?

I like that.  Maybe I should create a symbol of sorts, as an homage to Prince.

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