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General Homebrew Discussion / Location of Grain Storage
« on: August 04, 2016, 06:56:17 AM »
Hello all - been a while - been busy with work and getting ready to move to a different house.

In the new house, I'm fortunate enough to have a workshop room dedicated to brewing, ie an in house brewery.  demo is all done, and am now remodeling.

Anyhow, my question is about grain storage.  my vision would be to have my buckets and vittles vaults of grain on a rack in the brewery, but I seem to recall a rule of thumb that you shouldn't store your grain where you brew and ferment or something like that? I would certainly crush my grain elsewhere like in the garage, but I'm talking about storage.

I *could* put the grain in a closet elsewhere in my house, but it kind of defeats the purpose in a way.


Ingredients / Re: ratio of equinox with other hops
« on: August 04, 2016, 06:50:24 AM »
Yes, Equinox, err HBC-366, has high oil content, so 2:1 or 3:1 would work. Look up data for these hops here.

I do use that site quite often. It weird how it's listed as HBC 366 formerly Equinox. Shouldn't it be the other way around?

damn now what am I going to call my Citranox IIPA?  Citra366?

I guess they dropped/had to drop the name. So now it's HBC366 again until it gets renamed. Still a damn nice hop.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 13, 2016, 03:34:00 PM »

Golden Promise California Common

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 09, 2016, 03:54:58 PM »
Thanks Paul, it's pretty tasty. BTW I just brewed an O-fest with all Barke malts and doing a German pils next weekend with Barke pils. Can't wait to sample !

You will not be disappointed.  I brewed my dort which is on tap, pils and fest all with Barke malts and let's just say I am trying not to steal out of the pils and fest before their time but it's very hard discipline!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 09, 2016, 03:47:46 PM »

2565 Kolsch.  Pretty tasty on a day like today.

About as close to perfection looks wise as you can get

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 09, 2016, 03:42:39 PM »
My best dort ever. Creamy foam that hangs forever. Can't wait until August to brew this again and throughout the fall/winter.

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Ken if you haven't yet, try some of the Weyermann Barke Pils, 4% carahell and some acid malt - I am so happy with my dort.  Pic to come soon.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 19, 2016, 12:19:47 PM »
Nice looking beers gents!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Yeast Longest Lag experience
« on: June 08, 2016, 06:26:07 AM »
Thanks guys!

How did this one work out for you?  Any revelations as to what you think might have happened? Did you add any yeast nutrient to the boil kettle for your repitched slurry?

The fermentation is strong now - am ramping up to finish out now.

Sample tastes appear to be fine albeit it is fermenting beer so we'll see when it's all done.

I did add wyeast nutrient to the boil.  All very perplexing.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Yeast Longest Lag experience
« on: June 07, 2016, 07:19:48 PM »
Thanks guys!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Yeast Longest Lag experience
« on: June 03, 2016, 10:51:53 AM »
That is really weird. How are you measuring your fermentation temps?  Thermowell?  Temp probe taped on?
Only reason I ask is that maybe the actual fermentation temps are COLDER than you believe them to be due to a whacky miscalibration for some reason. I could see that slowing down your active fermentation time. Just a thought.

had not thought of that - I keep the probe affixed in a insulation pocket on the cone of my fermentor.  I also have a thermostrip attached for a belt and suspenders approach.  every so often I use my thermocouple to take a reading of the temp and compare to the other two and its usually close - will look at that again later as it has been a while.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Yeast Longest Lag experience
« on: June 03, 2016, 08:43:01 AM »
harvested the yeast from the pils earlier that day, stored in mason jar in the fridge up until pitching.

thankfully, the fermentation now looks decently strong (krausen formation, airlock activity, etc) so there is a possibility that it might end up okay, but I'm expecting to have to dump and re-do.

Yeast and Fermentation / Lager Yeast Longest Lag experience
« on: June 03, 2016, 08:23:13 AM »
As many of you know, I brew a lot of lagers, but this one has befuddled me.

Been running 835 German Lager X currently.  Previous 2 pitches (dortmunder and pilsner) were extremely healthy, fast (<8 days) and flocculent, and sampling has been so great that I am hoping that 835 is made a year round.

Third pitch into an Oktoberfest (600ml Slurry/27 days since previous pitch so calced as 2 weeks 'old', 12 gal 1.058 wort) 2 minutes pure O2.  72 hours in nothing.  at 84 hours, I gave in and pitched another 200mL. at 96 hours started to see airlock movement and krausen development.  it is now pounding away, dropping about 1 plato per day.

I'm not sure what I've done wrong here.   I'm extremely pissed as the brewday went otherwise perfectly.  I am already tentatively scheduling a rebrew in late June or early July, growing some 835 from the 1st fermentation that I saved, in anticipation that this one being completely FUBAR.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Heal up Ken!

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Hop Blocker doesn't
« on: May 18, 2016, 01:15:05 PM »
Recirculating whirlpool at the end helps.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Hop Blocker doesn't
« on: May 02, 2016, 01:28:05 PM »
I use a hop blocker and have a lot of success with it.  As Denny pointed out, I typical whirlpool and then slowly drain the kettle.  You may want to try slowing your drain speed and see if that helps any.
Slow drain is by far the biggest difference maker in my opinion. It takes about five minutes for me to pull 5.5 gallons.

Getting all the break and hop material in the fermenter might not be a huge deal quality wise, but that extra 1/4 gallon makes a difference when fermenting 5.5 in a 6 gallon fermenter. There is also the added benefit of getting less garbage in my repitches.

+1 - I've been using a hopblocker for ~3 years now - I really like it, but you have to use it properly - throttled back when running off, and throttled back even more after pulling up the screen.  added benefit of a bit more efficient cooling for me though.

 I just made a DIPA 2 weeks ago with over 24 ounces in the kettle and had only about a quart or so of liquid plus a ton of hop/break sludge left.

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