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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Do you know what day this is?
« on: September 07, 2017, 03:01:53 PM »
Have a Happy Beer Lover's Day and sante!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My new hydra chiller
« on: August 21, 2017, 02:56:33 PM »
I bought mine last winter. It's an amazing piece of equipment and worth every penny.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Question About Chilling
« on: August 20, 2017, 10:48:37 AM »
I listened to Denny Experimental Brew podcast and he recommends the Hydra wort chiller (see link below). As a former Florida resident, I wished I had this product. I bought this last winter and it's definitely worth it. Here in Iowa, it get to 90 degrees. But, now I can get my wort down to 60 degrees in 12-15 minutes.
The procedure is use this wort chiller to get the wort down to the temperature of the hose water. Then, using the immersion pump (see link below) submerged in ice water, pump thru the chiller to get down to temp.  Jiust me 2 cents worth.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling in "non-standard" bottles
« on: August 15, 2017, 04:09:58 PM »
First of all, welcome to the Forum! There are a lot of great people here who are happy to help.

I would say if you are happy with the results, then you are ok. Have you ever done a side-by-side tasting with the same beer from a wine glass and stand 12oz bottle (or just two different bottles)? I personally haven't heard of any complaints bottling in non-standard beer bottles. But, that's just me.

I think the next time I bottle, I will throw in a wine glass and do a side-by-side. So I can find out for myself. Interesting idea.

Hope this helps.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First lager brew.
« on: August 15, 2017, 06:30:11 AM »
I do love a good pilsner.
A few things I'm not clear on when it comes to lagering.
1. Is a Diacytal rest part of fermentation or lagering?
2. After fermentation is complete can I Lager in a keg or do I want to keep it in primary on the yeast with an airlock?


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1. Diacytal rest is done at the end of fermentation. You ramp up to 62-64 degrees for a couple of days. It cleans up mainly sulfur the yeast produces. But, if you have good temperature control, it may not be necessary. Others on this board can help fill you in on this.
2. You should have no problem lagering in a keg.

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 14, 2017, 04:21:40 PM »
I am working so I am not planning to go anywhere to see it. I am just going to play Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" in my office.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
« on: August 01, 2017, 05:44:15 AM »
In the latest issue of Zymurgy Magazine, they list the "Best Beers in America". That is a good starting point on your search.

Beer Travel / Re: San Francisco Breweries
« on: July 16, 2017, 04:38:53 AM »
I don't live in SF. But, I would think you might want to visit Anchor Brewing Company (
Enjoy your time there!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Con Seminar Cheat Sheet
« on: June 12, 2017, 05:01:51 PM »
Thank you for posting! I am really excited to be there. This will be my first time. I am looking forward to learning and meeting everybody.
Our Club (CRAZE) will be serving at Club Night for the first time in Club history. We won't have a fancy set up. But, we will have some fine, interesting brews to share with everybody. If you will be attending Club Night, please feel free to stop by and say hello.
I want to thank everybody on this forum for being willing to share their wisdom.

Ingredients / Re: one german noble hop
« on: June 07, 2017, 04:16:16 PM »
I like them all. But, if I had to pick one, it would be the hallertau. I feature it in my German Pils.

Thank you for doing this, Denny. I will be at Home Brew Con next week. It will be my first time at a Home Brew Con. I would like to buy a copy of Homebrew all-Stars and have you and Drew sign it. I am assuming it will be sold there. Thanks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nagged About Brewing
« on: June 02, 2017, 05:22:17 AM »

Congratulations! Thanks for helping a lot of people here.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying in bulk
« on: May 16, 2017, 04:45:51 AM »
I like buying my base malt in bulk. In the fall, I buy a 55# bag of Pilsner malt. last month, I bought a 55# bag of Maris Otter.

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