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All Grain Brewing / Re: Saison attempt
« on: Today at 04:10:52 PM »
Just took my terminal gravity which ended up being 1.002 on the 100% pils and 1.003 on the 100% red x. Both held a great balance between saison character and pineappley lambicus bret character. The red x is slightly hazy and the pils is crystal clear. These will be awesome to enjoy on a hot august evening! I'll have to hide a few to see how the bret evolves over time.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Saison attempt
« on: Today at 02:48:21 PM »
Next time I do saisons im going to make 1 gallon starters and let them go to completion, then decant and repitch, to try to get some of that second generation vitality I keep hearing about. But for now I'm pretty stoked that these will be bret saisons.

The Pub / Re: help buying sour beers
« on: Today at 02:44:22 PM »
I guess it depends on the person but I get most excited over variety and stuff I have not had yet. But some folks stick to their favorite and thats all they want.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation Check.
« on: Today at 02:36:25 PM »
Another benefit of opening and using a thief or baster is that you dont have to lift the fermenter

All Grain Brewing / Re: Saison attempt
« on: Today at 02:41:39 AM »
Crashed these yesterday, then pitched magic gelatin. Both had a nice classic bret pelicle at the time. We'll see how that effects gel I guess. Bottling these probably Wednesday

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation Check.
« on: Today at 01:39:13 AM »
This brings up an idea for debate. Dont you need to clean AND sanitize? I think so, and its why I'm not a fan of spigots.

So back to the OPs question. There can be CO2 in solution being held there under the slight pressure of the airlock. Once you burp it, then CO2 comes out of solution,  etc. But temp also plays a part in this. So if the temp goes up, liquid expands and CO2 comes out of solution. Also agitation can cause CO2 to come out of solution. Also, the added nucleation points caused by dry hopping can cause CO2 to come out of solution.

Airlock activity is an indication but not the only one, and it can be misleading.  As stated, gravity readings are the best way to know, coupled with tasting and smelling the sample you measure. I use a number of indications to know my beer is done. (With a basic lager or ale) After airlock activity has ceased I look at the beer. If its beginning to drop clear, I will take a hydrometer reading and smell/taste it. If it smells and tastes done I wait another 4 days to a week and take a second reading. If those two readings are the same, I start my fining or chilling or bottling.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: kern river clone
« on: July 05, 2015, 06:35:29 PM »

The Pub / Re: Simplified BJCP Score Sheet
« on: July 05, 2015, 03:52:57 AM »

The Pub / Re: Simplified BJCP Score Sheet
« on: July 04, 2015, 03:16:42 PM »
I'm not a total fan of the check list but in big events they really are necessary for time reasons. Though that probably depends on the judge. Given that the check list is pretty abriviated, I think I could write out a few one or two word descriptors just as quickly as I can read through the check list to pick the right ones.

I'd like to see judges get back to describing the bottle. When you enter a big dark malty beer and the judge dings it for being too pale, too hoppy, and too sour... it would help if they described the bottle.  If yours were brown long necks with black caps, but they wrote green caps, it might explain the issue.

My weekend starts Tuesday, but I did get my lacto starters going. It looks like I'm spending the next few months brewing my way through the new American Wild category. Bottling bret saisons tuesday, brewing mixed fermentations Wednesday. The fruits will be brewed mid august. Woo hoo

Beer Travel / Re: River Cruising
« on: July 04, 2015, 12:05:52 AM »
Hmmm, maybe I'll fit right in by the time I can afford to go

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wild Yeast Revisited
« on: July 04, 2015, 12:04:21 AM »
Beyond my level, but sounds like you'd have to plate it out and isolate the strain you're searching for. Which probably means several present strains and several separate test batches till you find it.

Ingredients / Re: Best Malt Brands
« on: June 30, 2015, 12:56:39 PM »
Best Malz here too. And I was using the LHBS Vienna but was getting a honey note from it. Found out he was stocking Gambrinus Vienna, so I made him order some Best Vienna.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Montejo?
« on: June 30, 2015, 10:25:58 AM »
Pale piss-water. I think they only waved a hop-cone in the general direction of the wort...

Refreshing in this heat though.

So when you say pale piss-water can you give a comparison beer so I know what we're dealing with here?

Sol or Pacifico come immediately to mind. And Corona light- though I can't remember the last time I had one.

It's ok this Montejo. Very pale- maybe 1 SRM. I'm not getting any off flavors.
Hmmm, the 6 pack I got seemed about 4 SRM. I wonder if mine was regular and yours was lite

Equipment and Software / Re: Orbital Shaker
« on: June 29, 2015, 08:17:47 AM »
Right, cheap cheap at a garage sale and adjustable by where you put it on the turn table. I'll try to keep my eyes open for one.

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