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Equipment and Software / Re: Cold crashing alternative
« on: October 30, 2015, 11:01:05 AM »
According to that other thread, Niva from White Labs says cold crash as fast as you can without freezing the yeast

Woot! first in style, second in category!
Good job!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Secondary Fermentation
« on: October 30, 2015, 05:33:13 AM »
Its when the same person asks the same question over and over again... I think you have to have a press pass to do that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast
« on: October 30, 2015, 05:24:00 AM »
Wait, huh? Required by law? Are you getting grant money for this? The world has really lost its mind if the government is regulating what two dudes talk about in a podcast...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Secondary Fermentation
« on: October 30, 2015, 04:59:32 AM »
Removing yeast early... think of it this way. We're planning a trip from California to Maine to have some nice fresh lobster. When we get there we are going to remove the engine because it seems like it will be worn out and starting to smoke. So why not just pull the engine out a few days early?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New Blog
« on: October 29, 2015, 12:14:29 PM »
Good for you that's awesome!

Hop Growing / Re: Questions on a few hop varieties
« on: October 28, 2015, 09:45:09 PM »
I'd recommend talking to other hop growers in your area and finding out which work best.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Shaking
« on: October 28, 2015, 09:02:01 PM »
It's obviously not something to get in a twist over. But it comes down to what works for you. I'm not trying to convert anyone. If no aeration at all works, then so will sloshing around the air in the headspace, or mixstir, or whatever. I like my o2 wand and I'm sure I'm getting it at least as clean as the air in my shop where I brew. All good. Either way

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 28, 2015, 04:07:33 PM »
Nice exchange here with Jim and Amanda, nice chance to learn something. Definitely a class move by Amanda to PM Jim the review first and for Jim to be willing to discuss the constructive feedback. You are both total grown ups!
Well thanks. Thats the whole point of these swaps. Just like we were sitting together having a beer, cuz one day we will be. Also its ok if every beer isnt pop your eyes out amazing. That Helles won a ribbon, but I know it has a long way ti go till im happy with it. If I cant take criticism and suggestions how will I ever get it there?

But I agree with you, for a forum this one is grown up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 28, 2015, 11:53:16 AM »
Is that what is referred to as vinous (sp?)

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Brew Boss COFI
« on: October 28, 2015, 11:03:07 AM »
I think its a bit too Rube Goldberg. I use an 8 or 15 gallon pot for a mash tun. It has a false bottom. I consider it batch sparging but with the ability to recirculate so I can heat with direct fire, and since the pump is there its also power vorlauf. I dont care about channeling because its batch sparging. The recirculation is only to prevent scorching and to set the grain bed during vorlauf. This gadget seems to be an elaborate expensive version of what I do. In the photo where its empty, the water is spraying every which way. Once grain is added that center tube will be fingered like a clarinet by the grain and the water will follow the path of least resistance. Seems like anyway...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 28, 2015, 10:27:30 AM »
Awesome. Trouble with the honey note is that it was there from day one. I think it's from Gambrinus' vienna, which might have had some Gambrinus honey malt in it. But the beer is also getting old so I wouldn't doubt the oxydation is creeping in and really adding to that honey thing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 27, 2015, 08:00:50 PM »
Great review and analysis, Amanda.  That beer was brewed mid February. After bottle conditioned it sat in a chest at 39º till I boxed it up. Same with the dunkel I sent. Its reaching its best by for sure. Thats my 3rd attemot, tweaking along the way. It won 1st place at Bend Oregon's Springfling. Probably because Randy didnt enter anything lol.

Malt bill was 9lbs Best Pils and 2 lbs Vienna, which I later learned to be Gambrinus. A light went off above my head when I learned that, regarding that honey note. Hopping was 1/2 oz of US Magnum at 60 in a 90 min biil. Thats it.  Wyeast Munich 2308 at 50º till a stepped up d rest.

Helles is up next on my calendar. I'm going to drop the OG from 1.058ish to 1.050. 9.5 lbs Best Pils 1.5lbs Best Vienna. Im going to mash at 145 for 120, rather than 150 for 60. 60 minute boil thanks to Marshall, that might drop the color down where it should be. Hops this time will be an ounce of Mittelfruh at 60 and an ounce at 10. Going to pitch two 1L starters at high krausen and get it really rocking,  hopefully. Plus I've learned a lot about water and pH since February so im amped to get after it.

Glad you enjoyed it. Im looking forward to continuing my journey toward my perfect Helles. The Dunkel needs help too. Too sweet in my opinion. I'll see what you think.

Edit: regarding the unexpected buzz, its about 5.5% so I dont know. But it was brewed in Washington, so who knows? Contact high?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: RO water pH of 5 good for brewing?
« on: October 27, 2015, 06:47:03 PM »

would this ^^^^^ impact how your software accounts for impact RO water, salts, and malts has on expected PH of the mash?

Unfortunately, that high dose of carbonic acid is not accounted for in Bru'n Water. The carbonic acid would likely affect the pH result and leave you with a lower than estimated mash pH.
Martin, wouldn't it be quickly buffered out once the grain is added? I thought carbonic was a pretty weak acid, and if its reading 5 in RO it seems like theres really not that much there.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Shaking
« on: October 27, 2015, 05:29:49 PM »
Ive heard so many method comparisons, pros and cons, and have tried them all but the fish pump. Ive settled with o2 injection and see no reason to ever change. The problem I see is that post boil the wort is depleated of o2. I dont have much faith in the headspace containing enough o2 to do the job. Splashing in open air might do it, but whats in the air? I just like my o2 wand. In my opinion its the surest and most sanitary method.

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