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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Still learning my yeast strain
« on: May 23, 2016, 09:06:50 AM »
It drops off sharply apparently. I normally have about 8-12 hr lag (first sign of visible activity) at 50F but at 48 its days. I'll try 52 next just for kicks but I've been happy with 50.

Yeast and Fermentation / Still learning my yeast strain
« on: May 23, 2016, 06:37:08 AM »
As you know, I've been brewing my lagers with Wyeast 2352 since the PC release last October. I thought I knew it well, but I guess I'm still learning. For several batches I fermented at 50 till 50% then 68. Had pretty good results. But last time I started at 48F. That was the batch that after 4 days still had 0% ADF, so I pitched 1056 that I had on hand. We are drinking those now and they are amazingly lager-like. I don't detect any ale esters. Hmmm.

This past brew day I pitched propagated 2352 cultures at high krausen as normal, and again at 48F. Today is day 3 and I'm just starting to get activity. The German Helles Exportbier has dropped from 1.056 to 1.050... I think I found the issue. 48F is too cold for that strain. I knew that Wyeast says 52-62F but how often are their suggestions dead on? Seems to be the problem this time though.

Next time I will start at 52F and see if my hunch is correct.

Its crazy sometimes how just when you think you know something, you still have more to learn

Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 22, 2016, 06:32:03 AM »
Is it always the same weekend? My predicament is having to choose vacation for the next year in october.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this trashed?
« on: May 21, 2016, 07:40:49 PM »
I soak mine in starsan

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: NE IPA reviews
« on: May 20, 2016, 06:07:07 PM »
Isn't it cool though, to have an East Coast-West Coast rivalry going on in craft beer? I think it might catch on. Next thing you know rappers and reality shows will copy us with their own EC-WC rivalries. But we will know who did it first!

Ingredients / Re: Hop storage lifespan ?
« on: May 20, 2016, 05:52:49 PM »
I only use pellets. Kept in vacuum sealed bags in freezer. I basically dont even worry. Use till gone. Having said that, if I were trying to win a million dollars, I would probably try to use the very freshest samples from the best plants. And then I probably wouldn't place anyway.

I've found that a dash of confirmation bias makes up for using old hops. Just tell your buddy that this beer has hand picked hops you had flown in from Germany. Its very expensive, and you can only share one pint. Oh, ok, two...

Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 20, 2016, 12:32:19 PM »
Its a strong possibility!

Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 19, 2016, 06:23:48 PM »
This is reminding me of Office Space. "I said NO SALT and there were great grains of salt on the glass"

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter Water Treatment
« on: May 19, 2016, 02:18:12 PM »
Same here. DME plus potable water and a touch of nutrients.

Have you tried pitching at high krausen yet? Now need to settle then. And you can make your starter the morning of brew day.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Adjusting IBU's
« on: May 19, 2016, 10:35:42 AM »
Opinion: Calculated IBUs is only helpful to the brewer. If you use the same hops, same IBU formula, then you have a tool for adjusting future batches. But for describing how bitter a specific beer actually is... I think we'd be better off just assigning a number that it seems to taste like. Maybe for example the computer says its 45 IBU, but if it tastes like 30, describe it as 30.

Mashed in my German Helles Exportbier. I will be using my 2352 propogated from a slant (first attempt at this, so far so good). Second brew today is a summer pils with Sorachi Ace and Crystal.

Ignored these for 21 days. The GHE finished at 1.011 as expected. The summer pils finished at 1.005! That was 90% best pils and 10% carahell mashed at 148f for 90. Don't fear the carahell!

Just dry hopped the summer pils, crash regimen begins in a couple days. Keg them up Tuesday

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: May 18, 2016, 05:47:11 PM »
A guy I know, knows a guy that got me a sample to try out.

Equipment and Software / Re: Insulating a mash tun
« on: May 17, 2016, 05:42:42 PM »
That being the case I think I would just buy gas. I think a miracle material would set you back more than a few gallons of propane

Lmao, those arrows are tricky.
Almost HAS to be on purpose, huh?


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