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General Homebrew Discussion / Beer Off Flavor Kit
« on: January 18, 2016, 07:21:28 AM »
I went ahead and treated myself to a beer off flavor kit, in part because I want to know what to look for in my own beers. I figured it would come in handy if I continue down the Cicerone path as well.

Which beer styles should I be using in conjunction with these off flavors?

FWIW, if anyone is interested, I thought this was a good deal from the below vendor.


http://www.aroxa.com/beer/beer-flavour-standard-kit/beer-uno-kit

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Yeast and Fermentation / Brett.
« on: January 17, 2016, 09:18:52 AM »
Just thinking random brewing thoughts this morning and I'm curious who out there has experimented with adding Brett. to an already fermented beer (perhaps a pale ale, IPA). How did it turn out? How long did you let it sit?

Can you just add it to the keg to condition or does it have to be added into the fermenter?


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General Homebrew Discussion / Diacetyl?
« on: January 15, 2016, 05:25:14 PM »
I kegged my most recent beer about a week ago and it tasted pretty decent to me a few days ago. Today after taking a sample I thought I noticed diacetyl. I'm not 100% sure that this is what I'm smelling and tasting but it's a familiar taste/smell that I've noticed in a previous beer I brewed. The recipe is below FWIW and I just want to rule out an infection that may be lingering in my equipment if that is a possibility. Any thoughts?

This beer was mashed at 151, kept under close temp. control w. controller in a chest freezer at 67 for 10 days, cold crashed and kegged.

12 lbs 8.0 oz   Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)   Grain   1   93.8 %
9.6 oz   Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)   Grain   2   4.5 %
3.5 oz   Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)   Grain   3   1.7 %
10.00 g   Chinook [13.00 %] - First Wort 60.0 min   Hop   4   17.4 IBUs
25.00 g   Warrior [15.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min   Hop   5   45.5 IBUs
20.00 g   Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min   Hop   6   26.1 IBUs
1.00 Items   Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins)   Fining   7   -
20.00 g   Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min   Hop   8   7.5 IBUs
20.00 g   Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min   Hop   9   11.4 IBUs
20.00 g   Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min   Hop   10   0.0 IBUs
20.00 g   Centennial [10.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min   Hop   11   0.0 IBUs
20.00 g   Citra [12.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min   Hop   12   0.0 IBUs
20.00 g   Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min   Hop   13   0.0 IBUs
20.00 g   Simcoe [13.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min   Hop   14   0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg   Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml]   Yeast   15   -
20.00 g   Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days   Hop   16   0.0 IBUs
20.00 g   Centennial [10.00 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days   Hop   17   0.0 IBUs
20.00 g   Citra [12.00 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days   Hop   18   0.0 IBUs
20.00 g   Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days   Hop   19   0.0 IBUs
20.00 g   Simcoe [13.00 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days   Hop   20   0.0 IBUs

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All Grain Brewing / Safety of Gypsum
« on: January 10, 2016, 05:47:51 AM »
I was recently letting my OCD mind wander and thought about gypsum and the fact that many of us use it to alter our brewing water. Has anyone thought about the safety of ingesting gypsum (albeit small quantities)? It's certainly not something you would ingest on purpose, inhale, touch, etc.

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Kegging and Bottling / Quick Carbonation Question
« on: January 08, 2016, 05:41:27 AM »
I'm having a brain freeze...I was force carbing   and am going to set the PSI back down to 11 or so this morning.

Do I bleed this pressure off before turning down the pressure? I seem to remember you have to do this to get an accurate PSI reading on the gauge.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Frozen beer
« on: January 03, 2016, 01:17:22 PM »
I accidentally set my chest freezer to 22 vs 32 (cold crashing) and now have frozen beer in my plastic Speidel.

Anything I need to do outside of warming it back up to above freezing?

*hell, I even left the airlock on.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Cold Crashing Time
« on: January 03, 2016, 09:22:29 AM »
Does anyone see added benefit of longer than normal cold crashing at 34 or so? I'm wondering if more than a day or two will be result in clearer beer.

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Kegging and Bottling / Corn Sugar for Kegging
« on: December 31, 2015, 02:10:20 PM »
Came across this today in Zymurgy...why would someone put corn sugar in a keg? Is this in place of force carbonation?


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Yeast and Fermentation / Raising Fermentation Temps
« on: December 30, 2015, 03:58:44 PM »
Thanks! I'm on day 10, dry hopped today and just curious what you are doing....

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Yeast and Fermentation / Removing Airlock during Dry Hopping
« on: December 29, 2015, 12:31:14 PM »
I'm curious if anyone does this? I'm wondering if there is any added benefit to have a (at least closer) to an oxygen free environment during the dry hop process. My Speidel has a tight fitting cap that can be placed over the lid instead of the airlock.

I normally remove mine anyways during cold crash to avoid suck back.

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Beer Recipes / Low ABV Brew
« on: December 29, 2015, 12:26:52 PM »
I've been kicking around the idea of brewing something low in alcohol lately (4% or lower) that isn't a sour. I figured it'd be easier to rip through a keg by myself if it tasted good!

Has anyone brewed something recently that fits the bill and turned out well?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Diacetyl rest for ales
« on: December 29, 2015, 07:44:19 AM »
Is this ever a necessity? Does anyone do it?

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Equipment and Software / Mash Paddle
« on: December 29, 2015, 06:45:41 AM »
I've used a long SS spoon for all of my brews up to this point. I've considered picking up a wooden paddle as the spoon can sometimes scrape up the plastic mash tun.

For the wooden paddle owners, whatcha' got?

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All Grain Brewing / Efficiency Mini Test
« on: December 27, 2015, 01:00:37 PM »
Based on my last brew with my new mill(est. OG was 1.069, measured was 1.046), I wanted to explore setting a finer crush. These results were a 47.8% efficiency.

Is there a "mini efficiency" test I can do with say a pound or two of grain, do a mash and run the measurements? I suppose like a mini brew day that stops after the sparge.

I know this is time consuming, but seems less of a loss than doing a 5 gallon to completion and getting poor results.

*The above results were based on a 13.32 pounds of grain on a 5 gallon batch.

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All Grain Brewing / Mill Gap Settings
« on: December 24, 2015, 03:16:16 PM »
I'm looking to close the gap a bit on my mill but I don't have feeler gauges. Can anyone tell me what household items may suffice to measure a certain gap? I would think a credit card would be a specific gap that would work. Thanks!

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