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Ingredients / Re: Calypso and Citra for a Pale Ale
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:27:28 PM »
I've never heard of anybody getting heat from a hops addition before Dave - I hope you don't have a brain tumor or something...  :o

I finally brewed with Calypso today and was surprised at their dried pear character.  Reminded of fruit leather in a way.  I brewed an APA with a FWH addition of Millenium, followed by a 170-deg whirlpool for 30 min with 1 oz Calypso.  I hope 1 oz whirlpool in a 3-gallon batch will be enough to get a sense of their character.  I have 2 oz of each of my "test hops", so I was hoping to do a test APA followed by some combos. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Crushed grain powder
« on: March 22, 2017, 08:06:02 PM »
Just a side....

I have been conditioning my grain for the last 4-5 batches or so, and I get very minimal dust/flour (as in really none at all) compared to before when I did not condition. It only takes a few minutes and is very easy to do. Would not do it if it wasnt easy.

I condition mine too, and set the mill gap on my JSP as tight as it goes.  Malt conditioning is pretty cool - post crush, I have to pick up a handful to make sure the grains are crushed, since the hull stays so intact.  Often times I'm looking at empty grain hulls with a fully crushed endosperm. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Crushed grain powder
« on: March 18, 2017, 06:45:07 PM »
+1  I've been using the JSP for about 10 years now with zero problems.  I motorized it with a low RPM, high torque direct drive motor (very safe) and it chows through grain like a pro.  Once I got a pebble in my grain sack, and that stopped it, but there was no damage to the system.

What motor are you using and where'd you find it?  One of these days I'm going to get tired of holding the trigger on the drill...

I got it from a friend of mine who owns a restaurant supply shop, and he pulled it off a pizza dough mixer, I think.  It's a Dayton Shaded Pole Gearmotor Brake, 2.6 amp, 30 RPM, 113 torque, 1/10 HP. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Crushed grain powder
« on: March 13, 2017, 03:47:41 PM »
I've ben using a JSP MaltMill for nearly 20 years and literally tons of grain.  It still works as well as it did the first time I used it and I get a great crush.  I would be hard pressed to recommend any other based on my experience.

+1  I've been using the JSP for about 10 years now with zero problems.  I motorized it with a low RPM, high torque direct drive motor (very safe) and it chows through grain like a pro.  Once I got a pebble in my grain sack, and that stopped it, but there was no damage to the system. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« on: March 12, 2017, 05:31:12 PM »
They'd have to boost the power of the unit for me to pull the trigger.  I have relatives in New Zealand, and I thought about having them ship me one of the higher-powered overseas units.  I'm just not sure how I would deal with the wiring here on my end.  I'm on the fence on this one. 

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: February 27, 2017, 03:55:53 PM »
I was not impressed with the Four Roses yellow label - I like more of a caramel character.  I can get Elijah Craig for like $12 here, and I like that one fairly well. 

I've enjoyed Two Gingers quite a bit, and Paddy makes a good whiskey too.  Hellcat Maggie was also decent. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cleaning auto siphon
« on: February 27, 2017, 03:48:21 PM »
I guess I'm a bit more low-tech than most of you guys.  I pump sanitizer through mine, making sure to pull out the interior piece to its max extension to fill the whole chamber with fluid.  Then I spray the outside with Star-San.  After use, I pump about a quart of cold water through it, followed by another flush with sanitizer.  No problems ever.  I hang it to dry with the hose at full extension so all the drips can drop out.

Ingredients / Re: Warrior hops
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:58:45 PM »
Although it has high alpha acids, it's low in cohumulone, so it is a smooth bittering hop.  I've used it to bitter many different styles, with good results.  I've solely used it for bittering, so I can't comment on flavor/aroma. 

Ingredients / Re: Calypso and Citra for a Pale Ale
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:56:43 PM »
Thanks for the info, Dave.  I'm still sitting on my two ounces and keeping tabs on this thread. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Apple Juice Yeast Starter?
« on: February 25, 2017, 04:02:32 PM »
Well, I went ahead with building starters from apple juice.  First, I revived the old yeast strains with 1-L starters.  They fermented out over 3-4 days on a stirplate.  Then I pitched both starters into a gallon jug with 1/2 gal of apple juice.  The juice is pasteurized of course, so I just poured it straight into the jug.  Crazy, huh? 

These apple juice starters fermented out in about 24 hours, and then I crashed them well.  Yesterday I brewed up 3 gallons of witbier and pitched the slurry, and it was fermenting strongly about 8 hours later when I woke up.  So far, so good.  The cider tasted fine, fairly bland. 

I haven't moved forward with the O-fest yeast, and I picked up two packs of 34/70 last weekend.  I might split a 6-gal batch and ferment one batch with the liquid strain, just to see how that old strain performs.  We'll see.  I'll report back.

For now though, I got a free batch of hard cider out of the deal, which I'll jack down.  Yumm!

Beer Recipes / Re: CAP recipe
« on: February 22, 2017, 08:16:24 PM »
Sterling and Crystal are a nice combo with clean malts.  I'm drinking a BoPils right now, hopped with all homegrown Sterlings. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Finally got a brew day in
« on: February 20, 2017, 08:54:15 PM »
60 degrees out today.  Or more.

10 gallons fermenting.  Stogie. Fire pit.

Sounds like a day well-spent!

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday!
« on: February 15, 2017, 03:11:20 PM »
I shall play a little tune on my ukelele in your honor.  Happy Birthday!

The Pub / Volcano Collapsible Stove
« on: February 13, 2017, 07:55:57 PM »
I am researching a home design and looking at building a rocket mass-heater (RMH).  Anyway, I came across some info on the Volcano Collapsible Stove.  Looks pretty sweet to me, in that I could cook, brew, or even bake virtually anywhere with any available fuel - propane, charcoal, or wood.  It would work great with a lot of the cast iron cookware we have too.  Have you guys heard about this yet?  It collapses to 5" tall and comes in a carrying case.  Could be kind of difficult to regulate, but it does have adjustable air flow.  They're $150, but man, I'm interested. 

Beer Recipes / Re: Chocolate Orange Porter
« on: February 13, 2017, 06:36:43 PM »
The cacao nibs often lend more of a full mouthfeel than a pronounced chocolate character. 

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