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All Grain Brewing / Re: dry hopping and cold crashing
« on: November 12, 2017, 06:29:05 PM »
I do that fairly often - cold crash for a couple days, then rack to a keg.  I DH for about a week at room temp in the keg.  I usually just leave the hops in the keg for the whole time. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: first octoberfest
« on: November 12, 2017, 06:25:29 PM »
If you go the route of rousing the yeast, be very careful if you're stirring in a glass fermenter with a metal spoon.  I had to do that recently, and luckily there was no problem, but I was paranoid the whole time!

Do you guys think it would be helpful to give it an oxygen boost at this point, or would that oxidize the beer?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Removing diacytl in legged beer.
« on: November 12, 2017, 06:23:27 PM »
Thanks for posting - I learned something! 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OG too high
« on: November 12, 2017, 06:22:46 PM »
You could sure sample it post-fermentation and make the call at that point.  I would probably just go with it - your yeast should still be able to attenuate that. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help us out and win cool stuff!
« on: November 10, 2017, 07:11:22 PM »
Where's my cool stuff?   ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best of both worlds
« on: November 10, 2017, 07:10:42 PM »
I don't really have a problem with the mash to boil time in my GF.  I ramp it up to a boil once I pull the grain basket, and by the time my sparge is complete, I'm nearly at a boil.  I brew inside with it though- I tried it in the garage and it was just too cold for the element to perform very well.  Also, I've not had any issues with the pump clogging.  I do bag my hops, and I've started skimming the foam to reduce protein buildup on the heating element.  That cuts down on the particulate matter a lot.  Also, when I'm pumping through the chiller, I tip the GF and end up getting all but about a quart of the wort.  So far, I'm very pleased.  I'm still working on increasing my efficiency though - so far I'm hitting about 68%.  I did a batch of BVIP, which really maxed out the mash cylinder.  I've been conditioning my malt and crushing at the tightest setting on my JSP.  Perhaps I'll try the recommended mill gap from GF and see how that goes. 

Pimp My System / Re: Basement electric kettle / cooler setup
« on: November 08, 2017, 07:28:04 PM »
Doesn't that kettle warp the counter top when it gets rolling?   I too am building a new home in the spring with a dedicated brewery space.  I like your exhaust fan solution.   

Pimp My System / Re: Eraseable Beer Crates
« on: November 08, 2017, 07:16:51 PM »
Yeah, those are sweet.  I made some a couple years ago that have internal wood dividers and chalkboard plaques on the end and sides.  I have them full of barleywine right now.  Since I keg my beer, they're actually not getting a lot of use.  I thought about making some for 22 oz bottles, but haven't done it yet.  Yours look much simpler to build, and they look nice too.  Nice work, thanks for sharing!

Equipment and Software / Re: malt mill
« on: November 08, 2017, 07:13:51 PM »
Are you by chance using a drill? My thoroughly unscientific opinion is that most problems with homebrew mills are caused by bushing wear through misalignment.

I don't use a drill. I run the mill with a direct drive motor connected with a spider.

My JSP is set up the same way.  High torque, low RPM.  Takes a bit longer to crush, but it does a great job.  I have the adjustable JSP and it's in excellent condition, 10+ years and about 175 batches later. 

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Hops calculation w/homegrown cones
« on: November 08, 2017, 06:51:26 PM »
Sorry, I just cannot contain my enthusiasm for using homegrown hops for bittering, so here's more:

I really don't understand why most homebrewers are afraid to try their homegrown hops for bittering.  In my experience, bittering is truly the very best use for them.  And people have been boiling whole hop cones for hundreds of years without having any idea what an "alpha acid" even is.  No one should ever feel discouraged from using them for bittering.  Seriously.  Sure, you have to guess on alpha initially if you care about IBU precision, but after just one or two uses, you'll know exactly what you've got based on taste, and then in future years, they'll be pretty much the same every year.

I strongly encourage everyone to try their homegrowns for bittering.  Please do, and enjoy.

I grow Zeus, which is quite productive.  I always have waaay more than I need.  Maybe I'll start using them to bitter hoppy beers, starting with a pale ale as you suggested.  Should be a great bittering hop, once I dial it in.  It would be nice to start using them up.  I brewed an all-Zeus IPA once, but it came across as kind of oniony. 

I too have brewed this with different bourbons. JB Black, Makers, and Old Forrester.  I’m doing another in the next 2 weeks. I’m splitting a 10 gallon batch with Early Times and Basil Hayden. I’m making the Basil Hayden for someone else. I used to think the bourbon didn’t matter, but it does. I did not like the Old Forrester.

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Wow, Basil Hayden is some fairly spendy stuff.  Good thing you don't need a whole lot of it!  I have a batch ready to rack onto beans now.  My 1450 was not ready, so I went with WY1728 Scottish Ale on this one.  We'll see how it turns out.  I plan to do another batch with 1450 once I grow enough yeast. 


Just to make sure, we are talking about this one?

Yep, that looks like the one!  I've scaled the grain amounts a bit to fit my system's efficiency.  I end up adding 375 mL Jim Beam Black to the keg.  I've tried it with Maker's Mark and Buffalo Trace too, but I like the Jim Beam Black the best.  This beer is a hit with everyone, and I brew a batch each year to secure my deer-hunting land.  Gotta love the barter system.  Go for it!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing with Propane in a Garage
« on: November 06, 2017, 06:54:15 PM »
I've brewed in the garage for many years without even cracking the door, but our garage is not insulated and has vented soffits, so there is a lot of airflow.  I've never felt weird or anything.  The moisture is kind of a concern, but with the vented soffits I think it's a non-issue.  Better safe than sorry, though.  A bit of prevention goes a long way.  Recently I bought a Grainfather, so I'm shifting to indoor electric brewing, and it is soooo sweet.  Be safe out there, fellas.

Wood/Casks / Re: Making your own barrel
« on: November 05, 2017, 06:19:23 PM »
I've seen an Instructable on making a wooden beer stein.  I don't see why it wouldn't work on a bigger scale. 

Here's a couple links:

Never heard of that one!  But if you like imperial porters, I highly recommend you brew Denny's BVIP.  I like it best with the original recipe, using WY1450 and Denny's suggestion of using Jim Beam Black. 

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