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The Pub / Re: Postdoc Brewing
« on: November 04, 2014, 05:27:30 AM »
Yay Tom!!  Good to see this glad for you.  Best of adventures to you.  hope you still
have some time for the science side of the equation as well.

Awesome!  Best of luck to you, Tom!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Wee Heavy extended boil time?
« on: October 28, 2014, 12:37:48 PM »
I believe the original recipe (a la Skotrat) was to boil one gallon of first runnings down to one pint  This is what I usually do and you get an awesomely thick, sweet syrup.  Never measured the temp though.  And the beer is always wonderful.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oud Bruin - First Adventure into Sour Beers
« on: October 28, 2014, 12:01:30 PM »
Kegged my oud bruin with the WY private release Oud bruin blend.  No noticeable fusel alcohol aromas or flavors even fermenting at 80-82F more or less from the get-go.  No weird off-flavors derived from the yeast either.  Hardly any sourness or acidity noted and a fairly high FG remained (I did mash around 157F with a dextrinous grist) of 1.025.   I am not too concerned as I was brewing this one for a blend with another Oud bruin that is a year old and hovering around 1.006 FG (a bit too low for my tastes for this style). 

I left the keg at moderate basement temps around 70F and will check on it in a mos or two to see if the acidity has increased and/or the FG has dropped.  I am hoping for both.  So far, a bit unimpressed by this blend.  Definitely not drinkable in 6-8 wks (providing I did not micro-aerate).

It will probably need 6 to 8 months to see any real sourness.  At least this is my experience with both White Labs and Wyeast Lambic blends or home grown blends of Sac/Lacto/Pedio/Brett I have done in the past.  Most sour funky beers are better aged a long time at cellar temps.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« on: October 24, 2014, 07:09:15 AM »
I would go with Windsor.  More body/character, flocs like a rock.

Pimp My System / Re: My automated brew system
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:24:51 AM »
And Windows is not so good when you have real time interrupts that need to be dealt with.  It usually prioritizes it's own first, like updates and other outside world stuff.  For good process control a RTOS is almost essential.  But you guys know this already.  A lot depends on how much you have going on, just controlling temperature or handling functions that occur over minutes as opposed to milliseconds it may work OK.  I've seen it go both ways depending on the application. Cool system.  I'm a little hesitant about putting heaters in plastic buckets.  A single fault and you may have a fire if there is not water there.

The Pub / Re: American Fascination with HOPS
« on: October 21, 2014, 06:42:09 AM »
Absence of finesse.

The Pub / Re: New hobby
« on: October 02, 2014, 08:56:25 AM »
A getting stopped with a new didgerido from guitar center in the car is a sure way to get searched, I would think. Unless you are in Washington or Colorado
Yes, a didgeridoo that is in plain sight surely constitutes reasonable suspicion to conduct a vehicle search. If the search turns up Frisbee golf discs they don't even have to find the pot to get a conviction.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mystery
« on: October 02, 2014, 08:54:38 AM »
That sounds exactly like what I have.  Snot consistency, awesome flavor.  I've had two of my buddies that are quad aficionados and they both loved it.  The issue I saw pouring it out of the bottle was that is was thick and poured with no head initially then the head just kind of appeared.  Jeffy's description sounds exactly like what I have.  I'm gonna let her ride.  Although I will monitor the bottles to be on the safe side.  My capper puts a round indentation on the top.  If that goes away, it's time for the fridge.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mystery
« on: October 01, 2014, 12:07:59 PM »
I was going to dump it, but I think I'll wait and see what happens.  It does have a slight tang to it.  Maybe add some other bugs as well.  Nothing to loose at this point.  Thanks for the input guys.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mystery
« on: October 01, 2014, 10:12:47 AM »
It actually turned to syrup, thick, like corn syrup.  It's very strange.

General Homebrew Discussion / Mystery
« on: October 01, 2014, 09:47:52 AM »
I brewed a quad a few months ago.  Had it on tap for a month or so, bottled about a twelve pack and then took the keg out of the serving fridge.  It has now turned into a syrupy mess in the bottles and in the keg as well at cellar temps.  I have no idea what happened or what could even have caused this phenomenon.  This is the same quad recipe I have used for years and has won multiple blue ribbons.  The only difference is the yeast (WLP530 instead of 500).  Is there any type of infection that could cause this?  I'm going to have to dump it at this point, but don't want to this issue to crop up again.

The Pub / Re: New hobby
« on: October 01, 2014, 09:37:27 AM »
Enjoy, Jim!  I would love a dobro, but I already have many instruments that I don't pay enough attention to.

I know that disease. For some reason, it doesn't stop me from acquiring more.

When I go to acquire a new instrument, I often get "you don't even play the ones you have".  And at hundreds or thousands of dollars per investment, I find it increasingly difficult to justify.

The Pub / Re: New hobby
« on: October 01, 2014, 07:22:33 AM »
Enjoy, Jim!  I would love a dobro, but I already have many instruments that I don't pay enough attention to.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Selecting beers to serve at events...
« on: September 30, 2014, 10:08:39 AM »
IF I were in a club and they were bringing beer to NHC I would vote for the taste panel idea. Two or three good judges, blind taste and score. If we were bringing X amount of kegs, then the top X beers go on the road but nothing under a 35. For local stuff you could relax the requirements, and for club meetings anything goes. If someone threw a fit because their 28 point beetweisen didn't cut it... well, bottle it and serve it to victims on your own.

I like the taste panel idea as well.  And what's wrong with beetweizen? ;)

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Jim Rosenkranz aka Redbeerman
« on: September 30, 2014, 09:41:58 AM »
The plan is to be in San Diego next year followed by a trip to Napa and then perhaps the PNW.  I hope to see you all there!

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