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Going Pro / Re: Very Cool Keith!
« on: July 10, 2015, 04:48:07 AM »
Thanks guys! Pretty proud of the pils seeing as it was my first one ever and I jumped right into a 30 bbl batch, no testing. Also, if any one out there tries it, I used S-189 dry yeast. Perfect for higher gravity lagers IMO.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help
« on: July 10, 2015, 04:45:59 AM »
As others have said, probably just co2 coming out of solution. That can happen when you dry op and also as you warm the fermentor. Are you watching for bubbles in the air lock? That's not the best way to check for fermentation activity. Take a few hydrometer readings 2 or three days apart. If there is no change in the FG you are done,

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew day visitor
« on: July 10, 2015, 04:43:21 AM »
I used to dump my grain out back in the woods in such a way so that I could see them feeding as I woke up in the morning. Pretty cool.

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Well, thanks for sharing. This was one of the reasons I stayed away from the Speidels. I may look at them as an option again in the future. I do pretty well fermenting in kegs

I used to ferment in sanke's but such a PITA to clean, and I never trusted if it was truly clean or not. 5 gallon cornies are too small. I'd need a 15 gallon corny. Love the speidels because they are so easy to clean. Can't see why you would get an infection if you took the cap off. Do agree that harvesting yeast through the valve would be both close to impossible and bery risky.

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Equipment and Software / Harvesting Yeast from a Speidel Fermentor
« on: July 09, 2015, 04:49:58 AM »
I was complaining to my assistant brewer about how I hated to harvest yeast from my Speidel fermentors, how it was messy and unsanitary to pour yeast from the top into jars. He suggested taking off the bottom port completely, and just pouring the yeast from there. Viola! Ingenious! The yeast poured perfectly right into the jars! So the final major problematic aspect of these fermentors has finally been solved for me!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Thoughts on "fermcap"
« on: July 07, 2015, 06:24:34 PM »
Yes, I use it in my starters, especially if boiling in my stove.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Thoughts on "fermcap"
« on: July 07, 2015, 04:31:29 PM »
There are opposing views. Some think that the fermcap will help retain head retention because the compounds that cause foam can only be formed once, so my minimizing foam you will have better head retention. But the opposing thinking is that you will be minimizing the "braun-hefe_ which sticks to the sides of the fermentors and holds bitter and harsh flavors.

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Equipment and Software / Re: 1/6 Bbl kegs for homebrewing
« on: July 05, 2015, 10:58:36 AM »
There is absolutely no reason to remove the spear except for periodic inspection. It's a simple recirculation cleaning procedure. However, I seriously think it would be a hell of a lot easier just cleaning cornies than building a keg cleaner. If you are required to remove the spear every time you will quickly regret this idea.

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I prefer to pull a sample. Much easier to read the reading accurately.

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Equipment and Software / Re: 1/6 Bbl kegs for homebrewing
« on: July 04, 2015, 11:47:36 AM »
We build our first keg cleaner, they are fairly simple to make. You can also get adapters that can fit both sanke and ball lock/pin lock QDCs.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation Check.
« on: July 04, 2015, 09:00:21 AM »
Just pull a sample, keep it sanitary and it will be fine. You can open the lid, just try to keep it covered and take your sample as quick as possible.

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Equipment and Software / Re: 1/6 Bbl kegs for homebrewing
« on: July 04, 2015, 08:07:50 AM »
I use 1/6 bbl kegs all the time. If you have recircing cleaner system they are easy to clean. But I can't imagine that being practical for a homebrewer. I also never really had problems getting corny kegs lid to seal. And taking the spears out of a sanke keg is a real PITA.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Help
« on: July 04, 2015, 07:41:03 AM »
It's interesting to hear about breweries that won't share recipes.  At Oakshire, the recipe for each beer is hanging on the fermenter.  We encourage homebrewers on the tour to take pics of the recipes so they can brew them themselves.

I don't have a problem sharing recipes, by the way, did you ever get the recipe? Never heard back from you. ;)

Yep, sorry I didn't let ya know.  I figured I'd bothered you enough already!

Of course I always feel honored being bothered by you!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Help
« on: July 03, 2015, 08:27:23 AM »
It's interesting to hear about breweries that won't share recipes.  At Oakshire, the recipe for each beer is hanging on the fermenter.  We encourage homebrewers on the tour to take pics of the recipes so they can brew them themselves.

I don't have a problem sharing recipes, by the way, did you ever get the recipe? Never heard back from you. ;)

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Ingredients / Re: Best Malt Brands
« on: July 01, 2015, 05:36:06 AM »
I buy Best Malz for Pils, Wheat, Vienna and Munich I and II. Thomas Fawcett for English varieties, specifically Maris Otter, Golden Promise, Rye Malt and crystal caramel malts and roasted varieties like Chocolate Malt and Roasted Barley. For American styles I like Briess Pale Ale malt, they also make nice crytsal/caramel malts.

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