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The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: January 19, 2017, 12:55:03 PM »
I should not have posted this. I can now not ever have some respect fro some of you. Boston? Really? One of my faves to blast on my turn table. And "Born to Run" is one of the best albums ever made. Period.

And the Eagles over rated? OMG ... I would have punched you in the nose had we been drinking together. ;)

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The Pub / Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: January 19, 2017, 11:29:18 AM »
Thinking about songs you used to like or songs from bands you still like that you could go forever and a wek without hearing. Here are some from me. Not in any particular order

American Pie
Hotel California
Pour Some Sugar on Me (literally would rather pour molten hot lead in my ears)
Bohemian Rhapsody
Reelin' in the Years
Stairway to Heaven
Any Aerosmith song ......

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hazy Helles
« on: January 19, 2017, 06:05:14 AM »
My guess was your pH was off so you just have a protein haze that won't ever settle. As long as it tastes good, drink it up and think about investing in a decent pH meter or check out the colorpHast strips.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hazy Helles
« on: January 18, 2017, 06:19:27 PM »
Did you take a pH reading? Also, as was mentioned, WLP029 is very hard to get to clear. Kolsch brewers traditionally filter kolsch, though I've found fining works well.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Zymatic
« on: January 18, 2017, 05:34:24 PM »

Denny - I'll hit up Annie. I may be crazy (and that's a huge possibility), but I believe that the stability of the beers I've brewed this year with the Z are pretty poor compared with the stability of the beers I've brewed on my other systems. I'm talking like Pilsners that hit all the numbers, taste great, and then 2 months later are crap. Just stale. Maybe it has something to do with 2.5g batches in 5g kegs, but I'm flushing the piss outta them with CO2. (And our bottled beers have the same issue.) I closed transfer. The recipes are all similar before and after the brewery switch. I'm even lowering my pH to the low 4's to help stability and they just go oxidized anyway. I'm at a loss. Surely it's not the brewery itself, but I can't think of anything else.


Thanks for finding the link. I will be at the luxury of not having these around longer than a few weeks..

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Zymatic
« on: January 18, 2017, 05:32:25 PM »
Broken link.


A length of silicone tubing on the gas tube should work. Or just use a second beer tube.

Yeah I have been kicking the idea of a second dip tube around, but like Denny said the thing is designed to splash. I have a few other ideas of things I may try but right now I'm not monkeying with anything much. I did take out the poppets because I couldn't see why I would want that restriction and clogging.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Zymatic
« on: January 18, 2017, 05:29:55 PM »


I've been having a lot of fun playing with this. It is not without its drawback but it can do some very complex step mashes. If you are scared of HSA this is not the system for you although I have been looking at some mods to cut down on the splashing.

Funny you mention this. What's her name was talking about how much faster her beers were staling when using the pico.


I have been doing pilsner malt experiments over the last week so it will be fun to taste all these pilsner malts side by side.

That sounds fun. Same basic hop additions?

You can do any hops additions you want. You design step mashes and hop additions to your wildest imagination. Then you can repeat it nearly exactly. Makes for great repeatable results. The experiments have been a lot of fun because I am able to dedicate time and methods I simply haven't had the time to do since I went commercial. Plus having everything right there with minimal set up makes it super convenient. It's not without its drawbacks but the pros are very much outweighing the cons.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Zymatic
« on: January 18, 2017, 04:46:35 PM »


I've been having a lot of fun playing with this. It is not without its drawback but it can do some very complex step mashes. If you are scared of HSA this is not the system for you although I have been looking at some mods to cut down on the splashing.

Funny you mention this. What's her name was talking about how much faster her beers were staling when using the pico.

Not sure who "what's her name" is but for my application this won't be a problem. It gives me opportunities to do lots of testing without having to dedicate entire days to small batch brewing. Plus, we have a fun tasters club that meets once a month so this will be very beneficial.

I have been doing pilsner malt experiments over the last week so it will be fun to taste all these pilsner malts side by side.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Zymatic
« on: January 18, 2017, 04:42:05 PM »
Updated now with picture!

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Equipment and Software / Picobrew Zymatic
« on: January 18, 2017, 03:09:49 PM »


I've been having a lot of fun playing with this. It is not without its drawback but it can do some very complex step mashes. If you are scared of HSA this is not the system for you although I have been looking at some mods to cut down on the splashing.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Low pH and lager yeast
« on: January 11, 2017, 03:13:59 PM »
IIRC it was about 3.4.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Low pH and lager yeast
« on: January 11, 2017, 06:03:32 AM »
I've used Kolsch yeast post kettle sour with fantastic results for a Gose. I'm sure a lager yeast would work just fine. 34/70 actually ferments fairly clean in the 58 degree, that's how I'd approach that.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Glass Disaster
« on: January 10, 2017, 06:29:09 AM »
No one except the OP will want to hear my opinions on glass vs. plastic.

Yes, glass is dangerous, and you need to be very careful with it.  However, plastics *can* at times harbor wild yeast and bacteria that can give your beers a "house flavor" that glass will not do.  Plastics are also oxygen permeable and for any long term aging, you can taste the effects of oxidation.  If always doing quick batches, this is less likely, but if keeping in there for a couple of months, you might pick up premature oxidized flavors.

There are certainly advantages and disadvantages of each.  Personally, I am interested in making the best beer possible.  As such, I use only glass.  For me, glass is worth the risks, and I am very careful with it.  I suppose at some point I could even seek out stainless steel carboys, as that would work even better, albeit you cannot see through the sides of stainless obviously, so that's a downside of that.

We all need to make up our own minds and do what we think is best for us and the risks we want to take.

I haven't read all the other posts but just gonna say at this level there isn't going to be any difference in quality of beer between plastic and glass except for the instances where you are aging the beer long term. In that case I do agree glass is slightly superior but only slightly. If you think there is no ingress on the rubber bunch and air lock on glass carboys you haven't really thought this through.

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I think hot oxiclean and PBW is probably fine just you probably need to have some recirculation and/or scrubbing. There's no way they are coming clean by soaking alone.  I think it is hard to really get inside and clean a carboy with just a bottle brush. Not impossible though. I have the carboy/corny cleaner that recircs with a pump, I do use caustic for my carboys and corny kegs.

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