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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When is too late to top off?
« on: March 27, 2012, 10:47:12 AM »
well, theoretically at least, you are breaking up the colloids which can affect mouth feel if you water down any beer post boil. Maybe it is not a genuine concern. I personally feel that you are best topping off before flame out if ever.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: High temp with 1968 / 002?
« on: March 27, 2012, 10:44:12 AM »
I agree, it may not be ideal but 72 is not too high and pitching and starting your fermentation off cool will alleviate most problems from high fermentation temps. I wouldn't recommend going much higher though.

Ingredients / Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« on: March 27, 2012, 09:11:45 AM »
It could be ergot, in which I wouldn't brew with it (but would definitely eat it). ;D

Beat me to it.

WLP550 for phenolics IME. That's my favorite Tripel strain for that exact same reason.

Well, you could try a ferulic acid rest for 20 minutes at 111 degrees. But IME the phenol level is going to be dependent more on strain than fermentation practices. OTOH you can try fermenting cooler to subdue the esters and make the phenolics more pronounced, which is what I do with hefeweizens.

Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: March 27, 2012, 05:04:02 AM »

Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:52:21 AM »
Hmmm ... never thought of trying to find another hobby. Not sure I have time for it now though, between fathering 2 boys and running a business.

Hope I don't sound like I am complainng though, I still love brewing. I love what I do and right now can't see myself doing anything else. But maybe my problem is my homebrewery, as sean alluded too. It's bare minimum, always has been. The march pump was about the most high tech piece of equipment I had. Perhaps if I haad a Sabco touch screen brewery and a couple heated/cooled conicals homebrewing might not seem so unappealing. ;D

Going Pro / I don't miss homebrewing
« on: March 26, 2012, 09:15:30 AM »
I thought that after brewing commercially for a while I would really miss homebrewing, but I really don't. I don't miss having to carry carboys or buckets down into my basement, don't miss cleaning up the messy deck or spending all day Saturday brewing outdoors. I do kinda miss not having several styles of beer on tap all the time. But even the thought of trying a batch at home now doesn't interest me.

Funny, too, because I can remember hearing all these pro-brewers saying that they "haven't homebrewed in years" and I always thought, "I'll never be like that." ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Don't fear the trub
« on: March 26, 2012, 05:15:15 AM »
The main concern (at least for me) on trub is keeping it out of the fermenter allows for a cleaner yeast harvest.

Ingredients / Re: White Table Sugar
« on: March 25, 2012, 06:11:05 PM »
First off, I think we are a friendly group and we will be happy to answer any question regarding brewing as many times as necessary. So feel free to ask away. I never understood the forums that demanded you "search" first. A live an active forum thrives on people asking questions - even the same questions - and more importantly: answers change over time.

The cheapest sugar you can find, up to 15-20%, is absolutely fine. Belgian brewers use beet sugar up to those amounts and I don't hear too many complaints about their beers.

The Pub / Re: i thought we were crazy!
« on: March 25, 2012, 05:46:17 PM »
I've frequented that forum several years ago when I got my Class A.

So, you are out on parole ... or? I see this affecting the voting possibly.  ???

General Homebrew Discussion / Don't fear the trub
« on: March 25, 2012, 02:40:01 PM »
It's best to leave as much behind as possible but I never overly stress over it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: found a problem with my process.
« on: March 25, 2012, 02:30:12 PM »
So does this mean all the beer you thought was great before actually sucked? Seriously, I don't think HSA is a huge concern. Still, prolly a good idea to lengthen your hose just in case.

I think there's a joke in there somewhere.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxygen Needed for 15 Gallons
« on: March 24, 2012, 07:20:38 AM »
My thinking is 2-4 minutes slow trickle per five gallons.

The Pub / Re: Christ, what an...
« on: March 23, 2012, 11:41:11 AM »
FYI fellas, my middle initial is "T" ;)

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