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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Time Pitching on Yeast Cake
« on: May 15, 2012, 06:26:56 PM »
I'm pretty sure it's "Bruno here"...   :P

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Equipment and Software / Re: FermWrap on Fermenator?
« on: May 15, 2012, 01:48:35 PM »
I use these fermwarps on 3 bbl plastic conical wrapped with insulation to control fermentation temps in a 38 degree cold room. They work great. For cheap wraps check out www.reptilebasics.com

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Ingredients / Re: Punching down dry hops
« on: May 15, 2012, 08:01:40 AM »
Yeah, a lot of it is personal preference. I think the hop pellets have a cleaner taste, less herbal. And of course as was mentioned they are easier to use, less absorption, etc.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Time Pitching on Yeast Cake
« on: May 15, 2012, 07:57:23 AM »
IPad and stoopid auto fill.  ::) guess it doesn't take German. "Bruno hefe", lol.

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Ingredients / Re: Punching down dry hops
« on: May 15, 2012, 04:25:45 AM »
I think it's fine. FWIW I actually prefer dry hopping with pellets. They don't float, they don't clog when racking, and there's less vegetative matter and the lupulins are directly exposed giving better hop flavor. I'm sure there will be debate about that but this is my experience.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Time Pitching on Yeast Cake
« on: May 15, 2012, 04:22:14 AM »
IMO it is better to take out a portion of the slurry - heck, it only takes a minute to dump in clean, sani mason jar, and measure out the appropriate amount. Also, the bruno hefe - the old yeast and protein hop resin on the sides if the fermenter - you dnt really want that to dissolve back into your beer. I think you make better beer by measuring out the slurry and pitching into a clean fermenter.

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: May 15, 2012, 03:57:12 AM »
I'm just a young lion.  ;)

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Beer Recipes / Re: Opinions on new IPA recipe?
« on: May 14, 2012, 04:31:20 AM »
I believe the honey malt needs mashed so in your case I would leave it out completely. Maybe cut your crystal malt in half as well, extract beers often turn out on the sweet side anyway.

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The Pub / i bid you all fare well...
« on: May 13, 2012, 02:11:44 PM »
I don't know. Bud is ok. Bid light sucks though.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Basic Dubbel and Tripel recipes
« on: May 13, 2012, 09:54:16 AM »
I could go with .25 lb / 5 gallons. Not much more than that though. I do think the dark candi is much more integral to the authenticity aspect of a dubbel than special b.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer WAY off...
« on: May 13, 2012, 09:32:16 AM »
And even the corrected reading can be off. I only use my refractometer pre-fermentation. Never have been able to get an accurate reading post fermentation.

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: May 13, 2012, 08:48:43 AM »
Well, that's a good question. Craft beer is just now catching on down here. we are riding on the crest of a wave - pretty exciting, actually. The competition is slim and the excitement about craft beer is growing. This would be much more difficult to pull off in PA simply because of the competition and extremely narrow room for error. I'm pretty happy with the beer we are producing now but when we first started out there were problems that were probably more forgiving in a place that has ever had access to great craft beer as opposed to a place who is accustomed to it. Our major problem opening was dialing in carbonation and that was a somewhat forgivable offense here but might now have been elsewhere.

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