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Ingredients / Brewing With Grits
« on: March 15, 2013, 07:28:01 AM »
Some time ago there was some debate over whether a "cereal mash" was absolutely necessary and if just boiling the grits and adding to the mash was "good enough", so to speak. I can't remember the specifics but I seem to recall having pretty good success just boiling the grits and adding them directly to the mash.

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Yeast and Fermentation / pitching on a yeast cake
« on: March 15, 2013, 07:24:43 AM »
Sanitation is not much of a concern, assuming the beer you had in there previously was sanitary. Over pitching definitely is. Also dead yeast cells are a concern. Also the braun hefe on the side of the carboy is a concern because it has some bitter and nasty flavor compounds you probably don't want in your beer. Left over hop compounds might be an issue as well.

Unless you are going from a very low gravity beer to a high gravity beer (ordinary bitter to barley wine) I think you are much better off collecting the yeast slurry, using the pitching calc at www.mrmalty.com and approximating an appropriate pitch from there. You are better off pitching "the right" amount of yeast than overpitching, everytime.

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Going Pro / Dumb question about tanks
« on: March 14, 2013, 01:07:42 PM »
Pretty much what Anthony says. You can move some batches out faster than others. The log jam often happens at the BBT. And, of course, iof you are planning on serving clear beer you will need a little extra conditioning time or filter.

I think the double batch day makes a lot of sense. You sanitize one tank, you sanitize your hoses and heat exchanger once, you MT is already pre heated, you only add an extra 4 hours to your day to brew twice the amount.

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Yeast and Fermentation / US-05 - pretty amazing stuff
« on: March 14, 2013, 01:02:42 PM »
sean, i need to know how you built a glycol warmer? I have separate ports that I built into my system that I can plumb with warm water to raise temps, but I have never heard of a glycol warmer before. Apprise me on this....

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General Homebrew Discussion / First time Homebrewer
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:34:14 AM »

Drink beer, try hard to taste it.  Even if it’s not yours, it’s still research for future recipes and how to make your current one better.


This has kinda become my new mantra: In art you have to be able to SEE to know how to produce great art. In brewing you have to be able to TASTE to create great beer. There's all the skills that go along with both crafts as well, but seeing and tasting are key.

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Yeast and Fermentation / US-05 - pretty amazing stuff
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:30:20 AM »
yeah, I get the peach ester thing. Just didn't really bother me. You don't get it with an Imperial IPA. I feel that there is just a little yeasty taste that isn't there with 1056 on US05. But it is faint and you really have to look for it.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / The Trooper
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:24:48 AM »
Favorite Iron Maiden song EVAR

Damn you beat me to it!!!! LOL! :D

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Ingredients / Hop to complement Citra?
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:23:16 AM »
I buy it flowers and tell it how pretty it is.

Edit: My bad, I thought it read HOW to compliment citra.

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General Homebrew Discussion / New Member
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:21:45 AM »
Welcome to the forum!

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Yeast and Fermentation / US-05 - pretty amazing stuff
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:16:09 AM »
I would think such low temps if kept throughout the entire apparent fermentation would lead to a residual acetaldehyde presence.

Yeah, wouldn't want to run it that long for long. That said, the sample I pulled was amazingly clean! I didn't take a gravity reading so no telling how far it dropped.

Will post back on results. FWIW I had something similar happen on 1056 though not quite as cold (in the low 50s) and it was fermenting too and finished out and tasted great.

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Yeast and Fermentation / US-05 - pretty amazing stuff
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:13:57 AM »
I use US-05 on my IIPA sometimes, I like the results. Well, I pitched and aerated and I took off for a few days and came back to see that the auto valve on glycol unit failed and left the valve open and had crashed the beer to 45 degrees. And the US-05, while albeit slowly, was steadily fermenting.

Got it ramped up and fermenting away nicely now but pretty amazed that it would ferment at those temps. The yeast was rehydrated (see, Tom ;) ) in about 95 degree water and I'm not exactly sure how long the lag was, but it was fermenting 2 days later at 45 degrees after pitch.

I have purposely fermented US-05 at around 54 degrees with good results before. But shocked to see it chugging along this cold. I seen some lager yeasts that struggle under 48.

Hey Keith, make sure you comment on the finished results. I have some friends who are brewing pro and seem to be having major problems with yeast handling. I suggested they use dry until they get the rest of their operation in order and they have pooh pooh'd the suggestion. I habitually have 04 and 05 on hand for those "just in case" disaster times and it has saved the day on a number of occasions when something unfortunate has happened to my propagated batch. Do I prefer my beers made with the liquid strains? Yes usually. But the differences are sometimes pretty subtle and it can be hard to pick a favorite.

Yeah, I prefer liquid yeast but for a IIPA I doubt anyone could tell the difference. I've used it for my regular IPA before with very good results, too. The liquid on the reg. IPA tastes just a little more "polished", but the IIPA is so hoppy I just can't tell the difference. AND while perhaps not the most ideal I'm perfectly satisfied subbing US-05 for my reg. IPA as well. Makes a great beer.

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Yeast and Fermentation / US-05 - pretty amazing stuff
« on: March 14, 2013, 06:43:56 AM »
I use US-05 on my IIPA sometimes, I like the results. Well, I pitched and aerated and I took off for a few days and came back to see that the auto valve on glycol unit failed and left the valve open and had crashed the beer to 45 degrees. And the US-05, while albeit slowly, was steadily fermenting.

Got it ramped up and fermenting away nicely now but pretty amazed that it would ferment at those temps. The yeast was rehydrated (see, Tom ;) ) in about 95 degree water and I'm not exactly sure how long the lag was, but it was fermenting 2 days later at 45 degrees after pitch.

I have purposely fermented US-05 at around 54 degrees with good results before. But shocked to see it chugging along this cold. I seen some lager yeasts that struggle under 48.

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General Homebrew Discussion / First time Homebrewer
« on: March 13, 2013, 06:05:37 PM »
Everything above except the not rehydrating yeast comment.  Sorry Keith!   ;)  Love this debate....

I would also go on YouTube and check out a few brewing videos.

Most of all, enjoy the process.  It's supposed to be fun!

Dave

It's fine. But try it side by side and see if you notice a difference on a beer under 1.065 - hint: you cant! ;) One of the benefits of doing 12 gallon batches in 2 different carboys was all the side by side experiments I was able to do (still do occasionally) and tried this particular one many, many times. Sometimes the rehydrated took off a little faster but I never noticed a flavor difference so had to ask myself .... what's the point? Currently occasionally use US-05 on higher gravity IIPAs and I do rehydrate for that but realistically all you have to do is pitch an extra packet to be safe.
I have done the same, sometimes you can tell, sometimes you can't.  But I think it is important that people learn best practices, they can deviate from them later when they think they know what they're doing. ;)

Except its not really a "rule". On a brick of us05 it specifically says "rehydrate or alternatively sprinkle slowly onto wort".

Is it best to rehydrate, theoretically yes. But will a new brewer who is just getting the hang of brewing and sanitation probably be better off just pitching the dry yeast and not worrying about rehydrating? IMO yes. Too many new brewers have also made the mistake of rehydrating top warm and killing the yeast.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First time Homebrewer
« on: March 13, 2013, 09:26:59 AM »
Everything above except the not rehydrating yeast comment.  Sorry Keith!   ;)  Love this debate....

I would also go on YouTube and check out a few brewing videos.

Most of all, enjoy the process.  It's supposed to be fun!

Dave

It's fine. But try it side by side and see if you notice a difference on a beer under 1.065 - hint: you cant! ;) One of the benefits of doing 12 gallon batches in 2 different carboys was all the side by side experiments I was able to do (still do occasionally) and tried this particular one many, many times. Sometimes the rehydrated took off a little faster but I never noticed a flavor difference so had to ask myself .... what's the point? Currently occasionally use US-05 on higher gravity IIPAs and I do rehydrate for that but realistically all you have to do is pitch an extra packet to be safe.

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General Homebrew Discussion / First time Homebrewer
« on: March 13, 2013, 04:54:36 AM »
Oh, and do yourself a huge favor and pick up a good homebrewing book like Palmer's "How to Brew". Yeah, there's a free online version but you will want the hard copy. Plus it is updated.

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