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Ingredients / Re: Weirdest thing: Sulfur Removal tip
« on: October 23, 2011, 12:52:04 PM »
I tried stirring with a plastic fork as well and had better luck with the copper.

Ingredients / Re: Weirdest thing: Sulfur Removal tip
« on: October 23, 2011, 12:14:02 PM »
Kinda shoots a big hole in the metallic off-flavor theory, ay?

Post fermentation is different from pre fermentation though since the pH is lower and can dissolve more of the copper. You will find many copper clad BKs, I doubt you'll ever find a copper fermenter.

FWIW the copper trick worked per glass but did not work as well on the entire volume. Also, I may have been picking up a slight metallic off flavor. I'm going to go total reversal and not recommend this as a technique. I have added a little bit of copper back into my BK, however.

an update on this beer and a question:

My fermentor got up to 64 for ~6 hrs yesterday (forgot to swap out an ice pack in the water bath) after having sat at 61 since early Monday when active fermentation was underway.  Was I enough through the ester-producing primary phase by yesterday (36-40 hrs) to have avoided any unwanted esters for this one?

Can't do anything about it now, so I'm relaxing and having a homebrew, just wondering if my expectation of a nice, clean Alt isn't realistic.

I think you will be fine.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Switching to Whole Hops!
« on: October 22, 2011, 05:35:09 AM »
I coarsely chop all my whole hops to improve the utilization and reduce the wort absorption. I use a cheap food processor from Walmart just for hops.

I had though about doing this before but was worried about leaving too much of the sticky resin behind in the food processor. Is this not a problem?

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Keith!
« on: October 21, 2011, 03:52:21 PM »
You don't have a pet osprey named Brian do you?

Nope. I do have a great dane named Milo, though.

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Keith!
« on: October 21, 2011, 05:08:41 AM »
Happy Umbilicord Day!  You now owe everyone a beer! that wished you Happy Umbilicord Day!  start pouring!

I sat on the beach all night long and poured from my jockey box but none a y'all showed up. :-\

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Switching to Whole Hops!
« on: October 20, 2011, 01:19:39 PM »
I don't know what Paul is talking about - all my points were valid, especially the clogging issue. ;) seriously I used to have two kettles, one for pellets and one for whole with a screen. Only ever had one clog with the screen. But it's still a PITA when it does clog. I agree with the comment that you need to be sure your system works with either or. I also agree that one should use whatever is easier and brings the brewer the most joy. I still use whole hops occasionally but only ever when bagged due toy system configuration.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Switching to Whole Hops!
« on: October 20, 2011, 10:44:54 AM »
Somethings to consider. Whole hops can cause clogging nightmare if you don't bag them. There is less organic matter in pellets due to the fact that the pellatizer removes se of the excessive vegitative matter during processing. Also pellets tend to stay fresher longer because you can purge them easier and there is less surface area to aerate the volatile oils. Also whole hops absorb a lot more wort so anticipate you efficiency to go down as far as final collection in the feenters go.

Not saying you shouldn't switch, just don't expect it to be an improvement necessarily over pellets. I know there are those who swear flowers over pellets bit there are also those of us who swear the other way round. ;)

Ingredients / Re: Why Does Carapils Get a Bad Rap?
« on: October 20, 2011, 05:14:42 AM »
don't put too much stock behind reasoning at least w/RR, Paul. When I met Vinnie a few years ago I asked him about the Cara pils and he said something to the effect that he just through it in there on the test batch and was reluctant to change it. At least that was the pression he left me with.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Interesting Observation wlp 530 vs 500
« on: October 19, 2011, 06:50:47 AM »
Wlp500 is my Belgian house strain. I use ot from everything fromy Belgian White ale to my dark Belgian specialty ales. It's a work horse strain and is easy to bottom crop unlike a lot of other Belgian strains. I  surprised it doesn't getore love.

That said 530 is one of my favorite strains as well. No telling why it pooped out on you but I do not think it was the sugar. I would actually prefer to use 530 for many of my recipes but the 500 is more versitile and is used in one oft flag ship beers.

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Keith!
« on: October 18, 2011, 05:18:42 PM »
Yep. Just turned twenty one. Damn, I wish! ;)

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Keith!
« on: October 17, 2011, 12:39:56 PM »
Thanks everyone! I actually spent all day yesterday (my b-day) kayaking in Bon Socur harbor and hanging out on the beach in Gulf Shores. Won't be back in the real world until next Saturday. Dug th HBD polka! :D

The Pub / Re: Change for a buck?
« on: October 15, 2011, 06:48:57 AM »
Uuuugh. Don't need reminded that deer season is right around the corner. All these damn red neck bastards riding four wheelers around and chucking beer cans and chip bags all over the mountain. Pick up trucks rumbling down the road all weekend and having to wear orange to hike outside my door. Sucks.

The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 15, 2011, 05:55:32 AM »
I happen to love mariachi. but apparently I can't spell pinnacle.

that's ok you can tell me about polka and I'll tell you when you've misspelled pinnacle

I have a plate of tortilla chips and guacamole, and a chilled glass of reposado in front of me as I type, so at this point, I'd be rather down with that.  Sad that it is sort of "food music", much like German oompah band music.  In the right context its spot on.

I never hated polka or mariachi, but I wouldn't say that I actively pursued listening to it until a year ago or so.  Now I have a mariachi channel on pandora that I listen to with it in shuffle mode.  I seriously like brass and always have, so polka was a little bit easier. ah yes...fits both mariachi and polka mood

Interestingly enough (for me, anyway) Mariachi music was influenced by German Oom-pah (aka Volkstümliche Musik also commonly referred to as polka) in the same way that Mexican Beer was influenced by German beer due to a large contingency of German immigrants to Mexico in the 1800's.

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