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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Secondary yes or no
« on: December 22, 2011, 02:16:28 PM »
If you keg there is really no need to use a second carboy as a secondary. The keg serves as a far better secondary (or bright tank) because you can purge it completely with Co2. You can then either blow the yeast out through the dip tube or, if you want to be sure the beer is completely clear so that the sediment doesn't stir up when you move the beer, rack the beer to another keg via a jumper. A shortened dip tube on the secondary or bright tank keg can help you leave the yeast behind.

If you bottle I can maybe see why a carboy secondary can be useful because you can leave a lot of sediment behind, but be aware that by using a secondary and bottling you will be racking the beer up to 3 times (ones to the secondary, once to the bottling bucket and then once to the bottles) so you will most definitely be picking up some oxygen and potential contaminants.

OTOH as others have mentioned you can get the beer really bright by cold crashing on the yeast cake and racking directly from primary to bottling bucket. But there are a good share of homebrewers who don't have the cold storage space to cold crash 5+ gallons of beer.

As far as yeast stripping the hop oils and aroma, it is best to dry hop once the yeast has flocculated. But you can always just add more yeast or crash the yeast in the primary first and then add the dry hops. I don;t understand why the yeast cake would affect hop oils or resins. My understanding is it is the yeast floccing out that drags these oils out of suspension.

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Ingredients / Re: help me choose hops
« on: December 22, 2011, 01:52:41 PM »
To me Fuggles is more earthy and herbal which suits itself well with darker ales and EKG is a bit more grassy which suits to lighter english styles. I'm afraid I'm not much help with the others. For English pale ales and IPAs I prefer a blend of Challenger and EKG.

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Going Pro / Re: Filtering levels and methods
« on: December 21, 2011, 08:22:47 PM »
Better take a deep breath.  :P

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Ingredients / Re: Best Pils Malt Questions
« on: December 21, 2011, 06:04:40 PM »
I was scared when I switched from Wyermann to Best but I like Best better.

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Going Pro / Re: Filtering levels and methods
« on: December 21, 2011, 05:11:12 PM »
Having the good fortune to have tried a few of Keith's beers, I can say that whatever method he's using works!  They were bright and clear as well as absolutely delicious!

Gonna be hard to get a better endorsement than that!  ;D

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Going Pro / Re: Filtering levels and methods
« on: December 21, 2011, 02:03:27 PM »
around 40 ml.

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Going Pro / Re: Filtering levels and methods
« on: December 21, 2011, 12:45:25 PM »
I have never heard anything positive about the canister filters. Plate filters can be a PITA. I have totally eschewed filtering. I have single walled bright tanks that are held around 36-38 degrees. I use a product called Biofine Clear A3 (it's vegan, if that means anything to you) and add it to the bright tanks after a yeast dump. the BFCA3 drops the beer brilliantly clear, so much so that I have had to back way off on my IPA because it was stripping out all the hop flavor and aroma.

I know Thirsty Monk filters, but I would recommend trying to avoid it if at all possible.

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The Pub / Re: Tough job
« on: December 21, 2011, 12:34:02 PM »

Sounds really good!  What a business you are in, cheers to the explosion.
I bet we could all could drink pallets of that stuff.  Srsly, all in sincere constructive pointers.

Wow, it truly is amazing the amount and diversity of crafty brew offerings
across this reborn brewing nation. 8)

Happy holidays and good luck.


Thanks man! This year is going to be lots of fun because we are putting in place a 10 bbl brewery (with a 15 bbl MT and BK for high gravity beer!  :D) and I am keeping my current system online so I will be able to run anywhere between 1bbl and 2.7bbl batches on the side, which I plan on doing every week or every other week depending. Lots of pilot batches, can't wait! Keeping that homebrewing spirit!

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The Pub / Re: Tough job
« on: December 21, 2011, 12:06:23 PM »
Meh, I only ended up drinking about a pint and a half. I suddenly remembered it was Tuesday and I had to take my son to cub scouts. Nap.was nice though.  ;)

Oh man... just when I was really enjoying our antagonistic forum positions, you had to bring Scouts into it.
I have great respect for a parent who allows their son to be a part of Scouting.  If it works for your son, there is not much that is better. I highly recommend becoming a Scout leader.  It's even better than being a Scout.

Tuesday nights are when we meet too.

As a firm believer in the K.I.S.S. philosophy.  I suggest "weazish."

I was Senior Patrol leader in troop 60 in Shiremanstown PA. We met Monday nights.  ;) was only one merit badge and my eagle project away from getting my eagle. I so regret not doing that. But I had a reputation as a partier to uphold and didn't want my name in the paper.  ::) So stupid, kids are.

I'll probably volunteer as an assistant leader when he is in Boy Scouts. But I'm going to kick back for the cub scout years. I have too much on my plate right now as it is.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Alt suddenly tastes like aspirin
« on: December 21, 2011, 12:23:02 AM »
When you walk in and find your 100 lb tank of Co2 is empty the day after you put it on you get pretty good at finding leaks.  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Alt suddenly tastes like aspirin
« on: December 21, 2011, 12:16:25 AM »
I carbonate my beers by putting pressure on the keg and then turning the gas off, repeat as necessary until it is carbonated.  I do it this way because I have leaks in my system that I have still been unable to track down. 

Amateur.  ;) Come on man. It's not hard to track down the leaks. Maybe you need to rebuild your regulator. Or stop hand tightening your connections. Or find that one missing white nylon washer.

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The Pub / Re: Tough job
« on: December 21, 2011, 12:07:38 AM »
This is what I sent out for the handbill. I'd love to age this in a dark rum or bourbon bbl next year! ;D

Saison de Noel is our first annual Christmas release. This is a high
gravity black saison laced with subtle Christmas spices. Belgian spice
is prominent in the nose along with notes of chocolate and espresso.
The pallet is smooth with hints of dark, tart fruits blended with
semi-sweet chocolates and finishes with mellow roast character and
alcoholic warmth. Available December 22nd. ABV 9.8%

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The Pub / Re: Tough job
« on: December 20, 2011, 11:10:25 PM »
Meh, I only ended up drinking about a pint and a half. I suddenly remembered it was Tuesday and I had to take my son to cub scouts. Nap.was nice though.  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Helles smells like Play-Doh
« on: December 20, 2011, 09:16:48 PM »
I prefer Best to Wyermann. I don't think it is the malt. Sounds like a yeast smell to me if you think of it as "bready".

Someone mentioned autolysis. That is a possibility.

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The Pub / Re: Season's Greetings......
« on: December 20, 2011, 06:52:14 PM »
You guys are crakIn me up. Or maybe it's the beer.

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