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Yeast and Fermentation / WLP San Diego Super Yeast (user update)
« on: September 03, 2011, 03:07:33 AM »
The description of this yeast is right on.  I brewed a standard malty amber and it is clean and well attenuated.  I say it is somewhere between 001 and 002.  It flocs really well and has cleared up nice and brilliant after only two weeks in the keg.  I fermented on the high side (~68F) and got a very clean beer.  I am currently fermenting an ordinary bitter with the second generation of the initial tube.  It smells good out of the airlock so far.  I am hoping to get about 5 generations out of this tube.  Next up is a hopBurst pale ale, with ~5 oz of hops. 

Equipment and Software / Natural gas burner set up (pics)
« on: July 17, 2011, 01:36:55 AM »
I started this thread:
and got some really good advice.  I ended up buying a 23 tip burner online from these guys:

I also bought fittings from Lowes to complete the set up. 

Can you see the old license plate doing double as a wind guard?

I hooked it up tonight and here are some pics of the burner in action. 

It looks like I am going to drop the burner a couple of inches so it hangs lower below the pot. 

Classifieds / Propane Burner and Regulator $30 (obo) pics too
« on: July 15, 2011, 02:14:17 PM »
I bought this propane burner with the stand and have since decided to go the natural gas route.  I have never used this equipment.  I will send you everything in the pics.  If you have a better offer I'll entertain it, but let's start off at $30 + shipping.

Cast Iron propane burner
Regulator and hose
Round wind guard
Silver heat shield

The Pub / Why do session beers cost more?
« on: June 30, 2011, 12:22:23 AM »
I went to the local bottle shop and saw they had Stone's Levitation for significantly more per sixer than their other Stone offerings.  Levitation is Stone's session ale (4.4% abv).  I heart session beers and is about all I brew. Seriously, a 1.056 beer in my brewhouse might as well be imperial.  

I was a bit disappointed because I thought that with session ales you use less malt, hops, and, possibly, get more yield.  Just wondering what everyone else thought.  In sum, God bless breweries that can sell low abv beers at really high prices.  I had the Bell's Oarsman (Berliner Weiss-inspired) and thought it was outstanding.  

Equipment and Software / Natural gas burners
« on: June 23, 2011, 03:37:39 PM »
I have this burner stand:

and this natural gas outlet:

What would I have to buy to be able to use this burner with the natural gas outlets available at my house?  Thanks for the help.

Classifieds / draft faucets for sale
« on: June 06, 2011, 08:42:32 PM »
I have two of these faucets for sale.  They probably need a good soak in PBW, and one was used for root beer.

I'll take $20 for both (plus shipping) - or better offer.

I have reused the WLP 810 SF lager yeast 6 times and I have to say it is a very hearty yeast.  I brewed commons (2), APAs (2), and two FauxPils.  

I am going to try to top this one with Dry English WLP 007, since my new favorite brewery (Jester King from TX) uses it.  

Ingredients / Maris Otter and Diacetyl (butter taste)
« on: April 01, 2011, 07:33:42 PM »
I have noticed that when I use an all MO base malt in my English ales I get a buttery, less than cooked dough taste in my beers.  I thought this was due to unfinished fermentations so I had been doing pretty warm diacetyl rests to give the yeast a chance to work through the compounds.  I was thinking that this was a process problem on my end, but then I heard the interview on CYBI with the MeanTime brewer and he commented that he had a similar problem with MO and now he uses blends of MO with other base malts.  Further, I heard the Jennifer Talley interview (Squaters in Utah) and she commented that she blended MO all the time. 

I have since blended MO with 2 row in a brown (eg 6# MO/3# 2 row) and MO with a couple of pounds of pilsner malt and have not encountered that diacetyl problem again.  I think from here on out, I am going to only blend MO with other base malts and not use it as the sole base malt in my English ales, or whenever I use MO.

Link to CYBI show:

General Homebrew Discussion / notes on my double IPA
« on: February 20, 2011, 02:50:23 AM »
Tried to do my first DIPA but came in at an OG of 1062 instead of 1070. I guess it was the additional half gallon of wort that I produced which thinned it down and brought down the OG. I had planned to strain the 5 oz of hops that went into the boil, but that proved impossible, the srainer got clogged with hop matter and I ended up just throwing out that greenish 1/2 gallon of wort.

 Making a DIPA makes me better understand why those suckers are so expensive, lots of malt and lots of hops, and that's that I used about 30% less hops than Pliney. Ultimately, it looks like a made a big IPA but not an imperial pale ale. 

I was trying to register for the NHC in San Diego but I can't seem to get member prices through the website.  I was wondering if anyone else is having these problems? 

General Homebrew Discussion / I tried to make tap handles
« on: January 26, 2011, 03:20:43 AM »
I was inspired by Ken's (of MLAP see fame tap handles and tried to make some handles.

The handles are:
  • Tap handle ferrules
  • Pre-made table legs from Lowes
  • a square head
  • T-nuts (to screw the square head onto the bolts that are already on the legs)
  • and $4 Krylon chalkboard spray-paint

 I am guessing that each handle was less than $8 for the materials. 

General Homebrew Discussion / where to buy brewing mural/posters?
« on: January 10, 2011, 09:42:02 PM »
I really like the mural art at BJs Brewery and was wondering if anyone knew where similar prints may be purchased?

Here is one I found online:

Classifieds / Corona Mill For Sale $35+Shipping
« on: November 19, 2010, 10:09:58 PM »
I bought a Barley Crusher and won't need my corona mill anymore.  It works great.  I would get 70-75% efficiency.  It doesn't have a handle because I used thread-lock on a bolt that has the head cut off.  To operate attach a corded drill to the headless bolt then pull the trigger.  If you are interested, PM me so that I can figure out shipping costs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Splendid Table did a segment on session beers
« on: November 13, 2010, 11:53:06 PM »

I tend to brew nothing but session beers (eg, OG in the the 1040s), and resort to scaling down big recipes down so that I can have a session alternative.  It is nice, then, that session beers are starting to get some attention.  For a while there was the Imperial-this-&-that rage, so I am glad that some breweries are making good low alcohol beers.

23:44 – 29:59 Craft and Session Beers
Andy Crouch believes that there is a beer out there for everyone. He directs us to focus on the flavors we already enjoy tasting, such as sweet fruits, roasted coffee, or bitter hops to discover what we like and order our next pint with confidence.

Recipe: Brabant Braise with Prunes and Gueuze Beer
Book: Great American Craft Beer
Book excerpt: Session Beers

All Grain Brewing / Malteurop 2 row stat sheet
« on: September 26, 2010, 12:51:01 AM »
I bought a sack of Malteurop 2 row from RebelBrewer and was wanting to enter it into BeerSmith.  I was wondering if anyone had "yield/properties" information on this malt. 


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