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Finally going to get to brew an Irish red I've been trying to get done for 2 weeks now.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Ether smell coming from carboy?
« on: July 27, 2011, 09:42:47 AM »
Falling into a giant vat of whiskey mash would've been an awesome story, if you lived to tell about it.

Reminds me of that old joke...

Old man Murphy had worked down at the brewery for years, but one day , he just wasn't paying attention and he tripped on the walkway and fell over into the beer whiskey vat and drowned.

The foreman thought it should be his job to inform the widow Murphy of her old man's death. He showed up at the front door and rang the bell. When she came to the door, he said, "I'm sorry to tell you, but poor old Murphy passed away at work today when he fell into the vat and drowned."

She wept and covered her face with her apron and after a time, between sobs, she asked, "Tell me, did he suffer?"

"I don't think so," said the foreman: "He got out three times to go to the men's room.

Put a smile on my face

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: this forum is awesome
« on: July 26, 2011, 08:57:44 AM »

And a heartfelt thanks for helping me become a better brewer!

Equipment and Software / Re: Milwaukee pH meter issues
« on: July 26, 2011, 07:55:44 AM »
I find it interesting that the tech told you not to stir the sample with the probe.  I use a pH56 and the manual states to gently stir the sample after submerging the probe.  I looked at the 102 manual and it states the same.

Regardless, I ignore the hour glass and wait for the reading to stabilize.

Equipment and Software / Re: Controlling fermentation temperatures
« on: July 26, 2011, 04:44:00 AM »
Grats, you won't regret it!

I've been using Northern Brewer's Fermentation Heater in my chest freezer.  Wrap a later of foam for insulation around it and It just heats the carboy, not the entire freezer.  I've been very satisfied with it.

I use a Love TSS2 with 2 probes so I can keep the freezer at lager or low ale temps while maintaining a higher temp on a second carboy so the yeast can clean things up or because I want to ferment it warmer.  I don't use thermowells, I just tape an inch thick layer of fairly dense foam onto the outside and slide the probe into the pocket.

edited to fix hyper link

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: wyeast 1084 Irish ale
« on: July 22, 2011, 09:40:35 AM »
how about thoughts on 1272?

I love it for my moderately hopped house APA.   It's not as clean as the 1056 so it adds a bit more character to a brew that isn't so hop centric.

I've never had a problem with any of my fermentations using the 1272 but I've only used it in the APA to date.


Sorry, I'm just ranting! 

Its all good.  I rant to my wife and friends about this all the time.  I always end my rants stating BMC advertisers/marketers think beer drinkers are idiots, why else do they feel we need color changing labels to tell us the beer is cold!

Kegging up my house APA to free up a fermentor for my new IPA recipe.  This will be my first use of Citra and I'm looking forward to seeing the results.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many people use hop bags?
« on: July 18, 2011, 09:07:49 AM »
I use a 5 gallon nylon paint strainer for everything but a FWH addition.  Works great -- minimal mess.

I like this idea, but it seems like it would be somewhat difficult to use with an immersion chiller.

use this:

and then with an oven mitt, you can lift the hops out and sneak the IC underneath - takes a little technique, but its doable.

+1   I made a holder similar to this and do just what Blatz recommends.

Anything is possible.  Try a dunkel recipe with ale yeast - something like White Labs WLP001 or SafeAle S-05 - these are both clean fermenting (There is a Wyeast version too, but I don't know the number). Then, if you have a cool basement or garage, try it with a lager yeast during the fall/winter - or ferment inside with ale yeast and move it out to cold condition for a month.  Either way, I doubt you'll be wasting your money.

Wyeast 1056

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 7/15
« on: July 14, 2011, 05:07:45 AM »
Brewing a Dry Irish Stout while I continue to learn my new direct fired RIMS and test the new MLT cozy.  Going the steeped dark grains route this time out.  Using Gordon's book as a guide, I've settled on the cold steep and add to the boil at 10 minutes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bottle conditioned ales
« on: July 12, 2011, 04:57:54 AM »
Excelent feelings about the process that involved bottling.

Last night i bottled my APA and while i was cleaning the bottles i was thinking that as hard can be to the process of preparation for this moment is really the essential of homebrewing. At first, i was saving money to purchase my keg but i realizes that keep the beer in the bottle and maybe label it, you can share it with family and friends and myself... that's is the real thing!

but in the future i might be getting the keg for special occasion...
nice thoughts!!


I switched to kegs about a year ago and never looked back.  With a cobra tap and a bottling wand stuck in it's tip I can fill a few bottles or a growler to go mobile in a matter of minutes.  Then there is the mobile kegerator when more home brew is in order.  An igloo cooler on wheels with a 3 gallon cornie and a 5lb CO2 tank inside with a tap on the lid.  Want to see the faces of your Friends and Family light up, wheel that sucker up to a gathering!  ;D

All that said, I still bottle big beers I plan to age or if it makes sense for the style.

Retiring my BLUE Coleman cooler and taking my new direct fired MLT for a spin, (Sorry Denny. But I am still a cooler disciple at heart) Brewing my first Kolsch on Saturday and then my house APA next Tuesday.  I'd flip the order but fermentaion temps are driving the schedule.   Love the Holiday weekends with a vacation day or 2 tacked on! 

Equipment and Software / Re: what mill would you recommend?
« on: June 29, 2011, 09:32:37 AM »
I'm using a 2 roller MM with the optional hopper.  The mill has worked flawlessly over the past 9 months and gives me a good, consistent crush.  I wouldn't hesitate to buy another if mine was destroyed somehow.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Tell me about Kolsch please
« on: June 29, 2011, 09:23:39 AM »
No. Decoction isn't traditional for this style.  Step mashing is.  My normal schedule for attenuated German ales is something like 131/10, 145/30, 158/10, 170/10.  My system lets me direct-fire the mash tun while recirculating, so I step that way.  Direct infusions of boiling water works too.

Thanks Gordon.  I just converted my system to direct fired, manually controlled RIM and should be done testing it Friday night.  I'm going to follow your schedule when I take the revised system out for a spin with a Kolsch on Saturday.

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