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Maybe I need to give it another try.


Why so long in the primary?  No empty I will bottle beers from keg and get on with a quicker rotation to the kegs.

Or buy more kegs.

Amanda and I have decided this thread is full of liars.    ;D
at the very least you guys are entering competitions a lot less frequently than those making the infected stuff I keep running into at the judging table.

Sure, I've tossed batches.  Certainly more because of oxidation or just being tired of it, but infections happen.  Occasionally the effect is lovely, and sometimes others don't even notice it.  Friends couldn't detect the mouse in a batch of cider, but it was there, and I didn't keep that **** another day.

Infections don't just happen, though.  There's a weak link somewhere that allows them to happen.  I've had a couple over the years, but nothing persistent or even really traceable to specific equipment.  Probably due to way underpitching or using old yeast such that the infection took hold before the yeast did.

I used to be a little more worried about it until I realized that the strange tart flavor in certain beers came from Nottingham yeast.

By the way Joe Sr, no holds barred on your feedback. I'm thick skinned and want to know what you really think

Gotcha.  Drank the Dark Muse on Friday while brewing.  Shared with the wife.    Delicious and right up my (our) alley.  The wife loves Dragon's Milk, Fade to Black, and several other stouts, imperial and otherwise.

Have some notes at home that I'll get to.  Long weekend with spring cleaning and all that.

I think I'll save your NHC stout so I can savor it when you take gold.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: NE IPA reviews
« on: May 20, 2016, 06:11:03 PM »
Garret Oliver is going to put out a hit on Denny.


My wheat beer is mashing right now.  Drinking my last bottle of Octoberfest.  Thought of Ken when I poured it. The head on my beer is nothing like his, though.

Joe, maybe you should do the time warp if time is fleeting

Not for very much longer.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: NE IPA reviews
« on: May 20, 2016, 10:00:57 AM »
Nice write-up.  As far as your being underwhelmed by Heady Topper (I honestly can't recall what I thought when I had it, so probably underwhelmed) I have to say I had the same experience with Pliny.  I just don't think any beer can live up to the hype that some of these beers get.  Soon, I'll find out if Dark Lord can live up to it.  A buddy and I split a 6 bottle vertical series at an auction. My guess: it will be good beer, but not worth the money or the hype.  But it will certainly be enjoyable to check it out.

As far as the haze, if that's what people like and they'll buy it, I say cheers to them.  I don't like fruit beers, but those seem to sell pretty well, too.

I brewed back to back batches of German pils this week to test Brewtan B.  The next batch will be #500 and I'm trying to decide when that's gonna happen.

Some day, I'm going to try to count my batches.  But there are so many that pre-date my record keeping I'll never know for sure.

If luck is with me, I'll skip out early today and brew a wheat beer and maybe a stout.  The yeasts are ready, the ingredients are there, but time is fleeting.

Get the Perlick's.  If you don't do it now, you won't be happy and you'll do it in a couple months.  At that point, you'll have sunk $90 into each of them since you'll have some crappy faucets you'll never use.

I bought Perlick's for my fridge, haven't installed them yet.

My outdoor rolling bar has regular faucets, which I'll leave in place.  It'll only get used a couple times a year for parties, so they're fine for my use.  And they were free.  If I bought them, I would have gone with Perlick's.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling in Chamagne Bottles...
« on: May 18, 2016, 01:43:57 PM »
The plastic corks work but as Joe said they can be a real PITA to deal with. I've finally run through a bag I had from several years ago. No more.

You can also get natural corks for these bottles. Beware that there are different size corks and not all fit all bottles. The corks designed for Belgian bottles (the mushroom topped bottles that are falling out of favor) are larger than what you need for champagne bottles and can crack the neck of the bottle when they swell.

I have a bag of plastic corks I'll give away.

Good catch on the different size corks.  I said to use Belgian corks for some reason.  Probably thinking about one of the other threads on corking Belgian bottles.

One of my biggest problems with the plastic corks is the differing sizes of bottle openings.  Some too loose, some too tight, very few just right.  Taking out a cork with a pair of pliers is stupid.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 1469 problem
« on: May 18, 2016, 09:25:47 AM »
Shoot.  I'd wait a week minimum before taking a reading.  Let the krausen drop before checking, for sure.

No harm in being patient.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Adjusting IBU's
« on: May 18, 2016, 09:03:31 AM »
You could use iso extract to adjust it

But if he has less volume at a lower OG is he not more bitter already?

I suppose you could boil some DME and add the right volume/amount to bring the OG and volume back up, but that seems like a PITA.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling in Chamagne Bottles...
« on: May 18, 2016, 09:01:45 AM »
Yes, it can be done.  I've only done it with plastic corks, which are a PITA.

To do it with real corks, you need Belgian corks, a corker, and a method to stop the corker from pushing the corks all the way in.

You could do it for any beer, so there's no reason you couldn't do it for a barley wine.

I've given up on the plastic corks and just use domestic champagne bottles because a standard crown cap will fit them.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Adjusting IBU's
« on: May 18, 2016, 08:59:46 AM »
How would you propose to adjust it?  I think you don't worry about it and enjoy the beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 1469 problem
« on: May 18, 2016, 08:31:29 AM »
Relax.  Sounds like it's fermenting.  Bubbles are not an accurate indicator, particularly if you're fermenting in a bucket.

Think about maybe making a starter next time, though underpitching on British ales is supposed to be preferable.

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