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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: October 19, 2015, 02:29:29 PM »
I finally got frustrated and dumped my beer out so I could tear the keg down and see what was going on. Here is what I found

I emailed Farmhouse a few days ago. I am still waiting to see if they will make it right.

I'm assuming it's not the rusty painted expanded metal.  Sucks that you dumped the beer, but couldn't you see that crack when you pulled the dip tube?

I've had a keg that gave me nothing but foam if there was too much pressure in the keg.  It finally stopped pouring altogether last week.  I had some spare dip tubes and was going to try replacing that piece to see if that helped but I got the bright idea to swap out the post first.  Turns out the problem was the poppet.  Long story short, it's useful to swap parts (assuming the same keg manufacturer) to see if you can narrow the problem down.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 19, 2015, 08:51:37 AM »
Here's my notes from sampling some of Toby's selections over the last week.

Mosaic IPA

This beer was very tasty.  I enjoyed it last week while making dinner for the kids.

It poured slightly hazy, with a big head which dissipated quickly to a smallish head which left some nice lacing on the glass.  Big citrus aroma, and a lingering hop bitterness.  I thought it was well balanced.  I got malt first, followed by an assertive hoppiness.  There was more malt flavor as it warmed.  High carbonation and a light body.  I could drink a couple of these.  My wife was not as big of a fan.  Too bitter, and I don’t think she liked the mosaic hops.

Bayou Teche 31 Memorial Milk Stout

This beer poured a nice opaque black with a brown head.  The head dropped quickly.  Sipping this beer made me realize two things, initially.  1) My glasses (thanks to a recent detergent change) are not beer clean and that’s why the head keeps falling; and 2) my beer fridge is too cold (I think the internal temp control does nothing).  At first, everything was about roast malts with this stout.  The nose and flavor were all roast.  As it warmed, more of the lactose sweetness was apparent.  This stout had a light body and a tanginess in the flavor which reminded me of Nottingham yeast.  I drank this with some pulled pork and smoked chuck roast sandwiches.  It complemented the BBQ very well.  My wife also enjoyed this beer.  More so as it warmed up.

Wee Heavy

I drank this one on Saturday night whilst watching the Cubs battle the hated Mets.  And also cooking dinner for the kids.

This beer pours a beautiful clear dark amber with a nice beige long-lasting head.  The nose is all malt with some alcohol notes.  When I took my first sip, I was wowed.  Delicious.  I got a lot of caramel and dark fruit flavors, followed by alcohol warmth which lingered.  This beer has full flavor and a comparatively light body.  There is so much going on here in the flavors that I strive for (and miss) with some of my beers.  It reminded me a bit of North Coast Old Stock Ale.  Do you do a long boil?  Pull some wort and reduce it?  I need to know.

I begrudgingly saved the last pour for my wife.  She was equally impressed. 

If you want to use a true lager yeast, you need to build a big starter and ferment cold. If you don't have a brew fridge, you can cold ferment by putting your FV inside a sleeping bag or insulated container with a large (min 2 quart) frozen bottle of water. This will hold the temp at exactly the right level for 2-3 days before you need to change the bottle. WLP800 is the classic pilsner yeast and works well but is slow.

I've used Rubbermaid storage containers.  Fill them water, add frozen bottles to keep it cold.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitch Rate
« on: October 16, 2015, 01:36:35 PM »
This might help, go to the ale and lager sections at the bottom.

A local brewpub that makes British influenced ales with WLP-022 will double the pitch rate if they want a cleaner American style ale. The take away is to get to know your yeast's performance and how to make the style of beer with it.

That is a good in depth write up. Its one of the articles that started to make my head spin and ask who is right and what the correct nominal pitch rate is under new vs repitch conditions.
The bit about doubleing up to get a different style is very interesting. Perhaps I can find a favorite dual purpose yeast...

This goes right back to Mark's statement that there is no one correct pitch rate.  The right pitch depends on the results you're looking for.

The yeast calculators might be a good jumping off point, but you'll need to do some split batches or several consecutive batches with different pitch rates to determine what works for you.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: October 16, 2015, 01:01:13 PM »
Ran into Binny's today to get a bottle of Very Old Barton for adding to my bourbon stout.  It seems like they're not carrying it anymore, or else they sell it out pretty quick (which would be odd for bottom shelf bourbon).

Anyway, I noticed that all of the bottle prices seem to have increased by about 10% in the last year.  What's up with that?

Four Roses Single Barrel is now $38.99 when it was always under $35.  Wathen's is $35, was always $32 or under.  Etc. etc.

Beer Recipes / Re: London Calling?
« on: October 15, 2015, 12:30:26 PM »
Well, he didnt have Northdown so im subbing Norther Brewer. Didnt have wy1968, so im going with Thames Valley wy1275,

Ought to be ok I think.

Anything special I ought to know about 1275?

I'm not familiar with 1275, but I've brewed an LP "clone" a number of times.  I can't recall if the recipe was in BYO or Zymurgy (maybe both).  I've found it a couple of places, and there's pretty much no variation.

Anyway, I think that without using 1968 you won't quite get the Fuller's flavor.  But maybe you'll get close enough.

I've also always gone with MO as my base malt.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 14, 2015, 08:11:40 PM »
I've been screwing around trying to decide what to send and also messing with a keg that wouldn't pour (changed out the poppet tonight, and voila!).  Not going to wait for that keg to settle down so I can bottle.  To borrow a phrase, I'm going to cut the shuck and jive and get on with it.

Toby, coming your way will be my imperial stout, coffee stout (12 oz), O-fest, and old ale.  Plus a couple cans of Revolution Anti-Hero and a tall boy of Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn.  I can fit anything else in the box, so that's all folks!

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: October 11, 2015, 04:42:19 PM »
I've only had the FEW white whiskey.  Nasty stuff. But most white whiskeys are nasty in my opinion.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Lagunitas Pils
« on: October 09, 2015, 09:10:20 AM »
I'll pass on most of their stuff.  But the Pils was just about the best thing they had on tap at the AHA rally last weekend.

I was hoping for something more than just their standards on tap, but whatever.

Given other options, I generally skip Lagunitas.  But I've yet to have any of their barrel aged beers or their stouts.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Importance Of Being Same
« on: October 07, 2015, 04:56:33 PM »

Have you been drinking?

For a minute, imagine you're trying to repeat a beer. Make it the same as the last one. Is that possible? The person who would require absolute evidence would say No. Its impossible to rebrew a pefectly identical beer. I would say Yes. As far as it is only going to be tested in my mouth and compared to my memory, yes, I can rebrew beers that are the same according to my level of proof.

I was actually thinking about this this morning.  Complete consistency in a repeat is not possible at the homebrew level.  For a 5 gallon batch, the margin of error in our measurements must be unbelieveable compared to someone brewing a 700bbl batch.  However, I've been brewing several of the same recipes for years, and they are as consistent from year to year as I need them to be.

So the answer is still "it depends."  As it usually is.

Now, on to the NL Wild Card.  Pirates suck.  Go Cubs!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 07, 2015, 04:23:27 PM »
Yeah.  I'm feeling more and more like a piker...

Perhaps I need to ship mine before I try his so I'm all in.  Otherwise, I'll be second guessing myself...

Just cracked a Bell's Old Ale, which mine is based off of.  It's soooo good.  Of course, it's also been aging in my cellar getting better.  Mine?  I'll reserve my critical analysis.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 07, 2015, 03:30:14 PM »
Just got home to find a box on my porch.  I was like "what the hell did I order this time?"

But, no, I did not order anything late one night from Amazon.  At least not this box.

I've got 5 bombers to check out.  I'm going to pick one and chill it and sample it while the Cubs battle the Pirates.  Perhaps the Way Heavy.

I'll be filling that box up and sending it back to Louisiana.

Thanks, Toby!

The Pub / Re: New wireless router...
« on: October 07, 2015, 02:23:25 PM »
The best router I ever had was pre-wireless.  An SMS Barracuda.  Totally ancient.  I was sad when it died on me.

As far as the Genie app, I don't even know what that is.  I've always logged in directly.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Importance Of Being Same
« on: October 07, 2015, 01:46:04 PM »
I think it depends on what you're trying to test.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 07, 2015, 11:47:33 AM »
I'll get on this tonight, if the kids go to bed on time.

I even snatched up a good box from Binny's last week.

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