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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: New Guy - In deep
« on: October 02, 2015, 05:02:04 PM »
There is really no need to rack to a secondary.  Most of us on this forum do not, unless there is some specific reason to do so, such as adding fruit, or a secondary yeast, or something like that.

I leave my beers in the same fermenter for 4 weeks or so and then rack into kegs for serving.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: kegging for twerps
« on: October 02, 2015, 04:55:51 PM »
I think someone should put Astroglide on their kegs and report back.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: New Guy - In deep
« on: October 02, 2015, 04:35:37 PM »
Everything Paul says is good.

As far as the color, right now you likely have a lot of yeast in suspension so it will look lighter than it will when the yeast drops out.  You're also tasting the yeast in your sample, so the flavors will change by the time you package it.

I don't know much about raspberry extract, but if it is fermentable it will add to your carbonation level in the bottles and you should account for that at packaging.

If this is your first batch, it sounds like you have a good handle on what you're doing.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: October 02, 2015, 02:29:46 PM »
In general, I've heard good things about Old Forrester.  Maybe I should've gone with the regular bottling.  I'd be interested to hear what you think once you crack it open.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: October 02, 2015, 02:11:20 AM »
So, on my lunch run I picked up an Old Forester Signature 100 proof and a Knob Creek 100 proof.

Old Forester is primarily hot.  A little spicy.  There's vanilla in there if you wait for it to open up and look for it.  But mostly hot.  Also very light in color.

Knob Creek has a much greater complexity.  More flavors. Vanilla, oak, etc.  Not hot at all.

Same price, as the Knob Creek was on sale. 


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: October 01, 2015, 10:09:17 PM »
I do 30 psi, shake like mad, hit it again, shake, and chill in the freezer for 30 minutes.

EDIT:  Of course, I recognize I'm not Denny...

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: October 01, 2015, 07:09:13 PM »
I've not been impressed with Rowan's Creek.  For my money, I'd rather spend a little bit more and get Noah's Mill.  The price difference around here is approximately $5 or so (IIRC) and to me the Noah's Mill is far superior.

Rowan's Creek was not bad.  Just not worth the price and lacking in complexity and flavor (again, going by memory).

I totally agree with this.

Made a Binny's run at lunch.  The difference between the Creek and the Mill was around $13.  But this does not change my opinion.  Particularly as the Binny's price for Noah's Mill is $5 - 10 more than I can get it for at Vin.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Switch fermentation temp?
« on: October 01, 2015, 05:02:18 PM »
I work hard to avoid lowering temp until the beer is completed. In my understanding, as fermentation winds down, a drop in temp can cause yeast to quit early.

I typically start low and bring the temp up after the first 3 - 5 days.

When I've had temp drops, I've had fermentation take much longer to hit final gravity.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: kegging for twerps
« on: October 01, 2015, 03:18:58 PM »
I've taken to spraying my posts with starsan when I attach the disconnect on account of sometimes they are hard to get on and off.

Maybe I should throw some lube on those o-rings...

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: kegging for twerps
« on: October 01, 2015, 02:49:42 PM »
https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=22528.0

Here's a good thread on keg lube alternatives.  I have keg lube but rarely use it.  It's very hard to get off of anything it gets on.  I can't stand the stuff.

I've never tried the alternatives, though.

As to the hoses, I don't understand metric.  However, you'll have different tubing for your gas and liquid.  I suppose you could use the liquid tubing on the gas side, too, but I don't think there's any benefit.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: October 01, 2015, 02:14:03 PM »
I've not been impressed with Rowan's Creek.  For my money, I'd rather spend a little bit more and get Noah's Mill.  The price difference around here is approximately $5 or so (IIRC) and to me the Noah's Mill is far superior.

Rowan's Creek was not bad.  Just not worth the price and lacking in complexity and flavor (again, going by memory).

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Equipment and Software / Re: Advice for a Newbie
« on: October 01, 2015, 01:55:35 AM »
However, can you perform every calculation used in brewing without resorting to brewing software?  For example, can you calculate something as fundamental as strike liquor temperature and boiling liquor infusions needed for stepping a mash in a non-heated mash tun without resorting to a textbook or the use of brewing software?

I don't see why I need to.  I have the software and my experiences and my notes and that's good enough for me.

Let's not overwhelm a newbie.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Advice for a Newbie
« on: September 30, 2015, 09:47:02 PM »
I agree with you guys. But sometimes I wish I had hooked up with an advanced brewer and learned hands on. But the way I did it probably lead me to a deeper understanding,  through trial and error

I agree with this.  If you can find someone to brew with, you can learn without investing anything more than time and maybe buying the ingredients.

I also agree with Denny that jumping into all grain is maybe not the best way to go. 

Keep it simple.  Do an all extract batch.  Figure out fermentation and bottling.  Work your way up to a partial mash and then, if you want, move on to all grain.

Don't be intimidated.  You can make great beer in your kitchen, using extract, and using a concentrated boil. 

Just don't expect to make great beer the first time.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: kegging for twerps
« on: September 30, 2015, 09:42:52 PM »
If you have kegs from different manufacturers, be aware that the parts are not interchangeable. 

When I got my first batch of kegs, I disassembled them all for cleaning and threw all the posts into a bucket.  Bad idea.  Not all posts thread on to all kegs.  Not all poppets fit all posts.  Etc.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Digital Thermometer
« on: September 30, 2015, 08:25:51 PM »
Martin posted a couple of their other models on a previous thread.

I didn't get the rt600c, but I picked up one of the others and have been very happy with it.

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