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Equipment and Software / Re: PBW
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:25:49 AM »
So no hot water in a glass carboy?

Nope, not recommended.  Nothing more than warm.

Never heard that before.  I've gotten rid of all my glass, but I'm pretty sure I used hot water in them for years.  Maybe not HOT, but hot enough.

With Better Bottles I definitely don't use hot water.

As far as cleaning, I've never used PBW.  I use Oxi Clean and unscented dishwasher detergent (Cascade or generic).  Sometimes together, sometimes not. A good soak with either removes everything.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Storing an oak barrel
« on: May 09, 2013, 07:09:15 AM »
I have continued to wash the barrel out with hot water, but then I pour a 5th of whatever spirit I want to get flavor from (I have used bourbon, rye whiskey, and dark rum - considering port next) and let that soak in for a few days before adding a beer.

Do you pour out the spirits or just add the beer on top?

If you pour it out, how much absorbs into the barrel?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Tank #7
« on: May 09, 2013, 07:06:02 AM »
I really enjoy Tank #7.  Selfishly, though, as it tastes very much like my saison.  I thought I'd missed the mark, but Tank #7 convinced me otherwise.

I also really enjoy Boulevard's quad.  I can't remember what it's called but it's quite good.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: a first - my hefe dropped clear!
« on: May 09, 2013, 07:00:14 AM »
My kegged wheat beers always drop clear.  I don't really have a problem with it, though I've had some friends comment that it doesn't look like a wheat beer.  Oh well.

As mentioned, you can always rock the keg to get some yeast back in suspension.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: blending beers
« on: May 09, 2013, 06:57:24 AM »
Your beer should lose quite a bit of that bitterness with extended conditioning. Forget about it for about six months then try a few and see how that works.

I just dumped a two-year old attempt at an American light lager.  It had a weird bitterness that did not seem to be from the hops (all Perle IIRC).  I tried extended conditioning, blending in the glass, etc.  Simply did not like it.  In the end, I needed the keg and there was only about two gallons left anyway.

It looked like great beer swirling down the drain, but I will not miss it.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: British Yeast Recommendation
« on: May 09, 2013, 06:49:30 AM »
I have to agree on the ESB yeast.  It's my current non-Belgian favorite.

I'd also like a good dry yeast substitute.  I am not a fan of Nottingham.  I've not used S-04 that I can recall, but I believe it may be similar to the ESB yeast.

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The Pub / Re: A bomber is rarely a good deal
« on: May 09, 2013, 06:46:19 AM »
Really, the larger bottle should cost less.  This is the reason I typically end up buying 4 packs of Unibroue 12 oz (or 11.3, IIRC) rather than the bomber.  Same for others like Old Rasputin, etc.

It costs slightly more in total for the four pack, but you come out ahead.

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All Things Food / Re: Pizza stones
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:53:07 AM »
The stone arrived yesterday and will get a test run on Friday night.  Fun!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermenting in blue (or red) coolers?
« on: May 08, 2013, 06:54:12 AM »
I don't think you will be able to seal the cooler and attach an air-lock.

I wouldn't think sealing the cooler is critical. At least not during active fermentation.

I've left carboys open while they are blowing off to no ill effect.  Of course I put the airlock back on when they settled down.

For the cooler, I would think it should seal well enough to keep most stuff out even after active fermentation stops.  Probably not good for long term aging.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking while brewing
« on: May 08, 2013, 06:41:03 AM »
I forgot to add the finishing hops one time.  But of course, that was the time we took a break between mash and boil to run out to a bar.  There were bad decisions abounding on that particular day.

When I realized my error (the next day or sometime later) I made a hop tea to add to the fermenter and all turned out well.

I'll generally have one or two, but definitely the details can slip especially if the one or two are tripels or old ales.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Storage
« on: May 08, 2013, 06:36:56 AM »
I use the bags intended for freezing breast milk to freeze wort for starters.  They're about eight ounces and I can usually get four of them filled from just letting the grain bags drain into a bowl.

For yeast, though, I've always just poured the yeast cake into Rubbermaid 1-liter plastic storage bottles.  Unless you have a more precise procedure, I would think pouring into a two ounce container could get messy.

All that said, there's no reason you couldn't use them to store yeast if you want to.  I agree that they would be a good size for growing in a starter.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3711 French Saison
« on: May 07, 2013, 06:37:59 AM »
I pitched 3711 a month or so ago when my basement was in the very low 60s, maybe high 50s.

At low temps, it takes longer but still seems to work.  I moved it to somewhere warmer after a couple weeks because it was still in the high teens (OG around 1.08 IIRC).  I need to get this one in the keg, but the last sample I pulled was delicious and somewhere around 1.008 or 1.006.

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I regularly have blow offs fermenting 5 gallons is a 6 gallon better bottle.

If you put 5 gallons in a 5 gallon fermenter, you're going to blow out most of your yeast.

The best approach would be to brew a smaller batch or get a larger fermenter.

I have 4 6-gallon fermenters and sometimes they are all full.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: budweiser yes, but kind of cool
« on: May 06, 2013, 07:45:31 AM »


Found this under my porch this weekend.  Vintage bow-tie shaped can.  It was crushed like that back in the 70s or thereabouts.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling from a keg
« on: May 06, 2013, 07:06:41 AM »
I bottle with a piece of racking can stuck into the picnic tap and a drilled #2 stopper to plug the bottle.  Works great for me, although I have never used a beer gun or CPF so I cannot compare.

When I think of it, I change out the line and tap to a newly sanitized tap for bottling.

I'll also sometimes flush the bottles with CO2 using an airgun attachment (or whatever it's called) from my compressor.  I put a piece of tubing on the end so that I can get CO2 to the bottom of the bottle and flush about 6 at a time.

All of this is with things I've got lying around, so the investment was zero.  My recommendation is start like this and if it doesn't work for you look into the beer gun.  People really seem to love them.

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