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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling from keg: headspace and foam
« on: July 14, 2015, 07:51:59 PM »
Though I usually carb the beer slightly higher than I actually want before filling, to account for slight carbonation loss in the filling process. Filling at a low pressure and chilling the beer and bottles thoroughly minimizes the loss greatly.

For me, the over carb is critical.  I cap as I fill, but the last thing I want is undercarbed bottled beer.

A little over carb helps considerably.

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So an expert is determined to be such only by the consent of the people?

Certainly not by farcical aquatic ceremonies.

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I'm not even sure what qualifies someone as a "homebrewing expert."

The Lady of the Lake, her bosom clad in shimmering ceamite, held aloft Excalibur, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to be King of the Britons. home brewers.

Just because some watery tart lobbed a scimitar at you...

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Self-proclamation, combined with some form of anointing.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: July 13, 2015, 09:56:03 AM »
My score was posted weeks ago

Is it still up?  Some had scores that disappeared.

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I never aerate when using dry yeast.  Since the purpose of aeration is to promote cell division and growth and dry yeast has more than enough cells already, it just isn't necessary.

News to me...  I guess you're never too old, and all that.

No starter, sure.  No aeration?  Never knew that.

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I think the only thing that makes this experiment slightly falsified is the fact that dry yeast was used. Supposedly, it doesn't really need aeration at all, so any amount, shaken or pure O2, wouldn't have made a difference. I'd like to see it done on a lager.

That's interesting.  I don't think I've ever heard that you don't need to aerate if you're using dry yeast.

I certainly wouldn't skip it.  Or, more correctly, I never have.  But I also haven't used dry yeast much recently.  Regardless, dry yeast or not, I'm aerating.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: July 13, 2015, 07:34:18 AM »
Nada.

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Ingredients / Re: Flaked oats in IPA
« on: July 10, 2015, 12:05:52 PM »
I tried flaked barley in an APA and will never use it again in a pale beer. I get a raw, grassy flavor from it that I just didn't care for.

Are you sure that came from the flaked barley?  Ive used it on a number of accassions and never had that flavor.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 flow
« on: July 10, 2015, 07:40:05 AM »
I have a kentlock on my spare co2 regulator that allows me to switch to various accessories depending on needs. I bought a cheap harbor freight air nozzle and use that to purge when needed.

Never heard the term kentlock before, but I've got quick disconnects on all my gas lines.  I can change from ball lock to pin lock to air nozzle with ease.

I stick an old racking cane on the end of the air nozzle and use that to purge bottles when I'm bottling.

I prefer this to simply unscrewing the disconnect as you can control the gas flow better, in my opinion.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Sediment
« on: July 10, 2015, 07:31:05 AM »
Honestly, it takes so little time and effort to clean a keg.

Good rinse, star san, refill.

Maybe you should do a keg-to-keg transfer to a clean keg.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew day visitor
« on: July 10, 2015, 07:28:50 AM »
Brew day visitors in Chicago are squirrels.  And if you're unlucky, rats.

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assuming your brewery can handle whatever method you use to lift and drain the bag (I brew in my kitchen, could be problematic for me).

I brew in my kitchen a lot, and do BIAB partial mashes with 6 - 8 lbs of grain.   I pull the bag and set it on a colander on top of the pot and let it drain in while the pot comes to a boil.  I can heat sparge water in the microwave at the same time, too.

But, frankly, I found brewing in the yard with batch sparging to actually be less work.  Maybe I'm goofy.  My last brew was a really simple recipe, though, so maybe that's what accounts for the perceived less work.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New Mash Tun
« on: July 09, 2015, 11:37:04 AM »
BTW, I've tried the bullkhead and fittings and went back to the tubing.  I get better performance that way.

I screwed around for ages putting together a ball valve fitting and it was a major PITA.  I finally slobbed it up with silicone and it doesn't leak.

For my second tun, I just stuffed the hose in through a mini-keg bung and it sealed and worked with minimum effort.

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I'm sure the bag works well.  It's the whole process that I personally find unwieldy.

In this usage, though, it's not a true BIAB setup where you need to hoist the bag out of the kettle and let it drain.

It seems like the bag is essentially replacing a false bottom or braid and acting as the filter on your mash.

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