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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oktoberfest Ale
« on: July 11, 2016, 08:16:52 PM »
To the OP - you could also consider a simple fermenter box made of insulated foam insulation held together with some duct tape in which to put your fermenter or water bath for the fermenter.  It need not be fancy - indeed I know of guys that lager that way all the time.  With switching out frozen water bottles, you can lager pretty reliably, especially in a cool basement, if you have access to that.

Then you can use any lager yeast....

http://www.ihomebrewsolutions.com/son-of-fermentation-chiller/

If your ambient air is cool enough (maybe not so easy this time of year) I've found it's easier just to put the fermenter in a rubbermaid tub filled with water and add frozen 1 liter ice bottles.  I cover it with pink foam insulation, but if you could wrap it with that stuff it would work even better.  Low tech, but it works.  Better yet would be a cooler that fits a carboy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Do You Homebrew?
« on: July 11, 2016, 08:05:52 PM »
Chicks dig it.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Munich yeast by Lallemand
« on: July 07, 2016, 12:26:28 PM »
I don't recall a specific flavor profile, but I've made a hefe in the past with this yeast that was enjoyable and quite well received.

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All Things Food / Re: Smokin time
« on: July 07, 2016, 09:50:14 AM »
I do mine for about four hours at 250, no wrap, dry rub, mopped once or twice depending on if I remember.

They come out looking pretty much like those.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Anyone have some 3726 I can have?
« on: June 24, 2016, 08:05:26 PM »
Why wait? Step up what you have. If it's nasty you'll know. I've used older yeast with no worries.


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO 2 Questions
« on: June 23, 2016, 03:20:42 PM »
I turn off the CO2 in case I have a leak.    I believe that rising stem valves like those used on gas tanks will leak unless fully open or fully closed.

I do the same and have the same understanding regarding the valve.  I don't know that they "will" leak, but it's more likely.

I would go ahead and get a 20lb or 15lb tank.  Chances are it costs the same per fill as the 5lb.  At least it does over by here.
Without seeing the inside, is it possible that there are seals that don't engage if not fully open? There is never a reason to open part way as it will not control the pressure.

My MoreBeer manifold leaks if I don't have the valve partly closed (or part open for the optimists). I noticed by mistake when I knocked one and it started hissing.

I assume it works like a gate valve or a faucet valve.  When full open or full closed the washers are compressed and seal better.  The stem goes through the washer, so without compression you could lose gas.  Pretty much every plumbing shut-off valve I have dealt with will drip from the stem in a part-open or part-closed scenario.  Full-open/closed and there are no leaks.

At least that's my layman's description...

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO 2 Questions
« on: June 23, 2016, 02:47:49 PM »
I turn off the CO2 in case I have a leak.    I believe that rising stem valves like those used on gas tanks will leak unless fully open or fully closed.

I do the same and have the same understanding regarding the valve.  I don't know that they "will" leak, but it's more likely.

I would go ahead and get a 20lb or 15lb tank.  Chances are it costs the same per fill as the 5lb.  At least it does over by here.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: June 22, 2016, 06:45:40 PM »
Just finished crushing some coriander in the mortar and pestle as a summer storm rolled. My wit is coming to the end of the mash and I've got some time to post.

Jim's old school APA.



Enjoyed this last night while making dinner for the kids.

Bottled off the keg. Light fiZ when I opened it so I was afraid it might be under carbed. No so.

It poured a crystal clear golden color with a frothy white head.

The nose is all hops but not over powering.

I got hops upfront in the flavor followed by some sweet malt and a clean finish.  Some citrus too.

There was no detectable alcohol.

I don't have notes on mouthfeel but it seemed just right. This is a solid beer. Very tasty.

Jim also sent along the slip into darkness cascading dark lager.



I can't find my notes (the note cards are handy Jim ) but it was tasty. Big roast and lots of PNW hops. Smooth. I did not share it with the wife.

I think I've got two commercial brews left but I'm done with Jim's beers unfortunately.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 21, 2016, 07:30:20 PM »


One of my standard triples. Dinged at NHC for color. Maybe the bottle was oxidized...


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Intertap Faucets
« on: June 21, 2016, 07:27:59 PM »
I'd be pissed. Just rebuilt some old standard taps. I wouldn't want to rebuild a new tap.


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Ingredients / Re: shelf life of malt extract
« on: June 21, 2016, 09:05:23 AM »
My recollection from previous discussions of this is that nothing can grow in the extract as the brix is too high.

No one gets worried about old honey, right?  Pretty much the same thing here.

But, I am not a doctor or a scientist, so take that into account.

Regardless, I doubt it would taste good if you made beer with this extract.  And 30 years is pretty extreme.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: June 19, 2016, 06:49:49 PM »
I appreciate the reviews Toby. You've made a lovely Father's Day even nicer. I read these earlier while sipping a Deschutes Obsidian stout in the heat of the day.

The stout is a regular in my line up for about the last 15 years or so. It's changed over time a bit but has stayed true to its genesis. The coffee stout is the same base beer and was from a split batch.  Glad you liked it. When fresh I have to say it was one of the top 10 I've made.  It went to the NHC finals last year but did not medal. For the rebrew this year I used different beans (with out first tasting a cup) and it turned out to be coffee that I did not enjoy. The beer is not bad (something like a 38 in the first round this year) but I just don't care for the coffee I added. Lesson learned.

The old ale is also a standby. Based off a Bell's third coast old ale recipe from an old zymurgy. Not quite to style for the bjcp but I enjoy it. I'd like to get more caramel body to it similar to your wee heavy. I will likely try a longer boil next time I give it a go.

Anyway, thanks for the reviews even if delayed. You've reminded me I need to get a couple more done for the spring swap but tonight I need to fold the kids' laundry.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Tropical Stout
« on: June 17, 2016, 01:26:00 PM »
I don't think molasses adds sweetness.  It will boost the alcohol, for sure.  It ferments out pretty well, like honey, but leaves more flavor behind.

The lactose will bring some sweetness, though.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Tropical Stout
« on: June 17, 2016, 11:35:55 AM »
I use 4 oz of Barbados molasses in my imperial stout and it is noticeable.  Much more and it starts to become a dominant flavor.

Using a pound might give you molasses beer.  Which is fine if that's what you want.

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