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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Over pitching
« on: January 29, 2014, 05:58:42 PM »
From what I've heard, it's hard to over pitch. You'd need to pitch a ton of yeast, like double or triple?. It would ferment quicker with more cells to do the work. Many of the yeast derived flavors (good ones) are created during the growth phase, when cells are multiplying. If you overpitch, you shorten the growth phase and reduce those flavors. This is probably more important in styles with dominant yeast flavors. There might be other effect too.

I know someone who let his beer get up to 90-ish with a similar mistake - no problems.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hydroflask Growler Filler
« on: January 29, 2014, 01:30:54 PM »
I think it is the hydroflask that's being filled with beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2 weeks on Yeast
« on: January 29, 2014, 12:26:04 PM »
I've regularly left beer on yeast for 4-6 weeks or longer with no autolysis problems.

+1 - My record is 10 weeks (unintentional - life got in the way) with no ill effects to speak of.
I once forgot about a beer for 6 months - at least. That's how I learned what autolysis tastes like.

Events / Re: Non-standard 12 oz bottles and NHC
« on: January 29, 2014, 09:00:14 AM »
That's my thoughts as well Jimmy.  I've never been with another judge that tried to take points off for a bottle or the fill in a bottle.  But I always note down that stuff.
In fact - Question 49 in the T/F written exam questions listed in the guidelines
  The results of the bottle inspection does not affect the scoring.  - True

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: January 29, 2014, 07:23:08 AM »
somewhat related question: how many 12-oz bottles are needed to be sent into NHC?  I put for 4 slots and need to save enough of those 4 beers now, otherwise they'll probably be gone by March....

Last year it was 2 for the regional and 3 for the finals.
Also what I read yesterday in this year's rules

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny's been keeping his pencil sharp!
« on: January 28, 2014, 12:14:15 PM »
Diane, that's not the book that Drew and I are doing.  This is another one, where I just contributed a few recipes.  "Experimental Brewing" is still in progress, hopefully finished by the end of this year and released next Nov.

Tell me how and when I can get my signed copy ;D

When will be next Nov. for "Experimental Brewing".  How?  Well, first you come to my house, then you go to Drew's.... :)
You just invited the internet over. Hope your kegs are full.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: First kegging attempt, Explosion
« on: January 28, 2014, 10:54:16 AM »
Pinski, there is no relief valve, just a bung. I don't think these are meant to hold nearly the kind of pressure a corny keg is. It failed around the crimped seal. Basically, it's a 1 gallon beer can.
The gravity was 1.06 at start and 1.018 when I kegged it.  I did a 2 stage fermentation first at 4 days second at 12 days, there seemed no more activity when I kegged. 

If it was an infection, what are the tell tale signs...(other than an exploded keg!)?

1.060 to 1.018 is only 70% attenuation. That's a bit low depending on style and possibly wasn't finished - though it probably was stuck. Never transfer to secondary after 4 days as you're removing the beer from the yeast that is supposed to ferment it. Let it ferment in primary until it's done and settled. The beer will attenuate better and yeast will clean up some off-flavors too. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2 weeks on Yeast
« on: January 28, 2014, 10:02:47 AM »
+1 + 1 + 1

I just got an email that looked identical to the AHA Forum new topic notification emails. It contained the normal links, but they were to bogus versions of the website. I'm sure the goal is try get you to try to log in on the bogus site, at which point they can log in here and post spam.
The message was completely off topic, which should help you recognize it - Selecting a hairstyle for a wedding. But the look is identical.
I'd be happy to forward the message to AHA IT if they want to see it. Just send me an address.
And no I didn't compromise my account.
Also, I realize this is probably a 'Forum Admin' thread, but I thought more would see the warning here. Feel free to move this and smack my hands.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: First kegging attempt, Explosion
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:04:35 AM »
My first thought was Damn, kegs are rated to 125psi! But those mini kegs may not rate that high. And a keg failing at 125psi will probably cause property damage.
The pound of carapils alone didn't cause this. Infection, unfinished beer, or bad keg like Steve said. Did you check gravity before kegging?

All Grain Brewing / Re: DMS causes
« on: January 28, 2014, 07:33:12 AM »
I have not sanitized Co2 lines. Are you sure your serving lines are perfectly clean. I had a problem last year. The first glass had strong chlorophenol, but the second was always better. 24 hours later - repeat. So I figured it was beer sitting in the lines going bad. Cleaned the lines with BLC, it got better. Replaced the lines, problem gone.

Equipment and Software / Re: Thinking ahead (way ahead)
« on: January 28, 2014, 07:28:39 AM »
A couple home-built ideas.
Brewhemoth has directions on their site to turn a room air conditioner into a water chiller. You can then pump the water around whatever you need chilled.
There is also Son of a Fermentation Chiller, which is a box built out of Styrofoam insulation. The box has an interior baffle. You put ice in one side and fermenting beer in the other and a thermostat and computer fan regulate air flow between the two sides.

That carbonation sounds about correct.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pre-boil gravity issue
« on: January 27, 2014, 04:14:13 PM »
Have you brewed beer at this OG before? High gravity mashes tend to be less efficient anyway.

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