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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Gravity Question
« on: March 01, 2013, 07:30:02 AM »
Most beers will fully ferment within 3-5 days - a full week is actually fairly long. You may see dissolved CO2 escaping through the airlock afterwards, but chances are almost all fermentation will be finished. Aging it a week or two after often makes it taste better though, because the yeast will remove green and off flavors from the beer.
 
By the way, most homebrewers here (including me) will tell you to skip secondary next time and just let the beer sit in primary for 2-3 weeks - then bottle.  Reasoning -- Transferring introduces oxygen which is a worse risk than leaving it on the yeast (this is really a problem for commercial breweries and large fermenters). Also, removing the beer from the yeast prevents the yeast from cleaning up those green and off flavors.

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Zymurgy / Re: mit schuss - thanks!
« on: March 01, 2013, 07:18:36 AM »
Sweet (literally). I'm going to try making elderberry syrup. I have frozen elderberries from a bush in my yard.
 
Looking forward to growing woodruff and turning it into syrup.  I may use some kind of preservative though.

Really not needed. They are all essentially simple syrup with flavoring and a little extra acidity. Sugar in high concentrations is a great preservative due to osmotic pressure.  Think of the stress of adding yeast to high gravity beer and then remember that the specific gravity of simple syrup is ~1.350.

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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: February 28, 2013, 09:58:09 AM »
They should have either had cascading openings for each of the regions which could have handled the server load better

Except that anybody can enter any region, so everybody would just try to enter in the first opened region at the same time.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Schwartzbier
« on: February 28, 2013, 09:53:09 AM »
The only comment I have is that there is no "t" in Scharzbier :)

But there is a W...  :P

I see your schwartzbier is as big as mine!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Fill Line
« on: February 28, 2013, 08:08:43 AM »
Looks good to me - are you aiming for higher when you top off? I fill to the top and remove with my bottling wand and that gives very consistent fills, but I don't know how similar the tube diameter is compared to a beer gun.
 
I once got a scoresheet comment "Nice fill!" - I don't really know how the fill level can be THAT good either.

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Zymurgy / Re: DIY version of "Pimp My System"
« on: February 27, 2013, 08:38:10 PM »
The DIY gadget issue is pretty popular, so I can't see why this wouldn't be. Even if not recurring I'm sure it would make a good article to go over a few of the PMS entries.
Wait - The acronym is PMS?!

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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:48:12 PM »
Don't bump the price. That would make the amount you can throw at this a big part of your chances to win.

Kai

+1  Turning it into a rich man's game defeats the purpose IMHO.
Yep - raising the price will decrease demand, but it does so by cutting out people who can't pay more. These may be some of the best brewers. Many of us know somebody with all the best equipment and a kegerator full of terrible beer.

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With an exhaust fan I think you're really safe.

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Going Pro / Re: Starting a brewery
« on: February 27, 2013, 08:18:51 AM »
When people taste my beer and say you should open a brewery, I laugh. I know how to make beer. I do not know the first thing about running a brewery for profit.

So is that to say if you had an angel investor and all the startup capital you needed, you wouldn't love to brew for a living?
The more I know about how much the alcohol industry is regulated - the less I want to be involved professionally. I think it would be great to have a job at a brewery, but I don't want to start a small brewery.

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Equipment and Software / Re: March pump issues
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:32:52 PM »
Have you seen this thread about pump head orientation?
 
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=11157.0

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Line Cleaning
« on: February 26, 2013, 12:54:46 PM »
Or contaminants that get in post-manufacturing I suppose.  Unless it came in a sealed bag there could be dust, liquids, etc.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini-Keg Stainless Steel 2L Growler
« on: February 26, 2013, 12:51:45 PM »
Is it double walled? I see they say "cold and fresh longer than a glass growler" and I think the 'cold' claim would be a stretch unless it's double walled. Looks fantastic though.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Line Cleaning
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:12:24 AM »
New lines don't need sanitizing, by the way.

Any problems with flavor/aroma from the vinyl? I'd be nervous about running beer through without at least a quick rinse.
If the lines are food grade, no aroma/flavor contribution is part of the approval process.
Yeah, but we see occasional bad batches of vinyl line, people complain about it here on the forum and I know a guy who got some from morebeer (they replaced it).

Since mine is all trunk line I use BLC.
Oh yeah, I remember some of those.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Cider Carbonation
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:11:18 AM »
Judges open their own bottles, so they'd hear any indication of carbonation when the top is removed. You can degas it in the keg with a wine whip.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Line Cleaning
« on: February 26, 2013, 10:13:03 AM »
New lines don't need sanitizing, by the way.

Any problems with flavor/aroma from the vinyl? I'd be nervous about running beer through without at least a quick rinse.
If the lines are food grade, no aroma/flavor contribution is part of the approval process.

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