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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg to keg transfer of carbonated beer
« on: January 21, 2014, 07:14:46 AM »
Connect gas-to-gas and beverage-to-beverage between the source keg and an equally pressurized destination keg.  Elevate the source keg.  Pop the relief valve on the destination keg for a moment to get a siphon going.  Feel free to walk away.  When you return, the contents will have transferred under pressure.

I didn't invent this technique, but I use it all the time.

Equipment and Software / Re: drying out tubing
« on: January 12, 2014, 06:05:24 PM »
I make sure to rinse it in soft water and then StarSan. Seems to keep the spots away, even if I just let it drip dry.

Hasn't DNA testing shown US Tettnang to actually be Fuggles?

Yep.  Tastes like it, too.

This is interesting to hear because I've been using US Tettnang in German lagers (perhaps based on Paul's recommendation) and have been really pleased with the results.  The beers have also performed well in competitions.

Sounds like some triangle tests are in order!

let's do it!
I'm making a Helles this Friday and was planning on using US Tettnang to give it a try.  Would we all need to brew the same recipe or just make some light lagers using the same hops?

The best way would be for you to make double the wort and do two boils, one using US Tettnang and one using Fuggles.  When the beers are done, have someone serve you three unmarked samples, two of which are the same beer.  See if you can tell what's what.

If different brewers, systems, batches, etc., are involved, it's hard to tell if any differences between the beers were caused by the hops as opposed to some other factor.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beers planned for 2014
« on: December 30, 2013, 07:53:39 AM »
German Pilsener, but not till Saturday.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite lager strain?
« on: December 29, 2013, 06:03:42 AM »
Those who like 2112, at what temperatures are you pitching/fermenting?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction yields greater?
« on: December 28, 2013, 05:51:15 PM »
Not to give to pat an answer, but it all depends on the drinking experience.  If it drinks like an Oktoberfest, enter it as that, regardless of the specs.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite lager strain?
« on: December 27, 2013, 05:24:23 PM »
My favorite readily available strain is Wyeast 2124.  I use it on Pilseners, American lagers, Dunkels, Schwarzbiers, and Bocks. I do like the seasonal 2487 for Dunkels as well.

is the lifetime membership rate changing as well?

Yes, to $700. I just asked Hence, I am now a lifetime member!


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Manufacturer Preference
« on: December 23, 2013, 05:09:53 AM »
I chose ball lock in the beginning because they seemed more readily available. Of those, I prefer Cornelius brand kegs. Some of the other brands have annoying peculiarities (plastic gas dip tubes, straight beverage dip tubes, poppets that stick in place, unwieldy bales, etc.).

I don't know anything about pin lock kegs.

Equipment and Software / Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:16:49 PM »
Incandescent bulbs aren't going away entirely, just the inefficient ones.  Unfortunately, the inefficiency is something we homebrewers rely on; we want that heat energy that in most lighting applications is wasted.  With the newer incandescents, you'll likely need to up the wattage.  You don't need much to begin with, though; I use 40-W bulbs now.

Alternate suggestion: replace all the incandescents in your parents' house with CFLs or LEDs, save them money on their energy bill, you look like a good kid, and you get a lifetime supply of fermentation chamber heating elements. :-)

Equipment and Software / Re: Using Damp-Rid
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:03:01 PM »

i saw an aritcle using in a keezer.  THis is what im going to do:)


I can vouch for the Eva-Dry. I've used them in my temperature-controlled freezers for over a year, and they're just as effective as Damp-Rid.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry Yeast for English Style Barleywine?
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:00:21 PM »
I used 2 packs of S-04 per 5gal in a Russian Imperial Stout and it did very well.

I was happy with S04 in a barleywine.

I get a distinct "bready" note from S-04 that I don't get from the liquid English Ale strains. I like it in certain styles (roasty/toasty styles like brown ales & porters), but no so much in others (fruitier styles like ESB's). I've always been leery in using it in something like a barleywine, since I'm afraid that the bready character would be amplified in a bigger beer with a bigger pitch of yeast. Have you guys found that to be the case?

I too have noticed the bready character of S-04 in more sessionable styles, but in the strong ales, the other characteristics win out.  So I too like S-04 for Barleywines.  It also makes it easy to brew one without making starters, repitching, etc.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dishwashing detergent
« on: December 03, 2013, 07:57:49 PM »
The Cascade packs (which include the rinse agent) have resulted in no problems in the ajk household.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Aging in a keg
« on: December 03, 2013, 09:14:54 AM »
I age in kegs under CO2 pressure.  Somewhere I heard beer ages better in larger containers, but I don't have a reference.  Anyone?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling question
« on: December 03, 2013, 09:04:54 AM »
I use the O2-scavenging caps but still keep them in a tray full of StarSan.  I know they activate when moistened, but I'd rather keep the number of steps for each bottle fill to a minimum.  I really dislike bottling!

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