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Events / Re: BrewBlogger Needs Beta Testers!
« on: September 23, 2010, 10:28:36 AM »
If you are wondering what features BrewBlogger has, here is a partial list:

Display

  • Brew date and tap date
  • Fermentation schedule
  • Yield
  • Status (planned, primary, secondary, tertiary, conditioning, bottled, on tap)
  • Imperial (U.S.) or metric units of measure
  • Styles conforming to 2008 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) guidelines
  • Original gravity, target original gravity, final gravity, target final gravity, plus intermediate gravity readings
  • Bitterness (IBU or HBU)
  • Color (SRM and EBC)
  • Calorie content and Alcohol By Volume (ABV)
  • Plato, extract, attenuation, and efficiency calculations
  • Method (extract, partial mash, all-grain)
  • Cost
  • Tracking and display of reviews and judges comments
  • Tracking and display of awards
  • 83 malt, 79 hop, 11 extract, 27 adjunct, and 54 miscellaneous ingredients come pre-loaded with room for your additions
  • Customizable mash profiles with 19 of the most common mashing techniques and associated steps
  • Customizable water profiles with 9 pre-loaded profiles from famous brewing cities
  • Customizable yeast profiles with 172 pre-loaded varieties from White Labs, Wyeast, Fermentis, Danstar and more
  • Customizable equipment profiles with 9 of the most common equipment setups
  • Brewing procedure
  • Your comments and notes
  • Bottle label image display
  • Links to related websites
  • News/Announcement display (multi-user only)
  • A personalized brewing calendar
  • Brewing calculator suite including:
    • - Calories, Alcohol, and Plato Calculator
    • - Hydrometer Correction Calculator
    • - Brewhouse Efficiency Calculator
    • - Bitterness Calculator
    • - Water Amounts Calculator
    • - Priming Sugar Calculator
    • - Force Carbonation Calculator
    • - Plato/Brix/Specific Gravity Calculator
    • - Full-featured Recipe Calculator
  • Reference area including:
    • - 98 BJCP styles
    • - 70+ Hop varieties
    • - 100+ Malt, grain, and adjunct varieties
  • Printable log and recipe pages

Administration

  • Password protected log entry and administration area
  • Single- or multi-user options. Multi-user option can accommodate unlimited users and administrators, complete with user profiles - perfect for clubs
  • Printable contest entry forms for any brew log - no more writing long-hand, data is auto-populated from the log
  • Import BeerXML format to logs and recipes from desktop brew calculation software, such as BeerSmith, to share
  • Export any recipe in fully compliant BeerXML format for importing into desktop brew calculation software packages such as BeerSmith
  • Export log and recipe databases to Excel and SQL
  • Customizable display featuring:
    • - Choice of 12 themes
    • - Unique blog name
    • - Personalized tag line or favorite quote
    • - Personalized menu text
    • - Brewer biographical information
    • - Brewer favorite links
    • - Display preferences

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Events / BrewBlogger Needs Beta Testers!
« on: September 22, 2010, 04:31:18 PM »
If you would like to be a tester for the next version of BrewBlogger, the browser-based homebrew logging and calculation solution,  please go to the BrewBlogger Beta Test Site and sign up. You will receive an automated email detailing your testing method options along with links to instructions and supporting materials.

This is your chance to help out the BrewBlogger community by testing the latest version! Your donation of time will be very much appreciated.

The beta test period is from September 23, 2010 through October 15, 2010.

All levels of BrewBlogger and computing experience are welcome.

Please PM me or reply here if you have any questions.

Prost!

Geoff

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/24 Edition
« on: September 22, 2010, 10:43:15 AM »
I thought I'd finally get around to brewing my Bastogne Golden Blonde since my club's competition, Biere de Rock - an all Belgian and French ale homebrew contest, is in early December.

Fall is an awesome time to brew here in the Rocky Mountain region!

Geoff

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Pimp My System / Re: Kegerator Showcase
« on: September 06, 2010, 01:10:34 PM »
Awesome craftsmanship. My only questions are how does the wood hold the moisture effect and are there any insulation issues? It looks like you have a clod hose passthrough no doubt running off a blower in the cold box. I'll have to post pics of mine but, I was lazy and everything was store bought.

On the inside of the collar I used oil-based KILZ - no insulation issues at all. I used industrial grade foam weather stripping between the freezer and the collar, along with a healthy dose of silicone caulk all around the inside, just be extra sure.

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Pimp My System / Re: Kegerator Showcase
« on: September 04, 2010, 05:05:59 PM »
I, like many around here, found a chest freezer on Craigslist and converted it to be a kegerator. My last stand up fridge had 5 taps, so I needed to get a freezer that held at least the same number.

I wanted the collar to be a more "finished," so I covered the 2x6 rough pine collar with a cherry-stained 1x6 pine finish boards cut at a mitre. I trimmed out the rest of the collar with pine corner trim and 1/2 in' trim on the inside:



Actually, if I pushed it, this one could hold eight taps, providing I use the 3 gallon ball lock kegs to sit on the compressor hump. Otherwise, I've got room for one more 5 gallon corney.

The CO2 tank is on the outside and feeds two 3-way manifolds. Tubing is secured to the collar via plumbing collars.

Two day project. Easy.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oktoberfest Gravity (WLP820/WLP833)
« on: August 30, 2010, 02:43:59 PM »
My fear with adding some S-05 or other yeast that is not present in your base beer, is that it may add character that is not desirable.  If you can keep with the same yeast strain, your results will be more repeatable.
Agreed. I'm going to wait it out for another few days. I have a similar Bavarian yeast in storage, if my FG hasn't budged, I'll consider using it to bring things down, possibly using the krausen technique.

Thanks for the help!

UPDATE

I racked to kegs for lagering yesterday and the gravity dropped to 1.016. I took a taste and didn't find that it was cloying. Malty, but not cloying. Nice. After wiping the sweat from my furrowed brow and taking a deep, cleansing, breath, I set the kegs to lagering.

Tap date will be my birthday 10.10.10, the same day I'm brewing something special for the occasion: Ten Cubed.  10 malts, 10 hop additions, and 10% ABV (not to mention 10X2 IBUs and 10 gallons).

Thanks to everyone for their words of advice.

Geoff


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Finally getting to lager my Oktoberfest. Making an Italian Pinot Grigio  from a World Vineyard kit to get familiar with making wine. Looking into making a common cider and a melomel - anyone have any favorite recipes/yeast/advice for either (not to hijack the thread)?

So, like dhacker, not much.  All this and a Fantasy Football draft to boot.  ;D

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Thirty gallons brewed this weekend:

Vader (Cascadian Dark Ale)
Fetchez la Vache (Biere de Garde)
Belgo-Rouge IPA (Belgian Red IPA)

Whew! I need a nap.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oktoberfest Gravity (WLP820/WLP833)
« on: August 23, 2010, 02:35:41 PM »
My fear with adding some S-05 or other yeast that is not present in your base beer, is that it may add character that is not desirable.  If you can keep with the same yeast strain, your results will be more repeatable.

Agreed. I'm going to wait it out for another few days. I have a similar Bavarian yeast in storage, if my FG hasn't budged, I'll consider using it to bring things down, possibly using the krausen technique.

Thanks for the help!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oktoberfest Gravity (WLP820/WLP833)
« on: August 23, 2010, 11:52:06 AM »
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One you Rack off the yeast cake, your done. (In my experiance).  What was the OG and SG so far?

Thanks wingnut. My OG was 1.058 and the latest reading I have is 1.018.

Since my post I've been thinking. Dangerous practice, I know, but nonetheless, I've concluded to ramp up the temperature to 65 degrees F and swirl. However, I'm still open to any other ideas...

Geoff

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oktoberfest Gravity (WLP820/WLP833)
« on: August 23, 2010, 09:07:12 AM »
Hello all,

I'm having the same issues with attenuation in my Oktoberfest, but with a different yeast strain. I opted to use Wyeast 2633 - Octoberfest Lager Blend.

According to Wyeast, their Oktoberfest strain is a "a blend of lager strains designed to produce a rich, malty, complex and full bodied Octoberfest style beer. Attenuates well while still leaving plenty of malt character and mouthfeel. Low in sulfur production."

Unfortunately, after 3 weeks in primary (2 at 50 degrees F and 1 at 60 degrees F), I'm at 69% attenuation. The yeast's purported attenuation range is between 73-77%.

Has anyone had any similar issues with this yeast? I'm not sure of the source. If anyone has info, please post.

As far as fermentablity of the wort, I did a triple decoction, so I don't think that it's an issue (see the brewing log for the recipe)

Based on what I've read in this thread and from other sources, I have some options:
  • Gently swirl the carboy to get yeast back in suspension and wait it out.
  • Ramp up the temperature to 65 degrees F to get the yeasties to consume the last of the sugars, swirl, and wait it out
  • Take a sample and do a "forced fermentation" to see if the are, indeed, any fermentable sugars left.
  • Add a fresh inoculation of an attenuative yeast like US-05 or WLP001, swirl, and wait it out.
  • Rack to a secondary to see if any further fermentation will occur. If not, cut my losses.

Thanks,

Geoff

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If SWMBO concurs, I'll be doing a double-dog-dare brew day on Sunday:

Brew 1: Fetchez la Vache - a Biere de Garde - Mash in at 9:00; boil by 11:00
Brew 2: Vader - Cascadian Dark Ale - Mash in at 11:30; boil by 1:30

Gotta have some fall/winter brews on tap!  ;D


Welp, that didn't happen due to a mishap with my water filter. Trying again this weekend. Same schedule, different day...

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Thank you for letting a lot of people know about your software.
Just for curiosity
What license did you realized it under?

It's under the GPL license from the Open Source Initiative. More info at: http://www.brewcompetition.com/index.php?page=license

Cheers!

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Geoff, that's great!  My club has been looking for something like this.  Thank you so much!

We'll definitely look into Brew Competition Online Entry for next year's Buffalo County Fair Comp!!!  Thanks Geoff!!!

My pleasure. We implemented version 1.0 for my club's competition last year - that helped work out some bugs in the program, but on the whole, it worked like a charm for collecting entries and entry fees.

Since then, I've been working closely with Bruce Buerger of the Beer Barons of Milwaukee to get some features and functionality implemented for use in the Schooner Homebrew Championship, which is registering right now.

Spread the word!

Thanks,

Geoff

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