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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottle Conditioning Question
« on: October 09, 2018, 11:41:02 AM »
When I'm trying to speed up carbonation of bottles, I'll place them on the wooden floor in my utility room which contains the clothes washer, dryer, hot-water heater and furnace--all in a relatively small space.

It's warmer than elsewhere in the house and the vibrations of the washer on the spin cycle and the spinning dryer drum may also help keep the yeast "roused."

Some brewers like to use a plastic bottle and squeeze it periodically to check the progress of the carbonation. 

I prefer to sample it beginning on the fourth or fifth day after bottling even though I know it will need more time. At age 71, it's like Christmas morning all over again each time I get to sample a bottle of something I've brewed. 

I cold crash my beer, but I don't filter it.  The last few bottles from the bottling bucket usually may have a bit more sediment and air in them so I drink them first for my own consumption.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Watch that pricing!
« on: October 09, 2018, 11:13:17 AM »
I buy my base malt from Carson's Brewery, a local craft microbrewery that is 20 miles away from where I live.  I drop by their tap room, have a couple of pints  and talk brewing, and they'll take a 50-lb bag of pale ale malt out to my car for $43.83!  They only sell malted grain by the full bag so I have to get smaller quantities on line or from LHS.

If you're an all-grain brewer check around.  Maybe you can find a brewery that will sell you grain at a lower price if you pick it up on-site and don't have to pay shipping charges.

Even folks that live in the real boonies usually will make one or two trips a year to a larger city.  Ask and plan ahead and maybe you can save.  Good luck.

Beer Recipes / Re: Where are the GUs?
« on: September 29, 2018, 04:48:37 PM »

I have my own calculation program in Excel and I will add that in.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 4 hours in the sun :D
« on: September 29, 2018, 09:21:24 AM »
I know dark beers take longer to skunk than lighter colored ones, but 4 hours is a long time.

When you taste, let us know the outcome please.  Probably everyone on the forum has had their "A* S**t" moments.

Beer Recipes / Re: Where are the GUs?
« on: September 29, 2018, 03:02:48 AM »
Thanks, but is there any kind of formula to account for the lactose  contribution or do you just see what increase you got from it  after the fact?


Beer Recipes / Where are the GUs?
« on: September 28, 2018, 07:06:05 PM »
The October issue of Brew has a recipe on Page 59 that has me confused.

The Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co.s Maximum Porter Clone all grain version has an OG of 1.066.

Using the .65 efficiency standard and the potential extract data on page 4 of the issue for the malts listed, and allowing a very generous 100% efficiency for the 4 oz. of coffee-infused dark chocolate (not sure how to calculate that), I come up with 283 GUs. 

Since lactose is not fermentable, I did not add any GUs for the 1.5 lbs of lactose.

But shouldn't 5 gals at 65% efficiency require about 330 GUs for OG of 1.066?

By my calculation, the OG would be about 1.056.  What am I not understanding?

Thanks for your reply.

General Homebrew Discussion / Hydra wort chillers
« on: September 28, 2018, 11:56:01 AM »
The hydra wort chiller is advertised as the fastest cooling copper immersion chiller on the market.

Is it worth the extra money as compared to standard copper immersion chillers?

Thanks in advance for your reply.

Kegging and Bottling / Ball Locks vs Pin Locks, which is better
« on: September 26, 2018, 03:31:32 PM »
I'm pondering getting into kegging and wonder which type of keg to get.

Thanks in advance for your responses.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Good before bottling, bad after...
« on: September 10, 2018, 03:28:37 PM »
Regarding star san residue in the bottle don't sweat it.  I use a vinator to spray the inside of the bottles with star san, and simply give the upside down bottle a good but brief shake and call it done. I do all my bottles at one time and set them rightside up on my kitchen counter and start filling them from the bottling bucket using a bottling wand.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fall and winter beers
« on: September 10, 2018, 03:16:54 PM »
I live on the "dark side" year round.  All I brew is brown ales, porters, stouts, and one dark saison.

I'll go to monthly brew club meetings and sample the lighter end of the spectrum, but other than an occasional saison, I don't find much there that I like enough to make 5 gallons of.

I actually wish my tastes were broader, but they are not.  Right now I have a brown ale I'm cold crashing and will bottle Wednesday.

Cheers to all.

All Grain Brewing / Re: "Rolling the dice" on water treatment
« on: September 07, 2018, 02:25:24 PM »
I lucked out!  I measured the FG this morning and the un-carbonated sample tastes great to me.  I was worried about putting to much gypsum in, but I like the results.

I'll  check FG again on Sunday or Monday, cold crash, and then bottle.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: lil critters in my starter
« on: September 06, 2018, 03:30:56 PM »
I have a few dead fruit flies in the vodka inside my airlock --they are small enough to get inside the little vent holes in the cap.  I hope none have fallen through the open tube into the fermenting wort.

I wonder if I could put some cotton soaked in vodka into the top of that tube?

Thanks in advance for your advice.

All Grain Brewing / Re: pale malt difference
« on: August 30, 2018, 02:47:03 PM »
There is a difference between the two.  I'm not a huge fan of either one.  I am leaning more and more towards continental pilsner malt as my base malt for most beers these days (love Swaen).  That or Great Western pale malt.

General recommendation to everyone:  The next shop you visit, crunch a few kernels of each base malt to figure out which ones you like the best.  You might be surprised at your conclusions.

How I wish I had the opportunity to taste each malt before I bought it.  It's all pre-weighed in bags here, and you buy it first and taste it later.  But, it all makes drinkable beer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: "Rolling the dice" on water treatment
« on: August 28, 2018, 02:39:22 PM »

I'm glad to hear calcium levels are a bit forgiving.  I did one previous brew with more gypsum than I friend of mine liked --too bitter for him-- although I thought the beer was very drinkable.  But with that incident in mind, I "think and hope" I didn't put too much gypsum in.

By the way, I do use your water-treatment excel sheet calculations and thank you for it.  I just had to wing it this time since my scale didn't work.

All Grain Brewing / Re: "Rolling the dice" on water treatment
« on: August 28, 2018, 12:27:41 PM »
I thought about waiting and buying another scale.  I had already crushed my grain  and would have had to wait another five days before I had time in my schedule to brew.  And if the weather were too bad to brew outside, I would have had to delay even further.

If you keep crushed grains in a sealed bucket, how long before they begin to lose freshness?

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