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Have about 110 gallons made so far this year. Will probably brew another 30-40 before the end of the year.

Cheers,
Brandon


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sourdough beer
« on: July 31, 2013, 03:47:38 PM »
Are you concerned about the acetic character taking over and becoming unpleasant?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sourdough beer
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:48:13 AM »
Sounds fun and interesting! I'll be interested to find out how it turns out.
Cheers,
Brandon

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Help with recipe adjustment - Blonde ale
« on: July 27, 2013, 12:25:43 AM »
If possible, I would go back to the LHBS and get a new batch of grains.  I understand that if it is for a wedding you want it to be perfect.  Otherwise I think you would have to add a lot of pilsner malt to get the percentages where you want them.  I am assuming you want the aromatic and carapils to be approx 5% of the grain bill each.  You could use the current grains in another beer.  Hope this helps.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Clean your bottles !
« on: July 26, 2013, 10:40:48 AM »
My process of recycling beer bottles

Immediately upon finishing a beer, follow this process.

1. Hot rinse 3X then store covered until ready for bottling
2. hot PBW soak
3. hot rinse
4. starsan soak
5. drain on bottle tree or equivalent
6. fill/cap
7. carbonate
8. chill
9. drink
10. go to step 1 and repeat
11. :)

+1 this is basically what I do as well. But now I may take a bright flashlight and check some bottles to be sure they really are clean.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Belle Saison Dry Yeast
« on: July 15, 2013, 09:19:21 AM »
My homebrew club had a Saison Clone War competition last Thursday, where we faced off after all having brewed the same basic recipe but we were allowed to tweak it slightly in one small way.  One guy added raisins, another added a little black pepper, etc.  But most of us used the Danstar Belle Saison yeast.  My saison using Belle plus toasted oats scored the silver medal out of 9 entries.  Not too shabby.  And the gold medalist's secret ingredient?  An extra pound of cane sugar.  Doesn't get any simpler than that.  Anyway... just proving once again that this yeast is capable of great things.  And, simplicity is often not such a terrible thing.

That's great! This is why homebrewing is such a fun hobby. You can take some basic ingredients and make minor changes to get a different beer. I'm sure I will use this yeast many more times to see what it / I can do with it.
Cheers,
Brandon

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Belle Saison Dry Yeast
« on: July 14, 2013, 03:08:44 PM »
I just transferred a saison to secondary ( for adding some toasted pecan chips ) in which I used this yeast.  The OG was 1.044 and FG was 1.000.  I have never had a beer ferment that low.  The next lowest FG was a berliner weisse at 1.002.  I wasn't expecting that low of a FG but it tastes good and has a med-low body.  So much for a low alcohol session beer. ABV is 5.8% as calculated by Beersmith.  I didn't have any troubles with it fermenting out but I did bring it to a warm room toward the end of fermentation to be sure it would finish.  The last saison I brewed stopped at 1.030.  I didn't realize it until it was too late.  I had already added the priming sugar and started bottling.  Oh well, live & learn.

Cheers,
Brandon

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Wow, I knew I had brewed quite a few styles but after counting I discovered I have brewed 61 including a couple of ciders.
Cheers,
Brandon

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Help with Berliner pellicle.
« on: July 11, 2013, 09:29:07 AM »
I definitely agree with putting it away for a few months. The first time I used Brett I bottled too soon and ended up with extremely overcarbonated beer.

Cheers,
Brandon


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The Pub / Re: To our Friend and Leader
« on: June 24, 2013, 10:20:44 AM »
My deepest sympathies to you & your family.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Re: i'm brewing a beer for a movie
« on: June 04, 2013, 09:17:54 AM »
Congrats! I'd say it's even BETTER than 15 minutes!

+1


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Beer Travel / Re: Only in Goldendale
« on: May 30, 2013, 09:17:00 AM »
LOL, that is hilarious!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Collecting Cooling Water for Future Brews
« on: May 21, 2013, 09:35:34 AM »
I actually just did this a couple weeks ago. The water sat overnight then I used the water for brewing 2 more batches. I collected the water in a 20 gallon food safe garbage can. The wort from both batches tasted good. Now to taste the beers since they are done fermenting!
Cheers,
Brandon

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All Grain Brewing / Re: % of Munich for light summer ale
« on: May 02, 2013, 07:20:19 PM »
Thanks for the info. I primarily have access to Briess munich. But, I have used bonlander munich with good results. I will keep this in mind when I need to use regular munich.
Cheers,
Brandon

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All Grain Brewing / Re: % of Munich for light summer ale
« on: May 02, 2013, 09:26:13 AM »
Not to hijack this thread but I'm curious why you don't recommend the Briess munich? Is it too bland? Not malty enough?

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