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The Pub / Breweries
« on: July 06, 2012, 09:44:47 PM »
Just got back from a short trip to Wisconsin. While there, I got to visit the infamous New Glarus! One more amazing brewery to add to my list of about 50. I travel a lot for work so anytime theres an opportunity to hit a brewery or a local brew pub I make it happen. I have some really good ones on my list including Stone, Green Flash, Russian River, New Belgium, Odell, Deschutes and Bells. Some day I hope to visit Sierra Nevada.

Anyone else out there travel a lot and do the same thing I do? What are some of your favorites and whats on your bucket list?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hop spider design
« on: July 03, 2012, 07:55:36 AM »
I didnt think to do that with mine but I've never had the clamp or the bag slip off.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing with trub
« on: July 02, 2012, 10:49:46 PM »
I whirlpool with a ss spoon and let sit for 20. I have my hops in a bag the whole time so no hop material but I do get a nice settlement of trub in the center. I draw off of the side of the kettle and avoid most of it. After cooling and racking, I usually have about a half gallon of wort/break in the kettle. So, If I'm looking for 5 gallons finished product, I make a 5.5 gallon batch. 10 gallons finished=11 gallon batch.

I would increase your batch size by the volume of break material you create. You'll hit all of your targets and still wind up with the 5 gallon batch you're looking for.

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Beer Recipes / Re: What makes a good Saison?
« on: July 01, 2012, 09:42:45 AM »
I just did my first saison and it turned out great. However, I had read Drews articles and some of Jamil's writings on it before I tried. I was worried about delving into belgians but it was really easy and turned out great. You need a lot of yeast, warm temps and patience. Good luck!

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Kegging my Amber from two weeks ago and brewing up a Citra/Sorachi Ace Wheat! Should be a good time, but this 112* here in Phoenix is going to make chilling a little bit of a chore.

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And set to instrumental Phish, no less. Nicely done, sir...nicely done!

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Ive seen 7 BBL systems for that price!!!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Attenuation and Infection
« on: June 26, 2012, 02:12:00 PM »
PBW or Oxyclean in a hot water solution does not need an hour soak. You do need to get a sponge or a light scrubby to hit the surface of everything though. Starsan will sanitize everything thats clean in under a minute contact time.

Clean bottles in the dishwasher, no cleaner, just run the cycle. The steam and the heat/dry cycle will sanitize them.

I would discard all of your hoses and replace them as well. They probably have some of whatever the problem is hiding in them.

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:27:29 PM »
Days go by- Dirty Vegas

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Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Fermenters
« on: June 24, 2012, 09:32:00 AM »
I've had a conical for a couple years now and love it. I use an upright refrigerator for fermenting so it fits perfectly. I like the ability to pull yeast from the bottom and I really like the convenience of just opening the lid to dry hop. I hate trying to get a bag of wet hops out of a carboy! So, all of my bigger dry hopped ipa's go into the conical. I typically still use the carboys for everything else.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Brew Suggestions
« on: June 23, 2012, 09:33:11 AM »
Pat,

Sounds like you have your brew process dialed in. If you're hitting all of your targets then you dont need to do the iodine test. You're getting full conversion or you wouldnt hit your targets. Step mashing seems like an awful lot of trouble for ales. Have you ever tried single infusion? IMO, it makes the brew day easier and you still get great results. What are your fermentation parameters? Digital or analog? Are you measuring ambient temp in the fermentation chamber, taping the probe to the fermenter or submerging it in the wort? The closer the probe is to the wort, the better your results will be.

I'm in the desert too and have a hard time with water temps in the summer. I got a great little sump pump from Harbor Freight Tools. I fill a container up with a few gallons of water and 2-3 5 lb blocks of ice and recirc the ice water to cool my wort. I start with just plain hose water to knock the temp down to 90-100 and then use the ice recirc to bring it down to the 60's. Works great. The pump was around $40 and one of the best brewing investments I've made. I can go from 212* down to 65* in about 20-25 minutes in the summer.

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No brewing. We have a batch of Amber to keg up and I just got a beer gun. Gonna test it on a few bottles this weekend.

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The Pub / Re: Rogue Beard Beer
« on: June 20, 2012, 03:39:09 PM »
I dont care what brewery its from, I'm not drinking beer that someone chewed up and spit out the grain, and I'm not drinking beer that was made from the yeast out of someones beard. Enough's enough already. I wish these guys would all just focus on making great beer instead of coming up with the most gimmicky thing they can think of. Press releases are great but all I want is a good pint!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Flies in my feremntor
« on: June 18, 2012, 10:32:38 PM »
Fly PA? ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: One heck of a brew day.
« on: June 18, 2012, 10:29:35 PM »
Man, when one thing slips it can set off a whole chain reaction. I've had that brew day and its very hard to RDWHAHB when sh*t is going sideways on you! However, its just beer. So, Relax, dont worry.........:)

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