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Ingredients / Re: Dry hops Prior to Finished Fermentation
« on: April 15, 2014, 11:03:04 AM »
Was Stan's method to simply dry hop in secondary?

I don't think he was really advocating for one method or another.  He was pointing out that dry hopping before the beer was removed from the yeast will produce different results than dry hopping with the beer on the yeast.  It's up to each of us to try it and decide which method is appropriate for us.

I'd go so far as to say it's up to each of us to decide what is right for each particular brew. different results = different tools in the toolbox.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Timing
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:59:39 AM »
A reasonable rule of thumb is 2°P/day of attenuation for ales, and 1°P/day for lagers. If you're seeing significantly less than that, then like SC said, you're likely under-pitching and/or fermenting too cool.

But without checking the gravity, I wouldn't assume anything.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Timing
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:54:45 AM »
my last brew was in my glass (if a bit flat still) 8 days after brew day. 1.041 dry stout.

The Pub / Re: Spring Brewing Inspiration
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:56:11 PM »
This is Rainier.  From my flight home Saturday. :)

I had a similar view on Thursday. Changed planes at SEA on my way to the east coast. lot's a big pretty mountains up there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:48:36 PM »
Another question: Would the beer's gravity be an indication of whether or not there was an infection? My thoughts are if the gravity drops significantly it means there is probably some bacteria or wild yeast eating the dextrines that would still be there if the issue was priming sugar related.

Yes that's an indication of infection. assuming a stable gravity was reached before bottling. And assuming that gravity was the true terminal for that wort and yeast

Going Pro / Re: Woohoo!
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:56:33 AM »
Well done!

Ingredients / Re: Cocoa powder
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:55:48 AM »
It's probably not available every where but valrhona makes a 100% cocoa powder that is amazing. It also contains no fat so no worries about head retention problems down the road

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:44:26 AM »
Do you guys dilute the PBR or just run it full strength

Full strength it'll eat through the keg

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 10, 2014, 10:08:34 PM »
I guess the "Heavy" is a tilt of sarcasm?

Difference between a heavy and a wee heavy is the heavy is just slightly heavier than a 60/- while a wee heavy will knock you over

Beer Travel / Re: Manchester NH to portland ME
« on: April 10, 2014, 08:43:29 PM »
Good call. Gotta get off the pike for kittery anyway to visit the birthplace

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:27:37 PM »
Buy kegs, wash them with PBR, sanitize them with Star-San, put beer in them.

I know PBR us not great but will it actually clean a keg?

Beer Travel / Manchester NH to portland ME
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:22:57 PM »
I'm driving this route tomorrow with my three year old son. Looking for a place on the way to get fries and a beer our similar. He's pretty picky when it comes to did but fries or pizza our similar work fairly well.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: question for comp organizers/staff
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:41:47 PM »
I received my scores today and the sheets say I took second place in one category.  Does this mean I'm moving forward in the competition?


sounds like it. congrats! what site?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: YeastCalc's Website is Down?!!
« on: April 09, 2014, 03:14:28 PM »
The original owner has recreated it at a new address by the way.

It's version 2.0

Beer Recipes / Re: Secondary hops question
« on: April 09, 2014, 12:43:02 PM »
Or increase your target post boil volume by .5 gallons

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