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Beer Recipes / Re: Christmas Vacation Ale
« on: October 30, 2013, 03:00:42 PM »
I think I'd add the tablespoon of vanilla to the fermenter after the bulk of fermentation is complete. I think at 0 minutes in the kettle most if not all of the vanilla will blow away between the heat from the kettle and the co2 scrubbing from the fermentation.

I'll certainly keep this in mind. Brew day is Saturday.

course, you can always add more.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Christmas Vacation Ale
« on: October 30, 2013, 12:46:09 PM »
I think I'd add the tablespoon of vanilla to the fermenter after the bulk of fermentation is complete. I think at 0 minutes in the kettle most if not all of the vanilla will blow away between the heat from the kettle and the co2 scrubbing from the fermentation.


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The grist bill is ...

Amt                   Name                              %         
9 lbs 8.0 oz   Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM)         51.0 %       
2 lbs 4.0 oz   Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM)                 12.1 %       
2 lbs 4.0 oz   Mild Malt (4.0 SRM)                      12.1 %       
1 lbs          Caramel Malt - 120L (Briess) (120.0 SRM) 5.4 %         
1 lbs          Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM)               5.4 %         
12.0 oz        Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM)                   4.0 %         
12.0 oz        Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM)                  4.0 %         
6.1 oz         Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM)    2.0 %         
5.0 oz         Caramel/Crystal Malt - 30L (30.0 SRM)    1.7 %         
5.0 oz         Kiln Coffee Malt (165.0 SRM)             1.7 %         
2.1 oz         Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM)          0.7

when I do a partigyle I find I get the equivalent of about 45 - 50% brewhouse efficiency from the first runnings and ~25-30% on the second runnings. I usually toss in some crystal and maybe another lb of base malt and let it rest for another 20 minutes before running off the second runnings. I run them off into fermenter buckets and seal till the other boil is done.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: lagering question
« on: October 30, 2013, 08:23:26 AM »
You could put some foil over the fermenter opening. If that's good enough for starters it should be good enough for beer that is done fermenting.

No, it's not. Starters are not making beer, they are growing yeast. Foil won't keep out o2 and you will ruin the beer with oxidation if you don't seal the beer under a blanket of co2.

If I'm using a carboy, I put fpoil over the opening and secure it with a rubber band.  How will that let in more O2 than an airlock?

sealing with a rubber band is different than putting foil over a starter where it is lose specifically to allow o2 interchange.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pressure difference between kegs
« on: October 30, 2013, 07:35:44 AM »
Is it possible that the beer in the overcarbed keg might not have been finished fermenting?

+1 the fact that you say the cobra tap is leaking on that one makes me think that you've got more pressure than 10 psi in that one. When you pull a beer from it do you hear more gas going in? if not than it's making it own.

I have also had problems with popits that were too tall and I can imagine a too long dip tube would be similar.

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One more item.  I'm trying to calculate how much the temp of the 50gal@60F will go up after removing the heat from the 5gal@210F.  I figure if I take 50 x 60=3000, and add 5 x 210= 1050, that 4050/55gal= 74F.  Is this about right?  That'd be sweet, this should work.

although you are probably not going to be able to remove ALL 210 degrees from the wort. I don't KNOW but I would guess that it only works till the temps are the same. and realistically till they are kinda close

like wort ~85 and chill water ~70

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Clarity Ferm
« on: October 29, 2013, 07:37:47 AM »
My guess is no one has used it. That or I stepped in dog poo and don't know it. Either way, I'll have to give it a whirl and become the resident CF guy.

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I brewed a batch with this after getting a freebee at NHC. I brewed 10 gallons and pitched the clarex in 5 gallons along with a packet of us-05. The other half got a mixed up concoction of Belgian yeasts and brett. I did not notice a huge difference in clarity. If anything the clarex half was less clear after a couple weeks in the keg.

That being said, I did it for the supposed gluten reduction properties more than the clarity so I was not disappointed.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: October 29, 2013, 07:36:42 AM »
Bob Hope or Alfred Hitchcock?  Last eggplant from our garden.



nice

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also, to add a picture click the little mona lisa icon above

and the tags [ img][ /img] will appear (without the error I introduced to make them appear here).

Right click the image in your photo bucket and select Copy. then paste that between the two tags

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A couple things, it looks like Slowbrew is right, the lighter color brew is in a narrower carboy and also closer to your light source. The darker brew appears to be in shadow. Also the darker has the carpet behind it while the lighter has the wall and heater register. Add to that the brew hauler that is also black and there are a lot of things that could be making the darker one look darker.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: More questions on ferm temps
« on: October 28, 2013, 12:35:35 PM »
66 is good. higher temps encourage faster metabolism, reproduction, and therefore ester development. At extremes it also encourages the development of higher alcohols that are nasty brain busters.

It's important to keep in mind as well whether you are talking about ambient or beer temps. At 66 ambient you are probably running a couple to a few degrees warmer in the beer. at high krausen it was likely a few more degrees higher. you are still probably fine though.

Colder fermentation will encourage slower metabolism and less ester production. Although us-05 is said to produce an apricot/peach ester at low temps that is not there or masked at higher temps.

Short answer is no worries. 66 is not too cold and 70 is probably right on the edge of too warm.

Also, if you have a two stage temp controller or the wiring know how to switch it, you can use your temp controller to control a heat source and heat the inside of your fridge during the winter.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Clarity Ferm
« on: October 28, 2013, 12:01:21 PM »
I brewed a batch with this after getting a freebee at NHC. I brewed 10 gallons and pitched the clarex in 5 gallons along with a packet of us-05. The other half got a mixed up concoction of Belgian yeasts and brett. I did not notice a huge difference in clarity. If anything the clarex half was less clear after a couple weeks in the keg.

That being said, I did it for the supposed gluten reduction properties more than the clarity so I was not disappointed.

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4)  Also, gravity readings post-boil were 1.059 (pale) and 1.060 (IPA)

suspended hop material will refract more light making the IPA appear darker. that's my bet. once both beers are bright they will be very close indeed. unless you dry hop the IPA then all bets are off.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Straining your wort
« on: October 28, 2013, 11:55:29 AM »
I know this is a couple months after the last post, but I am wondering about the shelf life of said paint strainer bags. Are you using as single use and dispose This would make "buying every time I go to Lowe's" understandable. Are they beat up too much after 1 use, or just too difficult to clean? I just want to know, have not used or even tried to use, but I like the idea a lot as the biggest PITA I have found on my brew days is getting cooled wort through my funnel without it backing up constantly. I seem to have a lot of break material and hop particles at end of boil that clog like crazy, even using muslin bags for hop additions. I currently do not have a kettle with a hose, so I am hand pouring 2-4 gallons through my funnel with no regular help: big PITA. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

I use the nylon  bags on occasion and I find they work just fine for several (many) uses. I wash them out as best I can, even going so far as to put them through the laundry once in a while, and soak them in sanitizer in the fermenter until I'm ready to run off from the kettle. then line the bucket and let 'er rip.

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Ingredients / Re: 5.2 comments
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:40:55 AM »
It was recommended to me at the LHBS a few yeast back, never did buy it........thanks for sharing the post, clears up a lot!

you know you're obsessed with homebrewing when you start measuring time in 'yeasts'  ;D

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