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I don't know about the pilsner v. pale question. I do know that I can often taste the candy/grapy sweetness that you get with pilsner and in a lighter style it shows through more. Now in a style with lots of wheat and , hopefully some nice spicy phenolics I don't know that you would notice it much.

You can perform an acid rest during the mash (114*f I think) which is supposed to increase the precursors for the clove phenolic.

I remember reading in Brewing with Wheat that you can increase some ester/phenolics in hefe yeast through slight underpitching but unless you are doing cell counts I don't know that you would have the control you would want going that route.

I would try the Acid rest alone first

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottling prep
« on: May 13, 2013, 09:50:38 AM »
For used bottles, clean them, put foil over the opening, and then bake for an hour at 375. Turn the oven off and take them out the next day, they will be sterile.

+1 for the oven method. I don't bother with the foil. I rinse the night before bottling day, pop them in the over and bake at 375 for 20 minutes or an hour or you know, whenever I remember to get up and turn off the oven. and leave them in there till bottling time. that oven and everything in it should be pretty close to sterile at that point.
The foil I'd for longer term storage. I do a case of bottles at a time in the oven, so not all get used soon.

gotcha

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottling prep
« on: May 13, 2013, 09:04:23 AM »
For used bottles, clean them, put foil over the opening, and then bake for an hour at 375. Turn the oven off and take them out the next day, they will be sterile.

+1 for the oven method. I don't bother with the foil. I rinse the night before bottling day, pop them in the over and bake at 375 for 20 minutes or an hour or you know, whenever I remember to get up and turn off the oven. and leave them in there till bottling time. that oven and everything in it should be pretty close to sterile at that point.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Goose Island beer
« on: May 13, 2013, 07:52:20 AM »
We've started getting Goose Island in the past few months. I like a lot of the beers and they aren't showing up in poor quality. We're not getting BCS or either Pepe beers but I'm hopeful it will show eventually.

Pepe Nero has to be the nastiest beer I ever tasted.  Or close to it.

I don't know, I liked it. I have another bottle in the closet for some time later as well. see how it changes over time.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pin lock VS Ball Lock
« on: May 10, 2013, 02:49:55 PM »
Personally I wouldn't bother with 2.5 or 3 gallon kegs unless space requirements absolutely require it. you can put 2.5 or 3 gallons of beer in a 5 gallon keg but not vice versa.

Generally, at least from what I have seen they are comparable prices wise.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bretta B. and Those crazy Danish guys
« on: May 10, 2013, 12:15:53 PM »
jonathan you are so fortunate to have good selections

I know, this bottle shop opened up in my town about two years ago and they have a great selection of unusual Belgian and trappist stuff.

Kyle,

I'm looking forward to your presentation at NHC by the way. Between your discussion of house cultures and that bottle of sour red from 1Vert you can explain a lot of my interest in this project.

So I, of course got a little off schedule in the process and only added the honey last night. I also won't have time to wrack to secondary until tomorrow.

The starter I made with the dregs had a nice fermentation finishing up Thursday afternoon. Should I pitch the whole thing? swirl it up and pitch half? Decant and...?


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What's the best way to clean the hoses and the cobra tap?  I will clean my kegs with PBW solution and force the PBW solution out through my cobra tap, but the lines are not visibly cleaner even after extended soaks.  Is it possible to disassemble cobra taps?

yup,

At least with mine you can twist the cap at the top, that the thumb lever comes out of, that unscrews and lets you inside the tap. It's pretty simple and easy to clean in there actually.

QDs you can unscrew by using a flat head screw driver in the slot on top of the QD

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mesh bags for hops?
« on: May 10, 2013, 12:01:28 PM »
I pinned a hop bag against the bottom of my kettle with the IC for the last 15 minutes of the boil once and it actually burned (it was cotton, not nylon). It charred and blackened as did some of the hops inside and that hefe tasted like campfire forever. However if you can manage not to physically pin it down to the bottom of the kettle you're probably pretty safe.

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you don't really need to cool the sample to 60, the correction tables included with your hydro are plenty accurate for the 5-10 degree difference you are talking about (add about .001 at 70 by the way).

sample it what the heck, it's your first brew. sample it every day if you want. just sanitize everything that touches the beer in the fermenter.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter: Step Up or Two Separate
« on: May 09, 2013, 12:45:40 PM »
I just did that. needed lots of yeast only had three days, pitched three vials, each into it's own 650ml starter and combined at pitching time.

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The Pub / Re: Best TV theme song
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:28:48 AM »
Why hasn't air wolf been mentioned yet?!

It has

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General Homebrew Discussion / An observation...
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:42:39 AM »
I was at the gym this morning, and I realized, I haven't had a six pack since I started kegging  ::) ;D

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I take about 8 oz of the wort from the kettle just after it comes to a boil and put it In a sealed mason jar in the freezer. Sealed because the evaporation from an open container can be significant. Sean Terrill mentioned something like 4 gravity points. so the sample on the saucer is likely higher than the bulk of the pre-boil wort.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: When to start checking OG
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:57:20 AM »
Sadly I didn't check OG, but the recipe did include that number (1.043). So how would I know which FG to look for? The instructions mention 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks bottle.
*also mentions the "foam" will fall back into the beer once ferm is complete.

you will know (or at least be fairly sure) you are at terminal gravity when two readings are the same over a period of a couple days.

test, wait 2 days check again, if it is the same.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation chamber too cold?
« on: May 07, 2013, 02:33:00 PM »
yeah, you might want to add a little ice and try to back that down but 68 is not much of a problem. If I recall you are using the US05 yeast which is tolerant of 68ish

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