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Messages - zacbwb

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Good episode guys, loving seeing different breweries around the country.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Diacetyl After Bottle Conditioning
« on: August 20, 2010, 06:19:07 AM »
Thanks guys, I will warm them up for awhile and report back.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Diacetyl After Bottle Conditioning
« on: August 19, 2010, 01:53:17 PM »
OK, you said they're bottle-conditioned, so yes, try to warm them up and see if they yeast will clean up after themselves.  That's probably your best case scenario.

Hard to jump to the conclusion that it's infected. Pedio is what typically makes diacetyl. If you had an infection, you might see addition confiming signs: haze, higher carbonation, sourness, etc.  If that happened, you're pretty well hosed.

How is the diacetyl presenting itself? Aroma, flavor, etc? What does it taste like?  (In other words, are you sure it's diacetyl and not caramel?)

Definitely presenting itself in aroma and flavor, has that butter/butterscotch flavor - definitely not caramel.  So far there hasnt been any sourness or funkyness to the aroma or flavor, and carbonation is very nice, not over carbonated.  Also has a nice head that retains...I guess I will try warming them up to see what happens.  I appreciate the help :)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Diacetyl After Bottle Conditioning
« on: August 19, 2010, 01:36:58 PM »
Have you tried more than one bottle?

Yeah, I have tried 3 different bottles now and they are have the same issue.

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Kegging and Bottling / Diacetyl After Bottle Conditioning
« on: August 19, 2010, 01:11:46 PM »
So, I started adding a little s05 to some of my beers to insure carbonation when bottle conditioning.  Brewed a Black IPA/Cascadian Dark, whatever you want to call it.  Tasted great before bottling, had a really heathly fermentation with plenty of yeast, no trace of off flavors (definitely no diacetyl).  After a couple weeks I cracked one open - huge diacetyl flavor  ???

I am guessing the added bottle conditioning yeast is the culprit, although I am not sure why because I have done this before with no diacetyl off flavors - but now I would like to try and get rid of it.  Any suggestions? Should I put the bottles in a warm place to try and reactive yeast for cleanup?

Thanks!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing TV #11 - Tasting Notes
« on: July 16, 2010, 08:07:32 AM »
Good job guys! Keep em comin.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 7/2
« on: July 01, 2010, 11:49:06 AM »
Cascadian Dark or Black IPA - Whichever you prefer  :)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil Times
« on: April 21, 2010, 11:53:05 AM »
Congratulations! You'll love it.

They should hire you as a sales rep - I just bought one as well.

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Racking a DIPA into the secondary - Brewing an Amber....my brother's first recipe that he created on his own. Should be fun!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: fermentation
« on: April 05, 2010, 08:01:27 AM »
I used to have alot of problems with carbonation, low to zero carbonation in quite a few beers with reasonable gravity (i.e. 1.040 to 1.060).  Our problem turned out to be poor aeration.  Once I started injecting pure O2 into the cooled wort, I haven't had a carbonation issue since.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What are your house styles?
« on: April 02, 2010, 11:10:36 AM »
We have an Oatmeal Stout that I make whenever we are reaching for the last few bottles...other than that we recently made a Lagunitas Brown Shugga clone that turned out so well that it will probably be added to the "always have available" rotation.

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No brewing this weekend, just bottling.  Have 10 gallons of Oatmeal Stout ready to bottle, then I think we are going to start welding the frame for our brew system (woohoo).

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Bottle Labels
« on: November 19, 2009, 02:53:49 PM »
Haha, yeah the sharpie usually does the trick.  We made an Oatmeal Stout for gifts, so I thought they would be a little prettier with some labels.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Bottle Labels
« on: November 19, 2009, 01:04:50 PM »
I shouldn't need to make them waterproof...yet. Thanks for the advice, I will take a look at that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Beer Bottle Labels
« on: November 19, 2009, 12:37:45 PM »
I was hoping someone had some advice on where to get good beer bottle labels made.  I have the artwork for a label created, but I dont know of a reputable place to have it placed onto labels.

I have also seen some do it yourself label making software, is any of that good/worth using?

I appreciate any advice I can get!

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