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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Racking techniques
« Last post by Wilbur on November 17, 2017, 11:05:28 AM »
I used an auto-siphon for years, but I now know that any contact between air and beer will lead to the beer staling quicker. If you consume your beer in weeks and don't sent it to competitions, then there is no reason to use anything but the auto-siphon. For all others, employing CO2 to push beer from one vessel to another is always going to be better for reducing oxidation and staling.

A rubber cap or plug with 2 ports is needed. Gas goes in one port and a racking cane in the other. Don't use more than 1 or 2 psi CO2 pressure.
 


Is there a simple way to purge the ambient air from the cane and tubing in this respect?  I guess one could hook up the CO2 and run it through the cane and tubing for a while before putting it into the cap and hope for the best, but I have been wondering about this and couldn't think of a foolproof, yet simple way to resolve it.

A bottling cane fits into a cobra tap, so maybe a racking can would as well? I like the sterile siphon starter. One of the keg chargers could be an easy option to blast co2 in the carboy.
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This was a fantastic episode.

I'm definitely reading Jeff's new book.

Thanks!  I thought it was pretty fascinating.  Hope to have Jeff back again for more of this kind of stuff.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Racking techniques
« Last post by denny on November 17, 2017, 10:59:06 AM »
I used an auto-siphon for years, but I now know that any contact between air and beer will lead to the beer staling quicker. If you consume your beer in weeks and don't sent it to competitions, then there is no reason to use anything but the auto-siphon. For all others, employing CO2 to push beer from one vessel to another is always going to be better for reducing oxidation and staling.

A rubber cap or plug with 2 ports is needed. Gas goes in one port and a racking cane in the other. Don't use more than 1 or 2 psi CO2 pressure.
 

Is there a simple way to purge the ambient air from the cane and tubing in this respect?  I guess one could hook up the CO2 and run it through the cane and tubing for a while before putting it into the cap and hope for the best, but I have been wondering about this and couldn't think of a foolproof, yet simple way to resolve it.

well, you could just not use an auto siphon.  I use a traditional racking cane and tubing.  I fill them with water and use that to start the siphon.  No O2 in the system then.
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This was a fantastic episode.

I'm definitely reading Jeff's new book.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Racking techniques
« Last post by ynotbrusum on November 17, 2017, 10:51:47 AM »
I used an auto-siphon for years, but I now know that any contact between air and beer will lead to the beer staling quicker. If you consume your beer in weeks and don't sent it to competitions, then there is no reason to use anything but the auto-siphon. For all others, employing CO2 to push beer from one vessel to another is always going to be better for reducing oxidation and staling.

A rubber cap or plug with 2 ports is needed. Gas goes in one port and a racking cane in the other. Don't use more than 1 or 2 psi CO2 pressure.
 

Is there a simple way to purge the ambient air from the cane and tubing in this respect?  I guess one could hook up the CO2 and run it through the cane and tubing for a while before putting it into the cap and hope for the best, but I have been wondering about this and couldn't think of a foolproof, yet simple way to resolve it.
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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen
« Last post by narcout on November 17, 2017, 10:47:02 AM »
I bought a bottle at TJs last year (or maybe the year before), and it had the strongest off flavor and scent of any beer I have ever tasted. 

Not sure what happened to that one...
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bru'n water Water volumes
« Last post by kramerog on November 17, 2017, 09:55:26 AM »
The benefit of adding salts to the strike water or the sparge water is that you can easily visually check if the salts have dissolved.  Usually you need to stir to get the salts to dissolve. 
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How's this water for a porter
« Last post by denny on November 17, 2017, 09:40:01 AM »
Don't base your water on a city profile.  Almost any brewery will adjust the water so basing it on a city profile doesn't get you what you think it does.  Go for a color/flavor profile.
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Beer Recipes / Hop blend featuring Nelson Sauvin
« Last post by ANDREW.GROGAN1 on November 17, 2017, 09:29:19 AM »
I have an award winning NE IPA recipe that I want to tweak a little.  My current blend uses Warriors as a bittering hop (60 min) and the rest if a blend of Citra, Mosiac and Galaxy (Flame out, whirlpool and dry hop).  I really love Nelson hops and was thinking of just doing a single hop version, but I may also want to change my blend to incorporate Nelson.  Does anyone have an suggestions of a blend that would go well with Nelson being featured?     
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bru'n water Water volumes
« Last post by Seattle on November 17, 2017, 08:53:06 AM »
Thank you for the quick reply. Is there an advantage or disadvantage to either method? Will the mineral additions dissolve evenly if just added to the mash? I do not have a recirculating setup.
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