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Old 04-06-2009, 09:21 PM   #21
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Just transferred this from the primary to a keg. Should I leave it at 58-60 or should I toss it in my 37 degree fridge? gravity is down to 1.016. Tasted really good!

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Old 04-06-2009, 09:23 PM   #22
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By the way, did you choose Northern Brewer hops for the recipe because you read or heard somewhere that Anchor uses them? I am just curious because I can't find anything online, and other recipes I saw have used Willamette and Cascade.

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Old 04-06-2009, 09:57 PM   #23
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I was going to keg this a few days ago, but still had floaties. Dropped some gelatin in and I should be good to go for kegging tonight.

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By the way, did you choose Northern Brewer hops for the recipe because you read or heard somewhere that Anchor uses them? I am just curious because I can't find anything online, and other recipes I saw have used Willamette and Cascade.
Yes, I read in Jamil's "Brewing Classic Styles" that the authenic steam beer is all NB hops, as is his recipe. He says "this style showcases the distinctive northern brewer hop's woodsiness".

I really like it, but I've never had it any other way so I can't compare it to other recipes.
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Yes, I read in Jamil's "Brewing Classic Styles" that the authenic steam beer is all NB hops, as is his recipe. He says "this style showcases the distinctive northern brewer hop's woodsiness".

I really like it, but I've never had it any other way so I can't compare it to other recipes.
Do you have an opinion on my other question re: putting it in the fridge? I am pretty new to kegging and this is my first lager beer so I am a bit unsure.
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....but still had floaties....
Lay off the fiber for a few days...

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Do you have an opinion on my other question re: putting it in the fridge? I am pretty new to kegging and this is my first lager beer so I am a bit unsure.
I like this beer to be fermented at low ale temps, until completely done. I've experienced a little diacetyl with this strain in the past, so I keep it on the yeast cake as long as a month or so. But after racking, I do lager it. I kept it in the 40s (basement temp) for a while, then stuck it in the kegerator at 39 degrees. It cleared up beautifully and got some of the lager characteristics I wanted, but kept the ale "nose" if that makes sense.

If yours is done and in the keg, you can lager it now if you want.

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Yum. This beer is great. When I first tasted it, I was nervous that it didn't taste anything like a real anchor steam - and then I had an anchor to jog my memory. It is pretty damn close, but I haven't done a side-by-side yet. My only issues thus far have been crazy foaming, but that might be because I force carbed it with the shaking (a week ago or so...). It still pours crazy foamy, but I am a draft newbie so who knows. Anyway, this beer rocks. Some are calling it my best beer yet (and so bloody simple!). I made it with organic ingredients (except hops).

Anyway, thanks Yooper! Next up, I'm going to try this California Lager yeast with a Mac & Jack recipe.

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Excellent beer. Thanks Yooper, I'll be brewing this again.

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I am going to do a Ca Common soon. I have tons of hops, but no No. Brewer. My buddy uses all Chinook in his Ca. Common and actually won a gold at a competition with it!

Personally, I am thinking of using Willamette or Zeus in mine just to see the outcome? Anyone have a good reason why I should not do this? I am not concerned with fitting the BJCP style, just want a nice amber lager.

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