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Forum: Group Buys Today, 02:06 AM
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Posted By sweetcell
somewhat off-topic: it will certainly work, but a...

somewhat off-topic: it will certainly work, but a dehydrator isn't the ideal method for drying hops - most of them get too hot and you lose volatile oils in that heat. that amazing hop smell that...
Forum: Group Buys Today, 01:40 AM
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Posted By sweetcell
Frits, just paid you for my splits. i didn't get...

Frits, just paid you for my splits. i didn't get any full bags this time 'round... so Tony, you get nothing :-)

i would like to start three splits for the next round:

CRI1036 Crisp Crystal...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-21-2014, 03:33 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
well, folks can see how yellow the raspberries...

well, folks can see how yellow the raspberries are in the bucket, in the photo above...



yeah, that's a little on the low side. standard fruiting rates seem to be closer to 2 lbs/gallon.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-20-2014, 09:39 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
nope. your extract will have some caramel in it,...

nope. your extract will have some caramel in it, that should provide all the variation you need. many tripels are 100% pilsner (with sugar).
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-20-2014, 06:06 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
looks solid. after 75 mins, if you held 152 you...

looks solid. after 75 mins, if you held 152 you should have no problems hitting 60%. i wouldn't be surprised if you ended up much higher.

however, i wonder about the Cara 8. crystals aren't...
Forum: Stout 08-20-2014, 05:52 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
in case anyone wants to play with these two...

in case anyone wants to play with these two formulas and compare the different results, i've thrown them into a G-spreadsheet:
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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-20-2014, 03:53 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
definitely leave it in primary a while longer. ...

definitely leave it in primary a while longer. sounds like fermentation isn't complete (not that bubbles are necessarily an indication of fermentation... the beer might just be off-gassing). your...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-20-2014, 03:44 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
since you want to focus on the hops, keep the...

since you want to focus on the hops, keep the grain bill simple. you could go nothing but 2-row which will create a nice platform for the hops. add some C-40 or C-60 if you want, but keep it under...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-20-2014, 03:23 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
nothing to worry about, pitch 'em both. ...

nothing to worry about, pitch 'em both.



might be faster, or it might not... either way it'll still take a while. give it a year then sample. lets the taste determine when it's done.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-20-2014, 03:47 AM
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Posted By sweetcell
what was the FG of this beer? is there anything...

what was the FG of this beer? is there anything left for the bugs to eat? if not, you might need to add some (for example, maltodextrin)

i would add all 3 cultures, unless you have alternate...
Forum: Group Buys 08-19-2014, 07:16 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
thanks, that's very generous of you. i somehow...

thanks, that's very generous of you. i somehow missed your post right before mine...

do you need the 10 pounds? i can certainly wait until the next buy if you have plans for those 10#.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-19-2014, 03:05 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
you don't need to add any. roeselare will...

you don't need to add any. roeselare will produce sourness on its own... it will just take a while, and might not be sour enough for your taste.

if you do decide to add dregs, add as many as you...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-19-2014, 02:28 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
yes, but that balance of bugs in the roeselare is...

yes, but that balance of bugs in the roeselare is a bit weak on the souring side. by adding dregs you're mostly contributing brett and bacteria which will help with the sour flavors.

you're also...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-19-2014, 02:28 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
the only reason that i see to use MD instead of...

the only reason that i see to use MD instead of wort or simple sugars is to prevent sacch from gobbling everything up before the brett and bugs get going.


i was under the impression that brett...
Forum: Group Buys 08-19-2014, 02:24 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
i'll take 5 pounds of wheat. that leaves 5...

i'll take 5 pounds of wheat. that leaves 5 pounds to close out the sack.

i should be able to make the Sept 6 date, to help with splits.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-18-2014, 09:26 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
fair enough. what are your concerns? that the...

fair enough. what are your concerns? that the MD won't be a good medium for the LAB? that the brett and its alcohol production will inhibit the bugs?

i have successfully grown brett dregs in...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-18-2014, 04:14 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
one potential way around this is to use a sugar...

one potential way around this is to use a sugar that isn't fermentable by sacch, such as maltodextrin. the bottling strain (sacch) will still be present, but will continue to slowly decline as it...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-18-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 37
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Posted By sweetcell
don't worry about the lack of a pellicle. just...

don't worry about the lack of a pellicle. just means that there is little or no O2 in there. it does NOT mean that there is not brett or that it isn't working.


yes, i would a little of that...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-18-2014, 03:52 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
i don't think anything can digest/ferment...

i don't think anything can digest/ferment sucralose. it's pretty indestructible. i suspect you're stuck with it, and its taste.

will the beer taste any better with the addition of sour? ...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-18-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By sweetcell
roeselare isn't the worse place to start,...

roeselare isn't the worse place to start, especially if you have already bought it. i would add some bottle dregs for complexity. plus, it's an excuse to drink sours.

the Melange blend blend...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-14-2014, 07:49 PM
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Posted By sweetcell
+1. you don't know what the AA's are. it would...

+1. you don't know what the AA's are. it would suck to find out in many months that your brew didn't sour because your hops were stronger than you thought. given that columbus is a relatively high...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-13-2014, 01:34 AM
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Posted By sweetcell
i believe that when folks say that it's a boring...

i believe that when folks say that it's a boring yeast, they mean a boring saison yeast. compared to the dupont strain (when it works), or fantome, or blaugies, etc., it's not as interesting. i've...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-13-2014, 01:28 AM
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Posted By sweetcell
if the blend is great, it was made great by its...

if the blend is great, it was made great by its component parts - which were created separately for 24 months, then blended. so adding the dregs from the blended result will likely not yield the...
Forum: Group Buys 08-11-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 314
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Posted By sweetcell
i'll take 5 lbs of melanoiden (AKA Catapults deco...

i'll take 5 lbs of melanoiden (AKA Catapults deco tigons).
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-10-2014, 01:46 AM
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Posted By sweetcell
gorgeous!

gorgeous!
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