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Forum: Cider Forum 12-15-2013, 05:16 PM
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Posted By ajfranke
Pectin solids?

For the past three years, I've made a tradition out of 5 or 6 gallons of Graham's English Cider (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f81/grahams-english-cider-107152/), with cider sourced from the same booth...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-09-2012, 11:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,101
Posted By ajfranke
Unfortunately I was out of town for all of active...

Unfortunately I was out of town for all of active fermentation. I lack any sort of temperature control, so I'm betting it was between 70 and 72F. From the scum on the side of the fermenter, the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-26-2012, 03:32 AM
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Posted By ajfranke
This recipe...

This recipe (http://hopville.com/recipe/1122627/weizen-weissbier-recipes/black-truffle-gose) got brewed this afternoon. I didn't end up pitching lactobacillus into the recipe, due to neither of my...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 02-28-2012, 02:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,934
Posted By ajfranke
Culturing Lactobacillus from Yogurt & Grains with a Crock Pot/Slow Cooker

"Lacto Two Ways"

One of my next brews will be a gose (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/black-truffle-beer-project-284916/). This is my first foray into sour brewing, so in full disclaimer: I have...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-04-2012, 02:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,101
Posted By ajfranke
I'll have to try making a BTBOSBIWHIBA next, if...

I'll have to try making a BTBOSBIWHIBA next, if this one works. :fro: But I completely agree on keeping it simple. I think a gose is a nice candidate because it's a small beer and therefore an...
Forum: New Jersey HomeBrew Forum 02-02-2012, 03:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 855
Posted By ajfranke
I enjoyed the podcast with Brian Boak. What...

I enjoyed the podcast with Brian Boak.

What about Defiant Brewing Co., in Pearl River?
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-01-2012, 05:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,101
Posted By ajfranke
Resurrecting this thread, now that work is back...

Resurrecting this thread, now that work is back under control... I have been able to get some further research done.

First, add another potential style to the list: Randy Mosher, in his book...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-20-2012, 04:10 PM
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Views: 755
Posted By ajfranke
Troubleshooting a Belgian Dark Strong Wy 1762 Fermentation

About 3 weeks ago, I brewed a Belgian Dark Strong (http://hopville.com/recipe/990981/belgian-dark-strong-ale-recipes/rochefort-8-not-quite-clone) ale, pitching it with Wyeast 1762...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-12-2012, 01:56 PM
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Views: 395
Posted By ajfranke
I've been washing & repitching a line of 1098 for...

I've been washing & repitching a line of 1098 for about 6 or 7 batches now, and I've seen this behavior in maybe two thirds or more of the fermentations. The krausen never gets more than a half-inch...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-12-2011, 01:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 832
Posted By ajfranke
http://newjerseycraftbeer.com/ ...is perhaps...

http://newjerseycraftbeer.com/

...is perhaps an even better list?
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-09-2011, 03:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 592
Posted By ajfranke
I came across a recipe...

I came across a recipe (http://www.reddit.com/r/Homebrewing/comments/lerk0/recipe_for_cal_poly_brew_crews_honey_basil_santa/) for a Honey Basil a few months ago. It's still on my "to brew" list, but...
Forum: Light Hybrid Beer 12-08-2011, 03:15 PM
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Posted By ajfranke
I made two batches of this, and am not fully...

I made two batches of this, and am not fully happy with either. I keep getting a noticeable sweet after-taste.

In the first batch, I had boosted the gain bill to an even 2 pounds each of flaked...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-03-2011, 03:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,101
Posted By ajfranke
Black Truffle Beer Project

Say what you want about truffles: delicious, overpriced, aroma of the heavens, a fad, fungal gold, yuppie, classic, nouveu riche... It is undeniable that they hold a exalted place in cuisine, and...
Forum: Cider 11-07-2011, 05:47 PM
Replies: 373
Views: 130,188
Posted By ajfranke
I pitched a batch of this last night using 5 gal....

I pitched a batch of this last night using 5 gal. of cider from the nearby farmer's market, Twining's English Breakfast Tea, and some bottled key lime juice. The yeast I'm using is some...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-10-2011, 06:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,979
Posted By ajfranke
The scientific term is "estimate" ;) but I agree...

The scientific term is "estimate" ;) but I agree completely. Even when starting with commercially-packaged yeasts, the initial cell count and viability are only estimates. Mr. Malty may say "67%...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-07-2011, 02:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,979
Posted By ajfranke
Looks really nice. And I like that it includes...

Looks really nice. And I like that it includes the "max pitching rate for growth" consideration, which mine doesn't. Some useful stuff, coming out of this thread.

One "bug" report: I tried...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-30-2011, 03:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 669
Posted By ajfranke
Any chance he still has spare slants lying...

Any chance he still has spare slants lying around?

That something can be alive for 45 million years is mind-blowing. I know it's apples-to-oranges, but it makes the threads starting with "My...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-30-2011, 03:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,625
Posted By ajfranke
Trade secrets aren't just limited to recipes and...

Trade secrets aren't just limited to recipes and techniques. He'd be very knowledgeable about upcoming expansion plans, future BBC strategy, marketing campaigns and directions, upcoming product...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-30-2011, 01:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,625
Posted By ajfranke
I think it was a non-compete clause, not a...

I think it was a non-compete clause, not a non-disclosure clause: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2011/09/27/boston-beer-sues-rival-over-employee.html

According to this article, such...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-29-2011, 03:16 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,747
Posted By ajfranke
Was this you? ...

Was this you?

http://tabimushi.blogspot.com/2011/08/zymermetrics-style-matters.html
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-28-2011, 11:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 927
Posted By ajfranke
I just washed this yeast this week from a...

I just washed this yeast this week from a Northern English Brown, and tried a new washing approach due to the high flocculation. Trying this new technique was also motivated by my not having a big...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-27-2011, 03:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,979
Posted By ajfranke
I tried to accommodate use of stir plates and...

I tried to accommodate use of stir plates and oxygen with the "Using Oxygen?" pull-down menu and the "O2 Factor". In his video, Billy says that the use of either increases the cell growth in a...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-25-2011, 12:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,159
Posted By ajfranke
I had similar thoughts. It begs testing:...

I had similar thoughts. It begs testing: homebrew vs. commercial, looking at the brewers' opinions and those of their bystander friends. Of course, one difficulty is that there is so much...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-23-2011, 07:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,159
Posted By ajfranke
"The IKEA Effect", or yet another reason why I love my homebrew

I came across this article describing what academics have termed "The IKEA Effect", or the theory that having a hand in making something causes us to grow more attachment to that object.
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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-16-2011, 06:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 741
Posted By ajfranke
Psh. Says you. :tank:

Psh. Says you. :tank:
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