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Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-04-2014, 01:40 PM
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Posted By SimonHucko
Sweet, count me in!

Sweet, count me in!
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-04-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 216
Posted By SimonHucko
No bleach! Try Oxy - toss it in with your next...

No bleach! Try Oxy - toss it in with your next batch of bottles that you're delabeling
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-02-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 188
Posted By SimonHucko
not to jump into the whole legal/moral debate,...

not to jump into the whole legal/moral debate, but unless you buy a keg from a brewery or manufacturer (buy, not pay a deposit and never return) you are stealing that keg from someone who paid a lot...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-02-2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,586
Posted By SimonHucko
too late to the party, but you could have added...

too late to the party, but you could have added spices (either in secondary or as a tea) to fake the belgian yeast character you're missing. another choice is to toss in a sour blend or some sour...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-02-2014, 02:57 PM
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Views: 114,265
Posted By SimonHucko
Just brewed a rye saison with 3711, started...

Just brewed a rye saison with 3711, started fermentation at 72F and ramped to ~75F after a week, kegged to 3vol CO2 after 3 weeks in primary. OG was 1.058, FG 0.999 (!). Super dry with a bit of clove...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-17-2014, 12:24 PM
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Views: 163
Posted By SimonHucko
go for it. make sure everything is purged with...

go for it. make sure everything is purged with CO2 so it doesn't oxidize. you'll have to transfer under pressure too to prevent foaming - pressurize your keg to the same psi as the sixtel and slowly...
Forum: General Techniques 06-03-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 493
Posted By SimonHucko
+1 on the bag. I did a sour mash Berliner and...

+1 on the bag. I did a sour mash Berliner and racked over onto frozen raspberries (that I thawed and mashed up in the bottom of the bucket with a potato masher - probably not necessary but would...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-01-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 131
Posted By SimonHucko
check out the Finger Lakes Beer Trail: ...

check out the Finger Lakes Beer Trail:

http://fingerlakesbeertrail.com

they're really good about adding all the new breweries as they pop up.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-13-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 439
Posted By SimonHucko
I don't have personal experience with this, but...

I don't have personal experience with this, but my guess is that the commercial guys do it in their big ferm tanks to keep the wort moving around/through the hops to aid with extraction. I don't...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-14-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,074
Posted By SimonHucko
I work at a brewpub and our brewmaster/owner is...

I work at a brewpub and our brewmaster/owner is very picky about how his beers are served - proper glass, no fruit, no mixing. we don't have a nitro faucet, so usually telling people that the beer...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-14-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,685
Posted By SimonHucko
had a couple come into the brew pub where I work...

had a couple come into the brew pub where I work last week and start talking about how they were going to open a brewery because "craft beer is in and we got a big grant from the state so why not?"...
Forum: General Techniques 01-08-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By SimonHucko
go for it. when you transfer the beer back to a...

go for it. when you transfer the beer back to a fermenter (with airlock) the excess CO2 will come out of solution and the beer will have the same amount of dissolved CO2 as it would normally in a...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-31-2013, 07:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 308
Posted By SimonHucko
clean and dry after use, sanitize before use....

clean and dry after use, sanitize before use. that's all you'll need 99% of the time. make sure you store things so they don't get dirty - a quick rinse can remove any accumulated dust before...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-13-2013, 11:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 705
Posted By SimonHucko
oh man that suuuucks. especially because that...

oh man that suuuucks. especially because that looked like a bright tank so they're going to have to pay taxes on all 100 barrels...
Forum: General Techniques 12-12-2013, 03:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,638
Posted By SimonHucko
this is only really true of the big breweries,...

this is only really true of the big breweries, where an extra point translates to a lot of savings in grain. not that the little guys don't care about efficiency, but I'd say commercial brewers in...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-26-2013, 05:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,035
Posted By SimonHucko
dry hop and hop stand are two different animals....

dry hop and hop stand are two different animals. for big hop aroma, you really need both IMO. hop stand will give you way more flavor/aroma than earlier additions, but time and fermentation will...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-25-2013, 06:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,570
Posted By SimonHucko
whoa, I'm not suggesting you go in during dinner...

whoa, I'm not suggesting you go in during dinner or something and start asking a ton of questions. go in at a slow time (Saturday afternoon), order a beer and chat up the bartender. tell them you're...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-20-2013, 06:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,570
Posted By SimonHucko
^^ this is really the best way to go. Doesn't...

^^ this is really the best way to go. Doesn't have to be a brewpub, any commercial system will do (although larger systems have different features/issues than smaller ones). This is also a good way...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-01-2013, 04:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 908
Posted By SimonHucko
you've effectively denatured all the enzymes and...

you've effectively denatured all the enzymes and stopped conversion. the good news is that most if not all of the conversion was already done, so you should probably be on target for FG. the bad news...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-30-2013, 02:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,213
Posted By SimonHucko
forget scraping. soak in warm oxyclean overnight,...

forget scraping. soak in warm oxyclean overnight, labels should come right off. green scrubbie if necessary to remove glue residue.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-29-2013, 06:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 453
Posted By SimonHucko
take a sample from the fermenter and taste it...

take a sample from the fermenter and taste it sober with a cleansed palette. if you think it's ready, keg it. if you think it would benefit from more time, age it. good time to get a final gravity...
Forum: General Techniques 10-22-2013, 02:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,464
Posted By SimonHucko
why are you using 20% acidulated malt if you're...

why are you using 20% acidulated malt if you're also pitching lacto and uncrushed grain for a sour mash? skip the acid malt and let it sour an extra day. that way you can mash to whatever gravity you...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-21-2013, 04:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 135
Posted By SimonHucko
for a one day event you don't need to worry about...

for a one day event you don't need to worry about maintaining the right balance of CO2 for the target carbonation volume, you just need enough pressure to pour the beer. hook up your system and...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-09-2013, 03:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 370
Posted By SimonHucko
sounds good to me. if you're worried you can pull...

sounds good to me. if you're worried you can pull a hydro sample before you rack to the oak and taste it with a bit of the rum. if it's all good, soak the chips that night and proceed. if not, run...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-02-2013, 12:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 757
Posted By SimonHucko
you can use your STC 1000 to control some heat...

you can use your STC 1000 to control some heat wrap or a brew belt. that plus a few blankets wrapped around the fermenter should allow you to ferment at ale temps in a cooler fridge. that way you...
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