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Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 05-18-2014, 12:51 AM
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Made a 500 ml starter for secondary fermentation...

Made a 500 ml starter for secondary fermentation of a wit beer. After 6 months it's gone from 1012 to 1004. Despite what I've heard that it is lackluster for secondary, I disagree. The wit was meh...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-04-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 398
Posted By zendog
I aerate with o2 no matter what I'm brewing....

I aerate with o2 no matter what I'm brewing. Brewed my saison yesterday and hit it with 2 min. worth (OG was 1062). The 565 is rockin away and up to 74F, smelling of spicey goodness!
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-03-2014, 06:28 PM
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Views: 398
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Looks like a nice recipe. I've used 565 a few...

Looks like a nice recipe. I've used 565 a few times (coincidentally I'm brewing with it today) and it rocks with earthy, peppery notes. Some have issues with it stalling, but in my experience doing a...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 02-23-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 242
Posted By zendog
Great, I will pitch just a little slurry then. ...

Great, I will pitch just a little slurry then.

Wondering if I should transfer the oak cubes to the new batch? I liked the subtle complexity the oak provided for this Red Flanders, but the oak...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 02-23-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 242
Posted By zendog
Re-pitching Flanders

I have a Flanders Red that I pitched a year ago with WLP665 Flemish Ale blend (supposed to be similar to Roselare). I'm going to transfer it onto cherries pretty soon. When I initially pitched a year...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-01-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 588
Posted By zendog
Try adding the roasted grains after mashing,...

Try adding the roasted grains after mashing, prior to sparge. I've had great success with this method, resulting in less acrid taste and improved flavor. Also, I grind my roasted grains finer for...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-21-2013, 04:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 441
Posted By zendog
I have used this strain a few times with same...

I have used this strain a few times with same frustration. It is a very lazy yeast! Just keep shaking/swirling that krausen back down a few times a day. It will keep going, so don't sweat it! Great...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-17-2013, 02:31 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 11,601
Posted By zendog
Hmm. Got a pound of 2013 from Farmhouse recently....

Hmm. Got a pound of 2013 from Farmhouse recently. Wonder what farm these came from? Will be brewing a Simcoe/Amarillo IPA next. Will report my findings.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-13-2013, 02:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 975
Posted By zendog
5 gallon batch FWIW, I used it in...

5 gallon batch

FWIW, I used it in combination with orange zest and coriander for the belgian-style ales. Nice mix. With the porter recipe, I used anise alone and it was too one-dimensional.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-12-2013, 11:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 975
Posted By zendog
I've used star anise on 3 occasions. The first...

I've used star anise on 3 occasions. The first time I used 1/2 star (4 leaves) in a Belgian Pale. I could hardly distinguish the flavor. Second time was in a porter with 2 whole stars. Too...
Forum: General Techniques 12-06-2013, 02:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 553
Posted By zendog
I used the zest of 1 lemon (along with zest of 3...

I used the zest of 1 lemon (along with zest of 3 oranges) in a wit once and although it added a nice citrus dimension, it stood out too much. I would use 1/2 lemon next time.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 11-28-2013, 04:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,114
Posted By zendog
I checked mine after 9 months and it is at 1013,...

I checked mine after 9 months and it is at 1013, down 3 more points in 4 months. It is taking on a nice winey essence but still needs more acidity. Will check again after the first of the year. I'm...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-28-2013, 03:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,652
Posted By zendog
My favorite adjunct combo for "red" beers is a...

My favorite adjunct combo for "red" beers is a half pound each of carared, caramunich II and melanoidin (for 11 lb. batch). This results in about 17 SRM for me. If I really want to pump up the malt...
Forum: Brew Science 11-25-2013, 04:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,692
Posted By zendog
I just started making water adjustments this last...

I just started making water adjustments this last year, after brewing for nearly 20 years. I notice my beers overall are more balanced and 'flavorful'. I was particularly impressed with the way a...
Forum: Brew Science 11-24-2013, 01:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,692
Posted By zendog
I live in Arvada, CO with similar water. I add...

I live in Arvada, CO with similar water. I add equal parts (by weight) calcium chloride and gypsum to achieve ~100 ppm calcium. I've played around with different ratios and find 50:50 works best for...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 11-23-2013, 03:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 454
Posted By zendog
I had been hanging on to a vial of WLP644 with a...

I had been hanging on to a vial of WLP644 with a date of Aug 5, kept in the fridge. I made a 500ml starter a few weeks ago that fermented out very well with much yeast sediment after one week. I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-15-2013, 01:26 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,406
Posted By zendog
5 taps + 2 cobras for sours Belgian pale ...

5 taps + 2 cobras for sours

Belgian pale
IPA
Stout
Hefe
Belgian Quad

Orval-inspired ale
2-1/2 year old Brett C Scottish ale
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 11-12-2013, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 359
Posted By zendog
I've read about Brett acting different under...

I've read about Brett acting different under pressure also. Maybe I won't vent it. At least now that it's kegged I have an easy way of tasting it along the way!
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 11-09-2013, 04:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 359
Posted By zendog
I'll give #3 a shot. Any chance the brett...

I'll give #3 a shot.

Any chance the brett is still active? Just wondering if I can expect further flavor development from the brett.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 11-08-2013, 08:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 359
Posted By zendog
Need help fixing Orval-inspired beer

I brewed this beer using Bastogne yeast for primary and Brett B for secondary. After 3 months the beer was tasting nice, so I dry hopped with 2 oz of Slovenian Bobeck (similar to Styrian Goldings)...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-03-2013, 03:18 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,064
Posted By zendog
I always give my dog a taste of the wort after...

I always give my dog a taste of the wort after mashing. He's my QA check to proceed. Incidentally, all of my batches have passed!
Forum: General Techniques 09-28-2013, 02:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 507
Posted By zendog
I like a Bo Pils. Simple and delicious. I use a...

I like a Bo Pils. Simple and delicious. I use a bock yeast for a little more flavor. WLP833 is nice!
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-02-2013, 11:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 450
Posted By zendog
E-mail WL too. They should be aware of such...

E-mail WL too. They should be aware of such issues. Also, you might get a coupon for a free vial!
Forum: General Techniques 08-25-2013, 05:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 730
Posted By zendog
Where did you live in CA? The water is likely...

Where did you live in CA? The water is likely softer here so you may need to add salts.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-18-2013, 04:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,257
Posted By zendog
Man, if I had a dollar for every time I read...

Man, if I had a dollar for every time I read about a problem with this strain...

I have used this yeast (WL version) a few times and always get to 1008 within one week. Everyone talks about...
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