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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-18-2014, 02:33 PM
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Posted By LowNotes
Re-reading this comment helped to put some words...

Re-reading this comment helped to put some words to the flavors, thanks.

I would definitely say the "West Coast finish" was there, and I was very happy with how it balanced out the roasted flavors...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-18-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By LowNotes
So I kegged this last Thursday and quick-carbed...

So I kegged this last Thursday and quick-carbed it by shaking it for 30 minutes while under about 14-15psi on Friday morning for the party weekend. It turned out to be pretty spectacular in my...
Forum: Hops Growing 04-18-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,655
Posted By LowNotes
Kind of a followup question: Is there a...

Kind of a followup question:

Is there a point at which you should NOT trim the bull shoots back if they have been growing freely? I have 3 plants and am getting great 2nd year growth. So far the...
Forum: General Chit Chat 03-24-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 123
Posted By LowNotes
Ouch... I use the nylon paint straining bags...

Ouch...

I use the nylon paint straining bags to hold my boil hops (pellets not leaf though, so must not have been me!:D)

I have what is basically a false bottom though...it is actually just a...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-21-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,195
Posted By LowNotes
Yep, water has its highest density at 4*C,...

Yep, water has its highest density at 4*C, however the change is generally very small as long as it remains liquid...

I guess if there was literally zero headspace, liquid beer right up to the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-20-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 984
Posted By LowNotes
Here is one of my first BIA batches. I now use a...

Here is one of my first BIA batches. I now use a second bag in my kettle for my mash. Unfortunately...I don't have any photos of the mash itself, as I was preoccupied with getting it in and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-20-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 984
Posted By LowNotes
Okay, this is making a lot more sense now. You...

Okay, this is making a lot more sense now. You were mashing, and that was your strike water temp. As somone else mentioned, there is a great BIAB (Brew In A Bag) Sticky at the top of the All Grain...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-20-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 984
Posted By LowNotes
If I am understanding you correctly, both should...

If I am understanding you correctly, both should yield the same results, and both should turn out fine. Between those two methods it is really more a question of which one is easier/preferable to...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 03-18-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,248
Posted By LowNotes
I had a beer I had never heard of before back in...

I had a beer I had never heard of before back in January, Zymatore: Cuvee Freddy, which was listed on the menu as "blend of sour ales and stout; matured for 1 year in oak zinfandel barrels", it was...
Forum: General Techniques 03-18-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 813
Posted By LowNotes
When the beer level gets below the "in" post...

When the beer level gets below the "in" post (typically the CO2, but the beer-out in your case) won't it no longer be able to pour? My posts are all 2-4" long, which would leave a few pints in the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-17-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 187
Posted By LowNotes
Just to bring this back to the front, starting...

Just to bring this back to the front, starting today the water has chlorine. My wife noted the smell this morning.
Forum: DIY Projects 03-13-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,983
Posted By LowNotes
Yeah, that is more or less what I was thinking,...

Yeah, that is more or less what I was thinking, but with 3 tubes from 3 buckets all running to one pitcher of sanitizer/water.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-12-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 187
Posted By LowNotes
DC area brewers - water system switching to chlorine temporarily

I saw an article in the Washington Post earlier this week stating that the water system for DC, Arlington, and NE Fairfax County will be using chlorine as a disinfectant (instead of the usual...
Forum: DIY Projects 03-12-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,983
Posted By LowNotes
Cool, thanks for the info. When I looked through...

Cool, thanks for the info. When I looked through your link I realized a lot of my questions were answered there, but thanks for taking the time to answer them here too. Very nice to hear that is...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-12-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,450
Posted By LowNotes
I think it has mostly been covered, but: 1....

I think it has mostly been covered, but:

1. Stir the IC. The more you do the faste it will cool. I used to not stir and it took over an hour to get to pitching temps for 5g. Now I stir it every...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-12-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 543
Posted By LowNotes
I am a big Simcoe fan, so this looks good to me! ...

I am a big Simcoe fan, so this looks good to me! I always get really nice grapefruit type flavors from it personally, not sure if anyone else gets the same, but I love it with a relatively dry IPA....
Forum: DIY Projects 03-11-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,983
Posted By LowNotes
Nice! I have actually been planning something...

Nice! I have actually been planning something very similar, using a fan connected to the temperature controller to pull cold air from my keg fridge to an adjacent fermentation chamber. How thick is...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-28-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 934
Posted By LowNotes
I do BIAB, so I can't comment on the mash process...

I do BIAB, so I can't comment on the mash process you are using, although it sounds like it should be good from all the comments.

For chilling, I know a lot of people do no-chill, so I imagine...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-26-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 418
Posted By LowNotes
Well, I had the gas fully open all the way to the...

Well, I had the gas fully open all the way to the keg for 20 hours, and when I checked it I was able to proudly exclaim to SWMBO "I've got gas!".

So I guess I was all worked up over nothing, and I...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 02-26-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,572
Posted By LowNotes
Cool, thanks for the advice. I will treat it the...

Cool, thanks for the advice. I will treat it the way I do my dry hops. I usually just run the out-end of the tube from the autosiphon into a mesh bag (I do BIAB, so I use one of those) so any...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-26-2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 418
Posted By LowNotes
I went and tightened the main CGA connection...

I went and tightened the main CGA connection (which does have the plastic washer), and tried to tighten the NPT fitting, but I just used my hands, basically trying to reverse any pressure I may have...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-25-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 418
Posted By LowNotes
Okay, if the post by shortyjacobs in the thread...

Okay, if the post by shortyjacobs in the thread below is correct, I may not have a problem...can anyone confirm he is right? I mean, it makes sense, I just like to double check everything...
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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-25-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 418
Posted By LowNotes
Another tricky CO2 leak

If I pressurize my regulator, with the valves out to the keg closed, and then turn off the gas, and my large CO2 gauge (in the fridge reading 600ish) drops to zero over the course of 8 hours, could...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-25-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 8,490
Posted By LowNotes
First brew using my new DIY immersion chiller. I...

First brew using my new DIY immersion chiller. I was super excited, and had done a bunch of research looking for advice, and one tidbit that seemed like a good idea was saving the first few gallons...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 02-25-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 843
Posted By LowNotes
No problemo, I always enjoy learning about other...

No problemo, I always enjoy learning about other peoples process and photos make everything so much easier to understand.

One other small benefit of using 2 bags instead of 1 large bag is when it...
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