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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-08-2013, 07:43 PM
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Even though you have a place where the air temp...

Even though you have a place where the air temp may be constant, fermentation creates heat and, despite its relatively high specific heat, air is not dense enough to scavenge away that heat...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-08-2013, 09:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 450
Posted By 944play
Kegs are ideal lagering vessels. They have...

Kegs are ideal lagering vessels.
They have built-in handles.
They are lighter than carboys.
They are unbreakable.
They are pressurizable.
They are light-tight.
They can be heat-sanitized.
They...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-08-2013, 09:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 441
Posted By 944play
You prime the batch with a sugar solution. Use a...

You prime the batch with a sugar solution. Use a priming calculator (http://kotmf.com/beer/2012/priming-sugar-calculator/) to find out how much sugar to use given the desired carbonation and the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-07-2013, 04:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 927
Posted By 944play
I don't like that distributor. Its website shows...

I don't like that distributor. Its website shows beer being consumed straight from bottles. Yes, like Ray Daniels, I'm a snob about beer in a glass.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-07-2013, 03:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 801
Posted By 944play
GB brews the JosephsBrau line at Trader Joe's. ...

GB brews the JosephsBrau line at Trader Joe's. The "Plznr" is a screaming deal and tastes just like Urquell. The other styles are not as exciting.

I went to the former Embarcadero location in SF...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-07-2013, 01:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 544
Posted By 944play
I suggest serializing your brewing; rather than...

I suggest serializing your brewing; rather than trying to get two batches' worth of cells from a single pack of yeast (brewing in parallel), just harvest from the first batch to pitch the next. You...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-04-2013, 10:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By 944play
Old Ale, possibly. I don't know if 1450 can do...

Old Ale, possibly. I don't know if 1450 can do the right ester profile.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-02-2013, 03:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 268
Posted By 944play
I'd save the Biscuit and Special B for a Dubbel...

I'd save the Biscuit and Special B for a Dubbel or BDSA.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-30-2013, 09:17 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 41,562
Posted By 944play
Interesting mix of units in that recipe. ...

Interesting mix of units in that recipe.

What is the chalk meant to accomplish?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-28-2013, 05:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 690
Posted By 944play
Unless you need to harvest the yeast, I wouldn't...

Unless you need to harvest the yeast, I wouldn't bother with the bag or the secondary. Pellet hop bits will settle out in a week or so. I'd bottle immediately after everything has fully crashed.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-27-2013, 07:07 PM
Replies: 278
Views: 15,715
Posted By 944play
Probably off-topic, but yes, Sapphire is...

Probably off-topic, but yes, Sapphire is terrible. Sweet, fruity, metallic, and corny like any given malt liquor. Regular Beck's, OTOH, is crisp, subtle, and toasty.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-14-2012, 10:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,687
Posted By 944play
I prefer Chinook in my Porter. I like the rough...

I prefer Chinook in my Porter. I like the rough bittering. Willamette was too floral for me.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-12-2012, 05:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,089
Posted By 944play
Acrospire?

Acrospire?
Forum: General Chit Chat 08-03-2012, 06:57 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,697
Posted By 944play
I like: Maker's Jefferson's Knob Creek...

I like:
Maker's
Jefferson's
Knob Creek Single Barrel
WL Weller
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-31-2012, 06:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 940
Posted By 944play
Zero problems with underwater use, except the...

Zero problems with underwater use, except the buckles have gotten slightly bleached over the past 3 or 4 years. I add bleach to the coolant water.

A full carboy would be nearly impossible to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-29-2012, 09:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 810
Posted By 944play
This. OG does not determine mash thickness.

This. OG does not determine mash thickness.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-29-2012, 06:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,552
Posted By 944play
Yes. The most volatile stuff goes away as the...

Yes. The most volatile stuff goes away as the wort boils, of course, but there are lots of flavor-active compounds in hops that aren't quite so volatile. Bitter is a flavor, for example.:p
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-27-2012, 12:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By 944play
Sounds like fun! Let us know how it goes.

Sounds like fun! Let us know how it goes.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-27-2012, 12:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 987
Posted By 944play
PET soda bottles are actually really nice for...

PET soda bottles are actually really nice for starters because you can clamp down the cap, shake to degas, vent, squeeze out the CO2, unsqueeze to intake air, then shake again to aerate. Hope that...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 07-27-2012, 11:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 568
Posted By 944play
Live Oak Schneider Edel-Weisse ...

Live Oak
Schneider Edel-Weisse
Weihenstephaner
BJ's (for serious)

The condition in which the beer arrives is CRITICAL. HW is a fragile style. Brew it yourself to be sure you have a fresh one.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-27-2012, 10:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By 944play
I have yet to make a bad beer with 2308, from I...

I have yet to make a bad beer with 2308, from I think 18 batches so far now. It has made me into a lager brewing enthusiast, even though I'm still doing the two coolers/pond pump/temp controller...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-26-2012, 07:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,025
Posted By 944play
St. Pauli Girl Beck's Trumer (if you can get...

St. Pauli Girl
Beck's
Trumer (if you can get it out there)
Augustiner Edelstoff
Hacker-Pschorr Münchener Gold
Michelob

Be pragmatic.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-26-2012, 12:48 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,580
Posted By 944play
I guess I can play that way too. Briess Pils...

I guess I can play that way too.

Briess Pils
C-60
Crisp Chocolate
Spalt Select
Wyeast 2308
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-25-2012, 04:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By 944play
Well, the one time I pitched it warm (around...

Well, the one time I pitched it warm (around 70ºF, I guess?) it was a fruit salad for a month longer than it should've. When it's in its thermal happy zone, it's just solidly clean, neutral, and...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-24-2012, 02:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,475
Posted By 944play
I'm really curious how the OP's Pilsner turned...

I'm really curious how the OP's Pilsner turned out. I just received a pound of 2.4% whole Czech Saaz, so I'm planning on taking my own advice later this week, hopefully:

10lbs Briess Pils (now my...
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