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Forum: General Beer Discussion Today, 04:42 AM
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Session IPAs are huge now but they can be tricky...

Session IPAs are huge now but they can be tricky to brew... Or at least form a recipe. I've found you don't want to go much below 1.050 or there's just not enough base malt to stand up to the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging Today, 04:18 AM
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Same keezer as mine but so much cleaner and...

Same keezer as mine but so much cleaner and nicely organized! Could be I also have a co2 tank, about 10 mason jars of yeast, bottles, growlers, hops and a watermelon stuffed in there.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing Today, 04:10 AM
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Nice write up. I'm laughing at the black and...

Nice write up. I'm laughing at the black and decker drill. My 12v bd caught on fire 8lbs into the crush. Lol.

I have an old corded drill that's now my dedicated crush drill.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing Today, 04:02 AM
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Posted By Bamsdealer
I always keg hop. Sometimes I'll hold it a week...

I always keg hop. Sometimes I'll hold it a week before chilling, but I've noticed no difference. At the set it and forget it method of carbonation, the beer has plenty of dry hop character and...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast Today, 03:53 AM
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Posted By Bamsdealer
I haven't noticed any carryover and I don't wash...

I haven't noticed any carryover and I don't wash my yeast either. Only bad experiences I've had is trying to reuse already stressed yeast from big beers.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast Today, 03:41 AM
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You'll be just fine using it as is. You won't be...

You'll be just fine using it as is. You won't be far off from the number of cells you were aiming for and it's very doubtful that another starter would result in a better beer. I might suggest...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast Today, 03:29 AM
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Posted By Bamsdealer
There's a bunch of yeast all through what...

There's a bunch of yeast all through what settled, but the thin band is primarily yeast. I wouldn't worry about rinsing or making a starter if you're brewing in the next month. Just decant and...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast Today, 03:23 AM
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Posted By Bamsdealer
Depends on the yeast but for ales I chill to...

Depends on the yeast but for ales I chill to desired ferment temp, oxygenate, pitch and hold it till fermentation slows...usually 3 to 5 days. At that point I stop paying attention and let the beer...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum Today, 03:11 AM
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Posted By Bamsdealer
Don't follow the directions. Give it another two...

Don't follow the directions. Give it another two weeks in the fermenter then bottle. Make sure the gravity is close to where it needs to be first.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum Today, 02:48 AM
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Posted By Bamsdealer
After reading this thread this is almost...

After reading this thread this is almost certainly your problem. I've never had an infected batch... Just a bottle here or there and it's very much what you're describing. Don't try to clean...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum Today, 02:28 AM
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Posted By Bamsdealer
Ignore the ibus on anything over 7% and go with...

Ignore the ibus on anything over 7% and go with at least 2 oz of high aa hop. I stay away from hops specifically designed for bittering. Use something or a combination of something you might use...
Forum: Hops Growing 08-15-2014, 11:50 PM
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When they mature and start to dry. You'll know. ...

When they mature and start to dry. You'll know. They'll turn from a spongy bright green to a duller dry cone. I start picking them when several start turning brown. When they start drying out,...
Forum: Hops Growing 08-03-2014, 02:42 AM
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Posted By Bamsdealer
Packaged my hops for the freeze this morning with...

Packaged my hops for the freeze this morning with a vac sealer. I'm pretty happy with the 10oz of cascade and 2oz Centennial I ended up with. As a rule of thumb I've found I get about 2 oz dried...
Forum: Hops Growing 08-03-2014, 02:33 AM
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Posted By Bamsdealer
Nothing in this either, but you're dealing with...

Nothing in this either, but you're dealing with two different animals. A wet hopped beer tastes completely different from a beer brewed with the same dry hops.

Also, when calculating recipes...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-30-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By Bamsdealer
How was it stored? If its in a cool dry area I...

How was it stored? If its in a cool dry area I wouldn't be scared to use it. Even if it hasn't, taste some and if it seems okay go for it. I 've used some pretty old specialty grains with no...
Forum: Hops Growing 07-30-2014, 05:58 PM
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Not quite sure on the wet weight.. I'd guess 2 to...

Not quite sure on the wet weight.. I'd guess 2 to 3 lbs so a half lb sounds about right.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-30-2014, 04:19 AM
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Posted By Bamsdealer
Hope its exactly what you were aiming for. Cool...

Hope its exactly what you were aiming for. Cool thread
Forum: Hops Growing 07-30-2014, 02:20 AM
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Hop Harvest 1 2nd year plants with plenty...

Hop Harvest 1

2nd year plants with plenty left on the vines. Cascades from two plants on the screen and Centennials on the cookie sheets. Got 5.5 gallons of Cascades. Any idea what weight this...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-25-2014, 02:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 157
Posted By Bamsdealer
is your tap water city water? You might want to...

is your tap water city water? You might want to think about leaving it out in a bucket overnight to get rid of the chlorine. Another thing you can do is crush a campden tablet and mix it in the...
Forum: India Pale Ale 07-21-2014, 06:34 PM
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Posted By Bamsdealer
Dont worry about it. I'd brew this in a second...

Dont worry about it. I'd brew this in a second as a 6% ipa. You'll still end up with a great beer, except the in your face hops may stand out a little more. Is that ever a bad thing?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-18-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 31
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Posted By Bamsdealer
If I have a plan for a big barleywine RIS or...

If I have a plan for a big barleywine RIS or tripel maybe. Im at the point where I brew 1-2x a month. I keep a sack of 2 row, pils and Marries Otter on hand as well as a bunch of hops and small...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-13-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 162
Posted By Bamsdealer
Lots of belgians are carbed like your beer. I...

Lots of belgians are carbed like your beer. I wouldn't worry so much about bombs but if its just a standard ale it might be extra fizzy
Forum: India Pale Ale 07-13-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 401
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Posted By Bamsdealer
Man. Its hard to do a pliny with out ctz. ...

Man. Its hard to do a pliny with out ctz. Chinook will certainly mark a good beer though. I personally would do it with citra or centennial
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-11-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 30
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Posted By Bamsdealer
Always chill to your target ferment temp unless...

Always chill to your target ferment temp unless you're experimenting or are going for something non-typical.

My common practice. Chill to 65 for most ales, 50 for lagers, oxygenate by shaking...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-11-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By Bamsdealer
Bittered w 3 oz cascade and an oz of chinook. ...

Bittered w 3 oz cascade and an oz of chinook. Rest of my hop schedule will go as follows

15 min 1oz cascade
Whirlpool 2 oz citra, 1 oz chinook, 2 oz amarillo

DryHop
2 oz cascade, 1 oz...
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