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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-25-2011, 11:13 PM
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Posted By desertbronze
Thanks, guys. I had already decided to pitch two...

Thanks, guys. I had already decided to pitch two packs, whichever way I decide to go here.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-24-2011, 10:48 PM
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Posted By desertbronze
We ended up doing a wee heavy and aging it in a...

We ended up doing a wee heavy and aging it in a Merlot barrel. Brewed the beer in January 2010. Everybody fermented their beer. Beer was racked into the wine barrel in March 2010. Racked the beer...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-24-2011, 09:02 PM
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Posted By desertbronze
Cooper's dry yeast for an imperial stout

I will be brewing an imperial stout (OG 1.100) in the next couple of weeks. I am considering using Cooper's dry yeast for fermentation. My LHBS sells this yeast in 15 gram packs. I've used it for...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-23-2010, 09:34 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,466
Posted By desertbronze
Black Butte Porter for me. After that the search...

Black Butte Porter for me. After that the search was on for better beer.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-16-2009, 04:09 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By desertbronze
Aging beer in a wine barrel

A guy in my homebrew club has a source for used oak wine barrels. We discussed doing a group brew and then aging the beer in said barrel. Looking for some input on this from some brewers who have...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-22-2009, 06:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,464
Posted By desertbronze
Works for me as well. I use the spreadsheet and...

Works for me as well. I use the spreadsheet and adjust the water as needed. pH is consistently 5.1 - 5.3.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-22-2009, 01:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,464
Posted By desertbronze
Yes - I had the same results. Dark beers good -...

Yes - I had the same results. Dark beers good - amber beers ok - pale beers bad.



It took me several months of reading and rereading everything I could find about brewing water before it all...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-22-2009, 12:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,464
Posted By desertbronze
They are reducing the carbonate in the water. ...

They are reducing the carbonate in the water. Only problem - it also drives off the calcium. I would just buy distilled water to dilute and work from there. I have water with very high bicarbonate...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-21-2009, 03:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,464
Posted By desertbronze
From How to Brew ...

From How to Brew

http://www.howtobrew.com/section3/chapter15-1.html

There's a very good spreadsheet at the end of that chapter that will help you to determine the best beers for your water and...
Forum: General Techniques 10-07-2009, 02:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,834
Posted By desertbronze
I don't think it is important that the keg hold a...

I don't think it is important that the keg hold a vacuum seal while the wort is cooling. As long as bacteria can't get in, the beer should be ok. For that matter, you could pressurize the keg with...
Forum: General Techniques 10-07-2009, 02:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,834
Posted By desertbronze
Just exploring some options in the homebrewing...

Just exploring some options in the homebrewing world. Lets see.

Saves time chilling - 20-30 minutes for me.

Saves water - around 50 gallons for me.

Others report no difference in their...
Forum: General Techniques 10-06-2009, 04:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,834
Posted By desertbronze
Thanks, guys. That answers that question. The...

Thanks, guys. That answers that question. The seal will be fine - you're going to break it anyway to pitch the yeast. Once the ferment gets going, you are back to positive pressure.

How much...
Forum: General Techniques 10-06-2009, 03:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,834
Posted By desertbronze
No chill in a corny keg?

I have been fermenting in corny kegs for over a year now. I like it and it seems to work well for me.

I'm wondering if any one has tried no-chill brewing in a corny. Every thread I read lists...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-30-2009, 02:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,000
Posted By desertbronze
Actually I used a long cold rolled steel bar -...

Actually I used a long cold rolled steel bar - about 1 1/2" diameter and 6' long.



That could work - thanks for the idea!
Forum: Hops Growing 09-29-2009, 08:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,344
Posted By desertbronze
Yes - you can mix them. I have brewed beers that...

Yes - you can mix them. I have brewed beers that used pellets, plugs and whole cones. Use whatever works best in your brew kettlle.
Forum: Hops Growing 09-29-2009, 07:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,110
Posted By desertbronze
The frost will kill them - they will turn brown...

The frost will kill them - they will turn brown and wither up. Cut them down then.
Forum: Hops Growing 09-29-2009, 05:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,000
Posted By desertbronze
I do have a removable end on the press. I'm...

I do have a removable end on the press. I'm thinking I will need a hydraulic jack or something similar to force the plug out - they will not come out using the same steel rod that I used to compress...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-29-2009, 04:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,000
Posted By desertbronze
Anybody built a hop plug press?

I built a little hop plug press from some plastic pipe. Used a steel rod as a ram to compress the hops. Only one problem - the plugs are very difficult to remove from the pipe once they are...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-14-2009, 11:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 728
Posted By desertbronze
Talked to some other brewers today. Seems that...

Talked to some other brewers today. Seems that these are mites of some sort. They will leave the hops as they dry. Packing the first round in the freezer tonight.
Forum: Hops Growing 09-14-2009, 06:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 728
Posted By desertbronze
Bugs!

I harvested Cascade, Centennial, Magnum and Mt. Hood hops over the last three weeks. Yields were a little less than expected, but that's ok. Had the usual ants, earwigs and ladybugs along with the...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-02-2009, 06:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 705
Posted By desertbronze
I air dry all my hops. Takes several days in the...

I air dry all my hops. Takes several days in the basement. I dry them until they "rustle" in the paper bags when I shake them. The cones are whole at that point, with a few of them losing their...
Forum: Hops Growing 08-24-2009, 10:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,576
Posted By desertbronze
Agreed - soil prep is critical. I have always...

Agreed - soil prep is critical. I have always gotten a least a few ounces of cones, even from first year plants. I mixed native soil (high percentage of clay), topsoil and rabbit manure in equal...
Forum: Hops Growing 08-20-2009, 04:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 774
Posted By desertbronze
I store hops in glass jars. I use a vacuum...

I store hops in glass jars. I use a vacuum device called the "Pump-N-Seal". Works like a champ and you can reseal them after opening.
Forum: Hops Growing 08-05-2009, 10:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,467
Posted By desertbronze
My Nugget bines get a similar condition on the...

My Nugget bines get a similar condition on the mature leaves on the lower part of the plants. I described it to a local hop grower - he told me it is most likely a virus. It does not seem affect...
Forum: Hops Growing 08-03-2009, 06:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,250
Posted By desertbronze
I have always gotten a harvest from first-year...

I have always gotten a harvest from first-year plants - if the rhizome survives and sends up bines, I always get some cones. Soil prep is critical, in my opinion.
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