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  1. Brian-d

    Diacetyl rest

    I am brewing a pilsner this weekend. I am going to ferment at 50f. What temp should the diacetyl rest be? Do I bring it up gradually, or just reset to the new temp? Generally how long should the diacetyl rest last? From there I assume the next step is to move to a long (30-45) lager period...
  2. Brian-d

    Lager Starter

    I have been brewing for about four years and have always brewed ales. Next weekend I am going to brew a Bohemian Pilsner which requires lager yeast. I always make yeast starters for my ales but got to thinking; should my starter be processed at the same temperature that I will be fermenting...
  3. Brian-d

    Custom Tap Handles

    Nathanael, Thank you so much for your excellent and timely work. These custom tap handles are truly a work of art. What an excellent way for me to further customize my home brewery! Highly recommended! Click the link below to view the site where I purchased these beauties:mug...
  4. Brian-d

    Lagering

    I've always brewed ales. I want to try a lager. Is the lagering process merely cold conditioning beer after primary fermentation is complete. Thanks!
  5. Brian-d

    Trouble force carbonating

    I'll wait it out a bit longer. Just seems like it is taking forever.
  6. Brian-d

    Trouble force carbonating

    OG. 1.087 FG. 1.026 I've brewed this beer before with no problem. These were the targets. The beer tastes fantastic...just won't carbonate. I guess I'll have to switch kegs. Does not make any sense though.
  7. Brian-d

    Trouble force carbonating

    1.087
  8. Brian-d

    Trouble force carbonating

    Temp 35. I don't think there are any blockages because I can release lots of pressure from relief valve. No apparent leaks either. This is a total puzzle. It's starting to piss me off ;)
  9. Brian-d

    Trouble force carbonating

    Anybody faced this???
  10. Brian-d

    Trouble force carbonating

    Denny if your out there...just brewed Vanilla bourbon Porter for the third time. Great beer! This batch turned out as good as ever but I am having trouble force carbonating. I've never had this issue with any beer. What is my issue. I've had it under 30lbs of pressure for a week with no...
  11. Hog Heaven

    Hog Heaven

    What a great beer. Beautiful color, and the hop flavor is big , but soooo smooth.
  12. Hog Heaven

    Hog Heaven

    What a great beer. Beautiful color, and the hop flavor is big , but soooo smooth.
  13. Hog Heaven

    Hog Heaven

    What a great beer. Beautiful color, and the hop flavor is big , but soooo smooth.
  14. Hog Heaven

    Hog Heaven

    What a great beer. Beautiful color, and the hop flavor is big , but soooo smooth.
  15. Hog Heaven

    Hog Heaven

    This beer turned out tremendous. Good deep red color, interesting malt forward flavor, resiny complex smooth hop flavor given the 104 IBU target.
  16. Transferring beer

    Transferring beer

    Under co2 pressure from dry hop to conditioning keg. So easy and much better quality that siphon!
  17. Transferring Beer

    Transferring Beer

    Transferring huge DIPA 10.4abv from the dry hop keg to the final conditioning keg. Tasted the beer and it is frickin awesome! Closed fermtation system. Beer never touches oxygen from brew day to glass! Makes a huge difference in quality!
  18. Red IPA-Was delicious!

    Red IPA-Was delicious!

  19. Brian-d

    High Gravity 1.095 issue

    I need some advise for attenuating a high gravity ale. Brewed a Maharaja clone. OG was 1.095. There was quite a lot of blow off so I probably lost some yeast. I definitely pitched enough yeast by making a huge starter. One week out I took a sample and I am only down to about 1.035-1.040. I...
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