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BugAC
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Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
Here is the official Homebrewing thread.

For past discussion on homebrewing, below is the link to the original homebrewing thread. Page 1 has some links to older threads with useful material for those starting out.

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Here are some other useful links

How to Brew: All time classic brewing book available for free online

Mr Malty: Yeast Starter Calculator

Another good Yeast Starter Calculator

Brulosophy: Beer Experiments to help improve your brewing

Hop Oils Calculator and Other Hopcentric Calculators

Sour Beer Blog: Useful Information for Sour Beer Brewing

Milk the Funk Wiki - Sour Beer Reference Guide

Homebrew Finds: Online Deals for Brewing Supplies



And a quick excerpt after doing research on 100% Brettanomyces Starters (From milk the funk).

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There are generally two approaches to handling Brettanomyces starters. The first is to use a stir plate set to a medium-high RPM with tin foil on top of the flask for 7-8 days, cold crash for a few days, and then decant the beer before pitching the sedimented yeast.

Brettanomyces cell growth typically takes about 7-8 days to reach it's maximum growth.

Pitching around 500-600 mL of a Brettanomyces starter for 5 gallons of 1.060 SG wort will achieve a pitching rate that is similar to lager yeast pitching rates, which has been recommended for 100% Brettanomyces Fermentation.

When grown in wort, Brettanomyces will often go through a 24 hour lag phase, a growth phase, another lag phase, and a second growth phase (all within 7-8 days)
This post was edited on 4/25 at 2:13 pm


LSURoss
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
Is that why the other one got unstickied?


BugAC
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Is that why the other one got unstickied?


Yeah. It looks like the admins made a purge of the stickies because the longer threads were bogging down the server.


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LSUGrad00
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
You wanna copy over the links from the first post in the old thread?

We could possibly add some other commonly references sites in the first post.

How To Brew: All time classic brewing book available for free online

Mr Malty: Yeast Starter Calculator

YeastCalc: Another good reference for yeast starters


BugAC
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You wanna copy over the links from the first post in the old thread?


Yeah, i'll copy over the old ones, and include yours and a few more useful links in the OP.


LSURoss
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
Well since I stole that second spot, I can add any links in if I need too


BugAC
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
Just updated the OP. I'll add on if there are other links you find useful


BugAC
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
Guys, it might help if everyone requests a sticky for this thread.


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BugAC
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
Also, anyone use gelatin for fining their beer? Do you do it in the carboy or the keg?


BMoney
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Also, anyone use gelatin for fining their beer? Do you do it in the carboy or the keg?


I've used it before, and it works well. Added it to the keg once the beer was cold. A quarter cup of warm water with a half teaspoon of gelatin works well. I don't really see much need to use it any longer. The hazy look is fine with me.


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LoneStarTiger
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anyone use gelatin for fining their beer?


occasionally, yes. I've only used it in the keg, but I am not patient enough to give it a few days to work, I usually start drinking from the keg the day after kegging the beer. I think next time I will try it in the carboy and give it 3-5 days to see if it really clears it up.



BugAC
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occasionally, yes. I've only used it in the keg, but I am not patient enough to give it a few days to work, I usually start drinking from the keg the day after kegging the beer. I think next time I will try it in the carboy and give it 3-5 days to see if it really clears it up.


Well i'm dry hopping right now, so i may go pick some up and put it in the carboy. Will be cold crashing thursday and friday


BugAC
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So what is everyone brewing next?

I'm brewing my French Benefits Saison, that a few of you have had.

Changing up the recipe a little. Seeing as 3711 can ferment water, i'll be lowering the ABV a bit. Also, going to use German Hallertau Blanc for the hops and do a little dry hopping and whirlpool with it.

Here's the recipe.

5 lbs 8.0 oz Pilsen (Franco-Belges) (1.8 SRM) Grain 1 50.0 %
3 lbs 12.0 oz Pale Ale (Franco-Belges) (2.7 SRM) Grain 2 34.1 %
1 lbs Belgian Wheat (Franco-Belges) (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 9.1 %
8.0 oz Caravienne Malt (22.0 SRM) Grain 4 4.5 %
0.40 oz Magnum [12.00 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 5 17.0 IBUs
4.0 oz Turbinado (10.0 SRM) Sugar 6 2.3 %
0.50 oz German Hallertau Blanc [10.00 %] - Boil Hop 7 8.0 IBUs
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 8 -
2.00 oz Blood Orange Peel (Boil 5.0 mins) Herb 9 -
1.50 oz German Hallertau Blanc [0.00 %] - Steep/ Hop 10 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 Yeast 11 -
2.00 oz German Hallertau Blanc [10.00 %] - Dry H Hop 12 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Oak Chips (Bottling 7.0 days) Flavor 13 -


After that, hopefully i've bought a 3rd keg setup, and will brew a 100% brett pale ale, then a Cucumber/Cactus Gose.


LoneStarTiger
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brulosophy has a good write up on the procedure as well as a couple experiments on the effects


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LSUGrad00
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Also, anyone use gelatin for fining their beer?


Only in beers I enter in competitions.

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Do you do it in the carboy or the keg?


I add gelatin to the keg, first pint or two are cloudy, but by the time the beer is finished carbonating and I'm done sampling the beer is clear.


BMoney
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
A good primer on using gelatin:

How to clear your beer with gelatin


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HungryFisherman
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French Benefits Saison, that a few of you have had.



That's a tasty beer

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So what is everyone brewing


KennyP and I brewed 2 weekends ago. We brewed a pale ale, meant for us to drink, and a wheat beer that will be for sharing at a crawfish boil this weekend (hopefully).

We still brew with extract, so I won't bore you with the full recipe.

For the Pale Ale we used 1oz Chinook (60 min), Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic (.5oz each @ 10 min & .5oz each @ whirlpool & 1oz each in dry hop). Used a new-to-us yeast, just because we wanted to try something else, WYEAST 1275 Thames Valley Ale. It's in the keg now and smells awesome.

The wheat was pretty basic. 1oz of Liberty (60 min), .5 oz Simcoe (flameout), .5oz (whirlpool). Wyeasat 1010 American Wheat. Also carbing now. We brewed this last year and racked onto peaches. Came out great. This will not be fruited, more for times-sake. I really liked the Wyeast 1010 last time.


LoneStarTiger
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
Adventures in Homebrewing is having a sale and have new 5 gallon ball lock kegs for $75. That's only $15 more than used kegs.


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BugAC
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WYEAST 1275 Thames Valley Ale.


Interesting. Let me know how it turns out.


Tiger Ryno
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
Anyone here go straight to all grain brewing and skip past extract all together?


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