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GeauxPack81
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
I know it's a little more expensive, but I just started ordering those canned worts. It's so easy... Just sanitize everything, pour canned worts and yeast into my 2L flask, and let it go on the stirplate. Takes 5 min tops.


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Starters are a pain in the butt with the DME. That shite is so fine and gets everywhere. It’s also sticky as all hell. I may have to give the cans a shot.


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I have been making starters for every beer that I have made in the past 4 years. I agree that DME is pain. My LHBS began carrying Proper Starter and it is wonderful. Dump a can of Proper Starter into your Erlenmeyer flask with one bottled water, pitch your yeast, and be done. You can boil a stir bar in a bit of water and dump that into the starter if you plan to use a stir plate. Very easy!



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Kegged up my pilsner yesterday. First, this was the first time i've ever kegged/bottled/transferred without some issue (other than dropping and breaking my only hydrometer before testing for FG). With use of the filter, the oxygen free transfer works like a charm. THe cold crash guardian is working perfectly as well, it appears.

Anyway, i kegged up my bohemian pilsner and it tastes great. Tastes like a fresher version of Pilsner Urquell, which is the goal. Force carbing right now, so by tomorrow i should be pouring some out the tap, just in time for brew day.


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What do you mean by filter? I ferment in a keg. I fill up a keg with Star-San, transfer the star San to an empty keg by a CO2 transfer then fill the keg full of CO2 with my beer. Below is a picture of that process. It’s a completely closed transfer.



BugAC
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What do you mean by filter?


I have one of these from utahbiodiesal out of Ann Arbor, MI.




I bought 3 of them. I have one that i cut about 2 inches off the top to fit in a 5.5 gallon fermenter. I place the sterile siphon starter inside this filter. I've used it for an NEIPA that was massively dry hopped and also this pilsner that had 1 oz. of dry hops. Worked perfectly.

For the NEIPA, i put a second filter in the keg like shown in teh bottom picture with the stopper. This allowed me to keg hop the beer without sucking in trub.

I bought a 3rd to use when racking my fruited mixed ferm sours to a keg, that are then bottled via the blichmann beer gun.

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I ferment in a keg. I fill up a keg with Star-San, transfer the star San to an empty keg by a CO2 transfer then fill the keg full of CO2 with my beer. Below is a picture of that process. It’s a completely closed transfer.


Yeah, i do the same thing, but not from a keg. Here's a pic from a previous transfer, before i purchased the filters.



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GeauxPack81
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
How many ounces would y'all dry hop an APA? Im thinking 2.5oz for a 4.5 gal batch


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What kind of hops? That seems about right. I’ll let more experienced brewers weigh in. I’ve used 2 oz of Ella in a little ale I was brewing at it came out nice.


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How many ounces would y'all dry hop an APA? Im thinking 2.5oz for a 4.5 gal batch


I tend to avoid pale ales because I just want to add a shite load of hops and it becomes an IPA. And with hazy ipas minimal, if any at all, are added during the boil, so the typical dividing line is blurred..

But, if I halve my ipa dry hops, 4-5 oz. for a 5 oz batch?
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GeauxPack81
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
Sabro hops. I'd like to make it somewhat consistent across my recipes though, despite the hops. It will give me an indicator of which hops are stronger than others.


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GeauxPack81
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Going with the APA because I wanted some malt character, but also wanted it to finish drier than a NEIPA.... Also, its cheap and easy.


I think this will be a good batch to try and start harvesting my yeast from the bottom of the fermenter. There is a good homebrewtalk thread about the process, it seems easy enough... If I can save $7 or so on each batch not buying yeast, this recipe will be damn cheap.


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I think this will be a good batch to try and start harvesting my yeast from the bottom of the fermenter. There is a good homebrewtalk thread about the process, it seems easy enough... If I can save $7 or so on each batch not buying yeast, this recipe will be damn cheap.



Have you looked at making a big starter pitching half and then using the other half for another starter on your next beer? That’s what I do. It seems easier than trying to salvage yeast from the bottom of a fermenter?


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I rarely go over 2 oz for anything that isn't an IPA. APAs aren't meant to punch you in the face. They're flavorful but balanced.


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GeauxPack81
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Have you looked at making a big starter pitching half and then using the other half for another starter on your next beer? That’s what I do. It seems easier than trying to salvage yeast from the bottom of a fermenter?



Yeah, that would work on this batch, but I only have a 2L Erlenmeyer flask, so on bigger beers I need to use most of it... So I guess this is a test run to see if I like it and if it works well. I would rather have it fail on a $20-$30 batch than a $50-$60 batch.


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So, I’m detecting Diacetyl in my pilsener is just kegged. I don’t normally make lagers so Diacetyl is new to me. Will Diacetyl eventually clear itself up? Or is there other steps I need to take. The beer is already carbonated.


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My first kettle sour. It’s been fermenting for about 8 days. I used US-05. It’s at 1.012 but it very foamy. You think it’s done?


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My first kettle sour. It’s been fermenting for about 8 days. I used US-05. It’s at 1.012 but it very foamy. You think it’s done?


Probably, what was your mash temp? And if your happy at the abv and the FG, then package it. I’ve kegged early before even though it was a few points shy of estimated FG.


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OG was 1.042 and mash temp was 149 for 60 min and 167 mash out for 10 minutes. 6 lbs 2-row, 2 lbs wheat flaked and .5 lbs acid malt.


BugAC
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OG was 1.042 and mash temp was 149 for 60 min and 167 mash out for 10 minutes. 6 lbs 2-row, 2 lbs wheat flaked and .5 lbs acid malt.



It’s probably mostly attenuated. Either decision is the right one


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I put it in a keg this afternoon. Thanks. It’s carbing up now.


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