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  1. efdbrian

    lagering is soooooo long

    @Creeps McLane, I brewed two batches of Helles this spring. One with the traditional cold ferment and the other with the 'quick lager' method. Both started at 49*F. The quick ferment temperature was raised 5*F when it reached 50% fermentation and another 5*F when it was 75% complete. In both cases when fermentation was almost done the temperature was raised for the diacetyl rest. After fermentation they were both cold crashed by lowering the temp 5*F per day until they were in the low 30sF. The traditional fermentation was made prior to the quick lager so that they would have similar conditioning times. After a little over a month I took them to my club meeting and performed a triangle test. Of the 10 people that participated, 8 correctly picked the different beer. Most commented that the traditional lager fermentation was noticeably smoother, though none of them thought that the quick lager was a bad beer.
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    lagering is soooooo long

    I just brewed my Marzen a couple weeks ago. It's not truly for Octoberfest, but my club is doing a 'style of the month'. I signed up for Marzen in October. I also signed up to pour at a charity event in October, so guess what's getting served there... the Marzen. Regarding the times, most modern breweries don't wait that long to serve their lagers. Conditioning times are around a month on average from my understanding. Unless you have a ton of tanks, you can't afford to have tanks tied up with lager sitting in them for months.
  3. efdbrian

    2018 MUG Competition

    Count me in
  4. efdbrian

    What should I do with this beer?

    If the fruit wins, do we also get to help to pick the fruit
  5. efdbrian

    Keg carbonation

    If you already have the CO2 tank, then there is no need to add the sugar. Hooking the keg up to CO2 will carbonate the beer. Pressure and temperature will dictate how long it will take to carbonate to the volumes of CO2 that you desire.
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    Tips on adding pellet hops after DME hot break

    I’ll also add to the hop naked (not in a sack). When I do that with pellet hops, a good deal ends up in the fermenter. And that’s ok! If it’s a big batch and I’m siphoning I’ll give the wort a good stir to accumulate most of the hop material in the middle of the pot. If it’s a small batch that I pour into a LBK, I usually just pour it in hops and all.
  7. efdbrian

    Octoberfest plus sugar

    Sounds like more of a 'welcome back' then. I do remember people previously stating that old instructions used to include references to adding sugar. Makes total sense now! Sugar still has it's place in brewing and can be found in many commercial breweries though usually it's reserved for high ABV beers like double IPAs. Those topics are probably better off being discussed over in the advanced techniques part of the forum.
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    Octoberfest plus sugar

    @Dan`s Brew, first welcome to the hobby. As you can tell there are many different ways to go about things. As some of the others have said, I'd give the LME or booster a try and compare the results. Maybe you can even brew them back to back your original way and with the booster. That way you might be able to drink them at the same time. Many of us on here actually have more than one LBK which would make things even easier to brew and compare. Think of what you are seeing as advice and general guidelines. In the end, you are making beer for you and possibly a few friends. If you like it, keep making it the way you did or maybe look for ways to make it even better! In brewing there are few things that are absolutes, but there are many generally accepted practices. Which ones you choose to follow and to what degree is part of what makes this fun. So, brew your beer and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
  9. efdbrian

    2 Row Malt in my wort

    Absolutely! As far as this batch goes, just keep going and see what you get. And most importantly enjoy what you create!
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    2 Row Malt in my wort

    Ok. If it went through the boil you should be pretty safe. Grains have naturally occurring lactobacillus on them. If the grain went directly into the fermenter you could run a risk of an infected beer. As as far as off flavors, if it wasn’t much grain it shouldn’t cause much of an off flavor. Generally you want to keep the grains out of the boil. Boiling grains will cause the beer to be astringent.
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    2 Row Malt in my wort

    First a bit of clarification please. Did the 2 row go in with the hops into your boil kettle or into the fermenting beer as a dry hop? This will make a difference.
  12. efdbrian

    New here and very EXCITED

    Welcome to the addiction. Think of this site as your support group. 🙂
  13. efdbrian

    Question about Diablo IPA

    Carb drops won’t change that, but time will have an effect. Generally hops become more subdued with time. Give it a few weeks, the. Put one in the fridge for a few days before drinking. If you like it, consider them done and start drinking them. If not, give it a couple more weeks in the bottle at room temp before sampling again. Keep going until you feel like it’s good.
  14. efdbrian

    Still a Newbie

    And save the bottle of beer until later in the brew day. I've made the mistake of starting too early and I find that I more easily forget to do things.
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    Should I wait?

    A FG of 1.024 is quite high if your OG was 1.030. That's only 20% attenuation and the ABV comes out to less then 1%.
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