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    Jdub got a reaction from Shrike in Black Beer'd porter   
    BBP is the best beer I’ve made out of 14 batches. Love it. Needs to age quite a while though. Worth it. 
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    Jdub got a reaction from Shrike in Black Beer'd porter   
    BBP is the best beer I’ve made out of 14 batches. Love it. Needs to age quite a while though. Worth it. 
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    Jdub reacted to Palmetto Brew in Brewmax 2 gallon fermenter   
    I have been using an "igloo ice cube" cooler with a frozen 16 oz water bottle.  After high krausen I have to freeze only about 3/4 of a bottle or it gets too cool (as in the low 60's).  It seems to work very well though without having to spend much money.

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    Jdub reacted to DrMJG in Temperature fluctuations after a week of fermentation...   
    As I brew a lot of lagers in Arizona (yes, Arizona), I use camper coolers and combine cold water with those wonderful blue re-freezable blue square units.  The water both slows down the unfreeze in the squares, but hold a cool temp for the water.  I am very able to keep the combined team in the mid 50s.  I use 2 of the larger blue units/cooler. Yes, ice needs to be re-done daily (Blue units that is).  As well, I cool down the coolers and water for a full day before entering the LBK.  I am lucky in that I can take over a secondary bathroom which has no windows and one where I can shut off the room and keep the cool air con air within it.  If I had to brew in just about any other area of our apartment,  lager fermenting would not be possible. 
     

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    Jdub reacted to Creeps McLane in Rhizomes   
    Had to get some manure tonight for my hops. I did some reading last night and found that if your bines are a redish color then your lacking on nitrogen. So poop is happening!!!
     
    i also put down some mulch finally to help keep moisture in the soil and hopefully also keep away pests and diseases 
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    Jdub got a reaction from MRB Josh R in I cannot lager   
    Ok thanks Josh. I will do just that. It’s a negra modelo clone recipe and I can’t wait to try it. 
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    Jdub got a reaction from MRB Josh R in I cannot lager   
    Ok thanks Josh. I will do just that. It’s a negra modelo clone recipe and I can’t wait to try it. 
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    Jdub got a reaction from MRB Josh R in I cannot lager   
    Ok thanks Josh. I will do just that. It’s a negra modelo clone recipe and I can’t wait to try it. 
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    Jdub reacted to MRB Josh R in I cannot lager   
    Yes, refrigerate it for a few weeks for best results. You can drink it as soon as it's carbed, but 3 weeks of lagering in the fridge will be best.
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    Jdub got a reaction from D Kristof in First partial mash attempt & newbie mistakes   
    I made BBP earlier this year. I was adding heat to my pot during the steeping process and got distracted. Next thing I know the temp is 180-ish for a short while. I was really concerned. Beer turned out great. Better now that it’s several months conditioned. By the way I don’t cool the wort down ( ice bath ). The cold water in the lbk is sufficient for that unless you use excessive water for steeping. Good luck!
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    Jdub reacted to youdontknowme311 in Conditioning/Cider flavor   
    @Jdub
    Same here as far as the room temps. One day it could be 62 and the next it's 75. lol
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    Jdub got a reaction from youdontknowme311 in Conditioning/Cider flavor   
    I’m starting to wonder about conditioning temps. I store all mine upstairs where the temp is 68-78. I always figured it’s supposed to be warmer for conditioning. Don’t have a constantly cool place like a basement to store in. 
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    Jdub reacted to youdontknowme311 in Conditioning/Cider flavor   
    I usually get spring water from Wal-Mart or the market near my house. I use tap water to clean and sanatize everything but I've read that using tap to clean shouldn't make a difference.
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    Jdub reacted to youdontknowme311 in Conditioning/Cider flavor   
    I brewed Long Play with nothing added. Half the batch tasted like a solid IPA and the other half was a underwhelming mess. That's the thing that confuses me. 
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    Jdub got a reaction from youdontknowme311 in Conditioning/Cider flavor   
    This is a great topic. I only have about 12 batches under my belt now but the majority have a cidery twang about them. My tangerous ipa I just tried was completely devoid of cider. I had never used long play hme before either. I did nothing different as far as temps....etc. This is after 1 month in bottles. Then I try my voodoo which I bottled 2 months ago and quite cidery. I’m gonna try a recipe soon with no canned hme. Just grains, hops and dme. I’m willing to bet in advanced that I won’t get a cider taste. Not sure. 
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    Jdub reacted to Creeps McLane in Rhizomes   
    Yesterday i walked out and marked my twine with a marker indicating where my hops where. Today approx 24 hours later i looked again and this is how much they grew. 
     
    I s**t you not, 2 hours after marking the twine i looked and they had grown at least an inch. Maybe they grow the most at dusk


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    Jdub reacted to Bonsai & Brew in Rhizomes   
    Then I found this on another forum and confirmed what I suspected about 'Golden:'
     
    "The garden center variety is a sport that was selected for its yellow leaf color. It was intended to be an ornamental that looks pretty on your fence.If you're serious about brewing don't waste your malt on it. Look for varieties that have been selected for their aromas or bittering qualities."
     
    Given my somewhat eclectic preferences for landscape plants with interesting foliage, bark, flowers, etc., this hop will fit right in with my Sunburst Locusts, Ogon Spirea, and Aurea moneywort.  Contrasted against a backdrop of Scots pine blue-green needles, this could really create a nice effect.  I love this stuff.
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    Jdub reacted to Bassman in Wide temperature range yeast   
    No comment on Hothead Yeast, but I thought my Santa Rita turned out nice. It's an easy drinking beer.
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    Jdub reacted to Creeps McLane in 3 days worth chillin'   
    I say the magic number for ipas is 21 days. 
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    Jdub reacted to Cato in 3 days worth chillin'   
    +1 on that! I'm thinking that as soon as those Hoppy beers are carbed enough to drink, they belong in the fridge to keep them fresh. My bottles of Deschuttes Fresh Squeezed IPA are bottle conditioned and it's printed on the label they must be kept refrigerated.
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    Jdub got a reaction from Shrike in 3 days worth chillin'   
    I’ve already noticed my Thunder Bay ipa is losing its hoppiness. It was prominent at 1st but a month later the American ale hme flavor has taken over. 
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    Jdub got a reaction from Shrike in 3 days worth chillin'   
    I’ve already noticed my Thunder Bay ipa is losing its hoppiness. It was prominent at 1st but a month later the American ale hme flavor has taken over. 
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    Jdub reacted to Creeps McLane in 3 days worth chillin'   
    Beers are best stored, transported and conditioned cold. Lots of breweries will only distribute through people who ensure this will happen and will not sell to stores where their beer will be stored on the shelves unrefrigerated. This goes for ales and lagers.
     
    You’re refrigerating them for three days to lock in the CO2. Ive never been able to taste the difference. 1 day, 1 month, all tastes the same to me. 
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    Jdub reacted to Shrike in 3 days worth chillin'   
    They don't get worse, they just doesn't seem to improve much if any.  One of the good things about Weizens (along with IPAs) is that they're ready to drink relatively quickly.  My Whispering Wheat hit minimum conditioning time 8 February and I had my first one that day.  I had the second-to-last one last night and it tasted pretty much like the first one.

    I'm getting in the habit of not hanging on to Weizens and IPAs for months on end like I do with other brews.  I've been doing that with IPAs for the most part (the hoppiness is what they're about; why let them sit around for months and lose that?) but am starting to do it with the wheats, too.  No sense taking up space aging beers that get no benefit from it.
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    Jdub reacted to 76shovel in 3 days worth chillin'   
    I found I have some rather old, like 6-7 months old, ThunderBay IPAs so I've been slowly using those up.  I have an American Hazy batch chilled and another Thunder Bay conditioning. I have no plans to brew more IPAs until those are dwindled.  The top level of my basement  fridge is IPAs and Wheats, The bottom is all Lagers, the racks next to the fridge are all stouts doing their time and some Ales I'm just not sure about yet. 
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