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    Cato reacted to Joe G in Been a bit cold - can fermenting go longer than 3 weeks?   
    @RickBeer I may not be describing it right, it is just a flavor i tasted once before when tasting my beer before crashing.  I let it go a few more days and it was fine.  But that was a more basic recipe, this is the Howling Red, so maybe I'm just tasting the different hops I've never used before?  I don't know.  Would rather play it safe.  
    I did just get my hydrometer, I just need to learn how to use it first before trying, haven't had the time to read a bit more about it.  Will likely use it for my next brew.
     
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    Cato reacted to D Kristof in Been a bit cold - can fermenting go longer than 3 weeks?   
    Do you ever tire answering this question? LOL. Maybe it's the beer, but do I sense a level of snarkiness in your use of uppercase for the word "PERFECT"?
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    Cato reacted to gophers6 in Carbonation versus Conditioning   
    I thought Mr B sanitizer was One Step.
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    Cato reacted to McSquirrely in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Coastal Mts of Western Oregon.  Our snow, when we get it, is full of water - blue snow they call it.  Very, very heavy.  It took down power lines in three surrounding counties and where we live is just about at the very tip end of the power grid.  Only two houses past ours for the next 40+ miles with power.  This beats a record long standing.  Day 16 and counting....
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    Cato reacted to BDawg62 in Carbonation versus Conditioning   
    Depending on how strong the "winey-sour" aftertaste is it could just be what is called "Extract Twang".  Some people have a greater ability to taste this than others.  Also, depending on your carbonation level, it could be from the carbonic acid from carbonation.  Try this, pour part of a beer and stir it with a spoon to get most of the carbonation out of it.  Then taste it, if it still has the sour aftertaste it is not carbonic acid.  This would mean that it is either the extract twang or something else. 
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    Cato reacted to Nickfixit in Carbonation versus Conditioning   
    This is my opinion, Rick Beer may differ and provide better suggestions LOL.
    Just to emphasize - conditioning is out of the refrigerator. 
    Carbonation is good at 65-70.
    The temperature for conditioning depends on the beer style  ales -  60-75 is OK. I have mine in mid 60-s. Lagers colder. so maybe you could condition lagers in the fridge but it has to be a temp at which the yeast can be somewhat active.
    Then, putting it in the fridge  for >= 3 days to allow carbonation to absorb. More carbonation is absorbed in the liquid at cooler temperatures - so that will affect head retention and initial carbonation gush.
     
     
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    Cato reacted to Creeps McLane in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Where are you? At the Amundsen-Scott Research facility in Antartica? 
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    Cato got a reaction from Shrike in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Thoughts turning to how I want to rebuild my mostly depleted pipeline. 
    I'll need some good staple brews to form the backbone to start off with before I can start working in new styles.
     
    Sooo, it'll be spring and to get things rolling I'll  start off with an Irish Red recipe in an LBK, and a Altbier recipe in my ss mini brew bucket. These I can do pretty much back to back, allowing just a few days separation since they'll both fit in the mini fridge at the same time.
     
    Using the same combo of fermenters I'll  do a  citrus zest Witbier in an LBK, and either a variation of @Creeps McLane's Little Trees PA or if figs are in season yet, try to flesh out that Jester King beer that uses smoked figs. Lol, that would be very experimental for me, but I've got a nice digital electric smoker that can do cold smoke temps, and I like figs so there you go.
     
    Plus I figure once I get my wood and fig recipe down, I can vacuum seal those puppies and pack some off to Wisconsin and see what Creeps can come up with.
     
    Yep looking forward to spring 2019.
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    Cato reacted to BDawg62 in Turkey Fryer Kettle for brewing?   
    That was what I used for my brew kettle for over a year.  No issues with any of the beers.
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    Cato reacted to bpgreen in Turkey Fryer Kettle for brewing?   
    I've read that you should boil some water in it before using the first time to create a coating,  but I just did a quick search and couldn't find a reference for that.
     
    One thing that you should be aware of is that you shouldn't use oxygen based cleaners or sanitizers (Oxiclean, One Step, etc) on aluminum pots.
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    Cato reacted to Jdub in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    @Cato hmmmm I might know someone in TX who could arrange a bottle for you if you can’t get it in VA. 
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    Cato got a reaction from Shrike in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Thoughts turning to how I want to rebuild my mostly depleted pipeline. 
    I'll need some good staple brews to form the backbone to start off with before I can start working in new styles.
     
    Sooo, it'll be spring and to get things rolling I'll  start off with an Irish Red recipe in an LBK, and a Altbier recipe in my ss mini brew bucket. These I can do pretty much back to back, allowing just a few days separation since they'll both fit in the mini fridge at the same time.
     
    Using the same combo of fermenters I'll  do a  citrus zest Witbier in an LBK, and either a variation of @Creeps McLane's Little Trees PA or if figs are in season yet, try to flesh out that Jester King beer that uses smoked figs. Lol, that would be very experimental for me, but I've got a nice digital electric smoker that can do cold smoke temps, and I like figs so there you go.
     
    Plus I figure once I get my wood and fig recipe down, I can vacuum seal those puppies and pack some off to Wisconsin and see what Creeps can come up with.
     
    Yep looking forward to spring 2019.
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    Cato reacted to McSquirrely in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Day 9 of the Power Outage. Time to brew the next batch. No problem:
     
    Extract on the wood stove to warm before adding to kettle. Water for wort brought to boil on the gas camp stove outside, along with 1 cup of agave and 1 pack MRB booster; brought to boil, shutdown, (Long Play) extract added to the wort, into the LBK on top of 1 gallon of snow-cooled water. Vigorously stirred w/more snow-cooled water added to +2 gallon mark. Std MRB yeast pitched, placed into kegging room - 66F.
     
    I'm calling this batch 'Sno-Play IPA'. 16.3 initial brix.
     
    35F outside with 8” snow, No sign of power restoration anytime soon...no problem. Life goes on.
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    Cato reacted to Jdub in older yeast   
    update if anyone but me cares. full layer of krausen going on now. strange b/c i pitched on Sunday and wasn't a lot of activity until today. Now about 1/2 to 1 inch of krausen. crisis averted.
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    Cato reacted to epete28 in Shameless Stout 5 Month Deliciousness   
    I'm down to my last few bottles of Shameless Stout that's been conditioning since September. I know it almost sounds cliche among us but this beer has gotten so much better with time! A solid stout to try if anyone has been debating.
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    Cato reacted to Creeps McLane in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Twas the night before brew day... 

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    Cato reacted to Fire Rooster in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    https://learn.kegerator.com/recipe-cascade-smash-pale-ale/
     
    Using Nottingham yeast instead.
    This yeast seems to be the perfect ale yeast for my basement environment.
    Checked two All Grain LBK's  yesterday and both were 57 degrees.
     
     
     
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    Cato reacted to Shrike in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    I'd use the porter.  The WDA has quite a hoppy character that might be overpowering in a coffee stout.
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    Cato got a reaction from Creeps McLane in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Nice, good luck and hope you win!
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    Cato got a reaction from D Kristof in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    I can't risk it while on the strong stuff. Sigh, will stay the course until they step down my meds.
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    Cato reacted to Creeps McLane in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Im kinda suffering with you right now. 3 days without a beer so far. Tonight that streak will end. Damn flu / cold thing. Damn it to hell. Ill devote my first one to you tonight 
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    Cato got a reaction from Creeps McLane in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Nice, good luck and hope you win!
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    Cato reacted to Creeps McLane in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    So Rob texted me this morning and said there was a big accident at work and he wasn’t able to pick up his wort this morning with me. So naturally I called my dad and he helped me out. So dad was Rob earlier today. Got both our wort picked up and I threw mine in the snow bank (kegged) and went and took a 4 hour nap.  Woke up feeling like a brand new man but still obviously not 100%. So tomorrow brew day starts. BeerSmith recipe is completely done, I was told the mash temp, the post mash gravity and a bunch of water stuff that I’m not going to worry about cuz I don’t know what size their system is.
     
    Kinda weird thing is I’m gonna water down my 5 gallons 1.046 wort, boil for an hour and add some candi syrup just to end up with 5 gallons of 1.056 wort. Kinda messes with my head

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    Cato got a reaction from D Kristof in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    That's way cool! 
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    Cato reacted to Jdub in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    thanks for the tip. i just visited my local brewery's facebook page (Shannon Brewing) and found out they're running a special. filling growlers for $10 of blackberry crystal wheat! will stop by tomorrow to get some.
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