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#1 jimdkc

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Posted 14 March 2020 - 11:49 AM

As mentioned in the "Who is Brewing" thread... I'm back! I think the last time I brewed was 2012...

 

Planning to brew small batches. Dry yeast only. Temp-controlled fermentations.

 

Got a PicoBrew C to start. I bought it as "Blemished" for $250 (regularly $400). I cannot find the blemish!

 

For its inaugural run, I bewed the Rogue Dead Guy Ale Pico Pack. 

 

I really missed the smell of wort and hops!

 

PicoBrew logs your brew online:

 

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I was interested to see what the technical details of the brew were:

 

Looks like it doughed in at about 110F for about 8 minutes. Took about 9 minutes to ramp up to 149F where it held for 19 minutes. Bumped it up to 155F for 26 minutes. 

 

"Boil" temperature looks to be 203F. Boil length was about 30 minutes. Bittering hops at 30 minutes, Bittering/Flavor addition at about 15 minutes.

 

This is a "no-chill" process, so I'll pitch yeast tomorrow - US-05, and put it in a fridge at 65F.

 

You can "tweak" the ABV and IBUs a little when you start the brew. I was tempted, but I decided to leave them at the default values so I could compare to a commercial Dead Guy Ale.

 

Checked the wort with my refractometer: 16.3° Brix (1.0667 SG).


Edited by jimdkc, 14 March 2020 - 11:53 AM.

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#2 djinkc

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Posted 14 March 2020 - 04:22 PM

About damn time

 

B)


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#3 jimdkc

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Posted 14 March 2020 - 08:24 PM

About damn time

 

B)

 

 

I know... I've been thinking about it and threatening to get back to brewing almost since I quit!


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#4 jimdkc

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 08:33 AM

Fermentation is happening!

 

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#5 Poptop

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 02:15 PM

Watching a working fermentation never dulls or disappoints.
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#6 jimdkc

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 02:59 PM

Watching a working fermentation never dulls or disappoints.

 

 

That's one reason I decided not to ferment in the PicoBrew keg (that, and I will probably brew again before this finishes!)


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#7 Seven

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 05:49 AM

Watching a working fermentation never dulls or disappoints.

 

It' what I miss most after switching to a 10G corny fermenter.


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#8 Deerslyr

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 10:13 PM

I'm gonna dip my toes in the water again next weekend.


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#9 jayb151

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 08:58 AM

Congrats! I'm going to be cleaning and brewing today. I'll probably live stream it. 


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Posted 02 April 2020 - 02:18 PM

Fermentation is happening!

 

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That sir is a glass half full.


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