Adding fresh orange juice to the fermenter

With this batch of Hazy IPA, I am trying something new and adding freshly squeezed orange juice into the fermenter along with two ounces of Citra whole hops to finish off my IPA fermentation. My plan is to let it ferment for another 4-5 days before transferring it to the keg. I am also raising my fermentation temperature to 70 F.

I have experimented with adding fruit like nectarines in the past but was disappointed with how little of the fruit flavor makes it to the finished beer with some stone fruits. I am hoping that things will be different with citrus fruit.  I added the juice from 4 ripe medium sized oranges to the fermenter.  I am hoping the flavors of the oranges will compliment my hop selection and the esters from the yeast!

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Earthquake Tip For Homebrewers

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Earthquake tip, store water in your unused home brewing kegs in case of the big one!

 

I have lived in Southern California my entire life and have experienced my share of earthquakes. Thankfully there has not been one that has disrupted access to water near me, but the possibility of it happening looms high.  Like any good Californian I have set aside an earthquake kit with water and food just in case it happens but I know that I have family members, friends, neighbors and loved ones who probably have not.

Did you know that a human can survive for only about 3 days with out water?

Most home brewing kegs are built from stainless steel which is an ideal material for storing water. Most home brewing kegs are 5 gallons in size, which means it also makes them easy to store and move around if needed.  I have about 4 extra kegs and when they are not storing beer, I fill them with water that I run through a carbon filter. Carbon filtering is a good idea because it will remove most of the chlorine from the water which can degrade stainless steel over time. Now, if the big one does occur and I know someone who is in need of water, I can lend a helping hand. It could be the difference between life or death and I highly encourage any home brewers to put their unused kegs to use if they live in an environment when they can benefit from an emergency water supply.

If you are ever looking to pick up an extra stainless steel keg, you can usually find one for a great deal here and get free shipping on it.

5 Gallon Homebrewing Kegs

If you need a carbon filter, this is the one that I use and also works great for cleaning up your home brewing water and removing off tastes generated from chlorine.

Carbon Water Filter

Hopefully this earthquake preparation tip will help someone. Just let me know if you have any questions.

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Yeast Starter

St Patrick please bless this beer! Making a Yeast Starter for my Hazy IPA tomorrow. I am using the wyeast London ale III 1318 yeast for this batch. I will let the starter go for about 24 hours and then pitch tomorrow.

 

Below is another animation of the stir plate about 10 hours after creating the yeast starter.  If you are seeing foam at the top of your starter at this point that is a great sign.  I usually turn off the plate for about 30 minutes just to check for signs of life.  If you are seeing bubbles and foam it means your yeast is alive, active and healthy.  If after 10 hours on a stir plate, at a reasonable temperature (62F-75F for an ale) and you are not seeing any bubbles, I would consider getting new yeast as it is either dead or not to the point it needs to be to ferment.  Keep in mind that yeast has a shelf life, and that it is a living organism that requires certain conditions to stay alive.  Living in Southern California, I am very cautious about ordering yeast online because there have been about 5 separate occasions where my yeast was destroyed in transit because of heat.  If you ever receive a bloated yeast packet, always do a starter just to insure that it is still viable before pitching.  If I am going to order yeast online, I try to make sure that the regional weather will be moderate. One other thing, while on the stir plate, I keep my flask wrapped in a towel during the daytime to help prevent in oxidization impact on the yeast from the sun light.

 

Homebrewing Yeast Starter and Magnetic Stir Plate

Homebrewing Yeast Starter and Magnetic Stir Plate

 

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Getting ready for the next batch of homebrew.

Getting ready for the next batch of Homebrew. Cleaned up the Brewing rig and made a small modification to the controller changing out one of the buttons and heading in to the back to ensure that the electronics do not get too hot.

Next step is brewing up a batch. I’m going to try my first attempt at a Vermont Style cloudy IPA. I will be sure to post the recipe if it works out.

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