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Stylish Pet Essentials from Wild One

Stylish Pet Essentials from Wild One

Stylish Pet Essentials from Wild One

Wild One is a one-stop-shop for stylish pet essentials that are as functional as they are fashionable! From carriers to collars, harnesses to beds, Wild One’s dog gear is crafted from resilient materials and an eye toward clean design. Their online shop launched this week and we’re already obsessed with everything we’ve laid eyes on! Check out the complete Wild One collection at wildone.com.

Stylish Pet Essentials from Wild One

Stylish Pet Essentials from Wild One

Stylish Pet Essentials from Wild One

Stylish Pet Essentials from Wild One

Stylish Pet Essentials from Wild One

Stylish Pet Essentials from Wild One


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BeerSmith 3 Fall Sale – Get a Free Month with any Gold or Above Purchase!

BeerSmith 3 Fall Sale – Get a Free Month with any Gold or Above Purchase!

I just opened a sale on BeerSmith 3 – get an extra month for free with any Gold or above software purchase! The sale runs through provigil without prescription 30 September 2018.

Get BeerSmith 3 on Sale!

If you are looking to upgrade from BeerSmith 2 to BeerSmith 3 or want to get an amazing piece of software at a great price, I highly recommend you take advantage of the sale.

If you would like to learn more about BeerSmith 3 features or give it a test run you can download or learn more from the main BeerSmith web site here.

I do encourage you to take advantage of the sale as we’ll be going back to regular pricing at the end of the day (Eastern time) on 30 September 2018!

Thanks for your continued support,

Brad Smith, BeerSmith LLC

Dog Print Blouse from Compañia Fantastica

Dog Print Blouse from Compañia Fantastica

Dog Print Blouse from Compañia Fantastica

Fall knows how I feel: it better get here, like, yesterday. I’m ready for some cool, comfortable temps and blue jeans errry-day. I want to wear this dog print blouse from Compañia Fantastica and get compliments wherever I go. It’s got three-quarter sleeves (perfect) and the print (a collection of hounds) and small shoulder ruffle are cute without being too cutesy. You can find it stateside over at Modcloth.


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Stylish Fair-Trade Pet Gear from Xolotl

Stylish Fair-Trade Pet Gear from Xolotl

Stylish Fair-Trade Pet Gear from Xolotl

Inspired by the dog-like Aztec deity of the same name, Xolotl seeks to honor the union between humans and dogs with their thoughtfully-crafted goods, designed and handmade in Mexico. Working side-by-side with talented artisans in Oaxaca, Xolotl creates fair-trade collars, bandanas, and accessories using entirely locally-sourced materials. With a fine attention to detail, these pieces are as stunning as they are durable! Check out their full range of colorful pet gear and learn more about Xolotl’s community projects at www.thexolotl.mx.

Stylish Fair-Trade Pet Gear from Xolotl

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Stylish Fair-Trade Pet Gear from Xolotl

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Stylish Fair-Trade Pet Gear from Xolotl

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Stylish Fair-Trade Pet Gear from Xolotl


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Solvent Flavors in Beer – Off-Flavors in Homebrewed Beer

Solvent Flavors in Beer – Off-Flavors in Homebrewed Beer

This week I’ll cover the symptoms and causes for a solvent-like off-flavor in your home brewed beer. While not common, even a slight solvent-like flavor can ruin an entire batch of beer.

Solvent Off-Flavors in Beer

Solvent off flavors include hot, paint-thinner, nail-polish remover, turpentine, wood-finish or other harsh flavors and aroma. The intensity can very from a slight hot finish to the beer to a very strong turpentine flavor. Fortunately it is fairly rare in home brewing.

The main cause of solvent off-flavors is a compound called Ethyl Acetate which is also widely used in glues, nail polish remover and other household solvents.

Ethyl acetate is actually an ester produced by the “esterfication” of alcohol during fermentation. It is a very common by-product of fermentation, and it comes from an enzyme called Acetate Transferase (AAT). The enzyme AAT is yeast specific, but is common for many ale yeasts, particularly for English ale yeasts which are high in esters.

In small quantities, ethyl acetate produces a pear-like, fruity or rose flavor and aroma that we associate with esters in many beer styles. However if the production of ethyl acetate is not controlled properly you can get an excess produced, leading to solvent flavor and aroma.

So basically solvent off flavors are caused by out of control ester production. Ester production is increased at higher fermentation temperatures so often we will find solvent off flavors when a beer is fermented too hot.

To mitigate solvent-like off flavors you need to choose a yeast that has your desired level of ester production and also control the fermentation temperature to make sure it does not rise too high. Keep in mind that often the temperature in the center of your fermenter is higher than the surface, so it is best to monitor fermentation temperatures using a thermowell or similar device so you know what the actual fermentation temperature is.

That’s a quick summary of the main cause of solvent-like off flavors as well as how to control it. Thanks for joining me on the BeerSmith Home Brewing Blog. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter or my podcast (also on itunes…and youtube…and streaming radio station) for more great tips on homebrewing.

Hoppy-Spicy Rye Golden Ale

Hoppy-Spicy Rye Golden Ale

Split Test Batch Rye
I have nothing against brewing to-style. You can make magnificent and delicious beers by using ingredients from a single region with the goal of a classic balance. That isn’t who I am as a brewer though. The recipe for Sapwood Cellars‘ False Dragon is the sort that I’m passionate about. We selected ingredients from all over the globe to create a flavors and aromas that aren’t authentic to any one tradition. What I wanted was an earthy-crisp malt flavor, a white-winey hop aroma (for less money than Nelson Sauvin), and a subtle spicy and fruity-boost from the yeast without getting in the way. That required malts from America and England, hops from America and Germany, and yeast from England and Belgium.

Scott adding Centennial hops to the whirlpool
I’d been experimenting with the hop bill for a few months to get the ratio right, and eventually settled on 2:1 in favor of Mosaic. After a few test batches, Scott and I have embraced adding less expensive hops on the hot-side (Cascade, Columbus, Chinook, Centennial etc.) with the more aromatic and expensive varieties saved for the fermentor. I wanted to split my homebrewed test batch to compare S-04 alone against S-04 with 8% T-58. As with Ziparillo, dry yeast is cost-effective especially if you can’t repitch thanks to early or mid-fermentation dry hopping. Belgian strains have shown heightened biotranformation abilities is some studies, so it seemed like a good candidate for double dry-hopping.

Dry yeast pitched into a 10 bbl batch
For the 10 bbl batch we decided to fill-in a gap in our range when the first batch of Rings of Light (our Citra dry-hopped hazy pale ale) came in under-alcohol at 4.8% thanks to lower-than-expected efficiency. In effect the two recipes switched places with False Dragon becoming the “bigger” pale ale at 5.3% rather than the 4.7% of the test batch. Our attenuation has been lower than expected across the board for our first five batches too. We’re still trying to figure out the cause given it has happened with multiple yeast strains – likely mash related. Luckily our hop flavor and aroma have both been wildly better than either Scott or I have been able to achieve at home, I’m sure surface-to-volume ratio plays a role.

Your first chance to try this beer is at the Sapwood Cellars grand opening, Noon-10 PM on Saturday 9/29. We’ll be open Thursday-Friday 4-10 PM and Saturdays Noon-10 PM from then on. Stop in, drink a beer, say hello!

The name False Dragon come from The Wheel of Time series of books by Robert Jordan. My commute has gone from 20 minutes on the subway to my desk job to ~40 minutes by car. Audio books are my new friend. While I’m sure brewing podcasts would be a more productive use of my time, after 12 hours brewing it is nice to have a little escapism.

Test batch False Dragon with S-04
False Dragon S-04

Smell – Had to go for a fresh pour after taking photos as it had gone a hint skunky after five minutes in the sun… Nose is a fresh “true” hop aroma to the Mosaic and Hallertau Blanc. White wine, but also some blueberry and green/herbaceous. Certainly Nelson-reminiscent, but a unique character as well.

Appearance – Pale yellow, pleasantly hazy. Good head and lacing, but the foam itself feels airy on the tongue. I guess I’ve gotten used (and miss) to the contribution of chit malt.

Taste – A firm amount of bitterness in the finish, but it doesn’t linger. Light and bright with the tropical-fruity hops starring. Rye doesn’t really make a strong showing, although I’ve always found it more subtle than some others taste.

Mouthfeel – The rye helps prevent it from being watery, but it is a summery pale ale. Glad we ended up a little higher OG/FG on the big batch. Medium carbonation, nice for a lighter beer.

Drinkability & Notes – A pleasant session IPA. The Mosaic and Hallertau Blanc work better together than apart.

Changes for Next Time – 10% chit in place of the base malt wouldn’t hurt. Could certainly up the rye too for a bigger contribution.

Test batch False Dragon with S-04 and T-58
S-04 and T-58

Smell – More rounded, less grassy-distinct hop aroma. Tropical, juicy, inviting. The green flavors are now more honeydew melon. Impossible to say how much of that is actual hop chemical reaction, or synergistic between the hops and esters. Lightly bready.

Appearance – Looks similar in terms of head, color, and clarity.

Taste – Lower perceived bitterness. A more saturated/integrated fruity hop flavor. Passionfruit especially. I think this is the more approachable and interesting beer, and distinct from the other English-only fermentation we are doing (using RVA Manchester). Slightly elevated phenols, but much lower than from the WB-06 in Ziparillo.

Mouthfeel – Slightly creamier (perhaps just the lower perceived bitterness?), identical carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – I was able to identify these pretty easily in a blind tasting. It is amazing how much impact such a small amount of yeast can make.

Changes for Next Time – We decided to back down the T-58 4.4% of the blend to allow a bit more of that fresh/distinct hop character through. Other than the higher gravity, the recipe was otherwise unchanged for the 315 gallon batch! We’ll probably up the rye for batch #2 now that we know we can handle higher percentages of high beta-glucan huskless grains.

False Dragon – Test Batch

Batch Size: 11.00 gal
SRM: 4.1
IBU: 30.0
OG: 1.046
FG: 1.012/1.012
ABV: 4.7%
Final pH: 4.43/4.49
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72%
Boil Time: 60 mins

Fermentables
—————–
75.6% – 17 lbs Rahr 2-Row Brewer’s Malt
14.4% – 3.25 lbs Briess Rye Malt
10.0 % – 2.25 lbs Crisp Floor Malted Maris Otter

Mash
——-
Mash In – 45 min @ 156F

Hops
——-
8.00 oz Centennial (Pellet, 7.20%) @ 30 min Steep/Whirlpool
6.00 oz Mosaic (Pellet, 12.25%) @ Dry Hop Day 3
3.00 oz Hallertau Blanc (Pellet, 10.50%) @ Dry Hop Day 3
6.00 oz Mosaic (Pellet, 12.25%) @ Dry Hop Day 7
3.00 oz Hallertau Blanc (Pellet, 10.50%) @ Dry Hop Day 7

Other
——-
1 Whirlfloc Tablet @ 5 mins

Water
——-
18 g Calcium Chloride
12 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate)
6 tsp Phosphoric Acid 10%

Calcium
Chloride
Sulfate
Sodium
Magnesium
Carbonate
150
150
150
15
10
90
Yeast
——-
11.5 g SafAle S-04 English Ale
or
11.5 g SafAle S-04 English Ale
1 g SafBrew T-58 Specialty Ale

Notes
——-
Brewed 8/19/18

Mash pH = 5.44 (at mash temp) after acid additions.

Collected 14.5 gallons of 1.046 runnings.

Added heat to maintain a whirlpool temperature of 200F.

Chilled to 64F. Half with 1 g of T-58 and 11 g of S-04, and half with only 11 g of S-04. Left at 62F ambient to begin fermentation after shaking to aerate.

69F internal temperature during peak fermentation.

8/22 Dry hopped each with 3 oz of Mosaic and 1.5 oz of Hallertau Blanc.

8/27 Second dry hop for both.

9/1 Kegged both, 1.012, moved to fridge to chill.

9/2 Hooked up to gas and tapped to remove sludge. S-04 batch clogged poppet a few times.

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Brite tank sample of False Dragon