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Title: Thanks Denny
Post by: klickitat jim on September 07, 2013, 08:54:37 PM
Like many, I have Mr Palmer and Mr Conn to thank for my "expertise". Recently I've been refining my mash and sparge techniques. Someone had planted the thought that frequently stirring would increase efficiency. Seemed to make sense. Then Denny suggested the max fun, max quality, max effective way of only stirring at dough in. By golly, it's true. My last brew was an IPA, 12# Washington Select, 1 1/2# Munich, 1 1/2# crystal 40, mashed in 6 gallons at 154° for 90 min. Vorlauff was beautiful with maybe three little grain chunks coming through. Efficiency was 80%, which it 10 higher than I usually get.

Thanks Denny
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: denny on September 07, 2013, 09:17:18 PM
De nada, Mr. Jim!  We all learn form each other.
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: ynotbrusum on September 07, 2013, 09:36:56 PM
Whenever I think through a homebrew issue - I invariably say to myself, what would Denny do?  Which generally leads me to the most pragmatic approach! I have generally simplified steps in my brew day and overcome issues easily (at times at least).  And Jim, your posts have been good ones, too.  We are lucky to enjoy this hobby - my wife thinks its great, which helps (I'm home a lot more than the golfers in my neighborhood who chase a ball around a course all weekend long and then stop by my house for beer!)
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: ultravista on September 07, 2013, 11:15:45 PM
I'll chime in and thank Denny too. Always responsive to forums and personal messages. Thank you for helping me to improve my brewing over the years.
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: klickitat jim on September 08, 2013, 03:17:20 AM
And Jim, your posts have been good ones, too.
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Well thanks. I've had a short and steep learning curve. A combo of listening to everyone, a grain of salt here and there, trying anything once... Its fun to share what we learn.
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: fmader on September 08, 2013, 01:31:48 PM
Yes, a huge thanks to Denny! I have learned so much not just from him, but from everybody on this forum. This membership is probably the most valuable brewing tool I own. I hope that every now and again I pay it forward and give somebody some positive advice. There's good people and good advice here! Cheers!
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: denny on September 08, 2013, 04:43:15 PM
Frank, you hit the key....pay it forward!
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: HoosierBrew on September 08, 2013, 04:47:30 PM
Frank, you hit the key....pay it forward!
+10.   I learn tons of great info here, and try to help a little along the way.
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: Alewyfe on September 08, 2013, 04:47:50 PM
I started brewing back in the stone age....about the same time as Denny and remember him from the amazing new internet technology and the stone cool HBD. I loved the camaraderie of the club I belonged to then, but life got busy and I gave up brewing in '95. We later retired, moved to Or. and I was able to start brewing again in '08. Though there was no real local club where I live, Eugene was only and hour away and I decided to check out the club there. I came armed with all my old style guides,etc. to help with a local contest judging.

Guess who the first person to introduce themselves was.......Yes indeedy... The legendary Denny. He looked at my binder of stuff and said, "Throw that away. If you haven't brewed in that long, it's a whole new world."

Man was he right. The amount of knowledge available now is phenomenal....let alone the access to amazing ingredients, both in variety and quality. There has never been a better time to be a homebrewer.
Back then you were kind of considered a social deviant. Today you can actually come close to achieving god/goddess status and are surely the most popular person in your neighborhood.

With all of it's attributes and advances, one thing remains the same. Homebrewers are the best people on the planet. There are Dennys (well not quite) in clubs all over, that bend over backwards to promote homebrewing and help new comers feel welcome and comfortable asking questions. If you're new in town,
join the  HB club. You'll find lots of new friends in no time. Traveling across country or even out of the counttry? Bet someone on the forum would be happy to join you for a pint.

Denny, I raise a glass to you and to all the Dennys who go by other names. Thanks to all for your friendship and assistance.

Live long, prosper and go forth and multiply.
Cheers!
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: denny on September 08, 2013, 05:39:12 PM
You guys are bringing tears to my eyes and making me blush.  It's fantastic to have so many friends, even if you've never met some of them!
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: yugamrap on September 09, 2013, 06:15:02 PM
I guess I'll pile on, too.  I'm an all grain brewer BECAUSE of Denny Conn.  I regularly sell the merits of the the Cheap-N-Easy method to newer brewers in our club, or brewers looking to move from extract to all grain.  I also often ask myself "what would Denny do?"  Maybe we need to make spiffy "WWDD" wristbands.  The hitch would be deciding what color they'd be.  Deep chocolate like BVIP?  "Waldo Lake" amber?  I think they'd better be "tie dye."  ;-)

Thanks Denny!

Jim
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: mabrungard on September 09, 2013, 08:13:03 PM
Hmm?  I needed an experienced brewer that used a reasonably scientific method and brewed a lot, when I was gathering data on mash pH for the Bru'n Water model.  Guess who I called? 

Thanks, Denny!
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: duncan on September 09, 2013, 08:34:18 PM
Denny was our go-to source for the Introduction to All-Grain video series (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/lets-brew/get-schooled/master-the-mash/all-grain-brewing-videos). If it wasn't for Denny, we would have been using a red picnic cooler like a bunch of fools.  ;)

Cheers, Denny!
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: leejoreilly on September 09, 2013, 08:51:45 PM
I guess I'll pile on, too.  I'm an all grain brewer BECAUSE of Denny Conn.  I regularly sell the merits of the the Cheap-N-Easy method to newer brewers in our club, or brewers looking to move from extract to all grain.  I also often ask myself "what would Denny do?"  Maybe we need to make spiffy "WWDD" wristbands.  The hitch would be deciding what color they'd be.  Deep chocolate like BVIP?  "Waldo Lake" amber?  I think they'd better be "tie dye."  ;-)

Thanks Denny!

Jim

Wristbands are a great idea, and they'd HAVE to be blue, to match our coolers.
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: Herminator on September 09, 2013, 09:15:05 PM
Agreed with everyone here!  Thanks for everything Denny!
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: jeffy on September 09, 2013, 09:23:02 PM
Unfortunately for me, I learned all the bad brewing practices on my own before I even heard of Denny, so I don't have a blue cooler or any other color cooler for that matter.  I'm stuck doing fly sparges on a modified SABCO system.  If I had only known.
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: HoosierBrew on September 09, 2013, 10:06:51 PM
I fly sparged for years and, after finding a link to the Cheap n Easy site through one of the forums, found out about batch sparging .  I was blown away by the common sense simplicity of the process.  I bought the mandatory blue Extreme and never looked back.  If Cheap n Easy had been around when I started brewing ('92ish) I think I wouldn't have wasted the first few batches on extract with grains. What literature there was in the day almost discouraged or tried to intimidate people from going AG.  Denny did just the opposite - he cut through the BS and showed you how easy it is.
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: kgs on September 10, 2013, 02:52:52 AM
Not only is Denny a fount of wisdom, but he epitomizes the best of the homebrewing community. I started homebrewing back in '09 when I was a "fish out of water" in a part of the country that just wasn't a good fit for me and my better half. I found myself welcomed by the members of the local homebrew club (and also the awesome LHBS). No matter what else you believed, you were welcome if you believed "malted barley wants to become beer." Now in NorCal I occasionally rub elbows with plaid-clad hipster homebrewers, and you know, they're cool folk too (though not really any cooler!). But people like Denny are thought leaders, and his warm welcome to all who practice the hallowed zymurgical arts, and his generous and kind nature, set the pace for everyone else.
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: denny on September 10, 2013, 02:54:35 AM
Unfortunately for me, I learned all the bad brewing practices on my own before I even heard of Denny, so I don't have a blue cooler or any other color cooler for that matter.  I'm stuck doing fly sparges on a modified SABCO system.  If I had only known.

Yeah, if only....:)
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: djt17 on September 10, 2013, 09:13:39 PM
Since I am by nature frugal, (wife calls me cheap); a few years ago when I Googled "cheap all grain brewing" Denny's page was one of the first entries. He has been relegated to the second page now, I suspect from all those 'late to the party'.
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: Slowbrew on September 10, 2013, 09:31:55 PM
Since I am by nature frugal, (wife calls me cheap); a few years ago when I Googled "cheap all grain brewing" Denny's page was one of the first entries. He has been relegated to the second page now, I suspect from all those 'late to the party'.

There must be a web guru on the forum who can help Denny with his Google Ranking Foo.  His site really should be on the first page.

On a more serious note Denny's site is what made all grain seem possible for me.  Like was mentioned earlier all the books and online sites made all grain seem like climbing Mt. Everest it a windbreaker and a ball cap.  Way too hard for a mere mortal to achieve.  Thanks for making it easy Denny.

Paul
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: erockrph on September 10, 2013, 09:38:21 PM
Since I am by nature frugal, (wife calls me cheap); a few years ago when I Googled "cheap all grain brewing" Denny's page was one of the first entries. He has been relegated to the second page now, I suspect from all those 'late to the party'.

I think BIAB is the "new wave" of getting into all-grain on the cheap, so that may explain some of that. Still, big props to Denny and everyone else 'round these parts for being so helpful and accessible to the homebrew community.

I've been brewing for just under 2 years, and I've certainly gone through my growing pains. I've brewed my fair share of dumper batches, and I continue to do so from time to time. But I have been growing by leaps and bounds as a brewer since before I even brewed my first batch, and it's because of brewers like Denny who have done the hard work and are so open with sharing their knowledge. I hope to continue paying it forward. The attitude of "this is what works for me, but try it out for yourself" that pervades the homebrew community is what really helps keep this hobby from stagnating.

"If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: hopfenundmalz on September 10, 2013, 11:17:27 PM
He is even a good guy in person!

See you next year in Grand Rapids, Denny.
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: denny on September 11, 2013, 03:59:16 PM
He is even a good guy in person!

See you next year in Grand Rapids, Denny.

Looking forward to it, Jeff!  My biggest regret in missing NHC last summer was all the friends I didn't get to see!
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: redbeerman on September 11, 2013, 04:08:10 PM
Tip of the hat to the "old" man!  I won a blue ribbon at the Delaware State Fair this year with a modified version of your BVIP.  I have borrowed (stolen admirably?) more than a few of your ideas.
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: bluesman on September 11, 2013, 04:35:01 PM
Yup...Thanks Denny for everything. Especially for helping keep our forum the best of it's kind! :)
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: aveteto01 on September 11, 2013, 05:26:54 PM
Like many, I have Mr Palmer and Mr Conn to thank for my "expertise". Recently I've been refining my mash and sparge techniques. Someone had planted the thought that frequently stirring would increase efficiency. Seemed to make sense. Then Denny suggested the max fun, max quality, max effective way of only stirring at dough in. By golly, it's true. My last brew was an IPA, 12# Washington Select, 1 1/2# Munich, 1 1/2# crystal 40, mashed in 6 gallons at 154° for 90 min. Vorlauff was beautiful with maybe three little grain chunks coming through. Efficiency was 80%, which it 10 higher than I usually get.

Thanks Denny

How would you approach this method for a step mash? Only stir when adding water?
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: morticaixavier on September 11, 2013, 05:38:25 PM
Like many, I have Mr Palmer and Mr Conn to thank for my "expertise". Recently I've been refining my mash and sparge techniques. Someone had planted the thought that frequently stirring would increase efficiency. Seemed to make sense. Then Denny suggested the max fun, max quality, max effective way of only stirring at dough in. By golly, it's true. My last brew was an IPA, 12# Washington Select, 1 1/2# Munich, 1 1/2# crystal 40, mashed in 6 gallons at 154° for 90 min. Vorlauff was beautiful with maybe three little grain chunks coming through. Efficiency was 80%, which it 10 higher than I usually get.

Thanks Denny

How would you approach this method for a step mash? Only stir when adding water?

Yup. that's about it.
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: denny on September 11, 2013, 06:34:37 PM
Like many, I have Mr Palmer and Mr Conn to thank for my "expertise". Recently I've been refining my mash and sparge techniques. Someone had planted the thought that frequently stirring would increase efficiency. Seemed to make sense. Then Denny suggested the max fun, max quality, max effective way of only stirring at dough in. By golly, it's true. My last brew was an IPA, 12# Washington Select, 1 1/2# Munich, 1 1/2# crystal 40, mashed in 6 gallons at 154° for 90 min. Vorlauff was beautiful with maybe three little grain chunks coming through. Efficiency was 80%, which it 10 higher than I usually get.

Thanks Denny

How would you approach this method for a step mash? Only stir when adding water?

First, I think that 99% of the time a step mash is a waste of time and energy.  But yes, only stir when adding water.
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: klickitat jim on September 11, 2013, 09:51:14 PM
Sparge mashout is my only step. I don't stir then, just poke around and make sure no clumps
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: clef051 on October 05, 2013, 12:06:29 AM
I guess I'll pile on, too.  I'm an all grain brewer BECAUSE of Denny Conn.  I regularly sell the merits of the the Cheap-N-Easy method to newer brewers in our club, or brewers looking to move from extract to all grain.  I also often ask myself "what would Denny do?"  Maybe we need to make spiffy "WWDD" wristbands.  The hitch would be deciding what color they'd be.  Deep chocolate like BVIP?  "Waldo Lake" amber?  I think they'd better be "tie dye."  ;-)

Thanks Denny!

Jim

Blue so they match the cooler :D
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: AmandaK on October 05, 2013, 02:12:48 AM
Unfortunately for me, I learned all the bad brewing practices on my own before I even heard of Denny, so I don't have a blue cooler or any other color cooler for that matter.  I'm stuck doing fly sparges on a modified SABCO system.  If I had only known.

But, but, you can do batch sparging on a SABCO!  8)
Title: Re: Thanks Denny
Post by: jeffy on October 05, 2013, 02:23:35 AM
Unfortunately for me, I learned all the bad brewing practices on my own before I even heard of Denny, so I don't have a blue cooler or any other color cooler for that matter.  I'm stuck doing fly sparges on a modified SABCO system.  If I had only known.

But, but, you can do batch sparging on a SABCO!  8)

There's a lot of dead space under the false bottom that doesn't lend well to batch sparging, but it as other advantages.