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If you want coffee flavor in your beer, really any coffee is fine, including instant. You're not going to notice enough of a difference with the amount you put in 5 gallons. If you do, you have beer flavored, alcoholic coffee.

All Grain Brewing / Re: conical as HLT?
« on: June 29, 2015, 01:14:50 PM »
Depending on the volume, the hot liquor may not touch all parts of the fermenter long enough to sanitize.
The volume will be pretty full, but SS is a pretty good conductor of heat, so I expect that keeping boiling or near boiling water in it for several hours would heat the whole thing to sanitizing temperatures. I also clean everything with PBW and rinse clean immediately after I empty it, so there should not be anything able to grow in the first place.

All Grain Brewing / Re: conical as HLT?
« on: June 29, 2015, 08:52:59 AM »
That had also occurred to me. I generally heat my water to near boiling before mashing in, and adjust it downward, if necessary, by adding cold to reach mash temp.

All Grain Brewing / conical as HLT?
« on: June 29, 2015, 06:36:17 AM »
Can anyone think of a reason NOT to use my 12.5 gal SS conical as a hot liquor tank? It would be empty by the time I started boiling so would have at least an hour to cool back down to room temp before introducing the cooled wort. It is on a stand, so I could sparge by gravity, and I have a heat stick, so I'm not talking about exposing it to open flame.

I have a 5 gal double walled SS coffee urn I use for some sparge water but it is not enough for 10 gallon batches, so I have to heat up more in my boil pot and transfer it. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How cold is too cold?
« on: September 06, 2013, 08:36:59 AM »
I have timers, but they will only turn something on and off twice in 24 hours. It will take a long time for 12 gallons to heat up though. How much do I have to worry about temperature fluctuations? The fridge is in my basement, so it would never get higher than about 70 even if I turned if off completely. I don't usually make lagers, so I don't have a lot of experience to go by. The OG came out a little low (about 1.040), if that makes any difference.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gift for homebrewer with everything....
« on: September 06, 2013, 07:40:30 AM »
What's your budget? Blichmann products are all really well made and there is something in every price range.

General Homebrew Discussion / How cold is too cold?
« on: September 06, 2013, 07:19:27 AM »
I have a refurbished Danby kegorator I am turning into a lagering fridge. I have the temp cranked up as high as it will go, and the ambient temp is still below 50. The Oktoberfest I brewed on Labor Day (WLP 838 Southern German lager yeast) is supposed to do best at 55 degrees. I was planning to lager it until a work event on 10/23, but I just found out there is a unrelated competition I'd like to enter with a 9/28 deadline. I have one of those plastic strip thermometers attached to the fermenter that still reads 52, but it has been going down since brew day and 12 gallons is a lot of thermal mass.

Will I be OK, or should I do something to make sure it is done before the comp deadline? The results are being announced on 10/19, so the judging won't take place for at least a few days after the deadline, and it is a "hedonistic" comp, not BJCP sanctioned, so I just need to come up with a tasty beer, rather than hitting a particular style exactly. First prize is $500, so I'd like to do well...

The Pub / Re: What is the worst beer you have ever tasted?
« on: August 13, 2010, 03:05:18 PM »
There was some Cherry juice added beer from Smuttynose that was just awful. I think it had some sort of Japanese-sounding name.

+1 on the pumpkin beers, although Dogfish Head makes one that's almost drinkable.

Don't get me started on sour beers. I've had sweetened vinegars that taste better.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Should the AHA Keep TechTalk?
« on: August 13, 2010, 02:44:08 PM »
I voted to keep TT. I've used both, and while the forum has it's place, I feel the format has a tendency to "wander" and go off-topic too easily. There is also way too much "white space" and other extraneous real estate compared to the information density in TT.

Beer Recipes / Maple Porter
« on: July 28, 2010, 12:34:10 PM »
On a recent trip to the Finger Lakes, I sampled a Maple Porter at Wagner Brewing ( that was delicious. When I asked how much maple syrup would be used in a 5 gallon batch of such a beer, he said it was a trade secret. Does anyone have a recipe (preferably all-grain) or at least some sort of rough estimate (i.e. is it closer to a pint or a gallon?), and when to add it (pre- or post-boil, at bottling, ...)

The Pub / Re: I HATE dentists.
« on: January 21, 2010, 05:43:06 AM »
GO TO THE DENTIST!!! All of you. I was like you when I was in my 30s as well. Now I'm 51 and had to take out a second mortgage on my house to pay for implants. Better a small bill now, then a big one later. The temporaries alone cost $6000, and they were uncomfortable and kept falling out. The entire process takes about three years.

All Things Food / Re: Pork Chops w/ Balsamic Reduction
« on: January 15, 2010, 06:11:38 AM »
We have had great luck with Balsamic from the St. Helena Olive Oil Company. See (Try the Methode Tradizionale).

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