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Equipment and Software / Re: GFCI Outlets
« on: Today at 10:36:15 AM »
And remember to not use GFCI for inductive loads like fridges or freezers.  They are prone to trip with that kind of load.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Confessions of NE IPA brewers
« on: May 27, 2016, 12:24:14 PM »
Why flour?  If you're a true farmhouse brewer you'd be using raw (whole grain) wheat berries, spelt, etc. in the mash.  But flour in the kettle?    >:(

Seems like a fad for people who like fads.

That's what it is.  Years back, flour in the kettle was advocated as a way to keep witbier cloudy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Confessions of NE IPA brewers
« on: May 27, 2016, 12:19:26 PM »
Maybe the "grittiness" that Denny has commented on is coming from apple puree. I could definitely see that.

I really don't think so.  It was very likely either yeast or hops.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Confessions of NE IPA brewers
« on: May 27, 2016, 12:18:52 PM »
That is definitely some modified IPA. 'Green apple puree' and 'post fermentation fruit' explains the term 'juicy' a little better. I guess I'm not smart enough to understand specifically what wheat flour haze does to improve a beer. If I ever find one fresh I'll probably try it, to satisfy my curiosity.

If you guessed "nothing", then you're smart enough.

Equipment and Software / Re: DO meters
« on: May 27, 2016, 12:17:56 PM »
It's not worth it man - there are way cooler (and more useful) toys you could ask for with that budget.  Just oxygenate your wort on the way to the fermentors, and be done with it.


All Grain Brewing / Re: water profile help for crisp beer
« on: May 27, 2016, 08:33:37 AM »
So is FG more important than the water in creating a 'crisp' beer? I think I may just stick with yellow balanced, 5.3 mash pH but mash at 148f for 75 min to promote higher attenuation.

No, not necessarily.  You can have a crisp beer that finishes in the mid teens if you do it right.  It's a combo of FG, water and hopping.

Personally I don't consider an alt to be either a lawnmower or summer beer...but it's your comp and there's no reason you can't make the rules anything you want them to be.

I think you were pretty clear about that Denny.

Yeah, he was. :)

Let me just reiterate....;)

I have had similar problems with recent batches. My first stop, is to calibrate my thermometer since nothing in my process has changed other than adding yeast nutrient during the boil. The thermometer would likely have to be significantly off since I normally mash around 150F but I don't know what else could be the cause.

+1 to making sure your mash thermometer is properly calibrated. Just check it to rule this one out.

Just discussed this on the latest podcast.

I think the opposition is due to the hype.
The culture/market seems to be packed to the gills with hyped up beers that have a mythos built up around them but ultimately don't deliver. Some of the breweries seem to have perpetuated this while others seem to fall victim to it from the outside in.

I find myself more and more retreating back to beers like SN Pale Ale and many of the staple beers from when I first started drinking good beer and marveling at the simplicity and consistency. This whole soured, barrel-aged, quadruple IPA brewed with baby tears and unicorn horn dust is something that I hope goes away. I gravitate toward simple, sub 9% ABV beers with no BS, no hype and no ulterior motives (intentional or otherwise).

That's just my opinion.

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My dislike is based solely on the muted flavors and gritty mouthfeel from the haze.  If you like 'em, great.  There are enough different beers out there for everyone.  What kills me is when someone takes my dislike personally.

About 3/4 the way through right now...good stuff.  Even though we all know Denny is not a fan of the NEIPA style (yet :) ), it's nice to hear him keep an open mind.  My biggest gripe about people looking down on them are the ones who say the brewers are putting out a flawed product and not caring about quality.  While this may be true in some cases, for the breweries I frequent in New England, this couldn't be further from the truth.

Also, you guys missed a couple "bleeps" when talking to John Hall.  No big deal for me, but you seemed to be trying to bleep out all the other stuff...except

Yeah, I heard about the bleeps yesterday and went back through.  I think I got them all now.  And we decided "dickhole" was OK.  Arbitrary....

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain mills
« on: May 25, 2016, 02:37:01 PM »
   Thanks, all interesting and useful contributions. I've spent more than a day on the infernalweb searching for mills but was unaware of the Cereal Killer & JSP until now, at the moment I'm leaning towards the adjustable JSP. As a former Tin Knocker, fabbing a larger hopper should be gravy. Any of the JSP owners opt for the gear drive or hardened rollers? I'm hoping this is the last mill I have to buy, and am an admitted tool junkie, so spending extra for truly useful stuff isn't a problem.

No gear drive or hardened rollers here.  No need for either IMO.

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain mills
« on: May 25, 2016, 01:27:11 PM »

+3 for the JSP. Great mill.

Something to be said for being around a while, huh?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bad beer
« on: May 25, 2016, 12:04:12 PM »
Tell us what you do now for both recipes and process.

The next time I see a pro friend, I will ask him about the new kegs at the new brewery. I visited before they opened and he was doing a cleaning cycle wit hot caustic then hot acid IIRC.

Denny, ask Oakshire what they do with new kegs.

Will do, Jeff.

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