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The aromatic Munich requires mashing as well.
Munich usually has enough DP to mash itself but nothing else.
You'd need to add about a 1/2 lb of pilsner or wheat malt to be carefree you will convert the oats.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Too much SO4?
« on: February 20, 2018, 03:39:32 AM »
Hope to see you at 1st round, and if you can, 2nd, too.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 20, 2018, 03:38:37 AM »
I'll pile on and agree that I'm pretty tired of IPA too.  I rarely order IPA any more. 
If I do, it's in the sampler.  Otherwise, I go for the roasty beers, lagers, sours,
and non-over-the-top-hopped ales. There's more to life than lupulin.
I don't brew very often any more, and when I do, its generally not an IPA. Ciders,
Pale Ales, lighter stuff is the norm for me now.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Too much SO4?
« on: February 20, 2018, 03:28:45 AM »
That's pretty much how I perceive it too.  It hits mid swallow, kinda dry/papery/salty/metallic all at the same time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:12:10 PM »
You're trying to convince the cask ale diehard to filter? Heresy!  :P
My bad! Cask ale has its own exemption from filtration.  But look how hard the brewers at the turn of the 20th c. worked to develop rapidly clearing yeasts and better finings.  And I can tell you, no matter how much beer is left in cask, as soon as the slightest turbidity appears, good British pub patrons will raise the alarm, and a publican worth his salt will change casks.  Crystal clear bitter is its own special joy.  EDIT  To your point Phil, at the turn of the century, British consumers would not accept running beers unless they were as brilliant as the aged stock beers they were replacing! So yeah, uneducated consumers are part of the problem

I'll say it - Cask ale is overrated, too.  Most are grassy and astringent as hell.  The increasing oxidation and increasing flatness does nothing for me.  Pass.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hops selection
« on: February 19, 2018, 04:22:46 PM »
Cascade and Centennial pair nicely.

+1.  VERY nicely.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 1st Competition
« on: February 19, 2018, 04:09:07 PM »
Mike's advice is dead on.

Fruit beers (or spice/herb/veg, or any other non-standard ingredient beers like wood aged, etc, as this applies to ALL non-base styles) should start with a really good base beer. The base beer should be good enough to medal on its own. Adding the specialty stuff should enhance the overall beer, but you should still be able to taste the underlying beer. I've had (as has Mike and Jim as well, as both are BJCP judges) many such specialty beers where either the special ingredient gets lost or it overwhelms everything else.

It should be notable but not overwhelming, the whole should be greater than the parts, the parts should not clash in any way, but rather harmonize.  After looking for the requisite properly fermented beer that meets the style, balance is the key that the judges will be looking for to separate the good ones from the great ones.

Hope this helps & GOOD LUCK!  Comps are a fun way to help you gain feedback and experience.  It helps make your beers get better and better-

The Pub / Re: Bell's files lawsuit against Innovation - AKA suck it Bell's
« on: December 31, 2017, 11:22:43 PM »
They still have a go fund me page up.  It only got them about $5 grand toward the legal bills, all this time later.  I hope others will consider kicking in to help them out (I just did).  You know Bell's is going to not let this go without appeal.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hitting Cruise Control
« on: December 31, 2017, 11:06:25 PM »

I have not brewed that beer since. I do brew a slightly bigger slightly hoppier version that I love.

All of my other beers improved drastically after that exercise, but not because I use any complex method. I think it was just the experience.

For what it's worth.

Feel free to send me another bottle when you do. :-)
 I (we) really loved that beer!  And thanks for the kind words.

FWIW, I'm in a drawdown stage too.  Haven't brewed much lately.  I have a cider still sitting in a keg conditioning, but that's it.  I don't frequent the forums as often either.  Just taking a bit of a break for now.
I know I'll get the itch again.


Ingredients / Re: Denali
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:30:56 AM »
Tom Schmidlin at Postdoc has a Denali hopped beer coming out soon.  I'll let you know what I think.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blending Tips
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:18:51 AM »
+1 on everything Dave said.  I would add that should you want to blend, do it in a series of glasses and measure how much of each you put in.  then taste them side by side and see which ratio you like best.  Then, back it off 1 or 2 levels (so you are using less of the more powerful one), and that's the actual ratio to use. I've come to accept that there's something about scaling to a full batch that makes a little of the powerful flavor go a longer way than you though.  (This technique applies to adding anything to a beer, such as vanilla, fruit extracts, spices, etc.)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brain fart American Amber Hefeweizen
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:09:38 AM »
Word has it that AMERICAN Hefe yeast is essentially a Kolsch yeast, and you wouldn't have had any bananana nor clove even if you pitched correctly.  I've used WhiteLabs American Hefe yeast, and the beers turn out like Widmer or Pyramid.

You can ferment both cool and you'll still have 2 nice beers.  Nothing wrong with dry hopping as planned.  You may actually find it to be a happy accident.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Microgravity Brewing
« on: December 05, 2017, 04:02:15 AM »
Milling would be a big problem, if there's no gravity to force grain down into the rollers.

Grist collection and grain dust in general would be a big problem and pose a sanitation issue.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP questions
« on: December 05, 2017, 03:52:56 AM »
I would say that a session IPA entered in the Pale Ale category should get hit on lack of maltiness, balance and mouthfeel, IF the judges know what they are doing.

Exactly.  to quote the style guidelines:

More balanced and drinkable, and less intensely hop-focused and bitter than session-strength American IPAs (aka Session IPAs).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP questions
« on: November 26, 2017, 01:25:43 AM »
Session IPA is like an overhopped APA, which is great if you want to win competitions.  A few judges might ding an overhopped APA, but most probably won't.

I would.

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