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Where did we get the idea that fermentation speed relates to pitch size?

There's a lot of Munich and crystal in that recipe. It might be too malty for your expectations.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: sovereign hops
« on: March 11, 2018, 04:04:29 PM »
Where did you find those hops?

Beer Recipes / Re: 512 Whisky Barrel Double Pecan Porter??
« on: March 06, 2018, 05:31:44 PM »
I suspect the grain bill is a little different from just increasing the gravity on the original recipe. A lot of crystal malt plus a bigger beer plus the whisky barrel sets up a really sweet beer. It is sweet but I don't think it's quite that sweet. I'd take a shot at something along what beersmith adjusted but reduce the crystal malt and add the necessary volume back to the base malt. I'd look at 1.5-2 times the amount of pecans.

Try emailing 512 with your recipe and see if they will give feedback. I know in the past they were pretty open with homebrewers and their recipes.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1 L Erlenmeyer flask
« on: March 06, 2018, 05:19:09 PM »
I have a one liter flask I bought. I'm not really sure why I didn't buy larger. I think at the time it was all the store had. I still use it quite a bit because I mostly brew 1-2 gallon batches so I don't need a huge starter.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wet hop opinions?
« on: March 06, 2018, 05:00:51 PM »
Seems like a tough business model given that wet hops have to be sold right away and mature through a few months of the year. What do you do with the rest of the year?

I generally like wet hopped beers but I haven't consumed enough to really say I know how the beers are across the market. It's a good opportunity to breathe new life into some of the older American varieties that don't get much love anymore but have a different flavor to offer when wet hopped. It could open doors to more regionalized, smaller farms growing hops with high yield varieties that don't require paying premiums for the proprietary varieties, especially if neomexicanus varieties become available in warmer climates. Why couldn't Austin or Kansas City have a round of their own harvest ales?

Ingredients / Re: SmaSh Abbey
« on: March 02, 2018, 04:33:45 PM »
I'm not aware of any Belgian beers that are all munich or close to all munich which might give you a good example of how those strains compare in your homebrewing to their commercial origin. But that may not be your goal.

Any of those Trappist/abbey strains would work well with those ingredients. The Chouffe strain would probably be on the bottom of the list for me because I think it tastes better in drier beers than what you'll get from all munich but probably still works.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Spunding balloon
« on: March 02, 2018, 04:26:59 PM »
Have we considered the oxygen permeability of a balloon?  8)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Online shopping
« on: February 28, 2018, 04:50:39 PM »
I've been happy placing orders with Adventures in Homebrewing, which bought out Austin Homebrew not long ago so I can get orders shipped from their Austin location easily. I've also been happy with orders from Morebeer and Farmhouse Brewing Supply. Farmhouse used to carry a lot of low price hop deals but I think I bought them all at one point.

When I buy hops in bulk I've bought from Hops Direct and been happy with price and quality.

I know there are good hop sellers on ebay but I tend to buy hops when shops sell them at deep discounts and keep a bulk surplus. I'm sure if I brewed more APA and IPA I'd have a different buying strategy.

The Pub / Re: Analysis of The Most Popular Beer Styles in the World
« on: February 23, 2018, 03:18:39 PM »
I'd be careful about placing too much emphasis on beer advocate data. Definitely a slanted data set in favor of American users and drinkers that follow trends.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew your own Magazine
« on: February 21, 2018, 03:32:52 PM »
BYO magazine has at least three of those for sale on their website.

The Pub / Re: Kids in brew pubs/tasting rooms
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:06:42 PM »
What really drives me nuts is what appears to be a common thought among many parents that it's community parenting time and let their kids run wild. I've had kids throw rocks at myself and my wife and we've both almost bowled over kids running past us. If you bring your kids then you need to be responsible for them. Kids, dogs, other adults in your group. You showed up with them then you're responsible for them. That's not just on the parents; it's on the brewery/brewpub too. If they are letting kids/dogs/adults run around acting up then that's the environment they want to allow. It's just not how I want to spend my time.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reconfirm: I HATE White Labs new packaging
« on: February 14, 2018, 03:00:10 PM »
Could a cheap, small pasta roller be put to use squeezing out the yeast? It would then go from a unitasker to multitasker.

Can you run the package through your mill?

The Pub / Re: Margaritas and Whiskey Old Fashioneds...
« on: February 10, 2018, 06:52:18 PM »
Definitely dig a well made old fashioned. Especially if made with rye rather than bourbon.

Margarita? Stop diluting my tequila.

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