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Commercial Beer Reviews / Sam Adams Beers of Summer Mix Pack
« on: July 03, 2015, 05:41:59 PM »
I picked this up while on vacation. This is the best mix pack I have had in a while. It includes Rebel Rider IPA, Downtime Pilsner, Summer Ale, and Boston Lager.

The Downtime Pilsner is a nice German Pilsner.

Before trying I thought the Rebel Rider IPA would be my least favorite in the pack. I don't generally care for session IPA's. But, I actually like this beer.  They didn't over do it on the hops or bitterness. It's very drinkable. Like a nice American pale ale.

Boston Lager and Summer Ale are Sam Adams classics. No need to elaborate.


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Ingredients / Re: Best Malt Brands
« on: June 30, 2015, 04:36:08 PM »

Remember, this is objective....

domestic pale malt - Rahr 2 row pale
domestic Munich malt - Great Western
domestic rye malt - Briess
continental pils and Munich - Best Malz
Objective or subjective?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Rethinking my brewery
« on: June 26, 2015, 09:16:25 AM »



I just read up about the zymatic and am considering it. (I wish it was $1k instead of $2k) I see that it doesn't really boil, it heats to just under a boil. Has anyone who has used one brewed some pilsner malt heavy beers that might be susceptible to DMS?
I wonder if competition will put price pressure on them. My guess is no because they are the only fully automated brew system. But systems like Grainfather are much cheaper.
I haven't checked out grainfather yet. I'm personally hoping to find a used one. People often re-sell hobby equipment.
Grainfather is an electric mash tun boil kettle all in one. It's not automated. You have to monitor the brew, add hops, etc. Different category but sort of similar in that it's a all in one type system.
The hands off part is really what appeals to me.
Me, too. I am just hoping the litany new systems Brewbot, Brewie, Grainfather, etc might cause some price pressure and save us some money.

AIH had a 10% off sale for Father's Day and gave 5% store credit (their points program) plus $50  gift card. That was quite a deal. If I see something like that again I plan to pull the trigger.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Rethinking my brewery
« on: June 26, 2015, 08:56:44 AM »


I just read up about the zymatic and am considering it. (I wish it was $1k instead of $2k) I see that it doesn't really boil, it heats to just under a boil. Has anyone who has used one brewed some pilsner malt heavy beers that might be susceptible to DMS?
I wonder if competition will put price pressure on them. My guess is no because they are the only fully automated brew system. But systems like Grainfather are much cheaper.
I haven't checked out grainfather yet. I'm personally hoping to find a used one. People often re-sell hobby equipment.
Grainfather is an electric mash tun boil kettle all in one. It's not automated. You have to monitor the brew, add hops, etc. Different category but sort of similar in that it's a all in one type system.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Rethinking my brewery
« on: June 26, 2015, 08:51:00 AM »

I just read up about the zymatic and am considering it. (I wish it was $1k instead of $2k) I see that it doesn't really boil, it heats to just under a boil. Has anyone who has used one brewed some pilsner malt heavy beers that might be susceptible to DMS?
I wonder if competition will put price pressure on them. My guess is no because they are the only fully automated brew system. But systems like Grainfather are much cheaper.

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Equipment and Software / Rethinking my brewery
« on: June 25, 2015, 08:05:47 PM »

I have been brewing for 21yrs and received my Zymatic about 10 days ago. I have already brewed two batches which are in the chamber now. Itching to return home from business travel this week and brew another. I find the simplicity of it all the best for me. Gives me back family time and still allows me to pursue my hobby.  Verdict still out on the final result for me but I'm not too concerned.  The perfect crush is far more important on the Zymatic.....I am finding.

Severum

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Yeah, I found that about the crush on the Zymatic also, but it only took me a couple batches to find a mill setting that worked well both with the Zymatic and my cooler system.
Did you have to open the gap or close it?
My crush was very fine with my cooler setup.  I am having to open up the gap for a more coarse crush to raise my efficiency.  It sounds counter-intuitive, but the Zymatic recirculates the mash and doesn't really sparge.  Too fine a crush prohibits a good filter.  At least that is my experience in the limited two brews.

Severum

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Thanks! I want one. Gotta wait a while though.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Rethinking my brewery
« on: June 25, 2015, 02:41:37 PM »

I have been brewing for 21yrs and received my Zymatic about 10 days ago. I have already brewed two batches which are in the chamber now. Itching to return home from business travel this week and brew another. I find the simplicity of it all the best for me. Gives me back family time and still allows me to pursue my hobby.  Verdict still out on the final result for me but I'm not too concerned.  The perfect crush is far more important on the Zymatic.....I am finding.

Severum

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N910A using Tapatalk

Yeah, I found that about the crush on the Zymatic also, but it only took me a couple batches to find a mill setting that worked well both with the Zymatic and my cooler system.
Did you have to open the gap or close it?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 25, 2015, 11:42:32 AM »

PS.  This is all opinion and I'm allowed to have them. BN is not a club.
I agree, but, if you define "club" it maybe difficult to enforce the definition.

Also, I think if the BN club organized themselves; online meetings, a board of directors, etc. they would start to be much closer to any reasonable definition of a club that could be written.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 25, 2015, 08:47:30 AM »
The AHA competition subcommittee email address is available on the AHA website at https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/membership/aha-governing-committee/

The email address is ahagc-competition@brewersassociation.org

I emailed them directly.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo hoo!
« on: June 23, 2015, 06:32:50 AM »
Congrats! Noticed your club is BN Army. We need a club that is AHA Forum.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Rethinking my brewery
« on: June 21, 2015, 01:45:52 PM »
I just bought a house with what sounds like a similar setup to Mark. I am still pondering what brewery changes I will need to make. Lugging gear down and then back up the basement stairs seems like a bad long term plan. I too am considering the PicoBrew. None of the other automated systems seem as automated and none seem as easy to clean.

The small batch size seems like a minor issue. If I want more beer I can brew the recipe twice.


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The Pub / Re: If I could bother my friends here for a little help...
« on: June 20, 2015, 01:24:06 PM »
Sorry about that. No offense to your upcoming neighbor, but, YH dominates those guys.

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The Pub / Re: Homebrewing and Children
« on: June 18, 2015, 01:18:01 PM »
Model responsible behavior.

Brewing: OK.
Drinking a few: OK.
Drinking and driving: NOT OK. Your kids will copy you.

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The Pub / Re: If I could bother my friends here for a little help...
« on: June 17, 2015, 03:25:23 PM »
Just voted (for YH) for the 4th time.

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Events / NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 14, 2015, 08:11:20 PM »
Can the south get some love? I heard Tampa has one or two good breweries  ;D.
Huntsville, AL would be great!

PS. Technically, Baltimore is in the south. Just not to us.

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