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General Homebrew Discussion / Pics of recent brews?
« on: Today at 04:29:43 PM »
An APA made with Nugget, Crystal and Santiam and I was very sad to see it go... so tasty and attractive too:


Also, an Oktoberfest I'm drinking tonight:

Looks great and love the spaten glass.


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The Pub / Re: On the beer trail
« on: Today at 04:28:21 PM »
If you like lagers, checkout out anything by Jack's Abbey.  Excellent.
Indeed ...loved it


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The Pub / On the beer trail
« on: August 20, 2016, 03:24:04 PM »
Having some great beers while in Boston.




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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 23, 2016, 09:14:41 AM »
Looks great, Ken. Probably even better in the setting.
Really good. Super hot
Today in 90's and we crushed several throughout the day at port.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 23, 2016, 01:55:47 AM »
Enjoying a local brew in Kotor Montenegro



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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 12, 2016, 11:14:20 AM »
In Europe..,fresh ,enough said


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 09, 2016, 04:00:36 PM »
My best dort ever. Creamy foam that hangs forever. Can't wait until August to brew this again and throughout the fall/winter.




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Ken if you haven't yet, try some of the Weyermann Barke Pils, 4% carahell and some acid malt - I am so happy with my dort.  Pic to come soon.

used barke pils for pilsner, not a dort yet.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 28, 2016, 03:33:13 PM »
My best dort ever. Creamy foam that hangs forever. Can't wait until August to brew this again and throughout the fall/winter.




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The Pub / Curse is over in cleveland
« on: June 20, 2016, 06:02:13 PM »
How about the history making Cleveland Cavaliers! Wow Epic series and epic game 7 conclusion to the long awaited championship.


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3 months :o    --- PBR me baby and i'm sure id be happy as a pig in sh*t!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Hefeweisen seems wrong
« on: June 18, 2016, 04:55:10 PM »
Yeah, 157F is quite high for a Hefe. How sure are you that your thermometer reading is accurate? If its reading low, that would easily explain the poor mashing and conversion performance.

+1 on temp perhaps reading low. if it really was 157F, while high all things considered (good PH and crush) I would have expected better conversion. had you crossed into 160F +....perhaps your issue.

also, wheat needs a tighter crush IME- might have had some impact but unless it was whole kernels in your mash, not likely your primary culprit...spit balling.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: June 17, 2016, 03:36:57 PM »
Another shot of my N.German Pilsner, recipe courtesy of WortHog.  Thanks Ken



looks good man! I have that glass also  ::)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: June 13, 2016, 05:06:21 PM »
Amanda- the alt was stepped just because i decided to start step mashing and figured why not. It's the zum uerige recipe but with wlp029... You will pick up some of 029 yeast character - probably go back to the alt yeast next time; it's very tasty just a tad differ with 029 IMO.


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General Homebrew Discussion / 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: June 13, 2016, 04:55:10 PM »
So papery in the O'fest - is that attributed to some o2? And you must explain the retro nasal procedure...presume that's a judging technique?

Re: O2; Typically, yes. Age and storage are other factors, but minimizing O2 is the first step as it can/will speed up aging and amplify storage issues.

Retro-nasal is a technique that can be used to amplify flavors and aromas. I use it when I can't put my finger on something I identify during normal tasting/smelling. When you taste the beer, swallow some of the beer while leaving a bit in your mouth. Then open your lips slightly with your tongue pressed against your front teeth. Breathe in quickly through your mouth and then breathe out through your nose. The goal is to spray the beer around your mouth while breathing in. You should be able to pick up on tertiary notes with this or suss out things than you can't with normal tasting. Since it is more sensitive, I make a point to mention that's how I got it so that it's isn't thought of as a huge deal.

I'm sure you have seen retro-nasal done with wine, I just try and do it quietly so as not to come off as a snooty-mc-snooterson at a competition. I've only seen a few other people do it at beer comps and it was at Nationals.

Ok so I attempted the retro nasal thing....and didn't choke!! I can't pick it up but perhaps that's just my lack of sensory .

Edit: it was very fresh at about 30 days so perhaps even the beer gun and bottling may have contributed?? Just a wag.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: June 13, 2016, 04:53:04 PM »
Hey Ken - I forgot to ask. What mash are you using to hit 1.010 nearly every time? Is it that 147F one?

so the pils was done at 143F for 60min, 162F for 60 min. that resulted in1.008 FG
the dort you got was 145F for 60, 160F for 60- since changed that to same as pils
the ofest was 145F for 60, 162F for 60

the pils recipe:
10 lbs   Barke,Weyermann Pils (1.5 SRM)                          Grain   1   96.4 %
6.0 oz   Carahell (Weyermann) (13.0 SRM)                   Grain   2   3.6 %
0.60 oz   German Merkur [15.50 %] - Boil 45.0 min           Hop   3   25.6 IBUs
1.00 oz   Hallertauer [3.10 %] - Boil 15.0 min                   Hop   4   4.6 IBUs
1.00 oz   Saaz [3.20 %] - Boil 15.0 min                           Hop   5   4.8 IBUs
1.00 oz   Select Spalt [3.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min                   Hop   6   5.2 IBUs
1.0 pkg   German Lager (White Labs #WLP830) [35.49 ml]



Ken, what's your take on the Weyermann Barke ? Have you used any of the other Barke Malts aside from the pils? My next 2 beers are an O-fest and German pils. I'm kicking around the idea of using Barke Vienna, Munich, and Pils malts in my O-fest. Then using Barke pils in the G-pils.
Not used any other as of yet. It's good- Amanda picked up some of the differences and I need to go back to it and see what I pick up in differences. I have a bottle with Avangard to compare it to so it might jump out at me . All 3 were steam stepped.

I know denny used pils recently but haven't seen his feedback on it.


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