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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: short lag time in lager
« on: March 08, 2018, 12:28:59 AM »
First of all, it looks like your lager will be fine.
Second, you came to the right place to learn. There are great people here that want to help you be a "seasoned" brewer.
To your health and prost!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: M44 Feremtation Question
« on: March 06, 2018, 06:11:47 PM »
For whatever beer I have that is fermenting, I try to target the temperature a degree or 2 below the manufacturer's recommendations. For this strain, their website recommends 59-74 degrees. If I were using this yeast, I would target 57-58 degrees and see how it does. 51-52 degrees might take a while. You may have to ramp up at the end to help it finish.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IMF "International Maltiness Factor"
« on: March 04, 2018, 01:09:27 PM »
klickitat jim,
You speak for a nation!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: aftertaste
« on: March 04, 2018, 01:06:38 PM »
There's no way you are going to be able to duplicate an American Lite Lager without good temp control and a good understanding of yeast and fermentation. For any lager, German, American, etc. you will need to ferment the beer in the 48-52 range with a true lager strain for at least 48-72 hours. You could make a great ale as well with the same recipe and use dry yeast but even then fermentation will need to be kept under control, low 60's high 50s.

I brew commercially and it is certainly not impossible to make a Lite American Lager but for beginners it is a fairly mighty challenge. Those beers have almost ZERO flavors to begin with, any fermentation mistake is going to show up very easily.
I recommend that you take your beer to a local Homebrew Club. They can help you identify the aftertaste, how it got there and how to remedy it.
Welcome to the hobby. Learning is an exciting adventure!

Beer Recipes / Re: Ginseng Beer
« on: February 24, 2018, 09:05:51 PM »
I brewed 5 gallons of a pretty standard American amber ale, but I added to the sparge water 26 oz. of ginseng tea which was made by simmering 2.25 oz. of chopped American ginseng and 1.25 oz. of whole spirit ginseng (both dried). 

This was back in 2011, but I remember liking it.
Nice. I was thinking about adding it a saison. An American Amber Ale sounds interesting. Thank you for sharing!

All Things Food / Re: Oven-baked wings that taste like they were fried
« on: February 23, 2018, 07:50:08 PM »
Very nice.
In the winter time, I like to do them the “Alton Brown” way in the oven. They come out nice with crispy skin. He puts them in a steamer for a few minutes before they go into the fridge.

Beer Recipes / Re: Ginseng Beer
« on: February 23, 2018, 07:45:36 PM »
Yes, and it came out pretty well.  I'll post some details over the weekend when I have my log in front of me.
Awesome! Thanks.

Beer Recipes / Ginseng Beer
« on: February 23, 2018, 03:07:51 PM »
Has anybody brewed a beer using ginseng? If so, how much did you use? How did it turn out?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Daytona
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:18:02 PM »
I have a California Common while enjoying the race.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: WLP585 Belgian Saison III
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:42:45 PM »
I love this yeast also. My saison made to the NHC Finals with this yeast. Bummer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Greetings from Joliet, Il
« on: February 10, 2018, 03:40:05 PM »
Welcome! Have you gotten involved with a Homebrew Club there?

Homebrewer Bios / Re: From Arizona
« on: February 10, 2018, 12:10:29 AM »
Welcome Bob!
This is a great forum with wonderful people ready to help out. Learning is an exciting adventure!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reconfirm: I HATE White Labs new packaging
« on: February 09, 2018, 12:27:36 AM »
I like the new packaging. I think the yeast seems more viable too.
Me, too.

All Things Food / Re: Cornbread
« on: February 05, 2018, 06:41:00 PM »
I add bacon, cheddar cheese, and cooked corn to mine.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 04, 2018, 07:27:25 PM »
Whenever I go to a brewery for the first time, I try out their pils, Kolsch, or other similar beer. If it's good, I know they can brew. You can't hide mistakes in those beers.
I like many types of beers. But, there is something amazing about a pils that is well done.
I extend my right hand of fellowship to all the pils brewers out there (like me)!

I shake your hand!
As I yours!

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