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Equipment and Software / Re: Super cheap pH meter
« on: March 29, 2015, 10:48:30 AM »
I dug out the instructions to my pH meter and it indeed does indeed say store in 4. Which makes me wonder where I got to store in 7 or distilled water?? Oh well, thanks for the heads up. I will be buying some storage solution too.

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Beer Recipes / Re: What's your favorite Mild recipe?
« on: March 29, 2015, 08:14:24 AM »
i have read that its best to go all Mild malt rather than using Maris Otter or standard 2 row. Any reason not too?

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Ingredients / Re: Citrus zest and dry hopping
« on: March 28, 2015, 05:27:54 PM »
Certainly sounds like a worthy experiment! I may try the whole grape fruits in secondary soon.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 28, 2015, 05:03:46 PM »
Never had that MDixon. Let us know how it is if you try it.

I did finally sample my bottle of Town Branch. Wow. Very good. Tastes a lot like Noah's Mill with a thinner body. It will be perfect for the warm months ahead. Thanks for the recommendation. For the price, I would not have thought it would be this good.

Glad you liked it! Very excellent bourbon, especially considering the price, as you say.

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Ingredients / Re: Citrus zest and dry hopping
« on: March 28, 2015, 05:01:57 PM »
I have never made a grapefruit IPA. I have run my IPA and IIPA through a grape fruit randall with great success. Most recently I did it through a grapefruit and tangerine randall and that was delicious. There is a brewery who makes a grapefruit IPA called Citrus Ninja and I hear they just age the beer on whole, sliced grapefruit. The beer is awesome but no idea on how it is made other than what I have heard.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« on: March 27, 2015, 07:14:18 AM »
The only thing about malt extract for starters that is important is to use unhopped extracts.
Say what?
 
I'm just curious because starter instructions I've seen from older books called for hops, presumably to ward off bacteria. I just assumed that was abandoned due to the cost and the fact that good sanitation made it unnecessary.

Now the thinking is hop resins can prohibit cell budding to some point.

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Beer Recipes / Re: What's your favorite Mild recipe?
« on: March 26, 2015, 02:02:40 PM »
This one needs to be English Mild.

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Beer Recipes / What's your favorite Mild recipe?
« on: March 26, 2015, 08:49:46 AM »
I was thinking 85% mild malt, 13% crystal 60 and 2% chocolate malt.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Keg or Bottle?
« on: March 26, 2015, 06:39:52 AM »
Perhaps the irony is that with a kegging set up bottling is a lot easier and more sanitary and better results. Rack beer into a keg, add priming sugar. Purge head space with co2. Shake or roll keg to distribute sugar. Insert bottling wand firmly into the spout on the cobra tap (it fits perfectly) and bottle standing up via co2 pressure rather than hunkering down on the floor. Much faster, easier and better!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Keg or Bottle?
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:24:16 PM »
For most beers you can hands down say draft is better. The beer is simply preserved better. Also you can dial in co2 vol much better. for some beer an argument can be made for bottling. Easier to age (not taking up entire keg), wanted micro oxidation (barley wines where oxidation may be somewhat beneficial to aging), and higher co2 vol such as some belgian styles or hefe weizen.

If you are interested in getting into kegging: Do it. It is the best way to serve most beers. No argument there.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Imperial Pils hops
« on: March 25, 2015, 11:04:02 AM »
Crystal was my preferred hops for kolsch for a long time but t the bill.now I'm thinking Bavaria Mandarina might be fi

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Beer Recipes / Re: Imperial Pils hops
« on: March 25, 2015, 10:16:51 AM »
I didn't have enough Belma so it ended up being crystal and Tett.  German, not American. FTR Crystal is one of my favorite American hops. I agree it is like Hallertauer with a touch of cascade.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Stone releases official Levitation Ale recipe
« on: March 25, 2015, 10:14:47 AM »
All y'all go ;) yourselves!

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Ingredients / Re: Grain Storage Temp.
« on: March 25, 2015, 04:14:55 AM »
I store grain in hot or cold warehouse conditions depending on the seasons. So does almost every brewery I know. I highly doubt North Country Malts, Cargill or BSG do anything different.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Stone releases official Levitation Ale recipe
« on: March 25, 2015, 04:10:22 AM »

Edit: I looked at the recipe and that's too much crystal. I'd ditch the black malt too.
You need fair amount of crystal and high mash temp for 4.4%abv beer.

See, this is why "winky" emoticons let people know your joking around.

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