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Beer Recipes / Re: Playing with Porter
« on: October 29, 2011, 11:04:44 AM »
I'm brewing up a mexican chocolate porter for the same competition so neither one of you stand a chance.   ;D

Looking forward to tasting yours.  I'm new to Omaha so I still need to figure out the water.  We should be able to learn something from each other.

Wayne

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All Grain Brewing / Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« on: October 01, 2010, 08:15:44 PM »
I dump mine in the woods and the deer and turkeys clean it up real fast.  Probably keeps them pretty regular too.   8)

Wayne

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 10/1
« on: October 01, 2010, 08:09:51 PM »
Got off work early today.  Decided to brew my Ring of Fire IPA.  1.060 OG, 75 IBU.  Used up a bunch of New Zealand Hallertauer, Sorachi Ace, and Cascades that have been in the freezer longer than I normally like.  Tasted pretty good going into the fermenter tonight.

Wayne

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Classifieds / Re: Phil Mill for sale--$80
« on: October 01, 2010, 08:01:31 PM »
Which model is it?  Is it the single roller PhilMill I or the double roller PhilMill II?

Wayne

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The Pub / Re: Does every state poke sport at the state to the south?
« on: September 14, 2010, 07:12:19 PM »
Here in Nebraska we always make fun of the yokels down in Kansas.  Actually we don't make that much fun of Kansas because there is absolutely nothing there to make fun of or otherwise.  :)

Wayne

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The Pub / Re: No Pants Brewing!
« on: September 11, 2010, 04:12:33 PM »
Yup, Kilts are the only attire that can be worn while brewing...the ONLY attire.

:D


Be sure to remember that if you wear underwear it's a skirt and no longer a kilt.

Wayne

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brewing application etiquette
« on: September 09, 2010, 03:31:05 PM »
A few years ago out in Boulder, Colorado I met one of the assistant brewers of one of the smaller breweries there.  In the process of sampling a few beers with him I found out that they would be looking for another assistant brewer soon.  As I was somewhat interested in applying I asked if I could get a tour of the place, not telling him that I was thinking of applying.  When I showed up at the brewery the next day he apologized and said he really didn't have time to do a tour since they had an unexpected deadline to get a bunch of beer packaged.  He then asked if I wanted to help on the bottling line and we could talk while working.

That couple of hours of volunteer work was quite informative.  I found out the usual stuff, history, types of beers they make, general process, etc.  In addition, and more important, the approach the head brewer had to brewing, water treatment, yeast handling, recipe development and such.  Also I learned from the other brewers what it was like to work for the guy.  

Basically, I interviewed the brewery and determined that I did not want to work for them even though the other brewers encouraged me to apply for the job.  Doing this type of research on the workplace can be just as important as how you handle yourself when they interview you.  There is an old saying, "Be careful of what you wish for..."

Wayne

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is it?
« on: September 06, 2010, 06:33:13 PM »
Forget about the ingredients.  Sit down with the BJCP guidelines http://www.bjcp.org/docs/2008_Guidelines.pdf  and a pint of your beer.  Look at it and taste it.  Look through the guidelines and see what it seems to resemble.  Go by what your taste buds tell you it is. 

Wayne

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Round Igloo or rectangular cooler for mash tun
« on: September 06, 2010, 01:09:50 PM »
That color is okay as long as you are building one of these.



By the way, if you want to buy one instead of building one, get ahold of the Railroaders Brew Club in Omaha.
http://railroadersbrewclub.com/  No connection other than drinking their great beer.

Wayne

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Too soon?
« on: September 06, 2010, 12:55:29 PM »
Whether it is too soon depends on the intent of the hop addition in that recipe.  If you are looking at it as primarily an aroma addition, then it is too soon.  At knockout would be a better time for that addition.  On the other hand, if its purpose is to add flavor to the beer with only minor additions to the bitterness and aroma, then 15 minutes would be right.

Wayne

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Absent Minded Brewer
« on: September 05, 2010, 05:16:14 PM »
Drink the porter young before the oxidation flavor develops too much.  Also keep in mind that the smoke just may hide any off flavor altogether.

Wayne

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Drawbacks from kegging 2.5gal instead of 5gal?
« on: September 05, 2010, 05:11:44 PM »
The biggest drawback is running out of beer twice as fast.

Purging like Tom says is a great way to both purge and sanitize a keg.  I keep a keg of Star San around all the time.  When I get ready to keg a batch, I simply push the sanitizer out of the star san keg and use that keg for my beer.  Having the sanitizer kegged is also incredibly handy around the brewery.  I keep a picnic tap on it and dispense a little whenever I need it instead of having to mix up a little more every time.

Wayne

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/3 Edition
« on: September 05, 2010, 05:07:23 PM »
Brewed a Scottish 80/- on Saturday afternoon.  This will serve two purposes.  It will be served at a Nebraska Stroke Association benefit auction and beer fest next month.  Our club always serves a couple kegs of beer along side of all the commercial breweries and distributors.  We also seem to win the people's choice award for the best beer every year.

The second purpose of this beer will be to give me a yeast cake to use for the wee heavy I plan to brew in a couple weeks.  On Monday I plan to make a cider.

Wayne

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The Pub / Re: Where are you?
« on: August 23, 2010, 06:28:35 PM »
My profile says Nebraska boodocks, but that doesn't narrow it down much.  Try Ashland, Nebraska, a tiny town half way between Lincoln and Omaha.

Wayne

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: RIPA looks like mud water
« on: August 22, 2010, 02:36:43 PM »
I like the taste of 1007 but I quit using it because it takes forever to clear.  Either chill it for a couple weeks as close to freezing as you can get it or filter it and then dry hop again.

Wayne

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