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Yeast and Fermentation / Dry Yeast for a Belgian Dubbel
« on: July 17, 2013, 07:17:43 PM »
My son loves Belgian Dubbels :o (They're not my thing but I try to be an indulgent dad) and I love using dry yeast. Dry yeast is incredibly simple. I went through some of the previous posts and it looks like T-58 might be better than S-33 for fermenting a Belgian. I'm figuring with the hot weather, it's a good time for brewing this type of beer.

T-58 or S-33? Or am I out of luck for a dry yeast?

Equipment and Software / borosilicate flask and ceramic cooktops
« on: January 20, 2012, 08:52:01 PM »
Is it safe to boil my DME in the borosilicate flask on my electric stove's ceramic cooktop? I'm guessing so given the directions which say that after a 15 minute boil to place it in an ice bath to cool. sounds like pretty tough stuff.

Zymurgy / Haven't seen the Nov/Dec issue yet
« on: December 29, 2011, 01:20:10 AM »
Gosh, I renewed my membership and all, but, I haven't seen the latest issue yet, except in the LHBS, not my mailbox.

Anyone else not received their copy yet?

Beer Travel / Coast to Coast Road Trip
« on: August 02, 2011, 08:04:04 PM »
Well, I'm off to find the Wholly Hop Grail along the way on my trip from the Left Coast to the other side. Stops along the way:

Spokane, WA
Glacier National Park
Mount Rushmore
Niagara Falls
Rehoboth Beach, DE (I understand there might be a decent brewpub here)

Any recommendations?

Dogfish Head Beer is hiring a web developer.

Saw this on Homebrew Finds and thought I would pass it along:

On August 5th Austin Homebrew Supply will be giving away a 14.5 gallon standard Fermenator™. Every order placed during the month of June and July will be entered into the drawing.

If you would like to enter the drawing without placing an order you can fill out your info in one of the two boxes below. The first box is to enter the drawing and to receive our weekly newsletter. The other box is to enter the drawing and not to receive our newsletter

Ingredients / Simcoe substitutes
« on: May 17, 2011, 02:41:05 PM »
My LHBS doesn't carry Simcoe hops. When a recipe calls for Simcoe at 0 minutes what would be a decent substitute? I was thinking of using Columbus.

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast for an IPA
« on: April 30, 2011, 10:21:05 PM »
I was looking through the generic recipes in Stephen Snyder's The Brewmaster's Bible (copyright 1997). For India Pale Ales he recommended Wyeast's 2565 or 1007. Wyeast lists these as Kölsch and  German Ale respectively.

I've been using Safale 05, American Ale. Am I using the wrong yeast?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Lagunitas Gnarlywine
« on: April 29, 2011, 08:13:58 PM »
My palate is not yet honed to pick out different flavors (I'm not sophisticated, okay?). The one I tried reminded me of hoppy diesel fuel. It wasn't my thing.

Events / April 23 - Gordon Strong signing books at MoreBeer in Concord
« on: April 16, 2011, 01:08:40 AM »
In case you hadn't heard, Gordon Strong will be at the MoreBeer store in Concord, CA (995 Detroit Ave #G) at 3pm on Saturday, April 23rd to sign Brewing Better Beer: Master Lessons for Advanced Homebrewers.  MoreBeer will have them for sale there as well.  Gordon says to "Come out and say hi, and feel free to bring some beer to share."

Beer Recipes / APA recipe
« on: March 26, 2011, 08:04:18 PM »
I am shooting for an American Pale Ale, that's simple, drinkable, good looking (hence the CaraRed), and tasty. Nothing fancy, just a straight up good brew (a la SNPA) . Whaddya think?

Defenestrate Me Home Pale Ale

Grain Bill
9lb 0oz - Pale Ale Malt
8 oz - Caramel 40L Malt
8 oz - Carapils Malt
8 oz - CaraRed

1.00 oz - Citra       Loose Pellet Hops    30 Min From End
1.00 oz - Cascade    Loose Pellet Hops    10 Min From End
1.00 oz – Cascade   Loose Pellet Hops    1 Min From End
1.00 oz – Citra      Loose Pellet Hops    Dry-Hopped

SafAle 05

The Italian micro-brewery Foglie d'Erba (Leaves of Grass) earned first prize in the category "Anglo-American origin hoppy beers" with their PEFC certified beer at the recent Sapore Beer Festival, held in Rimini, Italy in February. "[W]e are delighted that our PEFC-certified beer is recognised by true connoisseurs," enthused the creator of the beer, Gino Perissutti of Foglie d'Erba. "Our beer is the first – and so far only - beer in the world to achieve PEFC certification, as it is flavored with pine needles, pine cones, and resin, which are all collected from PEFC-certified forests."

As a forester, I rather like trees. I tasted pine needles (forestry is a spit and whittle occupation sometimes) and I can't say that I want my beer to taste like a ponderosa pine. 

More and links here:

The Pub / DC 101 Bar Madness 2011 brackets
« on: March 19, 2011, 06:44:08 PM »
Anyone from the DC area?

DC 101 has its 2011 Bar Madness brackets out. I don't know the rules but it looks like you vote for your favorite (Washington DC) bar in each matchup.

Beer Recipes / Importing xml files into BeerAlchemy
« on: March 12, 2011, 01:28:34 AM »
I have a Mac and don't want to load another operating system on it so I went with BeerAlchemy for my recipes and calculations. Being a newbie, I'm reasonably happy with the results. However, I don't seem to be able to import xml files.

I checked BeerAlchemy's support ( and they say, "Some brewing software sometimes produces BeerXML files that don't conform to the published BeerXML format. Currently BeerAlchemy Touch will not import these files. Please let us know if this causes you problems as we could look into potential workarounds."

Maybe no one uses "BeerXML" format because every website I've been to and saved a recipe to import has not worked.

Other than entering the recipes by hand I've not come up with a workaround. Anyone else use BeerAlchemy and have a workaround or want to share the .bar files they files they have?

Beer Recipes / Pliny the Elder's IBUs -- Calc v Actual
« on: March 10, 2011, 04:40:39 PM »
The Jul/Aug 2010 issue of Zymurgy lists the hop bill below in the Pliny the Elder recipe. Beer Alchemy calculates the IBUs in PtL at 236. The recipe says the actual (not calculated) IBUs for PtL are 90-95. Why the vast difference between calculated and actual?

3.50 oz Columbus 13.90% A.A. 90 min.
.75 oz Columbus 13.90% A.A. 45 min.
1.00 oz Simcoe 12.30% A.A. 30 min.
1.00 oz Columbus 8.00% A.A. 0 min.
2.50 oz Simcoe 12.30% A.A. 0 min.
1.00 oz Columbus 13.90% A.A. Dry Hop (12 to 14 Days Total)
1.00 oz Centennial 9.10% A.A. Dry Hop (12 to 14 Days Total)
1.00 oz Simcoe 12.30% A.A. Dry Hop (12 to 14 Days Total)
.25 oz Columbus13.90% A.A. Dry Hop (5 days to go in dry hop)
.25 oz Centennial 9.10% A.A. Dry Hop (5 days to go in dry hop)
.25 oz Simcoe 12.30% A.A. Dry Hop (5 days to go in dry hop)

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