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Ingredients / Brewtan-B IGOR Experiment
« on: December 28, 2016, 04:07:18 PM »
What is the status of the Brewtan-B IGOR experiments?

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Equipment and Software / pH meter calibration
« on: November 07, 2016, 08:34:16 PM »
On Sunday my pH calibration solutions were 20C. These solutions are 4, 7, and 10 pH at 25C. When calibrating should I set the value to 4, 7, and 10 or adjust for temp and set the pH to the adjusted pH?

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Events / I hate ticket sale threads
« on: October 04, 2016, 04:58:31 PM »
Can we make just one GABF ticket sale thread?  Or dare I say, go sell them on Homebrewtalk? You'll get a bigger audience.

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Beer Recipes / Hoppy Lager/Non traditional pilsner
« on: September 21, 2016, 09:02:42 AM »
I recently made a hoppy lager which had CTZ for bittering (@ 60 min, 32 IBU) and Cascade for flavor and aroma (0.5 oz hop stand in 3G batch).  The beer is good but has a dankness that I would like to avoid on future versions. I like the dankness in an IPA, but, in a hoppy lager I think the dankness masks the clean crisp flavor I would like.

Question: did the CTZ cause the dankness or was it more likely the Cascade? I can bitter with Chinook or Magnum next time. I am out of Cascade so for the next version I am thinking Centennial or Galaxy. I also have Simcoe, Amarillo, and Ekuanot (HBC366). I think Simcoe and Amarillo may have similar dankness issues. I've never used Ekuanot. Thoughts?

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The Pub / Travel Fail, Boston
« on: September 13, 2016, 07:21:04 AM »
I am in Boston this week. I was really looking forward to visiting Sam Adams for a tour. Come to find out, tours are only 10-3! I have to be in meetings.

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Beer Recipes / Festbier
« on: August 30, 2016, 08:35:47 PM »
I am planning a Festbier for this weekend.

OG target 1055
95% Floor Malted Bohemian Pilsner
5% Floor Malted Bohemian Dark
21 IBU at 60 min (Liberty or Magnum)
Yellow malty water.
WLP833

I am basing the recipe off percentages and ingredients  Majorvices used for a Helles at Yellowhammer recently that had a great Munich maltiness. I scaled the OG to 1055 since Fest is supposed to land between Helles and Helles Bock.

Thoughts? Seems simple but I think it will be good.

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Beer Recipes / Carbonation for Lagers
« on: August 29, 2016, 01:07:31 PM »
I noticed the 2016 Ninkasi winner, Derrick Flippin, carbonated his gold medal light lager to 3 volumes of CO2.

How much do you carbonate your light lagers? I have been shooting for 2.4-2.5 volumes of CO2.

Would higher enhance crispness? I am thinking of trying 3.0 with my next Helles.

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Kegging and Bottling / Cleaning my Perlick's
« on: June 26, 2016, 03:03:05 PM »
My draft system is very simple. I have Perlick 650SS connected to a liquid QD via an adapter.  See below.



I found an easy way to clean these taps with my Mark II Keg and Carboy washer. I am using a stainless carbonation cap connected to the pump pump the Mark II.



So the question is: what solution should I use for cleaning?  I started with PBW. I do have some BLC. But, I actually don't have any beer lines :) I am thinking maybe I should use BLC occasionally to work on beer stone but that PBW is good for more regular cleaning. Frankly, I am only cleaning now because the faucet is spitting when I first open and I think there might be a piece of hops stuck inside. This started after serving a hoppy wheat.

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The Pub / Biergarten at the US Space and Rocket Center
« on: June 09, 2016, 06:06:45 PM »
I have to brag. I just came from the Biergarten at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. What a great time! German bier, brats, schnitzel, potatoes, and kegged German bier under a Saturn 5 rocket!  So good!

http://rocketcenter.com/img/2016/biergarten/food_menu.jpg


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The Pub / AB is making a Kölsch?!
« on: May 22, 2016, 05:10:56 PM »
I didn't have the guts to buy it.


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Kegging and Bottling / The Taprite Beer Carbonation Tester
« on: May 02, 2016, 05:23:14 PM »
For the brewer who has everything.


The Taprite Beer Carbonation Tester $289

http://www.homebrewing.org/The-Taprite-Beer-Carbonation-Tester_p_6422.html?AffId=160

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All Grain Brewing / Using wort chiller to reduce mash temp
« on: May 01, 2016, 10:56:16 AM »
Today I was 10F over my mash temp due to user error. It took 12 minutes of stirring to get it down to the right temp.

Has anyone every used a copper cool wort chiller to cool a mash? It seems like it would work pretty fast.

Any drawbacks?

I hope to not make the same bonehead mistake again, but, since this is not the first time I assume it won't be the last.


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Equipment and Software / My kegerator
« on: April 20, 2016, 04:55:15 PM »
I am loving my kegerator setup. I just added a second tap so I am feeling my wheaties.

2x 2.5G corny kegs with Perlick flow control faucets mounted directly on the kegs.  In the fridge. Open the door and serve.



The flow control is awesome. I can directly fill bottles. No beer gun. No growler filler adapter. Just dial down the flow and go.  I love being able to dial in the amount of foam when pouring a pint also.

Grab my mini keg charger and I can hit the road.

Here is a closer look.



I know this setup is too small for a lot of folks but it's great for me.

The secret is a little (expensive) adapter from Chi Company. Regular QD to Faucet adapters won't fit on the Perlick faucets.

http://www.chicompany.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3343

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Beer Recipes / Hoppy American Wheat recipe help
« on: April 11, 2016, 09:39:49 AM »
I am designing a hoppy American wheat beer. Here is my plan:

3G - OG 1051
50% White Wheat
50% 2-row
40 IBU Warrior @ 60
0.5 oz Cascade steep 20 min @ 175
0.5 oz Amarillo steep 20 min @ 175
0.5 oz Cascade Dry Hop 7d
0.5 oz Amarillo Dry Hop 7d
WY 1010 American Wheat

Questions:

1. Water profile: yellow dry?
2. Mash Ph target: 5.3?
3. I have thought about dumping the warrior and switching to first wort hopping with cascade or Amarillo.
4. Grain bill look ok? Lots of people add Munich or caramel.

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The Pub / Jim Koch Interview
« on: April 01, 2016, 01:11:50 PM »
I enjoyed this interview from Marketplace with Jim Koch of Boston Beer Company.

http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/30/business/corner-office-marketplace/full-interview-jim-koch-founder-sam-adams

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