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Ingredients / Needed... 16.5 Tons of Pilsner Malt
« on: January 09, 2014, 03:45:32 AM »
I know it sounds crazy, but a friend of mine who owns a brewery here in South Korea is looking to find a contract in the U.S. for 16.5 tons of Pilsner malt.  I guess he's been making a lot of beer recently.  Does anyone have any clue where he might be able to find such a contract.  He's looking for the supplies to get here by early February.  He also specified the malt has to have a phyto sanitary certification.  Any help would be appreciated.

Ingredients / Hops Storage
« on: August 07, 2013, 02:15:09 PM »
I bought a digital temperature controller for my fridge.  However, I didn't even think about the ramifications to the freezer part of the fridge.  All my foil sealed hops were now roughly the same temperature as the fridge compartment... not frozen like before.  Are those hops no longer good?  The temperature is about 65F.  Any info would be appreciated.

Beer Recipes / Three Floyds Alpha King Clone
« on: August 06, 2013, 04:39:53 PM »
Does anyone have the all-grain version of Three Floyd's Alpha King from the July/August 2004 Zymurgy?

General Homebrew Discussion / Covering the Boil
« on: June 18, 2013, 12:42:46 AM »
I've heard (can't remember where) that some brewers are starting to cover the boiling wort near the very end of the boil to save hop aroma/flavors because most of the DMS has evaporated.  Has anyone else read this? Perhaps some of you have tried this personally?  Any thoughts or insights?

All Grain Brewing / Distilled Water and Salt Addition for Hoppy IPA
« on: March 04, 2013, 10:28:52 PM »
I am going to be making a very hoppy IPA soon and was hoping to get some help.  I plan on using distilled water and adding my own salts.  Does anyone have a good salt-addition recipe for such a beer?

All Grain Brewing / Ultra Pale colored IPA problem
« on: February 24, 2013, 05:39:57 PM »
So I'm trying to replicate a very pale colored IPA I made over a year ago and keep having problems.  The initial beer was great... delicate, clear, refreshing, with lots of hop aroma/flavor.  However, the last three attempts have been awful... harsh, cloudy, bland, with little hop aroma/flavor.  The grain bill was full of low lovibond grains... 2-row(base/85%); rye(10%); carapils(5%).  The mash was appx. 152F.  The yeast was WLP-001.  The hop bill was always the same... lots of simcoe, centennial, and amarillo.  The fermentation temps might be the only area where there could have been a variable.  Anyway, any ideas as to what might be wrong would be appreciated. 

Ingredients / Adding sugars in the secondary
« on: October 23, 2012, 05:46:50 AM »
I recently made a Russian Imperial Stout... OG 1.101.  It's now down to 1.018.  I mashed at 148F and it isn't near as thick as I was wanting it to be... and  seems to be missing some of the richer flavors I was hoping for.  I am planning on adding the following into the secondary fermenter to increase the mouthfeel and give it a bigger flavor profile:

.5 lbs lactose
1 lb brown sugar
molasses (one jar)
.5 lbs dark bakers chocolate
2 cinnamon sticks broken
32 oz water

I figured I'd combine all those ingrediants and bring to a boil until most of the water was boiled off.  After, I wanted to add about 375 mL of Woodford Select bourbon to the mix once cooled.  I'd then pitch it into the fermenter.  Any issues... good or bad?

Equipment and Software / Stained Plastic Fermenters
« on: October 06, 2012, 08:45:42 PM »
I have two plastic fermenters that seem to be permanently stained at the high krausen point in each.  I've tried using PBW a couple times and the stain won't come off.  I've also put the fermenters upside down on a boiling pot for over 30 minutes to let the steam remove the stain.  That wouldn't work.  There is no grit or surface dirt on either one... just that ring of stain that won't go away.  Will the stain cause a problem? If so, any word on how I can remove it?

Ingredients / Frozen Blueberries in Hefe
« on: August 25, 2012, 08:18:53 AM »
Just added 3lbs of frozen blueberries to the fermenter of a hefe that's fully attenuated.  Is there any problem with adding frozen blueberries without thawing them?  Are there any issues by adding frozen fruit to beer at all... infections, wild yeast???  Just wondering what to expect or not expect from adding the frozen blueberries.

Beer Recipes / Founders Old Curmudgeon Recipe
« on: August 22, 2012, 10:48:34 AM »
Anyone have an idea about how one might replicate this beer?

If any of you guys/gals might be in Seoul, South Korea on Saturday, September 29th... or know a craft beer lover who will be... make sure to visit our Fall Beer Festival.  Here's the Facebook link:


I'm not much of a wheat beer guy.  However, I'm thinking about making one.  Any ideas as to what wheat yeast strain produces the most banana flavors with minimal cloviness?

Ingredients / Macadamia Nuts
« on: June 18, 2012, 06:38:46 PM »
Has anyone used macadamia nuts in a beer... and if so, any head retention problems?  Also, if used, how did you prep them?  I was thinking of crushing them and toasting them to dry the oils out of the nuts.

All Grain Brewing / mash rake
« on: April 24, 2012, 11:25:00 PM »
just got a replica of a tiki-type paddle.  i was hoping to use it as a mash rake.  it's been stained with some kind of stuff.  is it ok to use as a rake or do i need to sand the stain off?

All Grain Brewing / Mash OG = 1.059... after vigorous boil, OG = 1.067
« on: March 12, 2012, 10:09:18 PM »
Just wondering how there could only be an eight point change in gravity from mash to post boil.  Any thoughts?

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