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Beer Recipes / Re: Denny's Golden Monkey Homage
« on: March 24, 2017, 09:33:54 AM »
Thanks Denny!

To me Golden Monkey is more on the side of sweet and less on the side of sour, unlike the classic Belgian Tripels I have tried.  I know this is seen as a "flaw," but I happen to love it. Does your grain bill and yeast combination provide this flavor profile?

I also like the fact that Golden Monkey is a bit "spicy."  I'm guessing the yeast and coriander should provide this?

Wow, I've made and drunk a lot of tripels and never thought of them as sour!  Do you Westmalle to taste like that?

At any rate, the aromatic and biscuit malt, in conjunction with the yeast, provide that sweetness.  The yeast and coriander take care of the spiciness with the coriander providing a bit of citrus also.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: New Here!
« on: March 24, 2017, 08:14:53 AM »
Hi Mike!  Welcome!  For a beginning brewer, I can't think of a better book than John Palmer's "How to Brew".  You might also enjoy my book " Homebrew All Stars"

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Ingredients / Re: Brew Kits
« on: March 24, 2017, 08:09:37 AM »
For some reason, I'm partial to the Denny and Drew kits from Brewcraft.

https://shop.brewcraftusa.com/en/beer/recipe-kits/signature-series-recipe-packs

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Beer Recipes / Re: Denny's Golden Monkey Homage
« on: March 24, 2017, 08:08:34 AM »
I just kinda stumbled on that recipe by accident.  I was jist trying to make something interesting.  When I tasted it, itmwas remarkably close t Golden Monkey, one of my favorite beers.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Crushed grain powder
« on: March 23, 2017, 03:14:06 PM »

How tight is "as tight as it will go"?  I found with my fully adjustable JSP Malt Mill that tightening too far would cause too much torque to use my 20V cordless drill with it, so I returned to ".030" as a reasonable setting.  I have been conditioning the grain lately and like the "less dust" created with that.  I BIAB with recirc mostly now, so I could go finer if the mill can still turn the rollers with the tighter setting.

Well, it's as tight as it will go!  ;)  I have no problem grinding and I don't seem to create a lot of dust.  I tried conditioning, but found it really made no difference for me in any appreciable way.

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Beer Recipes / Recipe Design Webinar
« on: March 23, 2017, 02:47:03 PM »
I'll be doing a Zymurgy Live webinar covering recipe design and evaluation on Tues. 3/28 at 6 PM PDT.  It's available to all AHA members and if you can't make it that night there will be a recording available.  During the live webinar you'll be able to ask questions.  For more info, check out https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/news/zymurgy-live-sneak-peek-denny-conn/

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« on: March 23, 2017, 01:29:24 PM »
I am not sure that I would buy one.  Seems like it would take a lot of the fun (albeit, also the toil) out of brewing.  A Grainfather is a little pricey for my tastes, and if I would need to bottle 335 cases to get the cost down to <0.10 per bottle. 

Its like driving a car.  Manual transmission is more work, but a lot more fun and I feel like I have a lot more control over the ride.  Grainfather seems like it would be analogous to automatic transmission with cruise control.

What fun would a Grainfather remove?  It's still a pretty hands on process.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Crushed grain powder
« on: March 23, 2017, 08:50:27 AM »
I condition mine too, and set the mill gap on my JSP as tight as it goes.  Malt conditioning is pretty cool - post crush, I have to pick up a handful to make sure the grains are crushed, since the hull stays so intact.  Often times I'm looking at empty grain hulls with a fully crushed endosperm.

FWIW I set the gap on my JSP as tight as it will go and don't condition.  Never had a problem.  My hulls don't stay intact, but I don't know what benefit that would be anyway.  I guess it comes down to I don't have a problem that I see conditioning as fixing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can you make good beer in 1 pot
« on: March 23, 2017, 08:03:27 AM »
Mash (BIAB), boil, ferment in the same pot!  Make good beer?  I don't see why not.  Has anyone tried or does anyone do this?  Mostly looking at 1-2 gallon batch size in 4-5 gallon pot.  Any tips or tricks?

Absolutely.  Just did it as an experiment for our next book.  2 gal. batch in 5 gal. pot.

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https://www.experimentalbrew.com/podcast/brew-files-episode-6-zen-and-art-recipe-design

On this week's episode of the Brew Files, Drew and Denny tackle a question dropped on Facebook by listener Dan Tomkins. Dan asked just how do we tackle a new recipe - something we've never brewed before? Well, sit back and we'll walk you through just how we do the voodoo that is recipe creation.  Plus, Drew has an epic meltdown while while Denny plays the ukulele.
Love the title, is there any discussion of motorcycle maintenance?

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Fortunately, no....we're both woefully uniformed about that and I'd pity anyone who took our advice as anythignbut a joke!  But when I saw the title Drew had given the episode, I pictured the covere of the book!

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https://www.experimentalbrew.com/podcast/brew-files-episode-6-zen-and-art-recipe-design

On this week's episode of the Brew Files, Drew and Denny tackle a question dropped on Facebook by listener Dan Tomkins. Dan asked just how do we tackle a new recipe - something we've never brewed before? Well, sit back and we'll walk you through just how we do the voodoo that is recipe creation.  Plus, Drew has an epic meltdown while while Denny plays the ukulele.


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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan-B IGOR Experiment
« on: March 22, 2017, 09:02:47 AM »
Nope...we've ben trying to coordinate a date with Joe Formanek and we have to get the Q&A shows done first.  Plan is for Brewtan results to be in episode 38 on 4/12.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast washing
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:31:14 PM »
I brew a 5 gallon, average gravity ale and assume the cake that remains is ideal for 3 same-volume, average-gravity batches of beer.  You could probably get 5 batches if you wanted or just split into two batches. Adjust usage for gravity and volume.  Basically, find what works for you and roll with it.

Lagers: the cake is suitable for 2 same-volume, average-gravity batches. Again, not too sophisticated but it works for me.

Pretty much the same thing I do.  A slurry split 3 ways is great for 3 batches of normal (for me, up to maybe 1.070) ale.  Half a slurry is perfect for lagers or higher gravity ales.  I've stopped using yeast calculators.  I just find them unnecessary.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Zymatic
« on: March 21, 2017, 07:54:39 AM »
So, are the oxidation concerns with Zymatic put to rest? Sounds like that NHC gold is a good answer to my question.

Keith, how have the beers been?

I have been wanting a Zymatic and I am about to get a year older...

If it didn't make great beer, I wouldn't be using it.  The only reason to worry about oxidation concerns with it is if you don't have anything else to worry about!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewversary 39
« on: March 21, 2017, 07:51:21 AM »
Way to go!  You've got 20 years on me.

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