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I use a hair dryer.  They are cheap, and do a good job of air circulation.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oktoberfest recipe
« on: September 08, 2018, 04:00:38 PM »
I don't think the above is such great advice.  A post or two with this sentiment usually shows up in a recipe thread. 

Its terrific advice for an experienced, accomplished brewer who knows ingredients and processes very well.  It is bad advice for beginner and even most intermediate brewers.  A new brewer can wander in the woods of malts, yeasts, and waters for a very long time given this advice.  Frustration would be the natural outcome.

'Throw whatever you want into it. it'll turn out great.'  Usually turns out tasting brown.

I'm not in a bad mood, not a d*ck, and definitely not wanting to start a fight, I just honestly think this is bad advice which will lead to frustration and poor beer.

I don't disagree, Steve.  So then, what would you recommend as fixes to the proposed recipe?

Cheers.


Haha!  I don't have any recommendations.  I am not experienced enough with the style.  I opened the thread to learn.  I just have experienced the frustration of willy nilly experimentations.  Doing experiments correctly is laborious, involving many iterations of a recipe, changing one variable at a time.  When one wants to make good, drinkable beer in 5 gallon batches... Well it militates against the scientific method.

My bottom line: teachers are wonderful shortcuts to excellence.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oktoberfest recipe
« on: September 08, 2018, 11:55:40 AM »
I don't think the above is such great advice.  A post or two with this sentiment usually shows up in a recipe thread. 

Its terrific advice for an experienced, accomplished brewer who knows ingredients and processes very well.  It is bad advice for beginner and even most intermediate brewers.  A new brewer can wander in the woods of malts, yeasts, and waters for a very long time given this advice.  Frustration would be the natural outcome.

'Throw whatever you want into it. it'll turn out great.'  Usually turns out tasting brown.

I'm not in a bad mood, not a d*ck, and definitely not wanting to start a fight, I just honestly think this is bad advice which will lead to frustration and poor beer.

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The Pub / Re: Infections!
« on: August 31, 2018, 09:15:53 PM »
Chlorine (bleach) will also give a bandaid phenolic to beer.  Are you on city water that chlorinates?  If so, you will need a charcoal / carbon filter.  Sometimes a public well will have issues that they resolve by chlorinating the crap out of the water.  Also, since you mentioned using bleach to sanitize, be sure there is no residue.
Thanks. I only used bleach for fermenter sanitation on one batch that tasted good (no bandaid phenolic flavors).  Reports are somewhat inclusive for my area, but, I believe my tap water contains chloramine.  Carbon/charcoal filters won’t remove chloramine. I treat my mash and sparge water with Campden tablets to remove any chlorine and/or chloramine.

Not to argue, but yes a carbon filter will remove chloramine.  A quick google search produced this top response:
https://www.purewaterproducts.com/articles/removing-chloramines

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The Pub / Re: Infections!
« on: August 31, 2018, 02:39:08 AM »
Chlorine (bleach) will also give a bandaid phenolic to beer.  Are you on city water that chlorinates?  If so, you will need a charcoal / carbon filter.  Sometimes a public well will have issues that they resolve by chlorinating the crap out of the water.  Also, since you mentioned using bleach to sanitize, be sure there is no residue.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Best grain mill available today.
« on: August 22, 2018, 02:06:31 PM »
Nice. Any stability issues with the Better Bottle and loading grain into it?


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None.  It shifts an inch or two but nothing more.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Best grain mill available today.
« on: August 22, 2018, 02:08:42 AM »
Here's mine.  Got a rolling cabinet to put the bucket in so as to keep the dust to a minimum.  A nice electric motor running slowly and a JSP adjustable with a Better Bottle hopper.  Works flawlessly.


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Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Anyone at the Jupiter?
« on: June 25, 2018, 09:40:36 PM »
My wife & I are.  We also have a room away from the bar area.  We will be getting there Wednesday so I can go to the BJCP afternoon gig, as well as the evening Kickoff Party at Culmination Brewing.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: What to do?
« on: June 23, 2018, 12:49:08 AM »
distill it.

illegal

Not if you have a TTB license to distill fuel ethanol.  Easy and cheap to obtain.  The still... that's another issue.

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I wish I could help, but I only live a couple of hundred miles from Portland.  I will however say how glad I am that you are making the journey and I hope it is a great time for you... and I hope to see you there!

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Ingredients / Re: Hops: how old is too old?
« on: June 02, 2018, 03:55:13 AM »
I would say that it depends on what you want to use them for.  If for flavor and aroma (oils), go with your nose.  If for alpha acids... I wouldn't without finding out what the HSI is and doing the calculation to see what is still there in terms of bittering ability.

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Registered!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Interesting article, maybe
« on: May 23, 2018, 10:19:19 PM »
Yes there are some obvious factual errors, but I wasn’t sure whether that was due to the reporter not knowing anything about brewing or something deeper.

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I'll just be quiet over here in the corner.

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