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Equipment and Software / Re: Tilt Bluetooth floating hydrometer
« on: September 16, 2018, 09:38:08 PM »
No Diacetyl rest?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oktoberfest recipe
« on: September 10, 2018, 10:40:19 PM »
Jamil Zainasheff's Brewing Classic Styles has always been a good starting point for recipes for me - especially on the first try with a style.  Over the years, I've tweaked the recipes a bit to fit my tastes and preferences.  And, over the years, I've tended to end up with simpler recipes in terms of the number of ingredients.  Attempts at "complexity" often just result in a beer with no particular character.  I think that keeping the recipe simpler allows ingredients and brewing skill to shine.   

+ a zillion

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Isn't there a Peroni clone in Dave Line's Brewing Beers Like Those You Buy that's pretty good? My memory tells me that it has rice in it ( I don't have the book with me right now). His recipes are really pretty close to the real thing.

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Can you rack to a keg and then cold-crash?

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I have the capability to brew 10 gallon batches, but I never do anymore. It made my brew day longer and harder, and, frankly, by the time I'm done drinking five gallons, even with the help of my friends, I'm ready to move on to the next thing. Never could stick to one kind of beer--that's why I homebrew!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain prices at AB InBev
« on: May 14, 2018, 02:43:35 PM »
Can anyone explain to me how this is any different from Walmart, Home Depot and big pharma.

This is not ab praying on lowly homebrewers. It’s just big business.  Do you also avoid Walmart, homedepot and name brand drugs?





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Yes, I do.

That doesn't count, you live in the boonies anyway.

 :)

I do too, and I live in Boston.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain prices at AB InBev
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:05:31 PM »
Apparently, we have more influence than it would seem. It's not just us, it's our friends whom we convert away from BMC beer, our suppliers, including MoreBeer and the rest, the craft breweries that we patronize and the ones that we start. We are a movement to be reckoned with, and as a multinational conglomerate they want to eliminate us. It's not exactly evil, it's what big business does; they try to monopolize the industry. Of course their objective is at odds with ours. We want choice and low prices; they want to be the only choice and charge the prices they want to. It's business, boys.

It's awfully silly and hubristic to think we have that kind of influence, but paranoia and conspiracy are the hallmarks of much of this thread anyway.

In the end, I agree with your statement wholeheartedly about the nature of business. I will point out that not even NB can drop the bottom out on ALL continental grains. Do a side by side on Weyermann at all the online retailers and you'll see they are pretty much equivalent. The prices for things like Rahr and Briess on NB represent the most extreme stuff there, with some continental grains such as Dingemans base malts fairly low too.

Right now this "rock bottom" pricing only affects those who are buying grain by the pound.

It's not a conspiracy. They are monopolizing in plain sight, and I might add, it's not even illegal. Sometimes they make large gains, and sometimes they make incremental gains, but they are always moving in the direction of monopoly.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain prices at AB InBev
« on: May 14, 2018, 11:31:28 AM »
Apparently, we have more influence than it would seem. It's not just us, it's our friends whom we convert away from BMC beer, our suppliers, including MoreBeer and the rest, the craft breweries that we patronize and the ones that we start. We are a movement to be reckoned with, and as a multinational conglomerate they want to eliminate us. It's not exactly evil, it's what big business does; they try to monopolize the industry. Of course their objective is at odds with ours. We want choice and low prices; they want to be the only choice and charge the prices they want to. It's business, boys.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: non WLP/WY Kolsch yeast
« on: May 10, 2018, 12:00:00 AM »
Looking forward to hearing the comparison.

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Beer Recipes / Re: maibock
« on: April 05, 2018, 09:49:16 PM »
70 & 30 and S-189 makes an awesome maibock, IMHO.

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Beer Recipes / Re: SN Sidecar Knockoff
« on: March 30, 2018, 01:39:40 PM »
I upped the cascade and the Mandarina in the whirlpool to .75 oz. Everything else was the same.

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Beer Recipes / Re: SN Sidecar Knockoff
« on: March 29, 2018, 11:22:48 PM »
It was really close. I did a side-by-side tasting with a beer buddy, and I thought it was dead on. My buddy thought it tasted the same but had a better mouth feel. I just figured that the only difference had to do with mine being fresh and on tap, while the Sidecar was in bottles. In any case, if I were to brew it again, I wouldn't change it at all.

What's your recipe?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Best Dry Yeast for a Märzen
« on: March 26, 2018, 10:08:48 PM »
I swear by S-189. Not a fan of 34/70. A Marzen is supposed to be malty and balanced. That's what I get from 189. I have made brilliantly clear and deliciously malty Maibocks, Viennas, Oktoberfests, dunkels, even light lagers with it. Ferment at 12 C, do the fast lager method, and no problems whatsoever. Have never done a hoppy Pilsner, so I can't say what it will do with that, but my experience with it has been very excellent!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Knee high panty hose
« on: March 08, 2018, 10:28:17 PM »
Are they cheaper than paint strainer bags?

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Cacao nibs.

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