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Beer Recipes / Re: Secret ingredient in dry stout?
« on: February 07, 2014, 09:03:01 AM »
I'm playing around with the percentage of dark Munich and may get rid of the MO all together.

That recipe looks great. 

Are you suggesting a recipe with Munich in the role as "base" malt?  I have thought this approach would be a nice method to really explore how Munich or Vienna would taste carrying the main responsibility in the grist. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: I've got an idea for an experiment
« on: February 07, 2014, 08:39:26 AM »

But an unwatched pot boils over.


That I can confirm.  More than once.  Apparently I needed confirming data.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Inspired By (clone) Names
« on: February 04, 2014, 07:24:22 AM »
'The Dog's Danglers'

Awesome name!

It might be a little disturbing as a picture on a label

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Ingredients / Re: If you had to choose only 3...
« on: February 04, 2014, 07:22:31 AM »
1. Rahr 2-row
2. Warminster MO

Everything else is a buy-as-needed.  I kind of like the having the need to stop by the LHBS to fill out a grain bill.  It feels the same as poking around a hardware store.  I never knew how much I needed this thing I wasn't looking for...

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Beer Recipes / Re: Dunkel Recipe - Feedback
« on: January 31, 2014, 02:20:25 PM »
Fantastic.  Thanks blatz for sharing the dunkel thread...lots of great information in there.  Here is the recipe that I decided to go with.  It is the exact recipe that Ron posted in the previously mentioned thread.  But I am brewing with a buddy so we are doing a 10 gallon batch.

14.5 lb Munich Dark
4 lb Pilsner
12 oz Carafa II
8 oz CaraMunich

2.50 Domestic Hallertau @ 60
.50 Domestic Hallertau @ 20

Doing a 90 minute boil.

Thanks again for everyone's suggestions and insights.  Greatly appreciated.

That looks great!  I brewed a very similar recipe a couple weeks ago.  I'd love to hear how it turns out - keep us informed.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: DMS causes
« on: January 27, 2014, 10:21:25 PM »
If it's a cheap one I'd replace it. If a spendy one they can be rebuilt fairly reasonable. I've rebuilt scuba regulators, pretty simple, but with something important like beer, I'd have a pro do it.

That's dedication to the craft! "Scuba? Yeah, I guess that air under water is nice to have but I bring it the experts when it comes to homebrew"

Kudos sir.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can-bottle
« on: January 27, 2014, 10:16:12 PM »
$6 each is steep. Wish they were cheaper.

Agreed.  I hate to find that a small dent on the lip makes them unusable after a few batches.  The ROI for a bottle like this has got to be in the "years".  I have trouble keeping a leash on the growlers that get loaned out and a bottle feels like it might be even more likely to wander off in someone's picnic basket.

There is not ROI in homebrewing. It is a hobby.

Fair enough. However my hobby money is finite and I'm going to maximize what I get for what I spend, if I can. It's hard to turn off the engineer brain.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« on: January 27, 2014, 08:16:41 AM »

>:( >:(was using brew hauler. 5gallon shifted when I picked it up, the straps spread and it slid out. 6 inches off concrete floor. All it took. Glass beer everywhere. Going to plastic.

Sorry about that. Brew hauler needs to give you a refund! ;)

I've had good luck with my Brew Hauler, but this is a good warning to make sure the straps are secure and don't trust the hauler blindly.  Thanks for the warning!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cold crash vs Secondary
« on: January 26, 2014, 07:06:55 AM »
Perfect!  Thanks folks.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cold crash vs Secondary
« on: January 24, 2014, 01:57:52 PM »
I crash cool to floc and settle the yeast, then transfer to the keg for lagering.

Pinksi, I have a related question.  I assume when you lager in the keg, you are using the keg in a fully "closed" set up.  I mean that you haven't replaced the cap with something that would allow venting, similar to a airlock used for a primary fermenter.  I believe that at this point the beer has reached, or nearly reached FG, so the likelihood of building extreme CO2 pressure is quite low.  And the keg is a better pressure vessel than a carboy or bucket and one can always vent the keg if worried. 

Hmm, looks like I have talked myself out of the concern, but I have never lagered in a keg and thought it would be easy enough to ask.  Thanks.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can-bottle
« on: January 24, 2014, 01:48:47 PM »
$6 each is steep. Wish they were cheaper.

Agreed.  I hate to find that a small dent on the lip makes them unusable after a few batches.  The ROI for a bottle like this has got to be in the "years".  I have trouble keeping a leash on the growlers that get loaned out and a bottle feels like it might be even more likely to wander off in someone's picnic basket.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Being Water Wise
« on: January 24, 2014, 01:44:29 PM »
This is the one subject I don't always feel great about as a homebrewer.  Cooling water goes into the washing machine (during the winter) or the garden (during the summer), but I am not efficient enough to claim that it's a closed system.

My last batch made use of the outdoor temperature and snowpack to aid in reaching lager pitching temps.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, the outdoor temp was well below zero.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« on: January 24, 2014, 08:31:28 AM »
Nirvana is when you think your version is better,  and it's true

I've found that Kolsch is one of the styles that most impresses both my homebrewing and non-homebrewing friends.  It's very drinkable and a style that requires brewing skill to pull-off.  I haven't reached Nirvana, but it's a delicious trip.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter Timing
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:55:17 AM »
I use a 2 gallon pail with lid and airlock for lager starters or larger starters

That's a really good idea.  I wondered if people with large starters (> 2L) were using really big Erlenmeyer flasks and how they managed that much volume.  Thanks for the idea.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: BIAB advice
« on: January 22, 2014, 12:59:58 PM »
Lastly, you'll get more proteins in your kettle with BIAB, so keep that in mind if you do a big beer.  You might need to add a .5 gallon of pre boil volume for big beers, or maybe filter between the kettle and fermenter with something like a hop rocket or other device.  My first beer with a 14.5 lb grain bill made a big mess trying to get it in the fermenter... 

A good point on more trub in the kettle and something that surprised me with my early BIAB batches.

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