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Equipment and Software / Re: stick heater for mashing..or steam
« on: February 03, 2016, 02:57:32 PM »
I, too, have used heatsticks (information on their construction) and occasionally to directly heat up a mash. Once in a while, a grain will stick to the heatstick but as for scorching the mash, nothing.

Using the heatsticks to heat up wort, I found on the first set that the wort will build up on the elements, eventually leaving a burnt taste in some worts. By this point the sticks broke down and needed to be replaced. Since then, I clean the sticks to prevent buildup. Thus even here, no scorching tastes in the beer.

Going back to the original question, other than the occasional sticking of the grain, there should be no scorching as long as their is liquid in the mash

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Labeled bottles.
« on: January 19, 2016, 03:38:45 PM »
I use the avery labels also. Instead of the date, I can also print a name for the beer as well as a  picture.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: millenium hops
« on: October 28, 2015, 02:12:17 PM »
I've used them strictly as bittering; primarily because I brew a rotation of styles that often call for different hops for flavor and aroma. For example, Irish Red, Belgian Strong, Blonde, Porter, etc.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: millenium hops
« on: October 26, 2015, 04:27:18 PM »
Thanks for responding, Steve.

I find the lack of response interesting.

General Homebrew Discussion / millenium hops
« on: October 25, 2015, 12:04:37 PM »
I have been using millennium hops for a couple of years as my bittering hops for several different beer styles. Yet I have never seen any real discussions about the hops pro or con. I am curious about others' reaction to the hops. I have generally found it a versatile hops that has aloud me to stretch dollars used for the purchase of hops. What has others found?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: whole campden tablet
« on: May 31, 2015, 10:29:00 AM »
that's what I do.
I was just wondering if I was doing something unhealthy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: whole campden tablet
« on: May 28, 2015, 02:13:09 PM »
thanks for the replies.

Normally I crush the tablet in the pot prior to adding the water (about 7 gallons) to be heated. As for sparge water (another 1 to 3 gallons) I have been adding another tablet in recent years. I knew that one tablet should be able to handle 20 gallons.

As for adding sodium and potassium to the water, I don't know much regarding chemistry and trying to make sense of water chemistry makes my head spin. I do know that my Columbus, OH water is very soft and been told to add gypsum to make my hoppy beers "pop."

General Homebrew Discussion / whole campden tablet
« on: May 27, 2015, 01:39:08 PM »
I have always read that one should use a partial tablet of campden tablet per five gallons of wort in order to remove chlorine and chloramine. Is there any harm in using a whole tablet for mashing a 5 gallon batch. The tablets are relatively cheap and cutting them such a pain

Beer Travel / Re: Belgium, Ireland - Where do I drink?
« on: April 18, 2015, 01:45:33 PM »
might want to try the national irish homebrewers:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing class at College
« on: January 19, 2015, 09:48:26 AM »
wasn't there a podcast by basicbrewing several years back where Jim Spencer interviewed a college professor from a college in Kentucky(?). Might be worth some leads.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Safbrew Abbaye Ale
« on: September 27, 2014, 12:26:46 PM »
I recently used this yeast with a recipe that won me a gold for a Belgian golden strong. Decided to try this instead of White Lab 500 since I normally use dry yeast except when I doing Belgians.

Anyway fermented at 64 degrees. Was hoping for a pear taste. Didn't get it. It leaned towards pepper but even that was not pronounced. Fermented dry; about 10% abv. All in all, not impressed. More than likely going back to white labs for this style.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Judges are needed in China!
« on: September 03, 2014, 02:41:55 PM »
I asked the wife and she said not this year.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: printing labels for 2014 nhc
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:46:36 AM »
Thanks for the suggestion. Did the same and it worked. Good luck in the competition.

General Homebrew Discussion / printing labels for 2014 nhc
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:22:09 AM »
I am attempting to print the labels and they are coming out small: 2"x2.5". Is this to be expected? The printer is hp officejet pro 8600. I had used it for another contest and the labels were the size I was accustomed to seeing. any suggestions

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer minus hops
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:22:42 PM »
I am interested in this conversation as a friend is married to someone who is allergic to hops. If she even kisses him after he has had a couple of beers, she develops a rash.

As a result I have been looking for him recipes that requires  no hops. Gruit seems so expensive. I will have to look at radical brewing for some ideas.

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